Greater Manchester plunged into darkness as the great September storm brings lightning, thunder, rain and chaos (14/9/2016)
A violent storm battered Greater Manchester causing severe flooding and transport chaos.
The county was suddenly plunged into darkness around 6pm when dark clouds rolled in and dumped more than 30mm of rainfall in just one hour, about half the average for the whole of September.
Homes were deluged, shops like the Harvey Nichols department store were closed and the entire Metrolink system came to a shuddering half when lightning knocked out two electricity sub-stations.
Market Street in Manchester city centre was awash.
Manchester City’s Champions League match against Borrusia Monchengladbach had to be called off just before the kick-off as the pitch inside the Etihad stadium was flooded and roads around the ground were treacherous.
Dozens of flights in and out of Manchester Airport were delayed while two in-bound flights had to be diverted to airports in the midlands.
The storm affected part of Stockport worst, with the village of Bramhall being submerged in water.
Firefighters were called to 106 reports of flooding in just 90 minutes at the height of the storm, in many cases working to isolate to the electricity supply to ensure householders’ safety.
The firefighters’ busy evening dealing with weather-related incidents started at 6.24pm when B&Q on Kingsway in Manchester was flooded.
At 6.27pm firefighters were sent to Winchester Drive in Heaton Norris, Stockport, where water affected the electrics.
At the same time another fire engine was scrambled to Crossley Road in Stockport where a woman and a boy were trapped in a car which was stranded in the middle of flood water under a railway bridge.
The mum and child managed to scramble out of the vehicle before they were looked over by paramedics.
At 6.29pm the fire service sent one of its crews to Buckingham Road West in Heaton Morris, Stockport, after flood water gone into a garage.
At the same time another engine was called to Heaton Road in Manchester where the water had forced its way into a property and again affected the power supply.
Firefighters were also scrambled to Queens Road in Cheadle Hulme where flooding had affected a vetinary practice
At 6.30pm a fire engine was sent to Bright Eyes Child Care Nursery on Demesne Road in Manchester where water had affected the electrics.
A few minutes later they went to Broadway in Bramhall, Stockport, where again the water had affected power to the property. Firemen were sent to a report of flooding in Alness Road in Manchester by 7.14pm.
At 7.36pm the fire service sent at crew to The Village Hotel Club and Restaurant on Captain Clarke Road in Hyde.
Scores of tram passengers were left stranded in the city centre after lightening struck three of Metrolink’s sub-stations, resulting in all services being suspended.
The disruption lasted well into the evening with services cancelled on the Bury and Altrincham line plus a reduced service running on the East Didsbury line due to flooding.
Rail networks were also left in disarray with many trains delayed until 10pm due to the weather.
Many commuters complained of being stranded in the city centre for the evening.
Cara Nuttall wrote: “Sooo... Stranded in an insane thunderstorm, soaked with no coat, umbrella or plan.#manchester public transport is in meltdown and no cabs.”
Roads were affected too with many impassable for cars due to flooding.
Several drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles on Salmon Fields in Royton while Bramhall high street was left with floods at least 1ft deep.
Freakishly intense lightning storm seen across Cornwall (14/09/2016)
A dramatic display of intense lightning rolled its way across Cornwall in early hours of this morning.
There was a prolonged period of rolling flashes from around 3.30am for at least 40 minutes. For at least 10 minutes of that time, the lightning was a rolling cascade of strikes more than every 10 seconds in a continuous and awe-inspiring display.
The storm was accompanied by another intense downpour of rain, measuring 32mm in just 15 minutes according to the fire service. The Met Office has issued a red flood warning, meaning flooding is expected, at Portreath Stream in Portreath and also warnings of possible flooding along all rivers in West Cornwall.
Despite the early hour, many people commented on how they had never seen anything like the lightning before. Comments came pouring in (excuse the pun) from across Cornwall by people awoken by the thunderous din.
Read more at http://www.westbriton.co.uk/freakishly-intense-lightning-storm-seen-across-cornwall/story-29714060-detail/story.html#oA8u5OQA4m91hoor.99
Lightening May Have Caused Fires Burning on Thassos Island; Two Villages Evacuated (13/9/2016)
Four fires have sparked since dawn on the Greek island of Thassos.
