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  • #76
    Smoke from the US West Coast wildfires has reached Europe

    London (CNN) - The wildfires devastating California and other parts of the western United States are the worst in 18 years, with vast amounts of thick smoke affecting large areas of the North America and even reaching Northern Europe, scientists said Wednesday.

    The fires, which began in mid-August in California and Colorado, are "significantly more intense than the 2003-2019 average for the whole country and the affected states," according to data from Europe's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

    Oregon and Washington have also seen serious wildfires break out since the beginning of September, following recent hot, dry and windy conditions.

    Scientists from CAMS, which is part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, use satellite observations to track wildfire activity around the world. Fire activity this year in the United States has been "tens to hundreds of times more intense" than the average from 2003 to 2019 across the country as a whole, as well as in several affected states, they say.

    "The scale and magnitude of these fires are at a level much higher than in any of the 18 years that our monitoring data covers, since 2003," said Mark Parrington, a senior scientist for CAMS.

    "A good indicator of smoke thickness is aerosol optical depth (AOD). Over the western US, AOD levels have been observed to reach values of seven or above; to put this into perspective, an AOD measurement of one already implies very hazy conditions and potentially poor air quality."

    While the heaviest smoke remained off the West Coast over the Pacific Ocean for several days, according to CAMS data and satellite images, it began to blow back across the United States and Canada in recent days.

    Smoke traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Northern Europe at the end of last week, and is forecast to do so again in the coming days, CAMS said.

    "The fact that these fires are emitting so much pollution into the atmosphere that we can still see thick smoke over 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) away reflects just how devastating they have been in their magnitude and duration," said Parrington.

    The US National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday that at least 87 wildfires were burning in 11 states. Many are filling the sky with choking smoke and pushing firefighters beyond exhaustion.

    At least 25 people have died in the California wildfires since August. Ten people were dead and 22 missing in Oregon as of Tuesday.

    The fires have already emitted an estimated 21.7 megatonnes of carbon in California, 7.3 megatonnes of carbon in Oregon and 1.4 megatonnes of carbon in Washington, according to CAMS.

    Parts of the West Coast now have the worst air quality in the world, according to the air quality monitoring group IQAir.:

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    • #77
      Hurricane Sally unleashes "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding along Gulf Coast

      Hurricane Sally, which has weakened to a tropical storm, is battering the Gulf Coast at a slow pace and with massive amounts of rain - unleashing "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding along with parts of the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center.

      The storm's eye crossed over land near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. As of Wednesday afternoon, the eye was about 30 miles west-northwest of Pensacola, Florida, with winds of 70 mph.

      The storm is now creeping north-northeast at 5 mph, maintaining an excruciatingly slow pace, which means it could produce nearly three feet of rain in some areas and storm surges as high as seven feet. Rainfall is already being measured in feet - not inches - and tornadoes remain a possibility in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.:

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      • #78
        Tropical storm Noul to develop into a typhoon as it approaches central Vietnam

        Thailand’s Meteorological Department reported today that tropical storm Noul is gaining strength and is expected to turn into a typhoon as it makes landfall in central Vietnam around noon tomorrow.

        At about 4am this morning, Noul was still a level-3 storm, with its eye about 600 kilometres to the southeast of the Vietnamese town of Danang, packing wind speeds of 80kph at its centre.

        In Vietnam, the Ministry of National Defense has called for the mobilization of more than 300,000 people, including soldiers, police and civilian volunteers, to assist residents in storm-hit areas.

        The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said it is ready to evacuate 107,000 families, or about 548,000 people, across the central coastal provinces.

        Weather forecasting centres in the US, Japan and Hong Kong predict that tropical storm Noul will make landfall along Vietnam’s central coast on Friday afternoon, with maximum wind speeds of 130kph.

        From Thursday afternoon until Friday, several central provinces will be hit by heavy rainfall of 300-400mm a day.

        The approaching storm, compounded by the strengthening southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, will bring heavy to very heavy rain to Thailand’s northern, northeastern, central, western and southern regions, according to the Thai Met Office.

