Colombia: Anthrax outbreak – El brote de Ántrax – 31 May 2012

Microscopic image of B. anthracis bacteria
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One person has skin lesions and 16 animals have died in an anthrax outbreak in northern Colombia, near the Venezuelan border.

A notification on the website for the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said the outbreak has affected two farms in the department of La Guajira.

Colombia’s Agriculture Ministry sent the information to the OIE on May 28.

The source of the deadly bacteria has not yet been determined, the report said.

One of the affected populations “belongs to an indigenous community in the department of La Guajira,” the notice states.

“The community has been informed of the protocol to be applied to dispose of the carcasses, mainly the fact that, under no circumstances, the dead animals must be neither manipulated nor consumed,” the report said.

Humans commonly contract anthrax through close contact with infected animals or eating ones that have died from the disease. “Susceptible species are being vaccinated.

An intense epidemiological surveillance is being conducted in the area together with the public health authorities,” the notification continued.

The animals will be also be quarantined in response to the outbreak.

Three goats, three sheep and two pigs have died from the outbreak on one farm.

Another five goats and two pigs have died on a separate farm. Anthrax, also used as a biological weapon, is caused by the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracia, the OIE website states.

The disease causes dark ulcers on the skin of infected people when contracted from exposure to infected animals, and it occurs on all the continents.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 at 21:14 (09:14 PM) UTC RSOE

Colombia: El brote de �ntrax

Una persona tiene lesiones en la piel y de 16 animales han muerto en un brote de �ntrax en el norte de Colombia, cerca de la frontera con Venezuela.

Una notificaci�n en la p�gina web de la Organizaci�n Mundial de Sanidad Animal (OIE) dijo que el brote ha afectado a dos fincas en el departamento de La Guajira.

Agricultura de Colombia Ministerio envi� la informaci�n a la OIE el 28 de mayo.

La fuente de las bacterias mortales a�n no se ha determinado, seg�n el informe.

Una de las poblaciones afectadas “pertenece a una comunidad ind�gena en el departamento de La Guajira”, en el anuncio de los estados.

“La comunidad ha sido informada del protocolo que se aplicar� a disponer de los cad�veres, sobre todo el hecho de que, en ning�n caso, los animales muertos deben ser ni manipulado ni se destruye”, dijo el informe.

Los seres humanos normalmente contraer el �ntrax a trav�s del contacto estrecho con animales infectados o unos alimenticios que han muerto por la enfermedad. “Las especies sensibles est�n siendo vacunados.

Una intensa vigilancia epidemiol�gica se est� realizando en la zona junto con las autoridades de salud p�blica “, continu� la notificaci�n.

Los animales ser�n tambi�n ser puestos en cuarentena en respuesta al brote.

Tres cabras, ovejas y cerdos, dos tres han muerto por el brote en una granja.

Otros cinco cabras y dos cerdos han muerto en una finca independiente. �ntrax, tambi�n se utiliza como un arma biol�gica, es causada por el Bacillus anthracia bacterias formadoras de esporas, los estados de sitio web de la OIE.

La enfermedad causa �lceras oscuras en la piel de las personas infectadas cuando se contrae por exposici�n a animales infectados, y se produce en todos los continentes.

Mi�rcoles, 30 de mayo 2012 a las 21:14 (21:14) UTC RSOE

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World’s remotest tea party on the summit of Mount Barbeau in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

THE ARCTIC JUBILEE EXPEDITION 2012

The Arctic Jubilee expedition 2012 will be hosting the world’s most remote tea party on the summit of Mount Barbeau, in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

Once at the summit they will be sending a Loyal Greeting to the Queen to which the Royal Household have pledged to reply!

The seven-man Anglo-Canadian team (including an Inuit Hunter and athlete) will be responding to questions from the UK and further afield. A Panel of Experts, including Polar educators and Scientists, will also support the answering of questions.

The expedition will promote the understanding of topics such as Inuit Culture, Polar Environments, British History and Exploration.

Education Through Expeditions, founded by Polar Explorer Antony Jinman, has six years experience working in partnership with Parks Canada, promoting and delivering an educational outreach programme to promote the Arctic environment to over 350 UK schools.

From Plymouth – The Arctic Jubilee Team 2012

Thomas Perriment – BSc (Hons) Physical Geography and Geology student Plymouth University
David Buckomley – BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences student Plymouth University
Oli Milroy – Alumni of Plymstock school, Ex- Head boyFom
Antony Jinman – The Explorer In Residence at Plymouth University
Ben Shearn – City Businessman and Mentor
Pete Royston – Ex Royal Marine, Team Medic

The Arctic Jubilee Expedition aims to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II by visiting the highest point on the Queen Elizabeth Islands, renamed by Canada on the coronation of HM the Queen in 1952 and only 550 miles from the Geographic North Pole. Barbeau Peak has only been summited 8 times throughout history and is the highest point within the British Empire Range as well as the Arctic Cordillera. More people have summited Everest than Barbeau Peak, outlining the remoteness and the momentous impact of the project.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barbeau Peak
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Barbeau Peak as seen from its eastern side
Elevation 2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Prominence 2,616 m (8,583 ft)[1]
Listing List of Ultras in Canada
Location
Barbeau Peak is located in Canada

Barbeau Peak

Nunavut, Canada

Range British Empire Range
Coordinates 8155′36″N 7459′12″WCoordinates: 8155′36″N 7459′12″W[1]
Topo map NTS 340D/15
First ascent June 5, 1967

Barbeau Peak is a mountain in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. Located on Ellesmere Island within Quttinirpaaq National Park, it is the highest mountain in Nunavut and the Canadian Arctic. The mountain was named in 1969 for Dr. Marius Barbeau (1883-1969), a Canadian anthropologist whose research into Indian and Inuit cultures gained him international acclaim.[2]

Barbeau Peak in 2002

Barbeau Peak is characterized by deep and long crevasses, razor thin ridges and highly variable and volatile weather.

Barbeau Peak is the highest mountain within the British Empire Range as well as the Arctic Cordillera.

Barbeau Peak was first climbed on 7 June 1967 by British geologist/glaciologist Geoffrey Hattersley-Smith as part of a joint Defence Research Board/Royal Air Force field party. The party both named the peak and determined its height.

The second ascent was by an eight man American team in June 1982 (Errington,Trafton AAC 1983) via the north ridge. Subsequent ascents have been made in 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002, though as of 2006 only seven successful summits have been attained.

India: Landslide strands 4000 tourists – 31 May 2012

Landslides triggered by rains have snapped the road link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, leaving about 4000 tourists stranded near 15 Mile, en route to Tsomgo Lake and Nathu la in Sikkim.

Officials said that visitors from all over the country on way to the lake and Nathu La have been put up in shelters provided by the Army at their bases beyond 15 Mile.

The tourists were stuck after boulders fell on the main Jawaharlal Nehru Road, the link between Gangtok and Tsomgo Lake, yesterday.

