Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Is Summer Come To An End - The Back-And-Forth Extremes Continue As 1,295 Record Cold Temperatures Have Been Set In The United States In JUST ONE WEEK, Nearly A Month Before The Official End Of Summer?!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A recent push of autumnlike air from the Midwest to the East and part of the South has some folks wondering if the sun has yielded its last stretch of summer heat.

Regardless of how temperatures behave, summer does not officially end until Sept. 22. Meteorological summer comes to a close in early September, and solar summer winds down in early August.

Meteorological summer is statistically the hottest quarter of the year. Solar summer is the quarter of the year where the sun's energy is the greatest and daylight is the longest.

However, what does the weather in August have in store based on seasonal changes, meshed with the month's unique forecast weather patterns? Will the back-and-forth extremes continue in the Midwest and Northeast? Will the heat and drought continue in the West?

Our long-range forecasting experts, headed by Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, "summarize" below:

"Cool weather will continue in the Northeast into the first week of August," Pastelok said, "But, hot and humid weather is likely to return during weeks two and three."

That will mean plenty of good days at the beach and in the mountains through the end of the month.

A lower sun angle and lengthening nights may take the edge off the heat somewhat, so that it may not feel quite as extreme as the mid-July heat wave.

AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures peaked well above 100 degrees in many areas for multiple days.

In some cases, it felt hotter than 110 degrees. For cool weather lovers and those in poor health, the nights were unbearable without air conditioning.

The re-building warmth toward mid-August will likely bring another surge in energy demands.

According to Chris Olert with New York City's main energy supplier, ConEdison went from record usage of 13,332 megawatts during the peak of the heat wave on Friday, July 19, 2013, to much more typical usage of 10,000 to 11,000 megawatts during the cooler, less humid weather Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

In New York City, energy demand was generally higher at night during the mid-July heat wave than when it was most days last week. While longer nights during August may counteract some of the energy demand later this month, a return of high humidity may still make the nights warmer than average.

"The northern and central Plains to the Midwest have a chance at significant, persistent cool weather during August," Pastelok said, "Position and magnitude of a southward dip in steering winds will determine how extensive that cool pocket is for the Midwest and if it could continue to reach part of the Northeast or back off."

The recent cool weather made a big difference in energy demands at Chicago's ComEd. While no record usage was set during the mid-July heat wave, demand peaked at 22,269 megawatts on Thursday, July 18, 2013. This, compared to much lower peak usage of 15,900 megawatts during the first four days last week.

The Southeast can expect an extension of the mild June and and July conditions into August.

"Much of the Southeast will remain generally wet with temperatures averaging near to slightly cooler than normal, but there may not be as many days with rain from the Gulf Coast to New England, compared to earlier in the summer," Pastelok stated.

According to Long-Range Meteorologist Mark Paquette, "Dorian is one possible system to watch for rainfall impact in the Southeast, but with high pressure set up the way we think it will be during August, the door is open for a Gulf of Mexico tropical system impact during the month."

In much of the West, heat will fire up toward the middle of the month causing demands for energy to rise.

Look for showers and thunderstorms affecting the Southwest to expand northward toward the northern Rockies and Snake River Basin during August.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "The monsoon showers and thunderstorms will continue to make some small dents in the drought, but only at a very local level and not for a long-term perspective."

"Later in the month, we expect the isolated downpours to begin to diminish in the Southwest," Pastelok added, "But central and coastal Texas may begin to receive showers and storms more often."

Much of California will be dry, except for spotty storms mainly over the Sierra Nevada.

As a result of the diminishing showers and thunderstorms in the Southwest, as well as drying vegetation, the threat of wildfires will continue.

"In the Northwest, the dry weather may wind down a little earlier earlier than average with the chance of some coastal rainfall later in the month," according to Pastelok.

So, is summer over?

Even in parts of the Midwest, where cool air may be a frequent visitor, there will still be some warm days. In the South, temperature departures will be so slight that there will be plenty of sufficiently warm days to call it summer. The Northeast will experience a return of heat and humidity. Plenty of hot weather is in store for the West with the cool spots being the high country and the immediate Pacific coast.

Balancing out the extent of temperature extremes, the heavily populated Northeast and its thirst for keeping cool may drive energy demands through much of August.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2012, about 68 percent of the electricity generated in the nation was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and petroleum). - AccuWeather.

1,295 Record Cold Temperatures In The United States In JUST ONE WEEK.

According to HAMweather, there have been, 1,295 record cold temperatures across the United States In JUST ONE WEEK.

