Vietnam /Cambobia /Thailand /West Pacific: Severe Tropical Storm DAMREY 28W 022100Z 13.0N 114.4E, moving W 11 kt (JMA) – Updated 02 Nov 2017 2230z (GMT/UTC)

 Severe Tropical Storm DAMREY 28W

(RAMIL in PH)

Damrey expected to become a Typhoon equal to a Category 1 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale prior to landfall in Vietnam

MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 021800Z IS 16 FEET – JTWC

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STS 1723 (Damrey)
Issued at 21:45 UTC, 2 November 2017

 <Analysis at 21 UTC, 2 November>
Scale
Intensity
Center position N13°00′ (13.0°)
E114°25′ (114.4°)
Direction and speed of movement W 20 km/h (11 kt)
Central pressure 985 hPa
Maximum wind speed near center 30 m/s (55 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 40 m/s (80 kt)
≥ 50 kt wind area ALL 70 km (40 NM)
≥ 30 kt wind area NW 440 km (240 NM)
SE 330 km (180 NM)
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N12°30′ (12.5°)
E112°00′ (112.0°)
Direction and speed of movement W 20 km/h (12 kt)
Central pressure 980 hPa
Maximum wind speed near center 30 m/s (60 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 45 m/s (85 kt)
Radius of probability circle 70 km (40 NM)
Storm warning area ALL 150 km (80 NM)
Intensity Strong
Center position of probability circle N12°25′ (12.4°)
E109°40′ (109.7°)
Direction and speed of movement W 20 km/h (11 kt)
Central pressure 975 hPa
Maximum wind speed near center 35 m/s (65 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 50 m/s (95 kt)
Radius of probability circle 110 km (60 NM)
Storm warning area ALL 190 km (100 NM)
Intensity
TD
Center position of probability circle N12°35′ (12.6°)
E105°10′ (105.2°)
Direction and speed of movement W 20 km/h (12 kt)
Central pressure 1004 hPa
Radius of probability circle 200 km (110 NM)

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Analysis positions and Intensities

Local time (GMT+7)

Date

Position

Classification

Maximum sustained wind

1 Friday, November 03, 2017 12.9 114.5 STS 93 km/hour

Forecast positions and Intensities

Local time (GMT+7)

Date

Position

Classification

Maximum sustained wind

1 Saturday, November 04, 2017 12.2 110.3 TY 120 km/hour
1 Sunday, November 05, 2017 12.1 105.3 TD 46 km/hour
13 Sunday, November 05, 2017 12.0 103.1 Low 37 km/hour
Notes for the picture:
Areas of probability wind greater than 6 Beauforts
Areas of probability wind greater than 10 Beauforts
Possible passing areas of TC center
Past positions of TC
Forecast positions of TC
Past positions of TD
Forecast positions of TD
*The next Forecast Track Map will be issued by 5:00 AM Friday, November 03, 2017
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Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Tropical Storm 28W (Damrey) Warning #05
Issued at 02/2100Z

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WTPN31 PGTW 022100
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING//
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1. TROPICAL STORM 28W (DAMREY) WARNING NR 005
01 ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE IN NORTHWESTPAC
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS BASED ON ONE-MINUTE AVERAGE
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY

WARNING POSITION:
021800Z — NEAR 12.7N 114.3E
MOVEMENT PAST SIX HOURS – 270 DEGREES AT 09 KTS
POSITION ACCURATE TO WITHIN 040 NM
POSITION BASED ON CENTER LOCATED BY SATELLITE
PRESENT WIND DISTRIBUTION:
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 055 KT, GUSTS 070 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS – 035 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
025 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
030 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
035 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 095 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
065 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
055 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
090 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
REPEAT POSIT: 12.7N 114.3E

FORECASTS:
12 HRS, VALID AT:
030600Z — 12.4N 112.3E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 065 KT, GUSTS 080 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 064 KT WINDS – 030 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
020 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
020 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
025 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS – 040 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
030 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
025 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
040 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 120 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
070 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
100 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
150 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 24 HR POSIT: 260 DEG/ 10 KTS

24 HRS, VALID AT:
031800Z — 12.1N 110.3E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 080 KT, GUSTS 100 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
RADIUS OF 064 KT WINDS – 030 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
020 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
020 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
025 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 050 KT WINDS – 045 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
030 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
025 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
045 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
RADIUS OF 034 KT WINDS – 135 NM NORTHEAST QUADRANT
085 NM SOUTHEAST QUADRANT
100 NM SOUTHWEST QUADRANT
155 NM NORTHWEST QUADRANT
VECTOR TO 36 HR POSIT: 270 DEG/ 12 KTS

36 HRS, VALID AT:
040600Z — 12.0N 107.8E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 055 KT, GUSTS 070 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 48 HR POSIT: 270 DEG/ 13 KTS

EXTENDED OUTLOOK:
48 HRS, VALID AT:
041800Z — 12.0N 105.1E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATING AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER LAND
VECTOR TO 72 HR POSIT: 265 DEG/ 11 KTS

72 HRS, VALID AT:
051800Z — 11.5N 100.8E
MAX SUSTAINED WINDS – 020 KT, GUSTS 030 KT
WIND RADII VALID OVER OPEN WATER ONLY
DISSIPATED AS A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE OVER WATER

REMARKS:
022100Z POSITION NEAR 12.6N 113.8E.
TROPICAL STORM 28W (DAMREY), LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 401 NM EAST-
SOUTHEAST OF DA NANG, VIETNAM, HAS TRACKED WESTWARD AT 09 KNOTS
OVER THE PAST SIX HOURS.
MAXIMUM SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHT AT 021800Z IS 16 FEET. NEXT
WARNINGS AT 030300Z, 030900Z, 031500Z AND 032100Z.
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TROPICAL STORM RISK (TSR)

NW Pacific: Storm Alert issued at 2 Nov, 2017 18:00 GMT

Tropical Storm DAMREY is currently located near 12.7 N 114.3 E with maximum 1-min sustained winds of 55kts (63 mph). DAMREY is forecast to affect land to the following likelihood(s) at the given lead time(s):

Yellow Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Vietnam
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 30% in about 36 hours
        probability for TS is 95% in about 24 hours
    Cambodia
        probability for TS is 60% in about 36 hours
Yellow Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Tuy Hoa (13.1 N, 109.3 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 24 hours
        probability for TS is 90% in about 24 hours
    Nha Trang (12.2 N, 109.2 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 20% in about 36 hours
        probability for TS is 90% in about 24 hours
    Qui Nhon (13.8 N, 109.2 E)
        probability for TS is 85% in about 24 hours
    Phan Rang (11.6 N, 109.0 E)
        probability for CAT 1 or above is 10% in about 36 hours
        probability for TS is 75% in about 24 hours
    Kon Tum (14.3 N, 108.0 E)
        probability for TS is 55% in about 36 hours

Green Alert Country(s) or Province(s)
    Laos
        probability for TS is 45% in about 36 hours
    Thailand
        probability for TS is 35% in about 48 hours
Green Alert City(s) and Town(s)
    Kracheh (12.5 N, 106.0 E)
        probability for TS is 50% in about 48 hours
    Phan Thiet (10.9 N, 108.1 E)
        probability for TS is 50% in about 36 hours
    Quang Ngai (15.1 N, 108.8 E)
        probability for TS is 45% in about 36 hours
    Phnom Penh (11.6 N, 104.8 E)
        probability for TS is 40% in about 48 hours
    Ho Chi Minh City (10.8 N, 106.7 E)
        probability for TS is 35% in about 36 hours
    Siemreab (13.4 N, 103.9 E)
        probability for TS is 35% in about 48 hours

Note that
Yellow Alert (Elevated) is CAT 1 or above to between 10% and 30% probability, or TS to above 50% probability.
Green Alert (Low) is TS to between 31% and 50% probability.
CAT 1 means Typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph, 119 km/h or 64 knots 1-min sustained.
TS means Tropical Storm strength winds of at least 39 mph, 63 km/h or 34 knots 1-min sustained.

 

For graphical forecast information and further details please visit http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/

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METAREA11 / TYPHOON_WARNING_JAPAN / 022100

WTJP31 RJTD 022100
WARNING 022100.
WARNING VALID 032100.
TYPHOON WARNING.
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM 1723 DAMREY (1723) 985 HPA
AT 13.0N 114.4E SOUTH CHINA SEA MOVING WEST 11 KNOTS.
POSITION FAIR.
MAX WINDS 55 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.
RADIUS OF OVER 50 KNOT WINDS 40 MILES.
RADIUS OF OVER 30 KNOT WINDS 240 MILES NORTHWEST SEMICIRCLE AND 180
MILES ELSEWHERE.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 030900UTC AT 12.5N 112.0E WITH 40 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
980 HPA, MAX WINDS 60 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.
FORECAST POSITION FOR 032100UTC AT 12.4N 109.7E WITH 60 MILES RADIUS
OF 70 PERCENT PROBABILITY CIRCLE.
975 HPA, MAX WINDS 65 KNOTS NEAR CENTER.

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UK: Storm Aileen to bring very strong winds across much of England and Wales during Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning – Published 12 Sep 2017 1425z (GMT/UTC)

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Storm Aileen is the first storm to be named since this seasons names were released last week and it will bring strong winds to central parts of the UK.

A deepening area of low pressure will bring very strong winds across much of England and Wales during Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. An Amber National Severe Weather Warning is in place, warning of gusts of 55-65 mph in particular across parts of Cheshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.  Gusts up to around 75mph gusts could also be possible in exposed locations such as the coast and hills in these areas.

A Yellow weather warning for rain is also in place for parts of Northern Ireland, Northern England and Southern Scotland which warns of 30-40mm of rain falling within 6-9 hours which could cause some disruption.

Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: “Storm Aileen is expected to bring strong winds of up to 75mph to a central segment of the UK and an Amber weather warning has been issued. As well as the strong winds, there will be some heavy rain pushing eastwards overnight which could see accumulations of 30-40mm. The low pressure system that is bringing these strong winds will move fairly swiftly from west to east over the UK and although there will still be some disruption through Wednesday morning, the winds will ease by the afternoon leaving a day of blustery showers.”

Richard Leonard, road safety spokesperson at Highways England, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds expected from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning. In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

There has been some speculation that this weather is being driven by the severe weather in the Caribbean and US. There is no such connection. Met Office Deputy Meteorologist Chris Tubbs said: “There are no links between the very strong winds we expect to see here in the UK and the hurricanes affecting the United States and the Caribbean at present. This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes”.

As Storm Aileen clears out eastwards into the North Sea, the UK will be left with cool showery conditions through the end of the week and into the weekend. The showers will still be blustery on Thursday with the winds easing as we get closer to the weekend. Within the showers there will be some periods of brightness although it will still feel cool across the whole of the UK with top temperatures only reaching 18-19°C

You can find out the current forecast in your area using their forecast pages and by following the Met Office on Twitter and Facebook, as well as using their mobile app which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store. Source: UK Met Office

AMBER WARNING of WIND for north Wales. northern parts of The Midlands, southern parts of northern England and the northern fringes of East Anglia.

Between 00:05 Wed 13th and 06:00 Wed 13th

Storm Aileen will bring a brief spell of very strong westerly winds with gusts of 65-75 mph during the early hours of Wednesday. Longer journey times by road, rail and air are looking likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. Damage to trees and perhaps buildings, as well as power cuts are expected. Flying debris and large coastal waves are possible, and these could lead to injuries.

YELLOW WARNING of WIND for Wales, The Midlands, southern parts of northern England, southwest England and southeast England.

Between 20:00 Tue 12th and 10:00 Wed 13th

Storm Aileen is expected to bring very strong winds with gusts of 50-60 mph on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The worst of the winds, with gusts to 65-75 mph, are expected to be across North Wales, southern parts of Northern England, the North Midlands and Norfolk, for which area a separate Amber warning is being issued. Longer journey times by road, rail and air are likely, with restrictions on roads and bridges. There is also a chance of power cuts, and damage to trees and perhaps buildings. Along windward-facing coasts, some wave overtopping is possible.

YELLOW WARNING of RAIN for southern parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.

Between 17:00 Tue 12th and 08:00 Wed 13th

Heavy rain is expected later on Tuesday and early on Wednesday. This may cause flooding on the transport network, with spray and difficult driving conditions due to the combination of rain and wind. There is also a small chance of flooding affecting homes and businesses. Note also the possibility of strong winds in the south of the area – please see separate warnings.

