Residents flee as Kilauea continues its most destructive eruption in decades A tide of molten rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland on Friday as the number of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava. The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island’s Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
May weather can be variable, from the snow that blighted crops in 1891 to the record heat of 1944 It’s a bank holiday weekend – again – so we are primed to expect bad weather. And it’s true that some late May bank holidays have been rather poor, weatherwise. Following a very harsh winter, May 1891 began quite promisingly, with fine, sunny weather across much of the country. By 11 May, a blocking anticyclone allowed temperatures to rise to a sweltering 27.2C. But the good weather did not last: that year the Whitsun holidays fell very early – on Bank Holiday Monday, 18 May, snow fell across much of Britain, with heavy falls from Norfolk to Yorkshire. Night frosts destroyed fruit and vegetable crops, while daily maximum temperatures struggled to reach an unseasonably chilly 8C. In Devon and Cornwall, there were hailstones the size of marbles. In complete contrast, the later Whitsun bank holiday of 1944 (29 May) was the warmest and sunniest on record. Temperatures peaked at almost 33C (over 91F), the hottest day of the year, and the hottest May bank holiday ever. This gave rise to heavy storms and floods, especially in the . Of course, it couldn’t last. By early June, the weather had returned to its more familiar pattern of cool, damp westerlies, interspersed with the occasional sunny day – typical British summer weather!
The initial forecasts of an above-average season for hurricanes, beginning on 1 June, follow a punishing spate of storms last year The US may have to brace itself for another harrowing spate of hurricanes this year, with forecasts of an active 2018 season coming amid new research that shows powerful Atlantic storms are intensifying far more rapidly than they did 30 years ago.
Water sweeps away cars and more than 13,000 properties lose power as storm also prompts cold snap in south-east Wild weather caused flash flooding in Hobart on Friday morning, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help. Police said the city centre was hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and, with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists were urged to stay off roads. Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses. Two evacuation centres were set up as State Emergency Service crews worked to prioritise hundreds of calls for assistance.
Video from Hobart’s CBD in Campbell Street just sent to me
Disastrous scene down on Macquarie st . Roughly 16 cars washed down the street and damaged by . Roads closed. Reports of electricity in water
staff try to sweep floodwaters out of the flooded Old Woolstore Hotel in Hobart’s CBD
: Flooding now impacting some UTAS Sandy Bay buildings. This video is from the Engineering building
Hope all safe after a wild night in . Taroona like so many places lost power, but Hinsby Beach picked up a fish farm.
Snow business, south of
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... in Oberon
Snow falling in Oberon. Has been for hours. It’s getting thicker and thicker on the ground.
Water broke through the banks of the Patel dam in Solai, northern Kenya, on Wednesday night, killing at least 38 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. Up to 40 people were rescued from the mud and taken to hospital in rescue operations conducted by the Kenya Red Cross and Nakuru county disaster management teams. But many more are feared to be trapped under debris and mud, which have submerged homes over a radius of nearly 1.2 miles
Thunderstorms have killed at least five in the mainland US, while fires plague eastern Russia and volcanic activity has been disrupting aviation in Hawaii Eastern Russia has been experiencing widespread and intense spring wildfires, thanks to a drier than normal autumn and winter, leading to parched vegetation. As of 17 May, nearly 700 fires had been recorded across 40 territories with about 400 considered extinguished, according to the Russian Federal Forest Agency. As stated by the database, the Amur Oblast region has experienced the most fires per month since 2008.
Almost all nations would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C, a new study indicates Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly.
Weather gets blamed for everything from ruining weekends to corporate quarterly results but more accurate weather and data application could also be invaluable for marketers. Paul Walsh at The Weather Channel explains to James Wright why it's more than just about having umbrellas on sale when its raining.
Hawaii’s Gemini observatory has recorded a night of eruptions on Mount Kilauea. The timelapse footage shows eruptions between 21 and 22 May, during which lava flowed into residential areas and poured into the ocean. The camera’s infrared filter has been removed, making the volcanic glow appear blue rather than red
Potentially deadly plumes of volcanic gas and particles are polluting the Big Island in the wake of recent eruptions Three dozen tourists were gathered at the Wailoa Sampan Basin Harbor in Hilo, Hawaii, hoping to get a glimpse of the lava that they’d seen on the news for weeks. But because Hawaii Volcanoes national park – often a key stop in travelers’ itineraries – was closed , their best hope on Monday afternoon was taking a boat to the point where the lava met the sea.
Workers have rushed to shut down a power plant on Hawaii's Big Island after lava from Mount Kīlauea entered the site. Authorities are working to prevent the uncontrolled release of noxious gases as the lava approaches chemical vats
Crews cap wells at Puna Geothermal Venture plant on Big Island as lava from Kīlauea volcano flows on to site Lava from the erupting Kīlauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has flowed on to a geothermal power plant site, forcing workers to shut down the facility to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases.
White clouds of gas billow into the sky over as molten rock from the Kilauea volcano pours into the ocean. , which are laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can irritate the skin and eyes and cause breathing problems.
A video uploaded to social media shows the lava flow engulfing a parked car on the streets of Puna, Hawaii. Kīlauea volcano has destroyed 26 homes and forced 1,700 people to leave their residences since it erupted on Thursday, spewing lava and toxic gas. So far no fatalities or major injuries have been reported