Hurricanes and Cyclones - Environmental Hazards Newsletter - 12th Mar 2018

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Bomb cyclone: Storm hammers northeast US bringing flooding and tidal surges - as it happened

A powerful "bomb cyclone" storm is lashing the US northeast, bringing snow, flooding and tidal surges all along the coast. Many areas were buffeted by wind gusts exceeding 50 mph, with possible hurricane-strength winds of 80 to 90 mph on Cape Cod.
4th Mar 2018 - The Independent

"Bomb cyclone" forms as flood threat sparks "LIFE & DEATH" warning

4th Mar 2018 - WNEM-TV

At least 6 killed in deadly storm, thousands still without power

4th Mar 2018 - CNN

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Rips Through East Coast

4th Mar 2018 - NTD

Bomb Cyclone Sending "Biggest Swell of the Year" to the Northeast

3rd Mar 2018 - TheInertia.com

"Bomb Cyclone" Brings Wind, Flooding And Snow To Northeast, Killing Several

3rd Mar 2018 - WAMC

A Bomb Cyclone Brings Massive Flooding to New England Again

2nd Mar 2018 - WIRED

New cyclone may be on horizon for NZ

According to forecaster Weather Watch, a tropical depression forming near Fiji could become a tropical cyclone later in the week. The system could then track near, or into, the New Zealand area
5th Mar 2018 - NZ Herald

Low forms near Fiji, has tropical cyclone potential, may track into NZ area

4th Mar 2018 - WeatherWatch.co.nz

Tropical Cyclone Dumazile

Tropical Cyclone Dumazile is moving southward between Madagascar and La Réunion Island with winds up to 120 km/h (Category 1 hurricane) strengthening (up to Category 3 hurricane) in the upcoming days.
4th Mar 2018 - ReliefWeb

Madagascar, La Reunion on alert for Tropical Cyclone Dumazile ...

4th Mar 2018 - AccuWeather.com

Mountains of trash left behind by hurricanes inflame debate in US Virgin Islands

Over the past 4½ months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local contractors have collected more than 736,000 cubic yards of debris left behind by the hurricanes that have ravaged the US Virgin Islands in recent months.
3rd Mar 2018 - The Mercury News

State of emergency declared over cyclone in Russia's Far East

The cyclone has paralyzed transportation throughout Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Due to zero visibility, bus and train services have been halted. Several flights at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport have been delayed or canceled.
2nd Mar 2018 - TASS

Hurricanes and Cyclones - Environmental Hazards Newsletter - 1st Feb 2018

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Locals share pain of post-hurricane Puerto Rico

Just as the damage from Hurricane Maria is still a raw wound in Puerto Rico, where half of its residents remain without power, emotions are still raw among Bloomington-Normal residents with ties to the battered island. “We are here because we need to keep having Puerto Rico in the news,” Daynali Flores-Rodriguez said Friday at a teach-in at Illinois State University on the effects of hurricanes in Puerto Rico. “This is a long-term recovery.”
21st Jan 2018 - Bloomington Pantagraph

Powerful storm wreaks havoc across western Europe

Germany and the Netherlands woke up to scenes of devastation Friday after a powerful storm flattened buildings, disrupted travel and killed at least eight people. Six people died in Germany, including two firefighters killed by falling trees and debris. A 68-year-old van driver was killed when his vehicle was blown onto the other side of the street, police said. In Cologne, a baby was born in a car after road closures made it impossible for the mother to reach hospital, the city's fire service said.
19th Jan 2018 - CNN

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta Lashes Mauritius, Reunion Island

A pair of islands in the Indian Ocean were impacted by the wind and rain from Tropical Cyclone Berguitta, which raked both as it continued its journey southward. Widespread flooding was reported on Mauritius and Reunion Island as the storm passed, according to the Express. Citing a local French-language newspaper, the Express reported no fatalities on Mauritius following a press briefing from Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.
19th Jan 2018 - The Weather Channel

Dangerous Cyclone Berguitta pulls away from Mauritius, La Reunion after bringing damaging winds and flooding

Severe Tropical Storm Berguitta passed dangerously close to La Reunion and Mauritius, but now looks to pull away from the islands, decreasing the impacts to the area. "Despite some recent weakening, Berguitta is still a very dangerous tropical cyclone ...
18th Jan 2018 - AccuWeather.com

