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Typhoon Kammuri slams into Philippines, half-million people in evacuation centers, 17 killed - UPDATE

Typhoon Kammuri
© Zalrian Sayat/EPA
200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas have been evacuated
Typhoon Kammuri has made landfall in the central Philippines, at the southern end of Luzon island.

At least 200,000 residents have been evacuated from coastal and mountainous areas over fears of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Some events at the Southeast Asian Games, which opened on Saturday, have been cancelled or re-scheduled.

Operations at Manila airport were suspended for 12 hours starting 11:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT).

One Canadian traveller who arrived in Manila from the central island of Cebu on Monday said it was "the most turbulent flight" she ever took.

"I just discovered what airsickness is," Constance Benoit, 23, told the AFP news agency.

Typhoon Kammuri, locally named Tisoy, made landfall in Sorsogon province, and is said to have sustained winds of up to 155km/h (96mph), with gusts of up to 235km/h.

Storm surges of up to three metres (nearly 10ft) are expected, the weather service said


Update: NYT reports:
Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least 17 people were killed.

Manila's international airport was closed for 12 hours during the storm, resulting in the cancellation of nearly 500 flights. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day.

By early Wednesday the storm had weakened slightly, officials said, but heavy rainfall was expected to continue. Officials had feared that flooding could deluge Manila, the capital, and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people.

In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said fierce winds had caused more damage than the rain.

"Right now there's no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it's calm now," he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.

The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping to clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense.


2 feet of new snow in Sierra, 6 feet in a week above Tahoe

Sierra snowpack

Sierra snowpack
More than 2 feet of new snow has fallen in the Sierra, where more than 6 feet has been recorded the past seven days at the top of some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A winter storm warning that was in place most of the holiday weekend expired at 10 a.m. Monday. But chain controls remained in effect on most mountain passes, including U.S. Inter-state 80 from Truckee to Kingvale, California.

The weather service reported 29 inches of snow fell at Northstar California ski resort near Truckee over the past 24 hours for a total of 73 inches in a week. Squaw Valley near Tahoe City recorded 28 inches of new snow for a seven-day total of 75 inches.


Ice Age Farmer Report: ONE-TWO PUNCH: 2020 Spring floods - #NoPlant20? - Farmers under surveillance

The NWS has warned that a still-waterlogged Midwest can expect a wet winter and likely Spring flooding in 2020.

Christian breaks down what the 2019 flooding has already implied, and asks -- what can we expect from #NoPlant20 ?

Also, farmers are taking tractors into the streets around the world -- but why not in the US? The war on food continues, as banks/credit cards start breaking down your grocery bill by carbon footprint. Are you growing your own food yet? It's time.


Cloud Precipitation

27 dead in Tamil Nadu, India after days of heavy rain

The wall collapsed on houses, killing 17 people in Nadur in Mettupalayam
© J. Manoharan
The wall collapsed on houses, killing 17 people in Nadur in Mettupalayam
Days of heavy rain have caused havoc in parts of South India, claiming the lives of at least 27 people.

The worst affected areas are in the state of Tamil Nadu. Neighbouring Pudducherry and parts of Karnataka state including Bangalore (Bengaluru) have also seen heavy rain. India's Meteorological Department has forecast further rain over the coming days.

In Tamil Nadu, 17 people died after a wall collapsed on a row of houses in Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district late on 01 December, 2019. Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said 180.3mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 02 December in Mettupalayam.


Snow cover reaches early-December record in Lower 48 U.S. states after back-to-back storms

Albany digs out from heavy snowfall

Albany digs out from heavy snowfall
The two powerhouse storms that swept across the nation over the past week have left behind the most extensive early-December snow cover in at least 16 years.

Snow covered the ground on nearly half of the real estate in the Lower 48 — 46.2 percent of land area — on Monday morning, the largest area on Dec. 2 since snow cover records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began in 2003. Normally, a little more than a quarter of the nation has snow on the ground at this time of year.

The back-to-back storms instigated miserable pre- and post-Thanksgiving travel conditions, resulting in hundreds of flight cancellations and delays, and scores of highway accidents.

Last Monday and Tuesday, the first of the two storms dumped double-digit snowfall totals from the Rockies to the northern Great Lakes, including 22.3 inches of snow in Boulder, Colo., and 9.2 inches in Minneapolis.

Arrow Down

Three people missing after giant 100ft sinkhole swallows up lorry and scooter in Guangzhou, China

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway
Three people including a father and a son are missing after a giant sinkhole swallowed a street sweeper and an electric bike before filling with water.

CCTV footage from captured the moment a sanitation lorry carrying a driver, 51, and his son, 26, disappeared into the ground in Guangzhou, southeast China.

Witnesses are screaming as they walk around the sinkhole when more ground collapses, making it increases in a size of 100 feet across.

Municipal officials say the freak accident happened at the junction of Guangzhou Avenue and Yodong West Road at around 9.30am local time on December 1.


Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile around 5.45am Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile around 5.45am Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage
A magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck in the sea, 20 miles southwest of the port city of Arica at around 5.45am local time, at a depth of 20 miles, the USGS said.

Half a million people are estimated to live within a 60-mile radius of the quake and are likely to have felt it.

However, there were no immediate reports of damage and the USGS said the likelihood of casualties was low.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 5 footballers in Zambia

Five people belonging to a local football team died while three of their colleagues survived after they were struck by lightning in Chienge District of Luapula Province.

Zambia Police Service acting spokespersons Danny Mwale has identified the victims as Jackson Kabwe aged 20, Seleman Kapembwa aged 19 and Joe Chansa aged 19 and Mpundu Nasri and Joe Katai aged 16 and 17 respectively.

"Investigations revealed that the victims belonged to a local football team known as Chilondo Football Club (aka Barcelona) and were hired to cultivate a piece of land in order to raise funds at Chikalipa Village. Before they finished working, rain started and the Eight players went to seek refuge under a mango tree were lightening struck killing the five on the spot," he said.

Cloud Lightning

2 kids dead, 1 missing after truck swept away in Arizona flood

arizona floods
The bodies of two children were found Saturday, but searchers were still looking for a third child who went missing after a truck they were in was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen Arizona creek in what a sheriff's official called a "horrible and tragic incident."

Gila County sheriff's Lt. Virgil Dodd said the first body found was of a 5-year-old boy. The second child's age and gender weren't provided in a statement released by the Sheriff's Office.

Dodd said the 5-year-old boy's body was found about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) downstream of the crossing which had been closed hours before the truck tried to cross Friday despite barricades and warning signs.

Drivers "really need to not ignore that. It's very dangerous. It's very hazardous," Dodd said in announcing the first death. "In this case, this horrible and tragic incident ... that's what happens when you ignore these types of signs."

The Sheriff's Office said emergency personnel and law enforcement helicopters on Friday rescued two adults and two children who also were in the military-style truck swept downstream in Tonto Creek near the small community of Tonto Basin, which is about 52 miles (83 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix.


Heavy snowfall in the Victoria Alps, Australia on second day of SUMMER - up to a FOOT of snow overnight

Falls Creek

Falls Creek
It's the first week of summer and rather than sunshine and heat, it's snowing.

Many parts of Victoria have shivered through a cold and wet start to the hotter months, with snow blanketing the alps, leaving Victorian's reaching for their winter woollies.

Falls Creek and The Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria and Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales all saw significant dumps of snow this morning, with falls of between 15cms-30cms recorded.