Click HERE for an interactive map of the record events data and HERE for a complete list of each record.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Did A Meteor Hit Orange County, Los Angeles - Residents Report Huge Explosion?!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Unlike trees, when a meteor falls in the wilderness, everyone can hear it.

And some Orange County residents think that's exactly what they heard when a thunderous boom rattled windows, scared pets and startled homeowners from their sleep early Tuesday morning.

A meteor pierces the night sky in Joshua Tree during a Perseid meteor shower. Residents in Lake
Forest's Foothill Ranch community say a loud explosion and a flash of light Tuesday
morning were the result of a meteor falling.
(Wally Pacholka / astropics.com)

About 12:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department received three or four calls from residents in Lake Forest's Foothill Ranch community about a loud explosion and a flash of light. Several South Orange County residents also tweeted about the incident, asking about the source of the blast.

Entire neighborhoods emptied into the streets in the middle of the night, residents said, with some pointing to what looked like a cloudy path overhead as the telltale sign of some galactic visitor.

Seven sheriff's deputies and a helicopter swarmed the area to investigate within half an hour of the reports, but found nothing.

Lt. Jeff Hallock said deputies chatting over the radio speculated that it was a meteor striking the canyon. The deputy's guess was based on the numerous reports of an explosion and flash of light, Hallock said.

As dispatchers guessed about the blast's origin, Foothill Ranch resident Korosh Torkzadeh heard them chatting about a meteor over law enforcement scanners.

"Am I hearing this right?" the 29-year-old recalled thinking. "At that point, it was just kind of amazement."

Southern California Edison said there were no explosions in that area Tuesday morning. The Orange County Fire Authority didn't respond to any explosions and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena didn't spot any asteroids, officials said.

So what was it? It appears to be anyone's best guess at this point.

"It was very strange," Foothill Ranch resident Patrick Driscoll said. "We heard this sound; it was like a big explosion. My wife and daughter both felt like it was right next to the house." - LA Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: America's First Climate Change Refugees - Hundreds Forced To Flee Their Alaskan Village Before It Disappears Underwater Within A Decade!

July 30, 2013 - ALASKA - It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations.

But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it - creating America's first climate change refugees.

Worrying: It is predicted that within a decade the Alaskan village of Kivalina will be completely underwater -
creating America's first climate change refugees.

Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase.

The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live in single-storey cabins, have always been protected from the ferocious autumn and winter storms by a think layer of ice.

But, as reported by the BBC, during the last two decades there has been a huge retreat of Arctic ice, leaving the village vulnerable to coastal erosion.

The U.S government has attempted to help, but its solutions have never been long-term.

A defensive wall was built along the beach in 2008. However, it could not prevent an emergency evacuation two years ago following an enormous storm.

 Now, engineers predict the 7.5 mile-long barrier island will be uninhabitable by 2025, completely submerged by the surrounding Chukchi Sea.

Extreme: Kivalina is located on a barrier island off the coast of northwest Alaska. Many of the Inupiat Eskimo
villagers rely on wild animals to survive.

At risk: A dramatic retreat of Arctic ice has left the village vulnerable to coastal erosion.

The U.S government estimates that it would cost up to $400, (£265m) to relocate the residents to higher ground.

But, with there being no sign that the money will come from public funds, the indigenous residents of the village are furious.

Speaking to the BBC, Kivalina council leader, Colleen Swanm, said: 'If we're still here in 10 years time we either wait for the flood and die, or just walk away and go someplace else.

'The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?'

A census taken in 2000 shows there were 377 people on Kivalina in 78 households with a total of 64 families residing in the village.

It revealed the racial makeup of the village was 3.45 per cent white with 96.55 per cent Native American.

Perhaps most worryingly for its future, of the 78 households,  61.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them.

Protection: The inhabitants of the village have always been protected from ferocious storms by a
think layer of ice. Instead, they now rely on these sandbags.

  Icy: This aerial image of Kivalina taken in 2008 shows the partly ice covered sea to the left.

When President Obama promised to take measures to combat climate change it provoked strong opposition.

But those campaigning to highlight the issues of global warming will show the cynics how, through Kivalina, it is happening in their own country.

 The problems in Kivalina are also experienced in the most northerly tip of US territory in the town of Barrow.

The residents of the town have been fraught with problems this year thanks to climate change.

In March, the sea ice began to melt and break up.

After eventually refreezing, it was so unstable that the townsfolk were unable to hunt for whales and seals, completely wrecking their hunting season.

Experienced whale hunters say for the first time in decades, they caught not a single bowhead whale. Residents now face a long, bleak winter.