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Iceland: Hekla volcano could be ready for another eruption, measurements suggest – Published 30 Mar 2017 1730z (GMT/UTC)

Mount Hekla Volcano

“More pressure is in the magma chambers underneath the mountain than before the last two eruptions in 1991 and 2000” says geophysicist Pall Einarsson at the University of Iceland

 

Mount Hekla

“Most measurements that we have today indicate that Hekla is ready for an eruption, but we do not know what factor will set the eruption off,” says geophysicist Pall Einarsson at the University of Iceland. More pressure is in the magma chambers underneath the mountain than before the last two eruptions in 1991 and 2000. It’s however impossible to say whether a Hekla eruption is to be expected soon or not, as eruptions come without much warning and with little correlation to other volcanic or earthquake activities in South Iceland. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the greatest Hekla eruption known to man, which lasted 13 months. There have been five eruptions in Mount Hekla since 1970.

RSOE March 30 2017 12:35 PM (UTC).

“1991

On January 17th Helka violently erupted with a cloud of ash and tephra that reached an altitude of 39,360 ft. (12 km). During this eruption a summit fissure and a main crater were created and from these lava flows extended down the southeastern and northwestern slopes. Lava fountains in these craters reached a height of 984 ft. (300m). This eruption continued until March 11th when activity once again died down”. – volcano.oregonstate.edu

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“2000

A lava field on Hekla in July 2000

The most recent eruption was relatively short, it started at 18:18 on 26 February 2000 and lasted until 8 March. It was a VEI3 eruption producing a lava volume of 0.189 km3 DRE[38] / 0.29 km3[12] and 107 m3 of tephra.[12] The eruption went through four phases:

  1. initial explosive stage
  2. fire fountains
  3. bursts of Strombolian eruption
  4. effusion of lava[38]

Eruption activity was at a maximum in the first hour and by the first night the fissure on Hekla had opened to a length of 6–7 km. The steam column rose to a height of almost 15 km and ash was transported to Grímsey.[39] During this eruption, a NASA DC-8 aeroplane accidentally flew through the plume with all instruments switched on, resulting in unprecedented measurement of a young volcanic plume.[40]

Up until this eruption, it had always been assumed that Hekla was incapable of producing the most dangerous of volcanic phenomena, the pyroclastic flow. In January 2003, however, a team from the Norvol Institute in Reykjavík, under the leadership of Dr. Ármann Höskuldsson, reported that they found traces of a pyroclastic flow, roughly 5 km long, stretching down the side of the mountain. This will call for a reappraisal of volcanic eruptions of the basic rock type, which up to now were generally thought not to produce large pyroclastic flows. It will also require that the public and curious spectators who always rush to the scene at the start of a new outbreak, be kept much further away from the volcanic activity than was thought necessary during previous outbreaks.

Future eruptions

Steam at the summit of Hekla

In January 2010 there were reports of patches near to the summit not covered with snow[41] and that the lava chamber pressure had reached levels similar to those before Hekla last erupted[42] however no eruption subsequently occurred.

International media reported activity that is interpreted as being close to another eruption in July 2011[43] while Icelandic news sources claimed otherwise.[44] The Icelandic state news web site, ruv.is, regularly warns travellers of imminent eruptions.[45][46][47]

In March 2013 a Civil Protection State of Uncertainty was issued due to an unusual cluster of seven micro-earthquakes at a depth of approximately 11 km, to the NE of the volcano, although there were no signs of ground deformation.[48] People were warned against travelling to the mountain, and the air traffic surveillance level was increased to yellow temporarily.[49][50] In April the volcano underwent unusual rapid inflation, particularly in the northern region of the volcano, that some commentators regarded as making an imminent eruption more likely.[51][52]”

For  more see:

Icelandic Meteorological Office

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

volcano.oregonstate.edu

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Europe: Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany & closed a motorway, due to asylum seekers – Published 10 Sept 2015 1414z (GMT/UTC)

Denmark has suspended all rail links with Germany after police stopped hundreds of migrants at the border. Danish police also closed a motorway between the two countries when some asylum seekers began walking north after being forced off a train. They say their destination is Sweden.

As the EU struggles with a major migrant crisis, the European Commission has proposed that 120,000 additional asylum seekers should be shared out between members, using binding quotas.

Denmark’s DSB rail operator said trains to and from Germany had been suspended for an indefinite period because of exceptional passport checks.

Two trains carrying more than 200 migrants are being held in Rodby, a major port with ferry links to Germany. Danish police say many migrants are refusing to leave the trains because they do not want to be registered in Denmark.

Police also closed part of the E45 motorway – the main road link between Germany and Denmark – after about 300 migrants left another train and set off on foot towards Sweden near the border town of Padborg.

Sweden has become a top destination for refugees after it promised to issue residency papers to all Syrian asylum seekers. Denmark’s new centre-right government has promised to get tough on immigration.

Since its election in June it has slashed benefits for new arrivals and restricted the right to residency. About 3,000 migrants have entered the country since the weekend. Prime Minister Lars Lokke-Rasmussen said Denmark was under pressure as asylum seekers arrive on their way to Sweden.

“This clearly shows that what we are facing right now is not only a refugee problem, it is also a migration problem,” he said. A surge of migrants fleeing conflict and hardship in Africa and the Middle East has pushed north through Europe over the past few weeks.

Many of those escaping the civil war in Syria have travelled from Turkey across the sea to Greece, through Macedonia and Serbia, and then to Hungary from where they aim to reach northern Europe.

On Wednesday European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced plans for a “swift, determined and comprehensive” response through a quota system.

In a “state of the union” annual address, he said tackling the crisis was “a matter of humanity and human dignity”. “It’s 160,000 refugees in total that Europeans have to take into their arms and I really hope that this time everyone will be on board,” Mr Juncker told the European Parliament. The new plans would relocate 60% of those now in Italy, Greece and Hungary to Germany, France and Spain.

The numbers allocated to each country would depend on GDP, population, unemployment rate and asylum applications already processed. Countries refusing to take in migrants could face financial penalties.

Thursday, 10 September, 2015 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC RSOE

Switzerland: Two trains have collided in Rafz injuring up to 50 people – Published 200215 0900z (GMT/UTC)

Early report:

Two trains slammed into each other in the Swiss town of Rafz north of Zurich early on Friday, leaving passengers injured and train carriages upturned, police and media said. “There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman, without providing other details. The collision occurred at the train station at Rafz, a town some 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Zurich, overturning train carriages, local media reported. Ambulances have rushed to the scene and service on the train line between the towns of Bulach and Schaffhouse has been suspended.

Friday, 20 February, 2015 at 08:23 (08:23 AM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

SKY NEWS 08:37, UK, Friday 20 February 2015:

‘Dozens Hurt’ In Swiss Train Collision

Reports say up to 50 people have been injured in a “serious” collision between a high speed train and a local service near Zurich.

Two trains have collided in Switzerland injuring up to 50 people, according to reports.

The collision happened at the train station in the Swiss town of Rafz, around 30 km (19 miles) north of Zurich.

The crash was between a commuter train and a a high-speed train on its way from Zurich to Stuttgart.

Eyewitnesses said the high-speed train hit the other from behind.

“There was an accident this morning, it’s serious, there are injured,” a police spokeswoman said.

“Ambulances from all regions have been mobilised,” she added.

One rescue worker said as many as 49 people had been injured.

A passenger on the local train told the 20 Minutes newspaper that his train had been pulling out of the station when the driver braked suddenly.

“An express train from Zurich came up from behind and hit the side of our train – the intercity train derailed,” said the man, who did not give his name.

The 18-year-old went on to say that passengers had quickly been evacuated from the trains, both of which were “quite damaged”.

Rail services have been suspended.

The Swiss rail service is generally admired for its safety and efficiency – the Swiss are the biggest user of trains in Europe.

Train collision in Rafz: Several partly seriously injured

02/20/2015 07:39 – by: sda

“On Friday morning, two trains collided in Rafz train station in the canton of Zurich. According to initial information, the Zurich cantonal police at least five people were injured. A hard thereof.

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At 6.45 clock there had been a collision in Rafz Station, said a police spokeswoman sda. A large contingent of rescue teams is on site. The Rega has been alerted. The exact extent and cause of the accident were still unclear at the moment, said SBB spokesman Wehrle.

Apparently both trains were traveling in the same direction. An eyewitness reported versus 20 minutes that the train had set off from the Bahnhof Rafz. Shortly after the train station, the train had stopped. This was followed by the express and collided with the side of the train. Several cars derailed trains both.

The conflict has an impact on the rail. According to the SBB line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. The Intercity connections between Zurich and Stuttgart will be diverted via Winterthur.

The line Bülach-Schaffhausen is interrupted train services. On this route run the S-Bahn lines 5 and 22, and the express trains Zurich-Schaffhausen. ” – http://www.toponline.ch (Translated by Google)

Java Sea: AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore – Two big objects found. Total bodies recovered is 30. – Updated 030115 0710z (GMT/UTC)

Published on Jan 3, 2015 11:34 AM

PANGKALAN BUN/JAKARTA – Two big objects were found in the search for Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 on Saturday, as indonesia’s transport ministry said the plane was flying on an unauthorised schedule when it disappeared.

The airline was not permitted to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays and had not asked to change its schedule.

Meantime, the two objects spotted on Saturday are about 30 metres under water and located near an oil slick spotted on Friday, said Mr Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas. The larger of the objects was around 10m by 5m.

“With the discovery of an oil spill and two big parts of the aircraft, I can assure you these are the parts of the AirAsia plane we have been looking for,” he said.

“We are lowering a ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) underwater to get an actual picture of the objects detected on the sea floor. All are at the depth of 30m,” Mr Soelistyo said, adding that a strong current was making it difficult to operate the ROV.

Three vessels sent out to a sea area where the oil slick was spotted located the “two objects…that are close to each other,” said Mr Soelistyo. One of the three vessels was Singapore’s Navy ship RSS Persistence, he added.

The transport ministry said on Friday night that the AirAsia plane was travelling at a flight time that had not been cleared by officials. It was not permitted to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sundays.

“It violated the route permit given, the schedule given, that’s the problem,” director-general of air transport Djoko Murjatmodjo said.

He added that AirAsia’s permit for the route has been frozen until investigations are completed.

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Sea conditions remain rough on Saturday

The sea in the search area was still rough on Saturday, with waves reaching a height of 4m.

Malaysia’s Chief of Navy Abdul Aziz Jaafar said in a tweet that visibility was about 8 nautical miles with wind speed of 20-30 knots. He said a search area with a dimension of 57 by 10 nautical miles had been established.

Small pieces of the aircraft and other debris have been found so far, but there has been no sign of the crucial voice and flight data recorders – the so-called black boxes that investigators hope will unravel the sequence of events in the cockpit during the doomed jet’s final minutes.

Indonesia said on Friday that recovery teams recovered 30 bodies, including some strapped in their seats, and spotted debris resembling parts of the tail.

The navy picked up at least five bodies wearing seat belts and found the debris by sonar, Colonel Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV.

“Our team found what we suspect is a fraction of the aircraft tail,” The colonel said on Friday. “It was at the bottom of the sea, at 29 meters deep.”

Oil spill was also found in the red zone which has been given priority in the search. The zone is close to Kumai Bay.

Of the 30 bodies recovered, four have been identified. Police said three Indonesians, including stewardess Khairunnisa Haidar, passengers Grayson Herbert Linaksita and Kevin Alexander Soetjipto, were identified based on their fingerprints and medical records.

International experts from France, Singapore and Indonesia equipped with sophisticated acoustic detection gear joined the teams at the suspected crash site off Borneo, bolstering the search for the Airbus A320-200’s black box flight recorders.

But strong wind and heavy seas hindered divers’ search for the fuselage of the plane, which went down on Sunday en route from Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board. No survivors have been found.

The plane had gone missing on Dec 28, 2014, and debris were found three days later in the waters south of Kalimantan region.

Given that the plane crashed in shallow seas, experts say finding the boxes should not be difficult if the beacons, with a range of 2,000 to 3,000 metres, are working.

Toos Sanitiyoso, an air safety investigator with the National Committee for Transportation Safety, said he hoped the black box flight data and voice recorders could be found within a week, suggesting there was still doubt over the plane’s location.

“The main thing is to find the main area of the wreckage and then the black box,” he told reporters.  None of the tell-tale black box “pings” had been detected, he said.

Investigators are working on a theory that the plane went into a stall as it climbed steeply to avoid a storm about 40 minutes into the flight. Experts also said that initial information point ot the possibility that the aircraft may have managed to land on sea but could have been overcome by high seas, AFP reported.

AirAsia QZ8501 search areas

Was the plane flying too slowly, too steeply?

