Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SOLAR WATCH: Activity On The Sun Is Very High - Sunspot 1875 Unleashes Major X2.3 Solar Flare And CME; 4th X-Flare In A Week; Non-Earth Directed!

October 29, 2013 - SUN - Earth orbiting satellites have just detected another strong solar flare.

MAJOR X2.3 SOLAR FLARE: Departing Sunspot 1875 is saying goodbye to us by producing a major X2.3 solar flare at 21:54 UTC. The event was responsible for a strong R3 level radio blackout.

The blast, which peaked on Oct. 29th at approximately 2148 UT (02:48 PDT), measured X2 on the Richter Scale of Solar Flares.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is now visible in the latest LASCO imagery. Because 1875 is now located off the west limb, the plasma cloud will be directed to the west and away from Earth. 

NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:

Attached imagery by SDO/EVE captures a major X2.3 solar flare around
departing sunspot 1875 at 21:54 UTC Tuesday evening.

X2.3 solar flare detected around departing sunspot 1875 at 21:54 UTC.

Attached is a full disk composite image by SDO capturing the X2.3 solar flare this
evening using the 131 and 171 angstroms channels.

The latest X-Flare comes it at number 5. The X2.1 event around sunspot 1882
on October 25th is now bumped down to number 7.

Radiation storms and polar radio blackouts are possible in the hours ahead.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is now seen leaving the sun off the west limb following
the X2.3 solar flare. Image by LASCO C2.

WATCH: Major X2.3 Solar Flare - October 29, 2013. 

SUNSPOTS MOST LIKELY TO FLARE: The sun is dotted with spots, and three of them pose a threat for strong eruptions. Today's sunspots most-likely-to-flare are circled in this Oct. 29th image of the sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:

AR1875, AR1882 and AR1885 have 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic fields that harbor energy for X-class solar flares. One of these spots in particular, AR1882, is almost directly facing Earth, so any eruptions it unleashes would almost surely be geoeffective. NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class flares and a 35% chance of X-flares on Oct. 29th.

Heads up. Eyes on the sky. Stay tuned.

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham | Solar Watcher.

DOOMSDAY: Unprecedented Escalated Preparations Are Now Underway To Prevent The Extinction Of Mankind Against Fire In The Sky, Earth Changes, War And Natural Disasters - United Nations Plan To Fight Asteroids With "The Committee On The Peaceful Uses Of Outer Space" And Doomsday Vault Stores Every Type Of Seeds Mankind Relies Upon Should A Disaster Occur?!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED NATIONS - It's a scenario familiar to any science fiction fan: An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and humans must deflect or destroy it to save themselves and every other living creature on the planet.

United Nations Plan To Fight Asteroids With "Committee On The Peaceful Uses Of Outer Space"

But unlike most sci-fi plots, this one is a real threat, right now. And the United Nations is on it.

Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Group. Former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and other members of the Association of Space Explorers have been calling for the formation of a global asteroid-fighting group for years, but the meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February got people taking the ASE's recommendations seriously.

The new U.N. plan to save Earth from killer astroids has three basic components, drawn heavily from the Association of Space Explorers and Lu's asteroid-battling nonprofit, the B612 Foundation.

Part 1: Get prepared

This may seem like a letdown: Isn't forming an International Asteroid Warning Group preparation enough for the big space rock? The problem is that the U.N. relies largely on member states, and the world's space superpowers are woefully behind the curve, says ASE member Rusty Schweickar, who flew on Apollo 9 in 1969.

"No government in the world today has explicitly assigned the responsibility for planetary protection to any of its agencies," Schweickar said at an Oct. 25 discussion at the American Museum of Natural History. "NASA does not have an explicit responsibility to deflect an asteroid, nor does any other space agency." Among other things, lots of research is needed on the best way to derail an asteroid.

Countries also have to come up with contingency plans in case the U.N.'s new group doesn't detect a huge asteroid in time. That could mean spotting the projectile years before projected impact. "If we don't find it until a year out, make yourself a nice cocktail and go out and watch," Schweickar deadpanned.

