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Extreme Hurricane Harvey Video from Aransas County, TX - 8/25/2017
Published on Aug 26, 2017
INSANE video of buildings ripping apart, lightning flashes inside intense eyewall, image of stars and lightning-illuminated "stadium seating effect" eyewall from inside eye, powerlines sparking, high winds, storm surge flooding, damage from Rockport and Fulton, Texas.

Rockport, TX Hurricane Harvey Major Damage B-Roll - 8/26/2017 (2:16)
Published on Aug 26, 2017
Damage aftermath in Rockport from Hurricane Harvey showing parts of the town that were heavily damaged during the overnight.

Rockport, TX After Hurricane Harvey Showing What Happened - 8/26/2017 (2:59)
Published on Aug 26, 2017
Damage, debris, storm surge and flooding aftermath in Rockport TX after Category 4 Hurricane Harvey pounded city and surrounding areas.

Continual Updates: KSAT San Antonio News, Texas News
Tropical Storm Warning issued August 26 at 12:48PM CDT expiring August 29 at 12:48PM:
Goliad County Victoria County Karnes County BexaHays County Wilson County Comal County Guadalupe County Gonzales County Caldwell County De Witt County Bee County La Salle County Webb County Atascosa County Blanco County Kendall County Lavaca County

Wind Advisory:Bandera County Frio County Medina County
Williamson-Bandera-Kendall-Blanco-Travis-Lee-Medina-Frio- Including the cities of Georgetown, Bandera, Boerne, Blanco, Austin, Giddings, Hondo, and Pearsall 1146 AM CDT Sat Aug 26 2017 ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS EVENING...
* TIMING...Through 10 PM.
* WINDS...Sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 40 mph.
* IMPACTS...Driving high profile vehicles will be difficult through the day. Large tree limbs could fall and cause damage. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Wind Advisory means that winds of 26 to 39 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution

Flood Warning
949 AM CDT Sat Aug 26 2017 The Flood Warning continues for the Nueces River Near Three Rivers. * from Monday evening, until further notice, or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 9:15 AM Saturday, the stage was 1.5 feet. * Moderate flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 25.0 feet.
* Forecast: Rise above flood stage by Monday evening, and continue to rise to near 33.1 feet by Wednesday early afternoon.
* At 32.0 feet, the Nueces River backs up minor creeks to near the slab elevation of homes in the River Creek Acres Subdivision, five miles southeast of George West. Livestock are cut off and could drown in low areas of the flood plain.

Tropical Storm Warning Live Oak County
* LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Three Rivers - George West
* WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 25-35 mph with gusts to 45 mph - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Elevated - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - Remain braced against the reasonable threat for tropical storm force wind of 39 to 57 mph. - To be safe, efforts should fully focus on avoiding injury. Properties remain subject to limited wind impacts. - Now is the time to hide from the wind. Remain sheltered until the hazardous wind subsides. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Unfolding - Potential impacts from the main wind event are unfolding.
* FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 6-10 inches, with locally higher amounts - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: High - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - Emergency considerations should include a threat of flooding. - Be safe and remain ready to protect against flooding rain impacts. - If flood related watches and warnings are in effect, heed recommended actions. -

POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is unfavorable for tornadoes - CURRENT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: None - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - Emergency considerations need not include a threat for tornadoes. Showers and thunderstorms with strong gusty winds may still occur. - Little to no preparations needed to guard against tropical tornadoes. - Ensure readiness for the next tropical tornado event. -
POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None - Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

08-26-2018 Rockport, Texas - Hurricane Harvey aerial imagery destruction (6:54)
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Haiti's earthquake generated a $9bn response – where did the money go?
Monday 14 January 2013 10.44 GMT
Uncertainty about the scale and outcome of spending following Haiti tragedy highlights need for greater transparency
We found that about 94% of humanitarian funding went to donors' own civilian and military entities, UN agencies, international NGOs and private contractors. In addition, 36% of recovery grants went to international NGOs and private contractors. Yet this is where the trail goes cold – you can look at procurement databases to track primary contract recipients, but it is almost impossible to track the money further to identify the final recipients and the outcomes of projects.