The plane disappeared on Sunday morning after it failed to get permission to fly higher to avoid bad weather because of heavy air traffic. It was flying from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

The plane was travelling at 32,000 feet and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet. When air traffic controllers granted permission for a rise to 34,000 feet a few minutes later, they received no response.

Radar data being examined by investigators appeared to show that the Airbus A320 made an “unbelievably” steep climb before it crashed, possibly pushing it beyond the aircraft’s limits, a source familiar with the probe’s initial findings said on Wednesday.

The data was transmitted before the aircraft disappeared from the screens of air traffic controllers in Jakarta on Sunday, added the source, who declined to be identified. “So far, the numbers taken by the radar are unbelievably high. This rate of climb is very high, too high. It appears to be beyond the performance envelope of the aircraft,” he said.

Online discussion among pilots has centred on unconfirmed secondary radar data from Malaysia that suggested the aircraft was climbing at a speed of 353 knots, about 100 knots too slow, and that it might have stalled.

Investigators are focusing initially on whether the crew took too long to request permission to climb, or could have ascended on their own initiative earlier, said a source close to the inquiry, adding that poor weather could have played a part as well.

A Qantas pilot with 25 years of experience flying in the region said the discovery of the debris field relatively close to the last known radar plot of the plane pointed to an aerodynamic stall. One possibility is that the plane’s instruments iced up, giving the pilots inaccurate readings.

The Indonesian captain, a former air force fighter pilot, had 6,100 flying hours under his belt and the plane last underwent maintenance in mid-November, said the airline, which is 49 per cent owned by Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia.

AirAsia QZ8501 debris

Did the aircraft manage to ditch?

The Airbus A320-200 had disappeared from radar over the Java Sea during a storm, but it failed to send the transmissions normally emitted when a plane crashes or is submerged.

Experts say this suggests the experienced former air force pilot, Captain Iriyanto, conducted an emergency water landing which did not have a destructive impact.

“The emergency locator transmitter (ELT) would work on impact, be that land, sea or the sides of a mountain, and my analysis is it didn’t work because there was no major impact during landing,” said Dudi Sudibyo, a senior editor of aviation magazine Angkasa.  “The pilot managed to land it on the sea’s surface,” he added.

“The conclusions I have come to so far are that the plane did not blow up mid-air, and it did not suffer an impact when it hit a surface, because if it did so then the bodies would not be intact,” Chappy Hakim, a former air force commander, told AFP.

The fuselage is also thought to be largely intact after aerial searchers saw a “shadow” on the seabed, where operations are now being focused.  An emergency exit door and an inflatable slide were among the first items recovered by the search team, suggesting the first passengers may have started the evacuation process once the plane landed on water.

Former transport minister Jusman Syafii Djamal was convinced the discovery of the floating exit door meant “someone had opened it”.  Passengers may have been waiting for a flight attendant to inflate a life raft when a high wave hit the nose and sank the plane, Djamal added.  “High waves may have hit the plane, the nose, and sunk the plane.”

Flight safety standards require that all passengers can be evacuated from a plane in 90 seconds.  The cause and more details of the crash will remain unclear until investigators find the all-important black boxes, which will answer questions such as why the underwater locator beacon did not work.

Three airline disasters involving Malaysian-affiliated carriers in less than a year have dented confidence in the country’s aviation industry and spooked travellers.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing in March on a trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew and has not been found. On July 17, the same airline’s Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

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Indonesia AirAsia is a joint venture 49 per cent owned by Malaysia-based AirAsia group, which is run by feisty entrepreneur Tony Fernandes.

The group counts affiliates in Thailand, the Philippines and India, and had not suffered a crash since its Malaysian budget operations began in 2002.

Bodies Found In AirAsia Missing Plane Search

Indonesian television shows bodies floating in the water as search teams report seeing a plane-shaped shadow on the sea bed.

11:58, UK, Tuesday 30 December 2014

Video: AirAsia Search: Bodies Spotted

At least 40 bodies and wreckage including a plane door and oxygen tanks have been recovered in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501.

The bodies – which were not wearing life jackets – have been brought on board a navy ship, said Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi.

Local television broadcast pictures of the bodies floating in the sea.

AirAsia flight QZ8501

Search teams have been focussing on an area in the Java Sea

“The warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now,” said a navy spokesman.

They were found in the Java Sea about six miles (10km) from where the plane last communicated with air traffic control.

Search chief SB Supriyadi also said an air force Hercules had “found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane”.

Objects spotted earlier have also been confirmed as wreckage from the plane and some have been taken away by helicopter for testing.

AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said he was rushing to the scene and wrote on Twitter: “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501.

“On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

The Airbus A320-200 disappeared from radar on Sunday morning, on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

There were 162 people on board, including one British man, Hull-born Chi Man Choi, and his two-year-old daughter.

The aircraft’s last request – to climb higher to avoid a storm – was turned down.

Minutes later it fell off the radar without giving any distress call.

Geoffrey Thomas, editor of AirlineRatings.com, told Sky News: “We have a radar plot which shows the plane actually climbing through 36,300ft – it wasn’t given permission to do that.

“It also shows that its speed had decayed by 134mph and dropped dramatically to a level where it couldn’t sustain flight.”

Some 30 ships and 21 aircraft from South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia have been involved in searching 10,000 nautical miles of ocean.

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Nepal: At least 35 killed, 54 injured in bus accidents in Western Region & Bheri Zone – Published 081214 1010z (GMT/UTC)

Accident 1

The death toll in Surkhet accident where a bus veered off the road at Pokharikanda-9, on the Karnali Highway has reached 18.

Police said that 14 persons died on the spot while four others breathed their last while receiving treatment. The ill-fated bus (Na 4 Kha 6857), veered off the road and plunged some 500 metres at Kalikhola at around 6:45pm on Sunday. The vehicle was on its way to Tikapur, Kailali, from Kalikot. Surkhet Police Chief SP Rajesh Lal Karna informed that initial investigation showed that the bus with seat capacity of 38, was overloaded with 68 passengers, which caused the vehicle’s brake to fail resulting into the accident. The police have be able to identify 10 of the deceased. Fourty nine persons are injured in the accident. Among the injured, 20 are receiving medical treatment at Surkhet Regional Hospital, 6 are being treated at Maya Nursing Home and another 8 injured passengers are receiving treatments at Deuki Nursing Home. The injured claimed that the driver’s assistant had been driving when the accident happened. Most of the passengers were from Kalikot and Bajura, on their way to India for work.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC RSOE

“The death toll in Surkhet bus accident of Sunday night has reached 18. Ten of them have been identified, said police on Monday, December 8, 2014.

The dead, who have been identified, include: Lalbire Darji, Durga Bista, Dil Sarki, Lal Darji, Manaraj Bista, Ram Darji, Pankhe Sarki and Pane Sarki of Gotri VDC, Bajura.

Similarly, bus driver Min Bahadur Budha of Chhinchu, Surkhet and conductor Bhabi Khatri have been identified.

The bus plated Na 4 Kha 6857 was heading from Jitegaida of Kalikot to Kailali. The bus plunged 700 metres down to a stream Kali Khola at Pokhari Danda, Surkhet due to overload of passengers.

More than 50 people injured in the accident were rushed to hospitals in Surkhet and some were taken to Nepalgunj.

The bus initially carried 36 passengers when it left Kalikot but it took more passengers on the way and that was the reason for the accident, according to police.” – nepalnews.com

Accident 2

An overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more, police said Monday.

Police official Kesh Bahadur Shahi said the bus veered off the road near Pokharakada village Sunday night and rolled 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) down a slope. Rescuers pulled out 14 bodies while three more died at a hospital. There were 67 people on the bus, which had 38 seats. The bus was driving on a narrow mountain road during the night when the accident happened about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu. Rescuers worked all night to help the injured passengers and bring the bodies to the main road, police said. The injured are recovering in hospitals in nearby towns and a dozen of them are in critical condition, they said. Bus accidents in Nepal are generally blamed on poorly maintained vehicles and roads.

Monday, 08 December, 2014 at 03:58 (03:58 AM) UTC

UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 20 Aug 2014 1930z (GMT/UTC)

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Europe: Severe weather inc tornadoes forecast for E France and S Germany (Estofex) – Published 250814 2215z (GMT/UTC)

European forecaster Estofex issues level 2 Storm Forecast for E France and S Germany…..

Storm Forecast

Forecast provided by ESTOFEX

Storm Forecast
Valid: Tue 26 Aug 2014 06:00 to Wed 27 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 25 Aug 2014 21:17
Forecaster: SCHLENCZEK

A level 2 was issued for E France and S Germany mainly for tornadoes and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for NE/E France, Belgium, Luxembourg, S-central Germany and W Czech mainly for severe wind gusts and to a lesser extent for tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for S UK for a chance of tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of the North Sea and Baltic Sea for spout-type tornadoes.

SYNOPSIS / DISCUSSION

… SE UK, NE / E France, SW / central Germany …

A dissipating low pressure system over the British Isles which continues eastwards advects warm and unstable air into W / central Europe. A few hundred J/kg of SBCAPE are forecast consistently in the warm sector by the past runs of GFS and ECMWF, at least partly overlapping with 15 – 25 m/s of 0-6 km bulk shear. T/Td is forecast around 20/16 °C for SW Germany which leads to low LCL heights. Convection should fire up in the late morning / early afternoon hours even though there is some subsidence over the central parts of Germany from the upper ridge. Combined with enhanced LL shear and SRH1, this may allow a few tornadoes. Further north, LL shear is weaker but the background wind field should be intense enough to support isolated severe wind gusts mainly from downward transfer of momentum. Local heavy precipitation is possible but fast storm motion should preclude a risk of flooding in most cases.

Over UK, there is very weak LL shear forecast in the afternoon hours but a weak background flow should support some spout-type tornadoes.

… N Germany, Denmark, N Poland, S Scandinavia and Baltic Sea region…

Sufficient buoyancy and weak background winds enhance the chance for long-lasting convergent flow in the vicinity of convective storms and may lead to funnels which could end up in spout-type tornadoes. The greatest chance for landspouts / waterspouts exists around Denmark and N Poland. Further north, deep layer shear is also quite weak but the stronger background flow will likely disturb the formation of funnels / tornadoes.

Some regions with locally enhanced LL shear exist over Finland but overall instability is likely too low to support a tornado threat covered by a LVL1.

… NW Italy and Mediterranean Sea…

A plume of unstable air is advected from the Balearic Islands towards Italy. It will likely remain strongly capped but in case of convective initiation, isolated storms may profit from 20 – 25 m/s of 0-6 km bulk shear and could develop mesocyclones. Overall threat is likely too marginal for a threat level as the capping inversion is likely too strong for storm development.

 

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UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 25 Aug 2014 1717z (GMT/UTC)

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Pilot lost control after artificial arm detached

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A Flybe pilot lost control of an aircraft after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, according to an accident report.

The flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City airport in gutsy conditions on February 12.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the Dash 8 was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch report.

Flybe said the senior captain was one of its “most experienced and trusted pilots”, and the safety of passengers and crew had not been compromised in any way.

Shortly before beginning to land the aircraft, the 46-year-old had checked that his prosthetic lower left arm was securely attached to the clamp that he used to fly the aircraft, with the latching…

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Ebola Pandemic Reports – A Possible World Nightmare

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Since last week when we wrote about the Ebola outbreak in context of a biololgical weapon – as well as the nightmare scenario it could bring upon the world given our criss-crossing global airlines system, Ebola Biological Warfare – A Pandemic Nightmare, the deadly virus appears to be expanding even more out of control while even the mainstream media is now widely reporting on it.

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China: City of Yumen sealed off, 151 people quarantined, after Bubonic Plague death – Published 230714 1111z

Plague kills man in NW China

LANZHOU, July 18 (Xinhua) — A 38-year-old man in northwest China’s Gansu Province has died of plague, local authorities said.

The case was reported in Yumen City under the jurisdiction of Jiuquan City, the Jiuquan government said on Thursday. The man, who died on Wednesday, had been in contact with a dead marmot, which is of the squirrel family.

A total of 151 people who had close contact with the man have been put in quarantine and are under medical observation. None of them has reported syndromes of the disease so far, according to the local government.

The National Health and Family Planning Commission has sent disease prevention and control specialists to Yumen to prevent the plague from spreading.

Plague is categorized as a Class A infectious disease, the most serious under China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases.

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Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death

30,000 residents of Yumen are not being allowed to leave and 151 people have been placed in quarantine after man’s death
  • theguardian.com, Tuesday 22 July 2014 12.59 BST

A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people have been placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said.