Bomb Cyclone could signal stronger winter storms, flooding ahead

Vacations across the Northeast were interrupted early this month by “bomb cyclone,” which dropped up to 15 inches of snow onto cities and freeways, disrupting transportation for days. Unfortunately for residents, climate trends may suggest that New ...
18th Jan 2018 - Daily Free Press

"Our own personal cyclone" as severe thunderstorm rips through WA farming community of Cunderdin

Residents in Cunderdin have described a severe storm that tore through the region yesterday afternoon as "our own personal cyclone". The Bureau of Meteorology recorded winds of up to 126 kilometres per hour yesterday as ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce moved into the far south.
17th Jan 2018 - ABC Online

Cyclone Joyce TRACK: Storm Joyce to smash Australia "threat to lives and homes

BBC weather presenter Helen Willetts warned Perth could be in for “record-breaking” weather if it is hit with the remains of high energy Tropical Cyclone Joyce over the weekend.
12th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

Passengers recall horrors of cruise ship that sailed into "Bomb Cyclone

Passengers aboard the Norwegian Breakaway said they feared for their lives as the ship sailed through 'bomb cyclone' Storm Grayson. Karoline Ross said her daughter called her fiance in order 'to say goodbye.' Passenger Brenda Walsh-Matias said people were 'vomiting all over the boat.' The cruise was at the end of its 14-day journey when it sailed into winter storm. The 'bomb cyclone' storm dumped heavy snow and ice across the Northeast.
12th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Explainer: "bomb cyclones" – the intense winter storms that hit the US (and Australia too)

The eastern United States experienced a very severe winter storm last week, which caused damaging winds, heavy snow and the highest tide on record for Boston. Meteorologists call this type of storm a “bomb cyclone”, or simply a “bomb”. But what is it ...
11th Jan 2018 - The Conversation AU

Panicking residents clear supermarket shelves in preparation for destructive 130km/h winds as tropical cyclone bears down

Police have warned Western Australia residents not to hold 'cyclone parties.' The state's north is bracing for its second monster storm in just two weeks. Controversial trend sees residents bunker indoors stockpiled with alcohol. Locals put on notice as Tropical Cyclone Joyce approaches town of Broome. Supermarkets are running low on stock as locals prepare for the cyclone.
11th Jan 2018 - Daily Mail

Cyclone Ava kills at least 29 in Madagascar

A statement by the National Bureau for Risk and Catastrophe Management said that 22 people were still missing by Monday. Overall, Ava affected more than 83,000 people. The cyclone struck the eastern part of Madagascar the hardest. There, towns flooded and buildings collapsed. Roads were also damaged and communications were knocked out. "There was a huge amount of rainfall and very strong winds. As a result, houses have collapsed and buildings have fallen on top of people," Samantha Cameron, an aid worker, told Al Jazeera from the southcentral city of Fianarantsoa.
9th Jan 2018 - Aljazeera.com

Bomb cyclone: What is the shocking-sounding storm sweeping the US, and how long will the chilly weather last? - The Independent

"Bombogenesis is the technical term. Bomb cyclone is a shortened version of it, better for social media," said Weather.US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who helped popularize polar vortex in 2014. "The actual impacts aren't going to be a bomb at all," Maue said. "There's nothing exploding or detonating." Storm intensity is measured by central pressure — the lower the pressure, the stronger. A storm is considered a "bomb" when the pressure drops rapidly — at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.
5th Jan 2018 - The Independent

Snow tapers off but Northeast still dealing with cold, icy streets

Frigid water poured into the streets of some coastal New England cities Thursday, as a bomb cyclone pounded the region with record-high tides and blinding snow. "Stay away from the coasts," the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted. On Thursday afternoon, the tide gauge at Boston Harbor matched its record at 15.1 feet -- previously set during the blizzard of 1978. In Hull, Massachusetts, just to the southeast of Boston, the icy mess inundated street with water above the wheel wells of cars and coming up to the doors of homes.
5th Jan 2018 - CNN

WATCH: Bomb cyclone winter storm – New York bound plane forced to abort landing

New York has been hit by a bomb cyclone winter storm. Several flights have been diverted, causing widespead chaos. Passenger Manoel Gerlach took a video of his Singapore Airlines flight after it was diverted. A bomb cyclone winter storm is associated with extremely strong winds.
5th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

The "Bomb Cyclone" Has Put a Freeze on the Power Supply in Parts of the East Coast