Presidents Obama, Bush, & Clinton: Help for Haiti (14:25)
The Obama White House Published on Jan 16, 2010


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Presidents Obama, Bush, & Clinton: Help for Haiti (14:25)
The Obama White House Published on Jan 16, 2010

Five ex-US presidents join forces to support Harvey victims

The presidents will launch “One America Appeal,” to start collecting funds with a plea broadcast during Thursday night’s National Football League season opener, the group said in a statement. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are behind the effort.


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Hurricane Irma is so powerful, it sucked the ocean away from beaches in the Bahamas on Friday.

Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Beaches In The Bahamas (Videos)

The Washington Post’s deputy weather editor, confirmed this phenomenon is real and may occur during extremely powerful hurricanes such as Irma. The storm is so powerful, it can essentially change the shape of the ocean, Fritz said.

“Basically, Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm,” Fritz wrote.

“In the center of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward. Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism — it sucks the air into it, and when it’s really low, it can change the shape of the surface of the ocean. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.”

Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas’ Department of Meteorology, warned residents of Long Island and Exuma, where water had also reportedly receded from the beaches, to be careful as the ocean returned back to high levels.

“Care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury,” Neely said in a Facebook post explaining the phenomenon.

People who had seen the water recede in the Bahamas on Friday said the water returned the next day.

Hurricane Irma has pushed water out of a bay in Tampa, but forecasters are telling people not to venture out there, because it's going to return with a potentially deadly vengeance.

Water empties from bay in Tampa, but folks warned: stay out

On Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, about 100 people were walking Sunday afternoon on what was Old Tampa Bay — a body of water near downtown. Hurricane Irma's winds and low tide have pushed the water unusually far from its normal position. Some people are venturing as far as 200 yards (180 meters) out to get to the water's new edge. The water is normally about 4 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 meters) deep and reaches a seawall.

The U.S. Hurricane Center has sent out an urgent alert warning of a "life-threatening storm surge inundation of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) above ground level" and telling people to "MOVE AWAY FROM THE WATER!"

The waters retracted because the leading wind bands of Irma whipped the coastal water more out to sea. But once the eye passes and the wind reverses, the water will rush back in.


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‘No 100% safety’: Florida toxic materials could leak as Irma hits, EPA ‘aggressively’ securing sites:

Scores of Environmental Protection Agency staff have been working to secure equipment and isolate hazardous materials at Florida’s 54 Superfund sites in the hours before Hurricane Irma made landfall – two weeks after similar sites were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Superfund sites are heavily contaminated former industrial zones.

The EPA “can’t guarantee it 100 percent,” that there will not be contamination following the storm, Senator Marco Rubio told AP Saturday night, but reassured the media that federal agents were “generally positive” about their preparation efforts.

“EPA feels they got a handle on it. They think that the risk is real but certainly not as severe as some other places. Not to minimize it – it’s something to think about,” said the Republican politician.

Potential leaks could poison water and soil and cause damage to humans or wildlife, or, at the very least, require expensive clean-up operations.

This week, the EPA said it had sent more than 80 staff to Florida, compared to over 200 for Texas, but nonetheless hoped to be more proactive.

"Operationally, we’ve tried to make sure we apply the same type of approach we used in Texas. Because of the area and the amount of population that’s affected in Florida, we’re trying to be even more aggressive," US environmental chief Scott Pruitt said Thursday.

AP said its reporters personally inspected six Superfund sites nearest to Irma’s point of impact and found no work going on at any of them. Barrels containing what appeared to be contaminants were left out in plain sight. When questioned about this, the EPA responded that if “there is no activity, a site should be considered secured but would be closely monitored.”

“If any site in the path of the storm is found to pose an immediate threat to nearby populations, EPA will immediately alert and work with state and local officials and inform the public – and then take any appropriate steps to address the threat,” EPA spokesperson Liz Bowman said Friday. “So far no sites have risen to this level that we are aware of.”