The blazes in the early morning caused the immediate evacuation of the entire vicinity and villages of Prinos Kazaviti and St. Panteleimon by the fire department and the municipality of Thassos.
The initial belief of the cause of the fire is lightning which struck in the four areas of Rachoni, Prinos, Alikes and Limenaria.
The fires broke out at very close intervals of time, almost simultaneously, as firefighters left Kavala and Eleftheroupoli early in the morning for Thassos in an operation with 106 firefighters with 37 vehicles and 53 hikers.
There is fear that the fire may continue spreading as firefighting services of Eastern Macedonia and the Thrace region are in constant contact with the Secretary General for Civil Protection to ensure they will be able to mobilize quickly if more fires breakout.
Severe Weather in Greece Claims Fifth Victim in Xylokastro (10/9/2016)
According to police reports, on Friday night officers found a car with a 30-year-old man inside who had been killed by floodwaters in Xylokastro.
The man was apparently trying to cross a stream just a few kilometers from this house when his vehicle was swept up in the flood waters.
The car was initially spotted in Vrysoules and later in the evening the remains of the 30-year-old were located in Kamari, some 16 kilometers.
The latest spell of bad weather saw rapid rainfall lasting more than 2.5 hours, resulting in floods damaging of homes and streets as well as rivers overflowing in the area.
There is no further information at this time regarding the victim.
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Kalamata, Greece: Three dead due to severe weather conditions (7/9/2016)
The severe weather conditions in the country have resulted in three deaths in Kalamata in the past 24 hours.
According to the Mayor of Kalamata the water levels in the city rose to about 2 meters. One 63-year-old woman from the village of Pidimita died in her home as rescue services did not reach her in time.
The Mayor also reported that an 80-year-old man from Thouria has died, along with another person whose identity has yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman from Nea Michaniona in Thessaloniki has been reported as missing.
Over 10000 lightning strikes over the Ionian Sea on Tuesday, 6/9/2016
Over 10000 flashes were recorder yesterday (6/9/2016) in the Ionian Sea and the western coasts of Greece. Significant amounts of rain were also recorded in many Greek areas, while reports about 3 deaths due to floods exist.
Storm Hermine's damage fueled by global warming, scientists say (5/9/2016)
Storm surges pushed by Hermine, the hurricane-turned tropical storm that on Sunday was moving up the US eastern seaboard, could be even more damaging than previous such surges because sea levels have risen by a foot due to global warming, climate scientists said.
Tropical Storm Hermine: rains intensify along mid-Atlantic coastline
Michael Mann of the Pennsylvania State University noted that this century’s one-foot sea-level rise in New York City meant 25 more square miles flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, causing billions more in damage.
“We are already experiencing more and more flooding due to climate change in every storm,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a geosciences professor at Princeton University. “And it’s only the beginning.”
Overnight, the center of the storm moved further east and away from the coast than previously forecast, said Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), in a webcast.
“That’s good news, but this is not over yet because we still are forecasting it to slow down and meander generally northward,” Knabb said, adding that “we think it could become hurricane force again” as the storm was likely to strengthen as it moves over warm water.
The NHC maintained its tropical storm watch for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and said dangerous storm surges would continue along the coast from Virginia to New Jersey.
“The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline,” it said in a morning advisory.
Authorities up and down the coast ordered swimmers and surfers to stay out of treacherous waters on the Labor Day holiday weekend, when many Americans celebrate the end of summer. Projections showed the outer reaches of the storm could sweep the coastlines of Rhode Island or Massachusetts later in the week.
Hermine rose over the Gulf of Mexico and hit Florida on Friday as a category one hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm across Georgia, packing sustained winds of up to 65mph.
At 11am on Sunday, top sustained winds were 70mph as the storm moved east-northeast at 10mph. The storm was centered about 301 miles east-south-east of Ocean City, Maryland. Forecasters expected winds to return to hurricane force of more than 74mph by Sunday evening.
