Area about 50 miles east of Dallas hit hard by storms, sending 56 people to hospital, while floods in Arkansas and Missouri claim two lives Severe storms including tornadoes swept through several small towns in east Texas, killing at least four people, injuring dozens more and leaving a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes, authorities said on Sunday. The storms in Texas were among several in parts of the south and midwest that brought strong winds, thunderstorms and torrential rain, killing a total of at least six people in three states.
At least one tornado confirmed to have hit small east Texas city
Hospitals report at least 54 admissions, unknown number killed
Fatalities have been reported and dozens of people taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas, authorities said. Canton fire department captain Brian Horton said in a news conference late Saturday that “a number of fatalities” were reported, but that it wasn’t yet clear how many, after powerful storms swept through the community earlier in the evening.
Authorities initially ordered a preventative evacuation of the coastal area near Valparaíso before quake of magnitude 7.1 hit 22 miles off of the west coast A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has struck off the west coast of , rocking the capital Santiago and generating at least two significant aftershocks. No major damage was immediately apparent, according to an assessment by Chile’s emergency services. The Chilean Navy and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was not expected to cause a tsunami.
With the rainy season approaching in Kerala state, a radio station is providing a low-tech forecast service to encourage 30,000 families to fish more safely For the fisherfolk of India’s southern state of Kerala, risking life and limb is part of everyday life. As fish stocks deplete in coastal waters because of overfishing and climate change, fishermen have no option but to venture ever further out to sea on small boats, flimsy canoes and catamarans. These modest craft are prone to accidents, especially during the monsoon season from June to August. The absence of navigational aids, radio communication or safety devices heightens the risks.
In June and from then on, it's do-or-die trips for us. The sea faces terrible storms
Severe weather has cut power to all of South Australia, causing widespread traffic disruptions, especially in Adelaide, and the premier says it could continue for ‘an extended period. Follow our coverage, live
The brunt of the thunderstorms have moved through Adelaide (for now) so we’ll switch off our live coverage of the South Australian storms here. Another bought of severe weather, that “intense and deep low pressure system” is due to hit Kangaroo Island in the early hours of Thursday morning and reach Adelaide by midday. Hopefully the power will be back on by then.
Here’s the South Australian opposition leader.
SA emergency services doing a mighty job in extraordinary conditions. Serious questions must now be answered by Weatherill & Koutsantonis.
Groans as the newsroom falls into total darkness. Cheers as the power comes back on in earnest
Bit of a weird one, this.
Police say there are people stuck in lifts because of power outage but can't give specific details
Federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg, has just wrapped up an interview with the ABC’s 7.30 program, in which he was asked what impact South Australia’s reliance on wind energy - it gets 41% of its electricity from renewables - could have had on the outage. Frydenberg’s answer was inconclusive. He appeared to suggest that the frequency of wind power as opposed to “traditional” baseload power like coal and gas could affect the stability of the system. (However SA premier Jay Weatherill, when that exact proposition was put to him earlier this evening, rejected it out of hand.) Questions are raised by the virtue of the increasing amount of renewables. But it has to be underlined that this was a weather event which led to this occurrence. So this major storm damage had led to a number of different events across the system which presented this blackout that we now have. ...we do know that transmission towers were blown over in the north. We do know that there’s been a lightening strike at a power station and the combination of these events and, indeed, other events has led to a frequency surge, an electricity surge, across the inter-connector (which connects SA power to Victorian power), which then forced it to shut down as a matter of safety and to protect people and to protect the equipment.
Further to last: just because ‘000’ is working, doesn’t mean you should call it unless you’re in a genuine emergency.
The South Australian community is advised to only call Triple 000 for an emergency ambulance in a genuine life threatening emergency.
Also at that press conference was State Emergency Services chief officer Chris Beattie. Beattie said emergency services had responded to 400 calls for assistance in the past 12 hours and would continue to do so, despite the power outages. We had planned for the worst and hoped for the best... the power outage has thrown a considerable spanner in the works.
Devastation in Blyth. Roofs ripped from homes and church. Trees down all over the place.