WATCH: Here are Lu, Schweickar, and their ASE colleagues at the American Museum of Natural History, in a discussion on the asteroid threat hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson (it's almost an hour long): 

Part 2: Find the asteroids before they find us
The Chelyabinsk meteorite was a wake-up call because nobody saw it coming. "The world's space agencies found out along with the rest of us, on Twitter and YouTube," says Clara Moskowitz at Scientific American.

This will be the main mission of the new International Asteroid Warning Group: To act as a clearinghouse of information from nations or groups that have found potentially deadly asteroids or other space rocks.

The IAWG will also have its own asteroid-detecting infrared telescope, the Sentinel Space Telescope, developed with private financing by the B612 Foundation. Once the Sentinel is launched, hopefully in 2017, the U.N. will have its own eye in the sky. "There are 100 times more asteroids out there than we have found," Lu warns. "There are about one million asteroids large enough to destroy New York City or larger."

If Step One is the Boy Scout motto ("Be prepared"), Step Two is the catchphrase from the old GI Joe cartoon: Knowing is half the battle. "Early warning is important because it increases the chance of being able to deflect a threatening asteroid once it is found," explains Scientific American's Moskowitz. "If a spacecraft struck an asteroid five or 10 years before the rock was due to hit Earth, a slight orbital alternation should be enough to make it pass Earth by."

Part 3: If necessary, blast that sucker out of our
This is where the U.N. really gets in on the action. If the International Asteroid Warning Group discovers a deadly projectile speeding Earthward, the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space — yes, that's a real agency, formed in 1959 and tucked into the U.N. Office of Outer Space Affairs — springs into action.

Or at least bureaucratic action: The committee will help coordinate an international mission to deflect the asteroid by slamming a space ship into it.

That's probably the easiest method of defense: "Smashing spacecraft into threatening asteroids, causing them to veer off course," says Nicholas Tufnell at Wired. But it isn't the only one for the group to consider. There's also "a nuclear explosive device, kinetic impact, a gravity tractor, or even wrapping the asteroid in a sheet of reflective plastic such as aluminized clingfilm, which will act as a solar sail," Tufnell adds.

The Week
's Chris Gayomali, looking at the same question, ruled out nukes as impractical and not up to the task. Ramming a rocket into the object to change its trajectory is probably our safest bet. "And just in case that same pesky asteroid circles back around the sun, we send a second probe hitchhiking behind the impactor for extra insurance."

This probe wouldn't crash into it again. Rather, it would move to a "station-keeping position" near the space rock, "using its own gravity to very gently tug the rock into a safe orbit." No messy nuclear explosion necessary. [The Week]

If that still sounds like a long shot, you can take some comfort that there is now an internationally sanctioned group of scientists charged with coming up with the best way to protect the Earth from hostile rocks. It's too bad it takes an existential threat to bring us together. Kumbaya. - The Week.

Doomsday Vault Stores Every Type Of Seeds Mankind Relies Upon Should A Disaster Occur.
These incredible images give a rare glimpse inside the 'Doomsday' seed vault which protects the world's food supply.

On an Arctic island off the coast of Norway lies the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is home to more than two billion seeds.

The secure seed bank which can withstand a nuclear strike, aims to preserve crops in the face of climate change, war and natural disasters.

 These rare images taken by photographer Jim Richardson offer a visual tour of the food ark, which safely homes up to 4.5 million varieties of seeds from almost every country in the world.