Lukendra Rasaily, president, Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS) said the boulders started falling on the road after 2 PM yesterday and at around 4 PM it got totally blocked after another landslide struck above 15 Mile.

Many of the tourists who had reached the spot before the landslide were, however, lucky to make it to Gangtok.

Some of the tourists braved it across the slide through other alternative routes to reach Gangtok, but the route was fraught with danger in view of fading light and continuous rains, Rasaily said.

Border Road Organisation officials were working round-the -clock on re-opening the route depending on the weather, the sources said, adding last September’s tremor, 6.9 on Richter scale, could have loosened the ground underneath and continuing rains then resulted in the landslide.

The alternative route via Rongli and Rhenock will be used to evacuate the tourists if the main route takes longer to be restored.

Yesterday, was the first day of the week when Nathu la was open to tourists as any traffic up to the Indo-China border remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Thursday, 31 May, 2012 at 11:26 (11:26 AM) UTC RSOE

Argentina: Bus/Truck head-on crash kills at least 10, 20 others injured – 31 May 2012

At least ten people were killed and 20 others injured when a bus collided with a truck in Misiones, a province in northern Argentina, officials said Wednesday.

The accident occurred Tuesday on Route 12 near the town of Caraguatay when the bus crashed head-on into a truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The two vehicles burst into flames, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach victims and complicating the identification of bodies, El Dorado police precinct chief Alejo Bermudez told the TN network.

The death toll could rise because rescue and recovery operations have not ended, Bermudez said. The bus was traveling from the city of Puerto Iguazu to Posadas, the capital of Misiones.

Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 at 21:05 (09:05 PM) UTC RSOE

UK: #Doctors to take industrial action on 21 June, 2012 over pensions dispute. Non-urgent cases may be postponed – 30 May 2012

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Doctors will take industrial action for the first time in almost 40 years over major changes to the NHS pension scheme, the BMA confirmed today (Wednesday 30 May, 2012). The first day of action will take place on 21 June 2012 and will see doctors providing all urgent and emergency care, but postponing non-urgent cases.

BMA Council made the decision after considering the results of its ballots on industrial action which closed yesterday. Overall, 50 per cent of the 104,544 doctors eligible to vote took part. Across separate ballots covering six branches of practice, a clear majority of: GPs; consultants; junior doctors; staff, associate specialist and speciality doctors, and public health and community health doctors said they were prepared to take part in both industrial action short of a strike and a strike, while a majority of occupational medicine doctors voted against industrial action.

Although the BMAs planned action does not constitute a strike as the term is normally understood by the public, the two questions were asked in order to provide maximum legal protection. Doctors will still be at their usual workplaces.

The government has begun to implement major changes to the NHS pension scheme, despite widespread criticism of its approach from organisations representing health professionals. In 2008, the BMA, other health unions and the government negotiated a major reform of the NHS scheme, which all agreed made it fair and sustainable well into the future.

The NHS scheme currently delivers a positive cashflow of £2 billion a year to the Treasury, and NHS staff have already accepted responsibility for any future increases in costs due to improved longevity. The latest changes will see doctors paying up to 14.5 per cent of their salaries in pension contributions twice as much as some other public sector staff on a similar salary in order to receive a similar pension. They will also have to work longer to receive their pension up to 68 for younger doctors.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the BMA, said:

We are taking this step very reluctantly, and would far prefer to negotiate for a fairer solution. But this clear mandate for action on a very high turnout reflects just how let down doctors feel by the governments unwillingness to find a fairer approach to the latest pension changes and its refusal to acknowledge the major reforms of 2008 that made the NHS scheme sustainable in the long term.

Non-urgent work will be postponed and, although this will be disruptive to the NHS, doctors will ensure patient safety is protected. All urgent and emergency care will be provided and we will work closely with managers so that anyone whose care is going to be affected can be given as much notice as possible. Patients do not need to do anything now.

We will also run our own publicity campaign to make sure that members of the public understand what the action will involve and how they can find out what it might mean for them and their families.

This is not a step that doctors take lightly this is the first industrial action doctors have taken since 1975. We have consistently argued that the Government should reconsider its position, and even at this stage we would much prefer to negotiate a fairer deal than to take action. We are not seeking preferential treatment but fair treatment. The governments wholesale changes to an already reformed NHS pension scheme cannot be justified.

The BBC says “Doctors will stop providing non-urgent care for a day next month in the first industrial action by the profession for nearly 40 years.

The move comes after a majority of doctors voted in favour of action in a British Medical Association ballot of 104,000 members over pension changes.

The 24-hour day of action will take place on 21 June.”

Vist the BBC – Doctors target non-urgent care in industrial action

#BERYL EXPECTED TO BECOME A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE LATER TODAY – NHCAdv17 – 30 May 2012

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 19
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
1100 AM EDT WED MAY 30 2012

BERYL EXPECTED TO BECOME A POST-TROPICAL CYCLONE LATER TODAY

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…34.2N 78.0W
ABOUT 5 MI…10 KM W OF WILMINGTON NORTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 160 MI…255 KM WSW OF CAPE HATTERAS NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 55 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…32 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 34.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 78.0 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION HAS INCREASED ITS FORWARD SPEED AND IS NOW MOVING TOWARD
THE NORTHEAST NEAR 20 MPH…32 KM/H. A CONTINUED EAST-NORTHEAST
MOTION WITH AN ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED
DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF
BERYL IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ALONG OR JUST OFF THE COAST OF NORTH
CAROLINA THROUGH THIS EVENING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 35 MPH…55 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. THERE IS A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT BERYL WILL LOSE ITS
TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS LATER TODAY.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB…29.53 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WINDISOLATED TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG
THE COASTS OF NORTH CAROLINA TODAY.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS...ARE
POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH TODAY. FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS
OF 2 TO 4 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 6 INCHES...IN
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA.

NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 PM EDT.

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Italy: Earthquake in Emilia-Romagna Region: Deaths rise to 17, 350 injured – 30 May 2012

A powerful earthquake in northern Italy has left at least 16 people dead, striking after another deadly quake in the same region earlier this month.

Officials say 350 others were injured in the 5.8-magnitude quake yesterday (Tuesday) with the epicenter in the Emilia-Romagna region between the cities of Modena and Ferrara.

The�tremor was felt across much of central and northern Italy, including the major city of Milan.

Several strong aftershocks later hit the region.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the scene trying to help people trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes, factories and churches.

Tuesday’s quake hit 58 kilometers east of Parma, where Italy was scheduled to play Luxembourg in a football match later in the day. Officials canceled the match.

A little more than a week ago, a 6.0-magnitude quake in the same region killed seven people, destroyed factories and historic structures, and left many residents homeless (Goaty: Some 14,000

The quake also caused millions of dollars in losses to the region’s agriculture sector, which is famous for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses.