“It’s going to sit offshore and it is going to be a tremendous coastal event with a dangerous storm surge and lots of larger waves probably causing significant beach erosion, for the next few days,” said senior NHC hurricane specialist Daniel Brown.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said a tropical storm warning remained in effect for New Jersey and Delaware, including Rehoboth Beach, which could experience wind gusts of up to 50mph and life-threatening storm surges during high tide late on Sunday and into Monday.
Virginia Beach also remained under a tropical storm warning, with the NWS saying large and breaking waves and dangerous rip currents would pose a threat to anyone who entered the surf. No significant rainfall was expected for the area, although scattered rain may occur in southern New England and in the mid-Atlantic states.
In New Jersey, tropical storm-force winds could whip up on Labor Day. Governor Chris Christie warned that minor to moderate flooding was likely in coastal areas and said the storm would cause major problems.
“Don’t be lulled by the nice weather,” Christie said, referring to the bright sunny skies along the Jersey Shore on Sunday afternoon. “Don’t think that nothing is going to happen, because something is going to happen …
“The eastern track means a less severe impact, but you’re still going to see beach erosion, storm surges and dangerous rip currents. There will be impact from this storm.”
On Friday and Saturday, Hermine caused two deaths, damaged properties, closed beaches as far north as New York and left hundreds of thousands without electricity from Florida to Virginia. Dominion Virginia Power said crews were working to restore power to about 5,000 people in North Carolina and 1,500 in south-east Virginia. The company expected service to be restored by 5pm on Monday.
The Florida division of emergency management said on Twitter on Sunday that nearly 80,000 people were still without electricity. Emergency managers said the Anclote River north-west of Tampa was forecast to go well into major flood stage on Sunday afternoon and issued mandatory evacuations for some low-lying mobile home parks and apartment buildings.
Footbal player struck by lightning in Greece on Thursday, September 1, 2016
A 27 year old football player was hospitalized in the Karditsa (Greece) hospital after being struck by lightning in the afternoon of Thursday, September 1, 2016. According to unconfirmed information he was training in the field when he was struck. At the moment he is in critical condition in the ER.
Deaths From Lightning Strikes in US at Highest Since 2010 (30/8/2016)
The number of deaths from lightning-related accidents in 2016 rose to 29. It is the highest amount of deaths from lightning strikes since 2010, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Lightning chaos in Germany as wind turbine catches fire following a wicked storm (30/8/2016)
Jagged bolts of lightning lit up the night sky at a windfarm near Sieversdorf in eastern Germany.
And a wind turbine caught fire further west in Isselburg near the Dutch border.
Investigators are trying to establish whether the fire was triggered by a lightning storm.
323 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway (29/8/2016)
Lightning is thought to have caused the death of 323 reindeer that were discovered by a hunting warden in a small area south of Hardangervidda over the weekend.
An official from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (Statens naturoppsyn - NNI) was on a routine inspection on Friday when he walked into an area where dead reindeer were lying close together on the ground.
More than 25,000 Lightning strike Northern Greece within 12 hours (24/8/2016)
An unusual high activity of lightning has been recorded in Northern Greece on Monday, when a wet weather front hit the area.
“More than 25,000 lightning struck Northern Greece within 12 hours, from Monday (22/8/2016) afternoon to midnight,” Michalis Sioutas, meteorologist at the airport Macedonia in Thessaloniki, claimed adding that “17,000 alone struck the central and western Macedonia.”
According to data obtained from detectors recording thunder and lightning, the most lightning fell in the prefectures of Pella, parts of Imathia, in Florina and Kozani, western Macedonia.
“The unusually high lightning activity is due to the great atmospheric heights where the storms occur. To this added was the high temperatures of the recent days, thus creating conditions of increased atmospheric instability,” Sioutas told Athens News Agency.
One of these lightning hit a two-story home in the village of Perdika, Ptolemaida and set it on fire. Firefighters managed to extinguished the fire that caused material damage.
