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Cyclone Phailin: India Braces for Major Impact Published: Oct 11, 2013, 7:43 AM EDT Associated Press

Cyclone PhailinAP Photo/Biswaranjan RoutIn this Thursday Oct. 10, 2013 photo, fishing boats are pulled off to the shore following a cyclone alert on the Bay of Bengal coast at Puri, Odisha state, India.BHUBANESHWAR, India — Officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes Friday as a massive cyclone – so large it filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal – gathered strength and headed toward India’s eastern seaboard.Officials canceled holy day celebrations and stockpiled emergency supplies in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, with forecasters saying Cyclone Phailin will hit the region Saturday evening.The Indian Meteorological Department warned that Phailin was a „very severe cyclonic storm.” If the storm continues on its current path without weakening, it is expected to cause large-scale power and communications outages and shut down road and rail links, officials said. There would also be extensive damage to crops.(MORE: The Latest Forecast for Phailin)Play Video
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Autoplay Satellite images of the storm showed its spinning tails reaching nearly 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the east coast of India to the west coast of Myanmar, an area roughly the size of France.Using trucks and buses, authorities evacuated 40,000 people from 40 villages to government-run shelters, schools and buildings in five districts of Orissa state, said Surya Narayan Patra, the state revenue and disaster management minister.Patra said authorities plan to take another 100,000 people to safer areas before the cyclone hits.”No one will be allowed to stay in mud and thatched houses in the coastal areas,” he said.(MORE: Tornadoes Damage These Prized Weather Possessions)Authorities also began evacuating 64,000 people from the low-lying areas of three vulnerable districts in neighboring Andhra Pradesh state, said state Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy.Officials have been stockpiling emergency food supplies, and setting up shelters for people expected to flee the heavy winds and rains. The Indian air force said four transport planes and 18 helicopters were being kept ready for relief operations in the region.The Bay of Bengal has been the scene of the some of the deadliest storms in recent history. A 1999 Orissa cyclone killed 10,000 people.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: September Flooding Hits India
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Vehicles drive along a water-logged road during heavy rain in New Delhi on September 26, 2013. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)
       

Nor’easter Hits East Coast: Soaking Rainfall Expected to Continue Through the Weekend Published: Oct 11, 2013, 7:36 AM EDT weather.com1/12Buxton, N.C.

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 Rough seas in Buxton, N.C. (iWitness/wrb13@me.com)Buxton, N.C. Lanexa, Va.Baltimore, Md.Norfolk, Va.  TRENTON, N.J. — Forecasters say minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible from a slow-moving nor’easter that’s bringing periods of wind-driven heavy rain to New Jersey.”The area of low pressure will linger along the Middle Atlantic coast into Saturday,” said weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. „As a result, scattered showers and breezy winds will continue across the region. In addition, coastal locations will see lingering minor to locally moderate coastal flooding, high surf and some beach erosion.”Play VideoOverlayDeadly Cyclone Takes Aim
Autoplay(MORE: Nor’easter Formed from Tropical Storm Karen’s Ghost?)Rough surf could cause beach erosion along the shore that’s still rebuilding nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy.A coastal flood advisory is in effect through Friday afternoon in parts of the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey coasts.Forecasters are predicting moderate to widespread minor flooding during high tide fueled by onshore winds on Friday that could continue through Sunday. Heavy rain could also contribute to flooding along the roads.
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Cavemen Started the Recycling Phenomenon

Ariel David Published: Oct 11, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT Associated Press 0Cavemen RecyclingAP Photo/Dan BaliltyThis Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo shows the stone age recycling site cave at the north of Israel next to the city of Zichron Yaakov.TEL AVIV, Israel — If you thought recycling was just a modern phenomenon championed by environmentalists and concerned urbanites – think again.There is mounting evidence that hundreds of thousands of years ago, our prehistoric ancestors learned to recycle the objects they used in their daily lives, say researchers gathered at an international conference in Israel.”For the first time we are revealing the extent of this phenomenon, both in terms of the amount of recycling that went on and the different methods used,” said Ran Barkai, an archaeologist and one of the organizers of the four-day gathering at Tel Aviv University that ended Thursday.(MORE: See Why a Georgia School Canceled Classes)Play VideoOverlayTHIS Can Eat a Sheep?

