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Be a Force of Nature during National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RC3)

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National Severe Storm Preparedness Week: March 3-9, 2013

Two years ago during this time, storms raked the central and southern United States, spawning more than 300 tornadoes, claiming hundreds of lives and ranking as one of the largest tornado outbreaks in US history.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agenda (FEMA) are continuing their partnership to increase public awareness of the hazards posed by severe weather and the common-sense steps we can all take to be better prepared. March 3 marks the start of the first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

As part of NOAA’s campaign to Build a Weather-Ready Nation, this week is all about what you can do to take a stand against severe weather. Being a force of nature means never bowing to extreme weather. It means taking appropriate…

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HMS Illustrious seaman rescued by RAF Valley helicopter

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Sea King (1)An injured seaman has been rescued by helicopter from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the Irish Sea off Anglesey.

The Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was scrambled at 10:00 GMT on Wednesday and headed for the light aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious around 18 miles (30km) south west of South Stack.

The crew picked up the casualty and flew him to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

The condition of the seaman or how he came to be injured is not known.

Sourced by BBC News Wales

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Father and son rescued on Snowdon by RAF helicopter

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Sea King (1)A father and his teenage son have been rescued high on Snowdon by an RAF helicopter.

The rescue took place at 2,200ft (671m) near Crib Goch after they had gone off a path onto a snowy ledge.

Rescuers said it was extremely cold on the peak and the pair were not dressed for the conditions.

They were winched aboard unharmed and flown down to Llanberis at the foot of the mountain.

Footprints in the snow had helped to guide the helicopter, based at Valley on Anglesey, to the pair.

A mountain rescue team had been on standby at Llanberis.

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‘Kill the Gays’ bill is harming LGBTs in Uganda already

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Uganda's location in Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Thrown out of work.
  • Rejected by his family.
  • Evicted from his village.
  • Excommunicated.

That’s what life is like for a gay young man in Uganda, as explained in a letter from Alan (not his real name).

He sent the letter to members of the Ugandan parliament, urging them to reject the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has already made life worse for LGBT people there.

Alan is currently undergoing therapy and seeking work in Kampala after being evicted from his home in western Uganda by officials who were inspired by the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, nicknamed the “Kill the Gays” bill, even though it has not yet been passed.

Here are excerpts from Alan’s letter:

I got married to a woman, had a baby boy and lived my life as a heterosexual man because society demanded it. I went to church like a good Christian, I worked hard, set up a school at…

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Zimbabwe activists are back in business

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The battle continues to assure basic human rights for LGBT people in Zimbabwe despite government harassment.

The group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) reopened its Harare office last month.  The GALZ office had been closed after a police raid last August.

Based on an interview with a Zimbabwean LGBT activist, the Washington Blade reported that GALZ, which has close to 2,000 members across the country, also continues to host HIV/AIDS workshops in Bulawayo.

“When they raid our offices they think they are going to find pornographic materials,” the activist told the Blade. “When they come in there, they find it is a resource center. People are busy working.”

The Blade article reported:

A Zimbabwean LGBT rights advocate told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview in D.C. earlier this month he expects his country’s government to once again crack down on gay rights groups ahead of July’s presidential…

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Launch of new RAF Families Federation website

RAF Families Federation

mobileFri 1 Mar 13 sees the launch of the new RAF Families Federation website and mini site for smart phone and mobile device users.The new intuitive design offers a wealth of information at your finger tips. Never has it been easier to find exactly what you are looking for. Packed with the latest information, helping you and your family stay up to date with developments and news relevant to RAF serving personnel and their family members. Catch up on the latest from your Federation, find out what the RAF is up to, what the latest policy is and how development will affect you and your family. Explore our new website as a one stop shop for all you need to know about families issues. Read the latest articles in the RAF Families Federation magazine ‘Envoy’ both online and on the move. And now there is the RAF FF new mini…

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Photo of the Day: Volunteers respond to storms and floods in Madagascar

Red Cross Talks

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Today’s photo shows how the Malagasy Red Cross Society is responding to tropical cyclone Haruna, which slammed into the southwest coast of Madagascar on February 22. The storm brought heavy rains and winds of over 170 kilometers per hour and crashed across the entire Big Island, leaving many villages and communities flooded.

To date, 18,000 people have been affected, 24 have died, and more than 1,100 homes have been destroyed. Infrastructure such as schools, government buildings, and health centres have been damaged as well.

Following the storm, volunteers with the Malagasy Red Cross Society immediately provided assistance to their communities, conducted evacuations, managed camps and offered psychosocial support to those affected. The main needs continue to be temporary shelter, food, water and sanitation.

As the situation evolves, the Malagasy Red Cross continues to conduct assessments in order to provide proper relief and response. Visit the IFRC to learn more about…

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Great Yarmouth Coastguard Station no 24-hour cover from Monday 28 Feb 2013, closes completely end of April – 280213 2115z

ITV News: 5:05pm, Wed 27 Feb 2013
“End of an era for coastguard station
For the coastguard station in Great Yarmouth, it’s the end of an era. On Monday, it’ll stop providing 24-hour cover.

It’ll be manned during daytime hours only until the end of April, then it will close completely – a victim of cost-cutting measures.

But there are fears the loss of a local service could endanger lives.

There will still be coastguard teams but no local control point. For Peter Wheeler, an ops room officer at Yarmouth, that’s a worry.

“It’s taking away the real presence of the coastguard locally. There are plans afloat to divide out patch between the stations to the north and to the south and we believe that will work but there’s an interim period where it’s going to be a bit difficult. We are concerned by it and as a union we’re always opposed to the closures of course but we have to accept it’s going to happen.”
– Peter Wheeler, Public & Commercial Services Union

A number of coastguard stations are being axed. Walton on the Naze will go sometime in the next two years and with Yarmouth soon to close, the nearest stations will be Dover to the south and Humber at Bridlington in the north.

