Two killed in mobile home park and two by falling trees
Floods and fires displace dozens of people in North Carolina
At least four people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the US east coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people. Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City.
Vehicle spewing burning carbon from its exhaust system ignited several fires that have forced thousands of people to evacuate The Apple fire in mountains east of Los Angeles that has forced thousands of people from their homes was sparked by a malfunctioning diesel vehicle, fire officials said Monday.
One dead in North Carolina as coronavirus complicates response
Washington, Philadelphia and New York braced for high winds
Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain during an inland march up the US east coast on Tuesday that has states on alert all the way up to Massachusetts after making landfall as a category 1 hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, overnight, killing at least one. East coast metropolises including the Washington area, Philadelphia and New York were watching out for potentially dangerous winds and rain as the storm moved briskly.
Flooding fears extend up to Maine as storm continues with 70mph winds Hurricane Isaias has been downgraded down to a tropical storm after making landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The hurricane had touched down just after 11 pm on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h). The storm now has maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (117 km/h).
Flooding fears as eye of the storm hits the coast with maximum sustained winds of 85mph Isaias has made landfall in the Carolinas as a category 1 hurricane, bringing with it maximum sustained winds of 85mph (140km/h) and the threat of devastating floods. The eye of Isaias hit the coast on Monday night near Ocean Isle beach in southern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center , hours after being upgraded from a tropical storm.
The National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents of North and South Carolina to brace for flooding and up to 8 inches of rain Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane as it neared landfall in the Carolinas on Monday, threatening to bring with it blasting winds and devastating floods. Coastal residents secured patio furniture, ferry operators completed evacuations on the Outer Banks, and officials passed out sandbags and offered car space in elevated garages as Isaias marched northward.
The wildfires that swept the country in 2019 and 2020 were on a scale that is difficult to fathom. By the end of February, they had destroyed about 85,000 sq km (32,820 sq miles) of forest and affected nearly There is a misty spot by a creek at the bottom of a valley in a perennially damp patch of ancient rainforest where you can travel millions of years into the past without needing a time machine It’s a deeply emotional and visceral thing. You can’t spend four decades in a place and know individual trees and then not be moved. There have been a lot of moments like that Robert Kooyman We’ve lost hundreds of years of forest growth Robert Kooyman About five hours drive south of Nightcap national park is Port Macquarie, where Cheyne Flanagan is clinical director in the town’s famous . Scores of the iconic marsupials were treated for burns during the fires Mark Lintermans knows a place that used to be well away from most humans. Once only the most dedicated hikers would drift through this isolated spot in Namadgi national park to the upper stretches of the Cotter River. “Then mountain bikes changed everything,” he says People are out saving koalas. They don’t think about the fish Mark Lintermans “What sort of a world would it be without birds?” asks Bob Semmens, an 87-year-old retired park ranger. “They’re helping me get through the days. If I look out of the window and they’re not there, well ... the day would be a bit ordinary” I’m going to keep doing the surveys but at the moment they’re showing a lot less birds. I was in one coast forest and didn’t see or hear a single bird Bob Semmens The western side of Kangaroo Island is a biodiversity hotspot – a wilderness off the South Australian coast that is a smorgasbord of endangered species, some found nowhere else You just take a big deep breath when you get there and feel happy it didn’t burn Heidi Groffen Whatever we can do, we’ll do. When you’re on an area of unburned land when so much else has been burned, this is our responsibility Pat Hodgens I’m catching very fat cats - they’re doing better than anything. It’s like heaven for them Pat Hodgens In a straight line, it is 3,400km from Nightcap national park in northern New South Wales to the Stirling Range in Western Australia We’re out there to stop things becoming extinct Sarah Barrett
Storm may become category 1 hurricane before reaching North and South Carolina, bringing rains and flooding to the north-east US Tropical Storm Isaias was forecast to become a hurricane on Monday as it neared landfall in the Carolinas after bands of heavy rain from the lashed Florida’s east coast, threatening blasting winds, devastating floods and extra health dangers as people on the move have to try to stay safe from both a tempest and the coronavirus outbreak. The US National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina, in its 5am advisory.
