Super-Typhoon Neoguri Bares Down On Japan (Video)

Super Typhoon Takes Aim At Japan, Emergency Warnings Issued – Reuters

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Japan’s weather agency on Monday issued emergency warnings to urge people in the country’s southern islands to take maximum precautions as a super typhoon described as a “once in decades storm” is set to rake the Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds.

Typhoon Neoguri was already gusting at more than 250 km an hour (150 mph) and may pick up still more power as it moves northwest, growing into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

But it was not expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines last year.

The JMA issued emergency storm and high sea warnings for Japan’s small southern island of Miyakojima, some 300 km (188 miles) southwest of Okinawa island, and for a smaller nearby islet.

The agency said on Monday evening it also planned to issue an emergency high sea warning for Okinawa island, host to three-quarters of U.S. military facilities in Japan.

“In these regions, there is a chance of the kinds of storms, high seas, storm surges and heavy rains that you’ve never experienced before,” a JMA official told a news conference.

“This is an extraordinary situation, where a grave danger is approaching.”

The storm was south of Okinawa but moving northwest at 25 kph (16 mph) with sustained winds of 180 kph (110 mph) by 7:00 p.m. (1000 GMT), the JMA said on its web site.

The JMA official urged people in the target areas to evacuate early and take precautions. Television showed fishermen winching their boats out of the water.

There are no nuclear plants on Okinawa, but there are two on Kyushu, Japan’s westernmost main island that lies in the area through which the typhoon is likely to pass, and one on Shikoku island, which borders Kyushu and could also be affected.

All are halted in line with current national policy. A spokeswoman at Kyushu Electric Power Co said there were no specific plans related to this typhoon but the company had plans in place year-round to protect the plants from severe weather.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, is on the other side of the country, which is likely to see rain, at the worst.

Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of Disaster Management, cancelled a planned trip to the United States.

The commander at Kadena Air Base, one of the largest U.S. military establishments on Okinawa, warned that damaging winds were expected by early Tuesday.

“I can’t stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa,” Brigadier General James Hecker wrote on the base’s Facebook page on Sunday. “This is not just another typhoon.”

Around two to four typhoons a year make landfall in Japan but they are unusual in July.

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At Least 16 Dead After Tornadoes Devastate Central U.S. (Pictures)

At Least 16 Dead After Tornadoes Cause Devastation Across Central States As Forecasters Warn Another Hundred Twisters Could Hit The Area This Week – Daily Mail

At least 16 people have died after a powerful storm system spawning several tornadoes tore through the central and southern states last night with experts warning that another hundred are set to hit the central states this week at the start of tornado season.

Winds ripped houses off their foundations and flipped cars on top of the rubble in the small town of Vilonia in central Arkansas’ Faulkner county, one of the worst-hit communities.

Early this morning Arkansas Department of Emergency Management announced the death toll stating the deadly weather had killed seven people in Faulkner County, five people in Pulaski County and one person in White County.

Tornado watches – which means twisters could develop but are not an immediate threat – are in effect for states as far west as New Mexico and as far east as Tennessee and the system produced storms that were moving through the region in waves.

Watches were also issued for Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas and Louisiana. Quapaw was heavily damaged. ‘Looks like about half of town got extensive damage as well as the fire department,’ Ottawa County Emergency Management director Joe Morgan said.

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The tornado was the largest of several formed by a powerful storm system that rumbled through the central and southern U.S.

It touched down last night about 10 miles west of Little Rock at about 7 p.m., then carved a 80-mile path of destruction as it passed through or near several suburbs north of Arkansas’ capital city. It grew to be a half-mile wide and remained on the ground for much of that route, authorities said.

Vilonia mayor James Firestone told CNN the tornado was much stronger than the 2011 tornado and had caused a lot more damage.

He confirmed that there had been ‘some casualties’, but said it was too early to say how many.

The Arkansas twister shredded cars, trucks and 18-wheelers stuck along Interstate 40 north of Little Rock. It was shut down as authorities removed debris from the highway after the tornado struck Mayflower, said Arkansas State Patrol spokesman Bill Sadler. Mayflower is roughly 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.

Television footage showed buildings that had been turned to rubble and trees that had been stripped bare of their leaves and smaller branches.

There are reports that the new Vilonia Intermediate School which was only supposed to open in the fall has been destroyed.

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The National Weather Service in North Little Rock said it was virtually certain that the Mayflower and Vilonia storm would be rated as the nation’s strongest twister to date this year.

‘It has the potential to be EF3 or greater,’ said meteorologist Jeff Hood. EF3 storms have winds greater than 136 mph.

‘Based on some of the footage we’ve seen from Mayflower and where it crossed Interstate 40, things were wrecked in a very significant way.’

From communities west of Little Rock to others well north of the capital, emergency workers and volunteers were going door-to-door checking for victims.

‘It turned pitch black,’ said Mark Ausbrooks, who was at his parents’ home in Mayflower when the storm arrived. ‘I ran and got pillows to put over our heads and … all hell broke loose.’

‘My parents’ home, it’s gone completely,’ he said.

Among the ruins was a new $14 million intermediate school that was set to open this fall.

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Becky Naylor, of Mayflower, said she and her family went to their storm cellar after hearing that tornado debris was falling in nearby Morgan. Naylor, 57, said there were between 20 and 22 people in the cellar and they were ‘packed like sardines.’

‘Everyone is welcome to come into it,’ she said. ‘In fact, people were pulling off the highways and were just running in.’
She said the men held the cellar doors shut while the tornado’s winds tried to rip them open.

‘It sounded like a constant rolling, roaring sound,’ she said. ‘Trees were really bending and the light poles were actually shaking and moving. That’s before we shut the door and we’ve only shut the door to the storm cellar two times.’

The other time was during the 2011 storm.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management raised the Arkansas death toll to 13 early Monday – seven in Faulkner County, five in Pulaski County and one in White County.

The White House issued a statement in which President Barack Obama promised that the federal government would help in the recovery and praised the heroic efforts of first-responders and neighbors.

‘Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild as long as it takes,’ Obama said.

Storm ratings for Sunday’s twisters were not immediately available. Before Sunday, the country had not had a tornado rated EF3 or higher since Nov. 17, streak of 160 days, the fourth-longest on record.

This also would be the latest date for a storm rated EF3 or higher. The previous latest big storm for a year was March 31, 2002.

Sunday was the third anniversary of a 122-tornado day, which struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia and killed 316 people.

The first reported tornado on Sunday touched down in a rural area in central in Nebraska. The weather service said it remained on the ground for only a short time, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Forecasters warned that areas that weren’t hit by tornadoes were still at risk of damage from hail and powerful straight-line winds.

Forecasters warned of hail stones as big as baseballs and wind gusts that could reach hurricane-force – 75 mph or higher.

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Gusts of up to 60 mph were registered during a story that hit southeastern Iowa on Sunday that damaged several buildings, including a barn that injured someone when it was blown over.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, a strong line of storms moved through west-central Missouri, bringing winds that reached 70 mph hour near Chillicothe, Mo., that toppled some trees.

The Missouri Highway Patrol also reported a tractor-trailer was blown onto its side on Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Kansas City about 1 p.m. No one was injured.

The weather service received a report from Plattsburg, Mo., where an anemometer measured 58 mph before it blew away. Golf ball-sized hail was reported at Overland Park, Kan., and Trimble, Mo.

Severe thunderstorm watches covered portions of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri through Sunday night. The primary threats were damaging wind gusts and large hail.

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To the southeast, northern Louisiana and Mississippi were bracing for severe storms along with the possibility of flash flooding.

The predictions prompted Barksdale Air Force Base near Bossier City, La., to cancel its air show on Sunday.

The National Weather Service said northern Alabama could see rain and flash flooding, while central and northern Georgia could see storms and heavy rain.

Sunday was the third anniversary of a 122-tornado day, which struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia and killed 316 people.

Meanwhile, runners in Oklahoma City took shelter early Sunday as hail and high winds delayed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon by 105 minutes to let a severe thunderstorm pass through.

Prior to this weekend, the country had been experiencing the slowest start to tornado season on record (with no fatalities), likely due to the polar vortex during the winter.

