Strong winds cause power outages in Tallong, Greenwich Park | Goulburn Post


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Power outages this morning across Tallong and Greenwich Park impacted nearly 500 residents. 472 locals lost power at 10.40am this morning in the region surrounding Tallong after a tree was blown over by strong winds and brought down powerlines on Highland Way. An Essential Energy spokesperson said crews were dispatched immediately, and power was returned to the region at 4.27pm. The Tallong Rural Fire Brigade posted to Facebook at 3pm saying that Highland way between Bumballa Road to Wingello was closed with no available estimate on when it will reopen. Meanwhile, a further 19 residents lost power in Greenwich Park, north of Towrang, at 11:10am due to a fallen powerline. There is currently no estimate for the return of power to the area. The spokesperson asked that customers remain at least eight metres away from fallen powerlines and report any power outages to Essential Energy on 13 20 80 as soon as possible. The Bureau of Meteorology measured the top wind speed in Goulburn at 91kph, with a statewide maximum of 109kph in Nerriga. The State Emergency Service advises that people should: Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up here.

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Home Minister Amit Shah winds up Chennai visit


CHENNAI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday left for Delhi after launching various infrastructure projects worth over Rs 67,000 crore during his one day visit to the metropolis.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his Cabinet colleagues including K A Sengottaiyan and P Thangamani gave him a warm send off at the airport here.

Shah, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon laid the foundation stone for projects including the Rs 61,843 crore phase II of Chennai Metro Rail, elevated highway in Coimbatore at an estimated Rs 1,620 crore, a barrage across river Cauvery in Karur district and IOCL’s projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore. Later, the senior BJP leader also addressed his party office-bearers here at a hotel.

Elaborate security arrangements were made by police for the visit of Shah, who is under Z-plus security cover.





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Crewed SpaceX launch DELAYED due to ‘winds and recovery operations’ – NASA — RT USA News



The launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule with three US and one Japanese astronaut from Florida, scheduled for November 14, has been delayed by a day, NASA announced citing wind conditions.

Originally scheduled for Saturday evening, the Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station has been pushed back to Sunday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Twitter.  

The Crew Dragon was supposed to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. However, wind coming in from the sea would interfere with recovery operations, Bridenstine explained. SpaceX has been landing the Falcon 9 boosters on a drone ship, in order to reuse them for future launches.

This weekend’s launch has been praised by NASA as historic, signaling both the first time a commercially developed spaceship is being used on a regular ISS mission and the official return of the US capability for launching astronauts into space, lost with the closure of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

NASA’s Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, as well as Soichi Noguchi from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), are scheduled to spend six months on board the ISS.




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UK weather forecast: Torrential rain and 50mph gale force winds amid more flood risks


“Intense” periods of torrential rain and gale force gusts reaching over 50mph are set to batter parts of Britain, as milder temperatures continue to ebb away – with flooding likely.

The warmer than average heat surge which saw the UK reach 19C on Saturday, despite it being early November, is slowly dropping with much of the country likely to struggle to remain in the teens today.

While a band of rain and fierce winds will make things feel even colder and bring a return to the unsettled stormy conditions of last week.

There is expected to be some respite on Thursday, however, before more wind and rain arrives by the evening and continues into the weekend.



The Met Office has issued a weather warning in Scotland

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain in the west of Scotland until midnight tonight.

It states: “Heavy rain will persist throughout Wednesday, with some disruption due to surface water expected.”

And adds: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.”

As a result, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 13 flood alerts.



Stormy conditions are expected to continue into the weekend, save for Thursday

BBC forecaster Matt Taylor said the “gustiest conditions” will be right down the west coast of Britain, with a “short spell of intense rain which accompanies the broader, wetter weather pushing its way eastwards”.

He said overnight those winds were “picking up, strong to gale force” despite temperatures peaking at 14C in the early hours.

Looking to Thursday, he said wind and rain will clear from eastern coasts to “allow this little window of dry and brighter weather”.



Much of the unsettled weather will be in the west

“Better chance of all of us seeing some sunshine, particularly during the morning once the rain has cleared from the east,” he continued.

“Good sunny spells though in the morning replaced by cloud and yet again by the end of the day more wind and rain will push its way in,” Mr Taylor added.

Milder temperatures are set to remain until the middle of the month before they begin to plummet, with some charts showing early December could be even colder than normal.

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today:

Eastern and some central parts dry and bright after early fog and low cloud clears. Rain in the west, heavy at times, moving slowly eastwards through the day. Windy, with gales in the west.