The 30,000 residents of Yumen, in the north-western province of Gansu, are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of the city are telling motorists to find alternative routes, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

A 38-year-old man died last Wednesday, the report said, after he had been in contact with a dead marmot, a small furry animal related to the squirrel. No further plague cases have been reported.

CCTV said officials were not allowing anyone to leave. The China Daily newspaper said four quarantine sectors had been set up in the city.

“The city has enough rice, flour and oil to supply all its residents for up to one month,” CCTV added. “Local residents and those in quarantine are all in stable condition.” No further cases have been reported.

Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection best known for the Black Death, a virulent epidemic that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. Primarily an animal illness, it is extremely rare in humans.

The US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) says modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague, but that without prompt treatment the disease can cause serious illness or death.

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Bubonic plague

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the disease in general. For information about the medieval European plague, see Black Death
Bubonic plague is a zoonotic disease, circulating mainly in fleas on small rodents, and is one of three types of bacterial infections caused by Yersinia pestis (formerly known as Pasteurella pestis), that belongs to the family Enterobacteriaceae. Without treatment, the bubonic plague kills about two thirds of infected humans within four days.

The term bubonic plague is derived from the Greek word βουβών, meaning “groin”. Swollen lymph nodes (buboes) especially occur in the armpit and groin in persons suffering from bubonic plague. Bubonic plague was often used synonymously for plague, but it does in fact refer specifically to an infection that enters through the skin and travels through the lymphatics, as is often seen in flea-borne infections.

Bubonic plague—along with the septicemic plague and the pneumonic plague, which are the two other manifestations of Y. pestis—is commonly believed to be the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.[1] Around the Mediterranean Region, summers seemed to be the season when the disease took place. While in Europe, people found the disease most occurring in the autumn.[2] Because the plague killed so many of the working population, wages rose and some historians have seen this as a turning point in European economic development.[3][4]

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Europe: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 2 for S Italy and Albania/Macedonia. Valid until Weds 180614 0600Z – Published 170614 1540z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast
Valid: Tue 17 Jun 2014 06:00 to Wed 18 Jun 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 16 Jun 2014 23:01
Forecaster: GATZEN

A level 2 was issued for southern Italy and Albania/Macedonia mainly for large hail, severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for northern Tunisia, central and southern Italy, Adriatic and northern Ionian Sea, northern Greece and southern Balkans into Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for eastern Iberia and the Gulf of Valencia mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.

SYNOPSIS

Atlantic high continues without a weakening tendency. Arctic air masses will spread into Scandinavia and western Russia at the eastern flank of this high. Polar air masses that have spread into most of Europe will warm in response to diurnal heating, and slightly decreasing moisture and lapse rates can be observed to the south-west of a new cold front that enters the Ukraine, Poland, and eastern Germany in the afternoon and evening hours. A few storms can develop especially below the axis of the long-wave trough from Germany across the Alps, southern France, into eastern Iberia.

Ahead of the long-wave trough, a west-south-westerly flow will establish from northern Tunisia to the Aegean and Black Sea region. An elevated mixed layer will spread into the east Mediterranean, affecting the Ionian and Aegean Sea. Weak frontogenesis to the south of Italy will additionally allow for moisture increase in the boundary-layer, but the capping inversion is forecast to remain quite strong.

DISCUSSION

Southern Italy and Adriatic, southern Balkans, Bulgaria and surroundings

Within the south-westerly jet, a jet streak ejects from the base of the long-wave trough and spreads across the east Mediterranean into Greece. Several vorticity maxima will travel into the forecast area on Tuesday.

The affected air mass is characterized by a rather cool boundary layer air mass with moisture pooling over some regions. Best moisture will evolve over southern Italy ahead of an approaching cold front as well as along a frontal boundary from Serbia to Bulgaria, where low-level convergence exists. Diurnal heating and increasing lapse rates will likely allow for CAPE during the day.

A few rounds of storms are expected to spread east on Tuesday, with widespread storms over central Italy and from the central Balkans to the Black Sea. With 20 m/s deep layer vertical wind shear, especially the southern regions will see well-organized storms, and supercells and bow echoes are forecast. Main threat will be large hail and severe wind gusts with these storms, although excessive rain and a tornado are not ruled out.

Further south, storm initiation is not that probable given the large inversion atop of the boundary-layer. Diurnal heating may support storms over southern Italy and parts of Greece, and some isolated supercells are forecast, capable of producing large hail. These storms may weaken after sunset.

Eastern Iberia

Along the sea-breeze convergence, easterly onshore-winds will allow for upslope flow and moisture advection over eastern Iberia. Steep lapse rates spreading east from the Iberian mountains will overlap with this moisture and CAPE is forecast. Initiation is most likely over the mountains and storms may move east later on. A capping inversion near the sea will likely limit the storm potential. However, near the sea-breeze convergence, 15 m/s deep layer vertical wind shear can support mesocyclones. Large hail will be possible with these storms as well as severe wind gusts, especially when storms will interact with deep boundary layers from the south-west. Convection is forecast to decay after sunset.

West Mediterranean

Near the base of the trough, rather rich low-level moisture and rather steep lapse rates will create some CAPE. Storms are forecast due to some low-level convergence and weal CIN. Given weak vertical wind shear, degree of organization will be weak over most places. Locally large hail and excessive precipitation are not ruled out with the slow moving storms. When clusters can develop, isolated wind reports are not ruled out as well.

The best potential for better storm organization exists south of the Balearic Islands. Stronger deep layer vertical wind shear is expected to support supercells or bow echoes, capable of producing large hail and severe wind gusts. The overall threat is rather weak, though, given the weak instability, low-level vertical wind shear, and lift.

Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Tue 17 Jun 2014 14:00 to Tue 17 Jun 2014 17:00 UTC
Issued: Tue 17 Jun 2014 14:39
Forecaster: PISTOTNIK

Convective initiation is currently concentrating along a seabreeze / upslope flow convergence over Central Italy. Coastal areas see dewpoints between 19 and 22C, which yields CAPE values between 1000 and 1500 J/kg according to the 12 UTC Brindisi and (modified) Pratica di Mare soundings.

In the Northern half of the area, deep-layer shear decreases and the background flow starts turning to the Northeast, pushing the convergence zone towards the West coast. Satellite imagery confirms some backbuilding multicells, which pose a risk of heavy rain and large hail.
Further South, storms are stationary or even moving Eastward, and deep-layer shear around 20 m/s beneath the mid-level jetstreak enables good organisation into multi- and supercells. Very low cloud bases and strong low-level shear in the sea breeze regime along the italian East coast hint at a remarkably enhanced tornado risk (refer to the recent Bari metars with 24/22C and Northeasterly surface winds around 7 m/s). Otherwise, large hail and severe wind gusts are possible, as well as flash flood producing rain in case of backbuilding.

Storms continue to travel eastward or form anew along a flow-parallel extension of this convergence line across the Southern Adriatic Sea into Northern Albania and Southern Montenegro. This pattern has already continued for 18 hours and has produced extreme flash floods in parts of Albania. This risk will still continue in the next hours. If stronger updrafts move onshore, all other kinds of severe weather are possible as well.

END

 

France: Severe Weather Warning – Orange Alert for Haute Garonne and Tarn – Published 020414 0730z

Orange Alert for Haute Garonne and Tarn 

Alerte orange pour la Haute Garonne et Tarn

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Meteoalarm

Regional Bulletin vigilance .
WEATHER CENTER INTER DE BORDEAUX
Number: 0204SO01
Issued: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 06:00
by Météo- France Bordeaux
Date and time of the next message: no later than Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00
Type of phenomenon
Wind.
Early event scheduled Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 13:00
End phenomenon provided Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 20:00
location
Early follow-up :
No department
Maintenance follow-up :
Haute- Garonne (31) and Tarn (81).
End of follow-up :
No department
description
Qualification of the phenomenon :
Autan relatively short episode , but requiring special vigilance given gusts expected.
Developments:
RAS .
Current situation :
The Southerly wind continues to slowly build since last night , gusts are generally of the order of 70 to 80 km / h but reach 97 km / h in Castres -Mazamet at 5am this morning.
Evolution provided :
By late morning , the wind Southerly wind strengthens significantly . In the afternoon , gusts reaching 100 to 110 km / h in Toulouse and plain on the south of the Tarn. Gusts of 110 to 120 km / h then relate Lauragais and Montagne Noire , especially between 13h and 17h , windiest period of the episode.
Mitigation is expected in late afternoon and evening gusts should gradually become everywhere below 100 km / h.
possible consequences
Wind / Orange
* Cuts electricity and telephone can affect the distribution networks for relatively long durations .
* Roofs and chimneys may be damaged.
* The tree branches may break. Vehicles can be deported.
* Road traffic may be disrupted , especially on secondary roads in forest areas .
* [ The infrastructure operating ski resorts is disturbed. ]
* Some damage can affect the distribution of electricity and telephone .
Behavioral counseling
Wind / Orange
* Limit your movement . Limit your speed in highway driving , especially if you drive a vehicle or hitch sensitive to the effects of wind.
* Do not walk in the woods [ and on the coast ] .
* In town , be alert to possible falling objects .
* Do not work on roofs and touch any electrical son fell to the ground.
* Store or attach objects sensitive to the effects of wind or likely to be damaged.
* Install essential to generators outdoors groups.
See the weather forecast on your department 31 – Haute-Garonne or region

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Bulletin de vigilance Régional.

CENTRE METEOROLOGIQUE INTERREGIONAL DE BORDEAUX

Numéro:0204SO01

 

Emis le : mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 06h00
par : Météo-France Bordeaux
Date et heure du prochain message : au plus tard le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 12h00

Type de phénomène


Vent.

Début d’évènement prévu le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 13h00
Fin de phénomène prévue le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 20h00

Localisation


Début de suivi pour :
Aucun département

Maintien de suivi pour :
Haute-Garonne (31) et Tarn (81).

Fin de suivi pour :
Aucun département

Description


Qualification du phénomène :
Épisode d’autan relativement bref, mais nécessitant une vigilance particulière compte tenu des rafales prévues.

Faits nouveaux :
RAS.

Situation actuelle :
L’Autan continue à lentement se renforcer depuis hier soir, les rafales restent généralement de l’ordre de 70 à 80 km/h mais atteignent 97 km/h à Castres-Mazamet à 5h ce matin.

Evolution prévue :
En fin de matinée, le vent d’Autan se renforce nettement. Dans l’après-midi, les rafales atteignent 100 à 110 km/h en plaine toulousaine et sur le sud du Tarn. Des rafales de 110 à 120 km/h concernent alors le Lauragais et la Montagne Noire, notamment entre 13h et 17h, période la plus ventée de l’épisode.
L’atténuation est attendue pour la fin d’après-midi, et en soirée les rafales devraient progressivement devenir partout inférieures à 100 km/h.

Conséquences possibles


Vent/Orange
* Des coupures d’électricité et de téléphone peuvent affecter les réseaux de distribution pendant des durées relativement importantes.
* Les toitures et les cheminées peuvent être endommagées.
* Des branches d’arbre risquent de se rompre. Les véhicules peuvent être déportés.
* La circulation routière peut être perturbée, en particulier sur le réseau secondaire en zone forestière.
* [Le fonctionnement des infrastructures des stations de ski est perturbé.]
* Quelques dégâts peuvent affecter les réseaux de distribution d’électricité et de téléphone.

Conseils de comportement


Vent/Orange
* Limitez vos déplacements. Limitez votre vitesse sur route et autoroute, en particulier si vous conduisez un véhicule ou attelage sensible aux effets du vent.
* Ne vous promenez pas en forêt [et sur le littoral].
* En ville, soyez vigilants face aux chutes possibles d’objets divers.
* N’intervenez pas sur les toitures et ne touchez en aucun cas à des fils électriques tombés au sol.
* Rangez ou fixez les objets sensibles aux effets du vent ou susceptibles d’être endommagés.
* Installez impérativement les groupes électrogènes à l’extérieur des bâtiments.

Italy: Sardinia hit by deadly Cyclone Cleopatra 17 dead; state of emergency declared – 191113 1350z

Italy – Current severe weather warnings (Meteoalarm)

Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly cyclone

Submerged cars are seen on a flooded street in San Gavino Monreale on Sardina island November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Rosaspress

Submerged cars are seen on a flooded street in San Gavino Monreale on Sardina island November 18, 2013. REUTERS/Rosaspress

By James Mackenzie

“ROME (Reuters) – At least 17 people have been killed in flooding and hundreds made homeless after a cyclone swept over the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Italian authorities said on Tuesday.

The government declared a state of emergency after Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight, causing rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away cars and flooding homes across the island.

“This is a national tragedy,” Prime Minister Enrico Letta said.