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Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore Says There’s No Scientific Evidence Of Man-Made Global Warming

Greenpeace Co-Founder: No Scientific Evidence Of Man-Made Global Warming – Daily Caller

There is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on Tuesday.

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Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence. He added that the Earth is in an unusually cold period and some warming would be a good thing.

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years,” according to Moore’s prepared testimony. “Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”

“It is important to recognize, in the face of dire predictions about a [two degrees Celsius] rise in global average temperature, that humans are a tropical species,” Moore said. “We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive these cold climates are fire, clothing, and housing.”

“It could be said that frost and ice are the enemies of life, except for those relatively few species that have evolved to adapt to freezing temperatures during this Pleistocene Ice Age,” he added. “It is ‘extremely likely’ that a warmer temperature than today’s would be far better than a cooler one.”

Indeed, cold weather is more likely to cause death than warm weather. RealClearScience reported that from “1999 to 2010, a total of 4,563 individuals died from heat, but 7,778 individuals died from the cold.” Only in 2006 did heat-related deaths outnumber cold deaths.

In Britain, 24,000 people are projected to die this winter because they cannot afford to pay their energy bills. Roughly 4.5 million British families are facing “fuel poverty.”

“The fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming,” Moore said.

“When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished at this time,” he added. “Then an Ice Age occurred 450 million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher than today.”

Moore, a Canadian, helped found the environmental activist group Greenpeace in the 1970s. He left the group after they began to take on more radical positions. He has since been a critic of radical environmentalism and heads up the group Ecosense Environmental in Vancouver, Canada.

Moore’s comments come after President Obama declared global warming a “fact” in the State of the Union. His administration has attempted to argue that the recent U.S. cold snap was influenced by a warmer planet.

Climate scientists, however, have been struggling to explain why global surface temperatures have not risen in the last 17 years and why atmospheric temperatures have been flat for the last decade.

“From 1910 to 1940 there was an increase in global average temperature of [0.5 degrees Celsius] over that 30-year period,” Moore said. “Then there was a 30-year ‘pause’ until 1970. This was followed by an increase of [0.57 degrees Celsius] during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature.”

“This in itself tends to negate the validity of the computer models, as CO2 emissions have continued to accelerate during this time,” the former environmental activist added. “The increase in temperature between 1910-1940 was virtually identical to the increase between 1970-2000.”

“Yet the IPCC does not attribute the increase from 1910-1940 to ‘human influence.’” Moore continued. “They are clear in their belief that human emissions impact only the increase ‘since the mid-20th century.’ Why does the IPCC believe that a virtually identical increase in temperature after 1950 is caused mainly by ‘human influence,’ when it has no explanation for the nearly identical increase from 1910-1940?”

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The Myth Of ‘Settled Science’ (Charles Krauthammer)

The Myth Of ‘Settled Science’ – Charles Krauthammer

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I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.

“The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static, impervious to challenge. Take a non-climate example. It was long assumed that mammograms help reduce breast cancer deaths. This fact was so settled that Obamacare requires every insurance plan to offer mammograms (for free, no less) or be subject to termination.

Now we learn from a massive randomized study – 90,000 women followed for 25 years – that mammograms may have no effect on breast cancer deaths. Indeed, one out of five of those diagnosed by mammogram receives unnecessary radiation, chemo or surgery.

So much for settledness. And climate is less well understood than breast cancer. If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing? And how is it that the great physicist Freeman Dyson, who did some climate research in the late 1970s, thinks today’s climate-change Cassandras are hopelessly mistaken?

They deal with the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans, argues Dyson, ignoring the effect of biology, i.e., vegetation and topsoil. Further, their predictions rest on models they fall in love with: “You sit in front of a computer screen for 10 years and you start to think of your model as being real.” Not surprisingly, these models have been “consistently and spectacularly wrong” in their predictions, write atmospheric scientists Richard McNider and John Christy – and always, amazingly, in the same direction.

Settled? Even Britain’s national weather service concedes there’s been no change – delicately called a “pause” – in global temperature in 15 years. If even the raw data is recalcitrant, let alone the assumptions and underlying models, how settled is the science?

But even worse than the pretense of settledness is the cynical attribution of any politically convenient natural disaster to climate change, a clever term that allows you to attribute anything – warming and cooling, drought and flood – to man’s sinful carbon burning.

Accordingly, Obama ostentatiously visited drought-stricken California last Friday. Surprise! He blamed climate change. Here even the New York Times gagged, pointing out that far from being supported by the evidence, “the most recent computer projections suggest that as the world warms, California should get wetter, not drier, in the winter.”

How inconvenient. But we’ve been here before. Hurricane Sandy was made the poster child for the alleged increased frequency and strength of “extreme weather events” like hurricanes.

Nonsense. Sandy wasn’t even a hurricane when it hit the United States. Indeed, in all of 2012, only a single hurricane made U.S. landfall. And 2013 saw the fewest Atlantic hurricanes in 30 years. In fact, in the last half-century, one-third fewer major hurricanes have hit the United States than in the previous half-century.

Similarly tornadoes. Every time one hits, the climate-change commentary begins. Yet last year saw the fewest in a quarter-century. And the last 30 years – of presumed global warming – has seen a 30 percent decrease in extreme tornado activity (F3 and above) versus the previous 30 years.

None of this is dispositive. It doesn’t settle the issue. But that’s the point. It mocks the very notion of settled science, which is nothing but a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate. As does the term “denier” – an echo of Holocaust denial, contemptibly suggesting the malevolent rejection of an established historical truth.

Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of fealty and faith. For folks who pretend to be brave carriers of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in their jeremiads. If you whore after other gods, the Bible tells us, “the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit” (Deuteronomy 11).

Sounds like California. Except that today there’s a new god, the Earth Mother. And a new set of sins – burning coal and driving a fully equipped F-150.

But whoring is whoring, and the gods must be appeased. So if California burns, you send your high priest (in carbon-belching Air Force One, but never mind) to the bone-dry land to offer up, on behalf of the repentant congregation, a $1 billion burnt offering called a “climate resilience fund.”

Ah, settled science in action.

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The Global Warming Tipping Point Is Near (Andrew Thomas)

The Global Warming Tipping Point Is Near – Andrew Thomas

Malcolm Gladwell’s great book The Tipping Point presents the case that sudden seismic shifts in society can result from small events, if the right factors are present. Tipping points happen when momentum toward an idea builds and finally crosses a threshold where it is evident that a major cultural change has occurred. The global warming tipping point is coming, but not the one anticipated by climate change “experts.”

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Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory has been dominant for the past three decades as absolute fact in the public mind. In the last several years, however, cracks in the fortress of “settled science” have appeared, and public opinion has begun to shift. Increasingly, alarmist predictions have failed to come to fruition.

In 2004, NASA’s chief scientist James Hansen authoritatively announced that there is only a ten-year window to act on AGW (presumably by transferring mass quantities of taxpayer funds to global warmist causes) before climate Armageddon destroys humanity. Well, that window has now shut tight, and AGW is AWOL.

Al Gore, the high priest of AGW theory, has closed all of his Alliance for Climate Protection field offices, and laid off 90% of his staff. Contributions have all but dried up since 2008.

Australia’s conservative government has severely curtailed the country’s climate change initiatives and is in the process of repealing its business-killing carbon tax. A group of German scientists predicts dramatic global cooling over the next 90 years toward a new “little ice age.”

Of course, even many “low information” folks have an awareness of the record increase in Arctic sea ice, as well as the current highly-publicized predicament of the cadre of wealthy global warmists stuck in record-high sea ice while on a cruise to the Antarctic to prove the absence of sea ice.

Now the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has quietly downgraded their prediction for global warming for the next 30 years in the final draft of their landmark “Fifth Assessment Report.” The effect of this is that they are tacitly admitting that the computer models they have religiously relied-upon for decades as “proof” of AGW theory are dead wrong.

The tipping point is near. I can smell it.

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Global Warmers Trapped In Antarctic Ice Release Statement Saying “Ice Is Disappearing Due To Climate Change”

Global Warming Fanatics Trapped In Antarctica Summer Sea Ice Release Statement Saying “Sea Ice Is Disappearing Due To Climate Change” – Weasel Zippers

ou couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. Update to this story.