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Just as today we recycle materials such as paper and plastic to manufacture new items, early hominids would collect discarded or broken tools made of flint and bone to create new utensils, Barkai said.The behavior „appeared at different times, in different places, with different methods according to the context and the availability of raw materials,” he told The Associated Press.From caves in Spain and North Africa to sites in Italy and Israel, archaeologists have been finding such recycled tools in recent years. The conference, titled „The Origins of Recycling,” gathered nearly 50 scholars from about 10 countries to compare notes and figure out what the phenomenon meant for our ancestors.Recycling was widespread not only among early humans but among our evolutionary predecessors such as Homo erectus, Neanderthals and other species of hominids that have not yet even been named, Barkai said.Avi Gopher, a Tel Aviv University archaeologist, said the early appearance of recycling highlights its role as a basic survival strategy. While they may not have been driven by concerns over pollution and the environment, hominids shared some of our motivations, he said.”Why do we recycle plastic? To conserve energy and raw materials,” Gopher said. „In the same way, if you recycled flint you didn’t have to go all the way to the quarry to get more, so you conserved your energy and saved on the material.”(PHOTOS: 7 Places You Have to Visit at Low Tide)Some cases may date as far back as 1.3 million years ago, according to finds in Fuente Nueva, on the shores of a prehistoric lake in southern Spain, said Deborah Barsky, an archaeologist with the University of Tarragona. Here there was only basic reworking of flint and it was hard to tell whether this was really recycling, she said.”I think it was just something you picked up unconsciously and used to make something else,” Barsky said. „Only after years and years does this become systematic.”That started happening about half a million years ago or later, scholars said.For example, a dry pond in Castel di Guido, near Rome, has yielded bone tools used some 300,000 years ago by Neanderthals who hunted or scavenged elephant carcasses there, said Giovanni Boschian, a geologist from the University of Pisa.”We find several levels of reuse and recycling,” he said. „The bones were shattered to extract the marrow, then the fragments were shaped into tools, abandoned, and finally reworked to be used again.”At other sites, stone hand-axes and discarded flint flakes would often function as core material to create smaller tools like blades and scrapers. Sometimes hominids found a use even for the tiny flakes that flew off the stone during the knapping process.At Qesem cave, a site near Tel Aviv dating back to between 200,000 and 420,000 years ago, Gopher and Barkai uncovered flint chips that had been reshaped into small blades to cut meat – a primitive form of cutlery.(MORE: How Did This Moon Disappear and Reappear?)Some 10 percent of the tools found at the site were recycled in some way, Gopher said. „It was not an occasional behavior; it was part of the way they did things, part of their way of life,” he said.He said scientists have various ways to determine if a tool was recycled. They can find direct evidence of retouching and reuse, or they can look at the object’s patina – a progressive discoloration that occurs once stone is exposed to the elements. Differences in the patina indicate that a fresh layer of material was exposed hundreds or thousands of years after the tool’s first incarnation.Some participants argued that scholars should be cautious to draw parallels between this ancient behavior and the current forms of systematic recycling, driven by mass production and environmental concerns.”It is very useful to think about prehistoric recycling,” said Daniel Amick, a professor of anthropology at Chicago’s Loyola University. „But I think that when they recycled they did so on an `ad hoc’ basis, when the need arose.”Participants in the conference plan to submit papers to be published next year in a special volume of Quaternary International, a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the study of the last 2.6 million years of Earth’s history.Norm Catto, the journal’s editor in chief and a geography professor at Memorial University in St John’s, Canada, said that while prehistoric recycling had come up in past studies, this was the first time experts met to discuss the issue in such depth.Catto, who was not at the conference, said in an email that studying prehistoric recycling could give clues on trading links and how much time people spent at one site.Above all, he wrote, the phenomenon reflects how despite living millennia apart and in completely different environments, humans appear to display „similar responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by life over thousands of years.”MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Locusts Swarm Israel
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 An Israeli man runs through a swarm of locusts arriving over the Negev desert near the Egyptian border on March 6, 2013 in Kmehin, Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
      

