Natural disasters

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or damage property, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
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  • CA Las Vegas NV Zone Forecast
    San Francisco Chronicle

    CA Las Vegas NV Zone Forecast

    CA Las Vegas NV Zone Forecast for Friday, January 18, 2019 873 FPUS55 KVEF 190312 ZFPVEF Zone forecasts for the Mojave Desert and Southern Great Basin National Weather Service Las Vegas NV 711 PM PST Fri Jan 18 2019 This is an automatically generated product that provides average values for large geographical areas and may not be representative of the exact location that you are interested in. For a more site specific forecast...please visit and either (1) Select a location from the dropdown menu above the map or (2) Click a location on the map. You can refine your selection by clicking on the map displayed on the resulting page. CAZ519-191200- Eastern Sierra Slopes- including

  • Five months after Michael, Florida's state parks still dealing with damage
    Tampa Bay Times

    Five months after Michael, Florida's state parks still dealing with damage

    Hurricane Michael was so powerful that when it hit the Florida Panhandle last fall, it tore a state park in two. The storm surge that pushed through T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Cape San Blas sliced open two inlets, cutting through the park and connecting St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The largest inlet, now 20 feet deep, separated the main park area on the peninsula from the campground and nature trails on the other side. Five months later, state park officials are still trying to figure out what to do about that as they work to reopen all of St. Joseph Peninsula and three other state parks that remain closed because of all the damage caused by the hurricane.

  • High surf shreds several feet of railing along Ocean Beach pier, leaves messes along the coast
    Orlando Sentinel

    High surf shreds several feet of railing along Ocean Beach pier, leaves messes along the coast

    Monster waves shredded several feet of railing along the Ocean Beach Pier, which had been closed ahead of time in anticipation of high surf. The damage seen Friday morning stretched perhaps 10 to 15 feet along the pier, which will remain closed until it is repaired. San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea said the pier had been close since Thursday because of the expected high tides. But waves, coming in at 10 to 12 feet, were higher than expected, he said. “The king tide is what lifted it higher,” he said. The waves, which caused a mess in Ocean Beach, also led to flooding at Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, he said. City officials noted that storm surge led to road closures at Newport Avenue

  • PA Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Potent Winter Storm
    Upper Dublin, PA Patch

    PA Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Potent Winter Storm

    Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency in Pennsylvania Friday as a ferocious winter storm races toward the state and threatens to wreak havoc over the weekend. "We want to be aggressive in managing this storm, during which snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour," Wolf said in a news release. "Our top concern is the safety of residents. If you do not have to travel during the storm, please avoid it. Please heed warnings from emergency responders and personnel, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly." According to the governor's press office, the state of emergency will allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. In addition to the emergency

  • Wayne Township Fire warning drivers to stay off the roads this weekend
    FOX 59 Indianapolis

    Wayne Township Fire warning drivers to stay off the roads this weekend

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As this weekend's storm approaches, first responders are warning Hoosiers to stay off the roads. Wayne Township Fire though is still expecting a high volume of calls over the weekend. Drivers were having an easy time on the interstates and side roads Friday night but that won't be the case this weekend. Gillespie Florists on the city's west side even rescheduled its deliveries on Saturday so their staff did not have to drive. “We want everyone to stay safe,” said Sarah Gillespie, Operations Manager of Gillespie Florists. Gillespie called in more help for an extra 30 deliveries on Friday. Those arrangements would have been sent on Saturday. “It is not worth someone's wellbeing

  • The Star

    Parts of southern Sarawak hit by flash floods

    MIRI: Flash floods brought by heavy rain and overflowing rivers have inundated several parts of Santubong and Bako housing areas near Kuching. Several kampung are under about two feet of water as of Saturday (Jan 19) morning, said Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest update.


    Weather forecast for Jan 19: Moderate rain, snowfall in J&K, Himachal Pradesh

    New Delhi, Jan 18: During the next 24 hours, scattered light to moderate rain and snow will commence over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh from Friday afternoon onward. According to Skymet weather, the intensity of these activities will increase gradually. Weather of rest country will remain dry. Day temperatures will fall by 2℃ to 4℃ over many parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh due to cloud cover and rain whereas in isolated pockets of northern plains due to persistence of fog. Pollution will remain under 'very poor to severe' category over Delhi NCR. An active Western Disturbance is all set to give widespread rain and snow by the later part of Sunday, i.e. January 20 onward.