Tonight:

Heavy rain and strong winds clearing away eastwards then most parts dry with clear spells. Turning chillier than on recent nights.

Thursday:

Most parts dry with sunny spells. Turning cloudy and windy in the west with heavy rain and gales arriving later.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Remaining unsettled with strong winds, showers and longer spells of rain. Rainfall heaviest across western hills, with many sheltered eastern areas seeing little rainfall and some good spells of sunshine.





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Strong Winds Lash Cayman Islands as Eta Regains Tropical Storm Strength



Strong winds battered palm trees in the Cayman Islands as Eta, which the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said had regained tropical-storm strength, approached on the morning of November 7. The NHC issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Cayman Islands, parts of Cuba, northwest Bahamas, South Florida, and the Florida Keys. “Significant, life-threatening flash and river flooding will be possible in Cuba, along with landslides in areas of higher terrain,” the NHC said. “A tornado or two may occur Sunday evening and Sunday night over South Florida and the Keys,” they continued. The Cayman Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas and South Florida were forecast to experience urban and flash flooding, the NHC said. Credit: @gonolesglp via Storyful



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Typhoon Goni Makes Landfall in Philippines; ‘Catastrophic’ Winds Feared


‘Catastrophic winds’ are predicted as the storm hits.

Typhoon Goni, expected to be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, made landfall early Sunday with weather officials predicting “catastrophic wind damage” as it roared through the country.

The warning came as emergency response teams backed by the Philippine police and military scrambled to prepare. Winds were expected to be particularly strong in Catanduanes Province and other areas, Pagasa, the national weather agency, said in a tweet it posted Sunday morning.

“Within the next 12 hours, catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall associated with the region of the eyewall and inner rain bands of the typhoon will be experienced,” the agency said in a separate advisory.

The center of the eye of Goni made landfall as a super typhoon at 4:50 a.m. in Catanduanes, an island province, Pagasa said. Its path was expected to take it through Luzon, the country’s most populous island, and the country’s capital region.

‘Super’ or not, the typhoon is expected to cause large-scale destruction.

Typhoon Goni had sustained winds of 135 miles per hour at its center and gusts of 165 miles per hour as of early Sunday, prompting the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to categorize the storm as a super typhoon.

The eye of the storm — which Philippine officials are calling Typhoon Rolly under their separate naming system — was expected to pass near Metro Manila, the capital region and home to more than 24 million people.

“We are forecasting widespread destruction even if this does not turn out to become a super typhoon,” Ricardo Jalad, the chief of the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said Saturday on state television.

Along with violent winds and torrential rain, storm surges along the coast were expected, the Philippine weather agency said.

Goni, the 18th typhoon to strike the Philippines this year, arrives just days after Typhoon Molave tore through the country, dumping heavy rain and causing significant flooding. Molave killed 22 people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands before moving on to Vietnam, where it caused deadly landslides.

Mr. Jalad of the disaster management agency said that evacuations in areas threatened by Goni began on Friday. Nearly a million people in southern Luzon had already been evacuated as of Saturday, the agency reported.

Local officials could order forced evacuations if necessary, Mr. Jalad said.

“If they see that their constituents are facing danger, they are empowered to carry out forced evacuations with the help of the Philippine National Police and other uniformed services,” Mr. Jalad said. There had been “avoidable casualties” during Typhoon Molave, he added, because some people had ignored warnings.

The Philippines is hit by at least 20 tropical storms and typhoons every year, some of them deadly. Thousands were killed in November 2013 when Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines.

Aid and rescue services are getting ready.

The Philippine Red Cross stationed rescue vehicles and emergency response teams across Luzon.

“We are determined to do all we can to help these communities prepare for the oncoming storm,” said Richard Gordon, the Red Cross chairman.

He said the disasters complicated the country’s response to Covid-19, which has infected more than 370,000 people and killed 7,185. Evacuation centers can make social distancing more challenging than usual.

The Philippine military said that it, too, had deployed emergency response units in areas expected to be hit by the typhoon.





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Typhoon Goni Makes Landfall in Philippines, Packing ‘Catastrophic’ Winds


MANILA — Typhoon Goni, expected to be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, made landfall on Sunday morning, with weather officials predicting “catastrophic wind damage” as it roared through the country.

The warning came as emergency response teams backed by the Philippine police and military scrambled to prepare. Winds were expected to be particularly strong in Catanduanes Province and other areas, Pagasa, the national weather agency, said in tweet it posted Sunday morning.