Climate change is a divisive issue in the U.S among politicians.

New Jersey Democratic Rush Holt released a 90-second YouTube campaign ad last Monday  in which he calls for a carbon tax.

Reduction: However, this image taken this year shows how much the ice surrounding Kivalina has melted.

Remote: This map shows the isolated location of Kivalina within the Alaskan wilderness.

Concerns: Built on this long, narrow stretch of land, Kivalina is now extremely vulnerable to the sea.

Desperate: Residents are now using every means possible to save their homes.

Without it, he warns, 'millions will die.'

On his campaign website the eight-term congressman, one of two physicists in the House of Representatives, blames global warming on 'the assault that corporate interests are waging on our planet.'

'We can no longer allow Republicans to deny obvious truths,' Holt says in the longer version of his campaign video.

'Our climate is changing, the consequences are lethal, humans are responsible, and America must act.' - Daily Mail.

DELUGE OF WEATHER ANOMALIES: Floods Strike Yorkshire Town In England, Ripping Up Roads & Sweeping A Man Down Road - BUT, Heat Wave Is Set To Return By End Of The Week?! [STUNNING PICTURES + VIDEO]

July 30, 2013 - ENGLAND - A Yorkshire town was hit by flash-flooding last night as the country was battered by wind and rain - but the heatwave will be back within days.

Temperatures could soar as high as 32C in the south and 27C in the north on Thursday as a 'Spanish Plume' of hot air arrives and brings back the sizzling summer weather for the start of August.

Flash floods: Water rushes down the road in Walsden near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
last night after the area was hit by heavy rain.

The village of Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire, were left under one and a half feet of water yesterday after a heavy downpour caused flash flooding.

Neil Thompson was swept around 50ft downhill by the fast-flowing water and ended up on the railway tracks at the end of his street.

Emergency services worked late into last night to try to clear the water and deal with hazards such as partially collapsed roads.

Mr Thomspon, 51, said he was caught out after the street was flooded by 18 inches of water. The quality supervisor and grandfather-of-one, who is married to Lorraine, 49, was today busy cleaning up his home.

He said: 'I was so shocked at how strong the water was. I had opened the gate to the house to let some of the water out. The water had got as high as the bottom of the windows and I was worried it was going to start flooding the house.

'Our garden is completely walled so I thought I needed to open the gate and let some of it out.

Waters rose again as a storm passes near Todmorden. Last year, the town and nearby
Hebden Bridge were also badly affected by flooding.

Clear up: Engineers examine the damage left by flash floods in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
after a sudden downpour last night.

Wreckage: The road is destroyed in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after the area
was hit by flash floods following heavy rain.

Crater: A car rests above a huge hole in the road in Walsden as a clean-up operation gets underway
after flash floods caused a foot and a half of water to sweep down the road.

'As the water was draining out onto the road, I could tell the water was flowing quite fast but out of nowhere it just took my feet from under me and I was swept away down the road.

'I was carried about 50 yards down the road, it all happened so quickly, a matter of minutes. I was terrified, I couldn't stop what was happening. I was trying to grab onto anything - fences, lampposts - to hold onto and stop me from being dragged by the water but I couldn't catch hold.

 'Eventually I got to a fence at the bottom of the road which blocks off the railway line. Just as I thought about getting up to hold onto the fence, the water swept me under the fence and onto the railway line.

'Because there was a lot more space for the water to go here, it just disappeared and just left me sitting on the railway line.

'I looked over and there was a train sitting at the station nearby, luckily not able to move at the moment because of everything that was going on, but he tooted his horn at me as he'd obviously seen what had happened.

'I couldn't believe what had happened. I walked home and when I got back, despite the fact I was drenched and shaken, my wife said to me "where are your glasses?"

'They had been pulled off my face when the water had hold of me and I've no idea where they are.'

But despite the downpours, July is likely to be one of the hottest since records began in 1659 after the country enjoyed a record-breaking unbroken spell of warm summer weather.

The Met Office have issued a level two heatwave warning for the south-east and east of England on Thursday and Friday - which means there is a 60 per cent chance of temperatures hitting 31C.

However, it is expected to cool again on Saturday with a pleasant 22C expected in London. But before the hot weather returns, the country is being hit by torrential rain.

Last night West Yorkshire Police asked people to avoid areas in Todmorden that were badly affected and said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses.

They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

Last year, the town experienced severe flooding and was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron where he met some of the people affected.

Damage: Engineers damage the road after floodwater swept down the hillside in
Walsden last night after heavy rain.