The declaration of a state of emergency will allow resources to be freed up more quickly to reach devastated areas, with swathes of the island under muddy flood waters that covered cars and swamped houses.

The government also set aside 20 million euros ($27 million) in immediate emergency funds to help the rescue and clean-up work.

The mayor of Olbia, the northeastern Sardinian town among the worst-affected areas, said the sudden flooding had burst “like a bomb” with the same amount of water falling in 90 minutes as falls in the city of Milan in six months.

Mayor Gianni Giovannelli said houses across the area had been left half-submerged by the floods and rescuers were still searching for possible victims.

“We’ve just found a dead child we had been searching all night for,” he told SkyTG24 television.

Beyond the immediate casualties, the disaster raised questions about how well prepared Italy’s cash-strapped local governments, under increasing financial pressure after more than two years or recession, are to deal with sudden emergencies.

“We’re facing an exceptional event here which has put our system of territorial planning and management into crisis,” said Antonello Frau, deputy head of the island’s geological service.

“We really have to assess how we manage these situations, which are becoming more frequent.”

RED CROSS

Flooding and landslides have been common in Italy, dominated in many areas by rugged mountain ranges.

However Legambiente, Italy’s main environmental group, said the disaster showed there was an urgent need to step up measures to handle floods and other disasters, a call backed by the national geological council.

It said more than 6 million Italians faced a potential risk from flooding but it said the risk had been made worse by reckless building, particularly in coastal areas.

“This is not just the fault of climate change,” the association’s president, Gian Vito Graziano, said in a statement.

The Red Cross said hundreds of people had been forced out of their homes and into temporary shelters set up in sports halls and other centres. Several bridges were swept away in Olbia and in the region near the central town of Nuoro.

“The situation is tragic,” regional governor Ugo Cappellacci told SkyTG24 television. “The hotels in Olbia are full of people who have had to escape, but there are thousands who have damage to their homes.”

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(Additional reporting by Naomi O’Leary and Roberto Landucci; Editing by Angus MacSwan)”

Other Reports

Sardinia hit by deadly cyclone and flooding

BBC

(Video credit: News) The cyclone lashed Sardinia’s coast for many hours, as Alan Johnston reports

At least 17 people have been killed in flooding prompted by a cyclone and heavy rain that lashed the Italian island of Sardinia.

A number of people are reported missing after rivers burst their banks, sweeping cars away and causing bridges to collapse.

The worst-hit area appears to be in and around the north-eastern city of Olbia.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta has declared a state of emergency, speaking of a “national tragedy”.

BBC map showing Olbia, Calgiari and Arzachena in Sardinia

Mr Letta announced that 20 million euros (£16.8m, $27m) would be allocated immediately to emergency relief efforts, with soldiers deployed in the region.

“We are focusing on essential operations: saving human lives, assisting displaced people and clearing road access,” he said after an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Victims

A Brazilian family of four drowned when their basement flat in the town of Arzachena, in the northern part of the island, filled with water. Two children were among the dead.

Three people died when a road bridge collapsed on to their car near Olbia, according to local media.

In a separate incident, a mother and her daughter were found dead in their car after it was swept away by floods.

Among the victims was a police officer who died after a bridge collapsed as he tried to escort an ambulance.

Hundreds of people across the Mediterranean island have been moved from their homes because of the flash flooding caused by Cyclone Cleopatra.

“We’re at maximum alert,” Giorgio Cicalo, an official from Sardinia’s civil protection authority, told Italy’s Rai TV.

“We haven’t seen a situation as extreme as this, perhaps for decades – especially because it’s been across the whole island.”

‘Apocalyptic’

Reports say flood waters in some areas were up to 3m (10ft) high.

Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci told Italian TV that the situation on the island was “dramatic”.

Meanwhile Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovanelli was quoted by Sky TG24 as saying that the city had been hit by an “apocalyptic”‘ storm.

Further bad weather is expected in the coming days

Some city residents used social media to offer shelter to those forced out of their homes.

The BBC Weather Centre says the flooding was caused by a deep area of low pressure that has been sitting over the Mediterranean, bringing sustained heavy rain.

The unstable conditions are expected move across Italy and further east, bringing further downpours and the threat of flooding, particularly in Venice.

The storm caused extensive damage to farms in Sardinia and disrupted a number of flights to and from mainland Italy.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has expressed “solidarity with the communities involved” and “heartfelt sympathy to the families of the many victims”.

Rescuers work on a flooded street in the town of Uras, Sardinia. Photo: 18 November 2013 Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes
Tankers are battered by gale winds and big waves off Cagliari. Photo: 18 November 2013 Ships were battered by gale winds and big waves off Cagliari
Flood water gushes down a street in Sardinia following a huge rainstorm Flood water gushed down roads and into homes
A rescue worker standing on wall overlooking flooded street with submerged cars after a cyclone brought severe flooding to Sardinia Rescue workers are looking for a number of people still reported missing

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Italy declares state of emergency in Sardinia after deadly floods 19th November 2013


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Published on Nov 19, 2013

Italian authorities have declared a state of emergency in Sardinia after a cyclone struck the Mediterranean island.

At least 16 people are known to have died and hundreds have been moved from their homes after winds of up to 125 kilometres an hour and sheets of rain brought devastation.
Several people are reported missing.

In the northeastern town of Olbia, the mayor said sudden flooding had burst “like a bomb”. The skies dumped as much rain in an hour as falls on Milan in six months, Gianni Giovanelli added.

The mayor said houses across the area had been left half submerged by the floods and rescuers were still searching for possible victims.

“We’ve just found a dead child we had been searching all night for,” he told Italian television.

A Brazilian family of four were reported drowned after their basement flat filled with water.

Elsewhere cars were swept away, homes were flooded and bridges collapsed as rivers burst their banks.

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta called it a “national tragedy”, saying the state of emergency meant extra resources would be made immediately available to reach affected areas.

Flights to and from mainland Italy were disrupted.The storm has been described as the worst for “decades”, with no part of Sardinia being spared.

(HD) Sardinia hit by deadly cyclone and flooding

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Italian (Translated by Google)

Italia : Sardegna colpita dal ciclone mortale Cleopatra 17 morti, stato di emergenza dichiarato – 191113 1350z

Italia – Avvisi di maltempo correnti ( Meteoalarm )

Italia dichiara lo stato di emergenza in Sardegna dopo ciclone mortale

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Auto sommerse sono visti in una strada allagata a San Gavino Monreale su Sardina isola 18 novembre 2013 . REUTERS / Rosaspress
Auto sommerse sono visti in una strada allagata a San Gavino Monreale su Sardina isola 18 novembre 2013 . REUTERS / Rosaspress

Una strada allagata è dipinto in San Gavino Monreale su Sardina isola 18 novembre 2013 . REUTERS / RosaspressView PhotoA strada allagata è dipinto in San Gavino Monreale su Sardina isola il 18 novembre …
I soccorritori tirano una barca lungo , Wade in una strada allagata a San Gavino Monreale in Sardegna, isola 18 Novembre 2013 . REUTERS / RosaspressView lavoratori PhotoRescue tirando una barca lungo , Wade in una strada allagata a San Gavino Monreale …
Un camion tenta di manovra lungo una strada allagata in giro Torpe vicino a Nuoro in Sardegna isola 18 nov 2013 . REUTERS / ANSA / Massimo LocciView PhotoA camion tenta di manovra lungo una strada allagata in giro Torpe vicino a Nuoro in Sardegna …

Di James Mackenzie
” ROMA ( Reuters ) – Almeno 17 persone sono state uccise in allagamenti e centinaia senza casa dopo un ciclone spazzato l’isola mediterranea della Sardegna , le autorità italiane hanno detto il Martedì .

Il governo ha dichiarato lo stato di emergenza dopo che il ciclone Cleopatra cadere 450 millimetri di pioggia in un’ora e mezza durante la notte , provocando fiumi hanno rotto gli argini , spazzando via le auto e le inondazioni case in tutta l’isola .

“Questa è una tragedia nazionale “, ha detto il primo ministro Enrico Letta .

La dichiarazione dello stato di emergenza consentirà di risorse da liberarsi in modo più rapido per raggiungere le zone devastate , con fasce di l’isola sotto le acque di inondazione fango che copriva le auto e le case allagate .

Il governo ha anche istituito da parte 20 milioni di euro ( 27 milioni dollari ) in fondi di emergenza immediate per aiutare il salvataggio e il lavoro di pulizia.

Il sindaco di Olbia , la città nord-orientale della Sardegna tra le aree più colpite , ha detto che l’improvviso allagamento era scoppiata ” come una bomba ” con la stessa quantità di acqua che cade in 90 minuti come cade nella città di Milano in sei mesi .

Il sindaco Gianni Giovannelli ha detto case in tutta l’area erano stati lasciati a metà sommersi dalle inondazioni e soccorritori erano ancora alla ricerca di possibili vittime .

“Abbiamo appena trovato un bambino morto che da tempo cercavamo per tutta la notte per , ” ha detto a SkyTG24 televisione .

Al di là delle vittime immediate , il disastro ha sollevato domande su quanto bene a corto di liquidi governi locali italiani preparati , sotto la crescente pressione finanziaria , dopo più di due anni o di recessione , sono per affrontare le emergenze improvvise .

” Siamo di fronte ad un evento eccezionale qui che ha messo il nostro sistema di pianificazione e gestione del territorio in crisi “, ha detto Antonello Frau , vice capo del servizio geologico dell’isola .

” Dobbiamo davvero a valutare come gestire queste situazioni , che stanno diventando sempre più frequenti . ”

CROCE ROSSA

Inondazioni e smottamenti sono stati comuni in Italia , dominato in molte aree da catene montuose .

Tuttavia Legambiente , principale gruppo ambientalista in Italia , ha detto che il disastro ha mostrato che vi era una necessità urgente di rafforzare le misure per gestire le inondazioni e altri disastri , una chiamata sostenuta dal Consiglio geologico nazionale .

Si dice di più di 6 milioni di italiani di fronte un potenziale rischio di inondazioni , ma ha detto che il rischio era stata aggravata da costruzione sconsiderata , soprattutto nelle zone costiere .

” Questo non è solo colpa del cambiamento climatico”, presidente dell’associazione , Gian Vito Graziano , ha detto in una dichiarazione.

La Croce Rossa ha detto che centinaia di persone erano stati costretti ad abbandonare le loro case e in rifugi temporanei creati in palestre e altri centri . Diversi ponti sono stati spazzati via in Olbia e nella regione vicino alla città centrale di Nuoro .

“La situazione è tragica , ” regionale governatore Ugo Cappellacci ha detto SkyTG24 televisione . ” Gli hotel di Olbia sono pieni di persone che hanno avuto a fuggire , ma ci sono migliaia di persone che hanno danni alle loro case . ”

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( Segnalazione supplementare da Naomi O’Leary e Roberto Landucci ; Montaggio di Angus MacSwan ) ”
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Sardegna colpita dal ciclone mortale e allagamenti

BBC 19 Novembre 2013 Ultimo aggiornamento alle 11:50 Z ( GMT / UTC )

( Credito del video: News) Il ciclone sferzato coste della Sardegna per molte ore , come riporta Alan Johnston
Almeno 17 persone sono state uccise in inondazioni spinto da un ciclone e la pioggia che sferzava l’isola italiana di Sardegna.

Un certo numero di persone sono dato per disperso dopo fiumi hanno rotto gli argini , spazzando via le auto e causando il crollo di ponti .

La zona più colpita sembra essere in giro per la città a nord -est di Olbia .

Il primo ministro Enrico Letta ha dichiarato lo stato di emergenza , che parla di una ” tragedia nazionale ” .
BBC mappa che mostra Olbia , Calgiari e Arzachena in Sardegna

Sig. Letta ha annunciato che 20 milioni di euro ( £16.8m , $ 27m ) sarebbero assegnati immediatamente ad interventi d’emergenza , con i soldati dispiegati nella regione.

” Ci stiamo concentrando sulle operazioni essenziali : salvare vite umane , assistere le persone sfollate e di compensazione accesso stradale “, ha detto dopo una riunione di gabinetto d’emergenza il Martedì .

vittime

Una famiglia brasiliana di quattro annegati quando il loro piano seminterrato nel comune di Arzachena , nella parte settentrionale dell’isola , piena d’acqua. Due bambini sono stati tra i morti .

Tre persone sono morte quando un ponte stradale crollato per la propria auto nei pressi di Olbia , secondo i media locali .

In un altro incidente , una madre e sua figlia sono stati trovati morti nella loro auto dopo che è stato spazzato via dalle inondazioni .

