Archive | October 15, 2016

Mother Nature unleashes her wrath on the Twin Harbors with record rainfall in USA

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert
The Twin Harbors mostly ducked the first of a one-two weather punch combination headed at the coast, but is bracing for what could be a real haymaker scheduled to hit Saturday evening.
A powerful hail storm fueled by high winds and plenty of thunder and lightning awoke most folks Friday morning as the first major storm of the fall season worked its way through the coastal region in a series of weather systems.
A secondary system is expected to pack a bigger punch, arriving Saturday evening.
“The National Weather Service has estimated that we could start seeing impacts from the second storm around 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.,” said Charles Wallace of Grays Harbor Emergency Management. “Significant winds, 30-40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph are likely. This storm is the remnants of Typhoon Songda from the Western Pacific Ocean. The National Weather Service in Seattle has advised that the expected winds with Storm 2 could be in the top 10 worst storms experienced in the Northwest.”
In his blog, University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote Friday afternoon: “The bottom line is that we have a dangerous storm, comparable to the 2006 Chanukah Eve storm or the 1993 Inauguration Day Storm, one that is following nearly a perfect track to produce strong winds over the Puget Sound region. And the coast is guaranteed to be hit hard.”
Mass wrote that if the modeling is correct, several hundred thousand people in Western Washington will lose their power this weekend.
Since about Tuesday meteorologists had been warning that the system was moving into the central coast and initially expected it to hit hard on Friday. Thursday night brought torrential rain to the coast at times. The Weather Service recorded 2.16 inches of rain at Bowerman Field in Hoquiam between 5 a.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday.
Kyle Scott with the Aberdeen Wastewater Treatment Plant said 2.8 inches of rain fell between the hours of 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday.
Wind speeds kicked up mid-morning Friday with gusts up to 55 mph, but no major damage was reported. Outages were reported throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific counties affecting about 800 PUD customers.
Other parts of the coast, particularly to the south, were hit a little harder, with a tornado touching down and damages homes in Manzanita, Ore., and tornado warnings issued briefly in Pacific County.
In Aberdeen, the Wishkah River near the intersection of F and Heron streets was higher than anticipated on Friday afternoon. At high tide it was observed at 13.2 feet by the Breakwater Seafood and Chowder House, which flooded last winter. That level was at least a foot and a half higher than expected, Scott said.
Water at the end of F Street where the Wishkah and Chehalis rivers come together was high and moving fast enough to cause white caps. And on the paved path along the Chehalis River behind Marshall’s water had creeped well past the break wall and over the path.
If the storm brings significant rain Saturday night, a critical time could be the high tide of almost 11 feet is predicted for 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning.
The weather resulted in the cancellation of several high school football games on the Twin Harbors Friday night.
Aberdeen First United Methodist Church, at the corner of 2nd and Broadway will be providing shelter for the area’s homeless during the storm starting at 6 p.m. and through the nights on Friday and Saturday.
Chaplains on the Harbor, 281 Spokane St., in Westport will be open beginning at 6 p.m. both nights as well.
Volunteers are needed to help with the sheltering efforts. Call (360) 581-7006 for information on how to lend a hand.
The system is expected to weaken considerably through Monday. There is a slight chance at seeing clear skies late Tuesday with about a 50 percent chance of rain over the next week.
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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 15.99°E  51.48°N

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Depth: 21 km

Distances: 17 km (10 mi) NNW of Rodotopion, Greece
27 km (16 mi) NW of Ioannina, Greece
48 km (29 mi) ESE of Gjirokaster, Albania
49 km (30 mi) SSE of Permet, Albania
178 km (110 mi) SSE of Tirana, Albania

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Floods kill 11 people in central Vietnam, storm approaching

Severe Flood Warning
Floods in Vietnam’s four central provinces have killed at least 11 people and displaced thousands, with a storm in the South China Sea approaching the central coast.
Flooding from very heavy rainfall brought by a tropical low pressure system since Wednesday have cut food supplies to thousands of people and blocked north-south traffic, the government said in a statement on Saturday.
Seven people drowned or were electrocuted in Quang Binh province, four others were killed in three nearby provinces, and at least 30,000 homes were submerged, state-run Vietnam Television (VTV) said, citing government reports.
“It is our priority now to save people’s lives,” Chairman Nguyen Huu Hoai of the provincial People’s Committee in Quang Binh said on a VTV bulletin.
Dozens of foreign tourists were among passengers stranded on 22 trains in the affected region, prompting provincial authorities to provide food and water, while many flights to the region were canceled, VTV said.
Tropical storm Sarika, now in the Philippines, is moving toward Vietnam’s central region, and could bring more rain to the affected areas, the website Tropical Storm Risk and VTV said.
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Meteorite sighting over Cyprus

Meteorite sighting
Eyewitnesses said on Monday they saw a meteorite early in the morning, which did not appear to have crashed on the island.
An eyewitness from Nicosia said he had seen a “very bright meteorite” at 6.30am, which was travelling from east to west.
Ioannis Fakas, the honorary chairman of the Cyprus astronomical society, told the Cyprus Mail later that he had accounts from two eyewitnesses who also saw the phenomenon while driving on the highway – near Stavrovouni, in the Larnaca district, and Petra tou Romiou, near Paphos.
According to the description provided by the witnesses, the meteorite was smaller than a football and it travelled at an altitude of around one kilometre.
There were no reports of it crashing on the island.
Early last month, residents of the mountain villages of Fasoula, Avdimou and Ayios Theodoros Agros called the police reporting a bright light and loud bangs believed to have been caused by a meteorite.
Police said they received reports of explosions from the higher regions but could not find anything despite their investigations.
Parts of the meteorite were thought to have fallen into the sea north of Cyprus.
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