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Inaccurate Predictions a Challenge When Preparing for Storms

January 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction.  Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant.  While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.

Winter Storm Brings Different Experiences in New York, New England

January 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Seth Borenstein and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

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More Snow Could be Coming to New England

January 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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Winter Storms, Working from Home and the BC of CI

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technology has made working from home commonplace and allowed organizations to stay efficient...

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Dunes May Have Prevented Severe Damage from Sandy

January 21, 2015 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coastal Research Center at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey studied the state's beaches just before and after Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. It found beaches with higher, wider dunes protected better against the storm than beaches without them.

About 100 Homes Underwater Due to Heavy Rain in Sarajevo

January 20, 2015 11:14 am | by Aida Cerkez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.  In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.  Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.

At Least 14 Dead After Tropical Storm in Madagascar

January 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 14 people were killed when the island nation of Madagascar was battered by a tropical storm, officials said.  Tropical storm Chedza has displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans, said the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management. Most of the deaths were a result of landslides caused by heavy rain and building collapses as strong winds tore roofs from houses.

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FEMA's PrepareAthon Discussed at ACP Meeting

January 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Joe Shust, Editor | Articles | Comments

The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York.  The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.  

Flooding in Mozambique Kills 10, Displaces 20,000

January 16, 2015 9:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

eavy flooding in Mozambique has killed 10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more, the government disaster management office said.  Mozambique's government Monday issued a red alert for disaster readiness for the central and northern provinces. The government also urged people in low-lying areas to find shelter on higher ground.

Extreme Cold Hammers Most of the United States

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.

Divers Continue Search for Black Box

January 9, 2015 8:54 am | by Achmad Ibrahim, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Strong currents and blinding silt thwarted divers' attempt to find AirAsia Flight 8501's black boxes, which are believed to still be in the recently discovered tail of the crashed plane.  The flight data and cockpit voice recorders are crucial to helping determine what caused the jet carrying 162 passengers and crew to vanish on Dec. 28, halfway into a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Experts to Test Early Warning Trackers at Seahawks Game

January 9, 2015 8:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans.  Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.

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Municipalities Near Nuclear Plant Upset with Sendai Owners

January 6, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how a utility company in southwestern Japan went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its nuclear reactors, a Kyodo News poll showed.

Wildfire 'Out of Control' in Southern Australia

January 6, 2015 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said.

AirAsia Search Will Continue as Long as Weather Permits

January 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More ships arrived with sensitive equipment to search for the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the more than 150 people still missing since it crashed five days ago.  Rear Marshal Henry Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, said the search would be stepped up as long as the weather allowed.

Winds Break Boats From Moorings, Killing Two

January 2, 2015 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A harbor patrolman and an unidentified man are dead after storm winds broke boats loose from moorings at Santa Catalina Island off the Southern California mainland.  The incident occurred in Avalon Harbor, where several power boats were pushed aground along the waterfront when 40 mph winds hit.

Weather, Murkiness Caused Difficulty for AirAsia Search Crew

December 30, 2014 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Searchers combing the Java Sea to find and recover debris and bodies from the AirAsia jet that crashed there have the advantage of working in much shallower waters than those found in the open ocean, but also face challenges that include monsoons, murkiness and trash.

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At Least 31 Dead After Storm Triggers Floods, Landslides

December 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan, officials said.  Jangmi, packing winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 50 mph, dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.

Recovery Begins After Tornado Strikes South

December 26, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tornadoes killed four people in southwest Mississippi on Tuesday as a storm system kicked off twisters across the region.  The storm cut power to 4,100 members of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, but power was restored to the last 450 customers — whose homes were dark Christmas morning — by 3 p.m., said Kurt Brautigam, spokesman for the power association.

At Least Nine Killed in Sri Lanka Mudslide

December 26, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At least nine people were killed in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the central hills of Sri Lanka, officials said.  More than 60,000 people have been evacuated and 3,000 homes destroyed as floods and mudslides have covered many parts of the Indian Ocean island in the last four days, disaster officials said.

'Mountains of Debris' From 2004 Tsunami Reused, Washed Out to Sea

December 22, 2014 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cars. Fishing boats. Houses. Entire villages. The 2004 tsunami left Banda Aceh with mountains of debris up to 6 kilometers (4 miles) inland.  Driving in the remade communities today, it's easy to wonder where it all went. Some of it is still there — recycled into road materials, buildings and furniture. Some of it was burned, creating new environmental hazards. And most of it was simply washed out to sea.

Washington Will Help Local Government Recover After Storm

December 22, 2014 2:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal government pay to clean up and rebuild after a last month's blockbuster storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow across the region.

Study Says Federal Government Not Fully Prepared to Handle Nuclear Attack, Large Scale Catastrophe

December 19, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.

Drones Could Help with Storm Research

December 18, 2014 4:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornados form.  Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do it at less cost and with less danger than piloted planes, the scientists say.

Mudslide Blocks Freeway as Storms Continue in California

December 18, 2014 3:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest in a string of storms noisily marched across Southern California, hurling lightning bolts, coating mountains with snow and unleashing downpours that triggered a freeway-blocking mudslide before mostly moving on.  California has been hit hard by rain and snow over the past week, but experts say it will take many storms to end a three-year drought.

California Receives Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year.  Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Some Sandy Victims Saddled with Huge Loan Payments

December 16, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the thousands of Sandy victims who jumped at Small Business Administration's offer in the storm's immediate aftermath say they didn't fully understand the potential repercussions of their loans. Now they regret taking them, saying they say ruined their chances for recovery grants and left them with monthly loan payments their neighbors don't have.

California Begins Cleaning Up Storm Damage

December 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Californians cleaned up from a major storm that soaked the drought-stricken state before moving east to drop rain on the Southwest.  Perhaps the biggest job was in Camarillo, about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, where a Friday mudslide besieged houses, making 13 uninhabitable. The debris flowed down a hillside burned by wildfire last year.

Death Toll at 56 After More Bodies Recovered in Indonesia Mudslides

December 15, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from a mudslide that flattened much of a village in central Indonesia rose to 51 on Monday before rain forced rescuers to halt their search for dozens of missing people, officials said.  Police rescue coordinator Lt. Col. Wika Hardiyanto said 11 bodies were recovered Monday, raising the confirmed toll to 51.

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