Torn up: The damaged road in Todmorden which was lifted up by the force of the water pouring down.

Wreckage: A clear-up operation gets underway in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
after the road was damaged by the sheer weight of water.

Making a splash: A car drives through flood water in Walsden, West Yorkshire after flash flooding yesterday.
But despite the downpours the warm weather will soon be back.

The flooding in Todmorden followed a day of severe rain across the UK with heavy, slow moving and thundery showers crossing the country.

Last night residents of Kershaw Road in Walsden, which was ripped up by the floods, banded together to build makeshift dams and barricade front doors as waist-height water gushed off the hills behind.

Richard Mountain, whose house is still letting in water today, said: 'I looked out of the house... and just saw this torrent of water coming down the hill.

'I came to get some sandbags to put at the front door and I couldn't even see the bottom of the front door. It just started coming in.

'The water would be over my knees, I would say a good metre. We built a dam opposite number 1 with sandbags to direct the water away. The adrenaline kicks in and you just try to protect your property. It's just a brilliant community around here.

'They always say the English get together when there's a disaster - and we don't fight for anything when there isn't.'

WATCH: Disastrous flooding in West Yorks tears up roads and closes rails.

 Mr Mountain said he was relieved that no people or pets were injured. He also said more needed to be done by the authorities to prevent similar incidents in the future.

'This shouldn't be happening,' he added.

Police said today it is 'very unlikely' that a 16-year-old boy swept away as he crossed a river on Sunday is still alive, police have said.

A search is under way to recover the teenager's body after what seems to have been 'a very tragic accident'. Mateusz Wilamowski got into difficulty in the River Tay, Perth with two friends at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Today's search is significantly smaller than that which took place yesterday, with only three kayaks and one river raft on the water. Aquascopes will be used to search the riverbed.

The team's focus is a three mile stretch of water from Scone Palace to the city's Friarton Bridge. Sites known to wash up 'finds' will also be searched.

 In Cheetham Hill, Manchester, two shopping centres were forced to close their doors after a downpour lasting just 15 minutes caused flash flooding yesterday.

In total, 16 shops were shut after rainwater swept under the doors from the car park and through ceilings.

Shopper Patrick Nolan, 72, said: 'I was trying to get in Asda and Card Factory but they have had to close. I'm not annoyed, these things just happen in life. You can't predict flash floods like this. It's never been this bad in the precinct.'

Flash floods: Torrential rain sent water flowing down a street in Walsden, West Yorkshire,
after the severe downpour.

Double rainbow: The sky above Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last night after a heavy summer shower.

Fellow shopper Wendy Jones added: 'I've never known these shops to close in the middle of the day, it is very strange weather.'

Matt Dobson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the warm weather would be back later in the week.

'Today there could be scattered heavy showers and a few thunder storms to the northern half of the UK,' he said.

 'Across the South there will be a band of rain moving eastwards across southern England this morning, leaving sunny spells and scattered showers in the afternoon.

Mr Dobson said: 'Some areas will see heavy rain today, with temperatures a shade below what you would expect, but they will begin to rise on Wednesday, when it may reach 23C (73.4F) to 24C (75.2F) in the South East.

'We can expect Thursday to be very warm or hot, with temperatures up to 30C (86F) in the South East, 28C (82.4F) to 29C (84.2F) across the Midlands, and 25C (77F) to 27C (80.6F) in the North.

'There will be a growing risk of showers and thunderstorms from Friday night into the weekend.' - Daily Mail.

DELUGE: Storm System Of Heavy Rain Heads To Kentucky, Tennessee After Flooding Kansas - Causing The Closure Of Many Roadways As Travel Becomes Extremely Dangerous!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The storm system responsible for Monday's flooding rain in Kansas will continue to shift eastward across Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee into Tuesday night.

Heavy Rain Heads To Kentucky, Tennessee After Flooding Kansas.

As much as 5 inches of rain fell in a short period of time on Monday evening across southeastern Kansas, leading to the closure of many roadways and making travel extremely dangerous for much of the night.

The rain was so heavy that the Kansas Turnpike had to be shut down from El Dorado to Emporia. Authorities reported that water was ponding over large sections of the roadway, and in some places, it was deep enough to make it impassible for vehicles.

The turnpike was reopened after the rainfall ended and the water subsided.

According to Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Mike Smith, "The rainfall can lead to flooding along the Cottonwood, Little Arkansas and other rivers in the region."

Low-lying areas including some croplands along area streams and rivers could be impacted by rising waters as rain runs off and works downstream.

