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  • #31
    • Hurricane Laura makes landfall as Category 4 early Thursday

    Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.

    The storm hit Cameron, Louisiana, at about 1 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), according to the National Hurricane Center, which called it an "extremely dangerous" hurricane.

    Hurricane-force winds extended 60 miles from its center. Laura will move inland Thursday morning and move north across Louisiana through Thursday afternoon.

    The National Weather Service has said that devastation could spread far inland in eastern Texas and western Louisiana.
    • Hurricane Center issues dire warning amid extremely high winds

    The National Hurricane Center said the eyewall of Hurricane Laura will continue to move inland across southwestern Louisiana for the next several hours, with continuing catastrophic storm surge, extreme winds and flash flooding.

    "TAKE COVER NOW!" the center warned in it latest update, urging residents to take cover immediately.

    "Treat these imminent extreme winds as if a tornado was approaching and move immediately to the safe room in your shelter," it said. "Take action now to protect your life.": - -
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      • #33
        Pakistan floods leave dozens dead and people angry at lack of help

        Heavy rains have hit parts of Pakistan, including the financial capital of Karachi, for a fifth straight night, bringing further flooding to towns and villages and leaving at least 36 people dead.

        About 76cm (30in) of rain have fallen in Karachi since Sunday, when monsoon rains began lashing the city, forcing authorities to use boats to evacuate people trapped in flooded streets.

        Twenty people were killed in Karachi in rain-related incidents and 16 others died in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after flash flooding overnight, according to government officials.

        Fallen power lines caused widespread electrical outages, adding misery to the lives of many of the city’s 15 million residents. Some workers stayed at their offices while others spent the night in open areas because there was no public transport to get home in many parts of the city.

        Hundreds of vehicles were dragged along the streets by powerful flood waters.

        At least eight people were killed when a wall fell on them in a residential area. The victims included children who were playing at the time. Other casualties were also reported in various parts of Karachi in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from rain-related incidents to more than 40 in recent weeks.

        At least 136 people have died in Pakistan since June in rain-related incidents and many residents are angry with the authorities for not doing enough to help.

        Monsoon rains are pounding Pakistan at a time when the authorities are trying to contain the spread of coronovirus, which has caused more than 6,283 deaths since February, when the country reported its first case. Pakistan reported nine more deaths on Friday from Covid-19.

        Every year, many cities in Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon deluge, drawing criticism about poor planning. The monsoon season runs from July until September.:

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        • #34
          Hurricane Laura Losses Include 10 Deaths, Up To $12 Billion

          Hurricane Laura unleashed terrible winds on the Louisiana coast, but its effects are "looking relatively tame from an economic perspective" – especially when compared with other powerful storms, according to an early analysis by Moody's Analytics.

          Laura is blamed for at least 10 deaths, including five people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning — at least one case involving the use of a generator without proper ventilation. Four people died from trees falling on homes, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. And a man drowned after the boat he was on sank, NPR member station WWNO reported.

          The storm is estimated to have caused anywhere from $4 billion to $12 billion in damages to Louisiana and Texas. While Laura showed a staggering amount of power, its damage tally isn't likely to come close to other strong storms such as hurricanes Katrina and Harvey — the two costliest storms in U.S. history.

          Katrina caused an estimated $160 billion worth of damage in 2005; Harvey caused $125 billion in damages in 2017.

          A key reason for Laura's smaller price tag is that while the hurricane came ashore with 150-mph winds — crashing large trees into houses, ripping roofs off buildings and tossing vehicles around – it avoided densely populated areas such as Houston and New Orleans.:

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          • #35
            • Typhoon Maysak: Japan warns of 'major disaster' in Okinawa region

            Japan's meteorological agency warned the typhoon could bring rains and violent winds to southern Japanese islands.

            A powerful typhoon is barrelling towards Japan's southern islands, bearing dangerous winds, as weather authorities warn of a "major disaster" in the region.

            The Japan Meteorological Agency warned on Monday that Typhoon Maysak could bring with it storm surge, heavy rains, high waves and violent winds, potentially causing a "major disaster" in the Okinawa region.

