Wednesday, April 30, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Train Derails In Lynchburg, Virginia - Causing Massive Explosion And Fire!

April 30, 2014 - VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES - A train hauling crude oil that derailed Wednesday near downtown Lynchburg, Va., sending a giant fireball and acrid smoke into the sky, raised further concerns about public safety as railroads sharply increase the amount of oil they transport.

Tanker cars burn in Lynchburg, Va., after a train carrying crude oil derailed. (LuAnn Hunt / City of Lynchburg)

About 15 tank cars jumped the track, several tumbling into the James River in the fifth major derailment and large-scale fire in North America involving an oil train in less than one year.

"We are all spring-loaded, looking for these kinds of accidents now," said Brigham McCown, former chief of the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, the federal agency that oversees tank car safety. "The railroads are under a microscope."

CSX Transportation, which operated the Chicago-to-Virginia freight train, said the fire erupted from three punctured cars after the 2:30 p.m. derailment.

It appeared that the train may have derailed after the track bed was washed away in the river, swollen from heavy rain, McCown said. Photographs at the accident site showed a section of earth had slipped into the river and tracks hung in the air like noodles. At least three tank cars ended up in the river, and blazing oil floated on the river for a while.

No injuries were reported and damage estimates were not immediately available. But several blocks of downtown Lynchburg, a city of about 250,000, were evacuated.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators to the site. The board had begun a major investigation of a late December crude rail accident in Casselton, N.D., which resulted in an evacuation of more than 1,000 residents.

Crude shipments by rail have shot up twenty-fivefold in the last several years as producers rush oil from newly developing shale fields to refineries along routes that are not served by pipelines. McCown said he believed the nation needed not only better tank cars and safer train operations, but also more pipelines.

The string of accidents began with the horrific fire triggered by the derailment of a runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Canada, last summer, in which 47 residents died and much of the downtown was destroyed. Other major accidents followed in Alabama, Alberta and North Dakota, along with minor ones in other states.

The safety concerns have triggered emergency rules by the Federal Railroad Administration, a move toward new safety standards for tank cars and a voluntary agreement with the railroad industry to reduce speeds and avoid sensitive urban corridors.

Downstream more than 100 miles from Lynchburg, a spokeswoman for the city of Richmond said utility officials stopped capturing water from the river as a precaution until the extent of environmental damage caused by the oil spill became clear. Instead, Richmond is relying on a backup canal for water. Lynchburg said the oil spill did not affect its water supply.

CSX said, "We are committed to fully supporting the emergency responders and other agencies, meeting the needs of the community and protecting the environment." - LA Times.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Explosion At La Habra Commercial Property In California - 11 Injured, Two Critically!

April 30, 2014 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - Eleven workers were hurt, two critically, on Tuesday after an explosion and fire at a metal-polishing company in northwestern Orange County.

Many of the victims suffered facial and forearm burns in the 9:49 a.m. explosion at Gorilla's Polishing Corp. at 531 E. Commercial Way in La Habra (map), according to Greg Siggins of Cal/OSHA, the state agency investigating the blast.

Fire officials told NBC4 that the blast was likely not caused by any chemicals used at the business, but possibly from a build-up of lint or dust in ducts in the building.

The business was evacuated and nearby roads were closed for the fire investigation.

The company’s owner said all 32 employees inside at the time of the blast were accounted for.

The initial report was received from occupants of a nearby building.

- NBC Los Angeles.

GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN: Precursors To A Global Financial Collapse - New Jersey Banker’s Body Found In Hudson River, A Month After Disappearance?!

April 30, 2014 - NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES - The body of a man that was pulled from the Hudson River Monday has been identified as that of a 27-year-old jogger from New Jersey who went missing March 30.

Missing man: The body of Andrew Jarzyk, 27 (left and right), was found in the Hudson River
nearly a month after he went missing while out for a jog in Hoboken, New Jersey

The New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office identified the remains Tuesday night as Andrew Jarzyk, of Hoboken, thanks to the forensic analysts of the victim’s teeth and personal identifiers like tattoos.

The exact cause and manner of death have yet to be determined, but officials say Jarzyk’s body showed no signs of trauma to suggest foul play.

Jarzyk was discovered floating in the water near the historic Erie Lockawanna Train Terminal just after 5.30pm Monday.

The New York City Police Department’s Habror Unit responded to the scene and pulled the body out of the river.

