Record floods on Mississippi River, Lake Champlain; 3rd EF-5 tornado verified

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:40 PM GMT on May 06, 2011

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The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois continues to fall today, with a level of 59.3', 2.5' below the all-time peak of 61.8' set on Monday night. On Monday night, the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to intentionally destroy a levee at Birds Point on the west bank of the Mississippi, just downstream from Cairo, Illinois, in order to relieve pressure on the levees in Cairo and save that city from a billion-dollar levee breach. The destruction of the Birds Point levee also helped slow the rise of the Mississippi River just south of its confluence with the Ohio River, but the river is still rising slowly, and has now set all-time records at New Madrid, Missouri, Tiptonville, Tennessee, and Caruthersville, Missouri--a 70-mile stretch of river downstream from Cairo. Currently, the Mississippi is expected to reach its 2nd highest level on record at Memphis on May 10, cresting at 48.0'. The all-time record at Memphis occurred during the great flood of 1937, when the river hit 48.7'. Downstream from Memphis, flood waters pouring in from the Arkansas River, Yazoo River, and other tributaries are expected to swell the Mississippi high enough to beat the all-time record at Vicksburg, Mississippi by 1.3' on May 20, and smash the all-time record at Natchez, Mississippi by six feet on May 22, and by 3.2 feet at Red River Landing on May 23. Red River Landing is the site of the Old River Control Structure, the Army Corps' massive engineering structure that keeps the Mississippi River from carving a new path to the Gulf of Mexico. I'll have a detailed post talking about the Old River Control Structure next week. Its failure would be a serious blow to the U.S. economy, and the great Mississippi flood of 2011 will give the Old River Control Structure its most severe test ever. Also of concern is the forecast for the Mississippi to crest at 19.5 feet in New Orleans on May 24. The levees in New Orleans protect the city for a flood of 20.0 feet--that is not much breathing room. Fortunately, only 0.5 - 1.5 inches of rain are expected over the Missouri/Illinois region over the next five days, which should not raise flood heights significantly.

Good links to follow the flood:
Summary forecast of all crests on Lower Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.
Wundermap for Cairo, IL with USGS River overlay turned on.
National Weather Service "May 2011 Mississippi River Flood" web page


Figure 1. Flooding of the farmland along the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway due to the intentional destruction of a levee along the west bank of the Mississippi River in Southeast Missouri is obvious in this pair of before and after photos. Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

Lake Champlain hits highest level since 1869; record flooding in Canada
The Governor of Vermont declared a state of emergency yesterday in Vermont due to flooding along Lake Champlain. Heavy rains over the past ten days, combined with snow melt have combined to push the lake ot three feet above flood stage, and the lake has now broken its previous record high, set in 1869. The flooding has caused numerous road closures but no evacuations in the U.S. The story is different in Quebec, Canada, where flood waters from Lake Champlain coursing down the Richelieu River have created a 150-year flood, forcing the evacuation of 1,000 people and the flooding of 3,000 homes and businesses in the Richelieu Valley, just south of Montreal. The lake level is expected to crest Saturday morning, then slowly fall. Lake Champlain is 120 miles long with nearly 600 miles of shoreline, making it the sixth largest natural lake in the U.S., trailing only the Great Lakes in size.


Figure 2. Five to eight inches of precipitation has fallen over much of the Lake Champlain watershed over the past two weeks. Image credit: NOAA/AHPS.

A third tornado from the April 27 Super Outbreak rated an EF-5
Yesterday, the Jackson, Mississippi office of the NWS upgraded the violent tornado that hit Neshoba, Kemper, Winston, and Noxubee Counties in the northeast part of the state to EF-5 status, with top winds of 205 mph. This tornado continued into Alabama and had a total path length of 92.3 miles. Three people died in the tornado, which was so powerful that it dug out the ground to a depth of two feet over an area 25 - 50 yards wide and several hundred yards long. This is the third tornado rated EF-5 from the April 27 outbreak; tornadoes that hit Smithville, MS and Hackleburg, AL also received EF-5 ratings.


Figure 3. EF-5 damage from the April 27, 2011 Neshoba tornado in Mississippi. The tornado was so powerful that it dug out the ground to a depth of two feet over an area 25 - 50 yards wide and several hundred yards long. Image credit: NWS.

