• (Weather.Com) Hurricane Matthew continued to wreak havoc on North Carolina Monday, leaving behind 10 dead, 1,500 stranded by a levee breach and several counties under severe flooding threats, including one town of 2,000 that remains under a mandatory evacuation.

    According to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, 1,500 people are stranded in Lumberton after a levee breach Monday morning. People are stranded on roofs and rescues are underway, the governor said during a press conference Monday morning.

    Mandatory evacuations have issued in Kinston, Greenville, Princeville and all residents in the Neuse River Basin, McCrory said.

    According to the Associated Press, the rising Tar River forced the evacuation Sunday of Princeville, North Carolina, the oldest town in the nation incorporated by freed slaves back in 1865.

    Despite Matthew's exit, much of North Carolina remains under a threat of flooding and nearly half a million are without power as of 7 a.m. Monday, according to the state's department of public safety.

  • 2016 set all kinds of records for disasters and costs and earthquakes and floods.
  • India is suffering many crisis on many fronts, and none seem to be getting any better.
  • The world today is seeing a large number of large crisis: chemical bombings, suicide bombings, tornadoes and more.
  • Failing bridges, bad water pipes and bad roads are plaguing America, but how do we pay for the repairs without bankrupting the country?
  • An overuse of antibiotics may be negatively impacting man's ability to fight bacterial infections and related issues, making even simple health procedures risky.
  • Cyclone Debbie is strengthening as it approaches landfall, which is expected later Monday.
  • In the remote mountainous north of Afghanistan, the Nuristan province the death toll now exceeds 100 from the weekend's avalanches.
  • The new super bug, Candida auris, is appearing in US hospitals, and is proving to be quite resistant to treatment having killed four of the 13 reported patients with infections.
  • The worst forest fires in Chile's (South America) history are burning, but firefighters are making headway.
  • (Miami Herald) Hurricane Matthew, blamed for 11 deaths so far, weakened to a Category 3 after making landfall in Cuba, its maximum sustained winds dropping to 115 mph on Wednesday morning. But forecasters expect it to regain strength as it churns toward the Bahamas, and then tracks perilously close to Florida.

    The 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center had Matthew, at 10 mph, still slamming eastern Cuba and beginning to pound portions of the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane conditions are expected to spread over the central Bahamas later Wednesday and the northwestern Bahamas Wednesday night.

    Bahama’s prime minister, Perry Christie, told Bahamians to prepare for a “worst-case scenario’’ as the hurricane is expected to assault every island in the region. All airports were closed Wednesday. New Providence, the country’s most populated island, is predicted to get a direct hit, he said.

    Read more here

    National Hurricane Center: Atlantic Ops Twitter Page

  • Life expectancy is declining in the US, growing many other places.
  • Whether man-made or a weather cycle, climate change is affecting both man and beast. Various social, scientific and political pressures push back and forth to reach outcome.
  • Driven by climate, civil unrest and poverty Africa is facing a major food crisis.
  • Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria are all suffering from catastrophic issues that have put more than 20 million people at great risk.
  • An ongoing storm system in the south eastern United States has turned deadly.
  • Take extreme caution outside as a wicked Polar Vortex is here and will have a second wave that's even colder.
  • The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is the disaster that keeps giving. Recent radiation levels are far higher than expected.
  • (Reuters) Hurricane Matthew's trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday, with the number of dead soaring to 842, tens of thousands homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives.

    Information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm, and it became clear that at least 175 people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of Haiti's fertile western tip.

    Rural clinics overflowed with patients whose wounds including broken bones had not been treated since the storm hit on Tuesday. Food was scarce, and at least seven people died of cholera, likely because of flood water mixing with sewage.

    At least three towns reported dozens of fatalities, including the hilly farming village of Chantal, whose mayor said 86 people perished, mostly when trees crushed houses. He said 20 more people were missing.

    "A tree fell on the house and flattened it, the entire house fell on us. I couldn’t get out," said driver Jean-Pierre Jean-Donald, 27, who had been married for a year.

    "People came to lift the rubble, and then we saw my wife who had died in the same spot," Jean-Donald said, his young daughter by his side, crying "Mommy."

    Dozens more were missing, many of them in the Grand'Anse region on the northern side of the peninsula. In the town of Anse-d'Hainault, seven people died of cholera, a disease that did not exist in Haiti until U.N. peacekeepers introduced it after a 2010 earthquake that killed some 200,000 people.

    Another 17 cholera cases were reported in Chardonnieres on the south coast.

  • (Reuters) Hurricane Matthew edged closer to Haiti on Monday, bringing 130- mile-per-hour (215 kph) winds and torrential rain that could wreak havoc in the Caribbean nation, although some 2,000 people in one coastal town refused to evacuate.

    Matthew's center is expected to near southwestern Haiti and Jamaica on Monday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

    Crawling towards Haiti's Les Cayes, Jamaica and Cuba at five miles per hour (seven kph), the storm could be just as slow leaving, giving its winds and rain more time to cause damage.