        On Friday, the Met Office predicted heavy to very heavy rains in the northeastern provinces of Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bung Karn, Muk Dahan, Sakhon Nakhon, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Yasothon and Roi-et, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat and Chanthaburi, Ranong, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

        On Saturday, several northern provinces will experience heavy to very heavy rain. These include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Phayao, Nan, Uttradit, Phitsanuloke, Phetchabun, Phichit, Sukhothai and Tak.

        Bangkok and other central provinces, such as Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Lop Buri and Saraburi, as well as the southern provinces of Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumpon, Ranong, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun, will also be hit by heavy rain. Several northeastern provinces will also experience heavy rain for a second day.

        Heavy rain is also forecast for Sunday, but fewer provinces will be affected.: -

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        • #79
          Hurricane Sally: Deadly storm leaves 550,000 without power in US

          Tropical Storm Sally has left more than half a million Americans without power as its torrential rains and storm surges lashed the US Gulf coast.

          Sally weakened after it made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, but the slow-moving storm continues to batter Florida and Alabama.

          One person was killed and hundreds were rescued from flooded areas.

          Pensacola, in Florida, was badly hit, with a loose barge bringing down part of the Bay Bridge.

          "Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues over portions of the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama," the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

          The storm has brought "four months of rain in four hours" to the city, Pensacola fire chief Ginny Cranor told CNN.

          One person died and another was missing in the town of Orange Beach, Alabama, the mayor said without giving further details.

          Sally made landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 04:45 local time on Wednesday, with maximum wind speeds of 105mph (169 km/h).

          The storm later become a tropical depression with winds decreasing to 35mph, but it has been the torrents of rainfall and high storm surges that have caused most damage.

          As the storm moved north from the coast, some 550,000 residents in affected areas were left in the dark on Wednesday night, according to local reports.

          Sally is one of several storms in the Atlantic Ocean, with officials running out of letters to name the hurricanes as they near the end of their annual alphabetic list.

          What's the latest on damage?

          Rainfall is being measured in feet rather than inches in some places, but 18in (45cm) has been recorded across many areas.

          Flooding to a depth of 5ft hit central Pensacola. The storm surge was the third worst ever to hit the city. Police there told people not to go out to look at the damage, saying: "It's slowing our progress down. Please stay at home!"

          Although the winds did not have the devastating power of the deadly Hurricane Laura, which struck last month, they still ripped boats from moorings and sent one barge careering into the under-construction Bay Bridge. They were certainly high enough to topple high-sided vehicles.

          Another barge got loose and headed for the Escambia Bay Bridge but luckily ran ashore.

          The sheriff of Escambia County said it had not been expecting the devastation wrought by Sally.

          Cavin Hollyhand, 50, who lives in Mobile, Alabama, told Reuters: "The rain is what stands out with this one: It's unreal."

          There remains "a danger of life-threatening inundation" on the Florida-Alabama border, the NHC said.

          Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said many areas around Mobile were seeing historic flood levels and urged people to heed warnings.

          The pier at Gulf State Park in Alabama suffered significant damage.

          The latest on power cuts from the website lists some 290,000 customers without electricity in Alabama and 253,000 more in Florida.

          As well as pylons being brought down, many trees were uprooted.

          Rain appeared to fall sideways in Alabama, which led to submerged roads as the storm inched ashore. Other areas along the coast were also affected, with beaches and highways swamped in Mississippi and low-lying properties in Louisiana covered by the rising waters.

          Alabama, Florida and Mississippi all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.:

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          • #80
            Drone video shows extensive damage in Alabama as Hurricane Sally makes landfall

            When Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, several streets were left flooded.

            A drone video captured significant damage caused by Sally’s destructive path on Wednesday between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Gulf Shores.

            The video shows damaged roofs, collapsed walls and flooded homes, businesses, and roadways. A 10-story condominium can be seen with five unit walls blown out.

            In the video, some homes are spared of the hurricane’s floodwaters, but sustained some structural damage.

            Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have already lost power in coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle as conditions deteriorate.

