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  • Tropical Storm Delta brings heavy rain and flood threats to Tennessee Valley after slamming US Gulf Coast

    More than 5 million people are under flash flood warnings across the lower Mississippi River Valley after Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane and continued to drench the Southeast.

    Delta, now a tropical storm, dropped over a foot of rain in Louisiana and its powerful winds pounded communities already ravaged by Hurricane Laura weeks ago. In its wake, it left nearly 730,000 homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast without power, according to

    Flash flood emergencies were also issued following the heavy rain, with parts of southwest Louisiana receiving up to 17 inches of water. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter, who rode out the storm in a downtown building, said the experience felt a little like "deja vu."

    "We're all tired," he told CNN affiliate KPLC late Friday. "The sun will come out again. As we're in the thick of this right now, the main concern is human safety and human life."

    For the rest of the southern Mississippi River Valley into the Tennessee Valley, heavy rain and flooding remains the main concern through Saturday night. Parts of the Southeast could see rainfall amounts of more than eight inches before the weekend is over.
    Tornadoes were also possible Saturday morning over parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi and over Alabama, Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

    A double whammy for southwest Louisiana

    Hunter said Friday the city was dealt a double-whammy, between Hurricane Laura's wind destruction and the floodwaters Delta could leave behind.

    "Early reports are this is going to be more of a flooding event for us than Laura was," he told CNN Friday. Search and rescue operations were slated to begin when the winds died down, he said.

    But the city's leader said he wasn't sure how many people stayed behind to ride out the storm. Highways out of Lake Charles were jam-packed as people evacuated ahead of the storm -- and another 7,000, according to Hunter's estimate, were still displaced since Laura.

    A historic storm

    Hurricane Delta is the 25th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.:

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    • Hurricane Delta leaves hundreds of thousands without power

      Hurricane Delta, now a tropical depression, made landfall near Creole, Louisiana, on Friday evening, with nearly 11 million people in the storm's path. More than 600,000 power outages were reported across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi early Saturday afternoon as the storm's remnants moved further inland.

      The hurricane slammed the same region that was devastated by Hurricane Laura just six weeks ago. As of late Saturday morning, the threat of heavy rain was continuing, according to forecasters.

      Delta is now expected to move across western and northern Mississippi before heading into the Tennessee Valley tonight and Sunday.

      Delta knocks down trees and power lines in central Mississippi

      As tropical depression Delta moved through central Mississippi overnight, the heavy winds brought down trees and power lines. Downed trees blocked roadways and, in at least on case, a tree fell on an Adams County resident's house Friday night, CBS affiliate WJTV reports.

      Winds gusted up to 49 mph early Saturday morning in Copiah and caused numerous power outages and tree damage.:

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      • Hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf Coast are without power after Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana on Friday night. The storm brought high winds and heavy rain to an area that was still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura in August.

        More than half a million power outages were reported throughout the state, representing about 25% of all customers in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference on Saturday.

        Delta, forecast to be a Category 3 hurricane as it approached land, ended up weakening to Category 2 by the time it made landfall. But it still brought winds of 100 mph when it hit the town of Creole and then the waterfront city of Lake Charles, which had already suffered major damage from Laura.

        "There will be damage in southwest Louisiana that will be very difficult to differentiate between what was caused by Hurricane Laura and what was caused by Hurricane Delta," Edwards said.

        In less than 12 hours, Delta dropped almost a foot and a half of rain across southwestern Louisiana.

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        "Lake Charles was already in a world of trouble from that earlier hurricane," NPR's John Burnett told Weekend Edition Saturday. "Hundreds of houses had blue tarps on their rooftops, where the earlier storm had blown away pieces of the house. Those were probably ripped off. Debris was piled in heaps on the curbs and the wind could have scattered that all over the city."

        When the eastern edge of the eye passed over Lafayette, La., the whipping winds and rippling sheets of sideways rain paused for just a moment, Burnett said. "As quickly as the wind stopped, it roared to life again," he continued. "Then the power went out and the city went dark and all you heard was this relentless wind and things breaking and flailing all around."

        After making landfall, Delta quickly weakened. By Saturday morning the National Hurricane Center was characterizing Delta as a tropical depression with winds of about 35 mph. The depression was expected to bring heavy rain to eastern Arkansas and northern Mississippi, generally totaling 2 to 4 inches, but with isolated storms bringing up to 10 inches and causing flash flooding.