Rare EF-2 tornado hits New Zealand
A tornado ripped through New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, on Tuesday, killing one person at a shopping mall and injuring at least fourteen others. The damage was rated EF-2, making the tornado one of the strongest in New Zealand's history. Below is some footage of the twister, showing why it is dangerous to be in a car during a tornado. (Note also the clockwise rotation of the tornado--this is the Southern Hemisphere, where storms rotate clockwise.)


Figure 4. Footage of the May 3, 2011 New Zealand tornado that passed through the Auckland suburb of Albany.

I'll have a new post Monday.

Jeff Masters

Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL (MikeShivers)
Market St looking south towards casino. Contrary to what the media makes you think, blowing the levee greatly helped in keeping the waters lower here. It wasn't just about Cairo, it helped a lot of communities. Flood stage is about 39 ft here, currently it is at about 61.5 feet it could have been closer to 65.
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL (MikeShivers)
view from atop the casino barge looking north up Ferry St
Flood 2011 Metropolis, IL
Champlain in his Lake (Pedaltwister)
Isle La Motte, VT. St. Anne's Shrine Hey Hetzenwaelder these are more pictures of Lake Champlain at flood stage.
Champlain in his Lake

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Quoting AussieStorm:

EPAC will be 90E
ATL will be 92L
WPAC will be 95W
Thanks Aussie! I didn't think I'd missed an EPac invest, but just wanted to make sure. I knew someone would have that info just as fast as I could find it.
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393. DDR
we don't need that much rain over the islands,certainly not!
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thanks IKE :)
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Quoting SeALWx:
Yup, 92L is up next. Anyone know what number is up next for the E.Pac?

EPAC will be 90E
ATL will be 92L
WPAC will be 95W
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390. IKE

Quoting FirstCoastMan:
IKE...Can u post the link to the gfs?
I can't link on here...copy and paste....

http://www.nco.ncep.noaa.gov/pmb/nwprod/analysis/ carib/gfs/12/model_s.shtml
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389. IKE

Quoting SeALWx:
Yup, 92L is up next. Anyone know what number is up next for the E.Pac?
I don't think they've had any yet in the east-PAC.

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DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0330 AM CDT SUN MAY 08 2011

VALID 111200Z - 161200Z

...DISCUSSION...
SRN PORTIONS OF THE WRN STATES UPPER TROUGH WILL BE IN THE PROCESS
OF EJECTING ENE FROM THE SRN ROCKIES INTO THE CNTRL/SRN PLAINS BY
TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY /DAY 4/. 00Z ECMWF SOLUTION IS
PREFERRED IN MAINTAINING STRONGER HEIGHT FALLS/JET AS IT MOVES INTO
KS/OK/W TX WITH TRIPLE POINT LIKELY EVOLVING OVER SW KS WEDNESDAY
AFTN. MAGNITUDE OF FORCING...COOLING MID-LEVEL TEMPS AND 50-60 KTS
OF SWLY MID-LEVEL FLOW ASSOCIATED WITH THE TROUGH SHOULD LEAD TO
ORGANIZED SEVERE STORMS FROM KS/NEB BORDER SWD INTO NRN TX. THESE
STORMS WILL THEN TRANSLATE ENE TOWARD SE NEB...ERN PARTS OF KS/OK
AND NCNTRL TX WEDNESDAY NIGHT. AT THIS POINT...DAY 4 APPEARS TO BE
SETTING UP FOR AN ACTIVE SEVERE EVENT WITH ALL FACETS OF SEVERE
WEATHER POSSIBLE.


BEYOND WEDNESDAY...MODEL SPREAD INCREASES FURTHER WITH EVOLUTION OF
A POSSIBLE CUT-OFF LOW OVER THE MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES REGION. EXACT
EVOLUTION OF THIS SCENARIO IS NOT CLEAR AND PRECLUDES MENTION OF
SEVERE WEATHER AREAS THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK.

..RACY.. 05/08/2011
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IKE...Can u post the link to the gfs?
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Quoting IKE:
Looks that way for you. Looks like I may finally get some too....much needed.

Oh yeah...what's the next invest #? 92L...I think....lol.
Yup, 92L is up next. Anyone know what number is up next for the E.Pac?
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Quoting IKE:

Looks that way for you. Looks like I may finally get some too....much needed.