Food ark: Entrance to the Global Seed Vault in Norway which is home to
more than two billion of the world's seeds

Supplies: Carey Fowler at the Doomsday seed bank in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway,
which protects the world's food supply

Life-saving: The seed bank was dug into frozen mountainside on an
Arctic island in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Unique: Carey Fowler at the Doomsday seed bank in Longyearbyen, Svalbard,
Norway which was dug into the frozen mountainside above the town

The seed bank was dug into a frozen mountainside above the town as a last chance repository for
millions of seeds, that could be used to restore agriculture should a disaster
wipe out plants we depend upon for food

The secure seed bank which can withstand a nuclear strike, aims to preserve crops in the face of climate
change, war and natural disasters

Cary Fowler speaks to visitors who have arrived to see the Svalbard Global Seed Bank,
also known as the Doomsday seed bank

The seeds are stored inside sealed envelopes in the vault and can only be accessed
when the original seed collections have been lost

These rare images taken by photographer Jim Richardson offer a visual tour of the food ark
which safely homes up to 4.5 million varieties of seeds

Fascinating: Cary Fowler speaks to a crowd of people at the Svalbard Global Seed Bank,
also known as the Doomsday seed bank, in Norway, about the collection

Preservation: The seed bank contains more than two billion seeds in case
the world's food supply is destroyed by a disaster

Genius: The food bank preserves duplicate collections of seeds for everything from
peas to wheat which are kept at a temperature of -18C

The permafrost surrounding the facility helps maintain the low temperature
of the seeds should the electricity supply ever fail

It preserves duplicate collections of seeds for everything from peas to wheat on behalf of the world's genebanks.

The seeds in the vault can only be accessed when the original seed collections have been lost.

The seeds are stored inside sealed envelopes, then placed into plastic tote containers on metal shelving racks and kept at a temperature of -18C.

WATCH: Svalbard Global Seed Vault - When it was under construction.

 The low temperature and limited supply of oxygen inside the vault prevents the seeds from ageing.

The permafrost surrounding the facility helps maintain the low temperature of the seeds should the electricity supply fail.

The vault was started by conservationist Cary Fowler from the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

It cost £4 million to construct and since it's opening in 2006 it has accepted deposits of seeds from all over the world. - Daily Mail.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Tracking Developments At The Giant Louisiana Sinkhole - Crack Develops On Berm As Seismic Activity Increases At The Sinkhole Site!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED STATES - There has been more activity at the site of the giant sinkhole in southeast Louisiana, including the development of a crack on one of the berms.

Source: Assumption Parish OEP.

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, the crack developed this weekend on the south berm, which is located south/southwest of pad three.

Officials added there is also increased seismic activity happening at the site. They continue to monitor the area for any changes.

Latest seismic readings from LA14. Image: Center for Earthquake Research and Information.

Click HERE for the latest updates from the Assumption Parish Police Jury.

At last check, the sinkhole was 26 acres in size. The president of United Brine, a subsidiary of Texas Brine, has stated the surface could get to 50 acres but the good news is it is moving in a southwest pattern, which is away from homes and the community.

History of the sinkhole

The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.

In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens.

Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole.

Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous.

WATCH: Crack develops on berm at giant sinkhole site.

It has more than a year since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Bubbles were spotted in Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou in June 2012. Two months later, the ground opened up and left what is now a 24-acre sinkhole. Residents were evacuated and the most affected residents began receiving weekly checks from Texas-Brine in the amount of $875 per week. Texas Brine owns the salt cavern that collapsed, causing the sinkhole.

WATCH: Flyover - October 24, 2013. 

WATCH: Flyover - October 28, 2013. 

On August 2, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the state will be suing Texas Brine for environmental damages caused by the failed Texas Brine cavern.

Parish and Texas Brine officials agree the situation is far from over. 3D seismic surveys show the sinkhole itself it beginning to slow and stabilize, but the recovery is focused on another danger; natural gas gathering underneath a nearby aquifer. - WLOX.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Zhupanovsky Volcano Erupts In Russia! [VIDEO]

October 29, 2013 - RUSSIA - A new eruption started this week at the Zhupanovsky volcano, about 70 km northeast of the capital of Kamchatka, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, which last erupted in 1959.

It is a complex volcano composed of several overlapping cones aligned on a roughly east-west oriented axis. The new eruption comes from the same vent that has been also the site of all known historical eruptions, located west of the highest point of the volcanic massif.

WATCH:  Zhupanovsky volcano erupts in Russia.

