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Northern Vietnam dotted with cold front-triggered rain

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

Massive storm brings 2nd day of snow, rain, winds

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yolanda Corona prayed she wouldn’t die.She was watching television with 10 relatives when winds from a massive storm tearing across the U.S. roared through her neighborhood.

The windows blew out of the living room. The chimney caved in. A tree plunged through the roof.

The family huddled in a back bedroom, whispering prayers, crying and holding each other. Somehow, they survived.

“We thought we were going to die. We were just so scared. We didn’t have time to do anything. We all just listened and prayed for our lives,” Jessica Vargas, Corona’s 18-year-old granddaughter, recalled Wednesday, looking at the family’s possessions, which had been strewn around their muddy yard the night before. No one was seriously hurt, but now the family must find somewhere to live.

Steps to a landing is all that remains from a mobile home destroyed in Vale, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 after powerful thunderstorms moved through the area

The rare, fast-moving storm that destroyed their home also brought winds up to 81 mph, rain and tornadoes that started in the Midwest on Tuesday and continued Wednesday, moving into the southern and eastern U.S.

In suburban Chicago, Helen Miller, 41, was hurt when a branch fell about 65 feet from a large tree, crashed into her car and impaled her stomach. Doctors removed the branch and Miller’s husband said she asked him to hang on to it.

“She wants to save it for an art project or something,” Todd Miller told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She’s a bit of a free spirit, so I ran with it.”

The National Weather Service confirmed that eight tornadoes touched down in Indiana Tuesday, but that no serious damage or injuries were reported. Ohio saw six twisters, including one with gusts of at least 111 mph that ripped through a village in the northwest part of the state, destroying several homes. Another flattened a barn and carried a large windmill 40 yards.

Pat Tanner, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., said a cold front is moving east and meeting warm, moist air causing instability in the atmosphere and spawning the storms.

In Chattanooga, Tenn., an apparent tornado on the Chickamauga Dam caused an accident that led to the closure of the highway and injured several people. Tornadoes also whirled through Racine County, Wis., where two people were injured when a section of roof was torn off a tractor factory, and Peotone, Ill., where three people were injured when a home’s roof came off.

The storm brought heavy snow and winds up to 60 mph to the Dakotas for a second day Wednesday, toppling signs, power lines and trees. Most of the snow, about 8 inches, was reported in central North Dakota, and travel in much of the state was difficult.

“The weather is not very nice out here. The winds are picking up and it’s very snowy, very slick,” said Linnea Reeves, a Walmart employee in Bismarck.

In Iowa, winds gusted to more than 50 mph in some places Wednesday, overturning semis on a highway and knocking down power lines.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued across the Southeast and into the Northeast.

In North Carolina, at least 11 people were hurt by the winds that destroyed Corona’s home, but none seriously.

“We just thank God that everyone is safe,” said Corona, who had some cuts on her leg.

Nearby, Douvhen Hanby was in his backyard when he saw the fast-moving funnel cloud head toward his house. He scrambled inside and yelled for his wife and four children to “hit the floor” in the living room. Seconds later, the house began shaking.

When the winds died down about two minutes later, the family — and their home — were more or less fine. Hanby ran to the next door to a neighbor’s mobile home, which had been shredded.

He dug through the rubble with his hands, looking for the woman and four children. He found them curled up in a ball under some pieces of tin.

“They were scared, shaking. Then when it hit them they were alive, they started crying,” he said.

About a mile away, Jack Hambrick, was watching TV when he saw that a line of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes were heading in his direction. When he heard the winds whip up outside his home, told his wife and daughter to head to a back bedroom for safety. But he didn’t make it. The house shook and he dropped to the floor in the living room. The furniture began swirling in the room and he kept his head down. “I just wanted them to be OK.”

They were, but when it was over a few minutes later, his roof and most of his walls were gone. The house was ruined.

“What are you going to do? I have a skylight,” he joked.

But then he turned serious.

“We were lucky,” he said. “Very lucky.”