Tuesday, 29 May, 2012 at 10:11 (10:11 AM) UTC RSOE
Updated: �� �Wednesday, 30 May, 2012 at 08:33 UTC RSOE

“The death toll in the latest Italian earthquake has risen to 17, as questions arise about the country’s building codes and possible corruption.

Italian rescue workers have removed the last earthquake victim from the rubble in the country’s North, bringing the death toll to 17 as the government approved measures to rebuild the quake-hit area so crucial to Italy’s economic health

The magnitude 5.8 tremor north of Bologna on Tuesday felled old buildings and new factories and warehouses alike, many of them already weakened by a stronger quake May 20 that measured 6.0 and killed seven people.

In both quakes, the death toll was disproportionately high among workers toiling in factories, leading to some questions about Italy’s building codes or possible corruption.” – SBS 30 May 2012

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The Guardian tells of a 65-year-old woman that has been pulled alive from the wreckage of her home.

“The woman survived the 5.8-magnitude quake, which brought down her home, thanks to a piece of furniture that toppled over her and protected her from debris, firefighters told Sky TG24 television.

The house, in Cavezzo, was damaged when a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit the area on 20 May. The woman was returning for the first time to retrieve clothing when the second quake hit on Tuesday.

The 14,000 locals left homeless by the two quakes were shaken overnight by about 60 aftershocks. At the end of a day spent sifting through debris, rescuers said three people had died in Cavezzo, three in San Felice sul Panaro, four in Mirandola, one in Novi di Modena, four in Medolla and one in Concordia.” – The Guardian

Meanwhile the Bangkok Post says, “Rescue workers ended their search for survivors on Wednesday after a second killer earthquake in northeastern Italy claimed 17 lives and caused millions of euros of damage.

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A nun prays near rubble in Mirandola on May 30 after an earthquake the day before. Rescue workers ended their search for survivors on Wednesday after a second killer earthquake in northeastern Italy claimed 17 lives and caused millions of euros of damage.
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While aftershocks as large as 3.8 magnitude continuing to shake the region, thousands of jittery survivors fearful of further tremors stayed close to camps where they had sought shelter and clung together for comfort.

Tuesday’s 5.8-magnitude quake, which centred 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Parma and left 250 injured, hit just nine days after 6.0-magnitude quake killed six and left thousands homeless in the same region.

“Rescue workers have now called off their search,” a spokeswoman for Italy’s Civil Protection Agency told AFP.

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Update 6 June 2012:

Photos from the Italian Red Cross show the damage left by the earthquakes that struck Emilia Romagna in May: http://buzz.mw/-gBr_Z

 

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 16
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
500 PM EDT TUE MAY 29 2012

SLOW-MOVING BERYL PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…31.8N 82.5W
ABOUT 40 MI…60 KM N OF WAYCROSS GEORGIA
ABOUT 85 MI…135 KM WSW OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…30 MPH…45 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 55 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.8 NORTH…LONGITUDE 82.5 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION IS NOW MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 8 MPH…13 KM/H.
A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE
TONIGHT…BRINGING THE CENTER OF BERYL CLOSE TO THE COAST OF SOUTH
CAROLINA BY EARLY WEDNESDAY AND BACK OVER ATLANTIC WATERS WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 30 MPH…45 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED TONIGHT…BUT BERYL
COULD REGAIN TROPICAL STORM STATUS ON WEDNESDAY AS IT MOVES ALONG
THE COASTLINE.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1005 MB…29.68 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…ISOLATED TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE
OVER SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA
TONIGHT…PARTICULARLY IN RAINBANDS.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS...ARE
STILL POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA TONIGHT. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
3 TO 6 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 8 INCHES...IN
EASTERN SOUTH CAROLINA AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA. BERYL IS EXPECTED
TO PRODUCE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ACROSS
PORTIONS OF EASTERN GEORGIA AND NORTHERN FLORIDA…WITH ISOLATED
STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES POSSIBLE.

TORNADOES…ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER EASTERN SOUTH
CAROLINA AND SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA TONIGHT.

NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.

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Emma Winnall, 93yrs, attacked as she slept in her bed about a month ago, has died from her injuries; Murder inquiry launched

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These are the shocking injuries that were inflicted on 93-year-old Emma Winnall who was attacked as she slept in her bed.

Detectives are treating the “despicable” attack on 93-year-old Emma Winnall as murder after she died of the injuries sustained when beaten in her own bed earlier this month.

The grandmother suffered a fractured skull, broken arm and severed finger in the attack that led to her family releasing a picture of her injuries in the hope it would persuade people with information to come forward – Sky News

Superintendent Richard Baker from West Midlands Police said: “This is desperately sad news and our condolences go out to Emma’s family and friends.

Full story fro Sky News

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A picture of Mrs Winnall taken in her younger years

The Huffington Post today said, “A woman, 56, and a 28-year-old man, were arrested at their home in the Hall Green area of Birmingham by officers from West Midlands Police on 18 May. They have since been released on bail.

The force said the dawn arrests were made after routine police inquiries and were not a result of information from the public.

Despite the developments, police urged anyone with any information to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for anyone who contacts them on 0800 555 111 or via their website and provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the pensioner’s attacker.

Mrs Winnall’s daughter issued an emotional appeal for information after the attack.

Joyce Blencoe said: “It’s broken my heart to hear my frail and defenceless mum in hospital manage to say she was screaming for help and no one came.

“To see your mum viciously beaten and covered in blood is the most horrific nightmare.”

“Someone out there knows who did this, so please come forward before they do it to someone else,” she said.

At the same media conference, Detective Chief Inspector Sab Johal said the “horrific” attack was a “unique offence”.

Police have previously said the motive for the attack remains unclear, and they believe nothing was stolen. ”

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#BERYL MOVING SLOWLY NE PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS, COULD BECOME TROPICAL STORM WEDS – NHCAdv15

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 15
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
1100 AM EDT TUE MAY 29 2012

BERYL MOVING SLOWLY NORTHEASTWARD PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…31.5N 82.9W
ABOUT 115 MI…185 KM WSW OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
ABOUT 55 MI…85 KM NNE OF VALDOSTA GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…30 MPH…45 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NE OR 50 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1005 MB…29.68 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.5 NORTH…LONGITUDE 82.9 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 5 MPH…7 KM/H. A
GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER
TODAY…BRINGING THE CENTER OF BERYL CLOSE TO THE COAST OF SOUTH
CAROLINA BY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND BACK OVER ATLANTIC WATERS
BY LATE WEDNESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH…45 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED TODAY…BUT BERYL
COULD REGAIN TROPICAL STORM STATUS ON WEDNESDAY AS IT APPROACHES
THE COASTLINE.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1005 MB…29.68 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…ISOLATED TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE
OVER NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TODAY…
PARTICULARLY IN RAINBANDS.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
STILL POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA TODAY. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
5 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 15 INCHES…IN
NORTHERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA. BERYL IS EXPECTED
TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES IN EASTERN
SOUTH CAROLINA AND EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
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NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 PM EDT.