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Al Gore Can Suck My D***!


I spent two hours shoveling out my driveway this morning after mother nature dumped two feet of snow on top of the foot and a half of snow she greeted me with on Monday.

Oh, and we’re supposed to get another six inches tonight…

Global warming MY ASS!

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Arctic Sea Ice growing rapidly Gore Cult of Climate Change hardest hit

The most amazing thing about the Climate Change Cultists? They actually get angry with anyone who tries to tell them good news about Mother Earth! Like I always say, Leftsim is an ideology for the pessimistic

Via Daily Caller:

It was only five years ago in December that Al Gore claimed that the polar ice caps would be completely melted by now. But he might be surprised to find out that Arctic ice coverage is up 50 percent this year from 2012 levels.

“Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” Gore said in 2008.

The North Pole is still there, and growing. BBC News reports that data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft shows that Arctic sea ice coverage was nearly 9,000 cubic kilometers (2,100 cubic miles) by the end of this year’s melting season, up from about 6,000 cubic kilometers (1,400 cubic miles) during the same time last year.

 

Rescue Operations Launched Across Britain As 140mph Arctic Storm Wreaks Havoc (Pictures / Videos)

Rescue Operations Launched Across Britain As 140mph Arctic Storms Leave 120,000 Homes Without Power, Pedestrians Blown To The Ground And Thousands Stranded In Several Feet Of Water – Daily Mail

Thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds rescued today as 140mph winds battered Britain in a hurricane-force storm.

A lorry driver died in Scotland and a man riding a mobility scooter in King’s Park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, was also killed when hit by a falling tree.

More than 120,000 homes were left without power as the most serious tidal surge for 60 years is predicted to hit the east coast tonight.

More than 10,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated, while residents were also rescued in Rhyl, North Wales, and Merseyside.

As they were taken away from their homes in dinghies, forecasters feared the worst is yet to come during tonight’s high tide at around 10pm.

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More than 240 flood alerts were in place across England and Wales, with 6,000 homes expected to suffer from flooding in the next 24 hours.

Sea levels could be as high as those during the floods of 1953 that left 307 dead, although defences have significantly improved since then.

The lorry driver died and four other people were hurt when his HGV fell onto cars on the A801 in West Lothian as winds disrupted transport networks.

This morning the entire rail network in Scotland was suspended, with trains halted at their nearest stations and passengers told to disembark.

Motorists in Scotland have also been warned not to travel due to ‘extremely dangerous’ road conditions.

Transport Scotland has escalated its travel warning to stage four red, advising people to avoid travelling, particularly in high-sided vehicles.

Closures, fallen trees, minor accidents and incidents of flash flooding are affecting the road network in the south, west, central and Perthshire areas.

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Homes in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were evacuated after officials warned that the lives of people in the region could be at risk from the tidal surge.

Wave and surfing expert Ed Temperley, editor of global surf forecasting website Magic Seaweed (MSW) explained: ‘A tidal surge is effectively a wind and pressure driven rise in the sea level. This can be exacerbated by waves associated with the storm and particularly at high tide.’

More than 1,000 homes in Suffolk are to be evacuated ahead of tonight’s tidal surge. Essex Police added that parts of Jaywick, a small seaside village near Clacton, will also be evacuated.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued three severe flood warnings for parts of the seaside town – the highest category, warning of danger to life.

Down the east coast, the EA has issued 26 severe flood warnings as high tides and strong winds threatened to swamp the coastline.

A Herne Bay Coastguard spokesman in Kent said high tides are forecast at 2.30am and 2.45pm tomorrow – and these are expected to coincide with a large coastal surge.

Officials at the Port of Dover in Kent said they have conducted a full-scale inspection of the port estate to assess the potential impact of any bad weather.

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Speaking to MPs, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said Prime Minister David Cameron and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson were ‘very aware’ of the risks the storm posed.

He said: ‘The Prime Minister, (Mr Paterson) and other ministers are very aware of the risk associated with a surge tide and the current storm.

‘Many of our constituents are already experiencing the effects of that storm. I can’t say at this stage when (Mr Paterson) may be able to update the House as he will at this moment be engaged in ensuring that every measure that can be taken, is taken to help support those who may be affected.’

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His comments followed a question from Therese Coffey, Tory MP for Suffolk Coastal.

In a question to Mr Lansley in the Commons, she said: ‘A few weeks ago St Jude’s Storm resulted in several thousand households in Suffolk being disconnected from electricity.

‘Today, the storm that is gathering in Scotland is coming to Suffolk, where the entire coast line is under a severe flood warning.

‘I know the Prime Minister has asked (Mr Paterson) to chair a Cobra meeting. Will you say when (Mr Paterson) will come to the House to make a statement?’

Mr Paterson is chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) committee to discuss the response to the storm, Mr Cameron said earlier.

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The Prime Minister said on Twitter: ‘I’ve asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to chair a Cobra this morning on the storm disruption – ensuring everything is being done.’

Some 120,000 homes were left without power this morning as rain and winds gusting up to 140mph battered Scotland.

The Met Office said there had been severe gales of between 60mph and 80mph across Scotland and northern parts of England, and some mountainous regions in Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire reported speeds of around 140mph.

This Scotland rail network was suspended after Network Rail said debris on lines and damage to equipment meant it was not safe to operate any services.

Train companies in England were operating amended timetables and the bad weather hit a number of flights. Closures, fallen trees, minor accidents and incidents of flash flooding are affecting the road network in parts of the country.

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Natural Resources Wales, the organisation which leads on flooding in Wales, is urging people along the North Wales coast to take ‘immediate action’ to protect themselves and their properties.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood warnings to 14 regions and alerts to a further 13 areas.

The EA has so far issued 26 severe flood warnings in England and two in Wales – which are only issued when flooding poses a ‘significant threat to life’. Officials said that more severe warnings are expected in coming hours.

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The agency said communities along the North Sea coast from Northumberland to the Thames Estuary and Kent, in addition to those on the Irish Sea coast from Cumbria down to Cheshire, could see significant coastal flooding later today and into Friday.

A spokesman said in some areas sea levels could be higher than those during the devastating floods of 1953, but defences built since then – including the Thames and Hull barriers – mean that many parts of the country are much better protected.

The Thames Barrier will be closed tonight, it has been confirmed. However, some coastal flood defences could be ‘overtopped’ by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge, the spokesman said.

The coastline from Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk to Clacton, Essex – including Great Yarmouth – is ‘particularly at risk’.

Anne Edwards, editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, was one of those told to leave their homes tonight, but is determined to ride out the storm with sandbags and supplies.

She was awoken by an alert call from the Environment Agency at 6.30am, warning of severe flooding in the area of her home, which is a mile from the coast.

Ms Edwards, who believes hundreds of homes are being evacuated, said: ‘We’re staying put. The house we live in was flooded in 1953 and there’s a four-and-a-half foot-high water line in the dining room from then.

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‘We always knew we might be at risk of flooding, so there is a camping stove upstairs and we have water and cans of food. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. We can go upstairs, it’s not going to kill us.’

She said she went into a ‘mad panic’ at receiving the automated call this morning and hunted for her home insurance policy. Her husband has bought sandbags and the couple have containers ready to fill with fresh water.

She said: ‘I’m going to get the paper out then go home for dinner, but then I’ll be back in the office later. I’ve got my wellies ready.’

John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s head of incident management, said: ‘Flooding of coastal communities along the eastern and north-west coasts is expected today and into Friday.

‘Some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge.

‘Our teams have been out in force checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and issuing flood warnings. Coastal paths and promenades will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea.’

A major traffic route into a city centre was closed today following warnings of high winds.

Leeds City Council took the decision to shut the road past the 367ft Bridgewater Place tower – the tallest building in Yorkshire – after predictions that wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph.

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The move follows a recommendation made yesterday by a coroner at the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney who was hit by a lorry that flew through the air in windy conditions in March 2011.

Following a lengthy inquest which examined the tower’s influence on wind conditions in the area, Leeds Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson said she was recommending the junction at its base should be shut to all road users when wind speeds reach 45mph.

