#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: It’s totally turned into a river,” a man is heard saying in the video, which appeared to have been shot in the city of Jacmel, on Haiti’s southern coast….
#AceDailyNews says that Quake-Struck Haiti Is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits Today Tuesday: The deluge could complicate the relief efforts that followed a 7.2-magnitude temblor that devastated the southwest of the country on Saturday and now Tropical Storm #Gracemade its way across Haiti, which was already reeling from a devastating earthquake, videos circulating on social networks on Tuesday showed heavy rains pummeling towns and villages, bringing the risk of flash floods and landslides.
Tropical Depression Grace is churning in the Caribbean, prompting storm warnings for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. It is also threatening Haiti, which was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Saturday. https://t.co/LRMIHtEIDz
In one video, a man could be seen making his way through muddy water that had flooded a street up to his waist on Monday, when the storm struck. Another video showed floodwaters rushing across a street and inundating nearby homes.
I don’t mean to be hitched hiking for a prayer ride. But while you guys are at pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti who were just hit by a terrible earthquake and are now facing hurricane grace without shelter pic.twitter.com/6mASNl6rCO
Heavy rains also pelted people who had huddled in fields, many of them forced to leave homes damaged in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, and others who had sought safety outdoors because of a fear of aftershocks that could cause further collapses.
One video posted on Monday showed dozens of people trying to take shelter under plastic tarpaulins provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has sent help to Haiti, as they were hit by gusts of wind that had blown down their campsite.
In a message posted on Twitter on Monday night, the civil protection agency of Haiti said that heavy rainfall in the southern region was making the situation for displaced people even more challenging and called on residents whose homes had not been affected to help shelter them.
Grace hit Haiti as a tropical depression on Monday night but was later upgraded to a tropical storm. Coming after the earthquake on Saturday, the tempest has compounded the problems already facing the impoverished nation, which was still in the throes of a political crisis prompted by the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, last month.
As Grace made landfall in Haiti, the authorities were still rushing to bring aid to the country’s southwest, which was devastated in the deadly earthquake just two days earlier.
The quake killed more than 1,400 people and injured nearly 7,000 others — a toll that is expected to rise. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, as well as dozens of schools, churches and health centers, according to reports by local authorities.
Memories of the crippling 2010 earthquake — and the shambolic humanitarian response that followed — are still vivid in the minds of Haitians, and the government has promised a more effective reaction this time. But the shipping of aid to the southwest has been hampered by logistical issues and medical facilities are lacking in that part of the country.
Paul Farmer, a physician and co-founder of the relief agency Partners in Health, which oversees several hospitals in Haiti, said that the country had established new emergency medical services in the intervening years, largely improving its ability to respond to an earthquake.
“This time around,” he said, “the idea is: How can we coordinate the response so that it doesn’t become a burden for the Haitians?”
#AceWeatherReport – July.07: #Elsa is churning off the western coast of Florida with maximum sustained winds of 65mph as it moves north on a collision course with the Big Bend region, where it is expected to make landfall lateWednesday morning or early in the afternoon.
#AceWeatherDesk says that Tropical #StormElsa poised to make landfall in Florida after the storm battered Cuba on Monday with mudslides and floods according to BBC World and now is due in Florida as people hunker down in preparation with a warning in force for a 200-mile (300km) stretch of the Gulf Coast north of Tampa Bay: Follow updates here
Tropical Storm Elsa brings heavy winds and life-threatening storm surge as it nears landfall along Florida’s west coast CNN) — Millions of people are facing life-threatening storm surge, heavy winds, potential isolated tornadoes and heavy rains that could create flooding up and down the coast of Florida as Tropical Storm Elsaapproaches landfall Wednesday morning.
A Tampa resident covers his windows with hurricane shutters in preparation for Hurricane Elsa Tuesday.
The storm was about 50 miles southwest of Cedar Key Wednesday morning.