            The National Hurricane Center warned Wednesday of “historic” and “catastrophic” flash flooding along parts of the north-central Gulf Coast. Sally was upgraded to a Category 2 storm when it made landfall between Gulf Shores and Mobile, Alabama, sustaining winds upwards of 100 mph.

            Rainfall is expected to last up to two days as the storm slowly makes its way northeast at about 5 mph.

            Drone video in the link:

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            • #81
              Hurricane Sally weakens to tropical storm, leaving massive floods on U.S. Gulf Coast

              Hurricane Sally moved northeast Thursday, where it was expected to bring more than a foot of rain to some areas, one day after it flooded streets and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

              Sally made landfall early on Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity.

              As of late Wednesday, it was moving north at 9 mph (15 km per hour) after being downgraded to a tropical depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, with maximum winds of 35 mph (55 kmh).

              The storm is believed to have killed one person in Alabama.

              “We had a body wash up, we believe it was hurricane-related, but we have no definitive proof of that right now,” said Trent Johnson, a police lieutenant in Orange Beach, Alabama.

              Some parts of the coast were inundated with more than two feet (60 cm) of rain, as the slow-moving storm flooded communities. The coastal community of Pensacola, Florida, experienced up to 5 feet (1.5 m) of flooding, and travel was cut by damaged roads and bridges. More than 570,000 homes and businesses across the area were without power.

              Several residents along the Alabama and Florida coasts said damage from the slow-moving storm caught them off guard. By late Wednesday, the floodwaters had started to recede.

              “It was just constant rain and wind,” said Preity Patel, 41, a resident of Pensacola for two years. “The water drained pretty quickly, thankfully. It’s just cleanup now.”

              A section of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, known also as the “Three Mile Bridge,” was missing a “significant section,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a news conference.

              On landfall at Gulf Shores, Alabama, Sally’s winds were clocked at 105 mph (169 kph). Along the coast, piers were ripped away by the storm surge and winds.

              Electrical crews from other states arrived in Pensacola as utilities began restoring power to about 570,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Florida, according to local utilities.

              “This year we’ve just got hurricane after hurricane,” said Matt Lane, 23, a member of a crew from New Hampshire Electric Coop, who arrived late on Tuesday directly from Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in Texas.

              Sally was the 18th named storm in the Atlantic this year and the eighth of tropical storm or hurricane strength to hit the United States. There are currently three other named storms in the Atlantic, making it one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record.

              Hurricanes have increased in intensity and destructiveness since the 1980s as the climate has warmed, according to researchers at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

              Sally shut more than a quarter of U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas production.:

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              • #82
                Fox news……

                Hurricane Sally: Massive alligator captured swimming in Alabama storm surge

                Alabama resident, Tina Bennett, captured video of a giant alligator swimming in the water just outside of her Gulf Shores home on Wednesday.

                "Oh my god, this is outside of our window!" Bennett exclaimed in a video posted on Twitter by WKRG-TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy. "It is a 10 or 12-foot alligator!"

                Geboy noted that the massive reptile was another reason to shelter in place until floodwaters recede.

                "Not only are there downed power lines, but there’s also displaced wildlife," he wrote.:

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                • #83
                  We’re running out of hurricane names during the 2020 storm season

                  What happens next? It’s all Greek after Wilfred.

                  It’s been a busy Monday for forecasters: Tropical Storms Teddy and Vicky emerged in the Atlantic. Soon after, Tropical Storm Sally was upgraded to the year’s seventh hurricane. Hurricane Paulette and Tropical Depression Rene are still out there. Now, five named systems are churning in the Atlantic basin simultaneously for the first time since 1971, Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker said.

                  September is the peak of hurricane season, and 2020 has been an especially active year. In fact, there’s only one name left on the list of storms — Wilfred.

                  What happens if we run out of hurricane names?

                  The World Meteorological Organization keeps separate lists of storm names for the Atlantic, East North Pacific and Central North Pacific basins.