According to that update from Jay Weatherill, the power outage was caused by severe weather which essentially destroyed electricity transmission towers in five locations, mainly around the Mid North, Port Augusta, and Whyalla areas. That sudden disruption, he said, caused the frequency across the network to drop dramatically which in turn triggered an automatic shutdown. It’s basically a dramatic event which has destroyed a piece of infrastructure which has caused a dramatic change in frequency… this is the system protecting itself. For people to be saying those things without being appraised of all the facts means that people are using this to play politics rather than engaging with the state emergency. This would have happened with the Port Augusta Power station in place. This is a break in the electricity transmission system which happened near Port Augusta, which has tripped the system.
SA premier Jay Weatherill is addressing the media now. His explanation for the power outage is rather technical and involves the system being “tripped” and dramatic changes in frequency, so I’ll get to that in detail in a moment.
A number of South Australians who are still able to tweet have been sharing ideas about how to spend an electricity-less evening. On a more serious note, authorities have warned those resorting to things like kerosene lamps and cookers that they need to ensure their rooms are properly ventilated, so they don’t knock themselves out.
Fake Christmas at my place with all our battery fairy lights in use. Sudden craving for fruit cake.
Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1816 in
There is gonna be a mad baby boom in Adelaide 9 months from now.
This will all be sorted out before right, ??
In other talkback-based power outage updates, a caller named Dennis rang in to ABC Adelaide to say that he was watching the feature on Channel Seven News about Max Walker, a cricketing great . This was momentarily confusing, until Dennis clarified that he was able to watch television because the power in his suburb of Elizabeth Park was back on. (“Well I wouldn’t be watching TV without power, would I?”)
The ABC is reporting that South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, and emergency services minister, Peter Malinauskas, are currently having an emergency meeting to figure out what’s going on. The ABC also reports that Malinauskas can’t make phone calls because his phone apparently requires constant electricity (we presume he means an office phone, not a mobile phone).
Let’s take a break from the power outages to look at some of the other damage caused by those severe thunderstorms. ABC reporter Emma Pedler is in Cleave, a small town on the Eyre Peninsula which was one of the worst hit by hail damage earlier today.
For those of you using forgetting 97% of is just mean. Love this is a roof post hail
Julie Minge from says, "just had a huge hail & rain storm pass through the town". This is the damage.
Sophie McInerney shared this photo of hail stones that fell near today.
Back to Nick Xenophon, who put in a call to ABC Adelaide Drive presenter Ian Henschke a little while ago. He told Henschke that “the press gallery at Parliament House in Canberra is transfixed by what’s happening in our state,” which must be of great comfort to South Australians currently shivering in the dark. We had a caller before saying that the Victorians were sort of mocking us… is that how it’s been reported outside of Australia? This is just staggering that South Australia, in Australia, in 2016, is out of power. I’m really quite shocked by this.
On other potential causes for the power outage, Paul Karp has pointed out this from the Australian Services Union, which pointed the finger at the privatisation of state power assets. From Paul: The Australian Services Union has coverage of energy and utilities workers, and it has been quick to blame privatisation for degradation of services: “Privatisation of the energy sector leaves governments as toothless tigers, unable to manage change, transition or emergency.” “Just last year as Alinta headed towards closure, our energy members warned the Government and SA Energy Minister that this would happen at our Energy Roundtable in June last year.
That time frame of “several hours” mentioned by Jay Weatherill and electricity providers has been narrowed down to three to five hours by the ABC.
. says 3-5 hours before power back online in SA. Repairs to network begin. Towers down and lightning strikes caused issues.
The South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, has told the ABC the power disruption is linked to an “incident” at Port Augusta earlier this afternoon. This from AAP: An incident involving infrastructure near Port Augusta at 3.48pm on Wednesday prompted the failure of the entire SA network, Premier Jay Weatherill says. The premier says the state’s energy generation assets remain intact and there does not appear to be any damage to the interconnector with Victoria.
My colleague, Paul Karp, caught Josh Frydenberg’s comments on Sky News. He has provided this report: Energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has appeared on Sky News and reassured Australians that hospitals are operating on backup power, according to South Australian energy minister Tom Koutsantonis. “We’re working together to ensure that all the emergency measures are put in place, so that electricity can be restored to South Australians as soon as possible,” Frydenberg said.
