Natural disasters

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or damage property, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
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  • TX Marine Warning and Forecast
    San Francisco Chronicle

    TX Marine Warning and Forecast

    TX Marine Warnings and Forecast for Thursday, April 25, 2019 MARINE WEATHER STATEMENT Marine Weather Statement National Weather Service Lake Charles LA 105 AM CDT Thu Apr 25 2019 A Marine Weather Statement has been issued for the following areas... Coastal waters from Cameron LA to High Island TX out 20 NM... Coastal waters from Intracoastal City to Cameron LA out 20 NM... Waters from Cameron LA to High Island TX from 20 to 60 NM... At 104 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated strong thunderstorms, capable of producing winds to around 30 knots. These thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near West Cameron 45 to near High Island 5, moving northeast at 55 knots. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS

  • Thunderstorms in forecast for draft night in Nashville
    ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports

    Thunderstorms in forecast for draft night in Nashville

    When thunderstorms roll into the area of an NFL game, the game is suspended as players and fans retreat inside the stadium to seek shelter from the weather. But what happens when thunderstorms roll into a city trying to host the NFL Draft with an outdoor festival setting? According to the National Weather Service, Nashville [more]

  • CA San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA Zone Forecast
    San Francisco Chronicle

    CA San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA Zone Forecast

    CA San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA Zone Forecast for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 931 FPUS56 KHNX 250601 ZFPHNX Zone Forecast Product for Interior Central California National Weather Service San Joaquin Valley - Hanford CA 1100 PM PDT Wed Apr 24 2019 Spot temperatures and probabilities of measurable precipitation are for tonight, Thursday, Thursday night, and Friday. CAZ179-251100- West Side Hills- 1100 PM PDT Wed Apr 24 2019 .TONIGHT...Clear. Lows 61 to 67. West winds up to 10 mph. .THURSDAY...Sunny. Highs 89 to 95. Light winds in the morning becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. .THURSDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows 59 to 65. West winds 10 to 15 mph. .FRIDAY...Sunny. Highs 85 to 93. Light winds

  • Wildfire 'one of largest in the UK'
    BBC News

    Wildfire 'one of largest in the UK'

    A major wildfire in Moray could be one of the largest seen in the UK for years, according to firefighters. The blaze near Paul's Hill wind farm at Knockando, south west of Elgin has destroyed more than 20 square miles of grassland. Dry conditions and high winds caused the flames to spread aggressively and at its height 80 firefighters were tackling the blaze. Area manager Bruce Farquharson said crews will remain on site for days. And the experienced firefighter, chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, said: "This is shaping up to be one of the largest wildfires that the UK has seen in years. "The conditions, including the weather, the terrain and the sheer scale of the incident have made it


    WA Current Conditions

    WA Current Conditions as of 11:00 PM PDT Wednesday, April 24, 2019 City/Town;Weather Condition;Temp (F);Wind Direction;Wind Speed (MPH);Humidity (%) Arlington;Clear;45;NNW;6;68% Bellingham;Clear;44;Calm;0;73% Bremerton;Clear;47;NNE;7;74% Chehalis;Clear;46;Calm;0;81% Deer Park;Clear;43;Calm;0;60% Eastsound;Clear;43;Calm;0;87% Ellensburg;Clear;51;NW;18;50% Ephrata;Clear;54;NW;13;23% Everett;Clear;44;NNW;5;86% Fort Lewis;Clear;53;N;8;62% Friday Harbor;Clear;42;Calm;0;78% Hoquiam;Clear;48;Calm;0;76% Kelso-Longview;Mostly clear;52;N;3;56% Moses Lake;Clear;61;SSW;7;34% Olympia;Showers;49;NNE;7;64% Omak;Clear;51;NW;8;39% Pasco;Clear;59;Calm;0;38% Port Angeles;Clear;43;Calm;0;85% Pullman;Clear;46;Calm;0;60%

  • Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought
    The Florence Times-Daily

    Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

    Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires. Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the drought that caused severe crop damage in 2018 could be surpassed this year. Strong winds in northern Germany have also whipped soil off the fields, creating sand storms in recent days. The head of Germany's firefighters association, Hartmut Ziebs, called Wednesday for more helicopters to be put on standby to help extinguish potential fires.

  • 6 Vehicles Scorched In Wrecking Yard Fire, No Injuries
    San Francisco Chronicle

    6 Vehicles Scorched In Wrecking Yard Fire, No Injuries

    A fire was quickly extinguished Wednesday evening in a vehicle wrecking yard in San Jose, a fire captain said. The fire was reported at 5:29 p.m. at a yard at Monterey Road and Phelan Avenue, fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said. Flames scorched six vehicles in the yard. No other vehicles were damaged and no one was injured. Matlow said firefighters did an excellent job of stopping the fire. He said wrecking yard fires can be hard to contain and Wednesday evening firefighters prevented a much bigger problem. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Copyright © 2019 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

  • Bad Weather Leads to Bad Restaurant Reviews, Study Says
    Food & Wine

    Bad Weather Leads to Bad Restaurant Reviews, Study Says

    Researchers led by a team from Ohio State University studied how weather patterns and climatic factors affect customer comments in restaurants, and the results were published last month in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. Customer comment cards were collected from 32 Florida restaurants all within the same (unnamed) national fast-casual chain. Rating the comments on a five-point scale, the researchers also gathered weather reports from each restaurant's specific location on the day of the comment and compared the data. According to OSU, while 14 weather variables were examined, three seemed to have an effect on the tone of comments: rain, temperature, and barometric pressure.