Later Tuesday into Tuesday night, cities from Jackson, Tenn., to Louisville, Ky., will be at risk for torrential rain and flash flooding.

Those traveling on Interstates 24, 40, 64, and 65, to name a few, will need to pay particular attention to rainfall. At the very least, blinding downpours can cause dangerous restrictions in visibility. Couple this with a high risk for hydroplaning, and it is easy to see how heavy rain can lead to accidents.

Never drive your vehicle around barricades or into flooded roadways. The water can be much deeper than you think, and it only takes 18 inches of rushing water to sweep a vehicle away.

A few thunderstorms will be embedded across the region, and a few places may have gusty winds to 50 mph and frequent lightning strikes. - AccuWeather.

Flood Waters From Vegas To Philly.
Severely soggy weather soaked the East Coast to the West over the weekend, stranding travelers, washing out roads and claiming two lives.

Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides are forecast as the storm threatens to dump up to 15 inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

On the mainland

In North Carolina, flood waters washed away two people in the state's Piedmont region

The drownings happened Saturday after 4 inches of rain fell over five hours, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency in Catawba County.

Delilah Lovett, 10, of Charlotte and Juan Alberdi, 48, of Huntersville -- members of different families who were visiting the area together -- were both swimming in what is known as the "bathtub" on Wilson's Creek in Caldwell County around 6:15 p.m., the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Rain, which had already stopped, raised Wilson Creek 2 feet above normal levels and created "very swift currents" and carried them away, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Kayakers found Delilah's body nearly an hour after she disappeared, it said.

Search and rescue crews found Alberdi on Sunday, about a quarter mile north of where they were first told he went into the water, according to LouAnne Kincaid, a spokeswoman for Caldwell County.

WATCH: N.C. towns under water after heavy rain.

In Lincoln County, a swiftwater rescue team saved two people found hanging Sunday onto a tree after their canoe tipped over in Lincolnton, North Carolina, according to emergency mangement spokesman Dion Burleson.

Catawba County officials reported 10 swiftwater rescues.

Record-setting hit Philadelphia International Airport, dumping nearly 8 inches of rain in just 6 hours. The storm knocked out power to parts of the airport, leaving some folks in the dark.

At least 33 roads in Catawba and Lincoln counties will remain closed on a long-term basis due to storm damage, officials said.

Out West

The heavy rains inundated area interstates, leaving cars stranded and traffic backed up for miles.

It was more of the same out West as heavy rain mixed with hail pounded the Las Vegas area.

The system also triggered a flash flood near the Grand Canyon, flipping a tour bus on its side and sweeping it 300 yards downstream. All 33 passengers crawled out a window to safety.  - CNN.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: "Freak Weather Conditions" - Searing Heat Sparks Second Mass Fish Death At Handsworth Park, Birmingham, England!

July 30, 2013 - ENGLAND - Thousands of fish have died in the furnace heat at a Birmingham lake where council chiefs failed to replace equipment to oxygenate the water.

But both Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency have stressed freak weather conditions – a mix of burning temperatures and violent storms – are to blame for the deaths.

Dead fish at Handsworth Park.

Members of the public contacted The Birmingham Mail after seeing shoals gasping near the surface of the watercourse at Handsworth Park this week. The fish were struggling desperately as the scorching sun sucked oxygen from the lake.

Birmingham City Council Park rangers were called on Friday to clear the dead fish – only days after a similar incident at Cannon Hill Park, in Edgbaston.

Dead fish at Cannon Hill Park.

A Birmingham Council spokesman admitted an aerator system in the Handsworth Park pool had not been replaced after it broke “some time ago”. Officials had been looking for a more natural way of oxygenating the water, such as planting reed beds and blamed the weather for the deaths.

One eyewitness told the Birmingham Mail: “I went for a walk around the lake on Wednesday morning and saw all these fish floating on top, gasping for air and making this awful noise.

“It was very upsetting. They were sucking for breath and were clearly distressed. The lake was bubbling and the water had turned almost soup-like.

“It really was a sad sight to see and the stench was phenomenal. I think they really should have pumps in there, especially at a time like this.”

Handsworth Park.

A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “Historically, there was an aerator system in the pool, but that hasn’t worked for some time and we are currently talking to the Environment Agency about planting reed beds as a natural solution.

“The low oxygen levels experienced this week could be due to a number of factors linked to environmental conditions such as the recent storms.

“We take our stewardship of the lakes and ponds on city parks very seriously and, thankfully, the incidents we have seen this week are extremely rare.”

