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Counties conduct table-top emergency response exercise

Kemptville Advance / 29 September 2016

emerg_exerciseA table-top emergency exercise simulating widespread tornado damage and extreme weather striking the region has recently been completed by a majority of municipalities in Leeds and Grenville.

More than 75 emergency response officials, including police, fire, health, Counties and municipal staff from Leeds and Grenville municipalities, responded to a mock severe weather episode with tornados, down bursts and funnel clouds impacting several municipalities and the City of Brockville. Injured and trapped people, as well as a fatal, multi-vehicle accident and a potential chemical spill at the juncture of Highways 401 and 416, added to the severity of the emergency exercise.

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Flash flood in Ontario strands motorists, swamps basements

The Weather Network / Andrea Bagley / 01 October 2016

A strong and slow moving system left some southern Ontarians waking up to significant flooding on Thursday. The heaviest rain fell in parts of southwestern Ontario where over 190 mm quickly swamped streets and basements in Tecumseh. Mayors in Tecumseh and Windsor both declared a state of emergency.

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12 extreme weather events of the summer of 2016

Insurance Journal / Seth Borenstein / 23 September 2016

bad_weatherThe summer of 2016 has lurched from one extreme weather disaster to another at great cost in lives and damages. Here are just some of the worst and weirdest, according to insurance statistics and meteorologists:

  1. Flooding in China’s Yangtze Basin from May through August killed at least 475 people and caused $28 billion in losses.
  2. A drought in India that started earlier in the year and stretched through June caused about $5 billion in damage.
  3. Flooding in West Virginia and the mid-Atlantic in June killed 23 people and damaged more than 5,500 buildings.
  4. Typhoon Nepartak hit the Phillipines, Taiwan and China in July, killing 111 people and causing at least $1.5 billion in damage.
  5. Flooding in northeast China in July killed 289 people and caused about $5 billion in damage.
  6. Temperatures reached 129 degrees (54 degrees Celsius) in Kuwait and Iraq in July.
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Forget tornadoes. Rain bombs are coming for your town.

Bloomberg / Eric Roston / 29 July 2016

Phoenix rain bombEvidence shows that the sky is coming down on our heads—the watery part of it, anyway, in larger and larger cascades. It’s largely our own fault.

The past two months have seen some doozies just in the U.S. The Empire State Building was struck by lightning twice on Monday during a storm that brought an inch of rain down in what felt like a single sheet.

Last month, at least 23 people died in West Virginia flooding. At its peak on June 23, more than 8 inches to 10 inches fell within half a day—a once-every-1,000 years rain storm. Maelstroms in May and early June dropped five times as much rain as normal near Houston, seriously challenging the definition of normal. More than a dozen people died. It was the city’s fifth major flood in just over a year.

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Flooding of coast, caused by global warming, has already begun

New York Times / Justin Gillis / 03 September 2016

OldTownAlexandriaFor decades, as the global warming created by human emissions caused land ice to melt and ocean water to expand, scientists warned that the accelerating rise of the sea would eventually imperil the United States’ coastline.

Now, those warnings are no longer theoretical: The inundation of the coast has begun. The sea has crept up to the point that a high tide and a brisk wind are all it takes to send water pouring into streets and homes.

Federal scientists have documented a sharp jump in this nuisance flooding — often called “sunny-day flooding” — along both the East Coast and the Gulf Coast in recent years. The sea is now so near the brim in many places that they believe the problem is likely to worsen quickly. Shifts in the Pacific Ocean mean that the West Coast, partly spared over the past two decades, may be hit hard, too.

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Dryden: Heavy rainfall causes flooding throughout city

CBC News / 14 August 2016

Dryden Aug 2016Ashton said Environment Canada’s own weather station in the city recorded 23 millimetres of rain falling in Friday’s storm.

However, home-based weather station recordings from the same period told different stories. One such private station recorded 109 millimetres and another 152 millimetres, while others showed 50 or 30 millimetres of rain fell on Dryden Friday afternoon.

The discrepancy, Ashton said, is due to the nature of the storm.

“It’s the size of the storm,” he said. “If you’re three blocks over, you may not get anything versus the guy who got 150 millimetres. It’s incredible. That’s just the way these storms are — they can be very small and localized.”

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