- Euro News.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: The MERS Contagion - Woman Dies Of MERS, Raising Saudi Toll To 52; And France Reports Possible New Case Of Deadly Virus!

October 29, 2013 - SAUDI ARABIA - A woman in her 80s with the MERS virus has died in the Eastern Province, raising to 52 the death toll from the infection in Saudi Arabia, the health ministry announced Monday.

It said the woman, aged 83, also suffered from chronic diseases.

Saudi authorities have recorded 124 cases of the infection, which has now claimed 52 lives, since it first appeared in September 2012 in the Gulf state, the world's worst hit country.

But no cases were announced during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in the west of the kingdom earlier this month.

MERS is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died, and sowed economic chaos. - Medical Xpress.

France Reports Possible New Case Of Deadly MERS Virus.
Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf, some 370 kilometres East of
the capital Riyadh, on June 16, 2013 (AFP/File, Fayez Nureldine)

France said Tuesday a person who had just returned from Saudi Arabia was likely infected by the deadly MERS coronavirus, in what would be the country's third such case.

"The person is 43, and has come back from a trip to Saudi Arabia. The person has been in hospital in isolation since October 28 in northern France, and is stable so far," the health ministry said, without identifying the patient.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has so far claimed 62 lives worldwide, with the greatest number of deaths in Saudi Arabia where the disease first appeared in September 2012, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The WHO said last week there were a total of 144 laboratory-confirmed cases of the respiratory disease worldwide.

It is unclear whether the possible patient in France had gone to the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, which gathered hundreds of thousands of faithful earlier this month in an event that was nervously monitored for any MERS outbreak.

Riyadh had urged the elderly and chronically ill to avoid the hajj and had also advised pilgrims to wear face masks.

Saudi health ministry spokesman Khaled al-Merghalani said on October 15 that no cases of coronavirus had been detected so far, but there had been concern that pilgrims could be infected and return home with the virus.

France's health ministry said in-depth tests were being conducted to confirm the latest case.

This would take to three the number of people in the country who have contracted the disease, one of whom died after returning from a trip to Dubai.

He is believed to have infected another person in his hospital room, but this second patient now no longer carries the virus.

France has also detected at least 50 suspected cases of MERS that later proved to be false alarms.

Experts are struggling to understand MERS, for which there is no vaccine.

It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from a temperature, cough and breathing difficulty.

But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure and the extremely high death rate has caused serious concern.

In August, researchers pointed to the Arabian camel as a possible host of the virus. - AFP.

EXTREME WEATHER: Snow, Powerful Wind Storm Rattles California, Utah, Nevada - Knocking Over Big Rigs, Toppling Trees And Causing Dust Storm Warnings!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  A storm blasted the Southwest with powerful wind gusts, snow and rain on Monday, knocking over big rigs on a stretch of California highway, toppling trees in Las Vegas and causing dust storm warnings in some areas.

Mickey Gray cleans snow from the deck of his home overlooking Serene Lakes near Soda Springs,
Calif., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

A snow blower removes snow from a driveway near Soda Springs, Calif., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. As much as
10 inches of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada in the Lake Tahoe area overnight in the first
significant storm of the season.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

It was a gusty prelude to a storm that was forecast to drop more than a foot of snow in mountainous areas of Utah. A foot had already fallen in the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada, and a 103 mph gust blew across the mountains near Lake Tahoe.

The National Weather Service says rain and snow will linger into Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol said two drivers suffered minor to moderate injuries after truck accidents on a Northern California highway.

John Goodman walks along a snow lined street after cross country skiing near his home near, Soda
Springs, Calif., Monday, Oct. 28,2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Deer looking for food in northeast Wyoming. (iWitness weather user: Greg Harcharik)

Heavy winds also whipped through Nevada, where planes at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas changed their takeoff patterns. The airport said no flights were delayed because of the weather. Clark County officials issued a dust advisory that will remain in effect through Monday evening.

