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"We warned at the start of ZetaTalk, in 1995, that unpredictable weather extremes, switching about from drought to deluge, would occur and increase on a lineal basis up until the pole shift. Where this occurred steadily, it has only recently become undeniable. ZetaTalk, and only ZetaTalk, warned of these weather changes, at that early date. Our early warnings spoke to the issue of global heating from the core outward, hardly Global Warming, a surface or atmospheric issue, but caused by consternation in the core. Affected by the approach of Planet X, which was by then starting to zoom rapidly toward the inner solar system for its periodic passage, the core was churning, melting the permafrost and glaciers and riling up volcanoes. When the passage did not occur as expected in 2003 because Planet X had stalled in the inner solar system, we explained the increasing weather irregularities in the context of the global wobble that had ensued - weather wobbles where the Earth is suddenly forced under air masses, churning them. This evolved by 2005 into a looping jet stream, loops breaking away and turning like a tornado to affect the air masses underneath. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth, droughts had become more intractable and deluges positively frightening, temperature swings bringing snow in summer in the tropics and searing heat in Artic regions, with the violence of storms increasing in number and ferocity."



From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 4, 2012:


The wobble seems to have changed, as the temperature in Europe suddenly plunged after being like an early Spring, Alaska has its coldest temps ever while the US and much of Canada is having an extremely mild winter. India went from fatal cold spell to balmy again. Has the Earth changed position vs a vs Planet X to cause this? [and from another] Bitter cold records broken in Alaska - all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy's Law intervenes [Jan 30] Jim River, AK closed in on the all time record coldest temperature of -80°F set in 1971, which is not only the Alaska all-time record, but the record for the entire United States. Unfortunately, it seems the battery died in the weather station just at the critical moment. While the continental USA has a mild winter and has set a number of high temperature records in the last week and pundits ponder whether they will be blaming the dreaded "global warming" for those temperatures, Alaska and Canada have been suffering through some of the coldest temperatures on record during the last week.

There has been no change in the wobble pattern, the wobble has merely become more severe. Nancy noted a Figure 8 format when the Earth wobble first became noticeable, in early 2005, after Planet X moved into the inner solar system at the end of 2003. The Figure 8 shifted along to the east a bit on the globe between 2005 and 2009, (the last time Nancy took its measure) as Planet X came closer to the Earth, encountering the magnetic N Pole with a violent push earlier in the day. But the pattern of the Figure 8 remained essentially the same. So what changed recently that the weather patterns became noticeably different in late January, 2012?

The N Pole is pushed away when it comes over the horizon, when the noon Sun is centered over the Pacific. This regularly puts Alaska under colder air, with less sunlight, and thus the historically low temps there this January, 2012 as the wobble has gotten stronger. But by the time the Sun is positioned over India, the N Pole has swung during the Figure 8 so the globe tilts, and this tilt is visible in the weather maps from Asia. The tilt has forced the globe under the hot air closer to the Equator, warming the land along a discernable tilt demarcation line.

The next loop of the Figure 8 swings the globe so that the N Pole moves in the other direction, putting the globe again at a tilt but this time in the other direction. This tilt is discernable in weather maps of Europe, again along a diagonal line. Depending upon air pressure and temperature differences, the weather on either side of this diagonal line may be suddenly warm or suddenly cold. The tilt and diagonal line lingers to affect much of the US and Canada, but the Figure 8 changes at this point to be an up and down motion, pulling the geographic N Pole south so the US is experiencing a warmer than expected winter under a stronger Sun. Then the cycle repeats, with the magnetic N Pole of Earth pushed violently away again as the Sun is positioned over the Pacific.


From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for April 6, 2013:


Would the Zetas be able to let us know what is causing the early break-up of the Arctic Ice, the ice seems to have taken on a swirling pattern at the same time, would this be wobble related? [and from another] The ice in Canada’s western Arctic ripped open in a massive “fracturing event” this spring that spread like a wave across 1,000 kilometres of the Beaufort Sea. Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents. It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east. [and from another] A high-pressure weather system was parked over the region, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.

The Figure 8 formed by the N Pole during the daily Earth wobble has shifted somewhat to the East, due to Planet X positioned more to the right of the Earth during its approach. This was anticipated, and well described in ZetaTalk, the Earth crowding to the left in the cup to escape the approach of Planet X, so the angle between these two planets would change slightly. This shift of the Figure 8 to the East is due to the push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole occurring sooner each day than prior. Thus instead of occurring when the Sun is high over the Pacific, over New Zealand, it is now occurring when the Sun is high over Alaska. All the wobble points have shifted eastward accordingly.

