User: irge304 Topic: Extreme Weather
Category: Storms
Last updated: Feb 23 2017 13:02 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Utah National Guard tends to Box Elder County flooding 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah National Guard went to Box Elder County on Wednesday to help with flooding problems that also brought out the lieutenant governor to view the scope of the damage. Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox checked out the area that in recent days has been inundated with water from runoff of melting snow in the valleys. Cox saw the extent of the water from the air and the ground. “I don’t think I really realized the scope of the flooding and just how wide and broad it was,” Cox said by phone Wednesday night. ...
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Floods in San Jose Push 14,000 People Out Of Their Homes 23.2.2017 NPR News
Residents were ordered to evacuate overnight after creeks and reservoirs flooded, and won't be allowed home for at least another day.
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Utah National Guard sent to Box Elder County to help with flooding 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah National Guard has been activated to assist Box Elder County with flooding problems, according to a Wednesday news release. Twelve soldiers with the Guard’s 97th Troop Command and Homeland Response Force will assist with sand-bagging operations. An automatic sand bagger will be transported by guard personnel from Camp Williams to the Box Elder County Fairgrounds. One of the Utah National Guard’s primary missions is to provide support to state authorities during times of natural disaster...
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Downstream communities brace for flooding as dams overflow 22.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Communities downstream from a Northern California reservoir gushing water for the first time in 20 years braced for flash floods and evacuations after authorities warned them to prepare for rising rivers and creeks. Northern California is forecast to get a brief break from persistent downpours Wednesday but the surge of water […]
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Levee breaks near Manteca, but others are holding up for now despite record rainfall 22.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As the latest major storm to saturate California got in its final licks Tuesday, the state deployed all the weapons in its flood-control arsenal — including farm tractors, pontoon boats and controlled releases from mountain reservoirs.

By nightfall, as the storm weakened over Northern California,...

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Oroville hoping dam crisis won't cripple tourist economy 22.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

It was just a week ago that this city in the shadow of America’s tallest dam was in a state of crisis.

The town of 19,000 had been evacuated — along with dozens of other towns downstream from the dam — amid concerns the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam might collapse, causing a massive flood.

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Woman drowns after driving into floodwaters in Northern California 22.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A 45-year-old woman drowned over the weekend after driving around road closures and into floodwaters in the Northern California town of Orland. 

The drowning was reported about 9:05 a.m. Saturday after someone saw the woman drive past a road closure sign on a rural county road used by residents,...

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Storm brings record rainfall, gusts up to 199 mph and flooding to Northern California 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Northern California was battered by another atmospheric river that produced record rainfall and wind gusts that reached 199 mph.

The dramatic gusts were recorded high in the Sierra Nevada, where Alpine Meadows had the 199-mph gust, according to the National Weather Service. Biggs recorded 184 mph.

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Northern California prepares for more flooding 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Officials in Modesto are preparing for the Tuolumne River to rise higher than 60 feet by midafternoon Tuesday and begin flooding nearby areas, the result of the release of water down the spillway of Don Pedro Dam for the first time in nearly two decades and continued storms in Northern California.

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Floodwaters recede in Box Elder County, but more wet weather looms 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Floodwaters that poured into the yards and basements of up to 80 homes in Box Elder County over the weekend were receding Monday. But Mark Millett, director of Box Elder County Emergency Services, stressed that any signs of relief likely will be short-lived. Public-works crews were warily watching the skies as more rain and warm temperatures posed a risk for additional flooding through midweek. “The weather ahead definitely has us worried,” Millett said, noting that county officials likely will ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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The far right party is leading election polls in the Netherlands: Will Geert Wilders be prime minister? 21.2.2017 L.A. Times - World News

One late-winter evening three years ago, Lt. Col. Mostafa Hilali switched off the light at his office in the Dutch defense department, drove home to his townhouse near the banks of the North Sea, and flipped on the TV. 

On the news was footage of a political rally where the leader of Holland's...

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Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm 21.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm. The atmospheric river of moisture that has saturated drought-parched ground with a series of drenching storms in recent weeks […]
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Famine strikes in South Sudan, as people in four countries face starvation 21.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The South Sudanese government and humanitarian agencies on Monday declared a famine in parts of the country, which has been devastated by three years of war.

The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries.

The United Nations Mission...

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New research shows how 'atmospheric rivers' wreak havoc around the globe 20.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.
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Dangerous flooding likely as powerful storm barrels into Northern California 20.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Large swaths of Northern California were on high alert for flooding Monday as a powerful new storm dumped large amounts of rain on an already saturated region where levees, dams and other waterways are already under major stress.

Officials said residents should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s...

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New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe 20.2.2017 NPR News
The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.
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The government failure at the heart of the Oroville Dam crisis 20.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning. It’s Monday, Feb. 20, and here’s what’s going on around California:

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Failure factor

The near-catastrophic failure of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway grew out of fundamental problems with its original design — issues that were never corrected despite questions about...

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'Flood fighting is in our DNA': To live by the Feather River is to know its power and danger 20.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The early settlers snatched up the rich, loamy land along the Feather River to grow grapes and orchards.

Edward Mathews, an Irishman who fled the potato famine, was peddling vegetables and didn’t have the cash for that kind of soil.

During heavy rains, the Yuba River would flow so hard into the...

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Nearly 5,000 remain without power from storm-related outages, DWP says 20.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

 About 4,800 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers remained without power late Sunday as storm-related outages persisted across Southern California.

The DWP said the outages were spread across the city. More than 1,500 were without power in Watts, 760 in Lake Balboa, 360 in Winnetka...

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Flood fears renewed as California braces for another storm 20.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — Some Northern California residents are preparing for another powerful Pacific storm by patrolling levees for signs of danger, reviewing evacuation plans and filling hundreds of sand bags. One resident near Tracy, which is 80 miles east of San Francisco, said that though the levees appear in good shape, they decided take […]
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