Dorian aims for US, causes limited damage in Caribbean
DÁNICA COTO•Tropical Storm Dorian continues toward Puerto Rico amid fears of flooding SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian caused limited damage in the northern Caribbean as it left the region Wednesday night, setting its sights on the U.S. mainland as it threatened to grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm.Power outages and flooding were reported across the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after Dorian hit St. Thomas as a Category 1 storm.”We’re happy because there are no damages to report,” Culebra Mayor William Solís told The Associated Press, noting that only one community lost power.Meanwhile, Dorian caused an island-wide blackout in St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and scattered power outages in St. Croix, government spokesman Richard Motta told AP. In addition, the storm downed trees and at least one electric post in St. Thomas, he said, adding that there were no reports of major flooding.”We are grateful that it wasn’t a stronger storm,” he said.There were no immediate reports of damage in the British Virgin Islands, where Gov. Augustus Jaspert said crews were already clearing roads and inspecting infrastructure by late Wednesday afternoon.Dorian had prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency Tuesday night and order federal assistance for local authorities.At 8 p.m. EDT, Dorian was centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of San Juan. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) while moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).The Hurricane Center said the storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 storm as it pushes northwest in the general direction of Florida.Dennis Feltgen, a Hurricane Center meteorologist in Miami, said Dorian may grow in size and could land anywhere from South Florida to South Carolina on Sunday or Monday.”This will be a large storm approaching the Southeast,” he said.People in Florida were starting to get ready for a possible Labor Day weekend strike, with county governments along Florida’s east-central coast distributing sandbags and many residents rushing to warehouse retailers to load up on water, canned food and emergency supplies.”All Floridians on the East Coast should have 7 days of supplies, prepare their homes & follow the track closely,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a tweet. Later Wednesday, he declared a state of emergency for the counties in the storm’s path.A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning remained in effect for Puerto Rico, with Dorian expected to dump 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of rain with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters) in the eastern part of the island.However, Puerto Rico seemed to be spared any heavy wind and rain, a huge relief to many on an island where blue tarps still cover some 30,000 homes nearly two years after Hurricane Maria. The island’s 3.2 million inhabitants also depend on an unstable power grid that remains prone to outages since it was destroyed by Maria, a Category 4 storm.Ramonita Torres, a thin, stooped, 74-year-old woman who lives by herself in the impoverished, flood-prone neighborhood of Las Monjas in the capital of San Juan, was still trying to rebuild the home she nearly lost after Maria but was not able to secure the pieces of zinc that now serve as her roof.”There’s no money for that,” she said, shaking her head.Several hundred customers were without power across Puerto Rico by Wednesday evening, according to Ángel Figueroa, president of a union that represents power workers.Police said an 80-year-old man in the northern town of Bayamón died on Wednesday after he fell trying to climb up to his roof to clear it of debris ahead of the storm.Dorian initially had been projected to brush the western part of Puerto Rico and the change in the storm’s course caught some off guard in Culebra and Vieques, both popular tourist destinations.Earlier, Trump sent a tweet assuring islanders that „FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job.”He added a jab at Puerto Rican officials who have accused this administration of a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Maria: „When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You — Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!”The mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, tweeted that Trump needs to „calm down get out of the way and make way for those of us who are actually doing the work on the ground,” adding that maybe he „will understand this time around THIS IS NOT ABOUT HIM; THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS; THIS IS ABOUT SAVING LIVES.”Dorian earlier caused power outages and downed trees in Barbados and St. Lucia and flooding in islands including Martinique._Associated Press writers Adriana Gómez Licón in Miami and Mike Schneider in Orlando, Florida, contributed to this report.
A powerful volcanic eruption on the Italian island of Stromboli sent a huge cloud of ash into the sky, nearly two months after a similar eruption killed a hiker.
Frightened tourists watched the eruption as lava cascaded down the sides of the volcano, one of the most active in the world.
The eruption was preceded by a deafening boom, witnesses said.
Known as a „paroxysmal eruption”, it sent up a tall column of smoke and ash which could be seen from many miles away.
Water-bombing aircraft were deployed to the island, scooping up sea water to put out small wild fires on the flanks of the mountain.
There were no reports of injuries.