This has brought a lingering Winter to the western US, and a changed sloshing pattern to the Arctic waters. Instead of Pacific waters being pushed through the Bering Straits into the Arctic when the polar push occurs, the wobble is swinging the Arctic to the right, and then later to the left, creating a circular motion in the waters trapped in the Arctic. Since the Earth rotates counterclockwise, the motion also takes this path. This is yet another piece of evidence that the establishment is hard pressed to explain. They are attempting to ascribe this to high pressure and wind, all of which are not new to the Arctic, but this circular early breakup of ice in the Arctic is new.

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Comment by KM on October 12, 2018 at 12:03am

Horrific before and after photos capture utter devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael after it obliterated Florida's Panhandle with 155mph winds and 14ft storm surges

  • Hurricane Michael's deadly assault on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday destroyed several small towns
  • Category 4 storm smashed into the coast near Mexico Beach with 155 mph winds and 14ft storm surges
  • Damage is slowly becoming clearer with before and after images showing the severe destruction
  • Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle on Thursday to reach trapped people
  • Nearly 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia
  • At least six deaths were blamed on Michael, including an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a falling tree

Horrific before and after photos have captured the utter devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael after it crashed into several small towns on the Florida Panhandle with near-record force.

The deadly hurricane's assault left nothing more than empty foundations and heaps of rubble when it smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday with screeching 155 mile per hour winds and 14-foot storm surges.

While search-and-rescue teams were having difficulty reaching some areas on Thursday, the extent of the damage is slowly becoming clear with the before and after images showing the severe destruction.

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach where entire blocks of homes near the beach were washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand. 

Hurricane Michael left nothing more than empty foundations and heaps of rubble when it smashed into Florida's northwest coast near the small town of Mexico Beach on Wednesday

One of the hardest-hit spots was Mexico Beach where entire blocks of homes near the beach were washed away, leaving nothing but concrete slabs in the sand

Trees were stripped to stalks, roofs were shredded, trucks toppled and boats pushed into buildings. Downed power lines lay nearly everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high

Rows and rows of other homes were reduced to piles of debris or crumpled and slumped at odd angles.

Trees were stripped to stalks, roofs were shredded, trucks toppled and boats pushed into buildings. Downed power lines lay nearly everywhere, while pine trees were stripped and snapped off about 20 feet high.

Hundreds of cars had broken windows and twisted street signs lay on the ground. 

In Panama City, 20 miles northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. Michael left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.

At Jinks Middle School in Panama City, the storm peeled back part of the gym roof and tore off one wall, leaving the wooden floor covered in water. A year ago the school welcomed students and families displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Nearly 850,000 homes and businesses were without power in Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas and Georgia on Thursday. 

Search-and-rescue teams fanned out across the Florida Panhandle to reach trapped people in Michael's wake on Thursday as daylight yielded the devastating scenes.

The hurricane, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. mainland, left at least six people dead in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Sarah Radney, an 11-year-old girl, was killed in Seminole County, Georgia, when a tree fell on her home. Another man was killed by a falling tree in Gadsden County, Florida. Three others were also found dead in Gadsden County and another man was killed when a tree landed on his car in Statesville, North Carolina.

Comment by KM on October 10, 2018 at 5:58pm

Sri Lanka – Floods and Storms Leave 9 Dead and 5,000 Displaced

At least 9 people have died and around 5,000 displaced in Sri Lanka after a period of heavy rain and storms which have caused flooding, landslides and wind damage.

According to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC), 4 people have died in floods in the district of Kalutara, 2 in Galle and 2 in Rathnapura. One person died after strong winds downed trees in Kegalle district.

DMC said that a total of 5,834 people from 1,318 families are currently displaced and staying in 21 temporary relocation centers in the districts of Colombo (5,654 people), Kalutara (58) and Nuwara Eliya (122).

Around 1,700 homes and buildings have been severely damaged, with around 35 totally destroyed.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Meteorology said that 334.1 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 07 October, 2018 in Podiwela, Galle district.

The department said more severe weather is possible due to a deep depression located in the Bay of Bengal, adding that “very heavy falls above 150 mm can be expected at some places in Western, North-western, Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle, Matara districts.”

The country suffered major flooding in May this year when at least 12 people died and thousands were displaced. Over 140 people died in massive flooding and landslides in May 2017.