The center of the eye of Goni made landfall as a super typhoon at 4:50 a.m. in Catanduanes, an island province, Pagasa said.

The typhoon had sustained winds of 135 miles per hour at its center and gusts of 165 miles per hour as of early Sunday, prompting the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to categorize the storm as a super typhoon.

The eye of the storm — which Philippine officials are calling Typhoon Rolly under their separate naming system — was expected to pass near Metro Manila, the low-lying capital region and home to more than 24 million people.

The storm is expected to weaken slightly before making landfall again on Sunday morning in the southern part of Luzon, the country’s most populated island, Philippine officials said. The eye of the storm — which Philippine officials are calling Typhoon Rolly under their separate naming system — was expected to pass near Metro Manila, the low-lying capital region, which is home to more than 24 million people.

“We are forecasting widespread destruction even if this does not turn out to become a super typhoon,” Ricardo Jalad, the chief of the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said Saturday on state television.

Goni will be the 18th typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. It is arriving just days after Typhoon Molave, which was weaker, tore across the country, dumping heavy rains and causing significant flooding. Molave killed 22 people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands before moving on to Vietnam, where it caused deadly landslides.

Mr. Jalad said evacuations in areas threatened by Goni had been underway since Friday. He said local officials could order forced evacuations if necessary.

“If they see that their constituents are facing danger, they are empowered to carry out forced evacuations with the help of the Philippine National Police and other uniformed services,” Mr. Jalad said. He said there had been “avoidable casualties” during Typhoon Molave because some people had ignored warnings to stay indoors.

The Philippine Red Cross has placed rescue vehicles, first aid volunteers and emergency response teams in areas across Luzon that are likely to be affected by the typhoon.

“Three storms have consecutively affected the country this month alone, and now a potential super typhoon is heading our way,” said Senator Richard Gordon, the Red Cross chairman. “We are determined to do all we can to help these communities prepare for the oncoming storm,” he said.

He said the disasters had complicated the country’s response to Covid-19, which has infected more than 370,000 people in the country and killed 7,185. Evacuation centers can make social distancing more challenging than usual.

The Philippine military said it had deployed emergency response field units in areas expected to be hit by the typhoon, which could unleash heavy to intense rains over a large swath of Luzon, including Metro Manila.

The Philippines is hit by at least 20 tropical storms and typhoons every year, some of them deadly. Thousands were killed in November 2013 when Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines.



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UK weather: Halloween washout as Met Office warns of heavy rain, strong winds and flooding | UK News


Large parts of the UK will be hit by heavy rain and strong winds this Halloween weekend, which risk flooding, power cuts and travel delays, the Met Office warns.

Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind are in place across Northern Ireland, Wales, and western parts of England and Scotland from Saturday until 6am on Monday.

Almost all of Britain will suffer rainy conditions this weekend as Storm Aiden moves in from the west, but western and hilly areas will be worst affected, forecasters say.

On Sunday, a second weather front – this time from the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta – will bring more rain and gales.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Martin Young said: “Given that this is falling on already saturated ground from what has been a wet October, there is an increased risk of flooding in some warnings areas.

“We’re urging people to keep a close eye on the forecast, flood alerts and warnings in their areas.”

Council officials have already urged people to stay away from traditional Halloween celebrations on Saturday amid spiralling coronavirus cases.

They are asking people to respect lockdown measures, the rule of six and not to meet with other households if bans apply in your area.

But those who do choose to go out trick-or-treating will struggle to keep dry.

The first weather warning for wind covers all of Northern Ireland, large parts of Wales, the South West and North West of England and the west coast of Scotland.

It will last until 9pm on Saturday, with heavy gusts returning to the Hebrides and far north west of Scotland between midday and 9pm on Sunday.

Rain will also blanket western parts of the UK through Saturday, with 40mm to 60mm expected to fall on higher ground, risking flooded homes, car and rail disruption and power cuts, the Met Office said.

But there will be a break from the wet weather from around 2pm, with some of the rain expected to clear in the afternoon.

Sunday Afternoon Weather

There will be little respite for western parts on Sunday, however, with the return of a rain warning between 6pm and 6am on Monday.

The Met Office says fast-flowing and deep floodwater is possible, posing a “danger to life”.

Gary White, the duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, said flooding is likely up and down the country over the next few days.

He said: “Our emergency response workers will be at key sites checking defences are in good working order and making sure any drainage grids and screens are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes.”