In Utah, the town of Cedar City was blasted by winds that were toppling trees and shorting power lines. There were scattered power outages in the state.

iWitness weather user autumnvortex writes: 'Beautiful Sunday morning at Long Lake
out of Mammoth Mountain California. Elevation 10,000 feet.'

(iWitness weather user minter357)

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a man and his teenage son were safe after two-foot waves capsized their canoe on a reservoir. Both were wearing life jackets.

KGO-TV reports wind also knocked the facade off a Forever 21 store in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Emeryville. No one was hurt, but two vehicles were damaged.

WATCH: More Storms In The Forecast . 

Authorities in northern Arizona postponed prescribed burns because of the high winds. - TWC.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: A Truck With 8,000 Gallons Of Oil Explodes Off Southern California Freeway - Burning Several Other Vehicles And Prompting The Evacuation Of Nearby Residential Homes!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  A tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of crude oil crashed on Sunday, exploding into flames that swept through a neighborhood, left the driver with life-threatening injuries and shut a Southern California freeway.

Neighbors caught the drama on video showing walls of flames burning in gutters and streets of a neighborhood in Commerce.

The fire prompted the evacuations of homes in the 1400 block of South Sydney Drive close to where the 9:30 a.m. crash closed the Long Beach (710) Freeway at Washington Boulevard.

The truck driver managed to escape, but was hospitalized in critical condition, officials said. A second person was taken to a hospital with less severe injuries.

Several vehicles burned, but no homes or businesses caught fire, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Brian Jordan.

Officials were testing the air and water in the area to determine the extent of any environmental damage.

WATCH: Residents run from river of flames in California. 

Aerial footage showed the burned carcass of a big rig hanging off the overpass and onto train tracks below the freeway.

An oil slick spanned two lanes of the freeway. - NBC Los Angeles.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: "Worst Storm In Years" - St. Jude Storm Wreaks Havoc Across Northern Europe; At Least 15 Dead; Widespread Falling Trees And Blackouts; Transportation Collapses; Wind Speeds Reach 42 Meters Per Second; Monster Waves Drag People To Death At Sea; 132 Flood Alerts Across England And Wales!

October 29, 2013 - EUROPE -  At least 15 have been killed as violent storms have battered the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and parts of northern France, cutting off power and felling trees and scaffolding.

According to the latest reports the storm has ravaged through the Baltic Sea region, causing blackouts and transport collapses.

Waves crash against a lighthouse during storms that battered Britain and where a 14-year-old boy was swept
away to sea at Newhaven in South East England October 28, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)

In Sweden, where winds reached speeds of 42 meters per second, the storm left without electricity about 90,000 buildings.

In Estonia, St Jude caused power cuts to over 50,000 households, as more than 2,500 electrical substations went out of order.

Three towns with total population of 68,000 people and over 2,000 households remain without electricity in Latvia.

Photo: @DuSomLyser

St Jude has reached Russia’s northern capital St. Petersburg, where a gale warning has forced authorities to activate city flood protection systems. The storm has already led to electrical power outages in 208 towns and villages in Russia’s Leningrad Region, leaving over 30,000 people without electricity, according to Emergencies Ministry.

The water level in the Neva River is rapidly increasing. Within just half an hour – between 3pm and 3:30pm local time - it rose from 86cm to 111cm at the gauging station at St. Petersburg’s Mining Institute.

Devastated Great Britain
The storm swept southern England, killing a 17-year-old girl when a tree smashed through the trailer home she was staying in. A 50-year-old was also killed in his car when it was crushed by a falling tree in Watford, north of London, and in Amsterdam, a woman was killed when a tree collapsed on top of her in the city.

Monster waves stirred up by the storm were also responsible for dragging two people out to sea. One woman in her 50s was swept off France’s northern coast after being carried away by a wave. Emergency services are mounting a rescue operation.

WATCH: Strong winds batter northern Europe. 


A teenage boy is also missing and believed dead after being swept out to sea while playing in the surf in Newhaven on England’s south coast Sunday. A search was initially begun for the 14-year-old, but the rough sea conditions forced his potential rescuers to suspend their mission. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the operation had now become one of search and recovery.