Source: SGGP

Conson to bring lashing rain to the north

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Conson to bring lashing rain to the north

QĐND – Thursday, July 15, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Heavy rain will fall along the northern coastal areas from Hai Phong City to Quang Ninh province on July 16-17 as tropical storm Conson is moving towards the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf, weather experts warn.

According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre, at 10.00 on July 15, the storm was positioned at 16.5 degrees north latitude and 114.5 degrees east longitude, about 250km east of the Hoang Sa archipelago. It was packing winds of between 89-120kph near its eye.

In the next 24 hours, Conson is expected to move west and north-west at a speed of 20kph and continue to gain its strength.

At 10.00 on July 17, the storm is forecast to be around 50km southeast of Quang Ninh coast and cause rough seas and torrential rain there. It will strike the Vietnam-China border the following day.

Weather experts fear that Conson will dump heavy rain on northern provinces, especially mountain border localities such as Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lang Son, Cao Bang and Yen Bai. It will also cause landslides and flash floods in these provinces.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control has asked these localities to take prompt preventive measures and ensure smooth traffic in all circumstances.

The Ministry of Defence has asked its naval and border guard forces to work closely with central and northern coastal provinces to call in fishing vessels still out at sea and be kept on standby for rescue work if required.

The Ministry of Health has instructed its provincial departments of health to draw up emergency plans to deal with the worst possible cases.

Conson killed 22 people and wounded 20 others when it swept across the Philippines on July 14.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Heavy rain causes floods, traffic jams in city; typhoon Conson en route

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Vehicles “swam” across flooded streets after the heavy rainfall of July 12 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Heavy rain on July 12 causes flood on Chau Van Liem Street in District 5. (Photo: Sggp)

Many roads including Hong Bang, Chau Van Liem, Le Tuan Mau, Le Dinh Tham, Go Dau, Luy Ban Bich, Nguyen Cuu Dam and more in districts 5, 6, Tan Binh and Tan Phu became flooded, leading to traffic jams.

Kinh Duong Vuong Street suffered severe flooding of over 50-cm. depth.   Many motorbikes suffered engine failure due to water levels.

The heavy rain on July 12 caused more than 20 flooding areas in districts 5, 6,10, 11, Binh Tan, Tan Phu and Binh Chanh districts with a rainfall exceeding 50 mm.

According to the city’s Center for Flood Prevention’s report, sewers installed beneath Chau Van Liem, Minh Phung, Pham Dinh Ho and Nguyen Van Luong streets are not yet connected to drainage systems, causing floods.

Many flood prevention projects in the city such as the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin’s environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project have jammed flows, which have worsened inner city flooding on rainy days and more places would be vulnerable to heavy inundation, the Center for Flood Prevention warned.

According to the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center, the first typhoon, called Conson, due to hit the country this year is forming off the coast of the Philippines. The eye of the storm is about 580km east of the Philippines.  The wind speeds within the storm has been measured between level 8 and 10.

The typhoon will move west and north-west at a speed of 20km/hr and its direction could change suddenly, striking the land.

Deputy Director of the Hydrography Meteor Forecast National Center Le Thanh Hai ordered all boats in the north of the East Sea to take shelter in avoidance of the typhoon.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi traffic brought to standstill by heavy rain

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hanoi traffic brought to standstill by heavy rain

QĐND – Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

A heavy rain lasting from 7am-9am on July 13 brought Hanoi’s traffic to a standstill. On most streets, means of transport could barely move for several hours.

According to the Hanoi Urban Environment and Water Supply, Drainage Company, 79 places were flooded across the city. Some streets experienced particularly high waters including Nguyen Khuyen, Ba Trieu, Tan Mai, Thai Ha, Giang Vo, Le Duan, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Nguyen Phong Sac and Nguyen Khanh Toan.