        But the remnants of Delta continue to affect the South, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. According to the Edison Electric Institute, which represents electric companies across the country, about three quarters of a million people had no electricity service in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi late Saturday morning. Workers from at least 18 states were being mobilized to help companies restore power.

        The National Guard has activated more than 3,000 guardsmen, who are already staging supplies and jumping in to help where needed, Gov. Edwards said. They've got 1.5 million bottles of water, 32,000 tarps and 48,000 bags ready to distribute. Sixteen aircraft are currently being used for search and rescue sweeps in southwest Louisiana. The National Guard has already rescued 10 people in Rapides Parish, Edwards said.

        No deaths were reported due to Hurricane Delta, but state officials were still encouraging residents to stay cautious. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a concern when people run generators, as is the risk of people being hurt by falling trees.

        "Thank God as of right now we are not reporting any fatalities related to Hurricane Delta," the governor said. "But as we know, just because the storm system has passed and exited the state, that doesn't mean the dangers are over."

        "Delta has left hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife in our communities that no one should take lightly," Edwards said. "Everyone needs to remain vigilant, continue to listen to local officials and be safe.":

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        • Tropical storm 'Linfa' could make landfall in Vietnam today

          The category 2 tropical depression was intensifying to tropical storm “Linfa” over the middle of the South China Sea at 5am on Sunday, the Thai Meteorological Department said.

          Centred at latitude 14.5 degrees north, longitude 111.2 degrees east, with sustained winds of 65 kilometres per hour (kph), the storm is moving west at a speed of about 20kph. The storm is expected to move ashore into Vietnam and make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday/Monday.

          A monsoon trough lies across the lower Central, the upper South and the East of Thailand, the department said. The strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. Continuous rains are likely across the country. Isolated heavy rains with strong winds are possible in the East and the Central, including Bangkok and its vicinity, and the South.

          People in risky areas of the Northeast, the East, the Central and the South should beware of severe conditions, the department said.

          Strong winds are forecast with waves in the Andaman Sea likely to rise 2-3 metres and more than three metres high in thundershowers. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats have been advised to keep off thundershowers.:

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          • California wildfires ravage dozens of family-run wineries

            The sight is every winemaker's nightmare.

            "Smoke-tainted" grapes, blackened casks of wine, charred and broken bottles where once there were picturesque vineyards.

            In California's celebrated Napa Valley, instead of welcoming visitors to their wineries for the autumn harvest season, winemakers this year are looking at decimated vineyards. Massive wind-driven wildfires have damaged and destroyed dozens of the region's famed wineries, many of them family-owned businesses.

            And the coronavirus pandemic hasn't helped either.

            Coupled with the wildfires, high temperatures and weeks of smoky skies, there have been very few visitors to the area this year, several winemakers tell CNN.

            The California wildfires have devastated more than four million acres, of which the Glass Fire has scorched more than 67,000 acres, damaging and destroying structures at approximately 30 wineries in Northern California.

            Symbol of Rebuilding

            But despite major losses, some Napa Valley winemakers say they hope to attract visitors soon to uphold the region's reputation for making some of the world's finest wines.

            Fairwinds Estate Winery is one of them. The historic property known for being the fourth winery established in Napa Valley shortly after prohibition, has been nearly destroyed by the Glass Fire.

            Over 40,000 square-feet of production facilities and a tasting room were completely gutted. Hundreds of bottles of wine were cracked in the heat of the flames, and tanks of unused wine have been damaged beyond repair, said Brandon Chaney, proprietor and CEO of Fairwinds Estate Winery.

            A four-man firefighting crew with the Fremont Fire Department tried to salvage as much as they could. But after a hydrant lost pressure and their pumping systems burned, the firefighters were forced to evacuate. They did, however, manage to save an American flag flying on a pole high above the flames engulfing the property.

            "The firefighters felt like they were responsible they couldn't save the winery, but I was so moved they have the pride in their country to save our American flag and give it back to us so we can put it up again as a symbol of rebuilding," Chaney said.

            Ruining small wineries

            Other winemakers in Napa Valley are facing the same devastation.

            The neighboring Castello di Amorosa winery in Calistoga said it lost an 11,000 square-foot building and nearly 10,000 cases of wine -- that's about 120,000 full wine bottles -- in the Glass Fire.

