Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a State of Emergency Declaration due to the ongoing severe weather impacting Southwest Louisiana. Numerous Flash Flood Warnings and Tornado Warnings have already been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). Additional rains are expected across the state for the next several days.
“Water rescues and other emergency actions have been necessary this afternoon as heavy rainfall fell across Southwest Louisiana,” said Edwards. “The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) stands ready to support our local partners with any emergency resources needed beyond their capabilities. We are only a few weeks away from the start of hurricane season, but this threat is the latest in a string of recent weather threats that remind us of the importance of preparedness and staying informed. And as the weather threat continues this week, I implore Louisianans to monitor their local weather forecasts and follow all instructions from local leaders. Go to GetAGamePlan.org to help finalize your emergency plans. Those plans should start with getting a COVID-19 vaccination for you and your family in case evacuations and shelter operations become necessary. Monitor your local media, the National Weather Service office for your region and download the free ALERT FM App to stay weather aware.”
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A severe dust storm hit parts of Karachi, Pakistan, with gusty winds and dark clouds on Tuesday (May 18). According to reports, the storm left at least four people dead in roof collapse incidents in several areas in the city.
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As many as seven places in Odisha have recorded temperature above 40 degree Celsius. on Monday.
Boudh recorded the highest temperature of 41 degree Celsius.
The places in Odisha which recorded temperatures of more than 40 degree Celsius are: Sonepur 40.8, Angul 40.7, Sambalpur 40.5, Sundargarh, Titlagarh and Malkangiri each at 40.0 degree Celsius.
Temperature was recorded at 39 degree Celsius in Bhubaneswar, whereas in Cuttack it was 38 degrees.
The MeT department said that due to excess water vapour in the atmosphere and high day time temperatures high humidity levels shall be experienced.
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Taiwan imposed power cuts on Monday evening following a spike in demand amid a heatwave and drought and failure at a power plant, in the second such outage in a week, although far fewer homes were affected.
Power was restored by 1340 GMT, electricity provider Taipower said.
Taiwan, which major chip makers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) (2330.TW) call home, already imposed phased blackouts on Thursday following an outage at a plant in the southern city of Kaohsiung. read more
TSMC, which has factories across the island, said it had seen “no impact so far” from Monday’s power cuts.
Taipower said 660,000 homes were affected by the power cuts, fewer than the roughly 4 million affected last week.
Taipower blamed a rise in demand coincided with the suspension of some generators due to a technical failure at the southern Hsinta Power Plant, the same facility that caused the problem last week.
The state-own company said that the worst drought to hit the island in more than half a century meant electricity generated by hydropower plants was insufficient to meet the unexpected demand on Monday evening, a record high for May.
By 8:40 p.m., only 40% of the supply had been restored in the coal- and gas-fired power plant, Taipower said.
Taiwan’s cabinet offered an apology and urged citizens to stay safe.
Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang, said the outages showed the government’s power policy was inadequate and called for Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua to step down.
Taiwan is currently experiencing an unusually hot May with temperatures in parts of the island peaking at around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
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