Tropical Storm Fiona forms in eastern Atlantic (18/8/2016)
The sixth named storm of Atlantic hurricane season, Fiona, developed late Wednesday afternoon in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
The storm doesn't pose a threat to land yet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center in Miami. As of a 5 p.m., the center of Fiona was located 920 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was moving northwest at 16 mph.
Forecasts through Monday show that the storm is projected to move west-northwest toward the central Atlantic Ocean, according to the hurricane center. It's too early to determine the storm's path after Monday.
A tropical storm is the stage just before a hurricane develops. Sustained winds associated with the storm, which are currently 40 mph at the storm's center, would need to be 65 mph to be categorized as a hurricane.
"The storm poses no threat to the Caribbean or any land at all through at least Monday, and likely well beyond," said New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson. "At this point, it's uncertain, but storms taking this initial track oftentimes just head right up through the North Atlantic. Maybe the greatest threat will turn out to be New Finland.
"As usual, people need to keep an eye on it," he said.
2016 lightning death toll in USA already as high as all of 2015, NOAA says (17/8/2016)
Through the first 8 1/2 months of 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have already been as many deaths caused by lightning as there were in all of 2015.
NOAA's records show 27 people have been killed by lightning in the United States this year, which matches last year's 12-month total. Already, it's the deadliest year since 2012, and just four deaths shy of the 10-year average of 31 fatalities.
If the current pace continues, there would be 43 lightning deaths in the U.S. this year, the highest toll since 45 and 48 fatalities were reported in 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Study provides a new method to measure the energy of a lightning strike (3/8/2016)
TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2016) - Florida, often recognized as the "lightning capital of the United States," is a great place to study the amount of energy released by a lightning strike. Just ask University of South Florida School of Geosciences Associate Professor Matthew Pasek and his colleague Marc Hurst of Independent Geological Sciences, Inc. who have developed a unique method to measure the amount energy expended by a bolt of cloud-to-ground lightning.
According to Pasek, one of the more difficult things to measure is the amount of energy in a lightning strike. While atmospheric physicists can approximate lightning bolt energy by measuring the electrical current and temperature of bolts as they occur, the numbers are usually approximations.
The team of Pasek and Hurst is the first to investigate the energy in lightning strikes by using geology "after-the-fact" research, rather than measuring energy during a strike. By conducting this lightning strike "archaeology," the researchers were able to measure the energy in a bolt of lightning that struck Florida sand thousands of years ago.
The results of their analysis were recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.
"When lightning strikes the sand, it may generate a cylindrical tube of glass called a fulgurite, explained Pasek. "The structure of the fulgurite, created by the energy and heat in a lightning strike, can tell us a lot about the nature of the strike, particularly about the amount of energy in a single bolt of lightning."
The team collected more than 250 fulgurites - both recent and ancient - from sand mines in Polk County, Fla., at a site that is believed to have recorded thousands of years of lightning strikes, providing a way to measure the lightning strike history of what is today called the I-4 Corridor, a region near Tampa and Orlando. They analyzed the properties of the fulgurites, paying particular attention to the length and circumference of the glass cylinders because the amount energy released is revealed by these dimensions.
"Everyone knows there is a lot of energy in a lightning bolt, but how much?" Pasek explained. "Ours is the first attempt at determining lightning energy distribution from fulgurites and is also the first data set to measure lightning's energy delivery and its potential damage to a solid earth surface."
According to Pasek, the energy released by lightning is measured in megajoules, also expressed as MJ/m.
"For example a single megajoule is equivalent to about 200 food calories, or the energy from leaving a microwave on for 20 minutes to cook food," he explains. "It can also be compared to a 60 watt lightbulb's energy use if left on for about four hours. It's also the same as the kinetic energy a car has traveling about 60 mph." Their research found that the energy produced by a lightning strike peaked at greater than 20MJ/m.
The researchers also found a way to separate the "normal" lightning strikes from the "abnormal."
"While we presented a new method for measuring by using fossilized lightning rocks, we also found - for the first time - that lightning strikes follow something called a 'lognormal trend," explained Pasek. "A lognormal trend shows that the most powerful lightning strike happen more often than would be expected if you made a bell curve of strikes. This means that the big lightning strikes are really big."