            Dario Sattui, the owner of the property, said the destruction from the fires will not stop them from reopening their "castle-like" tasting room.

            "It's a really difficult situation for us because we sell about 95% of our wine direct to the consumer who comes to the winery," Sattui said. "So, when we don't have visitation, we don't have sales."

            Sattui said Napa Valley winemakers have encountered constant hurdles with wildfires since 2018 that have been a "disaster" for smaller family-owned wineries that do not rely heavily on online sales.

            Fighting the fires have also been a "family effort" for many, said David Tate, general manager of Barnett Vineyards, a Napa winery with vines over 30 years old.

            Tate said the family's son-in-law, an assistant and himself pumped water from the pool on the property to douse the flames from the wildfires.

            "We had large water pumps and 500 feet of fire hose with a nozzle at the end," Tate said. "The rest of the family had chainsaws going like crazy to try to cut back the brush that was wrapped around the house.":

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            • Storm warnings for nine of Thailand’s northeastern provinces

              People living in nine northeastern provinces of Thailand have been warned, by the Meteorological Department, to brace for heavy rain and strong winds, after level-3 tropical storm Linfa made landfall in Vietnam’s city of Quang Ngai at 10am on Sunday.

              With maximum wind speeds of 75kph at its centre, and moving westward at a speed of 30kph, the storm is likely to weaken to a depression and, eventually a low pressure cell, as it sweeps across Thailand’s northeast, said the department.

              The northeastern provinces facing isolated heavy rainfall and strong winds are Muk Dahan, Yasothon, Roi-et, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.

              Meanwhile, a southwesterly monsoon, prevailing over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, is gaining in strength and will bring continuous rain, with isolated heavy showers, in the lower central region, including Bangkok and its vicinity, the eastern region and the upper southern region today and tomorrow.

              Vessels have been advised to remain at harbor due to rough seas, with 3 metre waves in stormy areas.

              The northern meteorological centre reported today that a cold front from China is moving south into upper Thailand, and this will initially bring rain followed by a drop in temperature in northern and northeastern Thailand from today until Thursday.

              Kiew Mae Pan, at the peak of Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai,recorded a temperature of 9oC this morning.:

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              • Vietnam prepares to evacuate over 1.2 million people ahead of Storm Molave

                With Storm Molave set to make landfall in central Vietnam in the next few days, Vietnamese authorities are preparing to evacuate 1.2 million coast residents to safety.

                At 1 p.m. Monday, the storm lay centered around 560 km east-northeast of Southwest Cay islet, with winds of 135 kph, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

                Over the next 24 hours, it will move west at 20-25 kph and gradually intensify. At around 7 a.m. Tuesday, it will be 280 km to the north of Southwest Cay with winds of up to 150 kph.

                Mai Van Khiem, director of the national forecast center, said at a meeting Monday both the agency and its Japanese counterpart predict the rapidly moving storm would make landfall in central Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces.

                The agencies forecast the storm would reach Vietnamese shores on Wednesday morning, before making landfall in the coming hours.

                On Wednesday morning, the storm's center would be around 200 km from the coast of Quang Ngai to Binh Dinh with a maximum wind speed of 135 kph, causing waves of up to 10 m.

                Storm circulation combined with a cold spell would cause heavy rains on a large scale, and localities stretching over 1,000 km from Nghe An to Phu Yen will be battered by torrential downpours and strong winds from Tuesday until Thursday, with rainfall of between 200-400 mm.

                Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh are told to brace for prolonged downpours until Saturday with total rainfall of up to 700 mm. Rainfall of 180 mm a day is considered heavy.

                Mountainous areas will be at high risk of landslides.

                Mass evacuation

                Tran Quang Hoai, deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said with Molave’s strength level, the committee is ready to evacuate over 1.2 million residents in seven central provinces Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

                The region, home to popular ancient towns, beautiful beaches and world famous caves, has been bombarded by historic flooding and deadly landslides for the past three weeks, suffering damage government officials described as "the worst in five years." At least 130 people have been killed by floods and landslides between October 6 and 25.

                Hoai urged provincial leaders to stay in contact with fishing boats, evacuate residents to safety, and make plans to limit storm damage.

                There are still 65,000 fishing boats operating along the central coast, of which 45,000 have received official warnings.