    "We are worried about the slow pace of Hurricane Matthew, which will expose Haiti to much more rain, and the country is particularly vulnerable to flooding," said Ronald Semelfort, director of Haiti's national meteorology center.

  • Fukushima reactor threatened, again, by large earthquake and tsunami.
  • (News & Observer) Around Kinston, where the Neuse River swelled to 28 feet Friday and split the town in half, so many roads remain closed that truckers spent two hours just getting to work.

    Delivery routes that normally last five miles in flooded parts of the state now stretch more than 100 miles thanks to drivers navigating around washed-out roads.

  • San Jose is suffering a 100 year flood, but governmental communication failures have made it worse for local citizens.
  • (NPR.Org) A large space rock came fairly close to Earth on Sunday night. Astronomers knew it wasn't going to hit Earth, thanks in part to a new tool NASA is developing for detecting potentially dangerous asteroids.
  • (WESH.Com) WASHINGTON —President Obama Thursday declared a state of emergency in Florida ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

    Obama ordered federal aid to supplement response efforts following Matthew. The declaration is designed to help provide emergency services to protect lives and to lessen the threat of a catastrophe.

    Obama's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate efforts to alleviate the suffering caused by the hurricane. The directive applies to more than two dozen counties in Florida.

    The action will help the counties of Baker, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Volusia.

  • Whether a statistical blip or something more sinister it seems like more of our favorite entertainers, musicians and sports heros have passed in 2016.
  • All parties are blaming one another for the impending water crisis in Gaza.
  • ( An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck central Italy on Sunday morning; just four days after three successive quakes shook the same area, according to the US Geological Survey. A number of people have been injured, said Italy's Civil Protection Department. Many residents had been evacuated out of unstable buildings before the latest tremor.
  • ( Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that seeks to coordinate efforts to prepare the Nation for space weather events. The Executive Order will help reduce economic loss, save lives, and enhance national security by ordering the creation of nationwide response and recovery plans and procedures that incorporate technologies that mitigate the effects of space-weather events. By this action, the Federal Government will lead by example and help motivate state and local governments, and other nations, to create communities that are more resilient to the hazards of space weather.
  • With the recent heavy rainfalls is California's drought over?
  • Eastern Australia is experiencing incredible record-setting temperatures, some as high as 113 degrees.
  • (Seattle Times) After a stretch of heavy rain and wind, meteorologists are warning of extreme conditions Saturday when the remnants of a Pacific typhoon could rip through the region.

    “It’ll certainly be the biggest windstorm we’ve had recently,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Michalski of Saturday’s forecast. “The last really widespread event was December of 2006,” the fatal Hanukkah Eve windstorm that left a million customers without power.

  • Tropical Weather Discussion
    NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
    805 AM EDT THU OCT 6 2016


    Hurricane Matthew is centered near 24.6N 77.5W at 06/1200 UTC or about 26 nm south-southwest of Nassau and about 186 nm southeast of West Palm Beach, Florida moving northwest at 10 kt. Estimated minimum central pressure is 940 mb. Maximum sustained wind speed is 110 kt with gusts to 135 kt making Matthew a strong category 3 hurricane. Scattered to numerous strong convection is within 30 nm over north semicircle and within 75 nm over south semicircle. Scattered moderate to isolated strong convection covers the remainder of the area from 21N-28N between 73W-79W, including portions of Cuba and the central Bahama Islands. See latest NHC Intermediate Public Advisory under AWIPS/WMO headers MIATCPAT4/WTNT34 KNHC and the full Forecast/Advisory under AWIPS/ WMO headers MIATCMAT4/WTNT24 KNHC for more details.

  • Local, State and Federal authorities and experts are helping everyone prepare for this year's severe weather.
  • (Miami Herald) Florida health officials on Monday reported six more mosquito-borne Zika infections in Miami-Dade County, including two cases linked to Miami Beach and one involving an out-of-state resident likely exposed to the virus in Wynwood in July.

    The other three local infections are under investigation to determine where exposure to the virus occurred, according to the Florida Department of Health, whose epidemiologists are conducting 10 investigations in Miami-Dade, including one in Miami Beach, where officials have identified active spread of Zika by mosquitoes in a 4.5-square-mile area covering most of South Beach and Middle Beach.

  • With a perfect storm of dry conditions and high winds, three die as wildfires continue to affect Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
  • One of the world's largest living things has been dying off at record rates in 2016. 
  • ( For millions of people across the world, access to clean water so they can drink, cook and wash, is a daily struggle. In many rural, impoverished communities, fetching water is an arduous task that falls upon women and children.
  • Refugees are fighting the threat of cold weather in Europe with little help from regional governments. 
  • Reports of two dead as tornadoes move through Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois Monday afternoon and evening.
  • India is seeing deep water shortages; exploding populations, severe pollution and climate change are all making the shortage even worse.
  • Wildfires in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia creating concern, but as of yet no major life nor property issues.
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