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🌀 A Northeast storm is intensifying into a bomb cyclone, forecasters say
« Reply #571 on: October 17, 2019, 04:42:00 AM »
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A Northeast storm is intensifying into a bomb cyclone, forecasters say


By Jennifer Gray, CNN

Updated 4:40 AM ET, Thu October 17, 2019
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(CNN)A bomb cyclone is taking shape along the Eastern Seaboard, and power is being knocked out in the Northeast.
More than 320,000 customers in multiple states were without power early Thursday morning as the coastal storm battered the region, according to poweroutages.us.
Massachusetts alone had more than 136,0000 customers in the dark. Thousands of outages were also reported in surrounding states, including more than 39,000 in New York, 44,900 in Connecticut, 35,000 in Rhode Island and 26,600 in Pennsylvania.
Rain is falling across the region and winds are picking up speed and are forecast to last through Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for about 7 million in the Northeast and a wind advisory for more than 60 million in 14 states stretching from the Appalachians in North Carolina all the way through Maine.

Generally, a bomb cyclone is defined by a pressure drop of 24 millibars (a unit of pressure) within 24 hours. The pressure of the system could drop more than 30 millibars in 24 hours -- making this a bomb cyclone, the National Weather Service in Boston said Wednesday.
"The system will have the equivalent low pressure of a Category 1 hurricane," said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.
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One to two inches of rain fell in the Mid-Atlantic states Wednesday, but the heaviest rains will be Wednesday night and Thursday in the Northeast. Up to three inches is expected for much of the Northeast, with isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
Winds could reach tropical-storm force (39 mph+) with even higher gusts by Wednesday and Thursday for places such as New York City, Boston and Portland, Maine.
Expect numerous flight delays and cancellations in New England Thursday and Friday, as the strong winds hold on until Friday evening before diminishing.
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Wind is cited already for delays at Newark International Airport, which is currently experiencing delays averaging 2 hours and 26 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Traffic arriving at La Guardia Airport in New York is currently delayed 50 minutes.
Some areas could top out with winds reaching more than 60 mph. With most trees still holding on to their leaves, these winds could have an easier time bringing down trees and power lines, potentially cutting power to thousands of people.
The rain will taper off throughout the day on Thursday, then completely lift out of northern New England by Friday.
Not a classic nor'easter but still strong
Although it is not likely the storm will meet the criterion of a classic nor'easter, it will be just as strong as the storm that impacted the mid-Atlantic and Northeast last week, if not a little stronger.
Models are showing it will likely stay more onshore compared to the coastal storm last Friday.

A cold front will lower temperatures with the eastern half of the country 5 to 20 degrees below average for high temperatures on Thursday. The storm will not be a major snow-maker for most of the region, except for a small portion of upstate New York.
This is the second coastal storm to impact New England in a week. Last week's storm sat off the coast of the mid-Atlantic, churning up seas and bringing a strong onshore wind that shredded beaches up and down the East Coast. It caused costly damage along the coast due to beach erosion and coastal flooding.
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🌀 Powerful nor’easter slams the East Coast
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🌀 Typhoon Phanfone wreaks havoc on the Philippines
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The STRONGEST storm EVER RECORDED!!!  :o That's a mouthful for sure.

The Rain in India falls mainly on the poor people who live in the flatlands along the coast. Brahmins take the High Ground.  AKA, Watson's ancestors. along with most of the Indians who migrated to Jolly Old England and the FSoA a generation ago.  The Rich get richer, the Poor stay poor.  Everybody Knows.

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India and Bangladesh brace for the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal

