Severe Weather Forecast: Flash Flood Threat Grows as Severe Storms Repeat
- Saturday Overnight: Severe thunderstorms possible from the Southern Plains to parts of the lower Ohio Valley.
- Sunday: A little bit of severe weather is possible across parts of the South. Overall it looks to be a less active day for damaging storms.
- Monday: Scattered thunderstorms from Missouri to Kentucky south into Tennessee and Mississippi. Scattered storms also likely in northern and central Texas. While storms are expected to remain below severe limits, heavy rain in a short amount of time may lead to flash flooding.
See Dr. Greg Forbes’s TOR:CON tornado forecast for a state-by-state breakdown of areas at risk of tornadoes over the next several days.Flash Flood Threat As thunderstorms repeatedly cross the central U.S. in the coming days, rainfall totals will add up. Some places have already seen over 5 inches of rain this week, possibly wiping out drought in the Central Plains, but also leading to flooding concerns. Highlights so far:
- Omaha, Nebraska, had its wettest June day in history Tuesday, breaking a 139-year-old record with 5.30 inches of rain and single-handedly wiping out its rainfall deficit for 2014.
- Over 7 inches of rain fell southwest of Nashville Thursday. One person died in Lawrence County, Tennessee, when a car was swept off a roadway eroded by floodwater.
- Flash flooding stranded motorists and led to water rescues in Amarillo, Texas, before sunrise Friday.
Areas at risk of flash flooding the next few days:
- Through Overnight Saturday: Risk of flash flooding, possibly significant, from Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle into southern Kansas, northern Arkansas, and southern Missouri.
- Sunday and Monday: The greatest risk of flash flooding will be over Oklahoma and parts of northwest Texas. Other parts of the central and southern Plains and the mid-Mississippi Valley have a chance of flash flooding.
Lightning is of course always dangerous. Keep that in mind if you have outdoor plans in the orange areas on our thunderstorm maps.Severe Weather Live Ticker: Latest Updates All tornado warnings, along with other relevant tweets from The Weather Channel and local National Weather Service offices in current threat areas, will appear here.Information updates automatically; no need to reload or refresh your browser. Time stamps on the left are in Eastern time; subtract one hour for Central time and two hours for Mountain time. For complete warning information and radar links, look below our live ticker.Severe Alerts
Cost of Natural Disasters Has Quadrupled in Recent Decades, Official Says
Published: Jun 6, 2014, 3:07 PM EDT Associated Press Play VideoKiller Haboob StrikesIt’s getting a lot more expensive to recover from natural disasters today than ever, according to a senior European official who urged world leaders Thursday to spend more on preparing cities and coastal regions for the impact of storms and other disasters to ensure a stable future.Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, told a conference on disaster risk reduction and management of the Asia-Europe Meeting that costs related to natural disasters have increased from $50 billion a year in the 1980s to $200 billion in the last decade, an era when the United States has weathered the impact of storms like 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.In three of the last four years, disaster-related costs exceeded $200 billion.(MORE: 10 Creatures That Are Loving Global Warming)She said only 4 percent of spending for natural disasters today goes to prevention and preparedness, with 96 percent spent on response. But, she said, evidence shows every dollar spent on prevention brings at least $4 in savings on damage.AFP/Getty ImagesSri Lankan residents wade through floodwaters in Matugama on June 3 after heavy monsoon raIns caused havoc in the western, southern and central regions of the island.About 200 participants from 49 countries and organizations have gathered in Manila to discuss ways to increase countries’ disaster resilience. Officials from the Philippines offered lessons learned from Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated central provinces in November and killed more than 6,000 people. It’s the strongest recorded typhoon to hit land.”Turning this pyramid of investments around would go a long way to help build resilient societies,” Georgieva said. „And we know the evidence is so clear that it makes financial, economic sense — 1 peso, 1 euro, 1 dollar of prevention brings four to seven times saving in terms of reduction in damage.”She said it was important to target vulnerable sectors like children, women, the elderly and the handicapped because in disasters, 80 percent of victims come from the 20 percent most vulnerable people.Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said effects of climate change are worsening at an alarming pace, with typhoons becoming stronger, more frequent, more devastating and larger in scale.”It is vital — now more than ever — that we mount a focused, international effort to address the threats posed by climate change and to build communities that are resilient in the face of disaster,” he added.Aquino said that after Haiyan, the Philippines has „refused to be condemned to the vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction” and has taken efforts to build back better.He said the government has boosted preparedness and enhanced scientific capabilities to estimate the amount of rainfall, as well as wind and rain strength. It has improved early warning systems and has put up a website to enable people to access real-time weather information, among other measures.”It cannot be business as usual,” said Margareta Wahlstrom, special representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction.MORE FROM WEATHER.COM: Places with the Fewest Natural Disasters1 / 13 10. Warren, Mich.Located just north of Detroit, the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills area sees infrequent risks from tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Lightning stops play in Miami
Miami (AFP) – England’s pre-World Cup warm-up against Honduras on Saturday was suspended in the 23rd minute due to lightning warnings.The game was goalless but dark clouds covered SunLife Stadium and lightning struck shortly after the teams left the field.