He added the system had come to the end of its natural life. This was the first time such a problem had arisen.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “These low oxygen levels have been caused by a combination of the recent hot weather and thunderstorms, which have three effects. Algae naturally grows in lakes during sunny weather, but heavy rainfall can cause the algae to die rapidly, which uses up oxygen as it decomposes

“The sudden reduction in atmospheric pressure during a thunderstorm allows oxygen to quickly diffuse out of a lake. Heavy rain washes dry roads, ditches and drains and results in poor-quality water entering some ponds” - Birmingham Mail.

EXTREME WEATHER: Rare Tropical Storm Flossie Drenching Hawaii - Bringing Power Outages And Flooding To Thousands In The Islands!

July 30, 2013 - HAWAII - Though Flossie weakened Monday evening local time, it still packed a rare punch for Hawaii which has not taken a direct hit from a named storm since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

Rare Flossie Delivers Flooding, Outages To Hawaiian Islands.

The center of Flossie passed Maui on Monday and was just north of Oahu on Tuesday morning, bringing power outages and flooding to many of the Hawaiian Islands.

NOAA's surf forecast warned on Monday that surf along the east-facing shores of Oahu would be the most rough and elevated, hitting 14 to 20 feet Monday afternoon and evening.

"It's dangerous because ahead of a storm, the surf is growing," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said. "You could start out with waves 4 to 5 feet high, and in just two hours, they could have grown much higher."

Along with the sudden changes in height, waves can also change direction rapidly. High surf will continue along the shores of all the islands through Tuesday evening. This can catch even seasoned surfers off guard, leading to tragic results.

As rain continued to pound the islands on Monday, flooding and road closures were reported on Hawaii, including Route 132 in Puna, located on the Big Island. Local law enforcement reported numerous downed trees and power lines.

On average, four or five tropical cyclones reach the central pacific each year, some of which will bring tropical moisture and heavy rains to the islands, Acting Director for the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Tom Evans said.

"I would say it's rare that we get a direct hit," Evans said. Iniki made landfall as a Category 4 storm.

"It was devastating. There are still places that have not recovered from that," he said.

As Flossie wreaked havoc on the Islands, as many as 9,800 people were without power at one time. Most are now back up and running, Evans confirmed.

Pockets of outages were reported on Hawaii, but Molokai was entirely without power for some time. Outages are still being restored in Maui.

"#Flossie weakening, but it's still a Trop Storm and capable of wind damage, flash flooding and rock/mudslides. Don't let your guard down!" the National Weather Service Honolulu tweeted yesterday, before the storm was downgraded.

The National Weather Service Honolulu office has issued a flash flood watch through early Wednesday for all Hawaiian islands with localized downpours leftover behind Flossie. - AccuWeather.

Flossie Now A Remnant Low.

Flossie, once a tropical storm, is now a "post-tropical remnant low," according to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
Dry air in the upper levels of the atmosphere and northerly winds aloft created significant shear that weakened Flossie as it neared the Hawaiian Islands on July 29, 2013.

There are still pockets of rain that may be locally heavy over parts of the island chain, including both windward and leeward locations, through Tuesday.

All of Hawaii remains under a flash flood watch and rain could be heavy enough to cause flash flooding, rockslides, and mudslides in higher terrain.

Flossie's remant will also produce an occasional peak gust over 30 mph, particularly over ridge tops, along with lingering high surf along east-facing shores.  Expect strong breaking waves and rip currents, as well.

Overall, Flossie is behaving similar to Hawaii's history of tropical cyclones; namely, the majority weaken to either a tropical depression or minimal tropical storm by the time they reach the islands, with a few notable exceptions.

It's worth noting of 19 named storms that have tracked near the Hawaiian Islands since 1957, prior to 2013's Flossie:

•  Only four remained at hurricane strength within 65 nautical miles, most notably Iniki (1992).
•  Three of those four hurricanes approached the islands from the south or southeast.
•  Only Kanoa (1957) was able to survive as a hurricane pushing due westward at a latitude equal or as far north as the Big Island.  (Though, according to NHC's best track database, it never made it as a hurricane to the Big Island.)
•  The large majority of those named storms had weakened to either a tropical storm, depression or remnant low when approaching the islands from the east, at a latitude at least as far north as the Big Island.

Coincidentally, in 2007, the center of Hurricane Flossie passed just 100 miles south of the Big Island on August 14. However, impacts on land were not severe. Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone names are recycled every six years except for those destructive enough to be retired. - TWC.

Big Island Under Flood Advisory As Rains Move To West Side.
The effects of tropical storm Flossie were seen and felt in Kailua-Kona on Monday.