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(CNN)Millions of people in India and Bangladesh are in the path of a cyclone which is due to make landfall in less than 36 hours, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to a region already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
Super Cyclone Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, after intensifying with sustained wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour (165 miles per hours), according to data from the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
Amphan has weakened slightly since, but the storm is still the equivalent of a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane, with winds speeds up to 185 kph (115 mph).
The US Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) said up to 33.6 million people in India could potentially be exposed to the storm's winds, while a maximum of 5.3 million could be exposed in Bangladesh. The PDC's estimate is based on data from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
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Fishermen bringing in their boats after warnings were sounded ahead of the cyclone&#39;s arrival on May 18 in Puri, India.
Fishermen bringing in their boats after warnings were sounded ahead of the cyclone's arrival on May 18 in Puri, India.
The Bay of Bengal, in the northeastern part of the Indian Ocean, is positioned between India to the west and northwest, Bangladesh to the north, and Myanmar to the east.
Amphan is just the second super cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal since records began. During the last super cyclone in 1999, nearly 15,000 villages were affected and almost 10,000 people were killed.
The cyclone is due to make landfall on the India Bangladesh border on Wednesday evening, near the Indian city of Kolkata which is home to more than 14 million people
Mass evacuations underway
Indian officials said that up to 300,000 people in the coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha are in immediate danger from the storm. Evacuations are underway in the region, according to the country's ministry of home affairs.
Satya Narayan Pradhan, Director General of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) said in the state of West Bengal there is normally room in cyclone shelters for 500,000 people but because of social distancing rules due to the coronavirus epidemic, that number had been reduced by more than half to just 200,000.
Some buses have been arranged, he said, but many will be walking to the emergency shelters.
Pradhan added that the areas under threat from the cyclone were comparatively less developed, with many villagers in temporary homes with thatched or tin roofs. "That is going to be in the line of fire," he said.
In Bangladesh, Disaster Management Junior Minister Enamur Rahman said they were planning to move about two million people from coastal areas to more than 12,000 cyclone shelters.
A volunteer urges residents to evacuate to shelters ahead of the expected landfall of the cyclone in Khulna, Bangladesh, on May 19.
A volunteer urges residents to evacuate to shelters ahead of the expected landfall of the cyclone in Khulna, Bangladesh, on May 19.
According to the Bangladesh Disaster Management Ministry's senior information official Selim Hossain, there is capacity for 9.1 million people to be safety housed in cyclone shelters while maintaining social distancing.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the country's emergency response measures on Monday night, ahead of the storm's landfall in India.
NDRF Director General Pradhan previously said 25 NDRF teams have been deployed to the region, with 12 others ready in reserve, and 24 other teams are also on standby in different parts of India.
Fishermen have been warned to remain onshore and not sail out for the next 24 hours by the Indian Meteorological Department.
Following the meeting, Modi said on his official Twitter account that evacuation plans had been discussed, as well as other emergency response measures.
"I pray for everyone's safety and assure all possible support from the Central Government," he said.
Coronavirus pandemic
The storm comes as both India and Bangladesh struggle to bring local coronavirus outbreaks under control. India passed more than 100,000 confirmed infections on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, recording its largest single-day surge yet with a total of 5,242 new cases.
Meanwhile Bangladesh's infection count is rapidly rising, with more than 1,300 new cases on Sunday, its biggest rise yet. In total, the country has recorded 23,870 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins.
Tackling both disasters at once will be challenging for the two governments, especially if they attempt to maintain social distancing in packed evacuation centers and emergency shelters.
"(All NDRF workers) have to be masked, everyone has to wear visor, gloves ... It's almost certain that they will be going to do rescue work in red (heavily-infected) zones ... They may be actually rescuing people who are already infected. It is a double challenge," NDRF Director General Pradhan said.
Pradeep Jena, special relief commissioner for India's Odisha State, said emergency services had to balance saving lives from the cyclone with saving lives from the coronavirus.
"We have to strike a balance between the two and evacuate people wherever it is extremely essential, otherwise people are better off in their own homes," he said.
Members of India&#39;s National Disaster Response Force warn people on the Bay of Bengal coast at Namkhana, West Bengal, on May 19
Members of India's National Disaster Response Force warn people on the Bay of Bengal coast at Namkhana, West Bengal, on May 19
Jena said in evacuation centers, they were trying to keep the elderly and pregnant women separate from the rest of the population and were working hard to obtain adequate soap for the shelters.
"Social distancing is definitely a very good concept but enforcing it in the strictest possible manner in a disaster situation may not always be possible," he said.
Cyclone Amphan could also bring heavy rains to the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, where almost 1 million Rohingya refugees live after fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
The first known Covid-19 cases were confirmed in the camp last week and with the storm now imminent, the two disasters could make for a devastating combination.

One human rights advocate said that a novel coronavirus outbreak in the camp would be a "nightmare scenario."
"The prevalence of underlying health conditions among refugees and the deteriorating sanitary conditions sure to come with the looming monsoon and flooding season make for a witch's brew of conditions in which the virus is sure to thrive," said Daniel P. Sullivan, who works for the US-based organization Refugees International.

