Monthly archives: May 2008

May

29
2008

Tropical Storm Alma lashes Pacific coast of Central America

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua �5.29.08- Tropical Storm Alma lashed the coast of Central America with heavy rains and high winds on Thursday after becoming the first such storm of the eastern Pacific season. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alma had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph and was expected to strengthen to a hurricane before plowing into the northwest corner of Nicaragua late Thursday. The storm was located about 50 miles southwest of Managua and was moving north at 7 mph. Read more


May

27
2008

Midwest tornadoes kill 7, including toddler

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-5.26.08- Disaster teams searched for more victims Monday in areas devastated by weekend tornadoes that killed at least seven people in the Midwest. Homes demolished by a storm Sunday sit beside others showing little damage in Hugo, Minnesota. Six people were reported dead Sunday in Iowa, and a toddler was killed in Minnesota, authorities said. A tornado touched down at about 6 p.m. Sunday in the north-central Iowa town of Parkersburg before moving 10 miles east to New Hartford, said Bret Voorhees with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Video shot Monday in Parkersburg showed homes reduced to scattered boards. Video Watch residents survey the damage � Streets were lined with huge piles of debris that included crumpled vehicles, uprooted trees and unidentifiable material that had been part of houses 24 hours earlier. A tattered American flag dangled from the remains of one building. Read more


May

25
2008

Monster Canadian Tornado Destroying a Farm

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(5.24.08) Stormchasers track a massive tornado, possibly F-4 or F-5, through a country farm. The diameter of the funnel seems to greater than the width of a power pole. The exact location of the storm is unknown. Read more


May

25
2008

Hungarian Tornadoes, 20th May

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(5.20.08)This seems to have slipped most people’s attention this last week with our distinct lack of convective weather and teams over in the USA. Yesterday, 2 tornadoes were reported in Hungary with hail to 7cm in diameter. Info here http://www.idokep.hu/?oldal=live (in Hungarian, but scroll down to see pics, one of which is here). If I’d had the funds, I’d have been on the first flight out there last weekend, as it was well anticipated 🙂 More info on flooding/wind/tornado/hail reports on ESSL site: http://www.essl.org/ESWD/ Read more


May

25
2008

Tornadoes tear through Kansas, Oklahoma; Colorado cleans up

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(5.24.08) KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — At least two tornadoes touched down in north Oklahoma on Saturday, destroying a pig farm near Lacey, according to affiliate KMTV. A weather-beaten pickup truck sits among debris left after a tornado tore through Colorado. No injuries were immediately reported, but a tornado warning remained in effect for Garfield and Kingfisher as storms continued to move east. The latest twisters hit even as workers were picking through debris after tornadoes rampaged in western and central Kansas and northern Oklahoma for a second night in a row. The city of Protection, Kansas, took a direct hit from a tornado Friday, although the damage seemed mostly limited to downed trees and power lines. The worst destruction occurred at a manufacturing plant, a Comanche County sheriff’s dispatcher said. “Emergency responders are going door to door to see if anyone needs rescuing,” said Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department. Read more


May

24
2008

Tornadoes rip through Colorado, Wyoming; 1 killed

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5.22.08 WINDSOR, Colo. (AP) � Tornadoes touched down in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming on Thursday, damaging buildings, flipping vehicles and killing at least one person. The National Weather Service said a large tornado touched down just after noon near Platteville, about 50 miles north of Denver. It then moved northward through or near several towns, tearing the roofs off buildings, downing power lines and crumpling farm equipment. A second tornado touched down later in near Johnstown, about 10 miles northwest of Platteville, the weather service reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Read more


May

24
2008

Chile flood damages bridges and cuts road

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(5.23.08) SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Heavy rains and flooding that killed five people and displaced thousands in south-central Chile have collapsed road and rail bridges, closed the world’s largest copper mine and left many in the capital without drinking water, the government said on Friday. Many schools remained closed in Santiago and elsewhere on Friday after floodwaters churned up sediment at water treatment plants, while several rivers burst their banks farther south, deluging thousands of homes. “More than seven rivers have overflowed,” said Juan Saldivia, undersecretary of public works. “We had a very complex situation overnight, and Route 5 (Chile’s main north-south highway) has been cut in three places.” Read more


May

24
2008

41 Dead In Vietnam Flooding

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Hanoi, Vietnam (AHN) – (11.5.07) Eight days of flooding in central Vietnam has claimed the lives of 42 people and left six others missing, Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention said Monday. Reports said floodwater killed 11 people in Thua Thien Hue province, while eight people were reported to have died in the provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. In the Phu Yen province, seven persons were reported to have perished while another three people were said to have died in Binh Dinh. Authorities adds that over 70,000 homes were destroyed as well as irrigation works. Several communities in the region remain inaccessible, the committee said. However, Vietnam sees no abating of heavy rainfall as typhoon “Peipah” is expected to hit the country Monday after lashing northern Philippines and killing six people in the region. Read more


May

24
2008

New Zealand shocked, mourn six teenagers killed in flood

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (4.17.08) — A flash flood struck a high school hiking group at a wilderness gorge in New Zealand, sweeping six teenagers and a teacher to their deaths in a tragedy that shocked the country. Five other students were plucked to safety from the torrent Tuesday in the Mangatepopo River in Tongariro National Park on New Zealand’s North Island. “It is a tragedy which defies belief,” school principal Murray Burton told reporters. Students clutched each other in tears as Burton read out a roll call of those who died during a special assembly Wednesday at the Elim Christian High School in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Prime Minister Helen Clark expressed “profound sympathy and shock” and moved a condolence motion in Parliament. Read more


May

24
2008

Floods kill seven people in Algeria

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ALGIERS,(Reuters) -5.11.08- Floods caused by torrential rains have killed seven people and partially damaged roads in eastern Algeria over the past two days, officials said on Sunday. Two corpses were found on Saturday following heavy rains in Setif province, some 300 km (180 miles) east of the capital Algiers, they said. Two brothers aged eight and nine years were swept away by a river in spate when they were walking home from school on Saturday in Batna region, about 430 km (260 miles) east of Algiers. Three other people died as floods swept away their cars in the same province on Friday, the officials added. (Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Editing by Alison Williams)) Read more