The stretch of Le Duan street along Hanoi’s railway station was severely flooded, while the Kim Ma-Nguyen Thai Hoc route saw the most serious traffic jam due to slow water drainage. A long queue of automobiles and motorbikes couldn’t move for several hours. Even when the rain stopped at 10am, vehicles could only travel at a snail’s pace.

Giang Vo, Thai Ha, Dien Bien Phu and Tran Phu streets were also seriously affected. In the morning, only on Nguyen Van Cu street, linking Gia Lam district to downtown Hanoi, could vehicles move easily.    

The National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre measured the rainfall of between 130-150mm in the downtown area. The centre forecast that heavy downpours would continue to lash down overnight with a moderate rainfall.

In the next few days, temperatures in the northern region will fall by 1-2 degrees. There is a strong chance that as of July 14, the heat wave the region has been experiencing will come to an end.  

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

La Nina to bring heavy rain to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

La Nina to bring heavy rain to Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The La Nina weather phenomenon that is developing in the Pacific region will not only drop temperatures but also cause more rain and storms in Asia, including Vietnam, said the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The WMO said that La Nina is characterised by unusually cool ocean temperatures in the east Pacific and the weather is expected to get harsher on a much larger scale in the coming months.

In late 2008, La Nina was blamed for icy conditions that claimed dozens of lives across Europe and brought torrential rain to Indonesia , Malaysia and Australia.

In Vietnam, La Nina made the summer of 2008 much cooler than previous summers and Hanoi and neighbouring areas also record the heaviest downpours in 40 years in late October with an approximate rainfall of 1m.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Rain and whirlwinds forecast in southern provinces

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Binh Phuoc, Dong Thap will experience rains and whirlwind over the next few days, due to seasonal shifts and a low pressure front of tropical heat due to move in from the west, said a meteorologist.

An electricity post toppled due to rain and whirlwinds on May 20 (Photo: Tuoi tre)

Le Thi Xuan Lan, deputy head of the Southern Meteorology and Hydrology Forecasting Center, said there will be increased rainfall in the coming days.

It has rained recently in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang and Ca Mau; other provinces will experience rain after May 25, Lan predicted, adding that the temperature will therefore decrease around by about 4 degrees Celsius, down from present temperatures that have climbed as high as 37.6 degrees Celsius.

On May 20, an electricity post fell down due to rain and strong winds in commune Trung Lap Thuong in Ho Chi Minh City’s district Cu Chi. The accident caused electricity power cut.

Source: SGGP

Heavy rain inundates Hanoi, traffic jams afterwards

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm

One-hour long downpour hit Hanoi on May 15 leading to flooding and traffic jams in many parts of the capital.

A street in Hanoi flooded after one hour rain on May 15

Many main roads Lang ha, Thai Thinh, Thai Ha, Tay Son were flooded over 30 meter even some in half of one meter under water, causing massive traffic jams in streets Lang Ha and Le Van Luong. Although it rained in one hour, flood took place because many digging road works have been conducted in streets in Hanoi.

In related news, Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the Lao Cai Province Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center, said the district Bac Ha saw a whirlwind was generating winds of up to 65kph and gusts beyond force 8.

The whirlwind devastated three households and Hoang Thu Pho junior school, and some hectares of rice, vegetables and blew up many roofs of houses in communes Bao Nhai, Hoang Thu Pho. The whirlwind has affected seriously to residents’ lives as farmers there are harvesting Tam Hoa plum.

The government in hailstone-hit localities sent emergency crews to help victims overcome the disaster and provided support to farmers who lost in the whirwind.

Source: SGGP

HCM City drainage not yet ready for heavy rain

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

HCM City drainage not yet ready for heavy rain

QĐND – Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:43 (GMT+7)

Flooding in HCM City in the coming rainy season is expected to be more severe because most drainage projects have not been completed, project managers say.

The city has four big ongoing drainage projects, the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin’s environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project, the city’s urban enhancement project and Hang Bang Canal project.

Phan Hoang Dieu, director of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project’s management board, said new culverts have been installed under most streets, but would not be connected to the city’s common drainage system until 2011.

