Archive | May 28, 2017

Intense thunderstorm from northern France set to hit Kent, UK

An intense thunderstorm the size of Wales is descending on Kent this morning.
 
As many as 40,000 lightning strikes are said to have hit northern France in two hours before the storm started spiralling towards the county.
 
The Met Office has warned of heavy rain, hail and gusty winds ahead of what is expected to be a wet bank holiday Monday.
 
KentStormChasers has written of the “insane strike rate” of the lightning in France, while the Essex Weather Centre has described it as a “dangerous supercellular storm”.
 
Weather maps show it looming large on the south coast and heading east towards Kent, contrary to earlier forecasts that it would miss the county.
 
Some residents have already told of losing TV signals, while others are preparing to take snaps of what could be an electric display.
Courtesy of kentonline.co.uk

Severe heatwave forces residents to stay indoors in Mirpurkhas, Pakistan

The severe weather and scorching heat on Sunday forced people to stay indoors in the district. Almost all markets and roads presented a deserted look due to severe weather conditions. Muhammad Tarique, a poultry shopkeeper, said that a few people came to his shop on Sunday due to the blazing sun. Though Ramazan has started and on such days people mostly shop more in connection with the holy month.
 
Various shopkeepers at Satellite Town, Bhan Singh Abad also closed down their shops for three to four hours in the noon to keep themselves safe from scorching heat. The Met Office has forecast hot and dry weather for the city and its suburbs for the next 24 hours. On Sunday, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded as 43.3 degree Celsius and 38.2 degree Celsius, respectively.
Courtesy of dailytimes.com.pk

Pilot dies after his plane crashes in field near Sheffield, UK

A pilot has died after his the plane he was in crashed into a field near Sheffield. At around 2pm, Derbyshire Police tweeted that a small plane had crashed at Summerley Road, near Summerley Airfield, in Apperknowle. They revealed that one person had been injured in the crash and that the surrounding roads had been closed. However, police have now revealed that the pilot, who was the only person in the plane at the time, died of his injuries. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has sent a team to the site and roads around the incident remain closed. Speaking at the scene, DCI Darren De’ath, on call leading investigator, said a ‘light aircraft’ came down in a field. He added: “There was a single occupant within the light aircraft. “It would appear the plane was due to land.
Courtesy of thestar.co.uk

Severe storms packing hail, strong wind likely in central US

Severe thunderstorms packing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible over parts of the central United States during the holiday weekend.
 
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman said there is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms Saturday over parts of Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas. Strong storms are also possible in parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. The risk covers an area of more than 87,000 square mile and includes more than 7.6 million people.
 
Forecasters say widespread, severe wind gusts are forecast from the Ozark region to the lower Ohio Valley Saturday. Very large hail and tornadoes will be possible from the Red River Valley northeastward to the Ozark Plateau as well as the Tennessee Valley, middle Ohio Valley and portions of the Mid-Atlantic.
Courtesy of salina.com

27 killed in rain and hailstorm in Bihar, India

At least 27 people were killed and over two dozen injured in hailstorm lashed through out Bihar. Maximum seven casualties are from West Champaran followed by five each from East Champaran and Jamui districts of the state.
 
The deceased were identified as Kanth Lal Rai (70), Mina Devi (40), Sunita Devi (32), Veena Kumari (19) and Sushila Devi (40), Kumar said. In West Champaran district, six persons were killed in separate incidents of wall collapse during a storm that blew at a speed of 50-70 km per hour in different panchayat areas.
 
The deceased were identified as Manager Choudhary (45), Chandrawati Devi (55), Shambha Devi (40), Rima Kumari (14) and Paramshila Kumari (16) and Mukesh Kumar, an official said.
Courtesy of theindianawaaz.com

Major power outage in Karachi, Pakistan

 
Electricity supply was restored in different parts of the city including Lyari, Bufferzone, Gulshan, and Gulistan-e-Johar through a backup after citizens were forced to greet a notorious, unwelcome guest – load-shedding – on the first of Ramazan on Sunday. 
 
NTDC MD Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry said the matter was being looked into, and the investigation into the reason for the breakdown would be complete by afternoon. 
 
The power outage is also expected to affect water supply in the city. K-Electric claimed that it was in the process of restoring power supply to major water pumping stations including Dhabeji and Pipri stations.  
 
A major power outage was experienced in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Johar, Malir, FB Area, Liaquatabad, Landhi, Kharadar, North Karachi, Sir Syed Town, Shadman Town, Keamari, among others, as the clocks ticked to the time to start fasting.
 
The electricity breakdown also continued in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Quaidabad, Steel Town, Hub, Maripur, Mochko, Naval Colony, and surrounding areas.
 
The spokesperson added that electricity has been provided to restart the affected generators.
 
The impact on Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) was significantly higher in comparison, the NTDC spokesperson noted, explaining that the national grid usually supplies 550 MW of power to Karachi.
 
“Power is expected to resume from Jamshoro and Hubco power plants in approximately 2 hours,” the spokesperson said.
 
K-Electric spokesperson Sadia Dada, on the other hand, stated that the process to restore power is underway with the help of Water and Sewerage Board’s installations. The official added that power at Dhabeji and Pipri pumping stations has been resumed.
 
Almost 50-60 percent of the metropolis faces a lack of electricity at present, Dada said, reiterating the same reason behind the power outage as that of the NTDC spokesperson.
 
“A 500-KV Jamshoro transmission line caused the power outage,” Dada explained, adding that efforts are underway to normalise the impacted areas.
Courtesy of geo.tv

Wide spread power outage effecting thousands in Western Kenosha County, USA

A wide spread power outage is effecting a large portion of Western Kenosha County on Saturday morning.
 
The outage started around 8 a.m. Outages have been reported to westoftheoi from Paddock Lake south to Trevor and as far west as Lilly Lake.
 
We Energies says over 6,000 of its customers are out of power at about 8:20 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
 
We Energies’ outage map shows outages in Bristol, Salem Lakes, Paddock Lake and Brighton.
 
UPDATE 8:29 a.m. — We Energies now says over 11,000 customers effected in Kenosha County.
Courtesy of westofthei.com