A flood advisory remains in effect for Hawaii island at least through 6:15 p.m. as the brunt of Tropical Storm Flossie moved past Hilo and East Hawaii and began pestering Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii with heavy rains and high winds.

The lower Puna and Kau areas appeared to be the most badly hit portions of East Hawaii. The Hawaii Police Department reported fallen trees on Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Highway in the area of Lava Tree State Park.

The highway was closed around noon but reopened about 2:30, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said.

More than 6,000 customers of the Hawaii Electrical Light Co., mostly from Volcano to Pahoa, lost power after high winds knocked down power lines in various areas of Puna, said Kristin Okinaka, HELCO deputy corporate communications officer.

At the peak there were about 6,300 homes and businesses without power, according to Hawaii Electric Light Co. That included 2,800 customers from Volcano to Glenwood, 2,200 customers from Kalapana to Nanawale and 1,300 in Panaewa. Power was restored to some areas, and by mid-afternoon there were 5,000 customers without power, HELCO reported.

The effects of tropical storm Flossie were seen and felt in Kailua-Kona on Monday.

Power has since been restored to about 500 customers, but HELCO crews are still working on the rest of the outages, Okinaka said about 3:45 p.m.

Portions of Kona and Kohala began feeling the brunt of the storm about mid-afternoon.

About 2:30 p.m., Kaiminani Drive near Pia Place, in a subdivision mauka of Keahole Airport, was closed for about half an hour due to a fallen tree, Civil Defense officials said. It has since been reopened.

The county's Hele-On bus service is expected to resume full operations on Tuesday. A single run of the Kohala-Hilo route is scheduled to go at 7:30 tonight.

In the central part of the island, rain fell but many residents went about their business like it was a normal day.

A Goodfellows Brothers crew of about half a dozen workers plugged along on a state Department of Transportation road widening project on Saddle Road near the Army's Pohakuloa Training Area.

One worker, decked out in rain gear, said the crew was scheduled to work a 10-hour shift.

At the Waimea Community Center in South Kohala, about a dozen people had walked into the emergency shelter staffed by American Red Cross workers and made inquiries about everything from whether showers were available (they're not) or whether the shelter could house pets, said volunteer Balbi Brooks.

The effects of tropical storm Flossie were seen and felt in Kailua-Kona on Monday.

One man who had been booted from his Spencer Beach Park camp site showed up to use the restroom at the community center, and then slept in the parking lot.

A woman, who declined to give her name, was waiting for the county's Hele-On bus service to be restored, or for someone to give her a ride to Puna.

Dave Richardson, Red Cross volunteer, said "this is like any other day in Waimea except the wind is blowing west to east."

The island was getting the first punch of the weakening Flossie, which was barely holing on to its tropical storm status late this morning. By this afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters had lowered rainfall estimates for the island from up to 12 inches to 2 to 4 inches.

Earlier in the day, Hawaii island officials were preparing for the worst despite word that Tropical Storm Flossie was taking a slightly northern path as it reached Hawaiian waters around daybreak.

Hawaii island acting Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira said he was told by National Weather Service officials that despite the somewhat rosier forecast, there was no change in the anticipated amount of rain or decrease in the strength of the winds headed toward the island.

"The most difficult thing is the track of this thing at this point and where it might make landfall — direct impact on the Big Island or whether it’s going to go in the (Alenuihaha) channel, or if it will just continue further north,” he said.

A steady rain fell overnight in Hilo but nothing residents from the town once dubbed the wettest in the United States were getting exciting about.

“That’s just Hilo,” Hoolulu Park Complex recreation specialist Dean Goya said of the rain as he and three American Red Cross volunteers sat in an empty Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, the designated evacuation shelter for downtown Hilo, at 4:30 a.m.

The other eight shelters around Hawaii island: Pahoa Community Center, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mountain View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center. - Star Advertiser.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Land Subsidence Continues In China - Giant Sinkhole In Shaanxi Swallows Up A Cement Truck And Massive Landslide Nearly Buries A Car In The Northwest!

July 30, 2013 - CHINA - A cement truck proved to be too much for a street section on Xian's outskirts on Saturday, causing a seven-metre-deep sinkhole and raising questions over construction safety in China.

Giant Sinkhole In Shaanxi Swallows Up A Cement Truck.
A sinkhole in Xian, Shaanxi, on Saturday.

In the early morning, a cement truck was swallowed by a sinkhole as it was on its way to its daytime deployment in northern China's Shaanxi province. No one was injured, and the driver was able to escape the vehicle. It took urban authorities until 10pm to remove the truck from the site.