Video footage showed one boat, with Italians on board, fleeing the island in panic as gigantic clouds of black ash rolled across the sea.
On another boat, a British family watched in awe as the eruption took place. “Wow, the whole mountain is shaking,” an Englishman says on a video clip of the eruption. “Oh my goodness, that is really bad guys.”
Nicole Bremner, an Australian who lives in London, was on a boat off Stromboli when the volcano erupted.
“We were just at Stromboli volcano watching the small eruptions. We left and then this giant eruption happened!” she wrote.
The property developer said the smoke and ash had left “a metallic taste in our mouths… waiting to see if we need to help with evacuations.”
Some tourists watched the eruption from the safety of the nearby island of Panarea.
In video posted on social media, an American woman is heard to say: “Oh my God. I don’t think we should go there today.”
The volcano last erupted on July 3, when a 35-year-old Italian hiker was killed by falling debris. He was with a companion who survived.
At the time, one tourist wrote: “I’ve never felt so much fear in my life.”
Stromboli is part of the Aeolian archipelago of islands, which attract sailors and celebrities during the summer months.
“The situation is under control, but all the same we have activated the normal civil protection procedures,” said Marco Giorgianni, the mayor of Lipari, the most populated of the islands.
Volcanologists believe Stromboli has been in nearly continuous eruption for at least 2,000 years and the eruption on Wednesday is not considered unusual.
There are small eruptions on an hourly basis, with the volcano spewing out chunks of incandescent lava, ash and volcanic rock from its cone.
At night the explosions can be seen far out at sea, lending the island the nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean.”
There have been several fatal explosions in the past – four people were killed in 1919, three people in 1930 and one person, a biologist, in 1986.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has Dorian strengthening into a major Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph by Sunday off the U.S. East Coast.
What does this mean?
A „major” hurricane is any hurricane that’s rated as a Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity. A Category 3 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of from 111 to 129 mph.
The five hurricane categories of the scale are defined solely by wind speed and don’t take storm surge, heavy rain or barometric pressure into account. Keep in mind that water – whether through surging ocean waves or driving rain – is often the most destructive part of a hurricane, typically causing more devastation than wind.
If Dorian hits as a Category 3, „devastating” wind damage will occur, according to the National Hurricane Center.
„There is a high risk of injury or death to people, livestock and pets due to flying and falling debris,” the hurricane center warned.
Poorly constructed frame homes can be destroyed by the removal of the roof and exterior walls and unprotected windows will be broken by flying debris. Well-built frame homes can experience major damage involving the removal of roof decking and gable end, according to the hurricane center.
„Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads,” the hurricane center said. „Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.”
Since 1851, 13 major hurricanes have made landfall along the east coast of Florida, according to Colorado State University hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach. The most recent was Hurricane Jeanne in 2004, which killed 28 people and caused $10.3 billion in damage, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.
If Dorian strengthens to a Category 4, with wind speeds of 130 mph, the damage could catastrophic, the hurricane center warned: „Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls,” the hurricane center said. „Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed.”
A hit from a Category 4 hurricane means that „power outages will last for weeks to possibly months, and long-term water shortages will increase human suffering. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”
The most powerful storms – Category 5s – destroy a high percentage of homes, often causing total roof failure and wall collapses. Fallen trees and power poles isolate residential areas. Power outages last for weeks or months. And areas can be uninhabitable for the same time frame.
Category 5 hurricanes have wind speeds of 157 mph or greater.
Landfalls from Category 5 hurricanes are exceedingly rare, fortunately. Only four have been recorded in U.S. history, including Hurricane Michael last year. Michael killed 49 people and caused $25.2 billion in damage, NOAA said.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dorian: Forecast to strengthen into a Category 3 major hurricane
MIAMI (AP) — The latest on tropical storms (all times local):
Hurricane Dorian is moving away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and forecasters say they expect it to strengthen into a powerful storm in the coming days as it heads closer to Florida.
The National Hurricane Center says Dorian has top sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with higher gusts. At 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, it was centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s moving to the northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).
The Miami-based hurricane center says Dorian is on a track that should take the storm well east of the southeastern and central Bahamas in the next two days. It adds all indications are that by sometime in the Labor Day holiday weekend, the powerful hurricane will be near or over the Florida peninsula.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says the state is keeping any eye on Hurricane Dorian but he has not declared a state of emergency.