Few people know the sea better than Jimmy Buchan, who as skipper of Amity was one of the stars of the TV series Trawlermen.

He’s been in Yarmouth for a conference about offshore energy and as someone who’s relies on coastguards, told me of his concerns that some are being removed.

“I think these stations were always manned by people who had great local knowledge and I think there’s no substitute for that – I understand cost cutting exercises but the reality is when you remove the local man from the local area and centralise it, can he respond in a manner that he understands as quickly, as good and as efficiently as they should? Cost savings not always the best. We’re talking about people’s lives here.” – Jimmy Buchan, Trawerman”

The @Coastguard_SOS campaign states that “Government plans to close 50% of UK Coastguard rescue coordination centres have been thrown into further chaos as an MCA source admits that Coastguard officers including senior officers have resigned this week from Stornoway, Belfast and Liverpool Coastguard centres.

14 out of the remaining 16 stations are already understaffed and some centres such as Belfast and Stornoway have been struggling to put just two members of staff on day and night watches over recent weeks.

The MCA are aware of the dire under staffing problem but have failed to address the issue which threatens public safety on the coasts.

Yarmouth Coastguard are so understaffed that as of Monday they will be relieved of night time duty. They are understaffed as a direct result of officers leaving the service after having been told that their station will close formally in May 2013.

These latest resignations are, we are told, also as a direct result in the Government’s closure programme which neither Ministers or the MCA have fully thought through. Coastguard officers are highly professional and trained to preserve life – Officers can see that poor decisions are being made that will affect the safety of coast users and they are being forced out of the service in order to make a clear statement that the service will not be able to function safely if these cuts are allowed to proceed.

Latest MCA figures show dangerously low levels of staffing at Coastguard rescue coordination centres. This is as a direct result of Government & MCA plans to close stations which has destabilised the service:

So called “safe” stations:

MRCC Aberdeen 21.5 (-30%)
MRCC Belfast 25.64 (+2.64)
MRCC Dover 28.5 (-14%)
MRCC Falmouth 24 (-11%)
MRCC Holyhead 19 (-15%)
MRCC Humber 25.78 (-11%)
MRCC Milford Haven 21 (-7%)
MRCC Shetland 17.57 (-24%)
MRCC Stornoway 24.97 (+1.97)

Closing stations:

MRCC Brixham 19 (-17%)
MRCC Liverpool 18.5 (-19%)
MRCC Portland 23.64 (-8%)
MRCC Solent 26.74 (-7%)
MRCC Swansea 20.5 (-23%)
MRCC Thames 21.6 (-13%)
MRCC Yarmouth 16.78 (-33%)”

More here:

Coastguard SOS

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Lake District: Do you know this man. Find this Mountain Rescue charity box thief – 280213 2015z

Man who stole Mountain Rescue Team box caught on CCTV – Do you know him?

Man stole a mountain rescue box from The Watermill Inn and Brewery in the Lake District 26/02/2013 obviously didn’t notice the full CCTV he even stands by the cam

The police now have the full cctv version this is just a copy via mobile phone. Please pass this video around.

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Death plunge: SAR crew may have mistakenly severed rope as they winched injured climber – claims widow – 280213 1920z

Police to probe claim that rescue helicopter crew accidentally cut rope sending climber plunging to his death

28 Feb 2013 09:00 Daily Record

(Photo: dailyrecord.co.uk) Mark Phillips died after sustaining fatal injuries whilst climbing Ben Nevis.

 

“WITNESSES say the search and rescue crew may have mistakenly severed a rope as they winched injured Mark Phillips aboard.

CLAIMS a rescue helicopter crew mistakenly severed a rope and sent a climber tumbling to his death were being probed by police last night.

Yesterday, 51-year-old Mark Phillipss widow Caroline told the Record: I want the truth and Mark deserves the truth.

Mark was climbing with a friend on the north face of Ben Nevis when he fell 160ft in the Raeburns Buttress area on Monday.

His fall was broken by the safety rope he was attached to and he was left lying on a steep slope.

Mark had suffered massive head injuries but was still alive when an operation began to winch him on board an RAF Lossiemouth search-and-rescue chopper.

Its understood that in the operation to winch him on board, the climbers rope was cut before he was secured to the lifting device.

Tragically, Mark then fell hundreds of feet.

His body was later recovered by a second rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet at Prestwick.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team leader John Stevenson said: This lad must have fallen 160ft at least. It was a bad fall. We think he was the lead climber because his mate was on the rope.

He saw him fall as did two other climbers in the area and he abseiled down and raised the alarm.

Accidents happen. The lad was almost at the summit and he put his axe into soft snow and fell. He was unlucky.

John Allen, a former leader of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, said that the safety rope may have been damaged in the first fall.

He said: It could already have been half-sawn through. If its been damaged, theres no way the winchman or rescue team would have been aware of that. Last night, former RAF Mountain Rescue Team leader Dave Whalley
insisted that the death was a terrible accident.

He said: These crews are incredible. It is a tragedy if it has been an accident but these guys are saving so many lives every day.

Caroline, 51, who lived with her environmental health officer husband and their son Ruaraidh in Spean Bridge, five miles north of Ben Nevis, said: We dont know thats the thing.

We have to wait and see.The thing is if people jump to conclusions, were not going to get the truth.

Its important to me to get to the bottom of it because everyones done the best
they could.

Police confirmed they were investigating Marks death.

He is the 11th person to die in the Scottish hills this winter.” – Daily Record

The Winter Of 1947

Watts Up With That?

“Climate disruption” before the current lunacy of “CO2 caused extreme weather” era

By Paul Homewood

The Great Freeze of 1963 was the coldest winter in the UK for over 200 years. However, the winter of 1947, while not as cold, was one of the snowiest.

