Dam breach at L.V. Sutton Power Station, at least one large toxic coal ash dump flooded, North Carolina
Floodwaters caused by days of heavy rain caused a breach in a dam holding back a large reservoir at L.V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington on September 21.
The water breached several points overnight, flooding at least one of three large coal ash dumps, containing mercury, lead, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company can't rule out that ash might be escaping the flooded dump.
The inundated basin at the plant contains about 305 820 m3 (400 000 cubic yards) of toxic ash.
Tornado hits Ottawa suburbs, Canada
Severe thunderstorms swept through eastern Ontario during the afternoon hours of September 21 near Calabogie.
The storm produced winds gusts of up to 100 km/h (62 mph), hail the size golf balls and a tornado which caused significant damage to several buildings, downed trees, and ripped shingles off roofs.
Widespread power outages were reported across a large swath of the province.
Ottawa Paramedics said they responded to 16 tornado-related calls in Dunrobin area:
- patients trapped in houses
- people trapped in basements
- patients trapped in cars
- power lines down
- trauma from debris
- secondary trauma from high winds
Woah. We got quite an office view in #Gatineau of a possible tornado. Hoping everyone is safe. Video (sped up 4x) credit to my colleague @MikeRMcCauley cc: @jesshayden6 @RachelRappaport @bismahhaq pic.twitter.com/j4szV6RHP3— Andrew MacKendrick (@amackendrick) September 21, 2018
Storm Knud: Dangerous windstorm affecting Norway, Denmark and Sweden, widespread damage expected
A rapidly deepening cyclone, known locally as Storm Knud, is developing in the North Sea today and is already affecting southern Norway, Denmark and southern Sweden, producing very strong winds and heavy rain. Extremely severe wind strength, likely peaking into 130 - 150 km/h (80 - 93 mph) is possible in many areas. Widespread damage is expected.
High risk of excessive rainfall/flash flooding for parts of northern Texas and southern Oklahoma
Heavy rain and flooding are expected to make weather headlines for the end of the week across parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, NWS said.
Tropical Storm "Daye" forms and makes landfall in Odisha, India
Tropical Storm "Daye" (previously named FOUR) moved north-west over the Bay of Bengal before reaching the coast of southern Odisha State on the evening of September 20 (UTC), close to the Chatrapur city. It continued inland in a north-westerly direction, weakening into a tropical depression.
Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain could still affect Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra States.
The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red warning for heavy rain over Telangana and an orange warning for heavy rain over Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha. (ECHO)
Tropical Storm "Trami" forms west of Guam, expected to become another super typhoon
Tropical Storm "Trami" formed September 21, 2018 west of Guam as a 24th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. This storm is expected to become a super typhoon around September 25.
Major floods hit northern Ghana, killing at least 34 people and leaving 100 000 homeless
At least 34 people have been killed and 2 are still missing after heavy rains combined with waters spilling from a dam in Burkina Faso flooded parts of northern Ghana this month. The floods caused widespread damage to agriculture, roads and other infrastructure and left as many as 100 000 people homeless.
6 dead and missing after major flash floods hit Culiacan, Mexico
Ricardo de la Cruz Musalem, general director of Civil Protection SEGOB, said 3 people have been killed and 3 are still missing after heavy rains caused major flash flooding in city of Culiacán, Mexico's state of Sinaloa on September 20. One person drowned and two were killed by electrocution. The three people missing were presumably swept away.
Musalem added there are 11 municipalities in a state of emergency, with classes and daycare centers suspended. Preliminary reports mention 100 damaged schools.
Sinaloa state government said more than 2 000 people have been evacuated.
The storm dropped as much as 359 mm (14 inches) of rain in just 24 hours.
Storm Bronagh drops heavy rain, causes travel disruption, UK
Bronagh, the second named storm of the 2018/19 season swept across Wales and England early September 20, dropping heavy rain and producing very strong winds.
The storm downed trees, caused traffic chaos and brought around a half a month's of rain in 24 hours to parts of the region.
Alberta records snowiest September since records began, more expected, Canada
Parts of Alberta, Canada recorded their snowiest September since records began.
The city of Edmonton experienced its snowiest September on record, with six consecutive days of snowfall and 22 cm (8.6 inches) reported in total so far this month. The amount broke the previous record of 12.9 cm (5 inches) measured back in 1965.
Two lightning-caused wildfires burned more than 40 500 ha (100 000 acres), Utah
The Bald Mountain Fire in Mount Nebo Wilderness began on August 24, 2018, but grew only 8 ha (20 acres) over the next 2 to 3 weeks. However, it became much more active on September 12 due to low humidity and high winds and has burned nearly 78 284 ha (18 000 acres) as of September 21. It is only 12% contained.
The Pole Creek fire ignited to the east of Bald Mountain on September 6. Four days later, strong winds fanned the flames and sent fire into some areas already scorched by the Bald Mountain Fire. Pole Creek is also burning into the Coal Hollow Fire and Diamond Fork Canyon. As of September 21, it burned approximately 39 659 ha (98 000 acres) and was 32% contained.
Image credit NASA/Earth Observatory
Eruption at Ketoi volcano, Kuril Islands, Russia
Tokyo VAAC reported an eruption at Ketoi stratovolcano in Russia's Kuril Islands at 23:30 UTC on September 20.
Volcanic ash was not identifiable in satellite imagery and there was no additional information supplied.
Thermal anomaly was detected at the volcano during July and August 2013 as well as occasional gas and steam emissions.
Increased fumarolic activity from Ketoi was noted in satellite imagery on May 4, 2010.
The first historical eruption at the volcano took place from 1843 (July) to 1846. It had Volcanic Explosivity Index of 2 and is still its largest known eruption.
Other confirmed eruptions took place in 1924 and 1960. Both VEI2.
Ambae volcano alert level lowered to Level 2, Vanuatu
Observations in September 2018 confirm that the eruptive activity at the volcano has dropped. There are currently no explosions and volcanic cloud emitted are white color, means only steam. A small-scale eruption in Lake Voui has ceased.
The volcano is now in major unrest state and the Volcanic Alert Level was lowered to Level 2, VMGD reported September 20.
Two very deep earthquakes hit Fiji
Two very deep earthquakes registered by the USGS as M5.8 and M5.9 hit Fiji on September 21 at 03:40 and 03:41 UTC, respectively. The quakes occurred at a depth of 640 km (397 miles).
The epicenters were located about 81 km (50 miles) ENE of Levuka (population 8 360).
The quakes were too deep to cause a tsunami.
60 Iowa buildings deemed unsafe after tornado
City officials in Marshalltown, central Iowa have designated about 60 structures as unsafe following a July tornado that damaged about 2 000 buildings.
Deadly Japan heatwave of August 2018 sent record 30 000 people to hospital
More than 30 000 people suffering heat stroke or heat exhaustion were taken to hospitals across Japan in August, topping the previous record for the month in 2010, the government said September 20/
Of 30 410 people taken to hospitals in the month, 20 died and 485 suffered severe sickness, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. The previous record was 28 448.
Hurricane "Florence" death toll reaches 42, more than half of victims were in vehicles
Hurricane "Florence" is now being blamed for the death of at least 42 people. There were 31 deaths in North Carolina, nine in South Carolina and two in Virginia.
Well over half of those killed were in vehicles, officials said.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he knows the damage in his state will add up to billions of dollars.
"The flooding is like nothing we have ever seen," Cooper said. "People in hard hit communities do want to go back, but many are still having to wait."
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