Kemp told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that emergency officials hope to have a clearer picture of the path of the Category 1 storm within the next 24 hours.
The governor is urging those who are traveling to Georgia’s seacoast or to Florida to pay attention as Dorian approaches the Southeast. He says everyone should use caution because „we’re not sure where this storm is going.”
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency Director Homer Bryson says the state operations center will open Thursday afternoon.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is expected to become a dangerous hurricane as it enters warm Atlantic waters nearing the U.S. Southeast.
A hurricane center advisory at 5 p.m. EDT said Dorian, which gained hurricane strength earlier Wednesday, is gradually moving away from the northeastern Caribbean Sea into the Atlantic basin. It’s now centered about 45 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of St. Thomas and has strengthened somewhat in recent hours.
Top sustained winds are now being clocked at 80 mph (130 kph) and Dorian is churning to the northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).
The Miami-based center says Dorian should move away from the U.S. and British Virgin Islands in coming hours. It’s then expected to head out over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas on Thursday and Friday.
Dorian is forecast to strengthen further and become a powerful hurricane in the next few days.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency and is urging residents to take precautions as Hurricane Dorian strengthens in the Caribbean on a path expected to take it to the U.S. Mainland.
Florida officials said Wednesday that they are preparing for the hurricane to make landfall somewhere along the state’s eastern shore.
The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm could grow into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it swirls toward Florida.
While the storm’s track remains uncertain, the governor says people should stock up on at least a week’s worth of food and water, but be prepared to evacuate when advised.
The governor’s declaration allows resources to be more efficiently and urgently marshaled ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.
People in Florida are starting to get ready for a possible Labor Day strike from Hurricane Dorian, which forecasters say could grow into a Category 3 storm.
Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted Wednesday that: „All Floridians on the East Coast should have 7 days of supplies, prepare their homes & follow the track closely.”
County governments along Florida’s east-central coast have begun distributing sandbags, while many residents are rushing to warehouse retailers to load up on water, canned food and emergency supplies.
The prospect of Dorian already is dinging the region’s tourism. The head of Volusa County’s Lodging and Hospitality Association says hotel reservations there went from three-quarter capacity down to half through cancellations.
Disney plans to open its long-anticipated Star Wars Land on Thursday and that had been expected to drive attendance over the three-day weekend. There’s no word yet on any possible closure.
Dorian has hit the U.S. Virgin Islands just as it reached hurricane force, and forecasters say it could grow to Category 3 status before a likely collision with the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend.
The British Virgin Islands and the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra were also in Dorian’s path. Officials in the U.S. territory were worried the storm could bring landslides, widespread flooding and power outages in what could be the first major test of emergency preparedness since the 2017 devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Dorian prompted President Donald Trump to declare a state of emergency Tuesday night and order federal assistance for local authorities.
At 2 p.m. EDT, Dorian was located over St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). It was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).
When disaster looms, having the right tech tools can help you get critical information, keep in touch with rescue workers and loved ones – maybe even save your life.
“I can’t imagine going through a giant storm without my gadgets,” says Kathy Zucker, author and founder of the Metro Moms Network.
Zucker lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and rode out a pair of hurricanes, Irene and Sandy, at home with her husband and young children. “Because I had my smartphone and laptop, and a giant, massive backup battery/power supply to keep them powered up, I never lost touch with the outside world during the entire storm. That was everything.”
When a hurricane loomed just off the coast of North Carolina, novelist Christina Wood was busy charging up gadgets as she boarded up windows at her Wilmington area condo. “The most important tech gadgets in this (disaster situation) are batteries! The bigger, the better.” Wood wrote to me over email. “We might be without power for a long time. A lot of locals have generators. But if you don’t, power bricks are like gold!”
Forecasters predict more than a dozen massive storms will slam the states this year. Add to that an already devastating year of wildfires, floods, ice storms, mudslides, and other major calamities, and it’s clear – now’s the time to make sure your disaster preparedness tech is charged up and ready to go.