Jarzyk’s family issued a statement on Facebook last night confirming the tragic discovery and saying that their loved one’s death remains a mystery.

‘At this time we do not have answers into why Andrew’s life ended at such a young age. Please be accepting to the fact we may never have these answers,’ his brother Steve Jarzyk wrote.

Andrew Jarzyk, a manager at The PNC Financial Services Group in Woodland Park, was last seen alive at around 2am on March 30 outside his Hoboken apartment dressed in his running gear.

Surveillance cameras captured him jogging along the waterfront, but it remains unknown how he ended up in the river.

Jarzyk’s relatives said he went out for runs often since he was training for a half-marathon in Long Branch at the time.

Earlier that night, Jarzyk was spending time with his friends at the West Five Supper Club on Madison Street, The Jersey Journal reported. The 27-year-old, who only recently got a promotion at work, appeared in good spirits, according to people who were at the club at the time.

Tragic end: A passerby spotted the missing man’s body floating in the river near
the historic Erie Lockawanna Train Terminal in Hoboken

Athletic: Relatives say Jarzyk often went out jogging because he was training for a half marathon

Final moments: A surveillance camera caught Jarzyk (seen in circle) running
along the waterfront at around 2am on March 30

Desperate search: Police and the man’s family have spent the past month looking for him and
appealing to the public for information

At around 1am, Jarzyk left the supper club but told his group that he would return shortly. He never made it back.

His family described Andrew Jarzyk as a kind and selfless man

NYPD made several attempts to find Jarzyk, but searches of the Hudson yielded no clues. The missing man’s family have spent the past month distributing fliers and putting up billboards asking for public’s help in finding him.

Then on Monday evening, a passerby came upon a body at the ferry slips south of Pier A, which is where Jarzyk was caught on camera the night of his disappearance, according to Hudson Reporter.

On Wednesday, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer issued a statement offering her condolences to Jarzyk’s family and friends. - Pakalert Press.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: WHO Warns - Antibiotic Crisis Bigger Than AIDS As Common Infections!

April 30, 2014 - HEALTH - Common infections and minor scratches could soon kill because antibiotics are becoming useless against new superbugs, World Health Organisation warns.

The crisis is bigger and more urgent than the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s  Photo: Alamy

A child's scratched knee from falling off their bike, common bladder infections among the elderly in care homes and routine surgery to replace broken hips could all become fatal as antibiotics are becoming increasingly useless, the World Health Organisation has said.

The crisis is bigger and more urgent than the Aids epidemic of the 1980s, it was warned.

UK experts said the 'era of safe medicine is coming to an end' and government funds must be pumped into the production of new drugs.

In the foreword to the report Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security, wrote: "A post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill — far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century."

He said: "Unless we take significant actions to improve efforts to prevent infections and also change how we produce, prescribe and use antibiotics, the world will lose more and more of these global public health goods and the implications will be devastating.”

He said modern medicine, from the treatment of urinary tract infections and pneumonia in babies to chemotherapy and kidney dialysis are under threat.

"This is not an abstract problem. We have a big problem now and it is going to get bigger.

"What do we do when we have infections we cannot treat or when we lose the ability to protect people when having chemotherapy? I think there are very concrete implications, " he said.

The report, Antimicrobial resistance: global report on surveillance, focuses on antibiotic resistance in seven different bacteria responsible for common, serious diseases such as sepsis, diarrhoea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhoea.

It is the most comprehensive picture of drug resistance across the globe with data from 114 countries.

It found that antibiotic resistance is present in all areas of the world and is growing.

Over the last 30 years no new types of antibiotics have been developed, the WHO said.

Dr Danilo Lo Fo Wong, Senior Adviser Antimicrobial Resistance at WHO Europe, told the Telegraph: "A child falling off their bike and developing a fatal infection would be a freak occurrence in the UK but that is where we are heading.

"Antibiotic resistance travels with infectious diseases and infectious diseases travel around the world. Whatever good is being done in the UK and elsewhere it can be made redundant by a lack of action elsewhere in the world."

The report comes after England's Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davis, said the issue 'scared' her and called for greater restriction of antibiotics and incentives for pharmaceutical companies to produce new medicines.

Professor Laura Piddock, Director of Antibiotic Action and Professor of Microbiology at University of Birmingham said: “The world needs to respond as it did to the Aids crisis of the Eighties.