The UK Met Office describe what the conditions were like.

Thousands of people were cut off for days by snowdrifts up to seven metres deep during the winter of 1947, which saw exceptional snowfall. Supplies had to be flown in by helicopter to many villages, and the armed forces were called in to help clear roads and railways.

Between January and March that year, snow fell every day somewhere in the country for 55 days straight. Much of this settled because temperatures stayed very low, just above freezing most days.

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Pakistan: Avalanche, landslides, heavy rain, snow and hail in KP, Fata leaves 12 dead, 25 injured – 280213 1020z

Heavy rain, snow and hail brought another round of destruction in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata), leaving at least 12 dead and over 25 injured in various incidents across the region.

Many roads were rendered unusable, much to the consternation of both pedestrians and motorists.

Heavy rainfall and snowfall was recorded in Malam Jabba, Kalam, and Dir. Upper Dir was particularly affected with five feet of snowfall accompanied by heavy downpour disrupting routine life.

In Pir Sadai, Mardan, the roof of Saeeds house collapsed, killing his son Zahid and injuring his other son Abid.

They were rushed to the Mardan District Headquarters Hospital.

A woman and her three children (all minors) were injured when their roof fell through in Mian Kalay, Mardan.

Further south, a child drowned in a stream and died in Nowshera district.

Zahid Khan died and another person was injured when a roof collapsed in Mandani, Charsadda.

Three others were injured in Hango in a similar incident.

Two children were killed and three others were injured when the roof of Ashraf Khans house caved in at Sor Kamar, Jamrud.

The injured were shifted to Jamrud Civil Hospital. Two were injured in a similar episode in Halimzai, Mohmand Agency.

Landslides killed three people and injured five others in Chitral district.

A landslide hit Hazrat Walis residence and killed his wife and daughter on the spot, injuring four others, while an avalanche killed one person in Garam Chashma, Kalash Valley.

Rain and hail in Tank and DI Khan, and heavy snowfall on the mountains of North and South Waziristan also resulted in loss of life and property.

In Birmal tehsil, Wana, heavy snowfall caused a roof to collapse, injuring a woman and six children.

On Gomal Zam Road, which links South Waziristan Agency to DI Khan, a sedan was flooded resulting in the drivers demise.

Eye witness Ala Khan told The Express Tribune hefty stones were sliding down mountains onto Gomal Zam Road, and security forces were busy trying to clear the route.

A revenue official, Haibath Khan was killed by lightning in Kora Ghera, Tank. In Nershiz, Tank, where displaced persons from the Mehsud tribe are settled, the roof of an IDPs house buckled and injured two children.

DI Khan received heavy rains which damaged communication lines and caused blackouts in parts of the city.

In Londa Sharif, a roof caved in, killing Alam Shir Khans wife.

Another woman was injured when lightning struck her in Zafarabad Colony. She was rushed to DI Khans District Headquarters Hospital for treatment.

Thursday, 28 February, 2013 at 04:14 (04:14 AM) UTC RSOE

Kenya: Horrific bus accident leaves 35 dead, 50 injured – 280213 0945z

Thirty five people have died after a bus they were travelling in overturned along the Mwingi – Garissa Highway.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross)

The bus which was travelling to Mandera from Nairobi was reportedly speeding and overloaded when the accident occurred approximately two kilometres from Mwingi Town.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross)

Passengers were trapped inside the bus which is also said to have developed mechanical problems.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross)

Area OCPD David Musila confirmed the incident stating that 35 passengers who lost their lives in the accident and said that another 50 have been rushed to the Mwingi district hospital.

(Photo: Kenya Red Cross)

Rescue operations are ongoing to free passengers still trapped inside the vehicle

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 at 14:10 (02:10 PM) UTC RSOE

New Zealand: Great white shark attack kills man on Muriwai Beach on Auckland west coast – 270213 1100z

A witness has described seeing a “huge” shark kill a man off Muriwai Beach on Auckland’s west coast this afternoon.

(Video credit: Youtube user jamesdean69999)

Police have confirmed they shot and hit the shark, believed to be a great white, but said it swam away. Pio Mose watched the attack unfold about 1.30pm while fishing with a group of men on the rocks between Maori Bay and Muriwai Beach.

He saw the “huge” shark attack a man alone swimming from the bay back to the beach about 50 metres from where he was standing.

The man struggled with the shark before it swam away.

He was keeping his head above the water before the shark returned.

“I yelled at him to swim to the rocks. There was blood everywhere. The water was red. It’s pretty scary.”

He said after the second attack three or four other sharks came to the area.

Mr Mose and the other fisherman watched as the shark took the man’s body out to sea and when lifeguards eventually arrived they directed them to where the group of sharks were.

Inspector Shawn Rutene confirmed police shot at the shark, but could not say how many times.

The officer was out on the water in an IRB with three lifeguards – and Mr Rutene said one of them saw a second shark.

It was unclear whether the second shark had been involved in the attack.

He said after being shot the shark “rolled away”, but refused to say whether it was still attacking the man at the time.

Mr Rutene said the victim was a local man. His family were “devastated” and his wife was being supported by Victim Support and police at the scene.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013 at 04:16 (04:16 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – “A New Zealand man was attacked and killed by a great white shark on Wednesday in a rare fatal shark incident in the country, prompting police to open fire.

Police said they fired shots at the shark after a man was fatally bitten at Muriwai beach located around 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Auckland, one of many beaches dotted along the North Island’s west coast that are known for their wild surf.

Rescue crews were quoted by local media as saying the shark was a “white pointer”, commonly known as a great white, measuring roughly 4 meters (13 feet) long. Witnesses said a rescue helicopter also fired shots at the shark.

“We saw the shark fin, and the next minute, boom, the attack came. There was blood everywhere on the water,” eye witness Pio Mosie was quoted by local news website Stuff.co.nz as saying.

