November 23, 2013 12:23 PM Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, Sicily, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)Smoke billows from the Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, Sicily, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi)
Cyclone Helen Strikes India, At Least 6 Dead
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(PHOTOS) Mount Sinabung on the Brink of Eruption: Indonesian Authorities Raise Alert to Highest Possible
Published: Nov 24, 2013, 11:08 AM EST weather.com
„We are in a situation of high alert due to the danger of searing gas,” Surono said, adding that authorities had urged people to stay at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the crater.
About 12,300 evacuees from eight villages around the mountain were packed Sunday in crowded government camps away from the fiery crater, while more than 6,000 others fled earlier to temporary shelters in 16 safe locations, said National Disaster Mitigation spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said airlines had been notified to avoid routes near the mountain.
The volcano’s last eruption, in August 2010, killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries.
Mount Sinabung is among around 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific „Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
Winter Storm Boreas Update: Ice, Snow Create Dangerous Travel for Millions in Plains, Midwest
weather.com and Associated Press Published: Nov 25, 2013, 7:36 AM EST
The National Weather Service said late Sunday night that a winter storm warning for most of North Texas had been replaced with a winter weather advisory through noon Monday. A mix of rain, light freezing rain and light sleet was expected, but meteorologist Steve Fano with the weather service’s Dallas-Fort Worth office said the temperatures would not be as cold as initially forecast.”They will still go below freezing in some places, just not as much below freezing as we initially thought,” Fano said.(MORE: Winter Storm Boreas Forecast)Meteorologists said they expect the Arctic mass to head south and east and threaten plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports for some of the busiest travel days of the year.More than 300 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, representing about one-third of the scheduled departures, and a spokeswoman said deicing equipment had been prepared as officials planned for the worst in a flurry of conference calls and meetings.”It’s certainly going to be a travel impact as we see the first few people making their way for Thanksgiving,” weather service meteorologist Tom Bradshaw said.With most of the precipitation expected to occur during the overnight hours Sunday into Monday, Fano stressed the need for motorists to be cautious on the roads, especially as they head to work during the morning rush.(MORE: Drivers, Avoid These Cities)”If nothing else, roads are going to be wet and it’s going to be cold, so caution definitely is advised in traveling,” he said.Play VideoThanksgiving Travel Forecast Texas
A mix of rain and sleet began falling north of Dallas on Interstate 35 by midday Sunday. Some elevated overpasses had icy surfaces.Schools are open in Dallas, according to the Dallas Independent School BoardTemperatures remains above freezing in Dallas and main rain area of rain will be moving out by mid-morning. The National Weather Service reports some ice on the west side of Fort Worth where temps moved down to freezing.Over 18,000 customers are without power in the western part of the state due to severe wintry conditions, according to utility suppliers.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for chunks of North Texas from noon Sunday until midday Monday. One person was killed Saturday evening after his car rolled over on an icy road outside Dumas, TX, NBC News Reports.Dallas prepared for the ice by declaring „Ice Force Level 1,” code for sending 30 sanding trucks to trouble shoot hazardous road conditions.More than 300 flights were canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Sunday, representing about one-third of the scheduled departures, and a spokeswoman said deicing equipment had been prepared as officials planned for the worst in a flurry of conference calls and meetings.Freezing rain and cold temperatures have already hampered travel and much of the heavy stuff” will hit south of I-20. Several traffic accidents were reported, including a fatal crash late Friday that left three dead, and several injured in Vega, about 30 miles west Amarillo.One incident injured three members of singer Willie Nelson’s band when their bus struck a pillar on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas.Singer Willie Nelson has suspended performances until December after the incident.Play VideoDrive like a Pro in Snow
Parts of Oklahoma have been under a winter storm warning, while other areas of the state have been under an advisory.Parts of southwest Oklahoma woke up to several inches of snow Sunday.Four storm-related deaths have occurred in Oklahoma, according to the Betsy Randolph, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety spokesperson.All four deaths occurred from separate car crashes that were from driving too fast for roadway conditions, like wet roadways, ice, gravel roads, etc, said Randolph.