                "The storm is too strong," Hoai said, ordering localities to order boats to take shelter, ban residents from fishing activities, and close all public beaches by Tuesday night.

                Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defense has called for the mobilization of more than 368,000 people - soldiers, members of the police force, and civilian volunteers, to assist residents in at-risk areas.

                Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at the meeting that localities must be on high alert and prepare their best flood prevention measures.

                "If the storm comes as strong as forecast, damage from rains and floods will be extremely huge," Phuc said.

                According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Storm Molave's strength is equivalent to Storm Damrey, which hit south central Vietnam in November 2017 and killed 106 people.

                Natural disasters, mostly floods and landslides triggered by storms and heavy rains, killed 132 people and injured 207 in Vietnam last year.:

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                • Zeta becomes 27th storm this year. The Atlantic hasn't experienced this many storms for nearly two decades.

                  The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is continuing to break records as Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean over the weekend and could possibly make landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane later in the week.

                  On Sunday morning, the tropical depression strengthened to a tropical storm, earning the name Zeta in accordance with the Greek alphabet and becoming the earliest 27th named storm that any Atlantic season has produced.

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                  The last time 27 named storms occurred in a single season was in 2005. During that season, the 27th storm formed on Nov. 29 and later turned into Hurricane Epsilon. The 2005 season also produced a Zeta storm in December, the 28th storm of the season.

                  That puts 2020 on track to either tie or break the all-time record for the number of named storms in the Atlantic over one season.

                  According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta is expected to bring hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge to parts of the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico Monday night and early Tuesday. The storm could bring 4 to 8 inches of rain to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba before hitting the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

                  The storm could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday.

                  “Zeta is forecast to be at or near hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and there is an increasing risk of dangerous storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle,” the National Weather Service said.

                  “Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Zeta, as Hurricane and Storm Surge watches will likely be issued later today.”

                  The storm will be the 11th to make landfall in the U.S. this year. The largest number of tropical storms and hurricanes to make landfall in the continental U.S. prior to 2020 was nine in 1916.: -

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                  • Typhoon Molave battered the Philippines. Vietnam is next.

                    The storm is expected to hit the central Vietnamese coast, which has seen record flooding, this week.

                    The Philippines is reeling from disastrous flooding after Typhoon Molave hit the country with 80-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rain.

                    More than 25,000 villagers have been evacuated from their homes and at least 13 have been reported missing since the storm, referred to locally as Typhoon Quinta, made landfall on the southern island of Luzon on Sunday before heading west across the country.

                    Nearly 3,000 families from four regions are receiving government assistance, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the agency responsible for disaster relief in the country. The council says it has not received reports of any deaths but that rescue operations are still underway by the Philippine Coast Guard.

                    The Philippines is no stranger to typhoons, with more than 20 occurring in a typical season — indeed, Typhoon Molave is the 17th to hit the Philippines this year. But that doesn’t make it any easier for its citizens to adjust, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

                    The island country is also still recovering from the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, one of the strongest in recorded history with 150 mph winds. Haiyan left more than 6,000 dead and 1,800 missing with its destructive storm surges.

                    Typhoons and hurricanes are essentially the same thing: Both are tropical cyclones — rapidly rotating storms that form over warm waters and feature high winds, rain, and low-pressure centers referred to as the “eye.” The difference is that tropical cyclones that occur in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean are called hurricanes, while tropical cyclones that occur in the Western Pacific Ocean are called typhoons.

                    Recent research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, suggests that climate change has impacted the location of tropical cyclones, with more storms occurring in the North Atlantic and Central Pacific since 1980 and fewer occurring in the Western Pacific. Using climate models, the researchers predict fewer tropical cyclones overall by the year 2100.

                    However, another study from Science Advances, an open access journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, showed that due to warming waters, typhoons in the Northwestern Pacific are expected to become 14 percent more intense over that same period.

                    Molave is still heading west and is set to arrive on the already battered central Vietnamese coast on Wednesday with sustained wind speeds of more than 80 mph. Record flooding has already left at least 114 dead and dozens more missing this month.

                    “This is a very strong typhoon that will impact a large area, “ Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc emphasized, while also authorizing the deployment of full force to help save lives.