Leeds City Council said it was closing the junction at 6am until the winds subside. The road is the main route into Leeds from the south and links the city centre and railway stations to the M1, M621 and M62 motorways.

Scottish Hydro Electric said more than 80,000 homes across the north of Scotland have suffered power cuts. The worst affected areas are the Highlands, Tayside and Argyll, with road blockages slowing work to reconnect people.

The company says it has mobilised 1,000 engineers and support staff and that power has since been restored to around 3,000 homes.

A further 50,000 properties were cut off in central and southern Scotland at the storm’s peak, Scottish Power said. Power has now been restored to around 28,000 properties.

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Uprooted trees and other debris have been blown on to overhead power lines, causing damage and bringing down the lines in some areas.

The company said around 500 staff are working to fix the faults, including extra engineers drafted in from England.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 11 flood warnings throughout Scotland.

Severe flood warnings are in place for Skye and Lochaber, Caithness and Sutherland, Tayside, Central Scotland, Fife and Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The AA said its severe weather team was being deployed in Scotland to deal with coastal flooding.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: ‘Coastal flooding is particularly dangerous because of the risk of high waves and very fast-moving water.

‘I would particularly warn motorists to avoid coastal routes where the combination of high winds and flooding with sea water will be life-threatening.’

Many bridges have been closed to traffic, including the Forth Road Bridge, A898 Erskine Bridge, Dornoch Bridge and Skye Bridge

The Kessock Bridge at Inverness is closed to high-sided vehicles, police said.

Numerous roads are closed in the Highlands while debris is cleared, including the A82 at Torlundy, the A830 Mallaig road, the A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road and Grant Street in Inverness.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was responding to a high number of calls relating to fallen trees and road blockages throughout Scotland.

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services are affected by the high winds and some flights have been delayed or diverted.

An easyJet spokesman said a flight from Bristol to Edinburgh was diverted to Newcastle and a Gatwick flight to Glasgow was diverted to Manchester. A flight to Aberdeen returned to Gatwick due to high winds, she said.

Glasgow Central station was evacuated due to debris smashing glass in the roof. No one was hurt and arriving passengers were escorted from the station. Winds reached 59mph in Edinburgh and 63mph in Glasgow.

John Hutchinson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said winds were expected to moderate after about 10am but snow was likely to replace rain in northern areas.

‘We have a band of heavy rain with some much colder air coming in behind that, especially across northern areas, so there will be snow showers,’ he said. ‘The colder air is flooding down from the north.’

Police Scotland said snow is affecting the B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel road in Aberdeenshire. The fire service in the east of Scotland said it had dealt with 63 incidents between 7am and 10am.

These included five road accidents, two reports of trees falling on vehicles and 12 relating to dangerous structures such as falling chimneys and slates.

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Motorists in the Lothians, Edinburgh, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley have been warned not to drive until the high winds subside.

A 61-year-old man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after being struck by a falling tree in the Meadows. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A tree also fell on a car in the city’s Quality Street but no one was hurt. A woman was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in South Lanarkshire after a tree fell on a taxi in Bothwell Road, Hamilton.

The Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been affected by the severe wind, with part of the roof around the helipad blown away.

Police Scotland reported an explosion at an electricity substation in Coatbridge. No one was hurt.

Lorries were blown over on the M74 at Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute.

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As the winds subsided in some parts police reduced their warning to motorists but said there remained a high risk of disruption. Drivers in the Dumfries and Galloway area were still advised to avoid travel completely for the time being.

A spokesman said: ‘The police are advising drivers that conditions for travel are extremely poor and there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys in Scotland. If you do travel, you are likely to experience significant delays.’

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, thousands of homes are still without power after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles.

Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts.

Energy company NIE said the damage was caused by flying debris and high winds and its latest figures estimate that around 7,000 properties are currently without electricity.

Specialist incident centres have been set up while additional emergency crews and engineers have been drafted in to resolve the 200 faults on the network.

An NIE spokesman said: ‘Damage has been caused by flying debris and high winds, including broken electricity lines and damage to poles and other equipment.’

More than 15,000 homes had power supplies restored overnight. She added: ‘There may also be further faults which have not yet been reported to Northern Ireland Electricity and adverse weather conditions, which could cause additional faults, are due to continue for the next few hours.’

A number of ferry crossings were also expected to be disrupted including the P&O Larne to Cairnryan service. The company has advised customers to check the helpline before setting off on their journey.

All sailings between Ballycastle and Rathlin off the Co Antrim coast were cancelled for the day.

Translink, which operates the public transport network, said train services to Londonderry and Larne had been impacted by the bad weather with some passengers having to travel by bus because of debris on the railway lines.

Meanwhile, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has urged motorists to drive with extreme caution as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

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The Crawfordsburn and Rathgael Roads in Bangor were closed because of fallen trees as were the Spa Road, Ballynahinch, Mearne Road, Downpatrick and Castleward Road, Downpatrick.

In Belfast, morning rush hour traffic faced further congestion because the Antrim Road was blocked by a fallen tree at Kincraig Park. The Ormeau Embankment in the south of the city was only passable with care.

In Londonderry, high winds forced the closure of the Foyle Bridge but it has since re-opened. The main Coleraine to Limavady Road was also shut due to fallen trees while in Co Tyrone the Sweep Road in Cookstown was shut due to an unsafe roof on a building.

Di Standley, chief executive of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, said: ‘Whether it is coastal flooding, swollen rivers or general floodwater on roads and pathways, it is vital people follow simple, common sense, steps during periods of flooding to help ensure they, and their families, stay safe.

‘Apart from trying to go about their daily business during floods, people are often curious to see flooded areas but this can be dangerous, and drivers may take risks driving through floodwater, unaware of levels of depth. It is vital not to underestimate the power of floodwater.

‘The RLSS UK calling on everyone to be proactive and to learn about water safety to protect themselves and their loved-ones.’

Meanwhile, the body of a fisherman was pulled from the sea off the Cornish coast after a search lasting three hours last night.

The man, understood to be in his 60s and from a small village on the Lizard peninsula, was plucked from the water off Cadgwith shortly before 8pm.

Police are still investigating but it is thought the man had been fishing alone in his own boat. The death is currently unexplained, a spokesman said.

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Deadly Storms Spawn Dozens Of Twisters In Midwest (Pictures/Video)

Deadly Storms Spawned More Than 80 Tornadoes In Midwest – Chicago Tribune

The scale of Sunday’s deadly storms became clearer this morning: Six people dead in Illinois, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered, 81 tornadoes sighted through the Midwest, 358 reports of damaging winds, 40 reports of large hail.

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Since 1986, there have been 194 tornado warnings issued in the month of November in Illinois: More than half of them, 101, were issued Sunday, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

As crews fanned out from the National Weather Service to assess the storm’s impact, WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it may go down as one of the most powerful to hit the region in decades.

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“It appears the storm may have produced the most powerful Illinois November tornado on record outside of St. Louis (and possibly elsewhere) and may be one of the four most intense Great Lakes storms of the past five decades,” he said.

Hardest hit was Washington, a town of 15,000 people east of Peoria hit by an EF-4 tornado packing winds of 170 to 190 mph. Whole blocks were leveled, prompting the Illinois National Guard to send a 10-person firefighting and search and rescue team. Officials were still trying to determine the extent of injuries Sunday evening, but at least one death was reported and nearly 80 people injured.

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The one person who died was identified Monday by the Tazewell County coroner as Steve Neubauer, 51, of Washington, who was found near his home on School Street in Washington.

“The devastation is just unbelievable,” said Mayor Gary Manier, estimating as many as 500 homes may have been damaged in his town. “I can’t imagine people walked away from these places.”

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Farther south, a powerful tornado ravaged Washington County, obliterating farms and livestock and killing Joseph Hoy, 80, and his sister Frances Hoy, 78, according to Coroner Mark Styninger.

Joseph Hoy’s body was found in a field about 100 yards east of his farmhouse. His sister’s body was found inside the home beneath debris, he said. “(Joseph Hoy’s) house was blown away by a tornado,” said Styninger, who knew the siblings personally. “They were just very nice people.”

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The National Weather Service said an EF-4 tornado slammed into the county with winds of 166 to 200 miles per hour.