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School Group in Wicklow Mountains Rescue – Ireland. 28 May 2012

At approximately 12.30 today the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue team received a request from the Garda to assist three students who were part of a large school group enjoying the fine weather in Wicklows mountains.

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The group, all of whom were in their early teens, were hiking around the Glendalough valley accompanied by a large group of teachers.

Unfortunately three of the teenagers sustained lower leg injuries in separate accidents on the rough terrain approaching the Glenealo bridge at the back of the Glendalough valley.

One suffered a bad laceration to the leg whilst the other two had injuries which suggested a broken or badly sprained ankle. The injured students, one female and two male, were unable to continue by themselves.

At this point the teachers accompanying the group, many of whom were experienced hill-walkers, made the correct decision to call Mountain Rescue and request assistance.

The volunteers were able to respond quickly and reached the scene soon after 1pm. All three casualties were treated by Mountain Rescue medics on the hillside whilst the other Mountain Rescuers checked the remainder of the group.

Due to the number and age of the casualties it was decided to request the assistance of the Irish Coastguard helicopter to evacuate them to safety.

Fortunately the helicopter was available and arrived on the scene just after 14.00.

Hovering over the group on the side of the mountain, the crew quickly lowered their winch-man to the ground. Assisted by the Mountain Rescue personnel on the scene, he was able to winch all three casualties into the helicopter quickly and efficiently.

The injured students were then taken to Dublin airport where a waiting ambulance took them to hospital. The remainder of the group were escorted from the hill by their teachers and Mountain Rescue team members.

Mountain Rescue is a free volunteer emergency service which is dedicated to assisting those in need in remote and wild places throughout Ireland. Incidents such as todays call-out highlight the importance of the service in supporting the enjoyment and exploration of Irelands mountainous areas. No-one is ever charged for calling out Mountain Rescue, which is a registered charity.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #BERYL ADV12 – 28 May 2012 2100GMT/UTC

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BERYL A RAINMAKER
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000
WTNT32 KNHC 282030
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 12
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
500 PM EDT MON MAY 28 2012

BERYL A RAINMAKER

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.8N 83.1W
ABOUT 10 MI…20 KM E OF VALDOSTA GEORGIA
ABOUT 150 MI…240 KM SW OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…30 MPH…45 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 335 DEGREES AT 5 MPH…7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1003 MB…29.62 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.8 NORTH…LONGITUDE 83.1 WEST. THE
DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 5 MPH…7 KM/H.
A TURN TO THE NORTHEAST WITH A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED
SHOULD BEGIN ON TUESDAY. THIS MOTION WILL BRING THE CIRCULATION OF
BERYL OVER THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF GEORGIA…SOUTH CAROLINA AND
NORTH CAROLINA DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 30 MPH…45 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1003 MB…29.62 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…ISOLATED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE
OVER NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TODAY…
PARTICULARLY IN RAINBANDS.

STORM SURGE…TOTAL WATER LEVELS SHOULD GRADUALLY SUBSIDE TODAY.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
STILL POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO
NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH TONIGHT. PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR
LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO
YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #BERYL SOAKS PARTS OF N FLORIDA AND S GEORGIA…MORE RAIN TO COME – NHCAdv11

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TD Beryl
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TD Beryl
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The remnants of Beryl will track northwest then north to northeast tonight across Southeast Georgia. The potential for locally heavy rainfall will exist through the night. A wind and lake wind advisory may be in effect for the early evening. A general decrease in winds is expected through the night. Isolated thunderstorms… however…will have the potential to produce strong wind gusts.

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JAX RADAR LOOP
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000
WTNT32 KNHC 281450
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 11
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
1100 AM EDT MON MAY 28 2012

BERYL SOAKING PORTIONS OF NORTH FLORIDA AND SOUTH GEORGIA…MORE
RAIN TO COME

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…30.5N 82.7W
ABOUT 60 MI…100 KM WNW OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 40 MI…65 KM ESE OF VALDOSTA GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 6 MPH…9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

ALL COASTAL TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA INCLUDING PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF RECENTLY DOWNGRADED
TROPICAL DEPRESSION BERYL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.5
NORTH…LONGITUDE 82.7 WEST. THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE
WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 6 MPH…9 KM/H. A TURN TO THE NORTH IS EXPECTED
LATER TODAY…FOLLOWED BY A SLOW TURN TO THE NORTHEAST ON TUESDAY.
ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE DEPRESSION WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OVER
NORTHERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TODAY AND TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 35 MPH…55
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS MAINLY OVER WATER EAST FO THE CENTER. A
GRADUAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB…29.53 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE OVER
NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TODAY…PARTICULARLY
IN RAINBANDS.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A SUBSIDING STORM SURGE AND THE
TIDE IS STILL CAUSING NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE
FLOODED. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND
DURING THE NEXT HIGH TIDE THIS AFTERNOON…

GEORGIA AND NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA…1 TO 2 FT

SURGE-RELATED FLOODING CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO
NORTH CAROLINA TODAY. PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA/CANGIALOSI

US: #BERYL, WEAKENING BUT HVY RAIN. MOVING OVER N FLORIDA TODAY, INTO SE GEORGIA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY

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Coastal Watches/Warnings and 3-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center
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TS Beryl
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Tropical Storm Beryl will weaken to a depression tonight as it moves further inland across Southeast Georgia. Rain bands around the broad center will continue to periods of heavy rains and wind gusts to 40 mph. More flooding is possible at normally flood prone areas, especially in the areas of San Marco and Riverside. Additional rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected tonight which could cause more localized flooding.

JAX RADAR

000
WTNT32 KNHC 281212
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM BERYL INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 10A…CORRECTED
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
800 AM EDT MON MAY 28 2012

…CORRECTED FOR CURRENT LOCATION…

BERYL WEAKENING BUT HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE

SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.4N 82.5W
ABOUT 50 MI…80 KM W OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 55 MI…90 KM ESE OF VALDOSTA GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 8 MPH…13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* FLAGLER BEACH FLORIDA TO THE SAVANNAH RIVER GEORGIA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED
STATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE
MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE
THE UNITED STATES…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND SURFACE
OBSERVATIONS NEAR LATITUDE 30.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 82.5 WEST. BERYL
IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH…13 KM/H. A TURN TO THE NORTH
WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY…FOLLOWED
BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST ON TUESDAY. ON THE FORECAST
TRACK…BERYL WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE OVER NORTHERN FLORIDA TODAY AND
INTO SOUTHEAST GEORGIA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 40 MPH…65 KM/H…
WITH HIGHER GUSTS. THESE WINDS ARE PRIMARILY CONFINED TO RAINBANS
OVER WATER EAST OF THE CENTER. BERYL IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A
TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TODAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND 140 MILES…220 KM…TO THE NORTH
AND EAST OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB…29.53 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE COAST
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA THIS MORNING. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND
GUSTS ARE POSSIBLE ELSEWHERE OVER NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND
SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TODAY…PARTICULARLY IN RAINBANDS.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CONTINUE TO CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY
RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE
GROUND DURING THE NEXT HIGH TIDE THIS AFTERNOON…