Two further people  – a man and a woman – were  found dead in west London after a gas explosion, thought by police to have been caused by a felled tree damaging a pipeline.

 Flood alerts have been issued nationwide, with 132 in place across England and Wales.  Up to 270,000 homes across the UK were left without power in the wake of the storm, while in northwest France some 75,000 homes were left without power or electricity.

Emergency services work at the scene of a fallen tree at Bath Road in Hounslow, west London
October 28, 2013. (Reuters/Toby Melville)

Waves crash against a lighthouse during a storm named Christian that battered France at Boulogne sur
Mer northern France October 28, 2013. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol)

Workers clear a fallen tree from a street in south London October 28, 2013. (Reuters/Andrew Winning)

The port of Dover in southeast England was closed, two cross-channel passenger ferry services suspended mid-crossing, and the Eurostar high-speed rail service, which goes under the Channel, was out of action until 7:00 am GMT Monday. Waves as high as 25 feet lashed England’s southern coastline as the storm began.

 Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest air transportation hub, was forced to cancel some 130 flights on account of hurricane-force winds, which reached speeds of up to 99 miles per hour (159 kilometers/hour) on England’s south coast.

The possibility of further falling trees and debris has thrown public transportation into chaos with people fearing dangerous driving conditions. A double decker bus keeled over in Suffolk, on England’s east coast, a crane collapsed on the roof of Downing Street’s Cabinet Office and rail services faced delays and cancelations. Meteorologists described St. Jude as the worst storm to have struck the UK in years.

WATCH: Storm rips off scaffolding from building in Denmark. 


WATCH: Sea rescuers call off search for missing teenager. 


UK Meteorological Office spokesman Dan Williams told Reuters that the last storm on a similar scale, considering both time of year and regions struck, was in October 2002.

“The thing that’s unusual about this one is that most of our storms develop out over the Atlantic, so that they’ve done all their strengthening and deepening by the time they reach us,” Helen Chivers, another spokesperson for the Met Office, told Reuters. “This one is developing as it crosses the UK, which is why it brings the potential for significant disruption ... and that doesn’t happen very often.”

WATCH: Storm lashes north western Europe. 


The storm has also prompted the closure of two nuclear power reactors at Dungeness, on England’s southeast coast. Its operator, EDF Energy, stated that “the shutdown was weather-related. The plant reacted as it should and shut down safely.”

It added that unit availability was expected to stand at zero for the next seven days. The reactors were shut after power to the site was cut off.

Mainland Europe takes the hit
Six have been killed in Germany, the majority in separate incidents of trees falling on vehicles. In Gelsenkirchen, northwest Germany, a falling tree killed the driver of a car and a young passenger, according to police reports cited by Zeit Online. Two other children were injured in the process.

A view of a tree which fell and damaged a house during an overnight storm which passed over northwestern
France and Britain, on October 28, 2013, in La Roche-Maurice, northwestern France. (AFP Photo)

A sailor and an angler were also killed in Germany on Sunday, according to a policewoman who spoke to the paper. Hamburg declared a state of emergency in the afternoon. In Denmark, a man was killed after being hit by an airborne brick. Copenhagen saw record winds of 120 miles per hour (194 kilometers/hour).

In the Netherlands, a ‘red’ alert was announced by meteorologists for the regions of South Holland, Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Flevoland, Friesland and Groningen, with wind speeds of 140 kilometers reported.  The red alert only happened once last year, and not at all in 2011. All traffic to Amsterdam was shut down, and fifty flights to the city’s Schiphol airport were cancelled. Winds were expected to near the 130 kph mark in the afternoon. - RT.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Halloween Storm Will Bring A Howling Scare To The United States This Week - Widespread Flooding, Heavy Rainfall, Severe Thunderstorms, Damaging Winds, Isolated Tornadoes, Gusty Winds And Some Hail Are In The Forecast!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED STATES -  While the preliminary tornado count for 2013 is historically low, severe weather will ramp up across the United States this Halloween week.

