Florence called a ‘monster’

More than two million residents have been evacuated as Hurricane Florence roars toward the Southeastern United States with sustained winds of more than 175 km/h.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the Category 2 storm is taking aim at North and South Carolina on Thursday.

A life threatening storm surge is expected along the Atlantic coast with an incredible 800 mm (30 inches) rain possible.

Emergency officials call Florence “a monster” and cities like Myrtle Beach have become eerily empty as the hurricane approaches.

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Floodwaters finally recede in N.B.

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(Top) Swollen St. John River, 02 May 2018,(Bottom) A more typical flow, 12 May 2016 (NASA Earth Observatory)

Water levels have dropped below flood stage in most areas of the St. John River in what has become the worst flooding event ever recorded in New Brunswick.

The Emergency Measures Organization says only in the Jemseg area will levels be just above flood stage.

The Trans Canada Highway between River Glade and Oromocto finally reopened Friday after being shut down for a week but dozens of roads remain closed due to flooding.

The Canadian Armed Forces has deployed 60 members to assist the provincial government with flood cleanup.

Almost 1,700 residents have registered with the Red Cross as evacuees and many who have returned home are finding heavy water damage to homes and cottages.

Deadly wildfires in California 

Wildfires destroy entire neighbourhoods in Santa Rosa, CA, USA, 11 Oct 2017 (Getty Images)


Fire officials say wildfires will get worse before getting better in the wine country of northern California.

High winds and dry conditions have fuelled the flames destroying entire neighbourhoods in Santa Rosa and at least 13 wineries been either damaged or completely wiped out.

The death toll stands at about 30 with many residents being found in their homes not being able to escape the fires.

More than 3,500 homes and buildings have been destroyed so far and firefighters continue knocking on doors trying to evacuate thousands more being affected by the catastrophic blazes.

Florida braces for Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew passes over Les Cayes, Haiti, 04 Oct 2016 (Reuters)

Hundreds of thousands of Florida residents along its east coast from Fort Lauderdale to Cape Canaveral have been told to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Matthew.

The powerful category 3 storm is churning through the Bahamas after a brush with eastern Cuba and has maximum sustained winds at 185 km/h.

Floods and mudslides from the storm in Haiti and the Dominican Republic have claimed more than 800 lives.

The U.S National Hurricane Center believes by early Friday, Matthew will track parallel to the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas and is not certain yet if the storm will hit land.

The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005 which was blamed for 35 deaths and billions of dollars in damage.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre doesn’t believe Matthew will have any significant impact on Atlantic Canada.

Devastating floods in Louisiana

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Aerial view of flooding near Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 15 Aug 2016 (USDA)

A tropical depression-like low pressure system crawled over the American Gulf Coast states during the last week delivering a deluge to Louisiana.

Already prone to flooding due to its low elevation, some parts of the state were hammered with more than 700 mm of rain in only 48 hours.

More than 40,000 homes have been flooded with thousands forced to evacuate.

The American Red Cross has declared the Louisiana floods the worst U.S. natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Historic flooding sweeps Southeast Europe

Flooding in the city of Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 May 2014 (Getty Images)

Flooding in the city of Doboj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 May 2014 (Getty Images)

More than 200 mm of rain has fallen over parts of the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkans, over the past several days which has led to flooding not seen in 120 years of weather records.

The heavy rain has caused rivers to spill their banks in Serbia and Bosnia and has created landslides which have swept away homes and unearthed land mines from the 1990s Bosnian War.

A coal-fired power plant on the Sava River near Belgrade, which supplies half of Serbia’s electricity, is also in danger of being inundated by floodwaters.

More than 50 people have died in the Balkans and thousands more have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Perth-Andover devastated by flood

Flooding in Perth-Andover, NB, 25 March 2012 (CP Photo)

Flood waters have receded in Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) leaving behind a mess of mud and ice chunks in this village along the St. John River.

Inspectors are surveying the damage and are determining which homes and businesses are safe.

Some of the 500 residents forced to evacuate last week are being allowed to return.

This isn’t the first time a flood has impacted Perth-Andover, but provincial officials estimate water levels in this flood were at least a metre higher than in the past.

The flood is estimated to have caused $25 million in damage.

 

Flooding in western New Brunswick

Floodwaters at Perth-Andover, NB, 23 March 2012 (GNB)

The record-breaking warmth and rapid snowmelt has contributed to flooding along the banks of the St. John River this weekend.

The community of Perth-Andover (pop. 1800) and Tobique First Nation have been hardest hit where ice jams and water have caused severe flooding with about 500 forced to evacuate.

New Brunswick Premier David Alward announced a recovery program for affected residents in Perth-Andover today when he toured the area.

Residents are asked tocall 1-888-298-8555 to report damage and register for disaster financial assistance.