GEORGIA AND NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA…1 TO 2 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST IN
THE REGION OF PERSISTENT ONSHORE FLOW. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING CAN
VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO
NORTH CAROLINA TODAY. PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 AM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA/CANGIALOSI

US: CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM #BERYL ABOUT TO MOVE INLAND – TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS SPREADING INLAND – NHCAdv 9 28 May 2012 0349GMT/UTC

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TS Beryl
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TS Beryl
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JAX RADAR (Click image to visit source)

STRONG TROPICAL STORM BERYL will make landfall on the Northeast Florida coast this evening. The west side of the central core rainband has moved onshore and will continue to move inland this evening. Wind gusts, associated with this main band, will approach hurricane force along the immediate coast and up to 60 mph over inland areas. A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet will be possible as the storm makes landfall this evening. Moderate flooding is possible at normally flood prone areas, especially in the areas of San Marco and Riverside, as the winds along the river shift to a southerly direction. As the center of the storm moves onshore, a several hour period of lighter winds and relatively dry conditions can be expected. The east side of the central core rainband will reach the coast after midnight, bringing with it another round of heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches will be possible overnight.

SHELTERS open at Legends Center at Soutel & Moncrief in NW Jacksonville, FL

000
WTNT32 KNHC 280244
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER�� 9
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL������ AL022012
1100 PM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL ABOUT TO MOVE INLAND…TROPICAL
STORM CONDITIONS SPREADING INLAND

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT…0300 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…30.2N 81.1W
ABOUT 35 MI…60 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 75 MI…120 KM SSE OF BRUNSWICK GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 7 MPH…11 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…993 MB…29.32 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 1100 PM EDT…0300 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 81.1 WEST. BERYL IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 7 MPH…11 KM/H. ON THE FORECAST
TRACK…THE CENTER SHOULD CROSS THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA
DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS. AFTER LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO
MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND THEN TURN NORTHEASTWARD OVER
PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA ON MONDAY
AND TUESDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 70 MPH…110 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.� BERYL SHOULD BEGIN TO WEAKEN AS THE CENTER MOVES INLAND AND
BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION IN DAY OR SO.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES…185 KM
FROM THE CENTER. HUGUENOT PARK NEAR JACKSONVILLE BEACH RECENTLY
REPORTED SUSTAINED WINDS OF 53 MPH…85 KM/H…WITH A GUST OF 68
MPH…109 KM/H.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB…29.32 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE ALREADY AFFECTING THE COAST OF
NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA. THESE CONDITIONS WILL
CONTINUE TO SPREAD INLAND TONIGHT AND MONDAY. GUSTS TO HURRICANE
FORCE ARE STILL POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND
SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TONIGHT.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

GEORGIA AND NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA…2 TO 4 FT
SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA…1 TO 2 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…200 AM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 AM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA/KIMBERLAIN

Infrared satellite image of TS Beryl at landfall tonight near Jacksonville Beach, FL via @stormchaser4850

US: #BERYL NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ALREADY ON THE COAST

000
WTNT32 KNHC 272348
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM BERYL INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 8A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
800 PM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

BERYL NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ALREADY
ON THE COAST

SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT…0000 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.1N 80.5W
ABOUT 75 MI…115 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 95 MI…155 KM SE OF BRUNSWICK GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…70 MPH…110 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…992 MB…29.29 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 800 PM EDT…0000 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 80.5 WEST. BERYL IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 10 MPH…17 KM/H. A WESTWARD MOTION
IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH LANDFALL. AFTER LANDFALL…BERYL
IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND THEN TURN
NORTHWARD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN
GEORGIA ON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AND DOPPLER RADAR DATA INDICATE THE BERYL
IS JUST BELOW HURRICANE STRENGTH WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
70 MPH…110 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS
EXPECTED PRIOR TO LANDFALL…BUT ANY ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN
STRENGTH WOULD MAKE BERYL A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE. STEADY
WEAKENING IS FORECAST AFTER LANDFALL…AND BERYL IS EXPECTED
TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY MONDAY NIGHT.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES…
185 KM FROM THE CENTER. JACKSONVILLE BEACH PIER RECENTLY REPORTED
SUSTAINED WINDS OF 50 MPH…80 KM/H…WITH A GUST TO 58 MPH…95
KM/H.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE
RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 992 MB…29.29 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE ALREADY AFFECTING THE COAST OF
NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA. THESE CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED TO SPREAD INLAND DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TONIGHT. GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE ARE LIKELY OVER PORTIONS
OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA TONIGHT AND EARLY
MONDAY.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

GEORGIA AND NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA…2 TO 4 FT
SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA…1 TO 2 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA/KIMBERLAIN/FRANKLIN

US: #BERYL TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT…TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS NR THE COAST OF NE FLORIDA 27 May 2012 2330GMT/UTC

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Coastal Watches/Warnings and 3-Day Forecast Cone for Storm Center
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Tropical Storm BERYL
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STRONG TROPICAL STORM BERYL will make landfall on the Northeast Florida coast this evening. Conditions will deteriorate rapidly as the central core rainband moves onshore between 7 and 10 pm. Wind gusts, associated with this main band, will approach hurricane force along the immediate coast at times this evening. A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is anticipated near the time of landfall late this evening. Moderate flooding is possible at normally flood prone areas, especially in the areas of San Marco and Riverside, as the winds along the river shift to a southerly direction. Tropical Storm force winds will expand inland late this evening and continue through the night. Flooding rains will occur through the night with rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches expected overnight, with locally higher amounts possible.

000
WTNT32 KNHC 272042
TCPAT2

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 8
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
500 PM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

BERYL TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT…TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS NEAR
THE COAST OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.0N 80.3W
ABOUT 85 MI…140 KM ESE OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 110 MI…175 KM SE OF BRUNSWICK GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 265 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…996 MB…29.41 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.0 NORTH…LONGITUDE 80.3 WEST. BERYL IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 10 MPH…17 KM/H. A WESTWARD MOTION
IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH LANDFALL. AFTER LANDFALL…BERYL
IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND THEN TURN
NORTHWARD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN
GEORGIA ON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH…100 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE BEFORE LANDFALL.
STEADY WEAKENING IS FORECAST AFTER LANDFALL AND BERYL IS EXPECTED
TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY MONDAY NIGHT.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES…
185 KM FROM THE CENTER. NOAA BUOY 41012 LOCATED ABOUT 50 MILES…80
KM…EAST-NORTHEAST OF ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED
SUSTAINED WINDS OF 45 MPH…71 KM/H WITH A GUST TO 58 MPH…94
KM/H.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB…29.41 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE VERY NEAR THE COAST OF
NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA. THESE CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED TO SPREAD ACROSS THE COAST DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS AND
CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE ARE POSSIBLE
OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN GEORGIA
TONIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

GEORGIA AND NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA…2 TO 4 FT
SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA…1 TO 2 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
4 TO 8 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES…FROM
NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 PM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER CANGIALOSI/BROWN

Man goes to hospital for kidney stone, finds out he’s a woman (VIDEO)

Colorado photographer Steve Crecelius was admitted to the hospital five years ago for a kidney stone and received surprising news from the nurse, who told him he was actually a woman.

