#AceNewsServices – PHILIPPINES – Dec.06 – More than half a million people in the Philippines are fleeing the oncoming typhoon Hagupit. It is one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations as the storm, approaches the country’s east coast.
Although it has not been categorized as a ‘super typhoon,’ like Typhoon Haiyanit, which decimated parts of the country 13 months ago, it still has the potential to cause widespread damage and create storm surges up to 4.5 meters.
The latest update from Philippine weather authorities said that Hagupit, which means “smash” in Filipino, was weakening slightly, though it still has powerful gusts.
The Philippine weather authorities said that as of 16:00 local time on Friday (08:00 GMT) Hagupit was 370km (230 miles) east of Eastern Samar and moving at 13km/h, a relatively slow speed.
It is expected to make land early on Sunday morning. “We call on residents to voluntarily evacuate because the forecast is there will be a storm surge,” said Sofronio Dacillo, head of the disaster agency in the island province of Biliran, which was reported by Reuters.
Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – was the most powerful typhoon ever recorded over land. It tore through the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,000 dead or missing.
It could bring storm surges up to one storey high, as well as heavy rain and the risk of landslides, officials have warned.
Schools and government offices are closed in some areas and there were long queues at shops and petrol stations as people stocked up on supplies.
In Tacloban, many people have taken shelter in the sports stadium.
“It’s deja vu, but not the same as last year with Haiyan,” local resident Mariano Tan Jr told the BBC.
“We’re already prepared… we’ve stored basic commodities – water, rice, beans, fuel. We’re also prepared in case of a power cut.
“We intend to stay,” he added. “We survived last year, we will do it again tomorrow. We will still stand our ground because no calamities can break us apart.”
About 19,000 people from coastal villages are in 26 evacuation centres, Tacloban’s disaster office spokesman Ilderando Bernadas told Reuters.
He said that number was expected to double as the authorities began forcing people to evacuate.
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#AceWeatherNews says that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan, near Okinawa, the US Geological Survey said.
The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre announced that no tsunami is expected as the earth shook at a depth of 110 km off the Ryakyu Islands.
#AceBreakingNews says reports of a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Nicaragua, the US Geological Survey reported.
The epicentre of the quake was estimated at a depth of 70.9 kilometers in the ocean and 23 kilometers away from the town of Jiquilillo.
Government officials said that the earthquake was felt across the country.
There were no reports of personal or material damage.
#AceWeatherNews says `Global Perspective on the Recent Storms and Floods in the UK‘
February 2014 - This winter the UK has been affected very severely by an exceptional run of winter storms, culminating in serious coastal damage and widespread, persistent flooding. This paper documents the record-breaking weather and flooding, considers the potential drivers and discusses whether climate change contributed to the severity of the weather and its impacts.
This series of winter storms has been exceptional in its duration, and has led to the wettest December to January period in the UK since records began. Heavy rains combined with strong winds and high waves led to widespread flooding and coastal damage, causing significant disruption to individuals, businesses and infrastructure.
The severe weather in the UK coincided with exceptionally cold weather in Canada and the USA. These extreme weather events on both sides of the Atlantic were linked to a persistent pattern of perturbations to the jet stream, over the Pacific Ocean and North America.
The major changes in the Pacific jet stream were driven by a persistent pattern of enhanced rainfall over Indonesia and the tropical West Pacific associated with higher than normal ocean temperatures in that region. The North Atlantic jet stream has also been unusually strong; this can be linked to exceptional wind patterns in the stratosphere with a very intense polar vortex.
As yet, there is no definitive answer on the possible contribution of climate change to the recent storminess, rainfall amounts and the consequent flooding. This is in part due to the highly variable nature of UK weather and climate.
Nevertheless, recent studies have suggested an increase in the intensity of Atlantic storms that take a more southerly track, typical of this winter’s extreme weather. There is also an increasing body of evidence that shows that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense, and that the rate of increase is consistent with what is expected from the fundamental physics of a warming world.
More research is urgently needed to deliver robust detection of changes in storminess and daily/hourly rain rates and this is an area of active research in the Met Office.
The attribution of these changes to anthropogenic global warming requires climate models of sufficient resolution to capture storms and their associated rainfall. Such models are now becoming available and should be deployed as soon as possible to provide a solid evidence base for future investments in flood and coastal defences.
Last updated: 7 February 2014
#AceWeatherNews says `Stormpocalypse: Worst storm ‘in quarter of a century’ heading for UK‘
“Gales across England and Wales, severe across southwest and southern coasts” are anticipated as early as Saturday night, according to the Met Office. Winds of up to 80mph have been detected, accompanied by up to 1.6 inches (40mm) of rain. The rain is expected to batter the UK for six hours.
Superstorm Charlie is currently measuring at an even lower pressure than the 1987 storm, which was caused by a deep low of 951 millibars. Charlie is registering 948 millibars – even lower.
The storm is expected to hurl itself onto the UK at roughly 2000 GMT and last through the night until Sunday morning. Coastal regions are preparing for 100mph gales. Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the UK.
Flood warnings are in place for large areas of Britain. Waves of up to 50 feet could batter the already drenched Cornish coast, according to weather forecasters on magicseaweed.com. The intense weather conditions are likely to continue to pile more pressure on the already disrupted travel and power networks.
A deluge of torrential rain and hurricane-force winds will smash into Britain (Image from magicseaweed.com)
Some 1,500 troops have been put on six hours’ notice by the Ministry of Defence, in case they are needed to come to the rescue of victims of the floods, according to a spokesperson.
Hundreds of Royal Marines have already been deployed to the southwest of the country, along with army engineers, to help secure an important stretch of rail that has already been destroyed by the storms.
The Environment Agency has warned of a “significant risk” of flooding on the coasts of Devon, Devonshire, Cornwall, and southwest England, with the issued warnings spreading as far north as Hull. Two “severe” flood warnings have been issued, meaning that the weather could be life threatening in affected areas.
January was already the wettest on record that Britain had experienced.
Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger, told the BBC that river levels in his constituency are still “enormously high,” while being heavily critical of the Environment Agency for not dredging the area.
“We have been let down by London,” he said. “On the ground they [Environment Agency staff] are working hard. Up in London I do not know what they are doing,” he said.
However, the Environment Agency was resisting the demands of both MPs and farmers to dredge the area.
“Dredging is often not the best long-term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels would not have prevented the recent widespread flooding,” Environment Secretary Owen Paterson stated recently.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron overruled him and ordered the Environment Agency to step away from its opposition to the expensive practice.
British Royal Marines help lay sandbags around a home threatened by floodwaters during flood relief operations in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)
Belongings are seen, piled up in an outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland, 19 Kms north-east of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)