Tag: storm

Is storm-ravaged Alberta insurable?

Storms, hurricanes and floods driven in part by climate change will cost the federal disaster fund $902 million a year, well above past averages.

Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey: what we know so far

Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, after swiftly gathering strength over the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall as a category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (210km/h), making it the strongest hurricane to hit the US since the category 3 Wilma battered Florida in 2005. The ...

How to survive a disaster?

In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that would save their life. John Leach, a military survival instructor who researches behaviour in extreme environments at the University of Portsmouth, has studied the actions of survivors and victims from dozens of disasters around the world over several decades (and as it ...

Major environmental disasters: April 2017

Impact Forecasting has published the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which evaluates the impact of the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during April 2017. View the full Impact Forecasting April 2017 Global Catastrophe Recap report (PDF). Flooding in multiple communities in southern Ontario and Quebec in April and into May ...

2017 Hawaii hurricane season to be more active than normal, but not extreme

The 2017 Central Pacific hurricane season, which includes interests in Hawaii, is likely to be active but not nearly as busy as 2015. The Central Pacific basin is the area bounded by 140 and 180 degrees west longitude and includes the islands and waters surrounding Hawaii. "The combination of warm water and a typical amount ...

Canadian Forces sent to help deal with worsening flooding in Quebec

80 mm of rain expected between Friday and Saturday evening and water levels still rising Soldiers from the Canadian Forces are expected to be on the ground on Saturday, helping prevent damage from the relentless flooding in Quebec. Yesterday the province's Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said the province asked for and will receive assistance ...

Windfarm settings triggered South Australian blackout, final energy report finds

Protection mechanism in tornado-hit turbines caused drop in power that led to entire system being tripped, Aemo says. The state-wide blackout in South Australia which prompted a national political storm over energy policy was caused by extreme weather, which triggered a cascading sequence resulting in the state separating from the national energy market, according to ...