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Powerful Hurricane Zeta Winds Send Trampoline Soaring in Belle Chasse, Louisiana


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Hurricane Zeta Batters Southern Louisiana as Thousands Left Without Power

At least 400,000 homes were without power in Louisiana on Thursday, October 29, after Hurricane Zeta battered the state on Wednesday. NOLA.com reported that more than 400,000 Entergy customers were without power on the morning of Thursday, October 29, with approximately 175,000 without power in Jefferson Parish and almost 70,000 homes and businesses suffering power outages in St Tammany Parish. The National Hurricane Center had warned of “life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and heavy rain” as Zeta moved through southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Video, posted by Richard Nolen, shows a gas station being battered by wind and rain in Slidell in St Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Credit: Richard Nolen via Storyful



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California braces for more fire danger from winds


LOS ANGELES (AP) — California prepared for another round of dangerous fire weather Tuesday even as crews fought a pair of fast-moving blazes in the south that critically injured two firefighters and left more than 100,000 under evacuation orders.

Some of the fiercest winds of the fire season drove fires up and down the state Sunday night and Monday before easing but they were expected to resume overnight and continue into Tuesday morning, although not to the earlier extremes, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasts called for Santa Ana winds up to 50 to 80 mph (80.4 to 128.7 kph) at times over much of Southern California, with some of the strongest gusts howling through Orange County, where two blazes sped through brushy hills near major urban centers.

A fire that broke out around dawn Monday prompted evacuation orders for thousands of homes in the area of Irvine, while a few miles away another blaze did the same in the Yorba Linda area. More than 100,000 people were told to flee the fast-moving flames.

One home was reported damaged.

Two firefighters, one 26 and the other 31 years old, were critically injured while battling the larger blaze near Irvine, according to the county’s Fire Authority, which didn’t provide details on how the injuries occurred. They each suffered second- and third-degree burns over large portions of their bodies and were intubated at a hospital, officials said.

Pat McGrath, 78, of Irvine, went to a shelter after a stranger pounded on her door Monday as she made breakfast. The stranger told her about the evacuation orders.

“I just panicked. I started crying,” McGrath, who has no family on the West Coast, told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m cold, I’m hungry, I’m stressed and I don’t know what to do.”

Southern California Edison reported to the state’s Public Utilities Commission that is was investigating whether its equipment might have sparked the blaze. The utility said a wire that lashed a telecommunications line to a supporting cable may have struck a 12,000-volt SCE conducting line above it.

SCE was among utilities that cut power to customers to prevent equipment from being knocked down or fouled by debris in the winds and sparking wildfires.

SCE cut power to about 38,000 homes and businesses, although it restored some power by Monday night.

The winds were so strong that firefighters had to ground their aircraft for much of the day in Irvine, though they got back up by late Monday afternoon and continued their work into the night.

In Northern California, the easing of winds allowed Pacific Gas & Electric to begin restoring power after the largest of five safety shutoffs this year.

At its peak, PG&E blacked out about 345,000 customers — an estimated 1 million people — in 34 counties. PG&E said it had restored power to more than 150,000 customers by Monday evening with electricity to be back on at the other homes and buildings by Tuesday night after crews conduct air and ground inspections to make repairs and ensure it’s safe.

A dozen reports of damage had been received, PG&E said.

Nearly two dozen wildfires were reported in Northern California Sunday night and Monday but all were rapidly contained without serious damage.

However, the fire threat was far from over in many parts of PG&E’s vast service area. A red-flag warning of extreme fire danger was in effect into Tuesday morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains and some coastal and valley areas, with warnings extending into Tuesday evening for some higher elevations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Continuing “bone-dry” humidity could dry out vegetation, which can contribute to “catastrophic” fires, PG&E meteorology chief Scott Strenfel said.

“The conditions are very, very unsafe,” said Mark Quinlan, the utility’s incident commander.

However, once the winds ease, the weather should remain calm through the weekend, Quinlan said.

After this event, no offshore high-wind events are forecasted for the next five days, but no rain is in sight either, Strenfel said.

Scientists have said climate change has made California much drier, meaning trees and other plants are more flammable. October and November are traditionally the worst months for fires, but already this year 8,600 wildfires in the state have scorched a record 6,400 square miles (16,600 square kilometers) and destroyed about 9,200 homes, businesses and other buildings. There have been 31 deaths.

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Rodriguez reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writer Amy Taxin in Orange County, California, contributed to this report.



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