Stevie Crecelius formerly Steve in an interview with Fox 31 Denver in May 2012. (Fox 31 Denver/Screengrab)

Crecelius, who now goes by Stevie, found out she was born intersex, with both male and female sex organs, according to Fox News. A trip to the emergency room for the kidney stone was what revealed what Crecelius had questioned her whole life.

Full story here: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/steve-crecelius-man-goes-hospital-finds-out-is-woman

Russia: 40 gay-rights, Orthodox Church activists arrested during protests in Moscow (English & Russian) Россия: 40 гей-прав, православные активисты церкви арестованы во время акций протеста в Москве (на английском и русском языках)

About 40 people were detained in Moscow on Sunday when Russian Orthodox Church activists threw water and shouted prayers at gay-rights demonstrators at two separate rallies.

According to Reuters, some Orthodox activists attempted to punch protesters, grabbing their rainbow flags and stomping on them in front of TV cameras. The protests took place outside city hall and parliament, and neither was sanctioned by Moscow authorities.

Prominent gay-rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev is said to be amongthose arrested near city hall

Около 40 человек были задержаны в Москве в воскресенье, когда активисты Русской Православной Церкви бросил воду и закричал молитвы в гей-прав демонстрантов на две отдельные акции.
Reuters видео здесь

По данным Reuters, некоторые православные активисты пытались пробить протестующих, хватая их флаги радуги и топать на них перед телекамерами. Акции протеста имели место за пределами мэрии и парламента, и не был санкционирован московскими властями.

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Nikolai Alexeyev 27 May 2012
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REU: Almost all of the approximately 30 gay rights protesters were detained, and many fewer of the roughly 50 Orthodox activists involved.

Nikolai Alexeyev, the leader of the gay rights protests, said he was detained for talking to journalists.

“I am arrested at Moscow Pride City Hall protest,” he wrote in police custody on Twitter. “I have no words.”

Police told state-run news agency Itar-Tass that about 40 people had been detained at the protests.

“All of our rights are being trampled on here in Russia,” said demonstrator Igor Yasin. “Your rights aren’t safe and you’re not physically safe.”

More here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/13792726/dozens-held-after-skirmishes-at-moscow-gay-rallies/

Full story here:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/120527/moscow-40-gay-rights-orthodox-church-activists-arrested-protests

REU: Почти все около 30 протестующих права геев были задержаны, и много меньше около 50 православных активистов участие.

Николай Алексеев, лидер гей-протестов человека, сказал, что он был задержан для общения с журналистами.

“Я арестован в Москве Pride протест мэрии”, писал он в полицейском участке на Twitter. “У меня нет слов.”

Полиция сказала государственное информационное агентство ИТАР-ТАСС, что около 40 человек были задержаны на акции протеста.

“Все наши права попираются здесь, в России”, сказал демонстратор Игорь Ясин. “Ваши права не являются безопасными, и вы физически не в безопасности.

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South Africa Diamond Mine Tunnel Collapse – The bodies of 10 illegal miners were recovered nr Kleinzee

The bodies of 10 illegal miners were recovered from a disused diamond mine near Kleinzee, in the Northern Cape on Saturday, De Beers said.

(Photo: iol.co.za)
Kleinzee mining rescue
(Click on photo to visit iol.co.za)

(Image: BBC)
(Click on image to visit earlier story
about this incident from the BBC)

Ten deceased diggers had been recovered from the collapsed tunnels [by Saturday evening].

One digger has been rescued and eleven diggers reportedly escaped,” the diamond company said in a statement.”

The co-ordinated rescue and recovery operation is continuing.

The operation will progress until all illegally excavated tunnels are found and searched for survivors or deceased diggers.”

De Beers said the collapsed tunnel that was discovered by the rescue team was cleared on Saturday.

“Mining could then proceed towards what is reported, by diggers, to be another tunnel in the network.

This work will continue until the tunnel is intersected.”The tunnels were not part of a previously worked underground mine but were excavated illegally at the site.

On Friday, rescuers recovered the bodies of five miner at the site, police spokesperson Captain Cherelle Ehlers said. She said rescue teams reached the collapsed tunnel by digging a trench alongside the entrance of a disused mine to try and get to the trapped miners.

Earlier this week, police recovered two bodies and rescuers could see another, but the unstable conditions prevented them from retrieving it.

One injured illegal digger was later rescued.

Tunnels at the mine collapsed at 15:00 on Tuesday.

The mine had closed the tunnels in April.Eleven illegal diggers reportedly escaped and alerted the police.

The collapsed hole was about six metres deep and led to several tunnels and an underground waiting area.

Sunday, 27 May, 2012 at 11:00 (11:00 AM) UTC RSOE

Captain Cherelle Ehlers said rescue teams reached a collapsed tunnel by digging a trench alongside the entrance of a disused mine to try and get to 15 trapped illegal miners.

She said conditions at the site were extremely difficult and dangerous.

The ANCs Chief Whip in the Northern Cape Legislature Kagisho Molusi has in the meantime expressed condolences to the families of the miners.

Earlier this week, police recovered two bodies and rescuers could see another, but the unstable conditions prevented them from retrieving it.

One injured illegal digger was later rescued. He was treated for shock at a Springbok hospital.

Mine engineers visited the site earlier this week and decided to dig a ditch alongside the tunnel where the diggers were trapped, from which to try and reach them.

Tunnels at the mine collapsed at 3pm on Tuesday. The mine closed the tunnels in April.

Eleven illegal diggers reportedly escaped and alerted the police. The collapsed hole was about six metres deep and led to several tunnels and an underground waiting area.

Ehlers said the rescue operation was continuing late on Friday afternoon.

Molusi urged people to consult with relevant structures and to take the necessary procedures when carrying out mining activities.

We value the lives of our people and encourage them to have a better understanding of the implications and risks of such activities.

Molusi said the De Beers mining group should move faster in establishing partnerships with previously disadvantaged people in rehabilitating the unused mines in the province.

