A Moderate Risk of Severe Thunderstorms is Forecast Today and/or Tonight
Moderate Risk Areas: ACROSS PARTS OF SW AR…SE OK…NW LA…CNTRL TX AND NE TX
Slight Risk Areas: ACROSS PARTS OF THE SRN PLAINS…OZARKS…MID MS VALLEY…OH VALLEY AND GREAT LAKES
For additional details, see the latest Day 1 Convective Outlook.
Mahasen made landfall in Bangladesh on May 16, 2013. The same day, Reuters reported that the storm had claimed six lives, forced thousands of residents into shelters, and destroyed thousands of huts. Despite the damage, the toll was less severe than feared in Bangladesh and Burma, where thousands of displaced people were already living in flood-prone camps.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image the day that Mahasen came ashore. Clouds stretched across Bangladesh, northeastern India, and northwestern Burma.
In its final warning for Mahasen, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 knots (85 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 55 knots (100 kilometers per hour), but was dissipating over land.
Joint Typhoon Warning Center Accessed May 16, 2013.
“………….General Brun said the evidence suggested the weapon used was sarin gas, the same deadly compound that killed 13 people in a domestic terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995. The number of victims in Syria is unclear. General Brun also said a second agent, a retardant of some kind, had been deployed. …………..”
German Researchers to Probe Camel Link to New Coronavirus
byMartin Enserink on 4 April 2013, 11:30 AM
“On 26 March, a 73-year-old man from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, died at the Klinikum Schwabing, a hospital in Munich. He was the 11th known fatality related to infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV), a pathogen that was first reported in September 2012 and is attracting substantial interest from researchers. Overall, officials have reported 17 cases of nCoV infection………….The patient owned racing camels. One of them got ill and was very weak; the patient was in close contact with that camel, and on the evening the camel got very sick, the patient developed flulike symptoms. Three days later, he was in a medical unit in Abu Dhabi. There is another family member who also had close contact with the camel, he also got ill……………”
“…………The complex assault began around 8:45 a.m., when two suicide attackers detonated explosives packed into an army pickup truck at the entrance gate of the provincial government compound……… After the explosion, which ripped through the mayor’s office and neighboring buildings, insurgents rushed the packed provincial courthouse, taking civilians and a handful of employees hostage.
Afghan security forces surrounded the building, firing at the Taliban fighters tucked away on the second floor. At some point during the nearly seven-hour gunfight, the insurgents took the hostages downstairs to the basement and shot them, the police said.
Four human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Jiangsu verified by
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health
tonight (April 2) verified with the National Health and Family Planning
Commission (NHFPC) four confirmed human cases of Influenza A (H7N9) in Jiangsu,
involving one man and three women, aged from 32 and 83, all of whom currently in
Laboratory tests on the patients’ specimens by the Mainland health
authorities yielded positive results for H7N9.
According to the Health Department of Jiangsu, the 45-year-old female
patient is a poultry worker and no epidemiological links were identified among
the four cases at this stage. So far, the 167 close contacts of the four
patients are asymptomatic.
A spokesman stressed that the CHP is closely monitoring the situation,
will continue to maintain close liaison with the Mainland health authorities for
more case information as well as keep a close eye on the advice from the World
The spokesman also advised travellers especially those returning from
Shanghai, Anhui and Jiangsu with respiratory symptoms to wear facial masks and
seek medical attention and reveal their travel histories to doctors. Health-care
professionals should also pay special attention to those travellers who might
have contact with birds or poultry in the three places.
Members of the public are reminded to take heed of the following
preventive advice against avian influenza:
* Wash hands frequently;
* Avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or
their droppings; if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly
with soap and water;
* Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before
* Cover the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit
with tissue and put it into covered dustbins;
* Avoid crowded places and
contact with fever patients;
* Wear a mask when respiratory symptoms develop
or you need to take care of fever patients; and
* When you have fever and
influenza-like illnesses during a trip or returning to Hong Kong, promptly
consult doctors and reveal your travel history.
The public may visit the Avian Influenza page of the CHP (www.chp.gov.hk/en/view_content/24244.html)
for further information.
Ends/Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Rescuers dig through rubble seeking missing in Tanzania building collapse
From Mwondoshah Mfanga, for CNN
March 29, 2013 — Updated 2050 GMT (0450 HKT)
“……….At least four people were dead and 60 were missing after the 16-story building under construction collapsed in Tanzania’s largest city, government and emergency officials said………………”
This three-dimensional image offers a unique perspective on Gombe National Park, nestled against the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika in northwestern Tanzania. Tanganyika is one of eastern Africa’s Great Rift Lakes, located in a geologic formation called the Great Rift, where two tectonic plates are pulling apart.