                    Vietnam is prepared to mobilize troops, helicopters, tanks, and any additional transportation available to aid in disaster response efforts. The Vietnam Red Cross Society is already on the ground responding to the historic flooding, passing out essential supplies, and helping evacuate people to safe places before the next storm.:

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                    • Zeta

                      New Orleans emergency officials urge residents to prepare for Hurricane Zeta

                      The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring Hurricane Zeta, which is expected to make landfall in Southeast Louisiana on Wednesday.

                      Tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding of 4 to 6 feet, and heavy rain in the New Orleans metro area is possible with this storm.

                      The City is calling for a voluntary evacuation of areas outside the levee system, including Irish Bayou, Venetian Isles, and Lake Catherine, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

                      Neutral ground parking will be allowed starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, although residents are asked not to block streetcar tracks, intersections, or bike or walking paths.

                      Residents are encouraged to gather emergency supplies, including food, water, and medications, for at least three days.

                      Early voting will continue as scheduled, with the final day being Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at multiple sites in Orleans Parish. Drive-thru ballot drop-off at City Hall is scheduled to begin Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those who registered to vote by mail. The Registrar of Voters will notify the public if schedule changes are warranted due to the storm.: -

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                      • Thailand - Reservoirs placed on alert for Typhoon Molave

                        Thailand’s water management authority has warned that reservoirs across the country must prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Molave on Wednesday.

                        The National Water Resources (NWR) Office said it has issued an alert for the country’s six large reservoirs – Chulabhorn in Chaiyaphum province, Lam Takhong, Lam Phra Phloeng, and Mun Bon in Nakhon Ratchasima, Khun Dan Prakan and Chon in Nakhon Nayok, and Nong Plalai in Rayong province.

                        Also told to prepare for the typhoon were 124 medium-sized reservoirs – 10 in the North, 76 in the Northeast, four in the Central Region, 20 in the East, 11 in the West and three in the South.

                        Preparation will help reduce impacts of the typhoon on people who live around the reservoirs, said NWR deputy secretary-general Samroeng Sangphuwong.

                        Typhoon Molave is forecast to hit Thailand on Wednesday (October 28), when heavy rain in the lower North, Northeast, East, Central Region and South will increase the risk of flash floods and landslides.:

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                        • Zeta


                          Zeta forecast to be a category 2 hurricane at landfall

                          Zeta is moving quickly through the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make a turn to the north early Wednesday.

                          As of 4 a.m., the storm has 85 mph winds and is moving northwest at 15 mph.

                          Zeta is expected to make landfall on the southeast Louisiana Coast Wednesday afternoon at, or near, category 2 hurricane status, with max winds near 100 mph.

                          A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans.

                          A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line, Florida, and from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City.

                          Some rounds of rainfall look to arrive on Tuesday, with tropical storm-force winds and greater impacts on Wednesday, if the track remains the same and the storm moves over southeast Louisiana.

                          This is the 27th named storm of the season.

                          The only other time we reached the 27th named storm was the 2005 hurricane season, when Epsilon formed on Nov. 29, 2005.:

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                          • Typhoon Molave makes landfall in Vietnam in the aftermath of deadly floods

                            Typhoon Molave made landfall just south of the Vietnamese resort city Da Nang on Wednesday, lashing the coast with powerful rains and winds, and inflicting further misery on an area still reeling from widespread deadly flooding.

                            Molave hit as the equivalent of a Category 2 Atlantic hurricane, packing sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (103 miles per hour). The storm is expected to bring rains and dangerous winds as it pushes over the mountains of Southeast Asia, causing potential flash floods and landslides.

                            "This is a very strong typhoon that will impact a large area," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said before the storm made landfall.

                            Some 310,000 homes were already damaged from last week's deadly flooding, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with the organization warning that close to 1.2 million people were "in severe danger and in need of relief."

                            "It is estimated that at least 150,000 people are at immediate risk of food shortages and hunger after thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed," the IFRC said last week.

                            Vietnamese authorities made plans to evacuate about 1.3 million people ahead of Typhoon Molave's landfall, and the military mobilized about 250,000 troops and 2,300 vehicles to be used for search and rescue missions, state-run Vietnam News Agency reported.

                            Though October is part of Vietnam's raining season, the country has been inundated by more bad weather than usual. Molave is the fourth named storm system to make landfall in the country this month and the ninth this year, according to VNA.