"To do this, we need to be ambitious to succeed – moves such as a fully funded mandatory global surveillance programme will document the size of the problem and funded public education will help minimise use – but these are just starting points. We still need a better understanding of all aspects of resistance as well as new discovery, research and development of new antibiotics."

She said governments need to pump money into research to develop new drugs and added that UK funding on antibiotic research as dropped to less than one per cent of available research funds.

Dr Lo Fo Wong warned that antibiotic resistance was bigger than the 1980s Aids crisis because "everyone is potentially in danger".

The report highlighted drug resistance in viral infections also, such as HIV treatments, Tamiflu which is used to combat flu during epidemics and in some fungal infections.

Dr Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “Whilst the UK does not have the levels of antibiotic resistance seen in some parts of the world we do see patients with infections resistant to antibiotics and we take these very seriously.

“Combating the development and spread of antibiotic resistance requires a multifaceted approach and PHE is working very closely with its stakeholders to address this. Our work is contributing to the new cross-government national strategy that aims to tackle one of the biggest health care issues of our time.”

Members of the public, health workers and pharmacists, and policymakers could all play a part in fighting the superbugs, said the WHO.

Patients could help by only using antibiotics when they were prescribed by a doctor, making sure they completed the full course of treatment even if feeling better, and never sharing antibiotics or using left over prescriptions.

Health professionals were reminded only to prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are truly needed and to ensure the right drugs were used for particular infections.

Antibiotic use in food production can be reduced, Dr Fukuda said, and better diagnostic tests need to be used in health care so drugs can be focused on those infections they will be most effective against.

The rise of antibiotic resistance will mean patients will spend longer in hospital, incurring greater costs for health care systems globally, Dr Fukuda said. - Telegraph.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Fireball Blazes Over Puerto Rico! [VIDEO]

April 30, 2014 - PUERTO RICO - The Caribbean Astronomical Society (SAC) reported that an impressive meteor was seen throughout Puerto Rico on Wednesday night, April 30, at about 9:46 pm.

The SAC was able to capture images of the bright meteor as the institution has cameras that continuously monitor the skies above the Caribbean.

WATCH: Fireball over Puerto Rico.


- YouTube. [Translated]

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: "They're All Over The Lake" - Thousands Of Dead Fish Seen Along Wisconsin Shorelines After Harsh Winter!

April 30, 2014 - WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES - Thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores of some central Wisconsin lakes.

In this photo taken April 28, 2014, a pair of dead fish lies in the sand along the East shoreline of Lake Petenwell
in Rome, Wis. Thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores of some central Wisconsin lakes.
AP Photo/Daily Tribune Media

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources says the phenomenon is likely the result of thick ice that trapped fish in waters with low oxygen, Daily Tribune Media reported ( ) Monday.

"They're all over the lake, probably thousands and thousands," said Rome bar owner Tom Koren.

Residents near Lake Petenwell are seeing a second unusual sight - pelicans have come to scoop up the dead carp, walleye and other fish.

"We don't normally have pelicans here," resident Jim Kiehl said. "Then, I saw dead fish lying on the bank."

DNR Fish Team supervisor Justine Hasz says it's likely the pelicans are turning up because their normal staging grounds on Lake Michigan are still frozen.

The DNR expects the cold winter will result in more dead fish in lakes throughout the state. The department expects winter kill to be worst in shallower, backwater areas. Castle Rock Lake also may have been hit hard, Hasz said.

Hasz said the DNR planned to investigate the issue further on Tuesday. - Star Tribune.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Viral Disease - More Than 20 Peacocks Die In Tharparkar, Pakistan!

April 30, 2014 - PAKISTAN -  More than 20 peacocks have died in different parts of the drought-hit district of Tharparkar while several others are infected with a viral disease.

Peacocks, such as the one pictured above, are native to Tharparkar. Several of them have died in the past week as the authorities struggle to find out the cause behind these sudden deaths.

Nasrullah Samoon, a resident of Malsirio village, said that at least 18 birds have died in the last five days and many more have fallen sick. "The wildlife officials are not giving any attention towards the issue," he complained. "We are taking our own measures and giving them medicine tablets so our birds can survive."

In the adjacent Nangarparkar taluka, the situation is no different. "The birds can survive if the government starts vaccinating the birds right away," he said.

Meanwhile, the officials denied that so many birds have died. An assistant conservator of Tharparkar, Lajpat Sharma, admitted that a few cases have surfaced but, he insisted, the deaths have not been this many. "These birds are very sensitive to the weather and they are dying from the rise in mercury," he claimed.