Tra le vittime è stato un agente di polizia che è morto dopo un ponte crollato , mentre cercava di scortare un’ambulanza .

Centinaia di persone in tutta l’ isola mediterranea sono stati spostati dalle loro case a causa delle inondazioni lampo causato dal ciclone Cleopatra .

“Siamo in massima allerta , ” Giorgio Cicalo , un funzionario della Protezione Civile della Sardegna , ha detto a Rai TV in Italia .

” Non abbiamo visto una situazione estrema come questa , forse per decenni – soprattutto perch è passato attraverso tutta l’isola . ”

‘ Apocalittico ‘

I rapporti dicono le acque delle inondazioni in alcune aree sono stati fino a 3 m (10 piedi ) di altezza .

Sardo governatore Ugo Cappellacci ha detto TV italiana che la situazione sull’isola è stato ” drammatico ” .

Nel frattempo il sindaco di Olbia Gianni Giovanelli è stato citato da Sky TG24 come dire che la città era stata colpita da un ” apocalittico ” ‘ tempesta.

Ulteriore maltempo è atteso nei prossimi giorni

Alcuni residenti della città usato i social media per offrire rifugio a coloro costretti ad abbandonare le loro case.

Il Meteo Centro BBC dice che l’allagamento è stato causato da una profonda area di bassa pressione che è stato seduto sul Mediterraneo , portando sostenuta pioggia .

Le condizioni instabili dovrebbero muoversi in tutta Italia e più a est , portando ulteriori acquazzoni e la minaccia di inondazioni , soprattutto a Venezia.

La tempesta ha causato ingenti danni alle aziende agricole in Sardegna e ha interrotto una serie di voli da e per l’Italia continentale .

Presidente della Repubblica Italiana Giorgio Napolitano ha espresso ” solidarietà con le comunità coinvolte ” e ” sentito cordoglio alle famiglie delle numerose vittime ” .
I soccorritori lavorano su una strada allagata nel comune di Uras , Sardegna. Foto: 18 Nov 2013 Centinaia di persone sono state evacuate dalle loro case
Tankers sono battuto da venti di burrasca e grandi onde al largo di Cagliari . Foto: 18 nov 2013 navi sono state maltrattate da venti di burrasca e grandi onde al largo di Cagliari
Flood acqua sgorga in una strada in Sardegna a seguito di un enorme acqua Flood temporale sgorgava giù le strade e nelle case
Un soccorritore in piedi sul muro che si affaccia strada allagata con le automobili sommerse , dopo un ciclone ha portato gravi inondazioni di Sardegna I soccorritori sono alla ricerca di un numero di persone ancora dati per dispersi
Cicloni

Un ciclone è una zona di bassa pressione
Uragani , tifoni e cicloni tropicali sono nomi regionali specifici per i diversi tipi di cicloni
Il termine “ciclone ” si riferisce ai venti rotanti della tempesta
Il ciclone tropicale registrato solo per aver colpito l’Europa era l’uragano Vince nel 2005
Ciclone venti rotazione in senso antiorario nell’emisfero settentrionale e in senso orario nell’emisfero meridionale

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Italia dichiara lo stato di emergenza in Sardegna dopo le alluvioni del 19 mortale novembre 2013

( Credito del video: NowWorldNews )

Pubblicato il Nov 19, 2013

Le autorità italiane hanno dichiarato lo stato di emergenza in Sardegna dopo un ciclone ha colpito l’isola del Mediterraneo .

Almeno 16 persone sono noti per essere morto e centinaia sono stati spostati dalle loro case , dopo venti fino a 125 chilometri all’ora e fogli di pioggia ha portato devastazione .
Diverse persone sono date per disperse .

Nella città nord-orientale di Olbia , il sindaco ha detto improvviso allagamento era scoppiata ” come una bomba ” . I cieli dumping come molta pioggia in un’ora , come cade il Milan in sei mesi , Gianni Giovanelli aggiunto.

Il sindaco ha detto che le case in tutta l’area erano stati lasciati a metà sommerso dalle inondazioni e soccorritori erano ancora alla ricerca di possibili vittime .

“Abbiamo appena trovato un bambino morto che da tempo cercavamo per tutta la notte per “, ha detto alla televisione italiana .

Una famiglia brasiliana di quattro sono stati segnalati annegato dopo il loro piano seminterrato riempito d’acqua .

Altrove auto sono state spazzate via , le case sono state allagate e ponti crollati come fiumi hanno rotto gli argini .

Italia del primo ministro Enrico Letta ha definito una ” tragedia nazionale ” , dicendo che lo stato di emergenza significava risorse extra sarebbero resi immediatamente disponibili per raggiungere le zone colpite.

Voli da e per l’Italia continentale erano disrupted.The tempesta è stato descritto come il peggiore per ” decenni ” , con nessuna parte della Sardegna di essere risparmiato.
( HD ) La Sardegna colpita dal ciclone mortale e allagamenti

( Credito del video: derya4 )

Egypt: Train crash near Dahshur leaves at least 24 dead, 28 injured – 181113 0850z

A cargo train has slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks in Egypt, killing at least 24 people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party, state TV said.

Medical emergency officials told Nile News TV that 28 people were injured and the number of dead could rise, although all victims have been cleared from the scene.

The head of the Giza security sector, Kamal el-Dali, told the TV station that most of the dead and injured were family members on a bus returning from a wedding in Cairo. The family had been heading to the southern city of Fayyoum. He said the train, which carried construction materials, also hit a small truck coming from the opposite direction. Mr el-Dali said rescue teams remain at the scene.

A security official said the train was travelling from the southern city of Beni Suef when it hit at least three vehicles near the village of Dahshur, about 25 miles south of Cairo.

The head of Egypt’s railway, Hussein Zakaria, told the TV station that initial reports indicated the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed and the train’s driver was surprised to see vehicles still crossing.
Monday, 18 November, 2013 at 06:36 (06:36 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Egypt train and bus crash kills 24 outside Cairo

BBC

(Video credit: Amez Videonews) Officials say the train was travelling from the city of Beni Suef when the collision took place at a crossing

At least 24 people have been killed and 28 injured as a train crashed into a minibus and other vehicles south of Egypt’s capital Cairo, officials say.

The freight train, travelling from the city of Beni Suef, hit the vehicles at a crossing about 40km (25 miles) from Cairo, they say.

State TV says many of those killed on the bus were members of the extended family returning from a wedding.

Egypt’s roads and railways have a notoriously poor safety record.

Crossing gates ‘closed’

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Monday’s collision happened near the village of Dahshur, with reports saying the minibus and two other vehicles were involved.

Local security officials told Egypt’s media that the crossing gates of the tracks had been closed and the train’s driver was surprised to see vehicles still crossing.

“The crossing was closed with chains, there were warning lights,” Hussein Zakaria, the head of Egypt’s railway authority, told state TV.

Ambulances later arrived at the scene to take the injured to hospitals. There are fears that the death toll could rise further.

In January, a train carrying army recruits derailed near Cairo, killing 19 people and injuring more than 100.

Last November, 50 children died when a train hit their school bus near Manfalut, some 350km south of Cairo, after a signal operator fell asleep. That disaster forced the resignation of the transport minister.

Egypt’s worst train disaster was in 2002, when a train caught fire in Cairo, killing 373 people.

Stormy weather in the Mediterranean

Official blog of the Met Office news team

The central and western Mediterranean will experience very unsettled conditions through the weekend and next week.

Very heavy rain is expected to affect the northeast of Spain, southern France, the Balearic Isles, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy and the Adriatic facing Balkan nations as the very unsettled conditions move slowly east through the region.

Rainfall totals could be as high as 250mm in places, with a risk of up to 200mm in 24 hours. The average rainfall for November in this region is between 50mm and 100mm.

The rain will be associated with thunderstorms which could also produce hailstorms, very strong gusty winds and the possibility of tornadoes in a few places.

In addition to the rain, very strong winds are expected through the central and western Mediterranean, with widespread gales and a risk of storm force winds for a time. This will lead to rough seas that could pose a threat to…

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Bolivia: At least 8 dead, others injured, in Amazon plane crash – 041113 1030z

An Aerocon turboprop with 18 people on board crashed Sunday in northern Bolivia, killing eight and leaving the other 10 people injured, the airline said.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing in the small city of Riberalta near the Brazilian border, where the Madre de Dios River joins the Beni River.

There were 16 passengers and two crew on board the Fairchild Metro 23 aircraft. “As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn said. Authorities were investigating the causes of the tragedy.

Monday, 04 November, 2013 at 04:27 (04:27 AM) UTC RSOE

Other reports

Deaths in Bolivia aircraft crash

Jet crashes while trying to land during bad weather in the northern part of the country, killing eight.

Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 02:20

“A spokesman for the airline said the plane had technical issues that led to it catching fire while landing [Reuters]

An aircraft carrying 18 people has crashed while trying to land during bad weather in the north of Bolivia, killingeight passengers and injuring the others on board.

Heavy rain was falling as the small turboprop plane operated by local airline Aerocon tried to land in Riberalta, near the Brazilian border, according to witnesses.

Aerocon spokesman Nelson Kinn said that the plane had technical issues that led to the plane catching fire on landing.

“As they were landing, on touchdown, the plane had some kind of problem that led to fire. The people who died sustained multiple injuries and burns,” Kinn told AFP news agency.

“[There were] 16 passengers and the pilot and co-pilot, of whom 10 survived and 8 died,” director of the Riberalta hospital, Jose Luis Pereira, told the Reuters news agency.

“The pilot and the co-pilot are in the gravest situation … Seven [bodies] are [so] charred, we can’t identify them.”

President Evo Morales said he had ordered “a deep investigation” into the accident and “drastic sanctions on the company”. ” – Al Jazeera

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At least nine dead in Bolivian plane crash

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Eight killed in Bolivia plane crash

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Published on Nov 3, 2013

An aeroplane has crashed in Bolivia’s northern Amazon region, killing at least eight of the 18 people on board.

The pilot and the co-pilot have survived but are in a serious condition.

The turboprop plane caught fire as it landed at around 16:00 local time (20:00 GMT) in the remote town of Riberalta, near the border with Brazil.

 

Turkey/Greece/Italy/Slovenia/Croatia: Severe Weather including Tornado risk. ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Levels 1 & 2 issued. Valid 161013 0600Z -171013 0600Z – Published 151013 2220z

Storm Forecast

European forecaster, ESTOFEX has issued the following forecast for severe weather:

 

 

Storm Forecast
Valid: Wed 16 Oct 2013 06:00 to Thu 17 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Tue 15 Oct 2013 21:51
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 2 was issued for Southwestern Turkey mainly for excessive precipitation, tornadoes and to the lesser extent for large hail and severe wind gusts.
A level 1 was issued for Northwestern Turkey and Western Greece mainly for excessive precipitation and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of Italy, Slovenia and Northern Croatia mainly for severe wind gusts and to the lesser extent for tornadoes.

SYNOPSIS

A strong zonal flow is forecast over much of Western and Central Europe in conjunction with the disturbance ariving from the Atlantic. Ahead of the disturbance, ridge will translate towards Central Europe. Northwesterly flow aloft should accelerate the movement of cut-off low, centered over the Czech Republic as of Wednesday morning, towards the Aegean region. Strong jet-streak is forecast to develop on its southwestern flank, yielding strong forcing in its exit region. This cut-off low and its influence on the Mediterranean region regarding the DMC occurence will become the primary issue to deal with this forecast period.

DISCUSSION

… Southwestern Turkey …

A tongue of moist airmass is forecast to reach the region, along with a band of steep mid-level lapse rates. ECMWF is particularly optimistic regarding the latent instability build-up, showing CAPE values above 2000 J/kg for the coastal areas! Region of high latent instability will shift slowly eastwards, in accordance with the advection of steep lapse-rates. Even though isolated to scattered storms might form along the coastline even during the day, the main timeframe of severe weather risk should be between 00 and 06 UTC. Low-level wind field is expected to strengthen with the arrival of the mid-level / upper-level forcing and formation of the surface low over the northern Aegean. Forecast soundings show very moist low levels, moderate CAPE and most importantly, pronounced veering and increase of low-level winds with height, yielding long, semi-circular hodographs. A full facet of severe weather types is possible – while more isolated storms might attain supercellular characteristics, capable of tornadoes, severe wind gusts and large hail, it is very likely that a large MCS will form. Effective PW values should be high and with strong low-level flow, excessive rainfall events are well possible with such MCS, besides an isolated event of severe wind gusts. Threat will likely continue well into the next forecast period and Level 2 seems to be warranted due to the combination of more severe threats.