“They fired six or seven shots to the shark, three from the police helicopter and a few shots from the lifeguard. I don’t know if they killed the shark or not,” he added.

The head of the local volunteer lifeguard service was quoted as saying they had confirmed that “one or two” sharks were spotted, but none had been seen since the man’s body was removed from the water.

Shark attacks are rare in New Zealand, where water sports and beach holidays are a rite of summer. More than 60 shark species are known to swim in the country’s waters.

Fourteen fatal attacks have been reported since records began around 1837, according to the country’s Department of Conservation, which added that non-fatal shark attacks average roughly two each year.

The last attack linked with a death was in 2009, when a kayaker was mauled by a great white in the nearby Coromandel Peninsula, although whether the victim drowned before the attack has been disputed.

According to the International Shark Attack File, 11 shark fatalities were reported last year, including three in Australia and South Africa, nearly tripling the average annual number of fatalities for 2001 to 2010.” – Reuters

(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu, editing by Elaine Lies)

Australia (WA): Ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty: Severe Weather Warning for Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts- 280213 0820Z

ALL CLEAR: You need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage. (DFES)

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rain
for people in the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts (See below

(Image: wunderground.com) Storm-Centered Satellite Image (Click image for source)
(Image: bom.gov.au) Surface Pressure & Rainfall (Click image for Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Maps)
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USTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH

TROPICALCYCLONEFORECASTTRACKMAP

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Issued at 2:19 pm WST Thursday 28 February 2013. Refer to Tropical Cyclone Advice Number 41.

Community Threat Past Cyclone Details
Warning Zone – Gales within 24 hours
Watch Zone – Gales from 24 to 48 hours
Past Location and Intensity Number
Past Track and Movement
Current Cyclone Details Forecast Cyclone Details
(at 24 and 48 hours from issue)
Current Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Winds
Destructive Winds
Gale Force Winds
Forecast Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Wind Boundary
Destructive Wind Boundary
Gale Force Wind Boundary
Most Likely Future Track
Range of Likely Tracks of Cyclone Centre

The forecast path shown above is the Bureau’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will almost certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map. The extent of the warning and watch zones reflects this.

This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.
Remarks:

Ex Tropical Cyclone Rusty has weakened below cyclone strength. No Further Cyclone Advices are expected to be issued for this system.

Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are possible for the remainder of Thursday and into Friday as the remnants of Ex-TC Rusty continues moving southwards. A Severe Weather Warning has been issued please refer to IDW28001 for details.

MAJOR FLOODING is occuring in the De Grey catchment, and heavy rainfall is likely to continue. Please refer to Flood Warning IDW39845.
DFES State Emergency Service (SES) advises that all community alerts have been cancelled:
ALL CLEAR: You need to take care to avoid the dangers caused by damage.

Name:Ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Details:

Time (WST) Intensity Category Latitude
(decimal deg.)
Longitude
(decimal deg.)
Estimated Position
Accuracy (km)
0hr 2 pm February 28 tropical low 22.0S 120.6E 65
+6hr 8 pm February 28 tropical low XXX XXX XXX
+12hr 2 am March 1 tropical low XXX XXX XXX
+18hr 8 am March 1 tropical low XXX XXX XXX
+24hr 2 pm March 1 tropical low XXX XXX XXX
+36hr 2 am March 2 tropical low XXX XXX XXX
+48hr 2 pm March 2 tropical low XXX XXX XXX

There will be no further Forecast Track Maps issued for this system.

Severe Weather Warning

IDW28001

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds and heavy rain
for people in the Pilbara, Gascoyne, Goldfields, South Interior and Central Wheat Belt forecast districts

Issued at 3:05 pmWST on Thursday 28 February 2013.

For people in parts of WA bounded by Meekatharra to Nullagine to Cotton Creek to Warburton to Leonora to Meekatharra, extending to people in parts of WA bounded by Wiluna to Carnegie to Coonana to Norseman to Southern Cross to Sandstone to Wiluna on Friday. This includes people in, near or between Newman, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie.

Weather Situation

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty has weakened below cyclone intensity. Heavy rainfall and damaging winds are possible for the remainder of Thursday and into Friday as the remnants of the system continues moving southwards.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Rusty is likely to cause HEAVY RAINFALL that may lead to FLASH FLOODING and there is also the risk of DAMAGING WINDS to 90 kilometres per hour that could cause DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.

Rainfall of 177mm has been recorded at Telfer in the 24 hours to 9:00am Thursday morning and rainfall totals of above 100mm have been observed in surrounding areas.

 

This is typical weather associated with a weakening Ex-Tropical Cyclone.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If there is flooding, create your own sandbags by using pillow cases filled with sand and place them around doorways to protect your home.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
  • Slow down and turn your headlights on.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • If it is raining heavily and you can not see, pull over and park with your hazard lights on until the rain clears.

If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm WST Thursday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s web site at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213.

The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.

View the current warnings for Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Three Day Outlook for the Western Region

IDW10800
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone Three Day Outlook for the Western Region
Issued at 1:20 pm WST on Tuesday 26 February 2013
for the period until midnight WST Friday 1 March 2013.

Existing Cyclones in the Western Region:

At 11:00am WST Tuesday Tropical Cyclone Rusty was located near 19.2S 119.1E,
about 140km north northeast of Port Hedland and is moving south southwest
towards the coast. Refer to the latest
tropical cyclone information for further details
[http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/].

Likelihood of this system remaining a tropical cyclone in the Western Region on:
Wednesday High
Thursday High
Friday Very Low

Potential Cyclones:

A low [11U] is located in the monsoon trough near 14.9S 98.2E at 8:00am WST
Tuesday,
about 350km southeast of the Cocos Islands. The low is moving south southeast
away from the Cocos Islands and
may develop into a tropical cyclone Tuesday evening. Refer to the latest
tropical
cyclone information for further details
[http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDW60285.shtml].