Yeah I saw that too.
Good Luck!
I know you can use some showers.
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385. IKE
Quoting pottery:

Nice...
A lot of moisture around, and across the equatorial Atl and into Africa as well.
We expect an up-tick in precipitation over the next couple of days, some of it heavy.
Looks that way for you. Looks like I may finally get some too....much needed.

Oh yeah...what's the next invest #? 92L...I think....lol.
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Quoting IKE:

Maybe....from this mornings San Juan,PR discussion....

DISCUSSION...NO SHOWER ACTIVITY WAS OBSERVED ON RADAR THIS
MORNING AS COOLER AND DRIER AIR CONTINUES TO FILTER IN FROM THE
NORTH. A NOTABLE BOUNDARY DEMARCATED BY MID OR LOWER CLOUDS IS
VISIBLE SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA ACROSS SAINT KITTS. SOME TROUGHINESS
IS ALSO DEVELOPING IN THE VICINITY AND MAY SERVE AS A PRECURSOR TO
THE EXPECTED DEVELOPMENT OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE SOUTHEAST
CARIBBEAN LATER THIS WEEK.
MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTH WILL STREAM
AROUND THIS LOW TO AFFECT THE VIRGIN AND LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRUSH
THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF PUERTO RICO. THIS MOISTURE IS FORECAST TO
ENTER THE AREA BEGINNING TUESDAY AND IN-SPITE OF ITS FOCUS TO THE
SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA SHOULD HELP PRODUCE GOOD CONVECTION OVER
INTERIOR PUERTO RICO TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. NEVERTHELESS DRIER
AIR REMAINS CLOSE TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE AREA AND THIS
UNCERTAINTY WILL BE THE CHIEF PROBLEM IN ASCERTAINING THE AMOUNT
AND PROBABILITY OF SHOWERS OVER PUERTO RICO. EXPECT THAT HEATING
AND LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME ANY
MOISTURE WEAKNESS AT MID LEVELS AND WILL LIKELY GENERATE AT LEAST
SOME URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING. MEANWHILE THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE ABUNDANT MOISTURE AT MID LEVELS AND SOME
CONVERGENCE BANDING ACROSS THEM DUE TO THE LOW IN THE SOUTHERN
CARIBBEAN...MAKING TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY PRECIPITATION WELL ABOVE
NORMAL FOR THEM...EVEN IF THE STRONG HEATING FOUND ONLY IN THE
INTERIOR OF PUERTO RICO IS LACKING. DRYING RETURNS ON FRIDAY AND
SATURDAY AND MOST OF THE MOISTURE AT LOW AND MID LEVELS REMAINS
OVER THE LESSER ANTILLES EAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS. IT IS
INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE LOW PRESSURE IN THE ECMWF DOES NOT
MOVE TO THE NORTH OF PUERTO RICO FROM THE CARIBBEAN LATER IN THE
WEEK AS WITH THE GFS MODEL...BUT INSTEAD DRIFTS BACK TO THE WEST
IN THE CARIBBEAN OVER THE WEEKEND...CARRYING THE SHOWERS AND
MOISTURE IT GENERATES OVER PUERTO RICO DURING THE WEEKEND AND THE
FIRST PART OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK. HENCE POPS FOR THE WEEKEND AND
BEYOND ARE QUITE UNCERTAIN FOR THE TIME BEING AND THE FORECAST MAY
TURN WETTER AS ACTUAL SITUATION BECOMES APPARENT.

Nice...
A lot of moisture around, and across the equatorial Atl and into Africa as well.
We expect an up-tick in precipitation over the next couple of days, some of it heavy.
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383. IKE

Quoting pottery:

And a noticeable lack of Sahara Dust everywhere....
"Situation" warming up???
Maybe....from this mornings San Juan,PR discussion....