                            Storms and a cold snap at the start of October prompted flooding in Vietnam's central cities and provinces, but the flooding that struck last week was "some of the worst we have seen in decades," said Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, the president of Vietnam's Red Cross Society.

                            VNA reported that more than 7,200 hectares of food crops (17,791 acres) were destroyed and more than 691,000 cattle and poultry were killed or swept away in flood water. Sixteen national highways and 161,880 meters (101 miles) of local roads in four provinces were also damaged. Thousands of homes were also submerged.

                            The storm damage is also exacerbating the livelihoods of many Vietnamese people already suffering the economic affects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

                            The virus has only infected a relatively small number of people in Vietnam, thanks in part to the government's swift response, experts say. However, Vietnam's decision to seal its borders has dealt a severe blow to its valuable tourism industry.

                            "We are seeing a deadly double disaster unfold before our eyes as these floods compound the difficulties caused by Covid-19," Christopher Rassi, IRFC's director of the office of the secretary general, said in a statement last week. "These floods are the last straw and will push millions of people further towards the brink of poverty.":

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                            • Number of cabins, residences and structures burned in Cameron Peak Fire released

                              LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Fire officials said Wednesday that 442 structures have been destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire in Larimer County since Aug. 13. Of those structures, 222 are cabins or residences.

                              The Cameron Peak Fire, the largest in Colorado's recorded history, has burned 208,663 acres (about 326 square miles) as of Wednesday, Oct. 28.

                              Perimeter containment of the fire has increased to 64%.

                              Fire managers performed an aerial reconnaissance of the fire on Tuesday and despite a foot or more of snow on the ground, heat and pockets of smoke were visible in three areas:

                              On Tuesday, fire personnel were able to get into the area near the northeast fire perimeter for potential direct and indirect suppression efforts. While roads are starting to clear, the snow melt has made roadbeds soft so vehicle travel will be limited.

                              Fire officials aim to scout road conditions to determine access to the fire on Wednesday. Firefighters will resume mopping up hotspots, constructing direct and indirect fire lines and assessing the need for structure protection in communities and outlying areas once temperatures rise, roads clear and frozen portable water tanks and hose thaw.

                              Rocky Mountain National Park and all of the National Forest lands on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District (RMNP) remain closed as of Wednesday, Oct. 28.

                              The cause of the Cameron Peak Fire, which began Thursday, Aug. 13, is unknown and under investigation.:

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                              • Typhoon Molave: rescuers scramble to find dozens buried under landslides in Vietnam

                                At least 15 already confirmed dead in central Quang Nam province following torrential rains brought by strongest storm in decades

                                Rescue teams in Vietnam have used heavy machinery to search for survivors buried under landslides triggered by torrential rains from Typhoon Molave, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the region for decades, the government said.

                                The landslides, which hit remote areas in the central province of Quang Nam a day earlier, have killed at least 15 and 38 people are missing with rescue efforts hampered by bad weather at the tail end of the storm, the government said.

                                Hundreds of soldiers drafted into the disaster-hit area dug up eight bodies on Thursday morning in Tra Van in south central Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses. The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported.

                                In Tra Leng, another village about 45km (28 miles) from Tra Van, another landslide buried a community with several houses occupied by about 45 people, including four who managed to escape. Rescuers have recovered three bodies and were scrambling to save others, Vietnam News said.

                                Tra Leng remains inaccessible due to damaged roads and other landslides and government disaster-response teams were using bulldozers and excavators to open up a road to bring in more rescuers and heavy equipment.

                                Trinh Dinh Dung, deputy prime minister, travelled to the site where soldiers were clearing up a landslide with bulldozers and ordered officers to urgently bring in troops to the landslide-hit village.

                                “We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. First, send in more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We have to reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters,” he said.

                                In all, 19 people have perished in the storms and a total of 64 are missing, including 26 crew members from two fishing boats that sank on Wednesday as the typhoon approached with winds of up to 150km (93 miles) per hour.

                                Since early October, Vietnam has been battered by storms, heavy rains and floods which have affected more than 1 million people.

                                The government said Typhoon Molave had left millions of people without electricity and damaged 56,000 houses.

                                Molave has weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall on Wednesday and is expected to reach Laos later on Thursday.

                                Heavy rain of up to 700 millimetres (27.5 inches) will continue in parts of central Vietnam until Saturday, Vietnam’s weather agency said.:

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