Mayor: Rio will fail to keep pledge to clean bay
Cleaning the giant bay was part of the pitch Rio made in being awarded the games, saying this would form an important part of its legacy.Olympic sailors have described the 2016 venue as a „sewer” with almost 70 percent of sewage going untreated into area waters. Sailors have talked of dodging floating sofas, animal carcasses, and plastic trash bags that foul rudders.”I’m sorry that we did not use the games to get Guanabara Bay completely clean,” Paes said in his first public admission that the problem will not be solved.Rio’s Olympics have faced mounting criticism over delays, with International Olympic Committee members saying openly the games are at risk and preparations are the „worst” in recent memory. In April the IOC sent special advisers to Rio to help organizers get on track.Any hope Brazil would be able to clean up the sewage-filled bay was quashed in a document obtained last month by The Associated Press.View galleryFILE – In this May 15, 2014 file photo, untreated sewage creates a dark streak on the sand as it flo …In a May 7 letter to sports minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio’s state environment secretary, Carlos Francisco Portinho, acknowledged in a best-case scenario that pollution flowing into the bay could be cut to „over 50 percent” — well below the promised reduction of 80 percent.Paes said he was „not afraid for the health of any of the athletes. It’s going to be fine.”He said sailing would take place in a part of the bay that was less polluted.Some parts are worse than others, but water movements and tides make it difficult to predict the trajectory of human waste and floating debris. The medal races for the Olympics are planned off Flamengo beach, where warnings are posted telling people not to swim. The few swimmers there appear to be children from neighboring slums.Asked if the government would be morally or legally responsible for any athletes who became ill, he replied: „Sure, I think it’s our responsibility. Yes.”View galleryFILE – In this Nov. 19, 2013 file photo, the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay float below a road lea …Venues for rowing and distance swimming also face questions over water quality. And the world governing body for sailing, the ISAF, has said it may test water quality to protect athletes.That could come as soon as a test event that opens on Aug. 2, the first test of any kind for Rio.Paes argued on Saturday that the beleaguered games were on time and spending was moderate. He ran off a progress report on venues and projected estimated spending, which is about $17 billion in a mix of public and private money. He suggested the figure might rise by 10-20 percent.He said Rio could leave a legacy comparable to the 1992 Barcelona Games, which are viewed as the best at improving urban development. Many doubt the claim, citing Barcelona as a unique situation in a country that receives about 60 million foreign tourists annually. Brazil gets about 6 million, fewer than Orlando Disney World.The main infrastructure improvements for the games are a subway line extension, the redevelopment of an old port, and a high-speed bus system linking the international airport to the Olympics in an area in west Rio known as Barra. Several other lines are also planned.The mayor said the delayed World Cup may have sown mistrust in Rio’s preparations. It has also made Brazilians skittish about public spending on mega sports events. Spending on the World Cup is about $11.5 billion, which includes about $4 billion on 12 new or renovated football stadiums.”I know that we don’t have a good example during the World Cup,” Paes said. „People are not going to believe in everything we say. … I think we have a problem with mistrust. This is a problem that we face from our history. There is a lot of mistrust in our capability of delivering things.”_Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP
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