Sharma said that his department has conducted tests recently and they found no traces of the Rani Khet disease among the peacocks in the desert. "Different diseases have been reported in recent days, such as eye infections."

Justifying the allegations made by the villagers, the officials said that the wild birds are not given vaccination in any part of the world. Those birds that are kept at homes are given vaccination, he added. "The cries of the people are baseless."

The villagers admitted the deaths have increased since the weather became hotter. They were also worried that the shortage of food may also be another reason behind the deaths. Over 20 peacocks died in different villages of Diplo taluka last week. It was also reported that several others were sick but the officials failed to pay any visits. The officials insisted that vaccinations are not feasible for the birds. - The Express Tribune.

GREAT DELUGE: Devastating Floods In Northern Afghanistan - 127 Killed, Thousands Homeless! [PHOTOS]

April 30, 2014 - AFGHANISTAN -  More than 100 people have been killed and thousands left homeless by flash floods in north and west Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, prompting desperate pleas for help from the impoverished provincial authorities.

Thousands of homes have been engulfed by flood waters in four provinces after three days of heavy rain in what is traditionally a wet period at the start of spring.

In the northern province of Jawzjan, police chief Faqer Mohammad Jawzjani said 55 bodies had been recovered, and that the number of dead would increase over the coming days.

"Providing aid or help from the ground is impossible," he told Reuters. "We have carried 1,500 people to safe areas of neighboring districts by helicopter. We need emergency assistance from the central government and aid agencies."

The governor of neighboring Faryab province said 33 people had died there and another 80 were missing.

"Ten thousand families have been affected and more than 2,000 houses have been destroyed," Mohammadullah Batazhn said.

Another 13 people were killed in the provinces of Badghis and Sar-e Pol, local officials said.

(Reporting by Folad Hamdard in Kunduz, Mirwais Harooni in Kabul; Writing by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Flash floods devastate four provinces in northern Afghanistan.

At least 127 people died and hundreds of villagers were displaced after flash floods ravaged northern Afghanistan, disaster authorities said Sunday.

The deputy governor of Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province told Anadolu Agency that as a result of the flood at least 66 people had died, 36 are missing and another 15,000 had been displaced.

Initial reports indicate that Jowzjan is the worst affected province in the region.

Sar-e Pol Governor Abduljabbar Hakhbin said the death toll in the province rose to 20, and 30 others were reported missing.

The governor of the Faryab province, Mohammadollah Betash, said 33 people had died there, more than 8,000 people had been displaced and many were reported missing.

The number of dead in the Baghdis reached eight, according to Hamidollah Mobariz Hamidi, a disaster authority.

Heavy rainfall has also caused widespread damage to homes and agriculture since late Thursday.

The affected Afghan populations are in need of clean drinking water, medical supplies, food, and emergency shelter, the U.N. humanitarian affairs agency said.

- Reuters

MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Wide Area Of Destruction - Massive Block-Long Street Collapse In Baltimore Swallows Up Several Cars! [PHOTOS+VIDEOS]

April 30, 2014 - BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES -  A street in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore collapsed Wednesday, washing away cars and flooding CSX railroad tracks that run below street level.

Heavy rains cause a landslide in Baltimore, Maryland.Stacey Mink

Ian Brennan, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said no injuries were reported.

One lane of the East 26th Street between North Charles and North St. Paul streets collapsed about 4 p.m. and slid down an embankment leading to the tracks below. The cause of the collapse was unclear, but it came on a day that the region was experiencing heavy rain storms.

Stacey Mink

Area had been drenched by torrential rainfall in recent days. The Independent, UK

Multiple vehicles lie at the bottom of a landslide after heavy rains caused a street to
give way in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 30, 2014.

The Independent, UK
Several streets were closed late Wednesday afternoon. St. Paul and Charles are major thoroughfares that are generally crowded during both the morning and evening commutes. The neighborhood is largely residential row houses. Traffic was reported to be snarled in the area of the collapse and downtown.

Brennan said no houses were damaged but fire officials said many residents living along East 26th Street were ordered to leave until building inspectors can assess their properties.

WATCH: Massive landslide in Baltimore.


A photograph in the Baltimore Sun shows a wide area of destruction in what appears to have been a landslide. The railroad tracks are covered with water, dirt and six cars that went down the embankment. Baltimore officials said CSX has suspended rail service through the city.

A spokesman for CSX did not immediately return a call seeking comment. - Washington Post.