It’s not clear at this stage exactly why the power has gone out. Josh Frydenberg, the federal energy minister, has reportedly told Sky News that the outage was caused by “weather events” impacting on the inter-connector between South Australia and Victoria.
.@JoshFrydenbergsays says the weather events have impacted on the inter-connector.
If you rely on power supply for medical equipment be prepared to action your back up plan.
Severe thunderstorms in the southern half of South Australia have caused the entire state - that’s the entire 984,377km sq area, plus connected islands - to lose power. SA Power Networks, which manages electricity distribution in the state, said it would be “some time” until the power will be restored. The premier, Jay Weatherill, has urged people not to panic and to remain tethered to their battery-operated radio.
If the government approves this monstrous mine it will be committing environmental treason against every Australian who values our farmers, our coasts, our bush and our way of life In an almost unbroken line from Monkey Mia, down across the Bight and then all the way up the other side to Mackay, the Australian coast is etched in various shades of brown. This is the historical precipitation map. Annual rainfall has dropped, it shows, across this enormous stretch of coastline, by . In another map, concentric rings of increasingly angry red emanate from the centre of the continent. This one shows that, assuming we keep going as we are, the temperature in our country will increase by as much as 5C by the end of the century. Eight, if we’re unlucky.
Power restored to much of metropolitan area by late on Wednesday, but some parts of the state expected to be without electricity until Thursday morning • Entire state left without power after wild weather – as it happened South Australia was weathering a statewide blackout on Wednesday night after one of the most extreme weather systems in decades cut power to the entire state. Power went out across the state at about 3.45pm on Wednesday afternoon in the midst of drenching rains, lightning and thunder.
Traffic gridlocked in
Thunderstorms to reach Adelaide around 4pm. Damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall possible. See warning:
The McKays had ‘no idea’ their Ipswich home sat above a disused coalmine shaft from the early 1900s, which this week caused a 15-metre sinkhole A subterranean coalmining past continues to haunt the Queensland city of Ipswich, where a retired couple’s back yard has been swallowed up in a collapsed mining shaft whose exact location was a mystery to authorities. Lynnette McKay, whose Basin Pocket property is marred on Tuesday night after first appearing on Monday, said she and husband Ray had “no idea whatsoever” their back yard sat above a disused mine shaft.
After record rains caused $3bn worth of damage, Peru must build infrastructure to prepare for any more extreme climate events in the future
For most Peruvians, this year’s floods have been the worst in living memory. the usual amount of rain has fallen on Peru’s coast, swelling rivers which caused widespread flooding, and triggering huge landslides which tore through shanty towns. More than 100 people have died, nearly 158,000 are displaced and 210,000 homes are damaged, according to . The country’s infrastructure took a big hit: 260 bridges collapsed and nearly 3,000km of roads are unusable, cutting off hundreds of villages and towns.
People have squatted where nobody would want to live if they were not forced to by poverty
Perú debe construir infraestructura para resistir al clima extremo después de que lluvias causaran daños de $3 billones Para la mayoría de los peruanos, las inundaciones de este año han sido las peores desde que se tiene memoria. Las lluvias fueron de un volúmen diez veces mayor que el habitual, incrementaron los caudales y causaron inundaciones generalizadas e inmensos deslaves que arrasaron con barrios marginales. Más de 100 personas han muerto, casi 158,000 han sido desplazadas, y 210,000 hogares han sido dañados, según el de Perú. La infraestructura se llevó un golpe fuerte: se derrumbaron 260 puentes y casi 3,000km de caminos han quedado inutilizables, dejando sin comunicación a cientos de pueblos y ciudades.
Obligadas por la pobreza, muchas personas se han asentado en donde nadie querría vivir
Warnings remain in place for Bay of Plenty region as cyclone bypasses Auckland but is expected over South Island on Friday Cyclone Cook has struck New Zealand with power outages, fallen trees and landslides reported around much of the central and eastern North Island, which bore the brunt of the storm. Cook, which forecasters feared could be the worst storm to strike New Zealand in decades, made landfall just after 6pm New Zealand time but by then many coastal villages were abandoned as five metre swells combined with high tide and smashed against the deserted shoreline.