A hole has opened up in the system that takes pride of place in the Australian identity – our ability to bring produce to market. But change is coming
This is one of a by Australian writers responding to the year’s challenges
If Australia is known for anything in the farming world, it is the ability to produce food from a brittle environment. We have built many of our national myths and legends around our capacity to produce primarily wheat, sheep, beef and dairy amid bushfires, drought and flood. We also have a healthy food export infrastructure, and are fond of saying we feed twice as many people abroad than we do at home. Yet 2020 has given us a kick in the arse. The year began with drought in the eastern states and catastrophic bushfires. Losses of life, biodiversity and property were followed by reports of food shortages, as supermarkets had to close or severely limit their hours due to power restrictions and inability to receive supply. The floods that came after the fires further complicated access to basic needs for communities who were only just starting to stagger to their feet after the blazes burnt their landscapes bare. Heavy rain washed away topsoil and the power was cut again. And, just as communities were setting out on the long road to recovery, the coronavirus pandemic closed in, sending people into isolation of an uncertain duration. These colliding crises have revealed a hole in the system that takes pride of place in our national identity: our ability to provide food to market.
If we don’t do it now, it won’t happen. I love to see all these little businesses grow and connect
Further beach erosion feared as Narrabeen and Wamberal north of Sydney hit by large wind-driven waves, and residents evacuated from 20 homes in Sussex Inlet
The New South Wales south coast has been hit by flooding after heavy downpours, damaging winds and large wind-driven waves. Narrabeen in Sydney’s north and Wamberal on the Central Coast have suffered further beach erosion, with houses dangerously close to the surf. Torrential rain, which caused flooding around Newcastle and the Central Coast on Sunday, moved south overnight, bringing challenging conditions to the state’s south coast and the Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.
Been a wild few days around much of & while the has eased for most, the system isn't quite done yet. Big is already pounding places like Carters Headland, Kianga & more is still to come. Warnings here Insta @andymck_photo
6.20am - Ocean again has hammered Narrabeen. More chunks of peoples’ frontyards gone to the south. Still too dark to see properly.
Significant beach erosion at Narrabeen after last nights high tide and heavy swell from the east coast low for and
Report raises concerns around seawalls’ cost and effectiveness as low pressure system to batter NSW coastline with high tides and huge waves
A cost-benefit analysis of options for a seawall at Wamberal beach commissioned by the New South Wales government in 2017 found that none of the six engineering options considered would deliver a net public benefit and that erosion would only increase with rising sea levels. “A seawall will provide benefits to beachfront properties by reducing the impacts of coastal processes,” . “However, in the longer term, more properties in this area are likely to experience greater damage and loss of property values from the increased flooding of Terrigal lagoon associated with sea level rise.
Authorities have warned of poor air quality in central and northern parts of the state due to Gold, Hog and Mineral fires Wildfires burning in rural north-eastern California have prompted evacuations and injured two firefighters, fire officials in the state said. Two firefighters were injured Monday while battling the Gold fire, which erupted on Monday in Lassen county and has burned several hundred acres.
Fire explodes in size as crews battle the flames in triple-digit heat in mountains east of Los Angeles Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled the flames in triple-digit heat. The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters, was straddling Riverside and San Bernardino counties and consumed more than 23sq miles (about 60sq km) of dry brush and timber, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
State readies evacuation centers with social-distancing measures as Bahamas and North Carolina order evacuations ripped shingles off roofs and blew over trees as it carved its way through the Bahamas early on Saturday and headed toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks. Miami’s mayor, Carlos Giménez, said on Friday that 20 evacuation centers were on standby that could be set up with Covid-19 safety measures.
The crew from the SpaceX commercial flight will land off Florida on Sunday unless Hurricane Isaias blows them off course Two Nasa astronauts are preparing to make the first splashdown return to Earth in 45 years despite the threat posed by Hurricane Isaias off the coast of Florida. Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are set to come back to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday on a commercial spacecraft built by SpaceX.
Storm expected to produce 4-8in of rain in Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and remain hurricane for few days Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday, as Hurricane Isaias drenched areas of the Bahamas devastated by Dorian last year, on track for the US east coast. Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 75mph and was expected to remain a hurricane for a few days, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.
Area of state hit by coronavirus prepared for storm response
In Pacific, Hawaii awaits Hurricane Douglas
A day after roaring ashore as a hurricane, Hanna lashed the Texas Gulf coast on Sunday with high winds and drenching rains that destroyed boats, flooded streets and knocked out power across a region already reeling from a surge in coronavirus cases. In the Pacific ocean, meanwhile, Hurricane Douglas closed in on Hawaii.
Hurried evacuation of millions of residents will increase coronavirus cases, officials say
Severe flooding in India’s tea-growing state of Assam and neighbouring Nepal has killed at least 200 people and displaced millions, severely hampering efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. In Assam, heavy monsoon rains burst the banks of the Brahmaputra River, causing more than 2,000 villages to be enveloped in floods and mudslides and displacing 2.75 million people in the past two weeks. There have been 85 deaths reported in the state.