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Cua Viet storm shelter under construction

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm




Cua Viet storm shelter under construction


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Quang Tri provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on November 25 began construction of Cua Viet storm shelter for ships and boats in Trieu Phong district with a total investment of over VND104 billion.


The construction is divided into two parts, a southern subdivision covering 34ha and a northern subdivision covering 6ha.   


Both areas will be installed with safety facilities such as independent anchor posts, drainage and drift signal systems, and embankments.


The project, being carried out by PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Company No 1, Thanh An Construction Joint Stock Company and Trang Sinh Company Limited, will be put into operation in 2012.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Storm that smacked Northwest moves to Utah, Idaho

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

A ferocious storm that crippled much of the Pacific Northwest barreled into the Rockies on Tuesday, causing whiteout conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year.


The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Utah, where Interstate 84 and Interstate 15 were temporarily shut down in northern Utah because of windy, snowy conditions that led two tractor-trailers to jackknife and block traffic. Even once the roads were reopened, visibility was still very limited there and elsewhere in the state as many commuters made their way home on snow-covered roads.


Numerous schools, governments and businesses in Utah closed hours earlier than normal Tuesday because of the storm, with state traffic officials warning the evening commute could take four times longer than usual.

U.S. Army Spc. Ron Washington walks from his Humvee and past stuck cars on the Alaskan Way Viaduct to check on the gridlock on the highway Monday, Nov. 22, 2010,

Of nearly 300 flights scheduled to take off from Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday evening, nine had been canceled, although it wasn’t immediately clear if all of those were caused by the storm.


Highway officials told holiday travelers earlier in the day to get out of town now or risk being stranded on Thanksgiving.


In the western part of Utah, empty eastbound semitrailers on Interstate 80 were being held near the Nevada line to prevent them from tipping over in the windy salt flats.


At least three deaths in Washington state have been blamed on the storm, including a man struck and killed outside his car Monday night on snowy Interstate 5 in Tacoma. Officials in Portland, Ore., also were investigating whether a man whose body was found along the Willamette River died from the cold.


Thanksgiving travel was dicey throughout the region, with many highways too dangerous to drive. In Seattle, icy roads kept airline crews from getting to the airport, and people who missed their flights because of the dangerous drive were trying to rebook on already crowded planes.


The weather service said 2.5 inches of snow fell at the airport Monday, breaking the old record for the date of 1.5 inches in 1977.


The tiny central Washington town of Waterville became a refuge when the blizzard blasted across the scattered wheat fields and sagebrush along U.S. Highway 2.


“We got sideways snow. We’ve got snow that’s going up, stuck up under things. Snow is everywhere, because it’s been so windy,” Dave Lundgren, owner of the Waterville Historic Hotel, said Tuesday. “We’re definitely going to be looking for inside things to do.”


Even cold-hardened Alaskans were complaining about the weather, with freezing rain making travel hazardous if not impossible. Fairbanks was among the hardest-hit; schools closed and most government agencies and military bases told nonessential workers to stay home.


“I don’t think the roads can get much worse,” said David Gibbs, emergency operations director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.


Andy Haner, a weather service meteorologist in Seattle, said the storm blew down from Alaska before turning toward the Northern Rockies.


“Sometimes we call them ‘inside sliders’ because they slide down the Inside Passage from Alaska,” he said.


Citrus growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley prepared to fight off crop-damaging frost as a cold front moves into the region.


The storm reached the Salt Lake City area during the evening commute.


That’s what happened Monday night in Washington. Slick roads, blowing snow and temperatures in the mid-20s turned rush hour in Seattle and nearby cities into an hours-long crawl. Some motorists gave up after being stuck for five hours or more and returned to their offices or just left their cars at the side of the road.


Winds gusting to 65 mph made matters worse by cutting off power for tens of thousands of utility customers in Western Washington. Puget Sound Energy said it was doing all it can to restore electricity to tens of thousands of customers who lost power in the Monday night storm, but some could still be in the cold and dark on Thanksgiving.

Spokane and Eastern Washington were hit with even stronger winds and colder temperatures, staying well below zero overnight.

Tuesday dawned bright, sunny and cold over much of the state as crews hurried to plow and deice roads. Most schools closed, including the University of Washington’s three campuses.

Annie Wicken, an employee at a Seattle supermarket, said her boss practically begged her to make the hours-long, multi-bus journey to work.

“I hope people will still try to shop and get their Thanksgiving stuff,” she said while waiting at a bus stop.

Emergency shelters opened throughout the region to warm the homeless. In Olympia, the Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties scrambled to find people with four-wheel-drive vehicles to deliver more than 400 Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors.

“We feel like these people get shortchanged enough in life. We’re bringing them a meal no matter what happens,” said the center’s Emma Margraf.

Two people were killed Monday when their car slid on a snowy road at Cowiche near Yakima and collided with another car, the Washington State Patrol said. Another man died when he was struck outside his car Monday night on snowy Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

The patrol Tuesday launched a plane equipped with a heat-seeking camera to look for stranded motorists from Seattle south to Olympia. It said that in the 24 hours ending at 10 a.m., troopers had responded to 1,557 collisions and 1,274 disabled motorists statewide.

Much of Northwest will get a cold but brief break to dig out and maybe brave travel for the Thanksgiving holiday before more snow that could arrive by Wednesday night.

Source: SGGP

Storm rescue center to be built on Ly Son Island

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:49 am

A rescue center will be built on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai to seek and save people in the rainstorm season, according to Colonel Bui Phu Phu, deputy commander the provincial Border Guard Command.

The rescue center covering on an area of 5,000 square meters in An Hai Commune will be equipped with modern facilities with an investment capital of more than VND100 billion (US$5 million).

The center will focus on building 2300-CV rescue ships that can be sent out during hurricanes.