DELUGE: Massive Flooding Caused By Deadly Storms In Florida And Alabama - Over A Foot Of Rain In Both States; Monster Sinkholes And Landslides Created! [PHOTOS +VIDEO]

April 30, 2014 - FLORIDA/ALABAMA, UNITED STATES - As a deadly weather front continued to make its way across the Southern United States late Tuesday and early Wednesday, both Florida and Alabama were struck with severe flooding that's left at least one person dead.

Photo from Twitter/@IndianaWxOnline

According to the Associated Press, rainfall in the Florida Panhandle - especially the area around Pensacola - and the coast of Alabama has been relentless, dropping well over a foot of rain in both states. Houses have been flooded to the point where residents have had to seek higher ground, and overflowing roads have stranded drivers waiting to be picked up by rescue squads.

In Pensacola, where 15-20 inches of rain fell in a one-day period, at least one woman has been reported dead due to driving in perilously high waters. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties.

So many people have been calling rescue crews for help that the county has been inundated. The National Weather Service stated that officials are planning aerial rescues and have relocated boats and jet skis from the beaches in order to help as many people as possible.

"It's gotten to the point where we can't send EMS and fire rescue crews out on some 911 calls because they can't get there," Escambia County spokesman Bill Pearson told the AP. "We've had people whose homes are flooding and they've had to climb up to the attic."

Others, on the other hand, have simply left their cars to seek shelter at their local police stations.

"We have people at the police department," added Officer Justin Cooper of the Pensacola Police Department to the AP. "They walked up here and are hanging out until things get better."
my cousins house in Gulf Breeze, FL
- abby rae (@_itsabsss) April 30, 2014
A similar situation is unfolding in Alabama, where roads are underwater and people have had trouble making it to shelter. According to USA Today, Baldwin County EMA Director Mitchell Sims said the area is being hit with "historical flooding," adding that calls for help were "non-stop." Luckily, Sims said, there had yet to be any fatalities related to this particular storm.

Photo reportedly shows flooding in Pensacola, Fla., amid severe storms.

Flood waters surround cars at dealership in Pensacola, Florida.

"As soon as we get a water rescue team in here, they're sent back out," Sims told the Weather Channel. "We're rescuing people from cars, from rooftops, from all over the place.

"I think we're going to be dealing with this for days. I don't know where the water's going to go. Everything is saturated."

Elsewhere in Alabama, the scene has been likened to that of a hurricane's aftermath - in Silverhill, weather projections estimated rainfall would exceed what the town experienced during 1997's Hurricane Danny. At Orange Beach, meanwhile, the storm's consequences are being compared to Hurricane Ivan from 2004.

WATCH: Flooding in Florida's Panhandle.


"We've got water up in our parking lots," resident J.J. Andrews said to the AP. "Our docks are under water. It's worse than during Hurricane Ivan, is what they're saying. It's crazy."

The flooding in Florida and Alabama is just the latest surprise to come from a storm system that's killed dozens of people and spawned tornadoes since Sunday. As noted by CNN, deaths were reported in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi on Monday. On Tuesday, 18 deaths were reported in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Iowa. - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Explosions Rock Ammo Depot Near Russia's Lake Baikal - Forest Fires Are Being Blamed?!

April 30, 2014 - RUSSIA -  At least three explosions rocked a military ammunition depot located to the east of Russia's Lake Baikal, a local official told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

"According to preliminary reports, three blasts hit an ammo depot near the village of Bolshaya Tura," the source said.

"Local residents are being evacuated, although no casualties have been reported so far," the official said.

Some four hundred people were evacuated from the danger zone, according to a local law enforcement source.

The Defense Ministry confirmed there were no casualties and said the personnel of a military unit stationed in the area have been timely evacuated.

WATCH: Explosions rock ammo depot near Russia's Lake Baikal.


A preliminary investigation indicates that the explosions could have been caused by a forest fire, sources said.

The incident is the latest in a string of fires and explosions at munitions storage and disposal sites that have plagued Russia over the past two years.

There were two fatal explosions of stockpiled ammunition in Russia last year, down from five the previous year.

Critics of the military attribute the persisting problem of exploding army ammunition depots as the outcome of poor oversight and lax safety standards. - RIA Novosti.

FUK-U-SHIMA: Contamination Everywhere - Radiation Level In Tuna Off Oregon Coast Triples After Fukushima!