Start with your smartphone
Your smartphone can be your lifeline – but not if the battery dies. Keep it plugged in and charging as long as you have power, “but the minute the storm gets here, unplug everything,” Wood warns. “Lightning is dangerous. I know someone who was hit by lightning through his keyboard!”
Be sure to have more than one back-battery charger topped-off too. I keep a handful of them including the Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ ($60) wireless power station, and the Outxe Savage (starting at $56), which has a small solar panel that comes in really handy when there’s no other available power source. In addition to those two, I keep the Cobra Marine JumPack XL H2O ($150) in my car at all times. It’s a handheld gadget that can jump start V8 gas and diesel engines multiple times, has two USB ports to power up your smartphone, and a built-in flashlight with SOS and strobe modes.
At least twice a year, I take out all of my backup batteries and charge them up, too, to make sure they’re nearly full if/when disaster strikes. If your phone is breathing its last breath remember that a laptop can charge it up too, as long as you have the right charging cables on hand. I use a MacBook Pro that needs an additional dongle to charge up my iPhone – so I stashed an extra one, along with an extra charging cable – in a Ziploc in my emergency pack.
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While you want to make sure your smartphone battery lasts as long as possible – by turning down the screen brightness, muting unnecessary apps, and turning on Low Power mode – there are a few apps that you’ll want on hand, no matter what.
For weather-related emergencies, it’s tough to beat the newly redesigned Weather Channel app (free, iOS, Android). The app has always provided real-time weather tracking, alerts, and updates on severe weather. Now, the new-and-improved version uses IBM AI to deliver the most relevant alerts and forecasts, right into the palm of your hand.
“It cuts through the clutter,” says Sheri Bachstein, global head of consumer business for The Weather Company. “When you’re trying to survive, you can’t be looking for information every few seconds all over the place. Our new app highlights major changes in weather and notifies you preemptively with a push alert. We can push targeted and geofenced messages to users to provide more specific information when and where they need it most.”
An app called Zello (free, iOS, Android) turns your smartphone into a sort of hybrid walkie-talkie/police scanner. As long as you have a cellular network or WiFi connection, you can use Zello like a two-way radio to keep in contact with a pre-set group of people, or rescue workers via a specific channel. I listened in to a channel called “Hurricane Florence Information Channel” for about an hour, and heard people asking for help evacuating, finding fresh water, and checking-in on elderly relatives.
Zello CEO Bill Moore told me that what really stood out for people during past hurricanes was how critical it is to have two-way conversations at the push of a button, jumping in and out of channels whenever you want, with an app that uses little battery.
“It might use 10% more than normal; it’s a pretty low draw,” Moore said. “We put a lot of effort into battery use.” That’s great news, since weather emergencies can lead to total blackouts that last days. “Set it up and add the people you need to be in contact with before an emergency,” he says.
FireChat (free, iOS, Android) is another great communication tool, and has the added ability to connect you to others without an internet connection or cell coverage, but you have to be within 200 feet of others using the app for it to work.
Keep the FEMA app (free, iOS, Android) handy, too. It’s a great resource before the storm hits, with guides on how to prepare emergency kits and tips to ready yourself for any hardships a bad bout of weather might bring.
Your smartphone might be your most important gadget, but it doesn’t have to be the only one that helps you weather the storm. There are a few other things I keep handy for all kinds of emergencies, like the Eton FRX3 Weather Alert Radio ($50). It pulls in AM and FM signals, has a built-in LED flashlight and solar panel, and if you don’t have sunlight you can recharge it just by turning the built-in hand crank. As an added bonus, a USB port on the side can recharge your other gadgets, too.
Zucker said she always looks for gadgets that multitask. “I am obsessed with the UCO Pika Lantern ($25). It’s tiny, converts from flashlight to lantern mode, and you have a USB port to charge up your other gadgets.”
When night falls and power is nowhere to be found, LuminAID’s emergency lanterns (starting at $25) are a light in the darkness. They have built-in solar panels to recharge from sunlight and can last for up to 24 hours on a full charge. They’re inflatable for easy storage and you can stick them just about anywhere.
Both of these devices can use the sun for electricity, but if you want to take your solar game to the next level snag one of Goal Zero Venture 30 Power Bank with Nomad 7 Solar Panel (starting at $180). These are portable solar panels that feed into a backup battery big enough to recharge your phone up to three times. Just lay it in the sun and never worry about a dead phone.
