Posts Tagged ‘CAT-i’



November 14th, 2018

Wildfire Activity – California

Posted at 9:37 PM ET

calwildfires-smallSignificant wildfires have affected areas of northern and southern California due to extremely dry, windy conditions and very dry fuels. In Northern California, the Camp Fire has burned at least 130,000 acres since November 8 and claimed at least 48 lives, making this the deadliest wildfire in known California history. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial reports indicate at least 7,600 residences destroyed with another 225 damaged. Meanwhile in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has consumed at least 97,620 acres along with 483 structures, and at least two lives. Ongoing dry, windy conditions have offset containment efforts. However, aggressive firefighting efforts of over 5,100 firefighters have brought the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire to 35 and 47 percent containment, respectively. The cause of these fires remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. A federal disaster area has been declared to better allow emergency assistance. Improving weather conditions should enable greater progress with containment effortsover the coming days.

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October 13th, 2018

Hurricane Michael

Posted at 11:11 AM ET

michael-smallHurricane Michael made landfall on October 10 as a high-end Category-4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm rendered severe to complete damage to areas from Panama City to Port Saint Joe, with especially severe damage in Mexico Beach due to severe wind and storm surge. Damage due to wind has caused roof and wall collapse, especially for cinderblock construction and even commercial properties. Some coastal areas of Mexico Beach have been scoured to the foundation by storm surge and wave battering. At least twelve fatalities have been reported by media, although this number could rise as damage survey and search and rescue efforts continue. Our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event. Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to affect the Continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew (1992).

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October 1st, 2018

Super Typhoon Trami

Posted at 6:53 PM ET

trami-2-bigIn the West-Pacific Basin, Typhoon Trami made landfall in the city of Tanabe, Japan (Wakayama prefecture) on 30 September at around 11 UTC (8 PM local time), according to media reports. Before reaching Honshu, the typhoon had rendered considerable impacts while making close approach to Okinawa, Kyūshū and Shikoku Islands. Trami brought significant flood impacts as a result of heavy rainfall and storm surge, as well as variable property damage due to wind. Significant power outages and transportation disruption have been reported by media. Over 4.3 million people were given evacuation orders or advisories. Media reports indicate at least four fatalities and 120 injured. It will take time to fully assess the complete scope and severity of the event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 18th, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Posted at 4:20 PM ET

mangkhutsmallIn the West Pacific Basin, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Northern Luzon as a Category-5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale just after 18 UTC September 14, according to advisories of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Significant impacts have been reported by media including severe damage due to wind and flooding as well as mudslides. Impacts to agricultural interests in the area have also been reported. After some weakening, Mangkhut then made final landfall just west of Hong Kong as a Category-1 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale just after 06 UTC September 16 in Taishan, according to JTWC and media reports. Considerable impacts due to wind and flooding were reported in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong. Media reports indicate at least 70 fatalities as a result of Mangkhut, and our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and affected by this event.

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September 18th, 2018

Hurricane Florence

Posted at 4:06 PM ET

florence-2-smallHurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 AM EDT (1115 UTC) September 14, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 90 mph, a strong category-one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The storm slowed considerably at landfall causing prolonged exposure of affected areas to damaging wind gusts and significant rainfall. Significant flooding has been reported for areas of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic, with greatest severity in areas of eastern North Carolina. The storm has since weakened to a tropical depression while moving into the Ohio Valley. Florence should move through Pennsylvania and New England over the next day or so with an increase in forward speed, and the flood threat persists in the meantime. Downed trees and power lines along with variable property damage have been reported along with significant to catastrophic flooding; the most severely affected areas are in eastern North Carolina. Media reports indicate at least 25 fatalities, and our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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September 9th, 2018

Mw 6.6 Earthquake – Iburi, Hokkaido

Posted at 8:48 PM ET

hokaido-earthquake-smallA magnitude (Mw) 6.6 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan at 18:07 UTC on  September 5 (03.07 JST on September 6), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located at a depth of 33.4 km in the Iburi Subprefecture, about 20 km east of the coastal city of Tomakomai and 62 km southeast of Sapporo. No tsunami warning was issued. The event triggered significant landsliding causing damage to buildings and vehicles, as well as widespread power outages. Reports indicate nearly three million households without power, affecting about half of the 5.3 million residents of the Island. Media reports indicate at least sixteen fatalities and over 150 injured, with 26 others still missing. It will take time to fully assess the scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those affected.

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September 6th, 2018

Super Typhoon Jebi

Posted at 7:22 PM ET

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In the West Pacific Basin, Typhoon Jebi made first landfall on Shikoku (Tokushima Prefecture) at around 03 UTC on 4 September, and then second landfall near Kobe (Hyōgo Prefecture) at around 05 UTC on the same day. The storm brought reports of damaging wind gusts in excess of 160 km/hr (100 mph), flooding due to storm surge and heavy rainfall and mudslides. Widespread damage and power outages have been reported by media across southern Japan. Flood impacts have been especially severe in the Osaka Prefecture, where the Kansai International Airport was affected by storm surge, with disruption also to transportation links. Media reports indicate at least eleven fatalities and 400 injured. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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July 31st, 2018

Carr Fire – Redding, California

Posted at 6:09 PM ET

carr-smallIn Northern California, the Carr Fire has burned at least 110,154 acres since July 23 and claimed at least six lives according to media reports and Cal Fire. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial indications are that at least 1,236 structures have been destroyed with another 225 damaged. At least 27,000 people have been displaced by this event. Ongoing hot conditions are expected for the area which will continue to enable active fire spread. Nevertheless, containment efforts have made headway and the fire is under 27 percent containment according to Cal Fire. The fire continues to pose an active threat to numerous structures along with power and communications infrastructure, and evacuations remain in place. Our thoughts and concerns remain with those lost and personally affected by this event.

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May 9th, 2018

Hawaii Volcanic Activity

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

hawaii1Event Summary

On Thursday, May 3, the Island of Hawaii experienced an eruption in the Kilauea volcano summit. Two large earthquakes occurred the following day among hundreds of smaller quakes and some large aftershocks. There have been a total of 10 fissures confirmed so far by the County of Hawaii, with an estimated 387,000 square feet of lava spread. At least 35 structures have been destroyed according to the Government of Hawaii, and evacuations have affected at least 1,700 people. The most severely affected area is the Leilani Estates Subdivision, which is located directly in the Lower East Rift Zone. It is too early to estimate the scope and severity of impacts, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected by this active event.

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