There are no other significant
lows and none are expected to develop over the next three days.

Likelihood of this system being a tropical cyclone in the Western Region on:
Wednesday High
Thursday Moderate
Friday Low

NOTES: The likelihood is an estimate of the chance of each system being a
tropical cyclone in the Region for each day.
Very Low: less than 5% Moderate: 20 to 50%
Low: 5% to 20% High: over 50%

The Western Region refers to the Indian Ocean between Longitudes 90-125E and
south of 10S.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

(Image: JTWC) TCFA Graphic (Click image for source)

WTXS32 PGTW 271500
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE 17S (RUSTY) WARNING NR 009//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 17S (RUSTY) WARNING NR 009
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN SOUTHIO
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
271200Z — NEAR 20.3S 119.8E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 150 DEGREES AT 07 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 020 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY A COMBINATION OF
SATELLITE AND RADAR
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 075 KT, GUSTS 090 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
REPEAT POSIT: 20.3S 119.8E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
280000Z — 21.5S 120.0E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 050 KT, GUSTS 065 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 185 DEG/ 09 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
281200Z — 23.2S 119.9E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND

REMARKS:
271500Z POSITION NEAR 20.6S 119.8E.
TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 17S (RUSTY), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 65NM EAST
OF PORT HEDLAND, AUSTRALIA, HAS TRACKED SOUTH-SOUTHEASTWARD AT 07
KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY
SHOWS DECREASING CONVECTION AND AN OVERALL ELONGATION OF THE SYSTEM
AS TC 17S HAS MADE LANDFALL AND STEADILY WEAKENED. RADAR IMAGERY
FROM PORT HEDLAND ALSO SUPPORTS THE WEAKENING TREND AS THE EYE HAS
COLLAPSED AND THE CONVECTION IN THE BANDING FEATURES CONTINUES TO
DECREASE. THERE IS HIGH CONFIDENCE IN THE CURRENT POSITION BASED ON
THE RADAR IMAGERY. THE CURRENT INTENSITY IS ASSESSED AT 75 KNOTS
BASED ON THE WEAKENING TREND SEEN IN THE AFOREMENTIONED IMAGERY.
UPPER-LEVEL ANALYSIS REVEALS THAT DESPITE THE PERSISTENT FAVORABLE
OUTFLOW, VERTICAL WIND SHEAR IS INCREASING AND IS NOW ASSESSED AT
MODERATE (10-20 KNOTS) LEVELS. TC 17S IS FORECAST TO TRACK SOUTH AND
MOVE MORE INLAND AS IT RAPIDLY WEAKENS DUE TO THE LAND INTERACTION
AND INCREASING VERTICAL WIND SHEAR. MODEL GUIDANCE IS IN GOOD
AGREEMENT WITH THE FORECAST TRACK AND MAINTAINING THE SYSTEM OVER
LAND AS IT QUICKLY WEAKENS. THIS IS THE FINAL WARNING ON THIS SYSTEM
BY THE JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI. THE SYSTEM WILL BE
CLOSELY MONITORED FOR SIGNS OF REGENERATION.//
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Tracking Info For Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Time Lat Lon Wind(mph) Storm type
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00 GMT 02/24/13 16.7S 118.1E 40 Tropical Storm
12 GMT 02/24/13 17.4S 117.9E 50 Tropical Storm
18 GMT 02/24/13 17.7S 118.2E 70 Tropical Storm
06 GMT 02/25/13 18.2S 119.0E 75 Category 1
18 GMT 02/25/13 18.8S 119.4E 85 Category 1
06 GMT 02/26/13 19.4S 119.2E 75 Category 1
18 GMT 02/26/13 19.3S 119.1E 110 Category 2
06 GMT 02/27/13 19.7S 119.4E 90 Category 1
12 GMT 02/27/13 20.3S 119.8E 85 Category 1

 

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Australia (WA): Severe Tropical Cyclone #RUSTY: 262100Z nr 19.4S 119.1E stationary.Wind 95 Knots INTENSIFYING (JTWC) – 260213 2200Z

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Australia (WA): Severe Tropical Cyclone #RUSTY: 270900Z near 20.0S 119.5E moving SSE at 4 knots. Wind 80 knots/92.2 mph (JTWC) 2702130915Z

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By Ed Payne, CNN

(CNN) — A brutal blizzard that has already whipped the southern Plains set its sights on Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, where it’s expected to dump more than a foot of snow Tuesday.

The powerful storm system is a second straight punch to the gut for a region hit by record snowfall a week ago.

“We are very concerned about this storm,” Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said Monday. “We believe it may be worse than the last one.”

He extended an early state of emergency as the storm approached.

Complicating matters are primary elections in nearly a quarter of the state’s 105 counties. State officials extended early voting hours into Monday evening to accommodate those who wanted to vote before snowflakes started to swirl.

Southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma got the storm’s worst overnight, spreading whiteout conditions along the state line.

In Wichita, students will…

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Australia (WA): Severe Tropical Cyclone #RUSTY: 262000WST nr 19.3S 119.1E near stationary. Windgust 195kmh INTENSIFYING (WA TCWC) WILL MAKE LANDFALL NEAR PORT HEDLAND – 260213 1430Z

GO HERE: Australia (WA): Severe Tropical Cyclone #RUSTY: 262100Z nr 19.4S 119.1E stationary.Wind 95 Knots INTENSIFYING (JTWC) – 2602132200Z

Lucky escape for ice climber after 100ft fall in Snowdonia

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RAF ValleyAN ICE climber fell 100ft down a frozen cliff – but miraculously only suffered a twisted ankle.

