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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: Flood alert issued for parts of Greater Manchester as Storm Dennis hits #StormDennis #SevereAlert #Flooding #GreaterManchester #Lancashire #uk

Severe Flood Warning

A flood alert has been issued for parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire as Storm Dennis hits.

The alert covers parts of Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

The area is known as the ‘Upper River Irwell Catchment’.

“Flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is expected this evening and tomorrow morning,” according to the Environment Agency.

There is a possibility of flooding on ‘land and roads’ around the rivers Beal, Roch and Croal and Limy Water.

“Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary”, the government website warns.

The alert was issued just before 7pm tonight (Saturday).

In Lancashire, a flood warning has been issued for Waterfoot, a small town between Rawtenstall and Bacup.

There is risk of the River Irwell flooding as a result of heavy rain caused by Storm Dennis.

“We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties adjacent to the A681 Bacup Road. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the weekend”, the government website says.

A yellow weather warning for wind and rain is in place from tonight until Sunday afternoon in Greater Manchester.

There is an amber weather warning for rain in place in parts of Lancashire including Bacup and Burnley.

Courtesy of manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: Hundreds of flights cancelled in the UK and army called in ahead of heavy winds and flooding #StormDENNIS #flights #planes #cancellations #army #SevereAlert #FloodAlert #gales #UK

Storm Alert

Warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, while a month’s worth of rainfall is expected in places.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and the army has been called in as Storm Dennis prepares to hit the UK with strong winds and flooding.

The UK is bracing for disruption as the “perfect storm” approaches, bringing gusts of up to 70mph (113kmph).

The storm could bring a month’s rainfall in one day and some parts of the country could see up to 12cm (4.7in).

More than 230 easyJet flights in and out of the UK have been cancelled due to the weather on Saturday.

British Airways has said most of its flights are scheduled to go ahead as planned, but it is expecting disruption due to strong winds.

As of 9.30am on Saturday, there were 14 flood warnings – meaning people should take immediate action as flooding is expected – and 140 flood alerts, which means flooding is possible.

Forecasters have issued separate weather warnings for rain and wind covering most of the UK until Monday.

This includes amber warnings from midday on Saturday over southern Scotland, northern England, Wales and part of the South West saying that flooding could cause a danger to life.

Troops are being deployed to help with flood preparations in the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.

The Ministry of Justice has said 75 personnel based in Catterick and 70 reservists from Yorkshire are constructing around 700m of barriers, helping to repair defences and lay down sandbags.

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift said: “The presence of army officers in Calderdale will be a reassuring sight for the many residents and businesses who are still recovering from Storm Ciara and preparing for Storm Dennis.

“Council staff, partners, volunteers and community groups have worked tirelessly all week and will continue to work around the clock for as long as necessary to help keep people safe and to manage the flood risk.”

A Royal Navy ship is assisting in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Margate, Kent, after a man was reported overboard from a vessel at around 5:41am on Saturday.

It it is not clear if the incident is connected to Storm Dennis.

RNLI lifeboats, a police boat and the coastguard helicopter are assisting with the Navy ship with the search.

The Met Office says Storm Dennis poses a greater risk of widespread flooding than Storm Ciara the weekend before.

The Environment Agency (EA) said this is due to rain falling on already saturated ground.

Power cuts are also expected and there is a good chance train and buses will see cancellations or delays and roads closed.

Courtesy of Sky News

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SEVERE GALES PROMPTS YELLOW AND ORANGE ALERTS ACROSS ICELAND #SevereGales #YellowAlert #OrangeAlert

Storms in Iceland 14.02.2020

Orange alert for weather: Breidafjordur – Westnorthwest Iceland, Westfjords, Northwest Iceland, Eastfjords and Central highlands – Uninhabited part of Iceland

Yellow alert for weather: South Iceland, Westfjords and Southeast Iceland

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Record snowfall in Yushan, Taiwan #snowfall #yushan #taiwan

(Yushan Weather Station photo)

Yushan Weather Station Photo

A punishing cold front has seen record snowfall on Taiwan’s highest peak of Yushan (玉山), and an “orange” cold alert issued for the counties of Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taoyuan.

This means that temperatures could well drop below 6 degrees Celsius in these areas, from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

In addition, there was a “yellow” alert for Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi (city and county), Tainan, Kaohsiung, Yilan, Hualien and Kinmen – meaning temperatures could drop below 10 C in these cities and counties.