Comment by KM on October 3, 2018 at 6:22pm

Drivers stranded for over 10 hours on Highway 1 near Canmore after massive snowfall


WATCH: Parts of southern Alberta were slammed with snow on Tuesday, resulting in dangerous driving conditions. West of Calgary, Highway 1 was shut down, leaving hundreds of drivers stranded. Jayme Doll reports.

What started out as a lighthearted and “pretty darn Canadian” story took a decidedly difficult turn on Tuesday.

In the midst of a traffic jam on Highway 1 in the afternoon, Jens Lindemann busted out his trumpet and played “O Canada” on the side of the road.

“It was a lot funnier earlier today playing the trumpet when it was daylight,” Lindemann said in a video message to Global News late Tuesday night.

“But there are now thousands of people out here who’ve been stuck, not moving an inch, for eight and a half hours and there has not been one RCMP or emergency vehicle that’s driven by or even walked by to check on folks,” he added. “It’s now getting a little bit problematic. We’re looking after each other out here; I guess that’s the way it’s going to be tonight.”

Mackenzie Murphy was on her way from Banff to Airdrie when she took the video of Lindemann playing the trumpet.

Close to 9:30 p.m., Murphy said — through her mom Tara — that people aren’t moving and many are out of gas, adding that she is turning around to Canmore for the night.

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On her way home from the Kootenays to Calgary, Leah Jones said the only road warning she saw was an electronic sign that said Highway 93 was closed — nothing about Highway 1.

She was stranded right outside of Canmore as of 10:15 p.m.

“Both eastbound lanes are jammed with all of us parked here, so there’s nowhere to turn around,” Jones said.

“It’s getting quite cold. I can’t feel my feet right now.”

She said westbound lanes appear to be clear, adding that some people became stuck in the meridian trying to turn around and start moving again.

Drivers were stranded for up to 11 hours on Highway 1 near Canmore after a massive snowfall on Tuesday.

Drivers were stranded for up to 11 hours on Highway 1 near Canmore after a massive snowfall on Tuesday.

With cell service going in and out, it’s hard to stay informed with updates, Jones said. She added that when she called the RCMP on Tuesday night, they said they couldn’t offer assistance. Jones wanted to know the RCMP’s protocol for road closure delays lasting more than 10 hours.

“If it were 15 hours and -20 C, would we be in this situation? They would be hauling ass to get us off these roads,” she said.

“If it were -20 C right now, people would be dead,” she said.

Throughout the delay, Jones has been turning her vehicle — equipped with winter tires — on and off to keep warm and preserve gas.

“It’s pitch dark now. If we could’ve turned around and been safe — now you’ve got hundreds, if not, a thousand or plus cars… driving in the middle of the night here,” she said.

“Couldn’t book a room if our lives depended on it, and it kind of does,” she added. “It’s freezing out here.”

“The snow’s just coming, coming, coming.”

Pictures surfacing on social media showed jackknifed semis on snowy roads. An update from 511 just before 10 p.m. said traffic is moving but very slowly.

“The ripple effect of braking and some vehicles getting stuck momentarily is being felt along the backlog,” one of many tweets read.

Valeria Lima was stranded near Lac Des Arcs on Highway 1 heading east in a car without winter tires. As of 9 p.m., Lima has been stranded for eight hours.

“I was frustrated, of course, because we’ve lost a day here,” she said.

“We just want to get out of here.”

She is scheduled to catch a plane back to Quebec on Wednesday.

“I’m coming from Montreal — I have a lot of snow also, but I’ve never seen something like this,” she said.

WATCH BELOW: Southern Alberta was slammed with snow on Tuesday. Shortly after 11 p.m., Phil Darlington provided an update on the weather in that part of the province as well as in the Edmonton area.

Lima said she couldn’t obtain information through an automated 511 phone call, but a fellow stranded person showed her Twitter updates.

“We have no information here,” Lima said.

“The washroom is also an issue.”

As snacks and water deplete, Lima said everyone is in the same boat.

“It’s kind of a community here already,” she said.

Canmore RCMP said the Trans-Canada Highway west of Calgary was closed Tuesday in both directions near Dead Man’s Flats.

Police said the westbound lanes opened at around 6:20 a.m. but the eastbound lanes remain closed.

Vehicles were in the ditches and highway crews and tow trucks were trying to clear them out.

Police escorted stranded motorists to the warming centre at the Canmore high school early Wednesday morning.

