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US vows wildfire catastrophe in Texas

Tue Sep 6, 2011 8:47AM GMT

A wildfire is seen near Bastrop, Texas, September 5, 2011.
US officials have warned of a catastrophic fallout from destructive wildfires that have broken out in Texas and continue to burn out of control in the drought-stricken southern state.

The fires, whipped up by strong winds on Monday, have so far destroyed almost 500 homes in central Texas and forced at least 5,000 people to evacuate their homes in Bastrop County, 48 kilometers (30 miles) east of Austin, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The powerful gusts fanning the devastating wildfire are believed to have been intensified by Tropical Storm Lee which inundated some areas along the Gulf Coast on Sunday, compelling Louisiana authorities to extend a storm warning from Mississippi to Texas.

The storm amazingly drenched neighboring states with massive rains but brought mostly strong winds to Texas, greately contributing to the expansion of the existing wildfires.

According to Texas Forest Service officials, the fires have charred at least 10,117 hectares (25,000 acres).

Official reports also say a 20-year-old woman and her daughter were trapped in their mobile home and burned to death in Gregg County in eastern Texas.

"I don't think we've ever seen a wildfire season like this" since the 1980s, said Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has asked for federal aid to put off at least 63 blazes throughout the state.

"We've got a long way to go to get this thing contained,” he added.

Nearly 1.5 million hectares (3.6 million acres) of land in Texas have been scorched by wildfires since November of last year.

The incident has done more than $5 billion worth of damage to the agriculture industry in the second largest US state, after Alaska.
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Post time 2011-9-6 18:50:55 |Display all floors

Two dead, homes burned in Texas wildfires

Mon Sep 5, 2011 5:45PM GMT

Sixty separate wildfires, whipped by strong gusts of wind spawned by Tropical Storm Lee as it moved north, burned across Texas on Monday, destroying homes and leaving at least two people dead, authorities said.

The Texas Forest Service said it responded on Sunday to 63 new fires that burned 32,936 acres, including 22 new large fires.

Authorities in Gregg County, in northeast Texas, say a fire there killed a 20-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter, who were trapped in their mobile home by flames.

More than 3.6 million acres in the state have been scorched since the wildfire season began in November, fed by a continuing drought which has caused more than $5 billion in damage to the state's agricultural industry and shows no sign of easing any time soon. Reuters
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Post time 2011-9-6 19:50:04 |Display all floors
Originally posted by antitheft at 2011-9-5 20:05
maybe you should proving to us Asians where your European god is.

I need do such thing. God is an act of faith, and Chinese appear to have faith only in having a lot of money and so, worship that and struggle to get as much as they can.

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Post time 2011-9-6 19:51:17 |Display all floors
Poor USA, so many natural disasters hitting it once. reminds me of another huge country in Asia. Another small one too for that matter.

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Post time 2011-9-6 20:16:06 |Display all floors
Originally posted by antitheft at 2011-9-5 21:05
maybe you should proving to us Asians where your European god is.

What 'european' god?

Thor?  That was just a movie.  Not too many worship Thor these days.

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Reply #43 JFenix's post

Good answer, hahaha! The God we know is the world's God, not Europes, he's even China's too.

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Post time 2011-9-9 07:39:39 |Display all floors

Karma floods!

Floods hit US northeast, 100,000 told to evacuate

Friday 9 September 2011.

Heavy rains have swamped areas of the US northeast already sodden from last week's Hurricane Irene, causing flash floods suspected in at least three deaths and forcing more than 100,000 people to evacuate.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for several counties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia, as raging flood waters invaded towns, closed busy state highways and blocked commuter lines.

Some 100,000 people in northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne county are under "mandatory evacuation" orders, including 20,000 in the city of Wilkes-Barre, city spokesman Drew McLaughlin said.

The torrential rains of recent days caused the flooding of the Susquehanna River, which flows through Wilkes-Barre's densely populated Wyoming Valley as well as communities in neighbouring New York state.

Stephen Bekenich, emergency management director for Luzerne County, warned that those that remain in flood prone areas may not be able to count on rescue.

"If folks choose not to leave, they are taking lives into their own hands," Bekenich said. "Help may not be able to reach them."

The city of Binghamton, New York - where 21.6 centimetres of rain fell in 24 hours, according to the NWS - ordered a mandatory city-wide evacuation of some 10,000 people.

And the mayor of Harrisburg, 100 kilometres west of Philadelphia, declared a state of emergency and ordered thousands to evacuate as the Susquehanna rose to flood stage.

The river is expected to rise another three metres there before cresting, city officials said.

Flooding was also reported in and around the US capital Washington.

"We expect historic or near-historic flooding in many parts of the state," Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency deputy press secretary Ruth Miller told AFP.

Three unconfirmed fatalities amid the stormy weather have been reported to authorities in Pennsylvania, she said, as the state grapples with some of its worst flooding since 1972's benchmark Hurricane Agnes, which ravaged much of the mid-Atlantic region as a deadly tropical storm.

"It's bad now and there are some places where it will get worse," Miller added.

"There is more rain that continues to come down (and) we don't expect this to end for quite some time."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has mobilised emergency response resources, also warned of further severe flooding, calling the situation "frightening."

Even as the US northeast sags under extensive flooding which has closed major roadways and blocked commuter lines, more potentially dangerous weather is on the way.

Three cyclones are brewing in the Atlantic: Tropical Storm Nate, hovering in the Gulf of Mexico and threatening Mexico and Texas; fast-moving Tropical Storm Maria, which could slam Puerto Rico early Sunday and hit the Bahamas next week; and Hurricane Katia, off the US east coast and expected to remain out at sea.

The latest foul weather to hammer the United States is the remains of Tropical Storm Lee, which slammed into the Gulf Coast on Sunday, dumping torrential rains on a huge swath of the American south, mid-Atlantic region and northeast already drenched by Hurricane Irene.

"It is a double-whammy," said spokesman Bill Peat of the New York state Office of Emergency Management.

Irene dumped more than 30 centimetres of rain in parts of New York and Pennsylvania over the past four days, triggering huge floods across parts of the northeast.

And the misery is expected to continue, with up to six more inches of rain on Thursday, the weather service said.

National Guard troops have been deployed in New York and Pennsylvania, and rescue personnel were on standby.

The flash flood warnings include much of New Jersey, which suffered devastating flooding from Irene after it made landfall hundreds of kilometres south and trailed heavy rains all the way up the coast.
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