Our super high-resolution 1.5 km model shows making landfall just south of Whangamata on Thursday evening.
Auckland residents told to cancel Easter plans as the cyclone heads directly for the flood-stricken Bay of Plenty region Cyclone Cook is bearing down on New Zealand and is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening, heading directly for the flood-stricken Bay of Plenty region devastated by last week’s Cyclone Debbie. Two states of emergency have been declared in the North Island east coast districts of Bay of Plenty and Thames-Coromandel, with more districts expected to make that call mid-afternoon when the ferocity of the storm becomes clear.
Our super high-resolution 1.5 km model shows making landfall just south of Whangamata on Thursday evening.
A prison program called Paws for Life temporarily took in a group of deaf dogs in need of shelter as a wildfire burned its way up the California coast Lisa Tipton wasn’t too worried for the first two days of the fearsome Sand fire, which was scorching thousands of acres in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles, filling the summer sky with smoke and ash, destroying homes. But then the winds changed, blowing toward the hilltop ranch where she and her husband, Mark, run a shelter for deaf dogs. 45 dogs were in their care at when the fire began, and she couldn’t wait until the last minute to get them to safety.
I sat down and started to cry. The dog licked the tears off my face
After battering the Philippines, Nida shunted in 90mph winds, chasing residents to the city’s tunnels Hong Kong came to a standstill on Tuesday as Typhoon Nida brought 90mph winds and torrential rain, shutting down schools, businesses and transport services. More than 180 flights were cancelled and hundreds rescheduled. After battering the northern Philippines last weekend, with more than 275mm of rain falling over the town of Tuguegarao in 24 hours, Nida made landfall near Hong Kong Tuesday morning, rated as the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane. Thousands of people were evacuated from offshore oil rigs, as well as from construction sites, and headed to tunnels and bridges in the city. Hong Kong Observatory recorded 121mm of rain on Tuesday.
Damage comes after many coral reefs in Whitsundays were pummelled and broken by extreme weather event Scientists have raised concerns about another sting in the tail from Cyclone Debbie, with fresh run-off pollution from torrential rains sweeping into Great Barrier Reef waters where many corals lie smashed. The cyclone last month dumped much of its deluge on a stretch of the north Queensland coast known as an “erosion hot spot” that generates almost a third of all sediment flowing into the reef.
These pictures show the extent of the flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in Rockhampton, Queensland. The slow flooding , cutting off highways, inundating hundreds of homes and businesses, and reigniting debate about a federally funded levee These two images show before and during flooding in Depot Hill, looking towards central Rockhampton along the Fitzroy river:
Tropical storm Earl has been upgraded to a hurricane as it bears down on the coast of Central America, threatening flash floods and mudslides in parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Earl had top sustained winds on Wednesday of 75mph (120kph). It was moving west at 14mph toward Belize and was about 150 miles (240km) east of Belize City.
Government sends military to north of the country to help in cleanup effort after flooding caused by heavy overnight rain At least nine elderly people have been found dead at a nursing home in Japan after heavy overnight rain from Typhoon Lionrock flooded towns across the north of the country. Police discovered the bodies in the town of Iwaizumi while checking another facility in the neighbourhood, said Takehiro Hayashijiri, an official at the Iwate prefecture disaster management division.
Cameras outside the International Space Station capture views from 257 miles above the Earth of three powerful tropical systems churning across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on Tuesday. Hurricanes Lester, Madeline and Gaston all had winds of 100mph or more
Insurance bill for damage caused by Cyclone Debbie in Queensland and New South Wales is predicted to top $1bn Experts have argued against subsidising insurance premiums for people in cyclone or flood-prone areas as the multi-million dollar cleanup continues after Cyclone Debbie, saying that will only provide short-term relief. The insurance bill for damage caused by the cyclone, which before causing widespread damage in northern Queensland and and flooding in the state’s south-east and northern New South Wales, reached $410m on Thursday and is predicted to top $1bn.