"This is unprecedented": Irish Minister of State for Flood Relief on tropical storm Ophelia

October 16, 2017 by  
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When you hear the word ‘ hurricane ,’ you probably don’t think about Ireland . But Tropical Storm Ophelia, which has been downgraded from its status as a hurricane, is on a path towards the country, with warnings of high seas, power outages , and hazardous conditions. Minister for Flood Relief Kevin Moran said at a Dublin press conference, “This is unprecedented.” An Atlantic hurricane has been whirling towards the United Kingdom . Although Ophelia is an ex-hurricane, the Irish Meteorological Service, Met Éireann , is warning of violent and destructive wind gusts that could reach between 120 and 150 kilometers per hour (km/h), or around 75 to 93 miles per hour (mph). They said heavy rain and storm surges in some coastal areas will lead to flooding , posing a danger to human property and lives. Related: How Hurricane Irma changed the colors of these Caribbean islands As many as 100,000 homes and businesses in the country have lost power, as power lines have been knocked down. An Electricity Supply Board spokesperson said earlier today many of the power lines are still live and asked people to stay away. The Met Éireann said at Cork Airport, wind gusts of 124 km/h, or 77 mph, were recorded; at Fastnet Rock wind gusts were 176 km/h, or 109 mph. The United Kingdom Met Office issued an amber weather warning for Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland, Strathclyde, and Wales. They issued yellow warnings for 11 locations, including western areas in England and Yorkshire. A status red weather warning applies to all cities and counties in Ireland, according to prime minister Leo Varadkar, who told people to stay indoors. Speaking of Debbie, the largest storm recorded in the history of Ireland in the 1960’s, he said, “The last time we had a storm this severe 11 lives were lost so safety is our number one priority.” Via The Guardian Images via NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team and Met Éireann on Twitter

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A puzzle-like aluminum faade wraps around Bergens National Academy of the Arts

October 16, 2017 by  
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Snøhetta ’s recently completed National Academy of the Arts in Bergen is wrapped in an innovative prefab façade made of raw aluminum elements . The new facility is built to withstand the rainy climate of the Norwegian west coast and offer a durable, robust space where KMD’s 350 art and design students can learn and collaborate under one roof. The building replaces the former Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB) and assembles the previously scattered faculty buildings under one roof. It has two main axes–one internal, dedicated to students and staff, and one external, open to the public. Related: Snøhetta unveils spectacular makeover for nation’s second-largest waterfall The most prominent features of the building are in the large project hall situated at the point where the two axes cross. The entrance is connected to a large outdoor plaza which makes the building inviting and engaged in a dialogue with Bergen’s city center. Related: Iridescent hand-folded metal panels clad Snøhetta’s Learning Center at Toronto’s Ryerson University Prefab raw aluminum elements clad the building’s exterior, with 900 varied sized seawater-durable crude aluminum elements protruding from the wall at varying distances. Large cantilevered box-shaped windows punctuate the rhythm of the metal surface. The crude aluminum surfaces can withstand the rainy coastal climate and will gradually weather and oxidize, heightening the variations in colors and textures. + Snøhetta Lead photo by Trond Isaksen

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Three hurricanes form in the Atlantic for the first time since 2010

September 7, 2017 by  
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While Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean towards the United States mainland, another two potentially powerful storms are waiting in the wings. Following closely behind Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, are Tropical Storms Jose and Katia. The presence of these storms marks the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic. In what may prove to be one of the most active on record , the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has already demonstrated the unpredictable and explosive power of storms in the age of climate change . Jose, like Irma, is known as a Cape Verde hurricane for its origins in the far eastern Atlantic , near the island nation of Cape Verde off the coast of Africa . However, it is unlikely that Jose will follow Irma’s path nor will it likely be as powerful. Jose is expected to spin towards the open ocean and become a Category 3 hurricane, though it is not expected to travel over any land area. Related: Harvey forces National Weather Service to add new color to its rainfall map Katia is more closely related to Harvey, in that it too became a hurricane in the warm waters of the southern Gulf of Mexico. Despite its shared birthplace with the devastating hurricane that made landfall near Houston , Katia is expected to travel close to Mexico . It is currently nearly 200 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, near which a small portion of the coast is currently under hurricane watch. Although three hurricanes active in the Atlantic at the same time is unusual, it is neither unprecedented nor unrivaled. During the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, four hurricanes, including Hurricane Georges which caused major damage in Haiti and the Dominican Republic , were active during the same period. Via CNN Images via NOAA (1)

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Hurricane Hermine downgraded to tropical storm after wreaking havoc in Florida