            The agency also called on residents to "evacuate to sturdy buildings before winds get stronger".

            Maysak is expected to gain further strength, with maximum winds of 252kmph (156.6 mph) as it closes in on the island from late at night, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said in a statement on Sunday.

            A total of 180 flights to and from the Okinawa region had already been cancelled and many schools and public offices were closed from Monday afternoon, the Okinawa Times newspaper reported.

            As of 5pm local time (08:00 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 190km (118 miles) south of Naha, Okinawa's capital, travelling north-north-west at 35km/h (21.7 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 144kmph (89.6 mph) and gusts of 216km/h (134.2 mph), the agency said.

            Forecasters were warning of flooding, mudslides and swollen rivers, as the storm is expected to unleash up to 80 millimetres (3.1 inches) of rainfall per hour on some parts of the island of Okinawa.

            The agency forecast rainfall of up to 400 millimetres (15.7 inches) for Okinawa and up to 150 millimetres (5.9 inches) for the Amami Island region by late on Tuesday.

            In 2019, Japan was hit by the most powerful typhoons to hit the country in six decades left as many as 36 people dead.

            Typhoon Hagibis left the capital, Tokyo, relatively unscathed, but caused serious damage to surrounding regions, as rivers burst their banks and the torrential rain triggered landslides.:

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            • #36
              Typhoon Maysak could become one of South Korea's strongest typhoons on record

              After sweeping across Japan’s Ryukyu Islands on Monday night local time, powerful Typhoon Maysak is headed for a likely Wednesday landfall in South Korea that may lead to widespread and potentially severe damage.

              At 8 a.m. EDT Monday, August 31 (3 p.m. Tuesday Korea Standard Time), Maysak was about 110 miles south-southwest of Kadena Air Force Base on the island of Okinawa, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center, JTWC, which reported that Maysak was packing 1-minute sustained winds of 125 mph, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.

              Maysak was on track to pass directly over or just west of tiny Kumejima island, where storm chaser James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV) was stationed. Kumeijima has only a few thousand residents. Maysak’s center is likely to pass about 40-50 miles west of more populous Okinawa, which has more than a million residents. A that distance, the island will not feel the full brunt of the storm. Intense squalls will be possible, though, as Maysak has a large circulation. Wind gusts of more than 60 mph were reported at Kadena AFB between around 10 and 11 a.m. EDT Monday.

              Maysak could produce far more widespread damage later this week. Forecast models have consistently taken Maysak on an arcing path north and northeast into South Korea by Wednesday. Busan, the nation’s second largest city and the world’s fifth largest port, is expected to end up on the typhoon’s dangerous right-hand side, with destructive winds and storm surge a real threat. Maysak then will angle leftward, taking an unusual course near the peninsula’s east coast that could bring torrential rains and high wind across both South and North Korea and into far northeast China as the typhoon transitions into an unusually strong extratropical storm.

              Maysak’s rapid motion will help limit total rainfall amounts, but the Korean peninsula is primed for flooding. Only a week ago, Typhoon Bavi – a weaker storm than Maysak – dumped heavy rain as it passed west of the peninsula before making landfall in western North Korea. What’s more, South Korea has endured one of its wettest and longest monsoon seasons on record this year, lasting for 54 days, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration. As noted by the Korea Herald, the nation as a whole averaged roughly 920 millimeters (36.22 inches) of rain from June 1 through August 15, compared to the long-term average of around 570 mm (22.44 inches).: -

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              • #37
                Forgot to add the maysak twitter link to the post above:
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                • #38
                  Typhoon Maysak on track to slam South KoreaMaysak is moving toward a potential landfall west of Busan, South Korea's second-largest city and the world's fifth-largest port.

                  Fearsome Typhoon Maysak began angling toward the southern coast of South Korea on Tuesday, September 1, after swinging through Japan’s Kyushu Islands as the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. Maysak is on track to slam populous southeastern South Korea on Wednesday night local time with sustained winds that could exceed 100 mph, together with a destructive storm surge.