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  • Iconic Forks skating trail now extends 6.3 km

    Iconic Forks skating trail now extends 6.3 km

    The world's longest natural skating trail has been extended once again thanks to the cold weather. The Red River Mutual Trail now stretches from Churchill Drive on the Red River to Hugo Docks on the Assiniboine River, for a total length of 6.3 km. The trail is expected to grow throughout the winter as conditions allow. The Forks will be hosting a number of cultural events on the trail over the coming weeks, including a performance by Norwegian 'ice musician' Terje Insungset on Jan. 26 and free family programming in Arctic Glacier Winter Park each Sunday. The ever-popular warming huts will also begin appearing on the trail in a week or so. WATCH: Relying on the weather, it is symbolic of Winnipeg's

  • 7-foot tides could bring flooding to Bay Area over MLK weekend

    7-foot tides could bring flooding to Bay Area over MLK weekend

    It's the time of year when the sun and moon reach their closest point to Earth, aligning the celestial bodies like a perfect cue shot to create maximum gravitation pull. The resulting surge of the ocean's waters, often referred to by the non-scientific term "king tides," usually occurs in December and January. They're in the forecast for the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday and the National Weather Services warns high tides could cause minor flooding in low-lying coastal areas such as the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Beach entrances may be inundated with water and blocked off. On Jan. 20, a high tide of about 7 feet will occur at 10:03 a.m. and a low tide of -1.5 at 4:55 p.m. On Jan. 21, another

  • WCTV Tallahassee

    Georgia peanut industry halted after government shutdown

    IRWIN COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- The government shut down is beginning to take its toll on farmers in South Georgia. Peanut planting season is right around the corner but, with federal offices closed, farmers don't know what to expect for the season. South Georgia farmers say they typically start planting peanuts from April into mid-May. While most farmers will tell you every harvest brings its challenges, with the government shut down, there could be even more. "Never has the peanut industry experienced this big of delay, or not knowing exactly how many peanuts we've exported from last year, or what the crop potential looks like for the coming year," said Tyron Spearman, Executive Director of the

  • Camp Fire 911 calls: As flames raced in, residents were told 'no threat to Paradise'
    Houston Chronicle

    Camp Fire 911 calls: As flames raced in, residents were told 'no threat to Paradise'

    In the hour before the Camp Fire raced into Paradise on Nov. 8, calls to the town's 911 dispatch center mounted. “I live on Dean Road in Paradise. ... We're getting engulfed in smoke,” one caller reported at around 7:40 a.m. “Yes ma'am, I know,” a dispatcher responded. “But the fire's not here in Paradise. It's north of Concow on Highway 70,” naming the small town a few miles away. About a minute later, another Paradise resident who called in, alarmed by smoke, was told there was “no danger to Paradise at this time. OK?” “I'm getting huge pieces of ash,” the caller explained. “Ma'am,” the dispatcher said, “all I can tell you is what I'm telling you.” But less than 20 minutes later, emergency

  • Deadly California rains prompt evacuations in areas devastated by wildfires

    Deadly California rains prompt evacuations in areas devastated by wildfires

    Los Angeles — At least six people are dead after torrential rains flooded roadways, downed trees and sent massive boulders tumbling down hillsides in California. A boulder severely injured a hiker in Malibu and emergency workers found their vehicles pummeled by rocks. Neighborhoods scorched by recent wildfires were evacuated and some streets looked more like rivers in Malibu. Further east, debris from one of the burn areas rushed through a community, but caused only minor damage. As CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reports, four days of heavy rains has raised concern that the ground underneath houses along the canyons has been saturated and weakened, posing a risk not only for them but also

  • ODPEM seeking to promote culture of earthquake preparedness
    The Jamaica Observer

    ODPEM seeking to promote culture of earthquake preparedness

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is looking to promote a culture of earthquake preparedness and response among Jamaicans. “We want to (stir) the nation into action because earthquakes or tsunamis can occur at any time,” said Director General of the agency, Major Clive Davis. “While we have no control…the bottom line is that we must now put provisions in place to ensure that when that comes upon us, we can effectively manage it,” he added, while addressing the recent launch of the Earthquake & Tsunami Awareness Campaign at ODPEM's Kingston offices. Davis said that the agency will be collaborating with the parish disaster coordinators and

  • Milford, Orange Eateries Offer Special Deals To Federal Workers
    Milford, CT Patch

    Milford, Orange Eateries Offer Special Deals To Federal Workers

    MILFORD/ORANGE, CT — Today, Eli's Restaurants in Milford, Conn. (21 Daniel Street) and Orange, Conn. (285 Boston Post Road) announced that they're offering federal employees $5 craft beers, $5 burgers, and $3 draughts every Monday during the government shutdown, the company announced in a press release. The discounted prices -- which apply to federal employees who have a valid government issued ID -- begin on Monday, January 20, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and will last until thru February (Monday, February 25, 2019). Kevin Fitzsimmons, a co-owner and General Manager at both Eli's Tavern in Milford and Eli's Orange, said that during the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, an estimated 1,500 federal workers in Connecticut alone are either without paychecks or furloughed.