… Western Greece / Northwestern Turkey …

These areas are not going to have as favourable conditions as SW Turkey, but still, strong forcing will provide more than enough compensation for lack of higher CAPE values, so that MCS propagating SE-wards will be likely, especially in the late evening / night hours. With enhanced LLS, isolated tornado event is not ruled out, albeit the primary threat should be in the form of excessive precipitation.

… Northeastern / Eastern Italy, Slovenia, Northern Croatia …

A brief window around 12 / 15 UTC will exist for the development of DMC in the very cold mid-level airmass. With jet-streak above the area, very strong DLS is forecast to overspread an area of marginal latent instability. Primary question is whether updrafts can get sustained in the environment of strong storm relative winds along with significant drying at mid-levels. A very conditional Level 1 is issued for the possibility of low-topped supercells capable of severe wind gusts and/or tornadoes (moist low levels and enhanced shear in the lowest 1 km).

Germany: Plane crash kills 5 (including a child), injures 3 other children, in Frondenberg near Dortmund – 280813 0925z

Five people, one of them a child, were killed on Tuesday after a small plane crashed in Frondenberg, in the north-west of Germany, local media reported.

As well as the child, two women and two men also died. Three other children were seriously injured in the crash, said firefighters. The light aircraft came down in a meadow. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 at 04:50 (04:50 AM) UTC RSOE

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Child and four adults killed in plane crash

 

Published: 28 Aug 2013 09:54 CET

 

 

A child and four adults died in a light aircraft crash in western Germany on Tuesday afternoon. Three other children survived the accident.

The group, consisting of two families, were flying back from a trip to the North Sea coast when the Piper 32 plane crashed into a field in the Fröndenberg area of North Rhine-Westphalia at around 5pm, not far from its destination near Dortmund.

Two women, two men, and a child died in the crash, the fire brigade confirmed late on Tuesday night. No identities or ages have been released, and police are in the process of informing the victims’ relatives.

All of the dead were sat towards the front of the plane, regional newspaper the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported on Wednesday.

“The head and neck injuries were so severe that they died from them,” the head of the medical team at the crash site, Reinhard Arnsberg, told the newspaper.

Three children sat at the back on the place survived but were seriously injured and were taken to a nearby hospital by air ambulance.

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When the emergency services arrived, two children were already out of the plane and one had to be cut out by firemen. It is unclear whether the first two climbed out themselves or were helped by passers-by who had rushed to the scene.

Investigators do not yet know what caused the accident but, the WAZ reported, onlookers saw the vehicle flying very low before it crashed. The pilot was thought to have been experienced at flying light aircraft. It clipped a tree on its way down to the field.

At least 78 people were at the scene clearing the wreckage and attending to the surviving children. The front of the vehicle was totally destroyed, and baggage was all over the field.

DPA/The Local/jcw

UK: Double-decker bus hit bridge in Stockport. 11 injured (6 taken to hospital) – 270713 1440z

“Six people have been taken to hospital, after a double decker bus hit a railway bridge – ripping off its roof.

Emergency crews were called to the crash on George’s Rd, Stockport at 1.39pm.

Firefighters rescued three women and three men from the wreckage.” – ITV News

A bus has had its roof ripped off after hitting a bridge in Stockport.

At about 1.40pm a Transpeak bus hit a railway bridge at the junction of Wycliffe Street, taking its roof off completely.

Eleven passengers were injured following the crash on George’s Road, just off the A6.

Six of those injured – three men and three women – were treated by firefighters from Stockport and Whitehill stations and taken to hospital.

“A height restriction sign on the bridge limits vehicles to 10ft at its edges, and 12ft 9in in the middle.

One bystander said: “There’s no way that bus was going under there – even if you came right through the centre.”

3.26pm

Stockport crew manager Nick Mottram, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “They were all very lucky, because it could have been very serious.”

2.56pm Northern Rail warning of delays to trains going through Stockport as a result of the crash. Delays will continue until 3.30pm.” – manchestereveningnews

The bus, minus its roof, after the crash Credit: Richard Garratt/ ITV News

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Stockport bus crash (Picture by @stehutchy on Twitter)

Spain: Update: At least 77 killed, about 140 injured as train derails in Santiago de Compostela. Death toll may rise – 250713 0750z

Update 250713 0840 BST(0750Z GMT/UTC):

Sky News 6:49am UK, Thursday 25 July 2013

Spain Train Crash: Dozens Killed And Injured

Witnesses describe the horrific sight of bodies on the tracks after carriages carrying more than 200 people derailed.

The number of people dead after a train derailed in one of Spain’s worst rail disasters has reportedly risen as high as 77.

Many more are said to be critically injured and Spanish media reported emergency services were attempting to rescue several people still trapped inside carriages.

A British national was among those injured, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Rescue workers pull victims from a train crash near Santiago de Compostela.
Casualties were pulled from the carriages

Lines of bodies covered with blankets were seen at the side of the tracks.

The crash happened as the train carrying 218 passengers plus crew approached Santiago de Compostela, a popular pilgrimage city in the northwestern region of Galicia.

Spain Dozens Killed As Train Derails In Santiago de Compostela
Survivors said the train flipped over ‘several times’

Several of the 13 carriages rolled over, with one carriage torn open and flames and smoke seen rising from the scene.

It has been described as an accident, but it will stir memories of the 2004 Madrid train bombing, which killed nearly 200 people.

One passenger, Ricardo Montesco, told Cadena Ser radio station: “It was going so quickly … It seems that on a curve the train started to twist and the wagons piled up one on top of the other.

Spain Dozens Killed As Train Derails In Santiago de Compostela
It is Spain’s deadliest train accident since 1972

“A lot of people were squashed on the bottom.

“We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning … I was in the second wagon and there was fire … I saw corpses.”

Spain Dozens Killed As Train Derails In Santiago de Compostela
Officials said they believed the crash was an accident

A witness told the station they heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train. Another witness told the Radio Galega station: “There are many people dead here, my God.”

The train belonging to the state-owned Renfe company was travelling from Madrid to the port city of Ferrol.

It derailed on high-speed tracks at about 8.40pm local time – 7.40pm UK time – on a bend a short distance from a scheduled stop in the city.

The train was travelling from Madrid.
The train was travelling from Madrid to the port city of Ferrol

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is due to visit the scene later, called an emergency meeting with ministers and said: “I want to express my affection and solitarity with the victims of the terrible train accident in Santiago.”

The crash happened the day before the city’s main festival paying tribute to St James, one of Jesus’ 12 disciples. His shrine is the destination of the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, which has been followed by Christians since the Middle Ages.

END

Scores dead in Spanish train crash near Santiago de Compostela

Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago

A train crash in north-west Spain’s Galicia region has killed at least 77 people and injured 143 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters.

The eight-carriage train, operated by state rail company Renfe, came off the rails and caught fire near the city of Santiago de Compostela as it travelled between Madrid and Ferrol.

Key points

  • At least 77 people killed, 143 injured
  • The train came off the rails and caught fire
  • The crash is believed to be an accident, the Spanish government said
  • The incident happened on the eve of the ancient city’s main Christian festival

The president of the Galician regional government, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, described the scene as “Dante-esque”.

A government spokesman said the derailment appeared to be an accident.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais cited sources close to an investigation into the crash by Renfe and state-owned company Adif, which is in charge of the tracks, as saying the train was travelling at over twice the speed limit on a sharp curve.

An official source said no statement would be made regarding the cause of the derailment until the black boxes of the train were examined, but that it was most likely an accident.

Rescue workers have recovered 73 bodies from the wreckage of the train while four other victims died in hospital, a spokesman for the Galicia regional high court said.

Bodies on the ground as smoke billowed from wreckage

Bodies covered in blankets lay next to carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage a few hundred metres away from the entrance to Santiago de Compostela’s main station.

“It was going so quickly … It seems that on a curve the train started to twist, and the wagons piled up one on top of the other,” passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station.

“A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning … I was in the second wagon and there was fire … I saw corpses.”

Another witness told the radio station she had heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train.

Among the worst rail accidents in Europe in 25 years

The Galicia derailment was one of the worst rail accidents in Europe in 25 years and comes less than a fortnight after six people died when a train came off the tracks and hit the platform at a station in central France.

In Austria in November 2000, 155 people were killed when a fire in a tunnel engulfed a funicular train packed with skiers.

In Montenegro in 2006, as many 46 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a packed train derailed and plunged into a ravine outside the capital Podgorica.

In Spain in the same year, 41 people were killed when an underground train derailed and overturned in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus metro station in Valencia.

Scores dead in Spanish train crash near Santiago de Compostela

ABC News

“A train crash in north-west Spain’s Galicia region has killed at least 77 people and injured 143 in one of Europe’s worst rail disasters.

The eight-carriage train, operated by state rail company Renfe, came off the rails and caught fire near the city of Santiago de Compostela as it travelled between Madrid and Ferrol.

Key points

  • At least 77 people killed, 143 injured
  • The train came off the rails and caught fire
  • The crash is believed to be an accident, the Spanish government said
  • The incident happened on the eve of the ancient city’s main Christian festival

The president of the Galician regional government, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, described the scene as “Dante-esque”.

A government spokesman said the derailment appeared to be an accident.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais cited sources close to an investigation into the crash by Renfe and state-owned company Adif, which is in charge of the tracks, as saying the train was travelling at over twice the speed limit on a sharp curve.

An official source said no statement would be made regarding the cause of the derailment until the black boxes of the train were examined, but that it was most likely an accident.

Rescue workers have recovered 73 bodies from the wreckage of the train while four other victims died in hospital, a spokesman for the Galicia regional high court said.

Bodies on the ground as smoke billowed from wreckage

Bodies covered in blankets lay next to carriages as smoke billowed from the wreckage a few hundred metres away from the entrance to Santiago de Compostela’s main station.

“It was going so quickly … It seems that on a curve the train started to twist, and the wagons piled up one on top of the other,” passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station.

“A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning … I was in the second wagon and there was fire … I saw corpses.”

Another witness told the radio station she had heard an explosion before seeing the derailed train.

Among the worst rail accidents in Europe in 25 years

The Galicia derailment was one of the worst rail accidents in Europe in 25 years and comes less than a fortnight after six people died when a train came off the tracks and hit the platform at a station in central France.

In Austria in November 2000, 155 people were killed when a fire in a tunnel engulfed a funicular train packed with skiers.

In Montenegro in 2006, as many 46 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when a packed train derailed and plunged into a ravine outside the capital Podgorica.

In Spain in the same year, 41 people were killed when an underground train derailed and overturned in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus metro station in Valencia.” – bc.net.au

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A high-speed train has reportedly derailed in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, leaving at least 35 people dead and 50 injured. Media reports suggest the death toll may rise.

(Photo: RT.com/@jacobovieites)

The train, which reportedly had 240 people on board, was en route between Madrid and Ferrol. According to media reports, 13 cars derailed at least four of which caught fire.

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Renfe, the company which operates the train, has not given any details on the number of people injured or killed. However, it did confirm that the accident is one of the most serious derailments ever to happen in Spain.

There are reports of bodies scattered around the scene covered in blankets, as emergency services perform their work.

(Photo: RT.com/@AlenPerz)

A woman who was at the scene told a radio station that she had heard a loud explosion, followed immediately by the derailment. Russia Today

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Spanish train in deadly derailment

BBC

The train accident close to Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, on 24 July

A train has derailed in north-western Spain, with at least 10 people reported killed.

Spanish railway company Renfe confirmed the train had come off the tracks near the city of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region.

A Renfe spokesman told AFP news agency several people had been killed and several more injured.

Spanish news agency Efe quoted police and hospital sources as saying at least 50 people were injured.

Reports said all 13 carriages had left the tracks, and four carriages had overturned completely.

Images showed dozens of emergency workers crowded around ruined carriages.

Passengers were shown lying on the ground being treated.

Renfe said the train carried more than 200 passengers, and was on the express route between Madrid and Ferrol on the Galician coast.

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Zimbabwe: Speeding bus hits herd of cattle on Beitbridge-Masvingo highway, leaving 6 dead, 37 injured – 300513 1530z

Six people died and 37 others were injured when a Pioneer bus ran into a herd of cattle and landed on its side at the 237km peg along the Beitbridge-Masvingo highway.

(Photo: africanseer.com) Zimbabwe bus accident kills 6, injures 37

ZRP Officer Commanding Beitbridge, Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo confirmed the accident, saying the bus, which had 55 people on board, was coming from Johannesburg.

He said the bus driver, who was speeding, lost control of the vehicle after hitting one of the cows and the bus landed on its side, killing five women on the spot and the bus conductor.