                  Maysak’s eastern eyewall – the most dangerous part of this storm – passed directly over Japan’s tiny Kume Island on Monday night. A peak wind gust of 54 meters per second (about 122 mph) was reported at Kitihara on Kume Island, which received almost nine inches of rain in 24 hours, according to’s Jonathan Erdman. Hurricane chaser James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV) documented shrieking winds and huge waves.

                  “Happy to report I saw no major building damage on Kumejima which is to be expected, these islands are built for the strongest typhoons,” Reynolds tweeted. “Power is out in many places and lots of cleaning up to be done.”

                  Maysak is continuing to track toward a potential landfall west of Busan – South Korea’s second-largest city and the world’s fifth-largest port. That track would put the Busan area on the storm’s more dangerous eastern side. Maysak then will angle leftward, taking an unusual course near the peninsula’s east coast that could bring torrential rains and high wind across both South Korea and North Korea and into far northeast China as the typhoon transitions into a strong extratropical storm.

                  Even if Maysak passes far enough west of Busan to spare the city its strongest winds, the storm’s broad, powerful circulation likely will push a substantial storm surge toward the Busan area, where the geography is particularly prone to surge impacts. What’s more, typhoons appear to be delivering stronger surges to the Busan area even after sea-level rise due to climate change is taken into account. A 2016 study in the Journal of Coastal Research led by Sang Myeong Oh found that typhoon landfalls from 1962 to 2014 drove a seven-inch increase in the annual maximum surge height (AMSH) in Busan, a rate of increase about 50% higher than the local trend in mean sea level (MSL).

                  On the plus side, Maysak has embarked on a weakening trend that will cut its top winds prior to landfall. Vertical wind shear is increasing, and the typhoon’s once-distinct eye became fragmented on satellite imagery on Wednesday. Moreover, the western half of Maysak will be passing over a cool wake left behind by Typhoon Bevi, which passed west of the Korea Peninsula just a week ago. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in this wake are lower than the standard 26°C (79°F) threshold for sustaining a tropical cyclone (though much warmer just to the east, where the bulk of Maysak will be traveling). There is also the possibility of an eyewall replacement cycle, the “shedding” of an old eyewall that can reduce a tropical cyclone’s strength for a day or so. In this case, Maysak would have to rebuild a new eyewall quickly under less-than-optimal conditions before making landfall.

                  All things considered, it remains possible that Maysak will strike South Korea with a central pressure below the national record of 950 mb, as consistently indicated by multiple runs of the HWRF model (one of the best for tropical cyclone intensity).

                  Widespread 4-8 inch rains from Maysak will be falling atop ground soaked by South Korea’s second wettest monsoon season on record, and also by rains from Typhoon Bevi just last week.:

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                  • #39
                    Strongest Typhoon of 2020 to Hit South Korea, with Another Close Behind

                    The strongest typhoon of the year is on its way to the Korean Peninsula Wednesday after lashing Japan with strong winds and rain.

                    Typhoon Maysak peaked early Tuesday with winds of 233 kilometers per hour, coming within a week of the first major storm and a few days before a third potential typhoon.

                    Maysak, a Category 4 storm on the five-level scale, could affect weather as far away as Canada.

                    Maysak is expected to make landfall Wednesday in South Korea as a Category 1 or Category 2 storm. Prefectures along Japan’s eastern coast were still under weather advisories Tuesday, with some at the southern tip of the island under more serious weather warnings.

                    Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city, is predicted to lie in the path of the strongest quadrant of the storm, raising fears of storm surges and flooding, according to the Washington Post. More than 3.4 million people live in Busan.

                    “It is expected that the whole country will be affected by typhoons from the far south of Jeju Island to the day after tomorrow,” tweeted the Korea Meteorological Administration Tuesday.

                    "Very strong winds and very much rain across the country, very high currents, and some coastal storm surges!"

                    This year’s Pacific typhoon season, typically busiest between May and October, has been unusually uneventful thus far.

                    But last week, Typhoon Bavi, weaker than Maysak, dumped significant amounts of rain on the Korean Peninsula, which this year has already experienced one of its longest and wettest monsoon seasons on record.