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And don’t forget, camping and survival gadgets like the BioLite CampStove 2 ($130), which turns the heat from a small fire into electricity, and the water-purifying LifeStraw ($20) can be a real lifesaver in a weather emergency, too.
Riding out a natural disaster when you have the option to evacuate is rarely a good idea, but if you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hurricane, you’ll have a better shot at making it through unscathed with a few of these handy tech tools.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricane Dorian: Tech to help you in storm from smartphones to solar
- The Old Farmer’s Almanac just released its annual extended forecast for winter 2019-2020.
- The Almanac predicts „a repeat of last winter’s record-breaking extremes,” including heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
Make sure you have a reliable pair of snow boots, because you’re definitely going to need them this winter.
Not long after the Farmers’ Almanac suggested it would be a „freezing, frigid, and frosty” season, the *other* Farmer’s Almanac has released its annual weather forecast—and it’s equally upsetting.
While the first publication focused on the cold temperatures anticipated this winter, the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that excessive snowfall will be the most noteworthy part of the season.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which was founded in 1792, says that the upcoming winter „will be remembered for strong storms” featuring heavy rain, sleet, and a lot of snow. The periodical actually used the word „snow-verload” to describe the conditions we can expect in the coming months.
„The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for frequent snow events—from flurries to no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast,” explains the press release.
Did you catch that? No fewer than SEVEN big snowstorms.
In addition to excessive precipitation, below-normal temperatures are expected with „frigid and frosty conditions” lasting well into the spring for some parts of the country.
„This could feel like the never-ending winter, particularly in the Midwest and east to the Ohio Valley and Appalachians, where wintery weather will last well into March and even through the first days of spring,” says Almanac editor Janice Stillman.
If you’re planning to escape the cold weather, the forecast notes that „even typically tropical Hawaii will feel the chill” and experience cooler temperatures and heavy thunderstorms—so you might want to hold off on that beach vacation.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac was 80.5% accurate in predicting last year’s wild weather, and its report for the upcoming season is very similar to that of the competing Farmer’s Almanac. In other words, the chances that we’ll escape this winter without a few snowstorms and freezing temperatures are *very* slim.
- President Donald Trump has reportedly suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop the storms from hitting the US.
- But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this idea is impossible because there isn’t a nuclear bomb powerful enough to continuously disrupt a hurricane.
- Here are four graphics that show why nobody should try to nuke a hurricane.
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„Why don’t we nuke them?” President Donald Trump asked during a White House briefing about hurricanes, according to an Axios report. Trump was advocating for a nuclear solution to the tropical storms that hit the southeastern US, according to Axios.
Sources who heard the president’s private remarks told Axios that Trump asked senior officials something along the lines of, „They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?”
Before the conversation ever took place, however, hurricane researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had already published an article answering Trump’s question.
The scientists describe why it would be impossible to use a bomb to disrupt a hurricane: We don’t have nuclear bombs powerful enough for the task, nor the financial resources to build enough new bombs to combat even one hurricane.
Here are four graphics that show why nuking a hurricane is not a good idea.
To understand why bombing a hurricane wouldn’t work, it’s important to understand how a hurricane forms. These storms are vast low-pressure cyclones with wind speeds over 74 mph. They form over warm water in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.
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When warm moisture rises, it releases energy, forming thunderstorms. As more thunderstorms are created, the winds spiral upward and outward, creating a vortex. Clouds then form in the upper atmosphere as the warm air condenses.
As the winds churn, an area of low pressure forms over the ocean’s surface and helps feed a hurricane’s cyclonic shape.
But if any part of this weather cycle dissipates — either the warm air or the area of low pressure — the hurricane loses strength and breaks down.
That, meteorologist Jack Reed argued in 1959, is where a bomb could come in handy. He suggested that a nuclear explosion could push the warm air up and out of the storm’s eye, which would enable colder air to take its place and eliminate that low pressure band fueling the hurricane.
The problem is that hurricanes emit a mind-boggling amount of energy. So we don’t have nukes big enough or powerful enough to continuously match a hurricane’s strength.