DISCUSSION...NO SHOWER ACTIVITY WAS OBSERVED ON RADAR THIS
MORNING AS COOLER AND DRIER AIR CONTINUES TO FILTER IN FROM THE
NORTH. A NOTABLE BOUNDARY DEMARCATED BY MID OR LOWER CLOUDS IS
VISIBLE SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA ACROSS SAINT KITTS. SOME TROUGHINESS
IS ALSO DEVELOPING IN THE VICINITY AND MAY SERVE AS A PRECURSOR TO
THE EXPECTED DEVELOPMENT OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE SOUTHEAST
CARIBBEAN LATER THIS WEEK.
MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTH WILL STREAM
AROUND THIS LOW TO AFFECT THE VIRGIN AND LEEWARD ISLANDS AND BRUSH
THE SOUTHEAST HALF OF PUERTO RICO. THIS MOISTURE IS FORECAST TO
ENTER THE AREA BEGINNING TUESDAY AND IN-SPITE OF ITS FOCUS TO THE
SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA SHOULD HELP PRODUCE GOOD CONVECTION OVER
INTERIOR PUERTO RICO TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. NEVERTHELESS DRIER
AIR REMAINS CLOSE TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE AREA AND THIS
UNCERTAINTY WILL BE THE CHIEF PROBLEM IN ASCERTAINING THE AMOUNT
AND PROBABILITY OF SHOWERS OVER PUERTO RICO. EXPECT THAT HEATING
AND LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME ANY
MOISTURE WEAKNESS AT MID LEVELS AND WILL LIKELY GENERATE AT LEAST
SOME URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING. MEANWHILE THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE ABUNDANT MOISTURE AT MID LEVELS AND SOME
CONVERGENCE BANDING ACROSS THEM DUE TO THE LOW IN THE SOUTHERN
CARIBBEAN...MAKING TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY PRECIPITATION WELL ABOVE
NORMAL FOR THEM...EVEN IF THE STRONG HEATING FOUND ONLY IN THE
INTERIOR OF PUERTO RICO IS LACKING. DRYING RETURNS ON FRIDAY AND
SATURDAY AND MOST OF THE MOISTURE AT LOW AND MID LEVELS REMAINS
OVER THE LESSER ANTILLES EAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS. IT IS
INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE LOW PRESSURE IN THE ECMWF DOES NOT
MOVE TO THE NORTH OF PUERTO RICO FROM THE CARIBBEAN LATER IN THE
WEEK AS WITH THE GFS MODEL...BUT INSTEAD DRIFTS BACK TO THE WEST
IN THE CARIBBEAN OVER THE WEEKEND...CARRYING THE SHOWERS AND
MOISTURE IT GENERATES OVER PUERTO RICO DURING THE WEEKEND AND THE
FIRST PART OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK. HENCE POPS FOR THE WEEKEND AND
BEYOND ARE QUITE UNCERTAIN FOR THE TIME BEING AND THE FORECAST MAY
TURN WETTER AS ACTUAL SITUATION BECOMES APPARENT.
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Quoting seminolesfan:
This rebuttal is a thing a beauty.

I've noticed that Neo is a little abrasive and does tend to talk down to people fairly regularly.

Thanks for speaking up and for trying to have an adult conversation instead of bickering.


Thanks, but I really just didn't want to be painted into a box that I most assuredly don't stand in. I guess that's the end of the "adult conversation" though, because it seems as if someone has decided to take their ball and go home.
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Quoting IKE:
Maybe some rain for the parched SE USA in about a week on the 12Z GFS at 174 hours....and a low in the eastern Caribbean.....



And a noticeable lack of Sahara Dust everywhere....
"Situation" warming up???
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Quoting SeALWx:
I'm no big fan of the Fox spin on news either. Its pretty well known that just about all of the major media news outlets distort the facts of the stories they report to further their political views. The fact that you disagree with the opponents' direction of spin does little to justify manipulations of the more liberal persuasion. Opinion based commentary does have its place in the discussion of current events; however, the distortion of news reports and facts based on these opinions without disclosure of bias is a big problem, no matter which side of the aisle you happen to be sitting.
This rebuttal is a thing a beauty.

I've noticed that Neo is a little abrasive and does tend to talk down to people fairly regularly.

Thanks for speaking up and for trying to have an adult conversation instead of bickering.
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379. IKE
@ 180 hours....


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378. IKE
Maybe some rain for the parched SE USA in about a week on the 12Z GFS at 174 hours....and a low in the eastern Caribbean.....


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Quoting eddy12:
Neap were you watching fox news when you learned many american rivers have their headwaters in canada causing the flooding because you were misinformed. Nice deflection though to drag in a news outlet when SeALWx's comment was about you.