According to Pasek, a bolt of lightning can carry extremely high voltage and heat the air temperature around the strike to more 30,000 degrees Kelvin - that's over 53,000 degrees Fahrenheit. When lightning strikes sand, soil, rock or clay, the current flows through the target and heats the material to above its vaporizing level. Rapid cooling produces the fulgurite.
According to Pasek, who is also an expert in astrobiology, geochemistry and cosmochemistry, lightning strikes the Earth about 45 times per second, with 75 to 90 percent of the strikes over land masses.
"About a quarter of these strikes occur from a cloud to the ground, so the fulgurite-forming potential is great, with up to 10 fulgurites formed per second globally," said Pasek.
Their research serves not only to provide a way to measure the immense energy in lightning, but also to help raise awareness of the dangers posed by the potentially deadly bolts.
Floods and lightning strikes kill more than 85 people across India (31/7/2016)
At least 85 people have been killed by lightning and floods in the past few days across the country, reported PTI. Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha are the states worst affected by the extreme weather conditions. At least 68 lakh people have been displaced and tens of thousands have been left homeless, according to The Hindu.
In Assam, at least 26 people died in the floods till Saturday, reported dna. The administration has moved around 1.3 lakh people to relief camps while more than 16 lakh people have been affected in the state. The Army, National and State Disaster Response Force personnel are assisting rescue and relief efforts.
At least three people were killed in Meghalaya on Saturday after flood waters submerged the West Garo Hills. Two people were reported missing in the area. The Bihar government has declared two districts – East Champaran and Muzaffarpur – flood hit, according to PTI. At least 26 people have died so far in the state, where more than 26.19 lakh people have been affected by the floods.
As many as 100 houses have washed away because of river erosion near Farakka barrage in West Bengal. More than 22,000 people have been affected in the area, as 31 villages remain submerged in the flood waters of the Fullara river, reported News18.
Odisha registered 36 cases of death from lightning on Saturday, reported The Indian Express. The lightning strike also injured at least 37 people in the state. This is the maximum number of people who have killed by lightning strikes on a single day in Odisha.
Lab sparks advances in lightning research (26/7/2016)
MAGDALENA MOUNTAINS – Perhaps no other natural occurrence is so startlingly apparent and intrusive as lightning. Each year, lightning kills roughly 100 people in the United States and does billions of dollars of damage around the world.
But for something that is so white-hot and blazingly bold, lightning is not well-understood. That’s because the thunderstorms that produce lightning happen on a scale much too large to be duplicated in a laboratory.
Lightning strike causes damage to Chicago subway structure (25/7/2016)
A pedestrian ramp to a subway station in Chicago was damaged Sunday during a heavy storm after it was apparently hit by lightning. Officials said no one was injured.
The dramatic event was captured on video, and came during a severe thunderstorm that brought 60-mph winds, hail and torrential rain that left more than 30,000 people without power.
The structure that was damaged was at the Illinois Medical District station on the Blue Line route. A train was reportedly at the station, but unaffected by the incident. Service was suspended on sections of the Blue Line, as well as on the Brown and Red Lines, due to other storm-related damage.
Lightning strikes kill 17-year-old in northern Arizona (22/7/2016)
A 17-year-old boy killed by lightning on Arizona's highest peak was hiking in an area that experienced over 100 strikes within a one-hour period and is known for its extreme weather, authorities said.
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office identified the boy as Wade Young of Tempe, Arizona.
Young, who just graduated from high school, was struck by lightning close to the summit of Humphreys Peak near Flagstaff.
The boy and two others were hiking the peak on Wednesday when a strong monsoon storm rolled in. The group called 911 dispatchers shortly before 1 p.m. seeking help, but they weren't rescued for hours because of the bad weather. Two boys ages 17 and 18 survived.
Young was described as a lively and active teenager by friends and family.
Lightning claims 5 US lives in past week (18/7/2016)
Lightning claimed a fifth life in the past week across the United States on Saturday. With thunderstorms set to rattle several parts of the nation this week, more lives will be at risk.