ArizonaFlagstaff in Arizona had 11 inches of snow by early Sunday, and was expected to get another inch by the end of the day before the storm petered out. Metro Phoenix and other parts of central Arizona received between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches of rain over the course of the storm. The storms caused cancellations of sporting events and parades and damaged the roofs of homes across Arizona.In Tucson, firefighters on Friday recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high water in the Santa Cruz River. Tucson police said Sunday an autopsy revealed signs of trauma, and they were investigating the death as a homicide. They did not say whether they had ruled out the storm as a cause of his death.
CaliforniaThe storm hit California first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days. Three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday: Authorities found one body near downed power lines, one man crashed his vehicle into a tree and a woman was killed when a tree fell on a parked car.(WATCH: Nightmare In the Making for Thanksgiving Travel? | Flight Tracker)NevadaHeavy snow in high elevations stranded 50 drivers in Lincoln and White Pine counties, some drivers were trapped 10 to 12 hours, according the the National Weather Service. Heavy rain across the state contributed to numerous traffic incidents Thursday and Friday. The Nevada Highway Patrol reported 169 vehicle crashes on Thursday, killing one and injuring 60 others. In Las Vegas, police reported 112 accidents on surface streets during a rainy five-hour period Thursday. New Mexico Portions of New Mexico – especially in some of the higher elevations – also had several inches of snow, and near white out conditions were reported along stretches of Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque.Then along the New Mexico-Texas border, into the El Paso area, a mix of snow, sleet and ice forced some road closures and created messy driving conditions.Parts of the state had already been hit with snow and freezing rain that caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Winter Storm Boreas Photos
Filipinos Escape Typhoon Haiyan Wasteland, But Not Worry
Jim Gomez Published: Nov 25, 2013, 8:07 AM EST Associated Press
Norcross Looks at Haiyan Destruction
MANILA, Philippines — Romnick Abadines’ heart pounded as a Philippine air force C-130 carried him above typhoon-wrecked Tacloban city. He had never been on a plane before, never watched silvery-white clouds pass from a small round window. It was not the first time, or the last, that he felt helpless and out of his element.
The frail, 31-year-old farmer lost his shanty to Typhoon Haiyan, which flattened much of Tacloban in Leyte province as it killed more than 5,200 people. Now he lays idle in a tent shelter in suburban Manila, where he has no known relatives and little chance of finding more than menial and temporary work.
More than 12,000 people displaced by the massive Nov. 8 have made it to the capital. Most are with relatives; those with no family here are in shelters. Many have no idea how or where to rebuild their lives.
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„What will happen to us when this kindness ends?” asked Maribel Villajos, a 37-year-old mother of three children who sat listlessly with her husband on cots surrounded by bags of newly donated clothes, potato chips and instant coffee sachets at the same shelter where Abadines and his family were taken.
Investigating Typhoon Haiyan
Villajos’ husband is a carpenter, but his tools were swept away along with their house in the tsunami-like storm surge that swept far into Tacloban and ruined much of the densely-populated coastal city.
Thousands of people from areas wrecked by Haiyan clambered aboard free C-130 mercy flights to Manila without any plan, in a desperate bid to escape the hunger, uncertainties and lingering stench of death back home. Others arrived here by bus, or fled to central Cebu province, which like the capital is regarded by rural poor Filipinos as a greener pasture in this impoverished Southeast Asian nation of more than 96 million people.
They keep coming. In Tacloban, hundreds of survivors lined up Monday outside the city’s damaged airport, waiting for a flight out. Survivors will be ferried out „for as long as possible,” said Eduardo del Rosario, who heads the government’s disaster-response agency.
Many typhoon survivors traveled to Manila to stay with relatives, but a few dozen families have no connections to the city and now live in one of about 10 emergency shelters run by the government and private groups.
