Monthly archives: July 2008

Jul

20
2008

Tropical Storm Dolly approaches Mexico

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(7.20.08) MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Tropical Storm Dolly headed toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday evening while Tropical Storm Cristobal skirted the North Carolina’s Outer Banks and headed away from the coast. A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Dolly near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula at 10:15 p.m. ET Sunday. Mexican authorities posted tropical storm warnings from the border with Belize northward to Campeche after Dolly emerged Sunday in the western Caribbean Sea. At 8 p.m. ET, the storm was centered about 125 miles southeast of the resort island of Cozumel, moving northwest at nearly 14 mph with sustained winds of about 45 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Read more


Jul

20
2008

Fausto becomes hurricane off Mexico’s Pacific coast

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Fausto has become a hurricane far off Mexico’s Pacific coast, while two other tropical storms churn over the open ocean. Fausto, here at 4:16 a.m. ET Friday, has become a hurricane far off Mexico’s Pacific coast. (7.18.08) The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said Friday that none of the storms are expected to threaten land. Hurricane Fausto has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). Read more


Jul

20
2008

Cristobal inches closer to North Carolina coast

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(7.20.08) CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) — Tropical storm Cristobal was forecast to move “parallel and very close” to the North Carolina coast Sunday morning, but the storm is not expected to make landfall along the eastern U.S. shores. Satellite image taken at 1:15 p.m. Saturday shows Tropical Storm Cristobal off the coast of the Carolinas. Satellite image taken at 1:15 p.m. Saturday shows Tropical Storm Cristobal off the coast of the Carolinas. At 11 p.m. ET Saturday, the center of the storm was about 45 miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and about 170 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center said Cristobal was moving northeast at about 6 mph, with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph and some higher gusts. Read more


Jul

18
2008

Death toll from storm �Helen� rises to 2 – NDCC

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(7.17.08)MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from tropical storm “Helen” has risen to two as of Thursday noon, according to the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). Read more


Jul

18
2008

Tornado touches down near Vulcan

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(7.16.08) Residents south and east of Calgary are cleaning up after two powerful and dangerous storm cells moved through our province. Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado did touch down near Vulcan. Read more


Jul

15
2008

Severe weather warnings for Britain as summer disappears

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(7.7.08)Forecasters predicted summer was all but over. Severe weather warnings for Britain as summer disappears Warning of a “severe weather event”, the Met Office said as much as 40mm of rain could fall in parts of northern England this morning Forecasters predicted heavy showers for much of the week, and said these could set the pattern for the rest of the month and beyond. The Met Office issued severe weather warnings across parts of northern and south eastern England, warning that up to 40mm of rain could fall in some northern areas today. Read more


Jul

15
2008

Drought-hit Cyprus saved by shipped-in water

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Nicosia – Parched Cyprus took its first delivery of water by ship from Greece on Monday to stave off a drought which has sapped water reserves to critically low levels and triggered emergency rationing. (7.2.08) A tanker containing about 40 000 cubic metres of drinking water, more than double the quantity held in all of the Mediterranean island’s 17 main reservoirs, anchored off Cyprus’s southern coast. Read more


Jul

15
2008

Ethiopian Drought Made Worse by High Food and Fuel Prices

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(6.26.08) It’s estimated four and a half million people in Ethiopia need immediate food assistance as a result of drought. That’s on top of more than seven million already receiving other types of humanitarian and government aid. Higher food prices have made it more difficult to deal with the situation. Simon Roughneen, a freelance journalist and analyst, is traveling through the drought-stricken parts of the country. He’s currently in Sidama Province in the southwest, about 800 kilometers from Addis Ababa. He spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua. Read more


Jul

15
2008

China drought causes water shortages for millions

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(6.22.08)BEIJING – Drought affecting large swathes of China has left more than 8 million people short of water, and many livestock have died of hunger, the official Xinhua news agency said. The country’s northern regions, including Inner Mongolia and Liaoning and Jilin provinces, were among the worst affected areas, it said late on Friday, citing the flood prevention and drought control headquarters. Read more


Jul

15
2008

Australia’s decade-long drought likely to worsen

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(7.10.08) CANBERRA, Australia – A decade-long drought in Australia�s most important crop-growing region is worsening and there is little hope for relief from either saving rains or a new government conservation plan, officials said Thursday. The Murray-Darling river system, which produces 40 percent of Australia�s fruit, vegetables and grain, is facing an economic and ecological crisis because of a decade of below-average rainfall. The Murray-Darling Basin Commission, which monitors water flows in the river catchment, said in a report Thursday that hopes of the cooler months bringing drought-breaking rains had faded. Read more