Yushan, the nation’s highest mountain at 3,952 meters (12,966 feet) above sea level, had experienced intermittent snow over a 17-hour period. This saw snowfalls of up to 25 centimeters, a record amount, stretching back to 20 years ago.

Courtesy of taiwannews.com.tw

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#Evacuations After Severe #Floods in South #Trinidad and #Tobago

Floods in Penal, South Trinidad, December 2019. Photo: PDRC

Days of heavy rain has caused flooding in parts of Trinidad.

Flooding was reported in Pernal, Debe, Barrackpore, Siparia an Princes Town. Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said that communities in the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC) had been worst affected. Schools have been closed in affected areas.

“At this time, 15 families have been evacuated. Shelters are open, however some roads remain impassable to low vehicles. Disaster Management officials are on the ground and continue to partner with the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force to assist residents who are stranded. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, trained by the Ministry in emergency response, have also participated in relief efforts,” the Ministry added.

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said that Penal recorded 127.2mm of rain in 2 days.

The service issued several Yellow level flood warnings. However, warning have since been upgraded to the higher Orange level as flood waters are still rising in some areas.

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said that the Caroni River was at maximum capacity and had overflowed onto its banks and some low lying surrounding areas. Local media said flooding in Siparia was caused by the overflowing Tunaco River. The flood situation has been compounded by the occurrence of spring tides.

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#Aviation alert raised to #Orange as #smoke #eruption at #MetisShoalVolcano in #Tonga

Metis Shoal Volcano smoke eruption. Photo by Captain Samuela Folaumoetu’i, Real Tonga Airlines.15 October 2019

An intermittent smoke eruption towering to 15,000-17000ft above the summit of the Metis Shoal Volcano, Ha’apai, this morning, has an increased likelihood of an eruption, with an aviation VONA alert now increased to Orange, the Tonga Meteorological Service advised at 10:20am.

Metis Shoal submarine volcano is located near Kao in Tonga’s Ha’apai Group, and is famous for its previous pumice eruptions that have created large pumice rafts.

Real Tonga pilots flying between Tongatapu and Vava’u on flights R4801 and R4802 this morning observed the intermittent smoke eruption, with continuous white plumes of wispy ash cloud.

“We just reconfirmed with the pilot on his way back that 25-30nm north of Kao, towering smoke erupting up to 15,000-17,000ft,” Tonga Met reported this morning, before upgrading an earlier Yellow alert to Orange.

Tonga Met Director, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu said that so far there had been no earthquakes detected in the area of the smoke eruption.

“The Town Officer of Fotuha’a Island, Sifa Fuakolo, first reported to us 8:30pm last night but [we] couldn’t verify till this morning’s Real Tonga flight.”

He said Tonga Met will issue a new Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) this evening, after domestic flights come in and any other shipping reports or observations are received.

Courtesy of matangitonga.to

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#MountMerapi #Volcano erupts in #Indonesia’s #Java island, triggering #Orange #Aviation warning

Orange Alert

Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Indonesia’s Java island, erupted on Monday afternoon, spewing a column of ash up to 3 km high and forcing the authority to issue a warning for planes, national volcanology agency said.

The volcano located on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces erupted at 4:31 p.m. Jakarta time with hot ash from the crater, and the wind blew the ash towards southwest, the agency said in a statement.

A volcano observatory notice for aviation was issued by the agency with the status of orange, indicating the possibility of a further eruption.

No-go zone has been put in place for in a radius of 3 km from the crater. People living near the volcano were warned of the possibility of rains of ash.

Mount Merapi is one of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanoes and has regularly erupted since 1948.

The volcano is located about 28 km north of Yogyakarta city and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano.

Courtesy of xinhuanet.com

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Alert Level Raised To Orange At #Villarrica #Volcano In Central #Chile

Orange Alert Raised

Sernageomin has raised the alert level to Orange for the first time since 2015 due to escalating seismic tremor and a more turbulent lava lake (present in some form since late 2014). Although fairly unlikely, it is possible that a repeat of the March 2015 paroxysmal event could soon occur if there is a similar trend in activity. An exclusion zone of 2km is in force.

Courtesy of volcanodiscovery.com

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