A recent study published by the Government Accountability Office said water levels of 1 to 4 feet above the ground could be sufficient to flood Florida’s most vulnerable sites. The National Hurricane Center has predicted that storm surges may reach 15 feet.

Although Hurricane Harvey flooded 13 Superfund sites, the EPA says that inspections, some precautionary, of 58 sites have revealed no toxic spillage. Two more sites are yet to be reviewed.

Approximately 6.3 million Floridians are under mandatory or voluntary evacuations, the Florida Division of Emergency Management said Saturday. When evacuation orders in South Carolina and Georgia are included, the number climbs to 6.8 million.

4 dead as Hurricane Irma rocks Florida, leaving 3.5mn without power (VIDEOS):

At least four people have been killed in Florida as Hurricane Irma batters the state, bringing heavy rains and flooding. Around 3.5 million people have been left without power in the storm, declared a major disaster by President Trump.

Two officers who had been helping at an evacuation shelter were killed in a car crash in Hardee County, officials say. Sergeant Joseph Ossman and Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges stayed in the county despite mandatory evacuation orders.

Two officers who had been helping at an evacuation shelter were killed in a car crash in Hardee County, officials say. Sergeant Joseph Ossman and Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges stayed in the county despite mandatory evacuation orders.

“Deputy Bridges was picking up supplies for a hurricane shelter when her patrol car collided head-on with Sergeant Ossman’s vehicle,” a statement on the ‘Officer Down Memorial Page’ said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased. Bridges leaves behind an 8-year-old son.

“Our law enforcement and correctional officers work every day to keep Floridians safe. It is because of their work we are able to live in a state where people can raise their families safely,” he said in a statement.

The third fatality was confirmed in Orange County when a person driving a Cadillac SUV hit a guardrail on southbound State Road 417. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the Highway Patrol said.

The fourth victim of the storm was a man in Monroe County who lost control of his vehicle, which was carrying a generator, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said, as cited by ABC news.

Around 3.5 million Florida residents have been left without power, according to data from the Florida Power & Light Company. The counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach have been hit the hardest.


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Severe flooding hits central Italy, at least six dead and two missing (1 0f 5 Videos)
Maltempo a Livorno, le strade come fiumi. Le immagini del nubifragio nella notte
Published on Sep 10, 2017
The Tuscan port town of Livorno after a nearly stationary severe storm dumped heavy rain on Sunday, September 10, 2017, triggering severe flooding and landslides.
While strong winds toppled trees, heavy rain caused widespread flooding, collapsed infrastructure, flooded streets and houses, and submerged parked cars. Numerous landslides have been reported.
ANSA said that at least 200 mm (7.9 inches) of rain fell on the region within six hours.



Published on Sep 11, 2017 (3:30)
Apocalyptic scene across Florida Keys following devastating storm surge across Big Pine, Bahia Honda, Marathon, Duck, Long, and Lower Matecumbe Keys. Shots of heaps of interlaced debris and destruction, destroyed US Highway 1, stranded boats, obliterated neighborhoods, and scattered vehicles and belongings.

All footage shot during afternoon daylight on September 10, 2017 on/near Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key, Vaca Key including the town of Marathon, Duck Key, Long Key, and Lower Matecumbe Key by Meteorologists Juston Drake and Simon Brewer

Cuba tries to recover after Hurricane Irma hits northern coast (2:09)
Published on Sep 10, 2017


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A tropical storm warning has been issued for the southern part of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula as Hurricane Norma approaches with 120kph (75mph) winds.

Tropical storm warning for Baja California as Hurricane Norma nears

The US National Hurricane Center said the storm became a hurricane on Friday evening as it swept towards the southern tip of the peninsula in northwestern Mexico.

Mexico’s National Meteorological Service (SMN) issued a warning on Saturday morning, saying the storm will bring rains, strong winds, and a powerful swell, which will affect the west and northwest of the country and the southern part of Baja California.