Eddy, why would Nea watch Faux News?
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Thanks, but I have nothing on those master craftsmen of spin over at Fox, where it always seems to be Opposite Day: "Fair & Balanced"; "We report, you decide"; "No Spin Zone". If you want to see spin done right, tune in there for awhile. Watching half an hour of any show will prove to you why they're telling the truth when they say Fox viewers are by far the most misinformed and uninformed of all TV viewers. ;-)
I'm no big fan of the Fox spin on news either. Its pretty well known that just about all of the major media news outlets distort the facts of the stories they report to further their political views. The fact that you disagree with the opponents' direction of spin does little to justify manipulations of the more liberal persuasion. Opinion based commentary does have its place in the discussion of current events; however, the distortion of news reports and facts based on these opinions without disclosure of bias is a big problem, no matter which side of the aisle you happen to be sitting.
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372. JRRP
Quoting Bitmap7:

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370. JRRP

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Mississippi Heavy Water Blues
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ManU up by 2 goals against Chelsea at almost Half-Time. Premier League. A virtual Final.
United appear Invincible, and are playing BRILLIANT football.
Chelsea need to work some kind of Magic to get back into this one....
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Quoting SeALWx:


Ah, now I understand all the spin present in your commentary.

Thanks, but I have nothing on those master craftsmen of spin over at Fox, where it always seems to be Opposite Day: "Fair & Balanced"; "We report, you decide"; "No Spin Zone". If you want to see spin done right, tune in there for awhile. Watching half an hour of any show will prove to you why they're telling the truth when they say Fox viewers are by far the most misinformed and uninformed of all TV viewers. ;-)
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PAGASA is issuing hourly updates on TS BEBENG. You can follow them on Twitter.

At 10:00 PM(PHT) today(08 May 2011), the center of TS "BEBENG" was estimated 90 km NNW of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.9 N, 122.6 E)
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Quoting all4hurricanes:
Does anyone know whats happening in the Philippines? It looks like they've got a lot of rain. Fortunately Aere got more organized and brought most of the moisture offshore.

Six international flights due to land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport had to be diverted to the Clark International Airport because of heavy rains that poured down Metro Manila late afternoon Sunday.

Tropical storm Bebeng dumped heavy rains all over Luzon and as far as Central Visayas on Sunday as it intensified and sucked inland the monsoon rains from South China Sea

Metro Manila will experience heavy and intermittent rains throughout Sunday night and Monday morning even if it is not in the path of storm Bebeng

The weather bureau declared public storm signal warning no. 1 over Metro Manila and a wide swath of Luzon as tropical storm Bebeng moved inland and intensified.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration revised its storm warning signals at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Those also placed under Signal no. 1 are: Catanduanes, Albay, Burias Island in Camarines Sur, southern Quezon, Marinduque, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, and Cagayan.

Signal no. 2 was declared over Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Nueva Viscaya and Camarines Norte.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, PAGASA said Bebeng was sighted 70 kilometers north of Daet, Camarines Norte, and was moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

Bebeng was carrying 85 kph winds, up from the 65 kph last Saturday, and was gusting at 100 kph, PAGASA said.

The weather bureau said Bebeng's effects were widespread because it pulled in the rains from the southwestern monsoon in South China Sea.

PAGASA earlier warned Metro Manilans to prepare for heavy rains until Monday due to Bebeng.

Three lives were lost in a landslide in Camarines Sur brought about by heavy rains as tropical storm Bebeng ravaged the Bicol Region.

The landslide occurred at around 4 a.m. Sunday in Sitio (subvillage) Ikogan, Barangay (village) Luluasan in the town of Balatan, Camarines Sur, killing sisters Maribel R. Sanchez, 19, and Princess R. Sanchez, 8, and their cousin Marco Sanchez Espinida, 7, according to Senior Inspector Ayn Natuel.

The bodies of the victims were quickly recovered by concerned citizens and local government officials and were taken to the village chapel, he said.

The disaster was blamed by neighbors on the heavy rain, which has been pouring over the region since Saturday and which has softened the earth around the residence of the victims.

Luluasan has, meanwhile, been isolated as the provincial road leading to the village has become impassable after water in the spillway swelled and flooded the street, reports reaching the Office of Civil Defense in the region said.

An emergency meeting by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council led by its head, Ernesto Bagasbas, has been convened at the town hall to discuss how to send relief and financial assistance to residents isolated by the landslide and floods.
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Does anyone know whats happening in the Philippines? It looks like they've got a lot of rain. Fortunately Aere got more organized and brought most of the moisture offshore.
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Quoting hydrus:
That area can use every bit..Storm in central Philippines..

Where u been for the last few days???

