Archive for the ‘Weather alerts’ Category

As US braces for Sandy, SE Asia also dealing with a deadly storm

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy lashes the East Coast of the United States with wind and rain, Southeast Asia is dealing with the trail of death and damage from a powerful storm that has killed at least 30 people in the region over the past few days.

“Frankenstorm” approaches US Northeast

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas overnight as big cities and small towns across the US Northeast braced for the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 60 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.

“The time for preparing and talking is about over,” Federal Emergency Management Administrator Craig Fugate warned as a monster Hurricane Sandy headed up the Atlantic Coast on a collision course with two other weather systems.

Severe weather warning for parts of South Island

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Heavy rain is drenching parts of the South Island this morning, with MetService saying surface flooding and slips are possible.

MetService has issued a severe weather warning for northern Fiordland, Westland, the Otago headwaters and northwest Nelson.

Winds over 140kmh hit capital

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Trees are being uprooted and parts of roofs are falling off buildings in Wellington as the wind which has gripped the capital overnight intensifies.

Wind warnings for lower North and inland South Islands

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Motorists are being urged to take care as gale-force winds batter the lower North Island and inland South Island.

MetService severe weather forecaster Andy Downs said the strongest winds overnight were recorded in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn, where a 130km/h gust struck about 3am.

Severe weather watch for Canterbury

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

A severe weather watch is in place for Canterbury today, after Christchurch was hit by freakish weather last night leaving conservatories damaged and lifting a roof off a house.

Severe weather warning for North Island

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

A severe weather warning is in place as heavy rain is expected to lash western New Zealand today.

Buller, Nelson and Marlborough were experiencing heavy rainfall this morning, while “anywhere in the North Island from Taranaki up to Bay of Plenty” could also expect to be drenched today, MetService duty forecaster Heath Gullery said.

No mention of Auckland – but the rain is very heavy as I post this…

Typhoon Bolaven leaves 12 dead in South Korea – moves onto North

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Twelve people were killed and 10 were missing after a strong typhoon pounded South Korea on Tuesday, uprooting trees, sinking ships and cutting power to almost 200,000 homes.

By early evening, Typhoon Bolaven — the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade — had moved to North Korea, which is still struggling to recover from deadly floods earlier this summer.

Hurricane Isaac expected to reach Louisiana early Wed local time

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm, with 120 kph winds, had gained strength as it moved over the warm, open waters of the gulf. It was expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana by early Wednesday local time (late tonight NZ time).

27 dead after typhoon hits Vietnam

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

At least 27 people have been killed during a typhoon which swept across northern provinces of Vietnam over the weekend, officials have said.