One driver told Global News the stranded cars were being directed to gas stations and restaurants in Canmore early Wednesday morning as the start of the school day approached.

Comment by SongStar101 on September 30, 2018 at 12:09pm

'Medicane' wreaks havoc in Greece as torrential rainfall, angry seas and winds batter region

A rare phenomenon is expected to bring a period of heavy rain and strong winds to southern Greece and western Turkey in the final days of September.

While dry weather dominates most of Europe, a "medicane" is anticipated to form over the eastern Mediterranean Sea late this week.

A medicane is a rare, tropical-like cyclone that forms in the Mediterranean Sea whose formation is similar to that of a subtropical system in the Atlantic Ocean. Medicanes are typically small cyclones with a short lifespan.

"There can be widespread gusts of 95 km/h (60 mph) across coastal Crete into southwestern Turkey," Roys said. "Gusts to 130 and 145 km/h (80 and 90 mph) cannot be ruled out across the southern coast of Crete and the southwestern coast of Turkey."

Such winds can down trees and damage weak structures. Power outages can occur, while travelers may face disruptions.

If the storm tracks more to the north than currently expected, the zone of the heaviest rain and strongest winds will also follow suit.

The winds will stir dangerously rough waters across the eastern Mediterranean Sea.


Rosa to slam into northern Baja California, Mexico, to start October

Rosa is expected to batter far northwestern Mexico with gusty winds and flooding rainfall on the first day of October.

Among the communities in the path of Rosa is Mexicali, the region's capital, which normally receives about 7 mm (0.3 of an inch) of rainfall during the entire month of October. The city could be inundated with as much as three times this amount in just one day as Rosa impacts the area early next week.

Rosa, currently a Category 2 hurricane churning out in the eastern Pacific, is expected to turn northeastward and make landfall along Baja California's Pacific Coast late Monday or Monday night.

Rosa may be a tropical storm at landfall as the cooler waters offshore of Mexico cause it to lose wind intensity.

Rosa track Sep 29

As the storm approaches the area this weekend, coastal conditions will remain hazardous for small craft and swimmers. Anyone vacationing in a coastal community should pay attention to local officials and avoid going in the water.

Rosa will further lose wind intensity as it moves inland and interacts with the region's steep terrain.

Regardless, flooding rainfall will continue to be a threat as the system moves through northern Baja California and into the American Southwest.

Mountainous areas will be subject to flash flooding and mudslides, where over 100 mm (4 inches) of rainfall could fall Monday and Monday night.


Comment by SongStar101 on September 29, 2018 at 10:01pm

Dozens injured, thousands without power as Typhoon Trami lashes Japan

More lives and property will be threatened as Typhoon Trami tracks from the Ryukyu Islands to mainland Japan with destructive winds, flooding rain and an inundating storm surge through Monday.

"Trami will continue to blast the Ryukyu Islands through Sunday morning, with mainland Japan bracing for the blow Sunday into Monday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

The strength of the powerful typhoon is expected to be equal to a Category 3 or strong Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans as it tracks dangerously close or onto the southern coast of Kyushu and Shikoku on Sunday.

Trami slammed Okinawa on Saturday, producing wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph). Winds gusted to 191 km/h (119 mph) at Naha and 202 km/h (126 mph) at Itokazu.

Strong winds are being blamed for injuring 38 people as of Saturday night, according to NHK. Broken glass caused some of the injuries; others were knocked down by the wind.

About 200,000 homes have lost power, while hundreds of flights have been canceled across the Ryukyu Islands and western Japan.

Naha Airport on Okinawa was shut down on Saturday. The Kansai International Airport in Osaka is closing its two runways from midday Sunday to early Monday, NHK stated.

The Ryukyu Islands from Okinawa northward and areas from southern Kyushu to Shikoku and south-central Honshu are expected to endure the most severe impacts.

Residents in these communities could be left without power or water for days or weeks in the wake of Trami. Travel via air, rail and roads can be shut down for a time.

Well-built homes can endure major roof or siding damage. Additional property damage can occur as many trees may be downed. Roads littered with tree damage can delay power outage recovery.

A northeast movement will take the center of Trami dangerously close to and eventually onto the southwestern coast of mainland Japan on Sunday.

The southern coast and mountains of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu's Kansai region can be blasted by destructive wind gusts in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph).

"Anyone outside during the height of the storm can endure bodily harm or be fatally struck by flying debris," Pydynowski said.