Abir Mahmud in Bangladesh and CNN's Brandon Miller contributed to this article.
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🌀 Cyclone Amphan makes landfall forcing millions to evacuate
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Do you think back-to-back Cat 5 Hurricanes taking out NYC would be enough to top COVID-19 in the newz cycle?

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It’s official: The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is going to be bad
By Zoya Teirstein on May 23, 2020
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A hurricane is the last thing the country needs right now as tens of millions of Americans stay at home to protect themselves from COVID-19. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Atlantic hurricane forecast, published Thursday, shows an abnormally active season in the coming months.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends November 30 but for the past six years has been arriving early like an overeager dinner guest, typically produces 12 named storms. This year, NOAA is forecasting between 13 and 19 named storms, six to 10 of which could become hurricanes (compared to the average six). Three to six of those hurricanes could develop into major hurricanes — category 3, 4, or 5 storms with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. The average season sees three major hurricanes.

According to the forecast, there’s a 60 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, a 30 percent chance of an average season, and just a measly 10 percent chance of a below-normal season. Prior forecasts unaffiliated with NOAA predict a similarly damaging Atlantic hurricane season ahead. One forecaster said it could be one of the most active seasons on record.

This year is shaping up to be a doozy in large part because an El Niño, which suppresses storms in the Atlantic, is not likely to form this year. Signs point to either neutral conditions or El Niño’s opposite, La Niña — a weather pattern that blows warm water into the Atlantic, creating conditions for more hurricanes. Warmer ocean surface temperatures observed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Carribean Sea, NOAA’s report notes, also contribute to the likelihood of a busy season.

“NOAA’s analysis of current and seasonal atmospheric conditions reveals a recipe for an active Atlantic hurricane season this year,” Neil Jacobs, acting NOAA administrator, said in a statement. Already, the season’s first named storm, Arthur, came and went — brushing up against North Carolina before it churned back out into the Atlantic.

That doesn’t bode well for a nation under lockdown. The Federal Emergency Management Administration, which has been running point on the federal coronavirus response, is already stretched thin. Add a few major hurricanes to the mix and the federal agency might be completely overwhelmed. FEMA is “just not built to handle anything like this,” Robert Verchick, a Loyola University law professor, told Mother Jones earlier this month.

Whether FEMA is prepared or not, the agency is taking the hurricane forecast as an opportunity to remind people to make their own preparations. “Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more,” said FEMA’s acting deputy administrator for resilience, Carlos Castillo, in a statement. “With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now.”
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🌀 Tracking newly formed Tropical Storm Cristobal in the southern Gulf
« Reply #577 on: June 03, 2020, 01:16:03 AM »
Cometh Christobal.  Spaghetti Model looks like a hit on NOLA/

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🌀 Cyclone Nisarga Makes Landfall Close To Alibaug Near Mumbai
« Reply #579 on: June 03, 2020, 03:16:55 AM »
...and now over to the Pacific Theater of the War with Mother Nature...

Who do you think wins this war, hmmm?

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🌀 Christobal: BULLSEYE for NOLA
« Reply #580 on: June 06, 2020, 06:45:47 AM »
Next question: How BIG does Chris get?


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Re: 🌀 Christobal: BULLSEYE for NOLA
« Reply #581 on: June 06, 2020, 09:54:11 AM »
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Tropical Storm...not even a Category 1. However, Guatemals and parts of Mexico got the shit flooded out of them...like 35 inches.

The defining characteristic of all these storms in recent years is rain and flooding. I expect there will be serious floods.....

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Re: Tropical Storm Cristobal
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I wonder how Roamer's Dairy is doing?

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https://www.jsonline.com/story/weather/2020/06/08/tropical-storm-update-cristobal-heads-wisconsin-heavy-rain-hurricane-wind/5323874002/

Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal hit Wisconsin, thousands lose power
Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 9:27 p.m. CT June 8, 2020 | Updated 9:56 p.m. CT June 9, 2020

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The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal arrived in southern Wisconsin right on time Tuesday afternoon packing gusty winds, a succession of rainstorms that seemed to come down in sheets at times and knocking out power to thousands.
Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds and high waves on Lake Michigan. Credit: National Weather Service

Remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal are expected to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds and high waves on Lake Michigan. Credit: National Weather Service (Photo: National Weather Service)

As of 10 p.m. more than 6,200 We Energies customers in southeastern Wisconsin were without power. Outages were scattered throughout the area, according to the We Energies outage map.