Over 20,000 Barrels Of Oil Spill In North Dakota James MacPherson Published: Oct 11, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT Associated Press 9Over 20,000 Barrels Of Oil Spill In North Dakota KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images An oil well near Tioga, N.D., taken in August 2013.BISMARCK, N.D. — It was 12 days after a North Dakota farmer reported a spill of 20,600 barrels of oil before state officials told the public what had happened, raising questions about how North Dakota, in the midst of an oil boom, reports such incidents.Farmer Steve Jensen says he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines were coated in it. At the apparent break in the Tesoro Corp.’s underground pipeline, the oil was „spewing and bubbling 6 inches high,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday.What Jensen had found on Sept. 29 was one of the largest spills recorded in the state. At 20,600 barrels it was four times the size of a pipeline rupture in late March that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes in Arkansas.Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who says he wasn’t even told about what happened until Wednesday night, said the state is now investigating its procedures for reporting spills.”There are many questions to be answered on how it occurred and how it was detected and if there was anything that could have been done that could have made a difference,” Dalrymple said Thursday, when questioned at a news conference on a separate topic.”Initially, it was felt that the spill was not overly large,” Dalrymple said. „When they realized it was a fairly sizable spill, they began to contact more people about it.”The spill happened in a remote area in the northwest corner of the state. The nearest home is a half-mile away, and Tesoro says no water sources were contaminated, no wildlife was hurt and no one was injured.The release of oil has been stopped, state environment geologist Kris Roberts said Thursday. And the spill — spread out over 7.3 acres, or about the size of seven football fields — has been contained.Jacob Wiedmer, who was helping Jensen harvest his wheat crop, likened the Sept. 29 discovery to the theme song from „The Beverly Hillbillies” television show.”It was just like Jed Clampett shooting at some food …” he said of the oil coming from the ground. „Except we weren’t hunting, we were harvesting.”Jensen said he had harvested most of his wheat before the spill, but the land is no longer usable for planting.”We expect not to be able to farm that ground for several years,” he said.Tesoro Logistics, a subsidiary of the San Antonio, Texas-based company that owns and operates parts of Tesoro’s oil infrastructure, said in a statement that the affected portion of the pipeline has been shut down.”Protection and care of the environment are fundamental to our core values, and we deeply regret any impact to the landowner,” Tesoro CEO Greg Goff said in a statement. „We will continue to work tirelessly to fully remediate the release area.”Play VideoHow will growers feed the world?AutoplayWayde Schafer, a North Dakota spokesman for the Sierra Club, said the spill is an example of the lack of oversight in a state that has exploded with oil development in recent years.”We need more inspectors and more transparency,” Schafer said. „Not only is the public not informed, but agencies don’t appear to be aware of what’s going on and that’s not good.”Eric Haugstad, Tesoro’s director of contingency planning and emergency response, said the hole in the 20-year-old pipeline was a quarter-inch in diameter. Tesoro officials were investigating what caused the hole in the 6-inch-diameter steel pipeline that runs underground about 35 miles from Tioga to a rail facility outside of Columbus, near the Canadian border.Roberts said state and federal regulators are monitoring the cleanup, and Tesoro estimated it would cost $4 million.A natural layer of clay more than 40 feet thick underlies the spill site and has „held the oil up” so that it does not spread to underground water sources, Roberts said.”It is completely contained and under control,” Roberts said Thursday. „They got very lucky.”MORE ON WEATHER.COM: BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill1 / 11Getty ImagesA dead crab is seen in a piece of marsh in Ocean Springs, Miss. The marsh was covered in oil after the BP oil spill of April, 2010. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)     

Typhoon Nari Barrels Toward Northern Philippines Hrvoje Hranjski Published: Oct 11, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT Associated Press 2

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MANILA, Philippines — A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines on Friday intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and flooding rains threatening farmlands and populated areas, including the capital Manila.Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off Friday’s trip to the Philippines. Kerry, who was visiting Southeast Asia for regional summits, said in Brunei on Thursday he was advised by his pilots to postpone the trip.Authorities placed 14 provinces and metropolitan Manila under storm alert, closed schools and put emergency services on notice.(MORE: Cyclone Nears India, Experts Fear Major Disaster)Play Video
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The typhoon is forecast to slam ashore in northeastern Aurora province later Friday or early Saturday with winds over 100 mph. Rainfall will exceed 4 to 8 inches with up to 12 inches in mountainous areas – about a month’s average in 24 hours.The national disaster agency said it was ready to evacuate thousands of residents from coastal towns.Aurora Gov. Gerardo Noveras said that mayors were busy calling on people living along rivers to seek shelter and stock up on relief goods, including rice and canned food.After hitting land, Nari is expect to pound the mountains and rice growing plains of central Luzon Island and exit into the South China Sea, heading for Vietnam early next week.(MORE: Nor’easter Continues to Batter East Coast)The center of the typhoon is forecast to pass just north of Manila, dumping more rain in the sprawling capital. Manila has been hit hard by floods because of poor infrastructure and clogged drainage and water canals – most of them blocked by densely populated slums – that are supposed to channel excess water into the sea.About 30 people died last month in flash floods triggered by monsoon rains. Another 20 died this past week alone, most of them in the southern Philippines.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Philippines Flooding in August
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A Filipino boy cleans dishes at a temporary evacuation center as rain pours in suburban San Mateo, east of Manila, Philippines on Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)