SMN forecast that the cyclone will slowly move northwards over the next few days, with tropical storm conditions expected to hit the coast on Sunday. The storm is expected to eventually make landfall on September 19.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

“Norma has been nearly stationary, but a slow northward motion should begin later today and continue through Sunday,”the US National Hurricane Center said.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slight strengthening is possible during the next day or two.”

Norma is currently registering as a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane Irma reached Category 5 status when it wreaked havoc in the Caribbean last week.

Tropical Storm Norma surged to hurricane strength late Friday off Mexico’s Pacific coast which was pounded just hours earlier by Tropical Storm Max.

Norma reaches hurricane strength near Mexico

Norma looked likely to churn toward the Los Cabos resort area, according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 0300 GMT, Norma was 270 miles (435 km) south of Cabo San Lucas, packing top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kmph). It was expected to strengthen in coming days the NHC said.

After barreling into Mexico’s Pacific coast as a Category One hurricane, Max was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday.

That storm, still packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers (70 miles) per hour, was moving inland over southern Mexico at approximately 13 kilometers per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Situated east of Acapulco, it was expected to weaken and bring “torrential rains” over coastal areas of the southwestern Guerrero state and neighboring Oaxaca, which is still suffering the effects of a massive earthquake last week.

Max has triggered warnings of life-threatening conditions in areas hit by the devastating 8.2 quake, which killed 96 people.

Guerrero state and western parts of Oaxaca state were forecast to receive 12.5 to 25 centimeters (five to 10 inches) of rain, with some areas receiving more than 50 centimeters.

I wonder, how Hurricane Norma will affect the San Diego area?

After 15 die in hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins sanitary street washing

Sanitary street washing will commence in downtown San Diego and will continue every other week to combat the city’s deadly hepatitis A outbreak, Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office said Friday.

The city responded to a letter sent by San Diego County Thursday, asking the city to move forward with a list of specific sanitation actions designed to help control the spread of the disease, which has killed 15 people and hospitalized nearly 300, many of them homeless and living on streets without adequate access to restrooms or showers.

The county gave the city five business days to respond with a plan for remedying what it called a “fecally contaminated environment” downtown. The county will soon expand its efforts to other cities in the region, where the outbreak has now produced nearly 400 confirmed cases.

The county moved forward last weekend with its own contractor, who installed 40 hand-washing stations in areas where the homeless often gather. There are plans, according to the city’s letter, to add more stations next week.

In addition to regularly pressure-washing dirty city right-of-ways with chlorinated water, the county also asked the city to “immediately expand access to public restrooms and wash stations within the city limits that are adjacent to at-risk populations.”

Exactly one week ago, Prime Minister Gaston Browne surveyed the damage on his tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda and declared that Hurricane Irma had completely devastated the island and left 90% of all dwellings leveled. Browne went on to say that Irma's "absolute devastation" meant that Barbuda was "basically uninhabitable" for the 1,800 people who called it home.

Irma's Aftermath: "For The First Time In 300 Years, There's Not A Single Living Person On Barbuda"

“The damage is complete,” says Ambassador Ronald Sanders, who has served as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2015. “For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”

“This was a huge monster,” he says. “The island and the people on the island had absolutely no chance.”

“We’ve had most of the people we’ve brought over to Antigua in shelters,” says Sanders. “We’ve tried to make living accommodations as good as humanly possible in these circumstances. Fortunately, we had planned ahead for this hurricane, and we had ordered supplies in from Miami and the United States before the hurricane hit.”


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Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago.

Hurricane Maria Is Following Irma’s Path and Getting Stronger
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The storm is expected to be a major hurricane when it hits the Leeward Islands over the next few days, intensifying to a Category 4 hurricane in 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest update.

As of Sunday at 11 p.m. ET, Maria was about 100 miles (165 kilometers) northeast of Barbados and about 210 miles (340 kilometers) east-southeast of Dominica, the center said. It had strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph and is forecast to continue moving toward the eastern Caribbean at 13 mph.