Many of the outages were likely from trees and branches hitting power lines.

Rainfall totals were forecast for 2 to 3 inches or more west of Madison in the Wisconsin Dells area and the western and southwestern parts of the state. Rainfall in metro Milwaukee was forecast at half an inch to an inch.

A wind advisory for the eastern half of Wisconsin was in effect until midnight. The advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Sullivan because of winds out of the southeast at 20 to 25 mph and gusts up to 45 mph.

A flash flood watch is in effect until Wednesday morning in most Wisconsin counties along the Mississippi River.

Less rain was falling in the eastern side of the state, though there were higher winds and the possibility of severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. That's because structured bands of precipitation wrapping around the tropical storm that could create storms in southeastern Wisconsin, said Aidan Kuroski, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
Dangerous currents and swimming conditions are expected late Tuesday afternoon/evening at beaches along Lake Michigan due to persistent, breezy onshore winds and high waves from 5-10 feet. A Beach Hazards Statement for High Swim Risk conditions is in effect from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday for Sheboygan County down to Kenosha County. Credit: National Weather Service

Dangerous currents and swimming conditions are expected late Tuesday afternoon/evening at beaches along Lake Michigan due to persistent, breezy onshore winds and high waves from 5-10 feet. A Beach Hazards Statement for High Swim Risk conditions is in effect from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday for Sheboygan County down to Kenosha County. Credit: National Weather Service (Photo: National Weather Service)

A gale warning is in effect through Wednesday evening on Lake Michigan because of the possibility of strong winds creating waves of 6 to 10 feet.

That's also why forecasters warned of beach hazards on Lake Michigan from Sheboygan County to Kenosha County from Tuesday afternoon until 1 a.m. Wednesday; life-threatening waves and currents are predicted, and swimmers, paddlers and boaters are advised to stay out of the water.
A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on June 7 as Tropical Storm Cristobal approached the Louisiana coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A wave crashes as a man stands on a jetty near Orleans Harbor in Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on June 7 as Tropical Storm Cristobal approached the Louisiana coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Photo: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press)

Shortly after 8 p.m. the National Weather Service in Sullivan tweeted that the latest observation from Madison reported a record low pressure for Madison for June, breaking a record set in 1936.

Tropical Storm Cristobal pushed into Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and barreled its way through Arkansas on Monday and continued on through Missouri and Illinois before arriving in Wisconsin.

Technically Cristobal was no longer classified as a tropical storm when it arrived in Wisconsin. As tropical storms move across land they lose intensity, and Cristobal began weakening when started traversing terra firma.

Instead, Cristobal is a tropical depression because sustained winds are less than 39 mph. Tropical storms feature winds of 40 to 73 mph; a hurricane is 74 mph and higher.

Still, it's rare for Wisconsin, a state known for tornadoes, snowstorms and subzero cold, to get a piece of Cristobal.

The last time a tropical storm or hurricane tracked into Wisconsin was Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988, which clipped the southeastern portion of the state in Lake Michigan.

In fact, only three tropical systems before Cristobal are known to have found their way into the Badger State since meteorological records have been kept. The others were a Category 2 hurricane in early October 1949, back before they were named, which moved across parts of southeastern Wisconsin, including Milwaukee.

And the devastating September 1900 Galveston hurricane — still the deadliest natural disaster in American history, with fatalities estimated at between 6,000 and 12,000 — that moved into Wisconsin from Rockford, Illinois, and struck areas just north of Kenosha as it moved east.

The rain falling in Wisconsin from Cristobal is different from rain normally seen around these parts. Known as tropical rainfall, it features a higher number of raindrops, Kuroski explained.

"This type of system generally produces heavier rainfall than continental rainfall," Kuroski said Monday night. "It's so moisture rich. We will be close to records for amounts of moisture in the atmosphere for this time of year, though that doesn’t mean you'll see record rainfalls."

Rainfall records for June 9 are 2.46 inches in Madison, set in 1974, and 1.9 inches for Milwaukee, which was set in 1966.
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