Monthly archives: August 2008

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2008

Lighting Strikes 10 People in Boston Area

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(7.21.08) Lighting struck and injured 10 people who were taking shelter from a powerful thunderstorm under a tree in Dorchester in the Boston area. The victims, spectators of a soccer game, were forced to seek shelter from the violent storm which swept across the region. All the victims suffered severe burns and were rushed to the nearest hospital, local authorities said. All the victims were males; the youngest of them was a 13-year-old boy and the oldest was in his 40s. According to eyewitnesses, some of the victims were given cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the ambulances left the scene of the accident to the hospital. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Saskatchewan ‘up and over’ yearly tornado average after four more twisters hit

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(7.28.08) SASKATOON � The summer isn’t half done yet, but the number of tornado touchdowns in Saskatchewan is already more than the yearly average. Environment Canada meteorologist Bob Cormier says 15 tornadoes have touched down in Saskatchewan so far this year – surpassing the long-term average of 12 tornadoes annually. Four twisters hit the province Sunday, although all were in remote areas and caused little damage. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Environment Canada confirms Coboconk funnel cloud was a tornado

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(7.30.08)Environment Canada meteorologists have confirmed a funnel cloud over Shadow and Silver lakes in Coboconk on Saturday was a tornado. Several area residents reported trees snapped in half or uprooted and Kawartha Lakes OPP also reported considerable damage to property. Miraculously, no one was hurt. On Wednesday, severe-weather specialist Geoff Coulson said the storm was an F1 tornado on the Fujita scale, (named for the scientist who determined how to measure wind speeds in tornadoes). A funnel cloud must actually touch down on land to officially be classified as a twister, he said. Read more


Aug

03
2008

N.H. tornado caused severe damage in 9 towns

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(7.25.08) EPSOM, N.H. – A baby’s cries led rescuers to the 3-month-old in the wreckage of a home flattened by a tornado that killed his grandmother and blew his grandfather into the yard, officials said Friday. Brenda Stevens, 57, was the only person killed in Thursday’s twister, which left a 20-mile-long swath of fallen trees and damaged homes in central New Hampshire. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Giant chunks break off Canadian ice shelf

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(7.29.08)OTTAWA (Reuters) – Giant sheets of ice totaling almost eight square miles broke off an ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic last week and more could follow later this year, scientists said on Tuesday. Temperatures in large parts of the Arctic have risen far faster than the global average in recent decades, a development that experts say is linked to global warming. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Heatwaacve (sic) grips Europe; floods in UK

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(7.27.07) BUDAPEST�Up to 500 people are estimated to have died across Hungary last week, partly due to a heatwave gripping central and southeast Europe, Hungarian medical officials said on Tuesday. Record-breaking high temperatures also killed 12 Romanians, one man in Macedonia and another man on the island of Corfu, officials said, while firefighters, soldiers and volunteers battled wildfires across a tinderbox southeastern Europe. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Heavy rain in South Korea

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(8.3.08)Torrential rain has lashed South Korea for much of this week giving rise to floods which have killed at least seven people and left scores more missing. The rain started pounding many parts of the country on Wednesday and continued for the next few days. Flash floods inundated hundreds of homes, forcing families to evacuate and seek refuge in temporary shelters. More than 1,220 hectares of farmland have been washed away with large areas of paddy fields damaged. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Drought seen lasting until end of the year

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(7.27.07)WEATHER bureau officials yesterday said the low level of rainfall in the last two months is “alarming” as it warned that the dry spell could last until the end of the year. Dr. Prisco Nilo, Pagasa deputy director for operations and services, said only two typhoons entered the Philippine area of responsibility from January to July, much lower than the expected eight typhoons. He blamed the low level of rainfall on the high pressure area over Luzon that prevents cloud formation and rainfall. A high pressure area, a type of weather system where there is downward motion of air, prevents water vapor to be carried upward for condensation to occur and clouds to develop. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Dozens still await rescue after weekend flood

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(7.29.08) RUIDOSO, N.M. – More than 75 people stranded by massive flooding in and around this mountain resort town still awaited rescue Tuesday, but spirits rose as missing people were accounted for and the region made it through a day without rain, authorities said. Read more


Aug

03
2008

Typhoon kills one in Taiwan, heads for China

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(7.28.08)TAIPEI (Reuters) – A typhoon dumped up to 700 mm (28 ins) of rain on Taiwan on Monday, killing one person, injuring five, causing widespread flooding and closing businesses and financial markets. Typhoon Fung-Wong, Chinese for phoenix, was expected to weaken into a tropical storm over the next 24 hours after it makes landfall in China. Read more