Three other deaths were reported in Massac County at the southern tip of the state. The small town of Brookport was hit hard, with hundreds of homes damaged, officials said. Buildings were smashed into piles of rubble. Power lines were strewn through the town. A curfew has been issued from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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“We opened the door and started looking around. My friend had come over and a tree had landed on top of his car, broke out a couple windows. The house next to us, a tree fell through their roof,” one man said.

Closer to Chicago, in Grundy County, an EF-2 tornado touched down in the Coal City area near Joliet with wind speeds of 111 to 135 mph, the National Weather Service said. Hundreds of homes were damaged, and a subdivision in the community of Diamond was ordered evacuated.

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Lisa Glisson rushed to a dance studio to check on her two children in Diamond. Then the tornado sirens went off. She said one teen at the studio invited everyone to her house to seek shelter in its basement, so about 30 children piled into cars and sped off for safety.

“You could feel the change in the air,” Glisson said. “You could hear the wind going over and it just felt heavy, surrounding you.”

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Gov. Patrick Quinn has declared seven counties disaster areas: Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties.

Quinn plans to visit the communities of Washington, Diamond, Gifford, Brookport and New Minden, according to a statement from his office.

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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is coordinating efforts with other state agencies to help affected areas, according to Quinn’s office.

About 19,000 customers still lack electricity following the storm, according to ComEd. Only 1,300 of those customers are in Chicago. The rest are mostly in the utility’s southern region – 11,200 – with about 1,000 down in the north region and 5,400 in the west region.

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Incredible Photos Of Australia’s Wide Ranging Weather Make It Look Like An Alien Planet

It’s A Different World Down Under: Incredible Photos Of Australia’s Wide Ranging Weather Make It Look Like An Alien Planet – Daily Mail

This incredible series of photographs showcases nature at its deadliest and most beautiful.

The collection was put together by the Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, who invited photographers to send in their best best weather pictures.

And they responded with a staggering selection of natural history shots including lightning bolts, fire tornadoes and even that rarest phenomenon in Australia – snow.

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A Roll cloud over Warrnambool, south-west Victoria, photographed by Robin Sharrock – the calendar’s January photo

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Cumulonimbus cloud behind a canola crop near Mullaley, central New South Wales – the February photo

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Aurora Australis and a roll cloud over Contos Beach, south of Margaret River, Western Australia – the calendar’s March photo

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January shows a roll cloud taken over Warrnambool in south-west Victoria.

Photographer Robin Sharrock looked out his window one morning to see the giant tube shaped cloud which was forming ahead of a thunderstorm.

He said: “I just looked up in the sky and said ‘Holy crap. What the hell is that?’ I was absolutely gobsmacked.

It was absolutely the most astounding thing I’ve ever seen. It was this great big thing that I hadn’t ever seen before. It was right above my house, right overhead.”

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A condensation trail cuts through a cloud with virga at Echunga, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia – the April photograph

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A giant waterspout over Bateman’s Bay, as seen from Maloneyís Beach, New South Wales – the calendar’s May photo

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Floodwaters awaken a desert river near Sturts Meadow, New South Wales, flowing towards Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) – the calendar’s June photo

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Colin Legg shot the Southern Lights, also now as the Aurora Australis, which is March’s featured photo.

Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, the multi-coloured displays of light are rarely seen on the Australian mainland.

The pink, red, purple and green colours of auroras occur when high-powered, charged particles erupted from the sun collide with molecules such as oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere.

Colin, a geologist from Perth, said: ‘Everything has to line up. You have to have the coronal hole or solar flare, the moon less than half, clear weather, and you need Australia on the right side of the earth.

‘I actually got all the variations, first of all orange and yellow, then I got some green at the bottom, and then I got pinks and purples, and then at the very end I got red.

‘That’s why it’s so incredible to chase, because the chances of seeing that amazing colour in the sky is such a reward.’

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Thunder in the morning: Storm clouds gather over Mount Isa in north-west Queensland – the July photo

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This red, circular sky formation is a complex lenticular cloud near Spreyton, northern Tasmania – the August photo calendar

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Snow covers Joe Rocks Road, Bungendore, in Australian Capital Territory – the calendar’s September photograph

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Shorty Westlin captured the intimidating waterspout on Maloney’s Beach in New South Wales with his shot taking May in the calendar.

Waterspouts occur on the coast when cool, humid air is warmed as it passes over warm waters, and rises.

In the right conditions, such as during stormy weather, the vigorously rising air can converge and tighten into a jaw-dropping spinning column.

Shorty, from Canberra, said: ‘Everyone else had a view of it on the water, but from where I was, it looks like it’s on land and coming in.’

While waterspouts are not generally as violent as tornadoes and usually break down soon after crossing the coast, they can be a serious threat to boaters.

The incredible calendar is produced by the not-for-profit Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. More details are available here.

It also features a terrifying fire tornado which was taken in Alice Springs by filmmaker Chris Tangey and a dazzling lightning storm in Perth.

The images selected for the calendar represent each state and territory and aim to promote a broader understanding of the science of meteorology.

More than 700 submissions were received in total for the hotly-contested photography competition, which celebrates its 30th birthday this year.

Click here to buy the calendar.

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A fiery ‘willy willy’ – or tornado – pulls red-orange braids of fire into the air near Mount Conner, Northern Territory – the calendar’s October photo

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Lightning between the Perth suburbs of Beachborough and Caversham – the November photo for the calendar

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A double rainbow and supernumerary rainbow span the Melbourne suburb of West Brunswick soon after the passage of a storm front – the December photo

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Typhoon Haiyan: Bodies Piled In Streets As Makeshift Mortuaries Are Overrun… Death Toll To ‘Rise Sharply’

Bodies Piled In The Streets As Makeshift Mortuaries Are Overrun And Philippine Typhoon Rescue Teams Warn Death Toll Will ‘Rise Sharply’ From The 10,000 Already Confirmed – Daily Mail

Thousands of bodies are being piled up on the streets of the Philippines after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, as aid agencies warn the death toll will ‘rise sharply’.

Police and soldiers have the grim task of searching through the wreckage for bodies after entire villages and parts of cities were flattened.

Makeshift mortuaries, set up in remaining intact buildings like churches, are overrun and body bags are being left outside in rows.

Tens of millions of pounds worth of aid has been pledged by countries around the world and agencies say as many as 10million people in the developing country are in need of basic supplies such as shelter, clean water and food.

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Thousands of children have been killed in the category-five storm and one charity worker said two out of every five corpses she had seen were youngsters.

Lynette Lim, the Asia communications manager for Save the Children said: ‘The water was knee high and there were bodies floating in the streets. I saw several dead children.

‘Children are particularly vulnerable in disasters. We fear for how many children have been washed away in floods, crushed under falling buildings and injured by flying debris. Many are separated from their families amid the devastation, and all are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.’

In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters.

Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees.

Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat.

The Disasters Emergency Committee, made up of 14 UK charities, has made an emergency appeal for funds as fears continue that the death toll from the typhoon will rise and it is estimated that more than 10 million people will be left in need of aid.

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The UK is deploying a Royal Navy warship and donating £10 million of humanitarian assistance in aid for the victims, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Britain will also deploy RAF military transport aircraft to aid recovery efforts, earmarking at least one C-17 cargo plane to move humanitarian aid and large equipment.

David Cameron said: ‘We continue to help around the world – as we are today in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan has wrought such appalling devastation.

‘Britain is contributing £10 million and HMS Daring, currently deployed near Singapore, will shortly be heading at full speed towards the disaster zone with further support from an RAF C-17 which will be a powerful help to the relief operation.’

Britain is providing forklift trucks, cutting equipment and 4x4s to help clear and re-open runways and roads.

Temporary shelters, blankets and water purification tablets for 300,000 people are also being sent, as well as essential household goods like buckets, soap and sanitary items.

Meanwhile, Australia announced assistance of 10 million Australian dollars (£5.8 million) and the US government is organising emergency shipments of critically needed material and issuing an immediate 100,000 US dollars (£62,000) for relief efforts.

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The United Nations today began an appeal for about £200million in aid to help people hit by the huge typhoon.