A massive Halloween storm will unleash torrential rain, heavy thunderstorms and howling winds in a corridor from Texas to the Midwest and Northeast. The storm may force travelers and trick-or-treaters to delay or cancel their plans.

What will become an active Halloween week kicked off on Sunday morning with gusty thunderstorms knocking out power to tens of thousands around the Houston area.

Heavy Thunderstorms and Flooding
Strong thunderstorms also returned late on Monday to Kansas and neighboring parts of northern Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle.

Gusty, slow-moving thunderstorms will threaten areas from St. Louis to Memphis, Tenn., to Little Rock, Ark., and Houston late Thursday morning and into the afternoon. Locally damaging winds could bring down trees and power lines. Isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Large hail measuring 1.7 inches in diameter fell in Beaver, Okla., according to an emergency manager. Pea-sized hail also covered the ground near Scandia, Kan.

More severe weather will follow on Tuesday through Thursday as a potent storm emerges from the Rockies and tracks eastward across the United States. This is the same storm that blasted through the northern Rockies.

Upon encountering downed power lines, do not go near them or attempt to lift any downed tree limbs from them. Instead, think of all power lines as live and dangerous.

On Tuesday evening, severe thunderstorms will ignite from West Texas to central Kansas. The danger will shift to central and northern Texas, eastern Kansas, western Missouri and southern Iowa on Wednesday.

Wichita will once again be at risk for violent thunderstorms on Wednesday, along with Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas City.

The greatest concerns from the thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday will be damaging winds, flooding downpours and frequent lightning.

Residents and visitors should also stay alert for a few isolated tornadoes and some hail.

By Thursday night, any gusty thunderstorms should be in a corridor from Atlanta to Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans.

Flash flooding will accompany the damaging wind threat in the same regions. Thursday's thunderstorms will be slow-moving and capable of unleashing several inches of rain in just a few hours. This rate of rainfall can turning low-lying areas into lakes and streams into raging rivers.

Residents in areas susceptible to flooding should get preparations ready for Thursday. Travelers to a Halloween party or a nearby neighborhood for trick-or-treating should be on the lookout for water-covered roadways. Never cross water-covered roadways and find another route.

Halloween Soaker
The massive storm will bring periods of rain across parts of the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley and Northeast for much of Halloween. Unlike farther south, this rain will largely just dampen spirits for those celebrating the holiday.

On Thursday, the storm will be responsible for gusty and drenching thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to the western Tennessee Valley. The strength of the winds could still be great enough to cause power outages and tree damage.

The threat for flooding downpours also extends to the western Gulf Coast, including Houston, this day.

Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Burlington, Vt., will be among a host of other cities that will get the rain on Thursday. While thunderstorms cannot be ruled out, there will not be a widespread severe threat.

Howling Winds
Widespread gusty, southerly winds will howl along the Gulf Coast from Texas to the Florida Panhandle; similar winds will extend north into the Great Lakes as well. While most of the winds will not be damaging, the combination of a soaked ground and lingering leaves on trees could cause trees to topple.

Farther west, dry air will funnel into the Plains on howling winds west of the storm. The strongest winds will gust up to 60 mph in southeastern Wyoming and can threaten travelers on Interstate 80 from Cheyenne to Rawlins, Wyo.

Lack of Snow
Late-October storms of this size often bring snow to the northern parts of the country. However, the lack of cold air with this storm will prevent any mentionable snow east of the Rockies.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists will be monitoring the potential for gusty winds to accompany the rain headed to the Northeast on Thursday night and Friday.

Since widespread tornadoes are not expected, the severe weather this Halloween week will not change this year's preliminary tornado count from being historically low.

The below graphic from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center shows that the preliminary tornado count, on an adjusted scale, through Oct. 26, 2013 (656) is significantly less than the previous minimal value (776) observed during the same time.

As the graphic states, the preliminary count for 2013 has been multiplied by 0.85 to remove erroneous extra reports.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait attributes the low tornado count to the fact that, "we kept having cold air from Canada undercutting warm air, which inhibits tornadoes."