                    Bavi and Maysak aren’t the end of it. Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, and both Koreas are bracing for another developing storm system, Tropical Storm Haishen, to hit later this week.

                    Korean weather authorities predicted Tuesday that Haishen could strengthen to a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers per hour by Saturday.

                    The Japan Meteorological Administration noted Tuesday that sea surface temperatures around the country in August were the highest on average since record-keeping began in 1982, contributing to the unusual number of serious storms in the Western Pacific.: -

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                    • #40
                      Typhoon Maysak Makes Landfall in South Korea and Could Be Followed By Haishen Next Week Typhoon Maysak has made landfall in South Korea and could be followed by another typhoon strike from Haishen just days later. Haishen will also bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of southern Japan before it reaches the Korean Peninsula.

                      Maysak made landfall on the southern coast of South Korea early Thursday, local time.

                      Damaging winds are expected in much of the Korean Peninsula through Thursday as well as more unwanted, heavy rainfall. Parts of South Korea had a record-long-monsoon this summer, triggering disastrous flooding, according to the Korean Herald.

                      The additional rainfall this week is likely to cause more flooding and mudslides as far north as northeast China.

                      Maysak snapped trees, broken windows and flooded roads on South Korea's Jeju Island, according to the Associated Press. Winds gusted to nearly 70 mph at Jeju International Airport.

                      The AP reported that at least 439 domestic flights were canceled in South Korea ahead of Maysak's strike.

                      Maysak has also impacted southern Japan, including parts of the Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu.

                      Okinawa Island, including Kadena Air Base, generally measured gusts from 70 to 85 mph. A peak gust of 98 mph was measured in the city of Naha, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

                      Hundreds of homes lost power in Okinawa because of the strong winds, the AP reported.

                      Taking the hardest hit from Maysak's eyewall was Kume Island, about 60 miles west of Okinawa Island Monday night. Winds gusted up to 122 mph, according to the JMA. They also picked up almost 9 inches of rain in 24 hours through late Tuesday afternoon.

                      Haishen Forecast
                      If that wasn't enough, Typhoon Haishen is forecast to become a formidably strong typhoon later this week and move northwestward toward southwest Japan by Sunday.

                      Furthermore, current ensemble model forecasts suggest Haishen could then track near the Korean Peninsula early next week, just days after enduring a strike from Maysak.

                      It's too soon to tell if Haishen will end up tracking close enough to bring another round of destructive winds the Korean Peninsula, but it's increasingly likely to bring at least tropical storm-force winds.

                      And it could bring another round of flooding rain as far north as northeast China or southeast Russia.

                      The reason that both of these systems are threatening the Korean Peninsula instead of recurving northeastward over the Pacific Ocean is a blocking ridge of high pressure just northeast of Japan.

                      This area of high pressure is expected to be in place this week and blocked Maysak and will block Haishen's eastward escape, diverting the two instead toward parts of Japan and the Korean Peninsula.:

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                      • #41
                        Both storms mentioned above

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                        • #42
                          Typhoon Maysak Batters South Korea

                          A peninsula that typically sees one typhoon per year might face three landfalling storms in two weeks. One week after Typhoon Bavi brought fierce winds and rain to North and South Korea, Typhoon Maysak plowed into South Korea as a category 2 storm.

                          The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of Maysak in the late morning on September 2, 2020. At the time, the storm had sustained winds of roughly 190 kilometers (120 miles) per hour.

                          Shortly before landfall, in the early hours of September 3, the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported sustained winds of 170 kilometers (105 miles) per hour as the eye of the storm was southwest of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city and the world’s fifth-largest port. It is believed to be just the sixth typhoon of category 2 strength or higher to hit the Korean Peninsula since 1951.

                          Maysak reached typhoon strength on August 29 and intensified to become the strongest typhoon so far in the 2020 Western Pacific season. At peak intensity on September 1, Maysak’s winds measured 230 kilometers (145 miles) per hour, a category 4 storm. The typhoon battered Okinawa, the Ryukyu Islands, and Jeju Island before moving ashore on the Korean Peninsula. Forecasters called for widespread rainfall of 100 to 200 millimeters (4 to 8 inches). That rain will fall upon ground that has been soaked by South Korea’s second-wettest monsoon season on record and by rains from Typhoon Bevi.