Sinkholes are a common sight in the country, where fast-paced urbanisation and inadequate training have led to faulty infrastructure. In May, five people were killed when a 10-metre-wide sinkhole opened up at an industrial estate in Shenzhen. Two months earlier, another man had been killed by a sinkhole in the Guangdong border hub.

A sinkhole in Xian, Shaanxi, on Saturday.

In January, a 300 sq m sinkhole swallowed five shops and cut power to 3,000 households in Guangzhou. The construction of a subway line has been blamed for the sink hole. - SCMP.

Massive Landslide Nearly Buries A Car In Northwest China.
A driver and his passengers had a lucky escape after the car he was driving was almost buried under a landslide in China.

Video of a car almost being washed away by floods and a landslide in northwest China has been released.

The footage shows the driver trying to get away from the deluge, but changing his mind when he realises what is happening.

All the car's occupants escaped unhurt.

Almost a million people have been affected by flooding in the region since the start of July. - SKY News.

WATCH: Video shows lucky escape as landslide hits car in China.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Tornado Tears Through Milan, Italy - 12 Injured, Cars Destroyed, Trucks Overturned, Homes Damaged, Poles Uprooted, As The Twister Left A Trail Of Devastation!

July 30, 2013 - ITALY - A tornado has ripped through a suburb of Milan, injuring 12 people and damaging buildings and vehicles.

Video shot by witnesses on their mobile phones captured the twister tearing through an industrial region in Grezzago, leaving a trail of devastation as it destroyed cars, overturned trucks and uprooted telegraph poles.

"We were inside there and a lorry crashed into the wall and came through it," said Stefano Grimoldi, who was caught up the carnage.

"Then all the windows broke and we couldn't understand what was happening."

He added: "Look there is no more roof, no more doors, there's nothing left."

"It came from over there - the next little town along in Pozzo D'Ada," explained witness Luca Mariani.

"Then it came through here, Grezzago, then it went towards Trezzo," added his friend Anthony Farchica.

WATCH: Tornado Close Up - Flying debris as twister rips through Italian province.

"It lasted, I'm not sure, the time it took, ten minutes or a quarter of an hour," they added.

Firemen, civil protection and other rescue services rushed to the scene.

Although no deaths have been reported there are reports of a dozen injuries. - SKY News.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Dozens Of Huge Explosions Rock Central Florida Propane Plant - 8 Injured, Including 4 Critically!

"I thought we were being bombed" - Nearby resident.

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES
- Eight workers were injured late Monday night, including four critically, in a series explosions that could be heard from up to 10 miles away inside a central Florida propane plant.

Authorities have not ruled out human error and say it appears workers were on the assembly line when the fire broke out.

One person was listed in critical condition at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. Three other workers were transported by helicopter and listed in critical condition at the Orlando Regional Medical Center. There were no injuries outside the plant.

"It was a tremendous fire," Richard Keith, the Tavares fire chief, said.

The Blue Rhino propane plant, which is located 30 miles northwest of Orlando, is stocked with 53,000 20-pound propane tanks, often used for backyard grilling. There was also three 90,000-gallon bulk tanks of propane at the facility that did not ignite in the fire, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday morning that an evacuation zone had been reduced to a half-mile radius from an initial one-mile radius.  To be sure, the nearest residential area is about a quarter-mile from the plant.

The Sentinel reports that the explosions began a little before 11 p.m. at the plant in Tavares.

The dozens of explosions were massive and nearby residents said their homes shook during the explosions.

WATCH: Raw Video - Flames at Florida Gas Plant After Explosion .

"I thought we were being bombed," Debbie Stivender, a nearby resident, told the Sentinel.

Reuters spoke to a former plant supervisor who said the company cleans propane tanks, refills them and checks their valves. These tanks are then stacked on plastic pallets stacked about five high. On a normal night shift, these workers can refill up to 5,000 tanks. - FOX News.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Hail Storm Terrorizes Wassel, Germany - Giant Hail Stones Damaged Roofs, Windows, And Vehicles!

July 30, 2013 - GERMANY - A severe hailstorm hit German village of Wassel in Sehnte Saturday evening.

German hailstones were the size of tennis balls. Hailstones damaged roofs, windows and several vehicles, local medias reported.

WATCH: Raw Video - Giant Hailstones Damage German Village.

The most catastrophic hailstorm in Europe struck Munich, Germany on July 12, 1984. Germany hailstorm damaged some 70,000 homes and injured 400 people. Germany hailstorm damage was estimated at over US$2 billion. - AP.