A severe winter storm froze pipes and disrupted services at refineries on the U.S. Atlantic coast on Thursday, sending fuel prices higher as heavy snowfall and high winds caused electricity outages for almost 80,000 homes and businesses. The only nuclear plant in Massachusetts was shut just after 2 p.m. because of the failure of a line that connects the reactor to the power grid. Entergy Corp, which operates the Pilgrim Station, said it had not identified the cause of the line problem. ISO New England, which operates the region’s power grid, attributed the shutdown to blizzard conditions. The company did not say when the station would restart.
5th Jan 2018 - Fortune

A "bomb cyclone" flooded downtown Boston and trapped cars in ice — here's what it looked like on the ground

After a massive Nor'easter hit Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, water flooded the city's downtown. The icy floodwater submerged roads, forced some people to evacuate their residences, and prompted first responders to rescue those trapped in their cars. And on Friday morning, some residents of Revere, Massachusetts — a Boston suburb — woke up to their cars frozen in ice. Adam Abougalala, who lives in Revere, posted the following video, which shows frozen water that reached the wheel wells of cars parked along the street.
5th Jan 2018 - Business Insider

"Bomb cyclone" is gone, but bitter cold remains

The ferocious "bomb cyclone" that hammered the East Coast with snow, ice, and wind Thursday may be gone, but in its place a blast of intense, Arctic cold has arrived. Dangerously low wind chill temperatures will continue over the next couple of days ...
5th Jan 2018 - USA Today

"Bomb cyclone": Explosive winter storm hits US

A severe winter storm is hitting eastern North America, extending a cold snap that has already claimed 11 lives. Forecasters say a severe pressure drop has led to an explosive winter storm along the eastern US, and has already brought snow to Florida. The US is currently on its 11th day of record-breaking frigid temperatures which began around Christmas. But the predicted new storm has led meteorologists to deploy a new term - bomb cyclone.
4th Jan 2018 - BBC News

Storm Grayson map: Where will the bomb cyclone hit the USA today?

The weather bomb is forecast to push northwards, reaching New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Maine today and into Friday. Latest maps show that people living between Boston, Bangor and Caribou face up to 18 inches of snow by the end of Friday. Meanwhile, Washington DC is expected to receive as much as eight inches and Charleston could still get another 4-6 inches.
4th Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

"Bomb Cyclone" Winter Storm Was Best Seen From Space

What we might have just called a powerful Nor'easter in the past goes by the more colorful and ominous name "Bomb Cyclone" today. That is actually a real meteorological term, as my colleague Dennis Mersereau explained earlier. While the powerful winter storm may not have blown anything up just yet, it did bring the storm surges you'd expect to see from a hurricane. Parts of coastal New England saw flooding and the storm generated the odd spectacle of "thundersnow" near Providence, Rhode Island, as captured in the below radar image from Baron.
4th Jan 2018 - Forbes

"It Will Be Noteworthy." Here"s What"s Coming Next From the "Bomb Cyclone" Winter Storm

After the fast-moving weather system pushes off toward Nova Scotia, freezing temperatures building up across Canada will rush into the central and eastern parts of the U.S., said David Hamrick of the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “It will be noteworthy,” he said. “We will see records.” The storm has continued to grow increasingly powerful in a process called bombogenesis — known to some as a bomb cyclone — which occurs when a system’s central air pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours.
4th Jan 2018 - Fortune

Storm Eleanor CYCLONE warning: UK faces Category 1 level storm and 105kph winds

Gusts of up to 90mph ripped through the entire country overnight putting the nation on alert for falling trees, flying debris, flooding and power cuts. Worrying weather charts showed the storm, a deep area of low pressure in the Atlantic, strengthening as it hurtles towards the UK. The European Joint Cyclone Centre predicted maximum gusts of 105kph as Eleanor strengthened to a Category-3 storm overnight. The Met Office at 6pm last night upgraded its weather warning to Amber for the north of England. Between 7.30pm last night and 4am on this morning strong winds blasted Northern Ireland and England.
3rd Jan 2018 - Express.co.uk

The "bomb cyclone" heading for the eastern US – is that even a thing?

Experts said that while the term explosive cyclogenesis was “probably a better option” when describing the phenomenon behind a bomb cyclone, mentions of bombs and explosive impacts have been common for decades among meteorologists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines the “bomb” phenomenon as being a mid-latitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies as cold air collides with warm air, typically over warmer ocean waters. This process causes a steep drop in atmospheric pressure of at least 24 millibars over 24 hours.
3rd Jan 2018 - The Guardian