  • With flood fatigue sinking in, Quebec volunteers are changing their tactics

    With flood fatigue sinking in, Quebec volunteers are changing their tactics

    Five days into the flooding, fatigue is setting in, and volunteers are changing up tactics as they, firefighters and the army continue to battle a rising tide in the western Montreal area. “The last time I felt this tired I was in my 20s,” said Kim Reid of On Rock Community Services. Reid's organization closed up a 24-hour diner established for volunteers and is now concentrating on feeding displaced residents three meals a day. A volunteer coordination centre, which was open for two months during the floods of 2017, also reopened at the Holiday Inn in Pointe-Claire. “I've been telling people over the next couple days to rest up,” said Sabrina Stoute, the woman who established Operation: Montreal

  • Dallas Warns Of Possible High-Water Conditions Throughout City
    CBS Dallas - Fort Worth

    Dallas Warns Of Possible High-Water Conditions Throughout City

    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Heavy rainfall Tuesday night, more rain Wednesday and additional rainfall in the forecast may create high-water conditions throughout Dallas, the city warned Wednesday afternoon. The city said residents should practice personal safety and be aware of high-water conditions. “The recent rains have created some high-water conditions throughout the City,” said Sarah Standifer, Assistant Director of Dallas Water Utilities. “Be smart and do not take any chances. Turn around and don't drown is the best plan of action.” As of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, the following closures are in effect: All trails along the Trinity Floodway are closed. The following Park and Recreation areas are closed:

  • Canada residents split: to move or not after two floods in two years

    Canada residents split: to move or not after two floods in two years

    Michelle Lorrain climbs into a canoe and paddles down a flooded street to check in on her parents desperately trying to save their "dream home" from rising waters in Canada's capital region -- the second time in two years. "We're all discouraged and ready to give up," she told AFP, holding back tears as waters creeped from the nearby Gatineau and Ottawa Rivers. A few blocks over, Gilles Raymond in hip waders surveilled the flooding.

  • From 70s to Serious Slush in 60 Hours: Plowable Snow Potential Saturday
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

    From 70s to Serious Slush in 60 Hours: Plowable Snow Potential Saturday

    Serious Relapse: Saturday Slush Potential Is it ever appropriate to censor a meteorologist? When the news is bad, do you cover your ears and hum "lalalala..."? I sure do. Days like this I feel like a doctor telling his favorite patient he's going to need his ears lowered and his nose removed. The rumors are true: computer models suggesting the atmosphere will be just cold enough for slushy snow much of Saturday. A few inches may pile up on lawns and fields; plowable amounts not out of the question over far southern Minnesota, based on ECMWF (European) guidance. Factors to consider: warm topsoil should result in some melting-on-contact. And a high sun angle may keep freeways wet & slushy. For

  • Wet forecast casts damper on 50th Jazz Fest opening day
    Daily Mail

    Wet forecast casts damper on 50th Jazz Fest opening day

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A wet forecast cast an opening-day damper on the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The National Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain Thursday, and some storms might be severe. More than 70 acts including Earth, Wind and Fire and Alanis Morissette are scheduled Thursday, along with scores of food and arts and crafts vendors. The festival generally goes on rain or shine, though storms canceled one Friday in 2004. In 2016, storms ended the next-to-last day before Stevie Wonder and other headliners could start. The following day, some closers left stages early, though performers in big tents were able to finish their sets. However, the rest of the weekend

  • Daily Journal

    Hazardous Weather Outlook

    FLUS43 KIND 241940 HWOIND Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Indianapolis IN 340 PM EDT Wed Apr 24 2019 INZ021-028>031-035>049-051>057-060>065-067>072-251945- Carroll-Warren-Tippecanoe-Clinton-Howard-Fountain-Montgomery-Boone- Tipton-Hamilton-Madison-Delaware-Randolph-Vermillion-Parke-Putnam- Hendricks-Marion-Hancock-Henry-Vigo-Clay-Owen-Morgan-Johnson-Shelby- Rush-Sullivan-Greene-Monroe-Brown-Bartholomew-Decatur-Knox-Daviess- Martin-Lawrence-Jackson-Jennings- Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport, West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo, Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon, Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville,

  • Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

    Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

    DALLAS (AP) — A woman and her two young children died Wednesday when the family car was caught in rushing flash flood waters in the West Texas rolling plains. The incident happened about 6 a.m. Wednesday at what's usually a small creek just outside Dublin, Texas, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth. Crews launched a high-water rescue effort only to find the woman's husband clinging to a tree, Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates told the Stephenville Empire-Tribune . He was taken to a hospital. The mother's body was later recovered from the swamped car. Their 7-year-old son was found 400 yards (365 meters) further downstream, and their 3-year-old girl was found 3 miles (5 kilometers)