“Maria continues to strengthen and is expected to be at major hurricane intensity when it affects portions of the Leeward Islands over the next few days, bringing dangerous wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards,” the hurricane center said.

Maria is one of three storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean, but it poses the most danger to the hurricane-battered Caribbean.

Maria has prompted a hurricane warning for Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Lucia. A warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Anguilla — many of which were devastated when Irma blew through the Caribbean, killing 44 people. A hurricane watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds.

“Maria is likely to affect the British and US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by midweek as a dangerous major hurricane,” the NHC said.

Torrential rainfall could cause deadly flash flooding and mudslides. Maria could dump 6 to 12 inches of rain across the Leeward Islands — including Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands — through Wednesday night.

Hurricane Jose

Meanwhile, Hurricane Jose is maintaining its intensity as it churns north, threatening “dangerous surf and rip currents” along the US East Coast in the next few days, the hurricane center said.

Late Sunday, the Category 1 hurricane was about 305 miles (490 kilometers) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and moving north at 9 mph. While the center of Jose is expected to stay off from the US East Coast, “swells generated by Jose are affecting Bermuda, the Bahamas, and much of the US east coast,” the NHC said.

“These swells are likely to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions for the next several days in these areas.”

The hurricane center said that Jose would produce heavy rain as it passes near southern New England and the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday, but that based on current forecasting the risk of flooding would be “limited in scope.”

Tropical Depression Lee

Lee, the third storm in the Atlantic, fizzled from a tropical storm to a tropical depression Sunday, the hurricane center said.

As of Sunday night, the storm was about 980 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Lee’s maximum sustained winds have sputtered to 35 mph, and are expected to further weaken in the coming days.


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Snow fell in Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer, giving the towering mountain range shared by California and Nevada a wintry look in September and making travel hazardous.

'It’s kind of a weather roller coaster': On last day of summer, California hit by snow, hail (Video)

Mammoth Lakes got more than a dusting Thursday in the first snowfall of the season, with 3 inches reported in the village. Snow coated the roads so heavily that the plows were out, and locals left footprints on sidewalks.

Sixteen vehicles crashed on Interstate 80 as snow and hail fell Thursday, killing a man driving a pickup and causing minor injuries to other people, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Nave said.

Snow dusted peaks in Yosemite National Park and temporarily closed Tioga Pass road, the soaring eastern entry to the park that typically doesn’t become impassable until mid-November.

Several inches of snow were expected at elevations of at least 6,000 feet in the northern Sierra, National Weather Service forecaster Hannah Chandler said in Sacramento.

Hurricane Maria has moved on from Puerto Rico and was passing the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday morning as a Category 3 storm. But the devastation it caused will disrupt life on the island for the next six months, possibly longer, as the cash-strapped US territory struggles to rebuild its power grid and other crucial infrastructure that was completely destroyed by the storm, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Puerto Rico: No Power, No Phones, And "Unprecedented" Damage

More than 95% of Puerto Rico’s wireless cell sites are currently out of service, according to the FCC. That is worse than the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which knocked out 56% of the island’s wireless network. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said restoring electricity to the island “could take weeks or many, many months.”

But the damage goes beyond cell towers. The most powerful hurricane to hit the US territory in almost a century hobbled the island's telecommunications system, destroyed its power grid and left communities facing widespread devastation. Puerto Rican authorities have warned the island’s 3.4 million residents that the island faces a difficult and expensive path to recovery from Maria. As the territory rushes to provide initial relief to its struggling citizens, Abner Gómez, executive director of the island’s emergency-management agency, said residents should be prepared to sustain themselves without aid for 72 hours, given the severity of the damage, the obstacles to reach people and how thinly stretched government resources are.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency is working with telecom providers to help get the communications networks back online. About a week after Irma hit, all but 6% of Puerto Rico’s cell sites were back online.

Unfortunately, getting Puerto Rico’s communications networks up and running will be a challenging process, particularly given the power outages,” Mr. Pai said.