All of Kyushu, Shikoku and western Honshu will face torrential rain that can trigger widespread flooding and mudslides. This includes some of the same communities that endured the historic flooding over the summer.

"Combined with the rain that preceded Trami into Saturday, there can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 400 mm (16 inches) across western Japan," Pydynowski said.

"Storm surge flooding along the entire southern coast of Japan will further threaten lives and property Sunday into Sunday night," she added.

Trami will then race across central and eastern Honshu later Sunday into Sunday night.

The heaviest rain may fall north and west of Tokyo, but wind gusts of 95-145 km/h (60-90 mph) can still whip the city on Sunday night. Haneda Airport may be forced to shut down for a time.

While drier weather will quickly return for Monday, the morning commute and daily routines can still be disrupted due to any damage, littered roads or rail lines or power outages left in the wake of Trami.

Hokkaido will be the final stop of Trami in Japan overnight Sunday into Monday, with flooding rain and damaging winds remaining concerns.

With a projected landfall, Trami would be the eighth named storm to strike Japan this year, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "There are signs that strengthening Tropical Storm Kong-rey may follow later in the new week."

"Out of the seven storms before Trami, six were typhoons," Nicholls added. "The record for land-falling typhoons in Japan is 10 from 2004."

Since Japan has been battered by numerous tropical systems, along with the historic flooding and deadly heat wave, recovery efforts in the wake of Trami can further put a strain on Japan's disaster recovery budget.

Due to the large size and sheer power of Trami, gusty winds and occasional downpours will still affect northern Taiwan, including Taipei, daily through Saturday as a northeast flow streams moisture into the region.

Dangerously rough seas will also be stirred around the island, especially along its northern and eastern coast.

Comment by KM on September 22, 2018 at 11:36pm

Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

OTTAWA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people were stranded without power in and around the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday after a tornado touched down twice, destroying some houses and ripping the roofs off others.

At the same time high winds also battered the region and Ottawa mayor Jim Watson said it could be days before electricity was fully restored. At least six people were injured.

"It's in the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city," Watson told reporters. "It looks like something from a movie scene or a war scene."

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The tornado hit on Friday evening, demolishing homes in the town of Dunrobin to the north west of the city before crossing over to the town of Gatineau, which lies directly to the north of Ottawa in the province of Quebec.

High winds damaged part of Ottawa's major electrical substations and officials said around 200,000 people on both sides of the river were without power. Ottawa and Gatineau together have a population of around 1.3 million people.

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"We have lost absolutely everything. I have got a beer fridge that's sitting in my garage - that is the only thing that is untouched - but everything else has gone," Ottawa resident Todd Nicholson told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He was not home when the tornado struck.

Quebec premier Philippe Couillard broke off campaigning ahead of an Oct 1 provincial election to travel to Gatineau. 

Comment by jorge namour on September 21, 2018 at 3:12pm

Major flash floods in Culiacán, Mexico today, September 20!

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Comment by SongStar101 on September 16, 2018 at 11:18am

Days of flooding ahead in the Carolinas as Florence leaves at least 13 dead

(CNN)Tropical Storm Florence's relentless rain is flooding parts of the Carolinas and promises even more for days, officials said Saturday, a day after it landed as a hurricane and left at least 13 people dead -- including a baby.

The issues prompted North Carolina to tell drivers coming down Interstate 95 from Virginia to go around -- the entire state. The state wants motorists to go west to Tennessee and take Interstate 75 into Georgia.
"The one thing I want to prevent is thousands of people stranded on our interstates or US routes," said state Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdan.
A 73-mile stretch of the highway closed Saturday because of flooding and an accident involving a tractor-trailer.
Officials warned the flooding was only just starting.
"The flood danger from this storm is more immediate today than when it ... made landfall 24 hours ago," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday morning. "We face walls of water at our coasts, along our rivers, across our farmland, in our cities and in our towns."
The storm's center is crawling over South Carolina, but many of its main rain bands still are over already-saturated North Carolina -- setting up what may be days of flooding for some communities.
Late Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said that heavy rain bands were continuing to inundate southeastern North Carolina, with flash flooding and major river flooding occurring over a significant portion of the Carolinas.
Serious flooding is expected throughout the two states, and some rivers may not crest for another three to five days.
"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into west-central Virginia and far eastern West Virginia through early next week, as Florence moves slowly inland," the hurricane center said.
"In addition to the flash flood and flooding threat, landslides are also possible in the higher terrain of the southern and central Appalachians across western North Carolina into southwest Virginia."
Florence crashed ashore Friday morning in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, and it has wiped out power to about 796,000 customers in that state and South Carolina.
It has trapped people in flooded homes, with citizen swift-water rescue teams from out of state joining local emergency professionals to try to bring them to safety.