                  While there are 26 letters in the alphabet, each list consists of 21 alternating male and female names. For safety purposes, lists are supposed to include easily recognizable names. There aren’t enough well-known monikers starting with Q, U, X, Y and Z, so those letters are omitted.

                  On years that end in odd numbers, the list starts with a female name. Even years kick off with male names. The names are recycled every 6 years, though especially destructive storm names are retired.

                  If more than 21 named storms emerge in a season, meteorologists start naming storms after the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and so on).

                  Only one other season had so many named cyclones that the Greek alphabet needed to be used. 2005 broke records for its number of devastating storms, including Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Six names from the Greek alphabet were used that year. But the Greek names didn’t start until October 22, 2005. And it’s the middle of September.: -

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                  • #84
                    South Faces Widespread Flooding, Power Outages In Hurricane Sally’s Wake

                    Heavy rains in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are expected to flood waterways, potentially submerging bridges and flooding homes.

                    Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally’s rains threatened more misery for parts of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, as the storm’s remnants continued to dump heavy rains inland that spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas.

                    Coastal residents, meanwhile, looked to begin the recovery from a storm that turned streets into rivers, ripped roofs off buildings, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least one person.

                    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas that they would need to remain vigilant as water from the hurricane subsides, because heavy rains to the north were expected to cause flooding in Panhandle rivers in coming days.

                    “So this is kind of the initial salvo, but there is going to be more that you’re going to have to contend with,” DeSantis said.

                    A replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship the Nina was missing from where it was docked at the Pensacola waterfront, police said. The ship was later seen run aground in downtown Pensacola, Pensacola News Journal reported.

                    The storm was a nerve-racking experience for University of West Florida student Brooke Shelter. She was wide awake Wednesday morning as strong winds and rainfall battered her home, marking her first experience with a hurricane. “The damage around my home is pretty minor, for which I am thankful for,” Shelter said. “However, it is so sad seeing how flooded downtown is.”

                    Sally weakened to a tropical depression late Wednesday and picked up speed. The National Hurricane Center said its center would move Thursday out of southeast Alabama and across central Georgia, reaching South Carolina on Thursday night.

                    On Thursday, the storm was dumping heavy rains over central and northern Georgia and western South Carolina. The National Weather Service said up to a 1 foot (30 centimeters) of rain could accumulate in parts of Georgia, where multiple flash food warnings were issued Thursday.

                    Forecasters said South Carolina could see isolated totals of 10 inches (25 centimeters). Flooding was also possible in portions of North Carolina and Virginia through Friday.

                    There was also a chance of tornadoes Thursday in southern Georgia and northern Florida.

                    More than 500,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Thursday morning in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. News outlets reported some trees were toppled in Georgia. In Clayton County, fire officials warned residents to avoid areas where power lines had fallen.

                    In Orange Beach, Kennon said the damage was worse than that from Hurricane Ivan, which hit 16 years to the day earlier. In a Facebook briefing, Kennon said distribution points would be established Thursday for water, ice and tarps.

                    “It was an unbelievably freaky right turn of a storm that none of us ever expected,” Kennon said of Sally, which once appeared to have New Orleans in its sights.

                    At least eight waterways in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle were expected to hit major flood stage by Thursday. Some of the crests could break records, submerge bridges and flood some homes, the National Weather Service warned. Included in the warnings were the Styx and Fish rivers, Murder Creek and Big Escambia Creek. In Florida, major crests were expected on the Perdido, Blackwater, Shoal and Yellow rivers, forecasters said.

                    Brewton, Alabama, a city of about 5,200, can expect moderate to major flooding, said meteorologist Steve Miller of the National Weather Service office in Mobile. Silverhill, a town of about 1,200, was threatened by the Fish River, which had crested, and Seminole, an Alabama village on the Florida state line, by the still rising Styx River, Miller said.

                    As a hurricane, Sally tore loose a barge-mounted construction crane, which then smashed into the new Three Mile Bridge over Pensacola Bay, causing a section of the year-old span to collapse, authorities said. The storm also ripped away a large section of a fishing pier at Alabama’s Gulf State Park on the very day a ribbon-cutting had been scheduled following a $2.4 million renovation.

