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Northeasterly winds cause havoc for central residents

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Six people have been reported dead, while 23 others are still missing at sea. This was due to a very changeable and powerful northeast wind that has affected central area over the last few days.

Nguyen Lam is saddened by the fact that his three sons are still missing in Long Dien District, the southeastern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau (Photo: Tuoi Tre)Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, at a meeting instructed rescuers to find the missing people still at sea. They are from provinces like Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Minister Phat, who is chairperson of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, said that the people in the provinces from the south side of Hai Van mountain pass to the southern region have experienced the loss on life and the destruction of property, because of the strong winds.

In the Gulf of Tonkin, the winds had even been at level 10 (89-102 kilometers an hour). Several high waves were up to 4-7 meters high, siking boats. 

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the weather has been more anomalous with a slew of cold fronts causing vortexes and strong waves at sea.

Although the national weather bureau had forecasted that the winds might hit dangerous levels of 9-10, local fishermen still went out on the rough seas.
A fishing boat with seven people on board from the Binh Dinh Province was saved on Monday by navy forces. It experienced trouble and eventually sank 95 kilometers southeast off Song Tu Tay Island of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on Sunday.

The same day, In the neighboring province of Phu Yen, two boats sank by large waves off Tuy Hoa town. All the people on the two boats have been saved.

In related news, 23 members of the Phu Tan container vessel are still missing in the Gulf of Tonkin although rescue forces have mobilized seven boats and a helicopter in the rescue effort.

Related articles:
Seven fishing boats sunk in Vung Tau
Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

Source: SGGP

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

Rain, winds, record heat hit Northeast on same day

In World on December 4, 2009 at 4:42 am

A storm packing blustery winds and driving rain knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in the Northeast on Thursday before giving way to sunny skies and record high temperatures — all in the same morning.

Utility officials reported sporadic power outages from Maine to New Jersey after wind knocked down trees and power lines early Thursday. Winds reached up to 49 mph in Brunswick, Maine, while the Isle of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire recorded a 61 mph gust. In New Jersey, wind speeds topped out at 45 mph.

But the rain and wind that battered the region early Thursday gave way to sunny skies and unseasonably high temperatures by mid-morning.

Visitors to Fort Williams Park watch the heavy surf explode onto the rocks, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

In Boston, the temperature hit 69 degrees, breaking the old record of 65 set in 1932. In Portland, the temperature climbed to 68 degrees — crushing the old high of 55 for the date. Providence, R.I., had a record high of 66, and Concord, N.H., set a record at 65.

“It’s not right. It’s December. It’s supposed to be snowing,” said Jennifer Sporzynski, who sat on a park bench Thursday in Portland’s Old Port. “I like warm weather — but not in December.”

But for others, the balmy weather was just fine.

In Boston, joggers ran downtown in shorts and T-shirts, while walkers strolled through the city with jackets tied around their waists.

David Montero, 36, exited his Downtown Crossing apartment Thursday morning wearing a heavy coat to walk his 2-year-old Boston Terrier named Bolt.

“I personally would take this all week, if we could have it,” Montero said as he watched Bolt play with two other dogs in the Boston Common.

Still, Montero said he couldn’t get over the sight of seeing people in the grassy park exercising in shorts. “Totally bizarro,” he said.

For many, the day started with lashing rain. Central Maine Power, the state’s largest electric utility, reported 6,700 customers in the dark at the storm’s peak. In New Jersey, more than 10,000 homes and businesses lost electricity. Other northeastern states, including New Hampshire, also suffered power outages.

High winds disrupted some ferry services from Cape Cod to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Two scheduled passenger ferries and a freight ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket were canceled Thursday morning, while ferries from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard were running on a trip-by-trip basis, the Steamship Authority reported.

Heavy waves pounded the shore, causing beach erosion up and down the Atlantic coast. Coastal flooding closed several roads in New Hampshire at high tide late Thursday morning.

Jim Brown from the National Weather Service says the cooldown will be nearly as swift as the arrival of the record warmth. Seasonably cooler weather is expected by the weekend in the Northeast.

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Strong winds blow in, heavy rains forecast

In Vietnam Weather on September 9, 2009 at 2:56 am

An inter-tropical convergence zone from the west moving through central provinces to the East Sea bringing poor weather and thunderstorms, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said.

A street in HCMC after heavy rains in August (Photo: Lao Dong)

The weather has been created by a storm forming in the northwest of the Pacific, it said.

Accordingly, southwest winds have become stronger causing heavy rains in southern, south-central and Central Highland provinces.

The weather conditions are forecast to continue over the next three to four days.

The center also said that a low tropical pressure zone may form west of the Philippines on September 3 and 4, which will affect some coastal regions. 

Meanwhile, meteorologists said that the recent occurrence of the El Nino phenomenon has affected weather globally, including Vietnam.

Air temperatures around the world will become hotter, with a warmer fall and winter expected, they said.

It is usual for this period of the year that Vietnam experiences heavy rains though some places have suffered drought for some months now.

Average temperatures in some places have risen to 33 to 34 degrees Celsius, in cases they have surged to 35 to 37 degrees.

Source: SGGP