April 30, 2014 - OREGON, UNITED STATES - While the state of Oregon gears up to test its shores for radioactive contamination from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, university scientists have found that radiation levels in some albacore tuna caught off its coast have tripled.

AFP Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno

According to researchers at the University of Oregon, the results came after tests analyzed the cesium levels in 26 tuna caught prior to the 2011 nuclear calamity - as far back as 2008 - and those caught after the accident.

Although the levels of radioactive isotopes in some of the tuna tripled after the disaster, the researchers found they are still "a thousand times lower" than the safety standards outlined by the US Department of Agriculture.

"A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas," the study's lead author, Delvan Neville said to Oregon's Statesman Journal.

Still, Neville added that the discovery of any amount of radiation is significant.

"You can't say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk," he said. "But these trace levels are too small to be a realistic concern."

Researchers stated that the migration paths of the tuna could also affect the levels of radiation going forward. Most of the 3-year-old tuna tested had no traces of Fukushima radiation, but 4-year-old tuna - which likely traveled through the radioactive plume a couple of times - had higher cesium levels. Continued migration could increase cesium levels further, but the researchers said it would still fall well below maximum safety levels.

Since the results did reveal a spike in radiation, though, the researchers will be expanding their study beyond Oregon to test a larger number of tuna across the West Coast.

"The presence of these radioactive isotopes is actually helping us in an odd way - giving us information that will allow us to estimate how albacore tuna migrate between our West Coast and Japan," Neville told the Journal.

Meanwhile, Oregon state itself plans to hold its next quarterly radiation test on May 13. Back in February, Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution stated that a plume of radioactive water from Fukushima would likely hit the US West Coast by April 2014. Buesseler said the plume is likely too diluted to pose a health concern to Americans or the habitat, but added that only testing will be able to confirm his belief. - RT.

EXTREME WEATHER: Temperatures In Britain Set To Fall To Minus 3C By The Weekend - Two Weeks Of Frosts, Snow Coming!

April 30, 2014 - ENGLAND - Temperatures are set to plummet over the Bank Holiday weekend, falling to as low as -3C as a blast of cold air moves in from the Arctic, potentially lasting for up to a fortnight.

People walking their dogs during mist and frost in Richmond Park.

Forecasters say that parts of Britain will experience heavy overnight frosts, with the North facing a windchill factor of -5C and the potential for snow on hilltops by the end of the week.

The impending cold snap follows one of the mildest winters in recent years, although the wettest January for 250 years led to widespread flooding - particularly in the South-West.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Met Office spokesman Simon Partridge said high pressure building up in the North would cause rainfall, although the Bank Holiday weekend itself is expected to be dry.

Colder air will begin moving down from the North on Wednesday, reaching southern England by the weekend and causing heavy frosts, he added.

'In fact we've been telling gardeners over the last few days that they should move new or vulnerable plants indoors if possible,' Mr Partridge said.

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather, told the Express: 'We are looking at northerly flow of air coming in from the Arctic. With windchill this could push thermometers as low a -5C.'

Cold snap: Nighttime temperatures will drop quite dramatically over the next few days

'Temperatures are going to sink decidedly below average for the time of year, with the risk of very sharp frosts and a cold and bracing Bank Holiday next Monday'.

'This is certainly looking like the last taste of winter and it could hold out like this for at least the next week and perhaps up to two,' he added.

The predicted cold snap contradicts forecasts from earlier in the month that said Britain was set for a six-week heatwave from the end of April and into May.

A Met Office report read: 'Latest predictions for UK-mean temperature favour above-average temperatures for April and April-May as a whole.'

The warm conditions had been expected to bring a quarter of a million visitors to the South-West - providing a £54million boost for local businesses that were badly hit by flooding earlier in the year.

Three day forecast: Umbrellas will be needed across much of the UK on Thursday,
with outbursts of heavy showers in the south today

Wet conditions: The Met Office has issued a yellow flood
warning for parts of the south coast today

Meanwhile, parts of the south coast will experience slowing moving heavy showers today, with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for the potential risk of localised flooding.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: 'The yellow warning is in place for this afternoon from 12.45pm to 8pm, along the south coast, which will experience scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms. Some places will experience 10 to 15mm of rain in less than an hour, with some places getting 25mm of rain in three hours. There could be localised flooding as the showers will be sharp and heavy, which makes it difficult for the drains and ground to cope

'There is also a chance of hail and lightning with some of those storms.' - Daily Mail.