                    Like the wildfires raging on the West Coast, the onslaught of hurricanes has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing slower, rainier, more powerful and more destructive storms.

                    Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center was tracking two other Atlantic storms. Hurricane Teddy strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane early Thursday with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) and was forecast to become a major hurricane by Friday as it moves northwestward toward Bermuda.:

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                    • #85
                      Sally Brings 'Widespread' Flash Floods To Inland Areas After Causing Havoc On Coast

                      The remnants of Hurricane Sally are dropping torrential rain on southeastern states — and its center was still in Alabama early Thursday, more than 24 hours after making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane. The storm has brought rainfall that is being measured in feet, not inches, in many places.

                      Sally is now a tropical depression, but it's bringing new flood threats to Georgia and South Carolina Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says.

                      "Widespread flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is likely" in parts of both states, the center says.

                      Hurricane Sally is blamed for causing at least one death, in Orange Beach, Ala. Officials there and in other hard-hit areas say they're having trouble getting a complete picture of the damage due to massive flooding, downed power lines, and streets that are littered with tree limbs and other debris.

                      The storm made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., exactly 16 years after Hurricane Ivan hit the same area.

                      Nearly half a million electrical accounts are without power Thursday morning — most of them in Alabama and Florida, but also including more than 30,000 customers in Georgia, according to tracking site

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                      • #86
                        Thailand - Tropical storm gathers speed, set to strike during weekend

                        The Thai Meteorological Department reported on Thursday (September 17) that tropical storm Noul, with sustained winds of 80 kilometres per hour, was expected intensify and make landfall between the cities of Hue and Da Nang in central Vietnam.

                        It will then hit the North and Northeast of Thailand over the weekend, and further strengthen with southwest monsoon winds across the Andaman Sea. Torrential rain and strong winds are expected to lash the Northeast, before moving on to the North, Central, East and South.

                        People in risky areas have been warned of flash floods and runoffs, while generally the public has been told to avoid large trees and insecure buildings.: -

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                        • #87
                          Storm Noul makes landfall in Vietnam, moves into Laos

                          Tropical storm Noul made landfall in Vietnam on Friday, killing at least one person and triggering heavy rain in the central part of the country, though authorities later downgraded the weather system.

                          The storm hit the tourist city of Danang and veered north to Thua Thien Hue province before entering Laos around Friday noon, state-run Voice of Vietnam said on its website.

                          The storm killed at least one person, injured another, while downing trees and damaging hundreds of houses, the report said.

                          Tuoi Tre newspaper said the man was killed by a falling tree and television footage showed flooded streets in some areas.

                          The government had previously made plans to evacuate up to half a million people when the storm was forecast to have wind speeds of up to 135 kilometres an hour.

                          The weather agency on Friday downgraded Noul to a low pressure system, though warned it could still dump up to 250 millimetres of rain in parts of central Vietnam, potentially triggering floods and landslides.

                          State television VTV said that about 100 mm of rain fell in the Central Highlands, Vietnam's largest coffee growing area, but traders said it should not directly harm farms set to begin their harvest from next month.

                          "But if it rains heavily in November, beans picking and the drying process will be seriously affected," said a coffee trader based in the area.

                          Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. Natural disasters - predominantly floods and landslides triggered by storms - killed 132 people and injured 207 others in the country last year.

                          On Thursday, authorities in some central provinces ordered vessels to stay in port and closed schools for the rest of the week, according to the government.:

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                          • #88
                            Nearly 400,000 homes without power in wake of Hurricane Sally

                            Persistent heavy rainfall brought to the South by Hurricane Sally has left hundreds of thousands of residences and businesses without power.

                            USAToday reports that people living in impacted communities across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas were all faced with torrential downpours.

                            Initially forecasted to hit Louisiana, the storm’s northward turn spared embattled Louisianans even more damage, but now threatens to bring about eight inches of rain to Virginia.

                            And Southern states are not out of the woods with Sally leaving behind river flooding. Rescuers were forced to cut through high tides to get to stranded citizens.