The man in his 40s was climbing at Parsley Fern Gully, Cwm Glas, Snowdonia, in sub-zero temperatures when he plummeted down the slope at lunchtime today.

He fell around 100ft before a ledge halted his descent – saving him from falling another 100ft.

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team(MRT) and 22 Squadron search and rescue team were alerted and went to the scene at around 12.30pm.

Two members of the mountain team were already climbing close to the incident and were quickly able to locate and secure the climber.

Three more team members were then winched down on to the cliff by the 22 Squadron helicopter.

They reached the climber and he was then airlifted from the scene to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

A spokesman for the RAF unit said he had suffered a…

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Vietnam film special effects warehouse explosion kills 10 (including a 7yr old girl) – 240213 2320z

At least 10 people were killed and many were trapped under rubber after three houses in a small alley in south Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 collapsed following two explosions at dawn on Sunday, local media reported.

Manh Linh / Vietnam News Agency via Reuters Rescuers search for victims at a damaged warehouse in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh city in this picture provided by Vietnam News Agency February 24, 2013. Twin blasts at a warehouse owned by a cinema special effects expert killed 10 people and reduced three homes to burning rubble in Vietnam’s biggest city, state media reported on Sunday.

A family of seven was among the dead in the explosion, and some injured have been sent to a local hospital, a report said.

According to Vietnamese state-run news agency VNA, the explosion broke out in a populated area in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City where many private houses are located.

Initial information has it that local people living in the alley on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in front of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda heard two explosions in five minutes and later discovered three houses were in flames with walls already collapsing, Tuoi Tre, a Ho Chi Minh City-based daily’s website, reported.

Local residents said the explosions occurred at around 0:15 a.m. local time on Sunday.

According to the Tuoi Tre report, after being informed of the incident, hundreds of firefighters on more than 12 fire trucks came to their rescue.

The blast also caused a shockwave that shook houses within a radius of several hundreds of meters and even broke some windows.

Tuoi Tre quoted a local woman named Nguyen Thi Phuong, who was sleeping in her house at the time of the incident, as saying,

“My family of four heard a big explosion that shook the whole house. We felt a surge of panic then and later smelt the smoke allegedly coming from fire-crackers. We fled our house to safer areas.”

Sunday, 24 February, 2013 at 13:43 (01:43 PM) UTC RSOE

“Ten people, including six family members, died early Sunday morning in two successive blasts that destroyed three houses in Ho Chi Minh City.

>> Deadly blasts, killing 10, caused by movie props?

>> 10 killed in home collapse caused by explosion

Local people living in the alley number 384 on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 3 said that they heard two explosions in five minutes and then saw the three houses were in flames.

The disaster occurred around 0:15, they said, adding hundreds of firefighters on more than twelve fire trucks arrived at the scene about twenty minutes later.

The blasts sent shock waves to houses within a radius of several hundreds of meters and even broke some windows, they said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the explosions erupted at the address 384/9 where 58-year-old Le Minh Phuong store his movie props, including tools to create fire and smoke effects.

Phuong was said to have created smoke and fire effects for movies by local filmmakers for six or seven years.

His acquaintances said that they had met Phuong late Saturday night when the man told of returning home to prepare some props for a film shoot in the touristy city of Vung Tau the next day.

Police confirmed that Phuong and his five other family members, including his 7-year-old youngest daughter, were among the dead while two of the other four victims bodies have yet to be identified.

Local authorities are still examining the cause of the catastrophe.” – tuoitrenews.vn

Amateur videos of city explosions that killed ten

“Blast in Vietnam film special effects warehouse kills 10

Twin blasts at a warehouse owned by a cinema special effects expert killed 10 people and reduced three homes to burning rubble in Vietnam’s biggest city, state media reported on Sunday.

Teams of firefighters worked through the early hours after the overnight explosions and found three survivors among the bodies buried beneath what was left of the houses in southern Ho Chi Minh City early on Sunday, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said

Among the dead was Le Minh Phuong, 58, who worked in pyrotechnics for local films and stored explosives in his home, which doubled as a warehouse, Tuoi Tre said, citing preliminary police investigations.

Six members of Phuong’s family, including his six-year-old daughter, were also killed. Police said they believed the explosions were triggered by accident.

Local residents fled after the blasts shook homes located within a 500-metre radius, according to the news website VNExpress.” – By Martin Petty, Reuters (via NBC News)

 

Monday Severe Weather Outbreak For New Orleans, Mobile

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Severe weather

The same storm system which will produce blizzard conditions across parts of the Plains will spark a round of severe weather along the Gulf Coast on Monday.

Moisture will lift northward late Sunday night across the central Gulf Coast as a warm front lifts north. This will bring a round of rain and thunderstorms to New Orleans, Mobile and Pensacola.

This initial batch of thunderstorms late Sunday night into Monday morning could produce significant downpours and localized flash flooding.

As these storms lift northward, the central Gulf Coast will end up in the warm sector of the developing blizzard.

This will lead to a very unstable environment during the day Monday with warm and humid air surging northward. Numerous thunderstorms will develop by midday Monday and Monday afternoon, some of which will become severe, producing damaging winds, hail and even a few tornadoes.

Flash flooding could become a big problem…

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How to Prepare Your Family for Disasters Revisited

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English: Eureka, MO, 03/22/2008 -- Members of ...

Start by talking with your family about the potential disasters you could face and why it’s necessary to prepare for them. This could be lots of different scenarios but take look at the most common ones for your demographic area, this could be Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes or Flooding or maybe a combination of all of them. Be sure to involve each member of your family in the planning process, especially your kids. By showing them simple steps that can increase their safety, you can help reduce their anxiety about emergencies and how they will react when the real thing happens. Here are some topics and ideas to discuss and plans to make during your talk.