In an interview aired on the only radio station left that could still broadcast across the island, PR Gov. Ricardo Rosselló described the situation on the island as a crisis. Flooding and mudslides are a “giant problem” especially in rural, mountainous areas, he said, adding that damage to the island’s infrastructure was enormous and the cost to fix it will be “humongous.”


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Presidents Obama, Bush, & Clinton: Help for Haiti (14:25)
The Obama White House Published on Jan 16, 2010

Five ex-US presidents join forces to support Harvey victims

The presidents will launch “One America Appeal,” to start collecting funds with a plea broadcast during Thursday night’s National Football League season opener, the group said in a statement. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are behind the effort.

On Saturday night, all of the five living former US presidents, without current POTUS Donald Trump, will attend a disaster relief event in the city of Austin, Texas.

'Unprecedented': Five Living US Presidents to Attend Disaster Relief Concert

In an effort to raise money for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria and the destruction the three storms caused in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will make an unprecedented group by convening in the Texas capital for the concert.

Speeding north at almost 20 mph, Super Typhoon Lan, packing 150-mph sustained winds and 184-mph gusts, is scheduled to strike Japan’s largest metropolis at about 6 a.m. local time on Monday.

Super Typhoon Lan to Make Direct Hit on Tokyo

Officials have been placed on high alert as schools and some travel corridors are expected to be closed on Monday as the dangerous Category 4 storm is expected to bring heavy rains, wind-related damage and a destructive tidal surge to the region.

Currently some 300 miles east of Japan, super-typhoon Lan forecasts warn of landslides and flash flooding inland around the Tokyo metropolitan area, home to some 38 million people, or about 30 percent of the nation‘s population.

Local elections in Japan's southern island region of Okinawa were moved up in expectation of the storm's effect on travel and infrastructure, cited by Quartz.

Due to the size of the storm and its projected position, insurance damage estimates are expected to top $25 billion, a figure much lower than those following similar hurricane strikes on the US mainland.

The lower insurance projections are noted to be a result of superior disaster preparedness on the part of the island nation, according to Bloomberg.


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Heavy rains and hurricane force winds are expected to affect the Kuril Islands in the Russian Far East, neighboring Japan due to the impending category 4 Typhoon Lan.

Storm Alert Issued for Russia's Kuril Islands

The storm alert has been issued for Russia's Kuril Islands over approaching cyclone which is due to hit the region late on Monday, Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Sakhalin region department’s press service said Sunday.

"The data regarding the approaching cyclone has been provided by Roshydromet [Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring]. The storm alert says that heavy rains and hurricane winds are expected to hit the Kuril and Southern Kuril islands on the evening of October 23 and at night of October 24," the press release said.

The emergencies services recommended Kuril residents to stay at homes during the cyclone.

"Furthermore, we recommend to clarify the whereabouts of family members and relatives and take measures so that they manage to get prepared for severe weather conditions. Tourist trekking groups should shelter in special places equipped for such purposes. In the event of an emergency, it is necessary to immediately contact the emergencies services," the press release added.

Earlier in the day, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned of heavy rain and floods, which are likely to occur in most regions of the Pacific side of Japan. All the towns in Kanagawa and Ehime prefectures are to be evacuated, as strong winds have already injured two persons in the region.

​The expected typhoon has interrupted air traffic in Japan and led to the cancelation of 419 flights across the country, mostly in the southern Kyushu and Shikoku regions. Media reports claim that at least another 115 flights are to be canceled as heavy rains and storm winds will stay in the area for at least for some time.


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Typhoon Lan, now downgraded from a super-typhoon but remaining a very dangerous Category 3 storm, continues its flight north, currently estimated to strike Tokyo and the surrounding metropolitan area early Monday morning local time.

Powerful Cat-3 Typhoon Lan Brings Heavy Rain and Winds to Japan, 2 Dead

At least two people have been confirmed dead according to the Japan Meteorological Agency as the fast-paced storm, speeding along at close to 30 mph, heads north, cited by the Japan Times.

Most flights out of Narita and other airports in the metropolitan area have been cancelled, while schools are shuttered and emergency services have been put on high alert in anticipation of Lan's landfall, bringing with it damaging winds, heavy rainfall and a dangerous storm surge.