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A hurricane can release the same amount of energy as the explosion of a 10-megaton nuke every 20 minutes, the NOAA article says. That’s more than 666 times bigger than „Little Boy,” the bomb that the US dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
In order to match the energetic power of a hurricane, there would need to be almost 2,000 „Little Boys” dropped per hour.
In terms of size alone, Hurricane Katrina — with a width of 400 miles — was 283 times the size of the „Little Boy” bomb blast radius. Katrina’s eye alone, at 37 miles in diameter, was 11 times the size of the area covered by the 15 kilo-ton explosive detonated over Hiroshima.
What’s more, the NOAA article says, once an explosive’s initial high-pressure shock moves outward, the surrounding air pressure in the hurricane would return to the same low-pressure state it was in before. And the shock wave that a nuke produces travels faster than the speed of sound.
So unless we were able to detonate nuclear explosives in the eye of the hurricane on a continuous basis, we wouldn’t be able to dissipate the low-pressure air that keeps the storm going.
The idea to attack tropical storms before they become full-fledged hurricanes „isn’t promising either,” the NOAA article says.
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An average hurricane season has 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. These weather events all begin as tropical depressions, in which low-pressure areas are accompanied by thunderstorms and circular winds under 39 mph.
Very few of these depressions develop into hurricanes, and „there is no way to tell in advance which ones will develop,” the NOAA article says.
Even if we could predict which tropical storms develop into hurricanes, it would be extraordinarily expensive to create enough nuclear bombs to fight them.
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According to the Brookings Institution, the cost of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima would be $8.18 billion in 2019 US dollars, adjusted for inflation.
In 2018, the base budget for the US Department of Defense was $576 billion.
We would need 666 „Little Boy”-sized bombs to match the power that a hurricane emits every 20 minutes, yet building just 71 of them would cost more than the entire annual US defense budget.
- A flight scheduled to fly from Manchester, England, to Madeira, a group of Portuguese islands, on Monday had to make an emergency landing after the pilot fell ill in the cockpit.
- The First Officer on board Jet2 Flight LS765 successfully diverted the plane to Porto, about 750 miles away from Madeira instead.
- An off-duty pilot who was on the plane as a passenger also entered the cockpit to help out.
- It’s not entirely clear what happened to the original pilot, and Jet2 has so far declined to give specifics.
- MailOnline reported that the pilot had fainted, and the BBC cited a passenger as saying that he had „drifted in and out of consciousness.”
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A budget airline flight was forced to divert and make an emergency landing 750 miles from its destination after the pilot unexpectedly fell ill in the cockpit during the flight.
Jet 2 Flight LS765 had been scheduled to fly from Manchester, United Kingdom, to Madeira, a cluster of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.
But because the pilot fell ill, the plane was forced to divert to Porto, located in the east of Portugal’s mainland, instead. Porto is around 750 miles from Madeira.
Jet2 has so far declined to specify what happened to the pilot. It mentioned only „an onboard medical situation” in a Monday tweet, and told Business Insider in a Tuesday statement that „one of the pilots [had been] feeling unwell.”
The pilot had fainted in the cockpit, MailOnline reported. Jet2 did not comment on the MailOnline report.
A stewardess mentioned that the pilot „had drifted in and out of consciousness,” the BBC cited a passenger, identified as Sheila, as saying.
After the pilot took ill, the plane’s first officer successfully diverted the plane and made the emergency landing, a spokesman for Jet2 told Business Insider.
An off-duty pilot who had been on the plane as a passenger also entered the cockpit to „offer assistance,” the spokesman told Business Insider. It was not specified what the off-duty pilot did to assist.
The off-duty pilot „didn’t come out [of the cockpit] until he helped the pilot off the plane when we landed,” MailOnline cited another passenger, Nicholas Banks, as saying.
Passengers on board the flight „had no idea whatsoever” what was happening at the time, the BBC cited Sheila as saying.
„It could have been medical, a fire, mechanical problems,” Sheila said, according to the BBC. „Everyone was really concerned.”
Medical staff carried the original pilot off the plane after the emergency landing, the BBC and MailOnline reported, citing various passengers.
The passengers were stranded in Porto for a few hours on Monday. A replacement aircraft and crew have since taken them to Madeira, Jet2 told Business Insider.