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Tropical Cyclone #18S #EIGHTEEN 261500Z near 15.5S 98.0E moving SSE at 4 knots (JTWC) – 260213 1535z

 

(Image: wunderground.com) Tropical Cyclone Eighteen Tracking Map (Click image for source)
(Image: wunderground.com) Storm-Centered Satellite Image (Click image for source)

(Image: bom.gov.au) Asia MSL Pressure Analysis Valid 00UTC (Click image for source)

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE DARWIN

TROPICALCYCLONEFORECASTTRACKMAP

Tropical Low

Issued at 8:51 pm WST Tuesday 26 February 2013. No Tropical Cyclone Advice is current for this system.

Community Threat Past Cyclone Details
Warning Zone – Gales within 24 hours
Watch Zone – Gales from 24 to 48 hours
Past Location and Intensity Number
Past Track and Movement
Current Cyclone Details Forecast Cyclone Details
(at 24 and 48 hours from issue)
Current Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Winds
Destructive Winds
Gale Force Winds
Forecast Location and Intensity Number
Very Destructive Wind Boundary
Destructive Wind Boundary
Gale Force Wind Boundary
Most Likely Future Track
Range of Likely Tracks of Cyclone Centre

The forecast path shown above is the Bureau’s best estimate of the cyclone’s future movement and intensity. There is always some uncertainty associated with tropical cyclone forecasting and the grey zone indicates the range of likely tracks of the cyclone centre.

Due to the uncertainty in the future movement, the indicated winds will almost certainly extend to regions outside the rings on this map. The extent of the warning and watch zones reflects this.

This product is designed for land-based communities; mariners should read the coastal waters and high seas warnings.
Remarks:

Strong winds, squally showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue during tonight and Wednesday as the low moves slowly southeast away from the Cocos Islands.

The low may develop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday, but is too far away to directly affect the Cocos Islands.

Name:Tropical Low

Details:

Time (WST) Intensity Category Latitude
(decimal deg.)
Longitude
(decimal deg.)
Estimated Position
Accuracy (km)
0hr 8 pm February 26 tropical low 15.4S 98.0E 55
+6hr 2 am February 27 tropical low 15.4S 98.1E 80
+12hr 8 am February 27 tropical low 15.4S 98.2E 100
+18hr 2 pm February 27 1 15.4S 98.4E 125
+24hr 8 pm February 27 1 15.5S 98.8E 145
+36hr 8 am February 28 1 15.3S 99.5E 180
+48hr 8 pm February 28 tropical low 15.5S 100.6E 220

The next Forecast Track Map will be issued by 3:00 am WST Wednesday

Tropical Cyclone Technical Bulletin

IDW23200
40:3:1:24:15S098E999:11:00
SECURITE

HIGH SEAS WEATHER WARNING FOR METAREA 10 ISSUED BY THE
AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE DARWIN
AT 1247UTC 26 FEBRUARY 2013

GALE WARNING

Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the
averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

SITUATION
At 1200 UTC a Tropical Low was centred within 30 nautical miles of
latitude fifteen decimal four south (15.4S)
longitude ninety eight decimal zero east (98.0E)
Recent movement : near stationary
Maximum winds : 30 knots
Central pressure: 998 hPa
The low may develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12 to 18 hours.

AREA AFFECTED
Within 120 nautical miles in SW quadrant, extending after 0600 UTC to within 90
nautical miles in NW, NE and SE quadrants.

FORECAST
Maximum winds to 30 knots near the centre increasing to 35 knots by 0600 UTC 27
February.

Southwest to northwest winds 30/40 knots within 120 nautical miles in SW
quadrant with rough to very rough seas and moderate to heavy swell. Clockwise
winds to 35 knots developing within 90 nautical miles in NW, NE and SE
quadrants and within 120 nautical miles in SW quadrant by 0600 UTC 27 February.

Forecast positions
At 0000 UTC 27 February: Within 55 nautical miles of 15.4 south 98.2 east
Central pressure 996 hPa.
Winds to 30 knots near centre
At 1200 UTC 27 February: Within 80 nautical miles of 15.5 south 98.8 east
Central pressure 992 hPa.
Winds to 35 knots near centre.

REMARKS
All ships in the area please send weather reports every three hours.
Regular weather observing ships use normal channels.
Other ships please use either email to nttcwc@bom.gov.au or fax to +61889279276
or satellite using SAC1241 through Land Earth Station Burum 312 [or 212 as
appropriate] via Perth.

Next warning will be issued by 1900 UTC 26 February 2013.

WEATHER DARWIN

 

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

(Image: JTWC) TC track (Click image for source)

WTXS33 PGTW 261500
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE 18S (EIGHTEEN) WARNING NR 005//
RMKS/
1. TROPICAL CYCLONE 18S (EIGHTEEN) WARNING NR 005
02 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES IN SOUTHIO
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
261200Z — NEAR 15.5S 98.0E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 165 DEGREES AT 04 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 025 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
REPEAT POSIT: 15.5S 98.0E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
270000Z — 15.6S 98.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 090 DEG/ 01 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
271200Z — 15.6S 98.4E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 090 DEG/ 02 KTS

36 HRS, VALID AT:
280000Z — 15.6S 98.9E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
VECTOR TO 48 HR POSIT: 100 DEG/ 02 KTS

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
48 HRS, VALID AT:
281200Z — 15.7S 99.4E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 040 KT, GUSTS 050 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 045 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
040 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
040 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
045 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 72 HR POSIT: 105 DEG/ 03 KTS

72 HRS, VALID AT:
011200Z — 16.0S 100.6E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 045 KT, GUSTS 055 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 050 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
045 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
045 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
050 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 96 HR POSIT: 100 DEG/ 05 KTS

LONG RANGE OUTLOOK:

96 HRS, VALID AT:
021200Z — 16.3S 102.8E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 050 KT, GUSTS 065 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
VECTOR TO 120 HR POSIT: 095 DEG/ 06 KTS