‘We’ve just launched an action plan focusing on the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal and also protection of the most vulnerable with the government and I very much hope our donors will be generous,’ humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told reporters in Manila

Japan said it will fly a relief team over to the ravaged country and Taiwan is sending 200,000 US dollars (£125,000) in aid.

The USS George Washington, which carries 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, has also been deployed by America to help distribute aid and evacuate injured survivors.

Handicap International said it was sending a team of emergency specialists to support the organisation’s staff already working in the country. These specialists will help the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with disabilities, older people and children.

‘The devastation is worse than in Bandah Aceh, Indonesia, following the 2004 tsunami,’ Edith van Wijngaarden, the charity’s programme director in the Philippines, said.

‘I’m particularly worried about the most vulnerable individuals. When nothing is left standing and the local infrastructure has been destroyed, people with disabilities, older people and children are particularly vulnerable.’

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Tim Harding, from Sunderland, said he was one of many foreigners who were volunteering at a Manila Red Cross centre.

Mr Harding said he had planned to have a holiday with his wife, who is originally from the Philippines, but it had instead become a volunteer mission.

‘It’s good to see everyone getting on, doing a job where race, nationality, income level, nothing matters at all,’ he said.

‘There’s only one priority here and that’s to get together, get stuck in and do the greater good.’

Mr Harding said he would help wherever he could for the next few weeks, a mindset shared by other foreigners hailing from not only the UK, but elsewhere in Europe and the world.

‘There’s a lot of panic going on here,’ he said.

‘Although we just got some good news a few minutes ago that a three-year-old child had actually been rescued in the debris at a place in Tacloban city. There was a big cheer that went up.’

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Even as families began to grieve for their dead, they faced a grim battle to find shelter and forage for food and clean water.

‘Everywhere we went, people told us between 10 and 50 people had been killed in their communities,’ said Miss Lim told The Telegraph.

‘Most of the families who had decided to evacuate ahead of the storm left one member behind to guard their homes and possessions. Unfortunately, most of them died.’

Dazed survivors walked the streets ‘like zombies looking for food’ while looters ransacked shops and mobs attacked aid trucks loaded with food, tents and water.

Reports of lawless gangs targeting ATMs and electrical shops forced President Benigno Aquino to deploy police and army troops to the area to restore calm.

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He sent ‘a column of armoured vehicles’ to Tacloban to show the ‘government’s resolve and to stop this looting.’

Many areas were left without clean water, electricity or food and relief workers said some regions were cut off for days after the storm hit.

The death toll may soar once the true extent of the damage is known.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: ‘The scenes of utter devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan are shocking in their scale and we know that the survivors, especially vulnerable children and women, now face a grim and uncertain future.

‘Britain is determined to stand by the Philippines and we have now pledged a total of £10 million to get 800,000 people the food, water and shelter they urgently need.

‘On top of this, we are deploying the destroyer HMS Daring and at least one RAF C-17 to the disaster zone to give powerful help to the relief operation and get aid to the areas that are hardest to reach and where the need is greatest.’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he told Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario that the United States is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record.

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In the province of Leyte, 10,000 are feared to have died in Tacloban, 580km (360 miles) southeast of Manila, where survivors said waves hit their homes ‘like a tsunami’, destroying everything.

Reports from one town showed apocalyptic scenes of destruction in another region that has not been reached by rescue workers or the armed forces.

‘The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant. In some cases the devastation has been total,’ Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras told a news conference.

The United Nations said officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm on Friday, had reported one mass grave of 300-500 bodies.

More than 600,000 people were displaced by the storm across the country and some have no access to food, water, or medicine, the UN says.

Flattened by surging waves and monster winds up to 235 mph (378 kph), Tacloban was relying almost entirely for supplies and evacuation on just three military transport planes flying from nearby Cebu city.

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Dozens of residents clamoured for help at the airport gates.

‘Help us, help us. Where is President Aquino? We need water, we are very thirsty,’ shouted one woman. ‘When are you going to get bodies from the streets?’

Haiyan is estimated to have destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of structures in its path as it tore into the coastal provinces of Leyte and Samar. The damage to the coconut- and rice-growing region was expected to amount to more than 3 billion pesos ($69 million), Citi Research said in a report, with ‘massive losses’ for private property.

Most of the damage and deaths were caused by huge waves that inundated towns and swept away coastal villages in scenes that officials likened to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Bodies litter the streets of the Tacloban, rotting and swelling under the hot sun and adding to the health risk.

International aid agencies said relief resources in the Philippines were stretched thin after a 7.2 magnitude quake in central Bohol province last month and displacement caused by a conflict with Muslim rebels in southern Zamboanga province.

Teacher Andrew Pomeda, 36, added: ‘Tacloban is totally destroyed. Some people are losing their minds from hunger or losing their families. People are becoming violent.’

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Despite mass burials, the dead remain piled by roads and trapped under wreckage. Families clawing at the ruins to find survivors or food were overpowered by the reek of the rotting bodies.

Village councillor and father-of-four Edward Gualberto said he stepped on corpses as he took food from the remains of their homes.

He added: ‘I am a decent person. But if you have not eaten in three days, you do shameful things to survive. We have no food, we need water. This typhoon has stripped us of our dignity, but I still have my family and I am grateful for that.’

Medical student Jenny Chu said families had gone without food and water for days, saying: ‘People are walking like zombies looking for food. It’s like a movie.’

Survivors queued for handouts of rice, covering their faces with rags to keep the stench of death out.

Shopkeepers said looters forced their way into stores that had survived the storm, only to be ransacked. There were reports of ATM machines being broken open.

Soldiers are trying to restore order but pastry shop owner Emma Bermejo said: ‘People are dirty, hungry and thirsty. A few more days and they will begin to kill each other. This is shameful. We have been hit by a catastrophe and now our businesses are gone. Looted. I can understand if they take our food and water, they can have it. But TV sets? Washing machines?’

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One young mother fought tears as she told how the typhoon killed 11 members of her family, including her two-year-old daughter.

Jenny Dela Cruz, who is eight months pregnant, added: ‘All we can do is survive the day, but I don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the day after – or if we can continue surviving.’

Thousands more people were reported missing in neighbouring Samar province and almost half a million people were left homeless, according to the national disaster agency.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said the devastation was overwhelming, adding: ‘It’s really horrific. It’s a great human tragedy.’

Aerial photographs revealed scenes of utter devastation with few buildings left standing.

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An average of 20 major storms or typhoons, many of them deadly, hit the Philippines each year.

The developing country is particularly vulnerable because it is often the first major landmass for the storms after they build over the Pacific Ocean.

The Philippine government and some scientists have said climate change may be increasing the ferocity and frequency of storms.

Others say Pacific waters were an important reason for the strength of Haiyan, but added it was premature to blame climate change based on the scant historical data available.

The poverty-stricken country has already endured a year of earthquakes and floods, with no fewer than 24 disastrous weather events.

The Philippines suffered the world’s strongest storm of 2012, when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao.

The Philippines has known disaster at the hands of mother nature as recently as 2011 when typhoon Washi killed 1,200 people, displaced 300,000 and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

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Typhoon Haiyan Feared To Have Killed 10,000 Filipinos; Vietnam And China Prepare For The Worst (Pictures/Video)

Typhoon Haiyan Feared To Have Killed Ten Thousand Filipinos As Vietnam And China Now Prepare For The Worst – Daily Mail

The death toll from one of the most powerful storms on record could reach 10,000 according to officials.

So far Typhoon Haiyan is said to have killed 1,200 people in the Philippines and left many more injured, but the figure could rise dramatically after the full devastation of the ferocious storm was realised.

According to the Red Cross, 1,000 have been left dead in the devastated city of Tacloban on the island of Leyte with a further 200 casualties in Samar Province.

Regional police chief Elmer Soria said he was briefed by Leyte provincial Govenor Dominic Petilla late last night and told there were about 10,000 deaths on the island, mostly by drowning and from collapsed buildings.

About four million people are believed to have been affected by the category five storm, according to the country’s national disaster agency. This figure includes 800,000 who had to be evacuated before the storm struck.

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Winds of up to 235mph and gusts of 170mph left a trail of destruction – triggering major landslides, knocking out power and communications and causing catastrophic widespread damage. Hundreds of homes have been flattened and scores of streets flooded.