September 2, 2016 by  
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Hurricane Hermine made landfall shortly after 1:30 a.m. local time in northwest Florida , and has continued on its northeasterly path toward George and the Carolinas. As is common with late season hurricanes in Florida, Hermine lost a tremendous amount of energy after hitting land, and has been downgraded to a tropical storm. Still, the storm brought enough wind and rain to cause widespread power outages, and many residents evacuated their homes in flood-prone areas, taking refuge in community hurricane shelters overnight. Prior to making landfall, the Hermine was a Category 1 Hurricane, the weakest in the five-level ranking system used to classify storms, with top wind speeds of 95 miles per hour. The front end of the hurricane caused storm surges early Thursday evening in Alligator Point that rose as much as six feet. Despite the winds and rising waters, only minor damage was reported there. Once the storm made landfall, though, it wreaked havoc on the power grid, leaving 100,000 customers in Tallahassee without power—but officials expect to have the affected substations back online within a few hours. Related: Unchecked global warming could bring the worst hurricanes ever seen by the end of this century Weather officials are urging residents in the storm’s path to take advisories seriously. Despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, Hermine still carries threats from wind and excessive rain. Officials in Florida have asked residents to stay off the roadways, so that emergency and utility crews can work to clear downed trees and power lines over the next several hours. Tornado watches were issued for Georgia and parts of South Carolina and North Carolina and until 4 p.m. EDT Friday, and several downspouts were reported in the Gulf of Mexico. As the storm continues moving northeast, it is expected to travel up the East coast through the Carolinas before heading back over the Atlantic Ocean sometime Sunday morning. There, the storm could gather more strength before pounding the Mid-Atlantic coast with even more rain and high winds. The National Weather Service reports that Hurricane Hermine is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years. Although many storms have pummeled the state with wind and rain, Hermine is the only hurricane-strength storm during that time period to actually cross over the state. Via The Weather Channel Images via NOAA and The Weather Channel

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Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

August 28, 2015 by  
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The National Weather Service has reported that Tropical Storm Erika is “wobbling” its way toward the Bahamas. We know what you’re thinking: storms don’t wobble, so that can’t be good. And you’d be right. Forecasters are perplexed by the trajectory of this particular storm because she just isn’t behaving the way most tropical storms historically have in the that part of the world. Erika is expected to hit landfall in the Bahamas this weekend, and may be headed for Florida early next week – but if this wobbling continues, all that could change. Read the rest of Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

August 28, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

August 28, 2015 by  
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When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

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New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

August 25, 2015 by  
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An often-repeated truth about Hurricane Katrina is that the events of August 29, 2005 were not a natural disaster, they were a man-made one caused by the failure of levee systems designed to protect the city. In the wake of the devastating storm, President Bush was told the Army Corps of Engineers would “look into” building Category 5 storm protection for New Orleans, and President Obama later stated such protection was an “ultimate goal” for the city. But as a report by Bob Marshall at The Lens and Politifact has determined, the levee system that currently protects the Big Easy is a “compromise” on that goal. Read the rest of New Orleans $14.5 billion rebuilt levees won’t fight a Category 5 hurricane

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Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds

October 7, 2013 by  
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Typhoon Fitow touched down in Fuding, China on Monday after tearing through the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang and forcing more than 700,000 people to be evacuated . With winds of up to 93mph (151kmp/h), the typhoon caused the suspension of bullet trains and coach services in several cities in the area, and it cancelled flights to and from Wenzhou airport in Zhejiang. At least two people have been killed by the typhoon, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, one of whom was trying to rescue a fisherman when he was blown off a hill by strong winds on Sunday. Read the rest of Typhoon Fitow Tears Through Southeastern China with 93 MPH Winds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , evacuation , Fuding City , Fujian Province , tropical storm , Typhoon Fitow , typhoon usagi , Zhejiang province        

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Gulf Coast Hurricane Warning in Effect as Tropical Storm Isaac Picks Up Speed

August 28, 2012 by  
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The National Hurricane Center has released statements saying it expects  Tropical Storm Isaac  will strengthen into a category one hurricane later today before making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River early on Wednesday morning. One of few significant storms to approach the US Gulf Coast since 2008, Issac has placed a large area of the Northern Gulf Coast, from Morgan City in Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama under a hurricane warning . Many residents in the area are bolstering up homes and businesses, ready to wait out the storm that is predicted to bring 20″ of rain and gusts of wind up to 100 mph in some areas. Read the rest of Gulf Coast Hurricane Warning in Effect as Tropical Storm Isaac Picks Up Speed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: august 28 2012 , gulf coast , hurricane isaac , hurricane warning , national hurriance center , national weather service , storm surge , tropical storm isaac

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