He thanked the rescue teams for the work done under dangerous conditions. – iol.co.za

US: SUB-TROPICAL STORM #BERYL A LITTLE STRONGER, RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS

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000
WTNT32 KNHC 271448
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BULLETIN
SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER�� 7
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL������ AL022012
1100 AM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS BERYL A LITTLE STRONGER

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————–
LOCATION…30.1N 79.6W
ABOUT 125 MI…205 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 135 MI…220 KM ESE OF BRUNSWICK GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 260 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED
STATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE
MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDE
THE UNITED STATES…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL
METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 1100 AM EDT…1500 UTC…THE CENTER OF SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL
WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 79.6 WEST. THE
STORM IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 10 MPH…17 KM/H.� A WESTWARD
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH LANDFALL.� AFTER LANDFALL…
BERYL IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND THEN TURN
NORTHWARD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
ON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

REPORTS FOR AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE
THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH…95
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS.� LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED
BEFORE LANDFALL. AFTER LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A
DEPRESSION ON MONDAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES…150 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO FIRST REACH THE
COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO SOUTHERN
SOUTH CAROLINA LATE THIS MORNING OR THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TONIGHT.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

COASTAL PORTIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA…GEORGIA…AND NORTH FLORIDA…
1 TO 3 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
3 TO 6 INCHES ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…200 PM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…500 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER BROWN/CANGIALOSI

US: Bus driver taking 100 students to Disneyland arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of cocaine

An alert police officer who boarded a bus full of recent Utah high school graduates headed to Disneyland averted what could have been a deadly road trip after arresting the driver for suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, authorities said Friday.


(Photo: Wikipedia Commons)
Canyon View High School,

‘There’s no other way to put it,’ said Cedar City police Lt. Darin Adams. ‘I really hate to think of what would have been. We may have been getting calls today that the bus had crashed and students were dead or injured.’

About 100 students from Canyon View High School in southern Utah had just graduated on Thursday night and boarded the charter bus for their senior trip – Daily Mail

Full story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150394/Bus-driver-taking-100-kids-Disneyland-arrested-stoned.html

South Africa: At least 5 killed, 87 others hurt (20 of which critical) in bus accident – Death toll may rise

At least five people were killed and 87 others were hurt as the bus they were travelling in crashed in eastern South Africa on Saturday afternoon, local media reported.

The crowded bus crashed outside the port city of Durban in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, the South African Press Association (SAPA) reported, citing local paramedics on Saturday evening.

Among the injured, 20 are in critical condition, and the death toll might continue to rise, the SAPA reported.

The bus was suddenly out of control as it was travelling down a windy road, and rolled over before impacting a house beside the road, local paramedics said.

Police was investigating the cause of the fatal accident.
In recent years, the deadly road traffic accidents have become one of the biggest killers in South Africa.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 20:32 (08:32 PM) UTC RSOE

US: NHC Adv 6A: #Beryl approaches SE coast recon aircraft investigates sub-tropical storm

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BULLETIN
SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 6A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
800 AM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

BERYL HEADING TOWARD THE COAST OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED
STATES…RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE
STORM

SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.3N 78.9W
ABOUT 165 MI…270 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 180 MI…290 KM SE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WSW OR 250 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 800 AM EDT…1200 UTC…THE CENTER OF SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 78.9 WEST. BERYL IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH…17 KM/H. A TURN
TOWARD THE WEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY…FOLLOWED BY A DECREASE IN
FORWARD SPEED TONIGHT AND MONDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE
CENTER OF BERYL WILL APPROACH THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA
TODAY AND MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY. AFTER
LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD
AND THEN TURN NORTHWARD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA ON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED BEFORE LANDFALL. AFTER
LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A DEPRESSION ON MONDAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES…150 KM
FROM THE CENTER. NOAA BUOY 41012 LOCATED ABOUT 50 MILES…80 KM…
EAST-NORTHEAST OF ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND
GUST OF 45 MPH…72 KM/H.

AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT RECENTLY REPORTED A MINIMUM
CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO FIRST REACH THE
COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO SOUTHERN
SOUTH CAROLINA LATE THIS MORNING OR THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TONIGHT.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

COASTAL PORTIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA…GEORGIA…AND NORTH FLORIDA…
1 TO 3 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
3 TO 6 INCHES ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 AM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER BROWN/CANGIALOSI

US: Massachusetts Police Officer saves several in dramatic 4-Alarm inferno; 5 hospitalised, 21 displaced

A four-alarm fire at a condominium building in Plymouth early Saturday morning displaced 21 residents and hospitalized five, one with a severe leg injury, fire officials said.

Link to video here:

Plymouth Fire Chief G. Edward Bradley said the fire, which was reported just after 2:30 a.m., started when a woman using an oxygen machine dropped her cigarette on the floor.

The cigarette burned through the machine’s tubing, igniting the oxygen flowing through it.

Bradley said that 911 calls received by Plymouth dispatchers were made by neighbors who heard panicked residents of the Tideview Path building yelling for help.

“It’s a scary time of night for us, because people are in their deepest sleep and won’t hear the alarms or commotion,” Bradley said.

“From the initial calls we were getting, we fully expected it to be way worse of an outcome than it was.”

Firefighters arriving at the scene saw heavy smoke billowing out of one side of the building and flames shooting out the back.

A woman trapped on her second-story deck jumped to the ground, severely injuring her leg, Bradley said. She was transported by ambulance to the South Shore Hospital.
Her condition was unknown Saturday morning.

A man on a third-floor deck was also poised to jump, but police officers convinced the man to wait for firefighters, who then rescued the man unharmed using a ground ladder.

Meanwhile, the woman whose cigarette sparked the blaze walked back into the burning building after initially fleeing, banging on her neighbors’ doors and trying to rouse them.The woman and a man who lived with her were both treated for smoke inhalation, Bradley said.

One of the police officers who initially responded also ran into the building, despite having no safety equipment. Finding that one of the two stairwells in the building was engulfed in flames, he ran up the other, which was filled with heavy smoke.

The officer was able to successfully escort several residents on the upper floors to safety, Bradley said.A neighbor said the officer then ran back into the building, this time with a fire extinguisher, and attempted to fight the blaze himself.

The officer and a firefighter were both hospitalized for smoke inhalation and overexertion.

“He’s to be commended,” Bradley said of the officer. “That’s really above and beyond.

They’re going in buildings without protection.

You hear people yelling for help, police and fire officers would do anything they possibly can without regard for their own personal safety.

Neighbor Jim Rivers, 42, has lived on Tideview Path for 22 years. A self-described “night owl,” he noticed the flicker of flames through his window and ran to help while his wife called 911.

As he approached the building, Rivers saw thick black smoke and heard residents inside screaming for help. He soon found the woman who had jumped from her balcony lying on the ground in agony.

Worried that glass from exploding windows might further injure her, Rivers pulled the woman a safe distance from the building.

Rivers said that while the woman was conscious, “she was in quite a bit of pain.”Rivers called the police officer who twice ran into the building a hero.

“He needs some recommendation,” Rivers said. “He went in there with nothing on… I mean, at 3 in the morning, he had more energy than anybody. You could see his adrenaline kicked in and he just took care of everything.”