The rescue center is expected to be put into operation in 2012.

Source: SGGP

How to get accurate storm and flood forecasts

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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

Storm Megi makes landfall in East Sea

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm




Storm Megi makes landfall in East Sea


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

Storm Megi made landfall in the Eastern East Sea on October 19 with packing winds near the eye of the storm at 150-183 km per hour.


According to National Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre, the eye of storm was located at 16.5 degrees north latitude and 118.6 degrees east longitude. The storm is forecast to move west with wind speeds of 10-15 km per hour in the next 24 hours and become stronger even over the next few days.


The storm is expected to cause heavy seas with winds speeds reaching more than 180 km per hour at its centre. Fishermen have been advised not to go to sea.


Source: VOV


 


Source: QDND

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm




MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Localities should co-ordinate with police and soldiers to evacuate people to safe areas, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat on October 18.


The Central Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control held an urgent meeting on October 18 to assist in overcoming consequences of Storm Megi and asked localities to actively cope with the storm.


At the meeting, MARD Minister Phat, also head of the Steering Committee for the Flood Prevention and Control asked localities to prepare rescue forces for Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. MARD also asked the Farming Department to assess damages caused by the storm and prepare breeds and fertilizers to help farmers restore production activities.


Minister Phat also urged these forces to continue to evacuate people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An to safe areas and provide them with water and food, and especially to provide medicines to help Ha Tinh residents deal with seriously polluted water resources.


It is forecast that the water level in Nghe An rivers continued to rise. Until 10am on October 18, floods left 10 dead and more than 100 households were evacuated to safe places. An estimated 15,166 houses were collapsed while more than 25,000 hectares of rice and industrial crops were submerged. Nine communes in the province were totally isolated.


On the occasion, Canon Vietnam presented gifts worth more than VND300 million to  households in Huong Tra and Phu Phong communes, Huong Khe district in Ha Tinh province.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Fourth storm not to hit Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

A new storm has formed and has headed towards Hong Kong, said the national weather bureau. It is the fourth typhoon on East Sea since the beginning of the year.

The fourth storm on East Sea heads towards Kong Kong on August 30 (Photo: the national weather bureau)

On Monday early morning, the storm was at 20.8 degrees north latitude and 116.4 degrees east longitude, about 290 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong. The maximum sustained winds reached category 8, 62-74 kilometers an hour.


Affected by the storm, the northern part of the East Sea would turn rough with gusts up to 75-102 kilometers an hour, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.


In the next 24 hours, the storm will slowly move northwest at 5-10 kilometers an hour.


After several days of torrential rains, rivers in northern Vietnam have swollen, causing floods on several areas.


Nguyen Lan Chau, deputy director of the national weather bureau said that as of Sunday, the floodwater on Hoang Long River, running through Son La, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Ha Nam and Nam Dinh provinces peaked highest scales.


At Ben De gauging-station in Ninh Binh, it surpassed the alarming level 3 by 0.32 meters.


The floodwaters on Hong, Thai Binh, and Cau rivers continue to climb upwards.


The Department of Irrigation said that rising floodwaters together with heavy rains on the past few days have inundated many portions in the northern region.

Source: SGGP

‘Bandit’ Obama billboard sparks storm in US city

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:29 pm

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado, Oct 13 (AFP) – A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls.


The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from people clogging a local parking lot for a closer look.


“It’s beyond distasteful, and it’s disrespectful of the commander-in-chief,” said Martelle Daniels, chairwoman of the local Mesa County Democrats, calling it “clearly racist and homophobic.”


“Certainly (it) is not designed for intelligent discourse at all,” she added in Grand Junction, in the western US state of Colorado.


Beneath the cartoonish figures of Obama — also depicted as a cigar-chomping gangster — are rats, labeled as trial lawyers, the Inland Revenue Service (IRS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Reserve bank.


Chuck Pabst, the local Republican Party chairman, told the local paper the Grand Junction Sentinel that the billboard is in bad taste.


“It’s reprehensible and disrespectful, and that’s not what any honorable person would put forth,” Pabst said. “To ridicule somebody in this manner is juvenile.”


Politically, Mesa County is Republican-dominated and increasingly conservative, with several active Tea Party organizations — which are making waves ahead of mid-term elections next month.


After two years in the White House, Obama is struggling to avoid a drubbing for his Democratic party in the November 2 ballots, and the race is getting increasingly hard-fought as the polls get nearer.


The provocative picture is the work of artist Paul Snover, who frequently posts on constitutionalist and Tea Party websites.


Snover couldn’t be reached by AFP for comment, but he told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in an e-mail that he is “not allowed to say” who paid for the billboard.


Dennis Lucas, a Grand Junction businessman who owns the billboard, said, “I cannot tell you who it’s rented to,” and hung up.


Doris Downey, the owner of a company whose parking lot is being invaded by people taking a closer look, is angry that her business is being disrupted.


“I have no problem with freedom of speech, but I do have a problem with causing problems for others, and this is causing problems for us on top of all this,” she said.


“I don’t know who commissioned that thing, which I think is despicable, but they should own up to it,” Downey said. “Anonymous opinion gets no respect from me.”

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Source: SGGP

Exercise on flood and storm prevention held in Thai Binh Province

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

Typhoons impacts usually cause serious damage to people and property. (Photo: KK)

More than 3,000 people took part in a large-scale exercise on flood and storm prevention, held by the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, in Vu Thu District of Thai Binh Province August 10.

The exercise dealt with various situations that could occur in Thai Binh Province, such as typhoons with winds of 103-133 kilometers per hour, which could damage seaside dykes only 250km away.

Rescue missions are very difficult to execute and have exceeded the capacity of local authorities in the past, making the exercise all the more important.


 


 

Source: SGGP