                          The storm troubles may not be over for North and South Korea. Another typhoon, Haishen, has been developing south of Japan, and several potential storm tracks have it making landfall on the Korean Peninsula on September 6 or 7. As of the evening of September 2, Haishen had sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, with predictions that it could strengthen to category 4 strength while moving over the extremely warm water of the tropical Western Pacific.:

                          In other news……

                          Typhoon Maysak: NZ livestock ship and crew missing in storm off Japan coast

                          Japan's coastguard has rescued one person as it searched for a vessel with nearly 6,000 livestock and 43 crew members on board. The survivor said the ship sank as Typhoon Maysak wreaked havoc in the region.:

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                          • #43
                            Typhoon Haishen to pick up strength as it bears down on SW Japan

                            Japan's weather agency is warning of violent winds and high waves as Typhoon Haishen, this year's 10th, grows more powerful on its approach to the country's southwest.

                            According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), as of 9 a.m. on Sept. 3, Haishen was south of the Japanese archipelago, moving westward at about 20 kilometers per hour. However, the storm is expected to turn north and pick up steam, passing close to the Daito Islands in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on Sept. 5-6.

                            Haishen had a central air pressure of 970 hectopascals and was packing sustained windspeeds of up to 126 kilometers per hour near its core, with gusts hitting 180 kph, as of 9 a.m. on Sept. 3, the JMA said. There were also sustained windspeeds of at least 90 kph within a 110-kilometer radius of the storm's eye.

                            The agency projects that Haishen will travel north to about 600 kilometers southeast of Minami Daito Island at 9 a.m. on Sept. 4, and that its core pressure will drop to 940 hectopascals. The storm is then forecast to continue northward, approaching the Amami Islands between Okinawa and the southwest Japan island of Kyushu at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6. By that point Haishen's core pressure is expected to drop to 915 hectopascals, and pack gusts of up to 288 kph.:

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                            • #44
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                              • #45
                                Typhoon Maysak Batters Storm-Plagued South Korea, Now Threatened by Typhoon Haishen

                                Powerful Typhoon Maysak on Thursday flooded homes and vehicles and knocked down trees and utility poles on South Korea’s southern and eastern coasts.

                                Two deaths are being blamed on the typhoon, according to the Korea Herald. A woman in her 60s died in Busan after being injured by a shattered window, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters said. A man in his 50s, also in Busan, also died after being cut by broken windows, the headquarters said.

                                Maysak is the fourth typhoon to hit the Korean Peninsula this year and the second in less than a month. Last week, Typhoon Bavi damaged homes, buildings and crops on the peninsula.

                                Typhoon Haishen is expected to reach the Korean coast on Monday after passing near parts of southern Japan.

                                More than 2,400 South Koreans evacuated their homes as Maysak approached, the Associated Press reported. On Thursday, the typhoon knocked out electricity to more than 270,000 homes, mostly in Busan and on the resort island of Jeju.

                                At least 17 homes were destroyed, the Korea Herald reported. More than 850 properties were damaged.

                                South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety said four nuclear power reactors near Busan automatically shut down because of electricity supply issues. No radioactive leaks were detected, the AP reported.

                                North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency showed flooding along the eastern coast but didn't report any casualties.

                                A Filipino crewmember of a Panamanian cargo ship is rescued by Japanese coast guard members in the waters off the Amami Oshima, Japan on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. (The 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters via AP)

                                Meanwhile, Japan’s coast guard continued to search Thursday for a livestock ship carrying 42 crew members that sank Wednesday in rough seas.

                                The coast guard rescued a Filipino crew member who said the ship capsized before sinking, the AP reported.

                                The Gulf Livestock 1 ship was carrying 5,800 cows in the East China Sea off southern Japan when it sent a distress call early Wednesday.

                                The rescued crew member said an engine stopped and the ship stalled. A powerful wave hit the ship broadside, he said, and it capsized and sank.

                                He said he didn't see any other crew members, which included 38 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia.:

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