The shelter the Abadines and Villajos families live in was set up in a sprawling grade school compound. It has eight portable toilets and three televisions tuned to South Korean soap operas and the Cartoon Network.
Jennifer Dawat, 13, passed the time by making crayon drawings of the family’s happier days in Leyte’s Ormoc city. One showed a girl flying a kite beside a box-like yellow house with a blue roof and a coconut tree, and a smiling yellow sun overhead.
„That’s our house,” she said. „It’s gone.”
Walk-in volunteers drop by to hand over used clothes, children’s books and food. A cellphone company offers free calls. A local radio network parked a mobile van studio for anybody wanting to broadcast any message or recount typhoon ordeals to the public.
Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys, left, smiles at a typhoon survivor as she visits Typhoon Haiyan evacuees at Villamor Air Base in suburban Pasay, Philippines, Monday Nov. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Philippine Air Force)
Even celebrities were lending a hand. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys chatted with typhoon survivors who arrived at Manila’s Villamor Air Base on Monday, and she handed crayons and coloring books to children. The American R&B star was in Manila for a concert.
Metropolitan Manila welfare official Delia Bawan said the government is taking steps to provide emergency employment to the most desperate survivors who flew to Manila, although that may take some time. Steps have also been taken to protect the displaced from trafficking syndicates, she said.
Abadines was pleasantly surprised the moment he, his girlfriend and their two children arrived Friday at the air base. Government welfare staffers and volunteers welcomed them and other survivors with a long round of applause, then gave them packs of food and brought the injured to a first-aid tent.
„My worst fear was that we’ll be dumped in the streets and be at the mercy of drug addicts and criminals,” Abadines said.
But while his family’s needs are now being met, he doesn’t know what will happen next. Aside from farming, Abadines has worked only as a tricycle taxi driver and vegetable vendor at the public market in Leyte’s Palo town, near Tacloban, where his family lived.
His family was so poor that he completed only three years of grade school. He and his girlfriend have no relatives in Manila, and said their remaining kin and friends back in Palo are in as much distress as they are.
Even some typhoon survivors with relatives in Manila are in the shelters. Some lost their cellphones and address books in the storm and have been unable to reach loved ones. Others found relatives, but they were unable to help.
Didith Villanueva of Hospicio de San Jose, a Manila orphanage that has provided shelter to dozens of typhoon survivors, said one family from Leyte found a relative who turned out to be a poor vendor who slept in the streets of Manila’s grimy downtown.
„Many of these survivors left their province out of desperation without any plan. They were like shooting at the moon,” Villanueva said.
Typhoon: Evacuation Center Fills with Water
The exodus is an extra challenge to President Benigno Aquino III’s government, which is feeding and sheltering tens of thousands of people in the disaster zones, collecting the dead in Tacloban city and outlying provinces, restoring power and water and laying out a blueprint to rebuild entire villages and towns. More than a million houses were destroyed or damaged by the typhoon. Although backed by hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid, the government has been overwhelmed by the gargantuan task.
Many survivors who fled to Manila also are overwhelmed. They must either return to the disaster areas and rebuild from nothing or try their luck in Manila or somewhere else, also with nothing.
To Abadines, the choice is simple: „It’s where we grew up and had children. We have to return.”
But his girlfriend, Lorna Ansabot, has reservations. She fears another big storm. In Manila, they could survive, she said, even if they have to scavenge for scraps in garbage dumps.
She thinks of her parents, who lived near her. She and Abadines frantically urged them to flee as the typhoon’s brutal wind started to blow and a wall of water surged in. They refused, saying they needed to watch over their piggery and some chickens.
Her parents were swept away, along with everything they owned. They have not been found.
„She became very depressed after that,” Abadines said. „But I kept telling her, `It’s not our fault. It’s not our fault.'”
Associated Press writer Teresa Cerojano in Manila and photographer Bullit Marquez in Tacloban city contributed to this report.
MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Aerial Photos of Haiyan’s Destruction
A plea for help in SOS is painted on a road in an aerial view from a U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopter over San Jose, Philippines, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)