"There were a few exceptions to that situation, which led to notable tornadoes. But overall, the tornado count was very low," Strait continued. - AccuWeather.

MASS SHOOTINGS: Infrastructure & Societal Collapse - Five Dead After Texas Man Goes On Wild Killing Spree In Rural Terrell Community?!

October 29, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Five people are dead after police say a Texas man went on a gruesome killing spree through a rural community east of Dallas Monday night.

Charles Brownlow Jr., 36, was arrested after five people were murdered in a crime spree in Terrell, Texas. 
Photo: Terrell Police Department

Areas where the shooting occurred.

Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., 36, was arrested by police in Terrell early Tuesday morning, ending a terrifying eight-hour manhunt that sent police going door-to-door searching for a killer.

"We're all in a state of shock," Terrell Police Chief Jody Lay told CBS DFW while describing his city as a tight-knit country community. "This is going to have a big impact on us."

As of Tuesday morning police have released no known motive for the deaths or relation between the victims who have yet to be publicly identified.

At approximately 5 p.m. Monday, police say they were called to a neighborhood home where the body of a woman - the day's first victim — was discovered shot dead inside, inForney.com reports.

Approximately eight hours after the first reported shooting Brownlow was taken into custody
after he was discovered hiding by a creek. WFAA

Just 30 minutes later, as police were still investigating the scene, a report of a house fire just two blocks away uncovered a second woman's body.

A neighbor of the women, who described one victim as his first cousin, told WFAA that the two women found dead were related to one another.

"I'm still in shock about it," Clarence Graham said. "I've got to let it soak in, I don't know. It's something that's hard to deal with."

The house fire was ruled arson by police.

As rattled neighbors got word of the crimes, with no motive yet known, Terrell police spokesman Capt. A.D. Sansom told WFAA in a statement, "We have no reason to believe there is any immediate threat to members of the general public."

It wasn't long before a third 911 call was placed by a man who claimed he narrowly became Brownlow's next victim.

Approximately two miles away the man reported several shots fired at him at a home on north Frances Street.

No motive has yet been given for the killing and victims of the murderer were not yet identified. 

Police say there was a report of several shots fired at the home, but no injuries.

Witnesses described the suspect and vehicle to police, which they say matched Brownlow's description and a white 2002 Ford Focus discovered missing from the arson home.

At 10:27 p.m. police were called to a fourth home approximately one mile away on Eulalia Drive. Police say they found a man and a woman dead inside.

A 3-year-old child was found in bed, uninjured.

It only took 10 minutes before police say Brownlow came upon his fifth victim at a convenience store on West Moore Avenue at 10:37 p.m.

Inside, police reported finding a convenience store clerk shot dead.

An off-duty police officer recognizing Brownlow at the scene gave chase in his vehicle, taking police past the first two crime scenes before crashing his vehicle into a gate.

He took off on foot into a wooded area and managed to escape to avoid capture for three hours.

In the meantime, residents were woken up to police officers knocking on their doors in their search for the accused killer, DallasNews.com reports.

Around 1:30 a.m. the suspect was located hiding near a creek and taken into custody by police.

WATCH: Brother of suspect says mom, aunt among five killed in Terrell - An overnight manhunt in Kaufman County led to the arrest of a 36-year-old Terrell man after five people were found killed at four separate locations Monday. 

Chief Lay, addressing the media early Tuesday morning, expressed his upset over the deaths while reporting no immediately known motive for the crimes.

"We've had a tough year here in Kaufman County and this makes it a little bit tougher," he said, according to DallasNews.com. "But we're gonna get through it. We're resilient. We're gonna rise above it and we're gonna get through it."

Denise Fields, who lives in the neighborhood of the first two slayings, chimed a similar message while reflecting on the horror her community witnessed.

"This is a good community, and we don't know what happened and what triggered it all," she told WFAA.

"It's something that God is going to have to handle."

Police have yet to identify the victims pending notification of family. - NY Daily News.