Storm surge forecasts predict historic flooding for beaches in Hurricane Florence’s path, up to 13 feet above normal sea level, as the storm is headed for landfall on the Carolinas’ coasts Friday.The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday downgraded Florence to a Category 2 storm with wind speeds above 110 miles per hour, with a 500-mile-wide swathe set to trigger rainfall across the Carolinas.On Tuesday, storm surge warnings were issued from South Carolina to Virginia. These abnormally high waters that accompany some hurricanes can be deadly — the flooding they cause, together with rainfall, account for most hurricane deaths.The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia all declared states of emergency in advance of the storm. The US Navy sent about 30 ships out to sea to weather the storm from the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia.“We are bracing for a hard hit,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement announcing a request … [Read more...] about These Maps Show Where Florence’s Storm Surge May Hit Hardest
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The National Weather Service warned on Wednesday that Hurricane Florence, which is expected to slam into the East Coast later this week, “will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast.”The hurricane, which was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2, is expected to make landfall Thursday through Friday, causing catastrophic damage from winds and flooding. The storm is forecast to linger over the Carolinas through the weekend, increasing the potential for continued flooding.More than 10 million people in the region are under hurricane and storm watches and warnings, according to the weather service.“This is not going to be a tropical storm. This is not going to be one of those storms that hit and move out to sea. This is going to be, you know, a Mike Tyson punch to the Carolina coast,” Federal Emergency Management Agency associate administrator Jeff Byard said Wednesday.As of Wednesday night, the hurricane was packing 110 mph … [Read more...] about The National Weather Service Warns Hurricane Florence Will Likely Be “The Storm Of A Lifetime”
Greenland's ice is melting six times faster than it was in the 1980s, according to researchers' estimates based on nearly fifty years of data. The island's glaciers have already accounted for a sea level rise of 13.7 millimeters (0.5 inches) since 1972 and could contribute to a much greater rise in the future. They estimate that Greenland went from dumping 51 billion tons (46 bn tonnes) of ice into the ocean between 1980 to 1990, to a staggering 286 billion tons (259 bn tonnes) between 2010 and 2018. Forty to 50 per cent of the planet's population is in cities that are vulnerable to sea rise, exposing coastlines to greater risks of flooding, erosion, and storm hazard. Home to Earth's second-largest ice sheet, the glaciers are starting to melt faster and break into icebergs that are moving into the ocean. Half of the sea level rise has occurred in the past eight years and ice losses are likely to get worse with global warming, experts say. Half of … [Read more...] about Greenland’s ice is melting six times faster than in the 1980s and its glaciers have caused sea levels to rise by half an inch since 1972, experts say
By IBRAHIM ORUKO More by this Author The year 2019, now in its dying days, has been a quiet one on the literary scene. Until Musalia Mudavadi’s autobiography was dropped, hogging the media for a week. Rarely does a book in Kenya capture the attention of the nation as did Soaring Above the Storms of Passion.INTRIGUES & DILEMMASPerhaps only Miguna Miguna’s Peeling Back the Mask and Kidneys for the King — in which the Canada-based lawyer pours opprobrium on his ally-turned foe-turned ally-turned foe again Raila Odinga — were more noisily received.Soaring Above the Storms of Passion, authored with Amani National Congress Secretary-General Barrack Muluka, and published by The Mudavadi Memorial Foundation Trust Fund in association with Midas Touch Media Limited, reads like a crash history of Kenya in the past 30 years through the eyes of the former vice-president.German philosopher Friedrich Hegel wrote that history is not the soil in which happiness grows … [Read more...] about Gaffes and apparent selective amnesia in Mudavadi’s memoir
Melbourne has been battered by thunderstorms which brought hail the size of golf balls, just hours after the city sweltered through 36-degree heat. Thunderstorms rolled through the city on Tuesday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds. In the north-west, Mildura copped the worst of the storm with 90km gusts causing significant damage. The wet weather did bring a cool change to the city, with temperatures dropping around 10 degrees. Scroll down for video Melbourne was battered by storms on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the city sweltered through 36-degree heat In the north-west, Mildura copped the worst of the storm with 90km winds causing significant damage The storm lasted around half an hour, with the SES receiving more than 400 calls for help, the Herald Sun reports. The Bureau of Meteorology have issued a severe thunderstorm alert for areas near Dandenong, with storms also forecast for Cranbourne and Lang Lang. Meanwhile, Sydney has been warned to … [Read more...] about Tale of two cities: Massive hailstones and 100km/h winds batter Melbourne as Sydney swelters through record heat – so what’s the forecast near you?
In October 2016, Amitav Ghosh wrote an essay in The Guardian that hinged on a pertinent question: Where is the fiction about climate change? Scientists were losing sleep over the environmental emergency. Newspapers had blaring headlines about it. Even the kids were concerned. Ghosh had just written a climate-related non-fiction book, The Great Derangement. But novels about the subject – the kind with rich storytelling, strong narratives and memorable characters, he said, were missing. He called it “a crisis of culture and of the imagination”. It wasn’t quite that. Novels featuring the changing environment were being written all through the 2000s. They just hadn’t captured the public imagination. You know why? The climate crisis is terrifying. It’s also boring. Bar graphs slowly get redder, line-graphs fluctuate upwards, the prediction models are complicated and no one can quite connect the local crises. Most novels … [Read more...] about Tomorrow is a new chapter: The rise of climate fiction