The injured passengers were taken to Beitbridge District Hospital. Chief Superintendent Chinhengo urged motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads to avoid accidents.
Thursday, 30 May, 2013 at 03:36 (03:36 AM) UTC RSOE

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6 killed, 37 injured in Beitbridge accident

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Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
Six people were killed while 37 others were injured, three of them seriously, when a Pioneer bus ploughed into a herd of cattle 40km along the Beitbridge-Masvingo Road on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred at around 10:30 pm near Matshiloni area where police and officials from the Civil Protection Unit spent the whole night trying to retrieve the bodies from the wreckage.

They managed to pull out all the bodies at around 5am yesterday.
It is reported that the bus, which was coming from Johannesburg, South Africa, tried to overtake a haulage truck oblivious of oncoming traffic and later hit a cow as the driver tried to avoid an imminent head on collision.

Among those who were killed were the bus conductor and five passengers, all women, and they have since been taken to Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.
The police officer commanding Beitbridge district Chief Superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo said yesterday that the bus had 55 passengers on board.

He said they suspected the accident was a result of speeding.
He said the victims’ next of kin were yet to be notified.

śIndications are that the Pioneer (Yotung Model) was travelling to Harare from Johannesburg being driven by Big Chirimuta.
śThe bus had 55 passengers on board and when they were 40km out of Beitbridge along Masvingo road, the driver overtook a haulage truck oblivion of oncoming traffic. When he tried to avoid a herd on collision he ploughed into a herd of cattle,ť he said.

Chief Supt Chinhengo said as a result the bus hit one of the cows and turned 360 degrees to face Beitbridge town before lending on its side.
He said in the process six people were trapped under the bus and died instantly, while 37 other including Chirimuta were injured.

śThree of the passengers were seriously injured including the driver and they are still admitted at Beitbridge district hospital where their condition is reported to be stable,ť he   said.

Chief Supt Chinhengo said 33 other passengers were treated and discharged at the same hospital.
He said the matter was still under investigations.

He also urged motorists to always abide by the basic road regulations so as to avoid the unnecessary loss of life.
śWe want to urge all road users to always abide by the laws of the land so as to avoid the unnecessary loss of life. Investigations so far reveal that the accident was a result of speeding, something which was avoidable,ť he said.

Investigations by this paper recently showed that some criminals who operate along the same area (Matshiloni) are in the habit of driving cattle into the road and cause accidents thereby opening opportunities to loot valuables.

In some cases they even put boulders on the road and pounce on motorists when they stop to clear the road. Several motorists have been robbed at the same point while others lost their lives due to the road accidents orchestrated by these criminals.

Last year police arrested over 13 robbers who have been terrorising road users on highways leading to Bulawayo and Harare.” – herald.co.zw

Bahamas: Fire breaks out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship carrying 2,200+ passengers and 796 crew, all safe and accounted for – 280513 1205z

Fire breaks out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship carrying over 2,000 passengers

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Published on 27 May 2013

Terror on the high seas: Devastating fire breaks out on Royal Caribbean cruise ship carrying over 2,000 passengers.A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship on Monday morning but was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported The Grandeur of the Seas, which left Baltimore on Friday, never lost power and was able to sail into port in Freeport, Bahamas, on Monday afternoon The company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began Royal Caribbean said all guests and 796 crew were safe and accounted for

A huge fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last night forcing the two thousand passengers to abandon their rooms on board and prepare to get into life boats.

The Grandeur of the Seas was forced to return to port this morning after the rear of the ship caught fire sending smoke into several hallways and keeping several passengers in assembly stations for over four hours.

Monday afternoon Royal Caribbean made the startling announcement that that they were reversing a prior decision and cancelling the Grandeur of the Seas cruise when it was determined it could no longer safely take passengers to the Bahamas, its intended destination.

Passenger Bang Warren was one of those passengers who had to evacuate her room as a warning horn blared over the sound system.

She described the scene chaotic to The Baltimore Sun, saying, ‘A lot of people were passing out with fear.’

Bang also said she saw crew members distributing oxygen masks and life vests. She also says that, ‘I know some children were vomiting.’

Photos of the ship emerged on social media showing that the entire rear of the ship was charred and destroyed.

Royal Caribbean announced that the 2,224 passengers would be receiving a full refund and a gift certificate from the company.

Another passenger, Danielle Miller, 23, said that she was sound asleep and was unaware of anything untoward until the ship’s intercom asked passengers to put life jackets on.

‘My first thought was that we were sinking,’ said Danielle of her terror.

‘I opened the door and just see people running around with life jackets on and we were being yelled at to get our life jackets on and run up to a deck that was two floors above us,’ she told ABC News.

‘But we didn’t know what was going on because when we were going to bed it was really stormy, so we honestly thought the boat might have been sinking. And we were just panicking and running upstairs.

‘And we didn’t know for about a half hour that there was a fire two decks below where we were at.’

Miller revealed she was so nervous as the fire raged that her hands were shaking and her heart was pounding.

‘A couple people fainted. People were throwing up, crying. Just anxiety attacks everywhere. I was just telling my roommate stay calm,’ she said.

Fire breaks out on Royal Carribean cruise ship

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Published on 27 May 2013

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship bound for the Bahamas catches fire. CNN’s Erin McPike reports.

Flights being set up for passengers after cruise ship fire

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Published on 28 May 2013

A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and the company said the more than 2,200 passengers will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore where the trip began.
The fire that began at 2:50 a.m. Monday was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported. A cause wasn’t immediately known. The Grandeur of the Seas, which left Baltimore on Friday, never lost power and was able to sail into port in Freeport, Bahamas, Monday afternoon. It had been planned to be a seven-night cruise.
Royal Caribbean said on its website and through social media that executives met with passengers in port and that the cruise line is arranging flights for all 2,224 guests on Tuesday. It said passengers will receive a full refund of their fare and a certificate for a future cruise.

Passenger: Crew ‘Spectacularly Calm’ During Fire

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Published on 28 May 2013

Cruise ship passenger Mark J. Ormesher is praising the conduct of the crew, after the fire on board the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship. 2,200 passengers are being flown back to the US, after a fire on board the ship. (May 28)

Malaysia: Overloaded express boat carrying 204 capsizes in Sarawak, 181 rescued, 23 missing – 280513 1130z

An express boat, said to be overloaded with more than 100 passengers returning to their villages for the Gawai festival, capsized in the Rajang River at about 9am on Tuesday near Belaga town.

The boat was travelling from Bakun to Kapit and Sibu. Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang had spotted the overturned vessel and people swimming away from it towards the riverbank when he was flying by helicopter to Kuching.

He immediately landed at Uma Tevok Long Buyun where he met the survivors and organised a rescue. He said it was not immediately known if there were any fatalities and what had caused the boat to capsize. “We haven’t done a head count. “But according to those who swam to safety, there are people trapped in the boat,” Liwan said when contacted.
Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 at 06:24 (06:24 AM) UTC RSOE

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Overloaded express boat capsizes in Sarawak, 20 missing

BELAGA: Rescuers have saved 181 passengers from capsized express boat but 23 people are still missing in the capsized express boat incident in Sungai Rajang, Sarawak this morning.

The Kawan Mas express boat carrying holidaymakers returning home to celebrate the Gawai Dayak festival this weekend, capsized near Tanjong Giam Bungan at 9am, which is an hour boat ride from Belaga.

It is learnt the boat which started off from Bakun, was carrying 204 passengers although its maximum load capacity is only 74 people.

Belaga town councillor Daniel Levoh said none of the passengers in the overloaded express boat were from Belaga as the boat was already full with passengers before reaching the small town.

“None of those from Belaga managed to get a place on the boat. It could only berth to drop a few passengers off,” said Daniel.

He also said many of the passengers on the boat were workers from Bakun, Murum or Sungai Asap who were heading back for the Gawai Dayak celebrations this weekend.

Residents from nearby longhouses, Uma Tevok and Uma Tanjong were the first to to the scene torescue the passengers.

Culture and Heritage assistant minister Liwan Lagang, who was at the scene, said the boat was already overloaded as it was making its way towards Kapit.

Other rescue teams from the Fire an d Rescue Department, civil defence, police and Sarawak Rivers Board are now at the scene.

Meanwhile, Bernama quoted Belaga OCPD DSP Bakar Sebau who said the survivors were now sheltering at two longhouses not far from the site of the incident.

“We are still continuing with our search for those missing,” he said when contacted.

He said the express boat was travelling from Bakun in the upper part of the river and had developed engine problem after hitting wood debris in the river.

23 missing after boat flips in Malaysia

Survivors of an overturned boat accident, Rajang River in Belaga

Twenty-one people are missing after an overloaded boat capsized in a remote Malaysian jungle river. Source: AAP

“TWENTY-THREE people are missing in remote Borneo after a boat overloaded with holidaymakers heading home for a festival capsized in treacherous rapids on a jungle river, Malaysian police said.

“Twenty-three people are still missing,” local police chief Bakar Anak Sebau told AFP.

He said 181 were rescued after the morning accident on the Rajang river, Malaysia’s longest, which flows from deep in the rugged interior of Borneo island in the state of Sarawak.

The boat’s capacity was just 74 passengers, added Bakar, police chief of the town of Belaga from where the boat set off shortly before the incident.

Most passengers were believed to be heading home for the coming weekend’s Gawai festival, a major cultural and religious observance for indigenous Borneo tribes that triggers heavy travel in the state.

Bakar said no deaths have so far been confirmed.

He said the boat was heading downstream and was believed to have struck a rock while navigating one of many sections of rapids on the 560-kilometre waterway.

The accident happened deep in the wild and sparsely populated interior of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states located on Borneo. Sarawak is Malaysia’s largest state by area but also one of its least developed.

Gawai is one of the most important festivals celebrated each year by Borneo’s dozens of indigenous tribes and other ethnic groups, with thousands travelling to meet family and friends for the festival.” – theaustralian.com.au

UK: Snow ploughs in action after sandstorms in Scotland – 170413 1540z

Sandstorms have affected towns and roads along the north-east and Moray coasts. There have been reports of sandstorms in places including Fraserburgh, Forres, Banff and Elgin.

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Erika Cartney, who works at the Tesco store in Fraserburgh which was hit by the sandstorm, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like fog but it’s sand. “It’s still going on but on the other side of town it’s a beautiful sunny day. I had to pull my hood up and cover my eyes – it’s really gritty and was getting in my mouth. “It’s just getting everywhere. It’s just like thick fog. I’ve never seen anything like that before in Fraserburgh.”
Police Scotland are warning motorists to take care in the conditions. A spokesman said: “High winds causing sand storms in the area, several roads being affected by sand. Visibility very poor in places. Some routes also affected by fallen trees.”

The force is also advising motorists to avoid the A941 Elgin-Rothes road. He added: “High winds have caused zero visibility due to sand which has blown across road. The recommended diversion is via B9103 and B9015.” Flights were also delayed at Inverness airport due to the conditions. The Met Office currently has a yellow weather warning in place across Grampian for high winds. STV weatherman Sean Batty said: “After an exceptionally dry March, and for some areas the driest March on record, the soil has dried out on the farmlands and along with today’s winds this has allowed this to become airborne. “This has given us the blowing dust which has been reported at many Moray weather stations as well as at Inverness airport on Tuesday.
Tuesday, 16 April, 2013 at 16:54 (04:54 PM) UTC RSOE

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“Snow ploughs have been brought in to tackle the aftermath of sandstorms that hit the north-east and Moray coasts.

Moray Council said the clean-up operation could take several weeks and the local authority has dispatched its winter maintenance crews to clear sand drifts from some roads.

A spokesman for the local authority said a few routes had been closed by the conditions including the A941 Elgin-Rothes road was blocked at Fogwatt but has since reopened and the Mosstodloch-Garmouth road.

Among roads still currently closed are the Wester Alves road between Coltfield crossroads and the B9089 and the eastern end of the Auchtertyre road.

He said “thousands of tons of soil were blown off farmers’ fields by two days of gale force winds which also brought down about 20 trees.

He added: Our winter maintenance fleet is out including ploughs and diggers. There are a few three to four roads still closed and being worked on. We would hope to have those roads open today.

Main roads were also being given priority by crews and that some minor roads which had been affected were still open but had narrowed in places.

He said: It could be several weeks before the clean-up operation is complete. Some roads are passable with care.

“The rain forecast for later this morning could add to the difficulties because drainage gullies may be blocked and result in flooding. Wet, compacted sand is also more difficult to shift and may require to be dug out by excavators.

“Some roads are likely to be affected by sand for some time to come and we would urge motorists to take extra care.” – STV