The storm is now moving towards mainland Asian and is expected to reach Vietnam coastal areas on Sunday morning while humanitarian experts estimate the number of casualties will rise considerably.

Weather forecasts have also predicted more bad weather could be on the way to the Philippines at the beginning of next week, with high winds expected to arrive on Monday.

The Foreign Office in the Philippines’ capital Manila has had no reports of British casualties but it is feared thousands have been left stranded as a result.

About 15,000 British nationals are said to live on the islands and every year 65,000 visit tourist hotspots like northern Cebu Province and Boracay Island, both of which have been savaged by the storm.

Vietnamese authorities have begun evacuating 100,000 people as they prepare to face the full force of the ferocious weather. ‘The evacuation is being conducted with urgency,’ disaster official Nguyen Thi Yen Linh said from central Danang City, where some 76,000 were being moved to safety.

Around 300,000 others have been taken to shelters in the provinces of Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue. Schools were closed and two deputy prime ministers were sent to the region to direct preparations.

The army has been brought in to provide emergency relief with some 170,000 soldiers assisting people after the typhoon hits.

Haiyan is likely to be a category two or three storm when it hits the Vietnamese coast, but the Red Cross has warned some 6.5 million people in in the country could be affected.

It is expected to reach Da Nang province tomorrow morning before moving up the country’s west coast and eventually making its way to the capital, Hanoi.

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Weather experts predict the country will experience sea surges, strong winds and up to two feet of rain, triggering massive floods.

Chinese authorities have also issued a level three emergency response throughout the country, ordering fisherman to shelter their boats to prevent any damage.

It will be the 30th typhoon to hit China this year with the central and southern parts of Hainan and Sansha city expected to be hit by downpours in the next 24 hours.

Officials in neighbouring Laos and Cambodia are also taking precautions in an attempt to soften the impact of the ferocious storm.

Humanitarian experts say they expect the number of casualties to be ‘massive’. A Red Cross spokesman said: ‘We now fear that thousands will have lost their lives.’

The UK has sent a team of three experts to the country today to assess the extent of the damage, after which the Government will decide upon its response, a spokesman for the Department for International Development (Dfid) said.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has also pledged £6 million worth of emergency aid.

She said: ‘My thoughts are with the people of the Philippines, in particular those who have lost loved ones. UK support is now under way.

‘Many thousands of people in remote, hard-to-reach communities have lost their homes and everything they own. They are living in the open and completely exposed to the elements.

‘The absolute priority must be to reach them with shelter and protection as soon as possible.

‘UK support will provide urgently needed access to clean water, shelter, household items and blankets,

‘We are also sending additional humanitarian experts from the UK to work with the DfID team and international agencies, including ensuring partners are prioritising the protection of vulnerable girls and women.’

The category-5 super typhoon Haiyan – Chinese for ‘sea bird’ – smashed into the eastern islands of the Philippines with winds nearly 150mph stronger than the St Jude storm which struck the UK in late October.

Roofs were ripped from houses, ferocious 20ft waves washed away coastal villages, power lines came down and trees were uprooted.

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Capt. John Andrews, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said he had received ‘reliable information’ by radio that more than 100 bodies were lying in the streets of Tacloban on hardest-hit Leyte Island.

Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda said that the casualty figure ‘probably will increase’ after viewing aerial photographs of the widespread devastation caused by the typhoon.

Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, a senior aide to President Benigno Aquino III, said that the number of casualties could not be immediately determined, but that the figure was ‘probably in that range’ given by Andrews. Government troops were helping recover bodies, he said.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said it was too early to know how many people had died in the storm.

In the aftermath, Filipinos have taken to social media in an attempt to find missing loved ones by posting photos on Twitter.

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In Tacloban, a city of more than 200,000 believed to be one of the worst hit cities, corrugated iron sheets were ripped from roofs before crashing into buildings, according to video footage taken by a resident.

Flash floods also turned Tacloban’s streets into rivers, while a pictures from an ABS-CBN television reporter showed six bamboo houses washed away along a beach more than 200 kilometres to the south.

Civil aviation authorities in Tacloban, about 360 miles southeast of Manila, reported the seaside airport terminal was ‘ruined’ by storm surges.

U.S. Marine Col. Mike Wylie, who surveyed the damage in Tacloban prior to possible American assistance, said that the damage to the runway was significant. However, military planes were still able to land with relief aid.

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Vice mayor Jim Pe of Coron town on Busuanga, the last island battered by the typhoon before it blew away to the South China Sea, said most of the houses and buildings there had been destroyed or damaged.

Five people drowned in the storm surge and three others are missing. He said: ‘It was like a 747 flying just above my roof.’ adding that his family and some of his neighbours whose houses were destroyed took shelter in his basement.

ABS-CBN also showed fierce winds whipping buildings and vehicles as storm surges swamped Tacloban with debris-laden floodwaters.

In the aftermath, people were seen weeping while retrieving bodies of loved ones inside buildings and on a street that was littered with fallen trees, roofing material and other building parts torn off in the typhoon’s fury.

All that was left of one large building whose walls were smashed in were the skeletal remains of its rafters.

ABS-CBN television anchor Ted Failon, who was able to report only briefly Friday from Tacloban, said the storm surge was ‘like the tsunami in Japan’.

‘The sea engulfed Tacloban,’ he said, explaining that a major part of the city is surrounded on three sides by the waters between Leyte and Samar islands.

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Before he left Tacloban today, Failon said he saw people like a ‘pack of rats’ looting a department store taking whatever they could lay their hands on including refrigerators and TV sets. TV footage showed a group of men smiling as they walked away with a large ice cream freezer and other goods.

Relief workers today said they are having difficulties delivering food and other supplies, with roads blocked by landslides and fallen trees.

The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, so delivering aid can take up to two or tree days.

Red Cross chief Gwendolyn Pang said they struggled to deliver aid in the adverse conditions.

She said: ‘We’ve had reports of uprooted trees, very strong winds and houses made of light materials being damaged

‘We have put rescue teams and equipment at different places, but at the moment we can’t really do much because of the heavy rain and strong winds. There is no power’.

Mrs Pang added the death toll, which is said to have exceeded 1,000, was just an ‘estimate’.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said the enormous rescue operation was still ongoing.

He added: ‘We expect a very high number of fatalities as well as injured. All systems, all vestiges of modern living – communications, power, water – all are down. Media is down, so there is no way to communicate with the people in a mass sort of way.’

Ben Webster, disaster response manager for the Red Cross, added: ‘Preparedness is strengthening over the years as agencies become more proficient at preparing for disasters, technology is improving so we can forecast a bit more reliably, so it is getting better in terms of preparation.

‘But there are still hundreds of thousands of families likely to have been impacted, and even if the loss of life isn’t as high as it usually is, these are still people who need homes and livelihoods which will have been impacted by this huge storm.

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‘The British Red Cross launched an appeal yesterday which the public can support. We have already released £100,000 yesterday which will support relief items, 10,000 tarpaulins were sent from Kuala Lumpur, and 2,000 hygiene parcels as well.

‘The whole international Red Cross movement will be mobilising to support the Philippines Red Cross and the International Federation in country to be able to respond to the situation.’

Marie Madamba-Nunez of Oxfam, which has already dispatched aid to the Philippines, said: ‘Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over peoples heads will be an immediate priority.

‘These disasters compound the burden of Philippines’ poorest people. Small scale farmers and those relying on fishing to make a living will be hardest hit. Their fields and their boats and tackle will be badly damaged and they will need help not only today but in months to come.

‘Economic solutions to root out poverty and inequality must be paired with minimising the risk of poor communities to the vagaries of weather and climate change.’

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Save the Children said up to 7,000 schools could have been damaged by Haiyan, as the aid agency battles to reach the hardest hit areas.

The charity’s country director Anna Lindenfors said: ‘We are very concerned for the poorest and most vulnerable children in some of the hardest hit places like Tacloban where there is likely to be catastrophic damage, especially to the homes of the poorest people who live in buildings made from flimsy materials.’

‘While the immediate focus must be on saving lives, we are also extremely worried that thousands of schools will have been knocked out of action or badly affected by the typhoon.