The fire was characterized by investigators as an accident and no charges will be filed, Bradley said.

Early reports that the fire was caused by a car hitting the building were erroneous, he said.

Twenty-one people were displaced by the fire, which rendered the 12-unit building uninhabitable, Bradley said.

Police officers brought the victims to the town’s emergency response shelter, where the Red Cross is assisting them in finding alternate housing.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 18:07 (06:07 PM) UTC RSOE

More on this story here http://www.capecodtoday.com/news/CWN/2012/05/26/multiple-injuries-in-4-alarm-plymouth-fi

#BERYL MOVING A LITTLE FASTER TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST…EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT

#BERYL MOVING A LITTLE FASTER TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST…EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT

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000
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BULLETIN
SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL ADVISORY NUMBER 6
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL022012
500 AM EDT SUN MAY 27 2012

…BERYL MOVING A LITTLE FASTER TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST U.S.
COAST…EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT…

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
———————————————-
LOCATION…30.5N 78.8W
ABOUT 175 MI…280 KM SE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
ABOUT 175 MI…280 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WSW OR 255 DEGREES AT 10 MPH…17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB…29.47 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…

NONE.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* VOLUSIA/BREVARD COUNTY LINE FLORIDA TO EDISTO BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITED STATES…
INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST
OFFICE.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
——————————
AT 500 AM EDT…0900 UTC…THE CENTER OF SUBTROPICAL STORM BERYL WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.5 NORTH…LONGITUDE 78.8 WEST. BERYL IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH…17 KM/H. A TURN
TOWARD THE WEST IS EXPECTED LATER TODAY…FOLLOWED BY A DECREASE IN
FORWARD SPEED TONIGHT AND MONDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE
CENTER OF BERYL WILL APPROACH THE COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA
TODAY AND MAKE LANDFALL TONIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY. AFTER
LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SLOWLY WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND
THEN TURN NORTHWARD OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA AND
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA ON MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH…85 KM/H…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED BEFORE LANDFALL. AFTER
LANDFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A DEPRESSION ON MONDAY.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 90 MILES…150 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
———————-
WIND…TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO FIRST REACH THE
COAST WITHIN THE WARNING AREA FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO SOUTHERN
SOUTH CAROLINA LATE THIS MORNING OR THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TONIGHT.

STORM SURGE…THE COMBINATION OF A STORM SURGE AND THE TIDE WILL
CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY RISING
WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING DEPTHS ABOVE GROUND IF
THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE…

COASTAL PORTIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA…GEORGIA…AND NORTH FLORIDA…
1 TO 3 FT

THE DEEPEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST NEAR AND TO
THE NORTH OF THE LANDFALL LOCATION…WHERE THE SURGE WILL BE
ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE WAVES. SURGE-RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE
RELATIVE TIMING OF THE SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE…AND CAN VARY
GREATLY OVER SHORT DISTANCES. FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA…PLEASE SEE PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE OFFICE.

SURF…DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS…INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS…ARE
EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST FROM NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA TO NORTH
CAROLINA OVER THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. PLEASE SEE
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR
INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA.

RAINFALL…BERYL IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF
3 TO 6 INCHES ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF THE UNITED STATES
FROM NORTHERN FLORIDA THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

NEXT ADVISORY
————-
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY…800 AM EDT.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY…1100 AM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER BRENNAN/ROBERTS

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200 households in the western Serbian town of Oseina are threatened by floods and traffic has been interrupted in the area of Valjevo.

MUP Emergency Sector chief Predrag Mari says that one elderly person has been evacuated and that nobody is currently in immediate danger.

He added that there was a danger of torrential floods on many rivers in eastern Serbia.

More rainfall is expected this weekend.

According to him, water levels of the Sava and Danube Rivers in Belgrade are dropping and there is no danger that they could overflow.

Mari said that all regional rescue teams would be on standby over the weekend and be sent to potential flood sights.

He noted that around 140 municipalities out of 170 had drafted a flood protection operation plan, adding that the new government would have to address the issue.

The Tamnava River overflowed its banks in the Koceljeva municipality and flooded between 1,500 and 2,000 hectares of arable land.

The Koceljeva-Donje Crniljevo road has been closed due to the flood.Koceljeva Mayor Milutin Cveji stressed that residential areas are not threatened by the flood.

Several roads near the western town of Valjevo have been closed due to heavy rainfall, floods and mudslides, Roads of Serbia public company has stated.

The Loznica-Oseina road in the village of Komiri is completely closed due to floods caused by the Jadar River.

The Zavlaka-Krupanj road in the village of Mojkovi is also closed.

Roads of Serbia public company teams are working on clearing the roads.

Friday, 25 May, 2012 at 18:33 (06:33 PM) UTC RSOE

Ireland: W Cork Measles Outbreak – 17 more cases

Seventeen new case of measles have been reported during the last six days in an outbreak in southern Ireland.

The total number of confirmed cases in West Cork, Ireland, stands at 42.

Public health officials are urging parents to make certain their children are fully protected against the highly infectious illness, according to CorkIndependent.com.

At the moment, the best way to ensure safety is to ensure that babies are not exposed to older children who may not be vaccinated and who are incubating the disease, Dr. Fiona Ryan, a consultant in public health medicine, said, CorkIndependent.com reports.

Some cases have unvaccinated brothers and sisters, so they are very likely to become infected.

Unfortunately the symptoms are very non-specific before they get the rash.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended, with the first dose to be given at 12 months of age and the second between the ages of four and five.

Children or teenagers who have not received both doses of the vaccine can have it administered by a general practitioner free of charge.

Those affected in the outbreak have mainly been teenagers, but children under the age of 12 months are considered especially at risk.

We have a worry that it will spread to other children, Ryan said, according to CorkIndependent.com.
We are expecting more cases.In West Cork, we have quite a number of children that havent been vaccinated.
There are so many unvaccinated that you are getting a lot of spread. Its a very, very infectious disease.

The nationwide MMR vaccination rate in Ireland for children aged 24 months is 92 percent, but in West Cork 14 percent of children at that age remain unvaccinated.

Saturday, 26 May, 2012 at 05:27 (05:27 AM) UTC RSOE

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Typhoon #SANVU (03W) has started to move away from Iwo To Island, Japan – 26 May 2012 1323GMT/UTC

Typhoon SANVU 1500 JST (Japan Time) 260512

25.0N 142.1E moving ENE @ 9mph

Wind 80mph Gust 95mph

Typhoon SANVU (03W) has started to move away from Iwo To…Western Eyewall lashing the area with typhoon-force winds and heavy rains. The eye of the typhoon has passed over Iwo To between 8-9 AM this morning (Manila Time).

Residents and visitors along the Iwo To, Bonin & Chichi Jima Islands should closely monitor the progress of SANVU (03W).

Additional information here

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