Hurricane warnings were in place from the Chassahowitzka River, just to the south of Homosassa, Florida, to the Steinhatchee River. The hurricane warnings south of the Chassahowitzka River to Egmont Key, Florida, have been replaced by tropical storm warnings.Bands of heavy rain and strong winds continue to spread inland across southwest and west-central Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Florida until 8 a.m., according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office.
While the system weakened to a tropical storm early Wednesday after becoming a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday, hurricane warnings remain in place for more than four million people in Florida. More than 12 million people are under a tropical storm warning across three states.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded his state of emergency declaration Tuesday to include a total of 33 counties as local, state and utility resources continue to prepare for the incoming storm.
Earlier it tore across the Dominican Republic and St Lucia, killing at least three people and damaging hundreds of buildings.
After passing across Florida, Elsa is expected to hit the US states of Georgia and South Carolina.
Commercial flights have been suspended at Tampa International Airport
“Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday morning and then move across the south-eastern United States through Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.
At 02:00 local time (06:00 GMT), the storm was about 60 miles west of Tampa and moving slowly north with winds of 70mph (115km/h), the NHC said. Elsa became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Friday before weakening to a tropical storm. After leaving Cuba, it briefly regained hurricane force over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but was then downgraded again as it approached the Florida coast.
Tampa airport said it had suspended commercial flights until at least 10:00 on Wednesday.
Florida’s Lt Gov Jeanette Nunez warned residents of possible power cuts and urged them to stockpile supplies of food and water. She said emergency shelters were available if needed.
“If you are asked to evacuate, please leave,” she added.
In the town of Surfside, near Miami, authorities brought forward the demolition of a partially collapsed apartment block on Tuesday for fear that Elsa might topple it in an uncontrolled way.
So far, 36 people are known to have died when Champlain Towers South collapsed on 24 June. At least 109 are still missing. Officials say they hope to be able to continue the search-and-rescue operation, despite the storm.
Late last week, Elsa carved a swathe of destruction in the Caribbean. In the Dominican Republic, at least two people died on Saturday when walls collapsed in high winds.
One person also died on the island of St Lucia, while Barbados reported damage to hundreds of homes.Is global warming making hurricanes stronger?
#AceNewsReport – Jun.22: The children who died Saturday were in a van for a youth home for abused or neglected children. The vehicle erupted in flames in the wreck along a wet Interstate 65 about 35 miles south of Montgomery. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said vehicles likely hydroplaned.
ALABAMA: TROPICAL STORM #Claudette was regaining strength early Monday and expected to return to tropical storm status as it neared the coast of the Carolinas just days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multi-vehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm.
The crash also claimed the lives of two other people who were in a separate vehicle. Garlock identified them as 29-year-old Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana; both of Marion County, Tennessee.
Multiple people were also injured.
Additionally, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were also killed Saturday when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits, said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit. Makayla Ross, a 23-year-old Fort Payne woman, died Saturday after her car ran off the road into a swollen creek, DeKalb County Deputy Coroner Chris Thacker told WHNT-TV.
A search was also underway for one man believed to have fallen into the water during flash flooding in Birmingham, WBRC-TV reported. Crews were using boats to search Pebble Creek.
Early Monday, Claudette had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The depression was located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south-southwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moving east-northeast at 20 mph (31 kph), forecasters said.
The depression was forecast to become a tropical storm sometime Monday morning over eastern North Carolina. Claudette is then on track to move into the Atlantic Ocean, then travel near or south of Nova Scotia on Tuesday.
Rainfall totals around 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 centimeters) are forecast for parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. Tornadoes were also possible Monday morning across the coastal Carolinas.
A tropical storm warning was in effect in North Carolina from the Little River Inlet to the town of Duck on the Outer Banks. A tropical storm watch was issued from South Santee River, South Carolina, to the Little River Inlet.
The van in Saturday’s crash was carrying children ages 4 to 17 who belonged to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a youth home operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association.