Inland areas are said to be at high risk of landslides and flooding, as the fast-moving typhoon, the 21st named storm of the current season, slams into the island archipelago, packing winds of up to 120 mph and dropping a whopping 28 inches of rain on some locations within a 48-hour period.

The country's famous Shinkansen ‘bullet' train services have been disrupted as well, with many express trains cancelled.

As the typhoon approaches, many employers, including large Toyota automobile manufacturing facilities, have suspended operations beginning Monday morning according to company officials, cited by Japan Times.

Local governments close to the coast have issued evacuations for some and several elections have been postponed as well.


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At least seven persons were killed and over 90 injured as typhoon Lan lashed wide swathes of Japan after making landfall in Central Japan, local reports said.

7 Dead, over 90 Injured as Typhoon Lan Lashes Japan

This season's 21st typhoon made landfall at Shizuoka Prefecture Central Japan and moved across the Kanto region in Eastern Japan, leaving behind a trail of destruction, with rivers bursting their banks and landslides engulfing homes. The typhoon was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone East of Hokkaido in Northern Japan, Sakshi Post reported.

The powerful typhoon has brought heavy rainfall, with the Western region of Wakayama Prefecture seeing as much as 800 mm of rain through a 48-hour period. According to the weather agency, Mie Prefecture was also hit hard, with the storm dumping 700 mm of rain through the same period, which also caused extensive flooding in parts of Nara Prefecture.

A 63-year-old man was killed after strong winds brought down scaffolding at a construction site in the city of Fukuoka, Southwestern Japan. In Yamaguchi Prefecture, in Western Japan, a 70-year-old man died after being forced to dive into the sea following his boat's engine failure. In Osaka Prefecture, a 68-year-old man was found dead in a submerged car, while a man in his 80s died from head injuries after falling in Osaka city, local media reported.

In hard-hit Mie Prefecture, a 29-year-old man also died in a submerged car and in Wakayama Prefecture, an 82-year-old man died after his house was levelled by a mudslide. Over 90 people were injured across the nation, according to government data. Japan's two major airline carriers, Japan Airlines Co and All Nippon Airways Co cancelled more than 100 flights on Monday, with 25,000 passengers affected.

The Shinkansen bullet train services were suspended along parts of the Tokaido line, and local services in Tokyo and Osaka were disrupted during rush hour Monday morning. Evacuation orders were issued in some cities and towns, and vote counting following Sunday's lower house election was delayed in areas where access to polling stations was affected by the typhoon.


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The first winter storm of the season is blowing through the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, bringing blizzard-like conditions and several inches of snow.

Snow blows through Minnesota in 1st winter storm of the season (Videos)

Gusty winds of up to 60 mph produced whiteout conditions Thursday in northwestern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.

The National Weather Service in Duluth, Minnesota, said this morning that so far today 5 inches of snow have fallen -- breaking the record daily snowfall for Oct. 27.

The storm will begin to move east today, spreading snow into the Twin Cities, which hasn't seen snow in October in eight years.

The snow will spread into northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan later today, where 8 inches of snow may fall by Saturday morning.


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The population of Japan, including the Honshu island and the capital city of Tokyo, is bracing for the tropical storm Saola, expected to hit the country at the weekend.

Typhoon Saola Approaches Japan - Meteorological Agency

Typhoon Saola has almost reached the territory of Japan and is currently near the southern country's Yoronjima island, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday.

According to the meteorological agency, the typhoon is moving in the northern direction and is expected to reach the Okinawa island by midnight local time (15:00 GMT).

Severe Tropical Cyclone #Saola to impact cyclone-weary Japan this weekend:

The agency added that by Sunday evening Saola could reach the central part of the Honshu island and could also hit Tokyo.

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Typhoons regularly strike Japan. The previous typhoon hit the island nation last weekend and one of the most devastating ones in recent time, Typhoon Lionrock, passed through the country last September, killing some 22 people.
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