They need the rain in central/northern Philippines. When I was there December 2010 /January 2011, it only rained twice. But, Southern Philippines was flooding.
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Quoting Dakster:
Looks like it Patrap...

Hopefully you don't have to pull out warnings circa 1992 to remind us of an upcoming storm.


O no way..

Lets keep the 2010 CONUS Impact record intact I say.

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Quoting emcf30:


Its not much but maybe little rain for most of TX
That area can use every bit..Storm in central Philippines..
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Looks like it Patrap...

Hopefully you don't have to pull out warnings circa 1992 to remind us of an upcoming storm.
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Quoting SeALWx:


Ah, now I understand all the spin present in your commentary.
oooohhff! That's a low blow, way below the belt.
Dont agree with it, but it made me LOL

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, all you Mothers.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

I've a background in print and broadcast journalism...


Ah, now I understand all the spin present in your commentary.
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Quoting beell:


Ok-if you say so. Not what I would consider ground-breaking editorial opinion.

it's already obvious as the huge volume of water moves down the river.

I think the intent of the editorial is to sound a reassuring note. They want to counteract any reaction similar to what was seen in some of the news and interviews surrounding the New Madrid spillway opening. The editorial reassures:

But thankfully, the effects on the lake are temporary.

Any ill effects pale compared to the possibility of devastating flooding


Not all of the reporting about the flood has been responsible. I was amazed to see someone quoted in a news story about the New Madrid spillway opening asking whether blowing the levee could trigger an earthquake on the New Madrid fault. That was just hysteria.

Edit: I don't blame the person quoted in that story for asking the question. If my farm were about to be flooded, I would not be happy and certainly could make an off-hand remark that could seem foolish. I blame the reporter for considering the remark newsworthy.
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Happy Mothers Day to you Dakster...

Dat's one from the ol wu days
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Happy Mother's Day Patrap....

Nice graphic...
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Mums day iz da word...dey saying

Get out and enjoy it weather weenies.

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351. beell
Quoting Neapolitan:

I've a background in print and broadcast journalism, and, while much of the piece is straight reportage--especially the first half-dozen or so paragraphs--there's also quite a lot of editorializing language: "Focusing on the river threat is absolutely the right priority now", "But the threat posed by the engorged Mississippi River is not remote -- it's already obvious as the huge volume of water moves down the river. The steps being taken are necessary and appropriate", "But thankfully, the effects on the lake are temporary. ", "South Louisiana residents can count themselves lucky that there are effective safety valves in place for this very set of circumstances, and that we learned important lessons from past disasters.", "That's a relief."

Still a well-written piece, though.

Oh, yeah: Happy Mothers Day, mommies!


Ok-if you say so. Not what I would consider ground-breaking editorial opinion.

it's already obvious as the huge volume of water moves down the river.
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Quoting beell:


Somebody at NOLA.com should look up the definition of "editorial". This looks like a straight news piece.

I've a background in print and broadcast journalism, and, while much of the piece is straight reportage--especially the first half-dozen or so paragraphs--there's also quite a lot of editorializing language: "Focusing on the river threat is absolutely the right priority now", "But the threat posed by the engorged Mississippi River is not remote -- it's already obvious as the huge volume of water moves down the river. The steps being taken are necessary and appropriate", "But thankfully, the effects on the lake are temporary. ", "South Louisiana residents can count themselves lucky that there are effective safety valves in place for this very set of circumstances, and that we learned important lessons from past disasters.", "That's a relief."

Still a well-written piece, though.

Oh, yeah: Happy Mothers Day, mommies!
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349. beell
Quoting atmoaggie:
Yeah, thought that, too. Decided to let it be.


Shoulda also...bein' Sunday and Mother's Day and all. Couldn't help myself. Took a fit.
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Quoting aquak9:
(deletes the term "heavy water" from main file)

Sooooo...we just call it MissWater?
How about: Muddy Waters or Old Man River?
(Thankfully not really "heavy water")
;-)
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Quoting beell:


Somebody at NOLA.com should look up the definition of "editorial". This looks like a straight news piece.
Yeah, thought that, too. Decided to let it be.
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346. beell
Quoting atmoaggie:
A NOLA POV editorial about the MS river and USACE's plans: http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2011/05/ge tting_ready_for_a_rising_mis.html


Somebody at NOLA.com should look up the definition of "editorial". This looks like a straight news piece.
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Heavy Water.
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