Installation work during the last phase of the East-West Highway and Water Environment project is expected to be completed next year.

“Even though many culverts have been installed upstream for these projects, there is still work to be done with the outlets, so the upstream culverts aren’t effective at this time,” Dang Ngoc Hoi, section head of the project’s management board, told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper.

The Hang Bang Canal Project, which is expected to deal with flooding in districts 6, 11, Tan Binh, Tan Phu and Binh Tan, is still in its first phase. The city’s Steering Centre for Anti-flooding Programme said the city’s drainage system in more than 100 areas has been blocked by construction work of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Project and Water Environment project.

The projects have stopped water flow to complete work. If these areas are not unblocked the centre warned that many areas in the city’s inner district 1 would flood during the rainy season.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Rain resumes in Rio and officials fear more deaths

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

Rains began pelting Rio again early Wednesday, hours after the heaviest deluge on record sent killer mudslides cascading down hillsides and turned streets into raging torrents in Brazil‘s second-biggest city.

Authorities feared the added water could dislodge more saturated ground and raise the death toll from 95 in Rio and the neighboring city of Niteroi. Most of the deaths came when landslides smashed over shacks in slums built precariously on steep slopes.

Huge red-brown paths of destruction slashed through shantytowns. Concrete and wooden homes were crushed and hurtled downhill, only to bury other structures.

Rio, which will host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, ground to a near halt as Mayor Eduardo Paes urged workers to stay home and ordered all schools closed. Most businesses were shuttered.

Firefighters rescue an injured man after a landslide in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro

Streets across the city were quiet as flooded roadways made travel nearly impossible even before rain started falling again before dawn.

Eleven inches (28 centimeters) of rain drenched Rio in less than 24 hours Tuesday, and the forecast called for more rain through the weekend, though it was expected to lessen.

Officials said potential mudslides threatened at least 10,000 homes in the city of 6 million people. Some 1,200 people were left homeless by Tuesday’s downpour.

Paes urged people in endangered areas to take refuge with family or friends and he said no one should venture out.

“It is not advisable for people to leave their homes,” the mayor said. “We want to preserve lives.”

He told the Web site of the newspaper O Globo that the rainfall was the most that Rio had ever recorded in such a short period. The previous high was nine inches (23 centimeters) that fell on Jan. 2, 1966.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva urged Brazilians to pray for the rain to stop.

“This is the greatest flooding in the history of Rio de Janeiro, the biggest amount of rain in a single day,” Silva told reporters in Rio. “And when the man upstairs is nervous and makes it rain, we can only ask him to stop the rain in Rio de Janeiro so we can go on with life in the city.”

A representative for the Rio de Janeiro fire department, which was coordinating rescue efforts, said 95 people were known dead and about 100 were injured.

“We expect the death toll to rise,” said the official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Claudio Ribeiro, a 24-year-old taxi driver, spent eight hours stranded on a highway Tuesday.

“I have never seen anything like this,” he said, wiping steam from the inside of his windshield to reveal a flooded roadway with hundreds of cars, taxis and buses packed together on high ground between raging torrents.

“Tell me, how is this city supposed to host the Olympics?” Ribeiro said. “Look at this chaos!”

Neither the 2014 World Cup nor the 2016 Olympics will be held during Brazil‘s rainy season. The rains normally fall during the Southern Hemisphere‘s summer in December through February, but the season has stretched into April this year.

Silva played down the possibility that similar downpours could wash out the biggest sporting events Brazil will ever host.

“Normally, the months of June and July are calmer, and Rio de Janeiro is prepared to host the Olympics and is prepared to host the World Cup with a lot of tranquility,” Silva said. “It’s not because of one catastrophe that we will think that it’s going to happen every year, or all the time.”

Rio 2016 organizers said in a statement that Tuesday’s rainfall was extremely unusual and could happen anywhere in the world. Organizers praised city and state authorities for responding quickly to the public safety crisis.

Source: SGGP