Key developments

• Florence's location: By 11 p.m. Saturday, Florence's center was 40 miles east southeast of Columbia, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was moving west at 3 mph, the National Weather Service said. The storm was expected to dump rain in the Carolinas through the weekend.
• Winds: Sustained winds of at least 39 mph can be felt as far away as 160 miles from the center of Florence.
Looting arrests: Wilmington police arrested five people who allegedly were looting a Dollar General store, authorities said. Another person was arrested after they allegedly looted an Exxon gas station and convenience store in Wilmington on Saturday evening, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
• No electricity: About 760,000 customers are without power in North Carolina, emergency officials said. In South Carolina, some 36,000 customers are without power, officials said.
• Trapped and rescued: In New Bern, North Carolina, officials tweeted Saturday afternoon that water rescues had been completed. In nearby Onslow County, three US Coast Guard helicopters were helping with rescue missions, officials said.
• Much flooding to come: By storm's end, up to 40 inches of rain will have fallen in parts of North Carolina and far northeastern South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said. Some other parts of South Carolina could see rainfall totals of up to 15 inches, forecasters said. Florence "will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and South Carolina for some time," NOAA official Steve Goldstein said.
• Record rainfall: Florence has dumped more than 30 inches of rain in Swansboro, North Carolina, as of Saturday morning, breaking the record for rainfall from a tropical system in the state. The previous record of 24.06 inches was set during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Comment by KM on September 15, 2018 at 4:43pm

A storm surge four storeys high wind gusts 330 kmh (an incredible 205mh) Super Typhoon Mangkhut slams into the northern Philippines

It's easily the biggest storm of the year...
Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines on Saturday (Sept 15) with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction.
The massive storm, which forecasters have called the strongest typhoon this year, blew down trees, tore off roofs and knocked out power when it made landfall on the island of Luzon in the pre-dawn darkness.
As it barrelled west toward China across the disaster-prone archipelago, the storm's gusts strengthened up to 330 kilometres per hour but its sustained winds had weakened to 185kmh.
"As much as possible, stay indoors," Chris Perez, a forecaster for the state weather service, warned the roughly four million people in the path of the storm after it landed at 1.40am.
An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people. Thousands of people fled their homes in high-risk areas ahead of the storm's arrival because of major flooding and landslide risks.
Authorities hiked the storm alert on Friday to its second-highest level in northern Luzon provinces and mobilised rescue teams.
The elevated warning level carried risks of "very heavy" damage to communities hit by the typhoon and a storm surge that was forecast to hit six meters in some areas, the weather service said. Residents had started lashing down their roofs and gathering supplies days before the arrival of the storm.
"Among all the typhoons this year, this one ( Mangkhut) is the strongest," Japan Meteorological Agency forecaster Hiroshi Ishihara told AFP on Friday.
"This is a violent typhoon.
It has the strongest sustained wind (among the typhoons of this year)."
After blasting the Philippines, Mangkhut is predicted to hurtle towards China's heavily populated southern coast this weekend.
"They (authorities) said this typhoon is twice as strong as the last typhoon, that's why we are terrified," Myrna Parallag, 53, told AFP after fleeing her home in the northern Philippines.
"We learned our lesson last time. The water reached our roof," she said, referring to when her family rode out a typhoon at home in 2016.
The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.
Poor communities reliant on fishing are some of the most vulnerable to fierce typhoon winds and the storm surges that pound the coast.
"The rains will be strong and the winds are no joke... We may have a storm surge that could reach four storeys high," Michael Conag, a spokesman for local civil defence authorities, told AFP.
The storm is not forecast to directly hit Hong Kong, but forecasters say the city will be lashed by Mangkhut's wind and rain.
The Hong Kong Observatory warned that the massive typhoon will pose a "severe threat" to China's southern coast before moving on to northern Vietnam.

Comment by Juan F Martinez on September 12, 2018 at 4:05am

First light over the Category 5 super typhoon #Mangkhut in western Pacific right now. Sustained winds of 161 mph ( = 260 km/h), gusting up to 196 mph ( = 315 km/h), pressure below 915 mbar.

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