Severe Storms Likely Today and Subtropical Storm Beryl
Global Heat Wave Disasters. I had no idea there were 126 killer heat waves, worldwide, from 1980 – 2008, with 89,889 deaths linked to extreme heat. More details from preventionweb.net.
Cyclonic Swirl From “Beryl”. Packing a 50-mph punch, Tropical Storm Beryl more closely resembled an extratropical storm Saturday – conditions not ripe for hurricane development as it tracks toward Savannah, Georgia or possibly Jacksonville over the next 48 hours. Beryl is limping along at about 5 mph toward the southwest. Image: grEarth.
Tropical Storm Beryl Discussion From Baron Services in Huntsville:
Tropical Storm Beryl. Packing 50 mph sustained winds, Berly is expected to drift toward the southwest, coming ashore somewhere between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida sometime tonight. It is not expected to intensify into a hurricane. Map: NHC.
Tropical Storm “Bud” Brushes Mexico’s West Coast. Here’s an update from Huffington Post: “Bud is weakening and becoming increasingly disorganized in the Pacific just off Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday that Bud had degenerated to a remnant low. It was expected to dissipate within the next day or say. Maximum sustained winds had weakened significantly and were near 30 mph (48 kph) as the storm hovered about 15 miles (24 kilometers) off the coast of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico. Forecasters say the storm could still drop another inch or two of rain along Mexico’s southwestern coast.”
Michigan Wildfires From Space. The Columbia, South Carolina office of the NWS shared this, via Facebook: “Thought we would share with you an outstanding 250 meter resolution Visible satellite image from this afternoon in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Featured in the image is a large fire with a eastward drifting smoke plume. Also visible is the lake breeze boundary identified by the cumulus cloud field.”
Photo credit above: “The storm flattened this church near Mirabel, Que.” (Pascal Robidas/Radio-Canada)
Bad Idea: Six Myths About How To React During A Disaster. I think Myth #6 is wrong – a ditch still offers more protection in a tornado than staying in your car, which will become airborne if it’s a major tornado. But I learned a few new things from this story at foxbusiness.com; here’s an excerpt: “Here are some common misconceptions about disaster preparedness and what you really need to do to stay safe.
This is a terrible idea for a couple of reasons, explains Julie Rochman, president of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. “A, it doesn’t work. And B, it’s a really bad idea to stand in front of a window when a tornado is flinging debris all over the place. Plus, if there’s an opening in the window, you could be sucked out.”
Rochman recommends that people “leave their windows alone and instead go to a windowless area, like a shelter, your basement or a windowless room.”
- Paul Douglas
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