120 HRS, VALID AT:
031200Z — 16.5S 105.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 055 KT, GUSTS 070 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

REMARKS:
261500Z POSITION NEAR 15.5S 98.0E.
TROPICAL CYCLONE (TC) 18S, LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 1000 NM
WEST-NORTHWEST OF LEARMONTH, AUSTRALIA, HAS TRACKED
SOUTH-SOUTHEASTWARD AT 04 KNOTS OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS. ANIMATED
MULTISPECTRAL SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THE MAIN CONVECTION REMAINS
DETACHED FROM A FULLY EXPOSED LOW LEVEL CIRCULATION THAT HAS BECOME
MORE ELONGATED AND IRREGULAR, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT THE
CENTER. THE INITIAL POSITION IS BASED ON THE ABOVE ANIMATION WITH
POOR CONFIDENCE. THE INITIAL INTENSITY, ASSESSED HIGHER THAN
MULTI-AGENCY SUBJECTIVE DVORAK ESTIMATES, IS EXTRAPOLATED FROM RECENT
SCATTEROMETER DATA. UPPER LEVEL ANALYSIS INDICATES THE SYSTEM IS IN
AN AREA OF STRONG (30-40 KNOT) EASTERLY VERTICAL WIND SHEAR (VWS).
THE CYCLONE IS CURRENTLY IN A WEAK STEERING ENVIRONMENT BETWEEN THE
NEAR-EQUATORIAL RIDGE (NER) TO THE NORTH AND A SUBTROPICAL RIDGE
(STR) TO THE SOUTH RESULTING IN A VERY SLOW EASTWARD DRIFT. IT IS
EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THIS STATE OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS UNTIL THE STR
RECEDES TO THE EAST. AT THAT STAGE, THE NER WILL REBUILD AND RESUME
STEERING AND TRACK THE CYCLONE FASTER EASTWARD. TC 18S IS EXPECTED TO
STRUGGLE AT MODERATE GALE INTENSITY OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS WITH A
DISTINCT POSSIBILITY OF DISSIPATION. AFTER TAU 48, SHOULD THE CYCLONE
SURVIVE, DECREASING VWS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A GRADUAL INTENSIFICATION.
THE AVAILABLE NUMERICAL GUIDANCE ARE IN OVERALL AGREEMENT IN
EVENTUALLY TRACKING THE VORTEX EASTWARD BUT WITH SIGNIFICANT
DIFFERENCES IN TRACK SPEED. GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE STEERING
MECHANISM, THERE IS LOW CONFIDENCE IN THE JTWC TRACK AND INTENSITY
FORECASTS. MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 261200Z IS 17 FEET.
NEXT WARNINGS AT 270300Z AND 271500Z. REFER TO TROPICAL CYCLONE 17S
(RUSTY) WARNINGS (WTXS32 PGTW) FOR TWELVE-HOURLY UPDATES. //
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Tracking Info For Tropical Cyclone Eighteen

(wunderground.com)

Time Lat Lon Wind(mph) Storm type
-
12 GMT 02/24/13 12.6S 97.4E 40 Tropical Storm
00 GMT 02/25/13 13.5S 98.3E 45 Tropical Storm
12 GMT 02/25/13 14.6S 98.9E 40 Tropical Storm
00 GMT 02/26/13 14.9S 97.9E 40 Tropical Storm
12 GMT 02/26/13 15.5S 98.0E 40 Tropical Storm

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Miner killed, 5 injured as landslide hits Composteral Valley areas

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TAGUM CITY—A miner was killed and five others were injured in yet another landslide in a mining village in Mt. Diwalwal in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, police said on Saturday.

Supt. Cydric Earl Tamayo, Monkayo police chief, said  rains in the past few days triggered the landslide that buried a house and a gold processing plant in the area on Wednesday.

Senior Supt. Camilo Cascolan, Compostela Valley police chief, said the police got the report late because communication lines were down in the area.

Tamayo identified the fatality as Cirilo Seguerra, 25, a transient. Those injured were identified as Roseric Mercado, 36, the owner of the house buried in the landslide; his relatives, Ronald, 27, and Benjie, 26, also surnamed Mercado; Rodel Sacon, 25; and Jerico Humilid, 24.

Tamayo said the victims were miners apparently under the employ of Roseric.

Landslides are a regular occurrence in the mining community of more…

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Why does it feel so cold? A guide to ‘feels like’ temperatures

Official blog of the Met Office news team

With bitterly cold conditions across parts of the UK just now, have you been asking yourself why it can feel so much colder in the wind?

The temperatures that you normally see on our website represent the temperature of the air, but this takes no account of how we actually experience the temperature. It is our ‘feels like’ temperature that gives you a better idea about how the weather will actually feel when you step outdoors.

Our ‘feels like’ temperature takes into account wind speeds and humidity to assess how the human body actually feels temperature.  For example in winter a strong wind can feel much colder than the measured temperature would indicate. The impacts of the temperature and wind combined can be much greater  than each on their own and the feels like temperature allows users to make a better assessment of conditions outdoors.

But how do you actually calculate the…

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10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

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Although it is important to be prepared for disaster situations, many are not adequately trained to handle the disaster situations in which they find themselves in. Having the proper skills and training will provide an individual with a well diversified knowledge base on how to survive during and after a disaster.

Medical Training

In a survival situation, medical training is going to be a big one.  Due to the increase use of saws, axes and knives, there will be more medical emergencies involving deep lacerated cuts.  Knowing how to properly clean wounds, stitch wounds, as well as knowing how to treat infected wounds will be extremely important.  Additionally, there will be an increase in burns from being in closer contact to fires.  Burns can get infected very quickly, and knowing how to decipher the degree of the burn is and how to treat it will be a concern amongst survivalists and preppers.  Typically, there are online…

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