‘In the worst hit areas this will have a terrible impact on children’s education and it will be important that we help them back to school as quickly as possible.’

Speaking in the aftermath of the storm Paul Knightley, forecast manager at MeteoGroup, described Haiyan as ‘one of the strongest typhoons ever seen before on the planet in the modern age’.

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‘It is an incredibly powerful storm, which has now moved through the Philippines. No doubt we will see all sorts of damage has been caused.

‘As far as tropical storms go, this is about the top of the ladder. To get winds approaching 200mph as an average wind speed within the storm – you’re talking the top few percent of all storms that have ever occurred.

‘It may be one of the – if not the – strongest land-falling storm we’ve seen for many years, possibly in recorded history.’

The storm brought further misery to thousands of residents of Bohol who had been camped in tents and other makeshift shelters after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the island last month.

At least 5,000 survivors were still living in tents on the island, and they were moved to schools that had been turned into evacuation centres.

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Speaking yesterday, Roger Mercado, governor of Southern Leyte, an island off the coast off the popular tourist region of Cebu, told how dense clouds and heavy rains turned day into night.

‘When you’re faced with such a scenario, you can only pray and pray and pray,’ he said, as weather forecasters warned of ‘catastrophic’ damage.

The governor added: ‘My worst fear is that there will be many massive loss of lives and property.’

In preparation for the typhoon, officials in Cebu province shut down electric services to the northern part of the province to avoid electrocutions in case power pylons are toppled, said assistant regional civil defence chief Flor Gaviola.

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President Benigno Aquino assured the public of war-like preparations, with three C-130 air force cargo planes and 32 military helicopters and planes on standby, along with 20 navy ships.

Authorities halted ferry services and fishing operations, while nearly 200 local flights had been suspended. Commuter bus services were also stopped as the storm dumped torrential rain and ripped iron roofs off buildings and houses.

Schools, offices and shops in the central Philippines were closed, with hospitals, soldiers and emergency workers on standby for rescue operations.

‘We can hear the winds howling but the rains are not too strong. We have encountered several distress calls regarding fallen trees and power lines cut. We don’t have power now,’ Samar Vice Governor Stephen James Tan said in a radio interview yesterday.

An average of 20 major storms or typhoons, many of them deadly, hit the Philippines each year.

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The developing country is particularly vulnerable because it is often the first major landmass for the storms after they build over the Pacific Ocean.

The Philippine government and some scientists have said climate change may be increasing the ferocity and frequency of storms.

Others say Pacific waters were an important reason for the strength of Haiyan, but added it was premature to blame climate change based on the scanty historical data available.

The poverty-stricken country has already endured a year of earthquakes and floods, with no fewer than 24 disastrous weather events.

The Philippines suffered the world’s strongest storm of 2012, when Typhoon Bopha left about 2,000 people dead or missing on the southern island of Mindanao.

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The Philippines has known disaster at the hands of mother nature as recently as 2011 when typhoon Washi killed 1,200 people, displaced 300,000 and destroyed more than 10,000 homes.

In September, category-five typhoon Usagi, with winds gusting of up to 149 mph, battered the northern island of Batanes before causing damage in southern China.

Bopha last year flattened three coastal towns on the southern island of Mindanao, killing 1,100 people and wreaking damage estimated at $1.04 billion.

Cambodian authorities said they were closely watching the development of the world’s biggest storm to materialise.

Storm trackers have predicted the storm could reach China on Tuesday, but the wind speeds will have dropped to between 25 and 35mph.

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Scientist To Climate Change Alarmists In Senate: Global Warming Not Causing Extreme Weather

Scientist Tells Senators: Global Warming Not Causing Extreme Weather – Daily Caller

In a Senate hearing Thursday, environmental scientist Roger Pielke of the University of Colorado said it’s “incorrect” to claim that global warming is spurring more extreme weather disasters.

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“It is misleading and just plain incorrect to claim that disasters associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or droughts have increased on climate timescales either in the United States or globally,” Pielke said in his testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “It is further incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with the emission of greenhouse gases.”

“Hurricanes have not increased in the U.S. in frequency, intensity or normalized damage since at least 1900,” Pielke added. “The same holds for tropical cyclones globally since at least 1970.”

Senate Democrats pointed to the increase in extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes as evidence of global warming. California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said that “climate change is real” and human activities were the cause, adding that people can “look out the window” to see evidence of it.

“Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods – all are now more frequent and intense,” said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

Pielke, however, notes that U.S. floods have not increased in “frequency or intensity” since 1950 and economic losses from floods have dropped by 75 percent as a percentage of GDP since 1940. Tornado frequency, intensity, and normalized damages have also not increased since 1950, and Pielke even notes that there is some evidence that this has declined.

Pielke noted in his testimony that droughts have been shorter, less frequent, and have covered a smaller portion of the U.S over the last century. Globally, there has been very little change in the last 60 years, he said.

“The absolute costs of disasters will increase significantly in coming years due to greater wealth and populations in locations exposed to extremes,” Pielke added. “Consequent, disasters will continue to be an important focus of policy, irrespective of the exact future course of climate change.”

Senators sparred over predictions and claims made about man-made global warming. Democrats argued that the effects of global warming can be felt today and Republicans argued that evidence of human-induced warming is thin.

“I would note that it has not been titled ‘Global Warming: It’s Happening Now,’” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter. “Maybe that would have been too ironic given the Earth’s stagnant temperature for the past 15 years, a fact that is currently confounding climate scientists and modeling experts who predicted otherwise.”

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, a longtime critic of global warming claims, pointed to a set of Obama administration talking points on the “do’s and don’ts” when talking about global warming.

The talking points suggested not leading with economic arguments, not talking about scientific consensus surrounding global warming, and instead focusing on extreme weather.

Prior to the hearing, Republicans on the committee released a report that called into question many past global warming claims made by Democrats, as well as Obama administration policy proposals.

This didn’t deter Senate Democrats who continued to argue that global warming could be seen today. Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who caucuses with the Democrats, both pushed for taxing carbon emissions.

Republicans criticized the lack of White House testimony at the hearing.

“It is unfortunate we don’t have any witnesses here from the Obama administration,” Vitter said. “Just weeks ago, President Obama announced a sweeping climate action plan, which will undoubtedly tighten the federal government’s grip on our economy.”

“If the president is going after greenhouse gases, he won’t stop at coal,” said Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso.

Boxer, who chairs the committee, said no one from the administration was invited because they would be called in for future hearings on global warming.

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Oklahoma lowers death toll to 24

Let’s all pray for the lowest total possible

Nearly 24 hours after a monster tornado tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City, leaving at least 24 dead — including nine children — hopes for a rescue of trapped survivors are beginning to wane as more threatening weather moves into the region.

“We will rebuild and we will regain our strength,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who went on a flyover of the area and described it as a “heartbreaking experience” that is “hard to look at.”

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., forecast more stormy weather Tuesday in parts of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, including the Moore area.

Rescue crews are sifting through rubble in the search for survivors, painting X’s on buildings to make sure nothing is being overlooked.

“As long as we are here … we are going to hold out hope that we will find survivors,” said Trooper Betsy Randolph, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. But officials believe more bodies are underneath the rubble.

“I truly expect that they’ll find more today,” Oklahoma City Medical Examiner Office Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said.

Elliott cautioned Tuesday that officials could see as many as 40 additional fatalities, and Fallin said that bodies may have been taken to funeral homes instead of authorities.

Just keep praying people, and give aid in any other way that you can. And to those under tornado watches and warnings today, as my family and I am, be prepared.

At least 91 dead in Moore Oklahoma tornado tragedy

As I said yesterday, there are no words

At least 91 people were killed in the devastating tornado yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma. That number is expected to rise.

KFOR reported:

Officials have confirmed at least 91 people have been killed in the Moore tornado Monday.

The medical examiner’s office confirmed at least 233 people have been injured.

That number is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue Tuesday morning and daylight arrives.

The tornado claimed an unconfirmed number of children at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary.

Also among those killed, a family of four with a baby near 4th St. and Telephone Rd. in Moore.

Officials said the family tried to take shelter in a freezer.

100 survivors were rescued over night, please continue to pray