Michael Smith, the youth ranch’s CEO, said the van was heading back to the ranch near Camp Hill, northeast of Montgomery, after a week at the beach in Gulf Shores. Candice Gulley, the ranch director, was the van’s only survivor — pulled from the flames by a bystander.
“Words cannot explain what I saw,” Smith said of the accident site, which he visited Saturday. He had returned from Gulf Shores in a separate van and did not see the crash when it happened.
Gulley remained hospitalized Sunday in Montgomery in serious but stable condition. Two of the dead in the van were Gulley’s children, ages 4 and 16. Four others were ranch residents and two were guests, Smith said.
Garlock said the location of the wreck is “notorious” for hydroplaning, as the northbound highway curves down a hill to a small creek. Traffic on that stretch of I-65 is usually filled with vacationers driving to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches on summer weekends.
The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was sending 10 investigators to the area Sunday to investigate the crash.
Meanwhile, it seemed to be business as usual along North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Sunday ahead of Claudette’s arrival.
At Stack ’em High in Kill Devil Hills, a restaurant that specializes in pancakes, co-owner Dawn Kiousis said Sunday morning restaurant service was busy.
“You keep your eye on the weather and you prepare as much stuff in advance as you can,” she said. “Just know she’s gonna win. Mother Nature is going to do what she’s going to do, so you just prepare.”
Twelve dead in Alabama as massive storm sweeps southern US sparking tornadoes, floods
Posted Yesterday at 8:23pm, updated Yesterday at 10:18pm
Tropical Depression Claudette claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the south-eastern US, causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes.
Ten people, including nine children, were killed on Saturday in a 15-vehicle crash about 55 kilometres south of Montgomery on Interstate 65, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock.
He said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads, with eight children, aged 4 to 17, killed in a van belonging to a youth ranch operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association for abused or neglected children.
A man and a nine-month-old baby died in a separate vehicle. Multiple people were also injured.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a three-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits on Saturday.
The deaths occurred as drenching rains pelted northern Alabama and Georgia. As much as 30 centimetres of rain was reported earlier from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Flash flood watches were posted on Sunday for northern Georgia, most of South Carolina, the North Carolina coast and parts of south-east Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
The eight girls killed in the van were returning to a youth ranch from a week at the beach in Gulf Shores, youth ranches CEO Michael Smith told The Associated Press.
He said the director of the Tallapoosa County ranch survived the crash and was hospitalised in Montgomery. At least one of the dead was a child of the director.
“This is the worst tragedy I’ve been a part of in my life,” Mr Smith said.
“Words cannot explain what I saw.
“We love these girls like they’re our own children.”
Mr Garlock said the location of the wreck is “notorious” for hydroplaning, as the northbound highway curves down a hill to a small creek.
Traffic on that stretch of road is usually filled with holidaymakers driving to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches on summer weekends.
Mobile home park ‘leveled’, 50 homes damaged or destroyed
Shortly after the storm made landfall southwest of New Orleans, a suspected tornado spurred by the storm demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.
Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said it “pretty much levelled” a mobile home park, toppled trees onto houses and ripped the roof off of a high school gym.
Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 77 kilometres north of Pensacola, Florida.
“It kind of affected everybody,” Mr Jackson said.
“But with those mobile homes being built so close together it can take a toll on them a lot more than it can on houses that are spread apart.”
Tornadoes were also reported in southwest Georgia.
Damage from the storm was also felt in north Florida, where winds — in some cases reaching 137 kph — caused an 18-wheeler truck to flip on its side.
The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast, inundating streets and homes.
Later, the storm drenched the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.
Forecasters said the system could still dump up to 20 centimetres of rain in some parts of the region.
The centre of Claudette was located about 20 km east-northeast of Atlanta on Sunday morning. It was moving east-northeast at 28 kph, the National Hurricane Center said.
Forecasters predicted Claudette would strengthen back to tropical storm status on Monday over eastern North Carolina before heading out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean.
More than 20 people were rescued on Saturday by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported.
The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help those who were affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.