                            Data from PowerOutage.US confirmed that as of Friday morning, roughly 190,000 Alabama residents were without power, in addition to another 150,000 in Florida.

                            Although the storm is tracking North, Southern states must deal with the aftermath of surges and flooding.

                            “We are not quite out of the woods yet,” Eric Gilmore, emergency management chief for Escambia County in Florida, said on Thursday. “We still have flooding in two of our rivers … so the residents along those rivers, heed this warning.”

                            Coastal communities along Alabama saw 105-mile per hour winds when Sally made landfall early Wednesday, knocking down trees and telephone poles while inflicting damage on surrounding properties.

                            Florida and Alabama both got hit with over 2 feet of rain in addition to flash flooding.

                            The flooding has been so bad that major roadways stand to be shut down. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told reporters that portions of I-10 in North Florida could be closed for several days.

                            "There's going to be more flooding," he reportedly said. "It's not over yet."

                            Earlier in the summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasted an especially active hurricane season for the end of 2020.:

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                            • #89
                              Tropical Storm Noul pounds Vietnam; one dead, dozens injured

                              Authorities evacuate more than one million people across three central provinces, shut down all airports in the region.

                              At least one person has died and dozens have been injured as Tropical Storm Noul pounded Vietnam, unleashing heavy rains and high winds on the country's central coastal region.

                              Images on state-run Vietnam Television on Friday showed damaged houses and trees, with power poles pulled from the ground as Vietnam's biggest storm of the year made landfall in Hue, the country's old imperial capital.

                              On Thursday, authorities said more than one million people across three central provinces as well as the city of Danang would be evacuated.

                              At least one person was killed and dozens others injured, state media reported, as 90km/h (56mph) winds struck.

                              "It was scary as the wind was so strong when the storm arrived," said Nguyen Xuan Vu, who lives in Hue.

                              "So many trees are down. Our city looks in bad shape," Vu told AFP news agency.

                              All airports in central Vietnam remain closed while a ban on fishing vessels has been in place since Thursday. Electricity has been completely cut off in Thua Thien Hue province

                              Late on Friday, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression, according to Vietnamese forecasters.

                              Vietnam is routinely hit by tropical storms from around May to October, with its central coast affected most frequently.

                              Meanwhile, seven people died in a lightning strike in neighbouring Cambodia.

                              The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday evening. The dead included a family of four and three other relatives, said Keo Vy, the spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.

                              Separately, the Meteorological Department in Thailand issued a warning on Friday saying rains from the Noul will cover every part of the country, especially northern and northeastern provinces.

                              Local media reported heavy rain and flooding in Khon Kaen province on Friday morning.: -

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                              • #90
                                ‘Noul’ weakens as it pushes through Central Thailand today

                                The remnants of Tropical Storm Noul are now situated over Central Thailand after passing over Vietnam’s central coast yesterday morning and then into Laos and north eastern Thailand last night with some high winds and rain preceding the eye of the storm.

                                Provincial officials warned of flash floods and landslides in northern provinces ahead of the storm. The depression, now continuing to weaken, continue to head westwards through Thailand today. The PM this morning asked officials to be “efficient” in attending to any emergency requests.

                                The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre this morning reported that ‘Noul’ made landfall on the Vietnamese central coast, just north of Hue, in the early hours of September 18 (Friday, Thai time) and begun to track inland as it slowly started to dissipate and lose strength, whilst dropping heavy rain in its path.

                                Thailand’s meteorological department is still warning those in its path to stay on “high alert” this weekend.

                                “People were strongly advised to stay indoors and avoid sheltering under unstable structures due to strong winds.”

                                Rain has been heavy ahead of the storm, especially in the north east and eastern regions, with rain expected in many part of the country today. The tropical depression is also dragging moist air from the Indian Ocean, intensifying the south west monsoon and increasing rain in Thailand’s south.

                                Bangkok’s forecast today is for the rain to continue. Heavier rain is expected in central and western Thailand, and parts of the north.:

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