Some 70,000 residents in the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas were being evacuated by bus after a crack appeared in the nearly 90-year old Guajataca dam.

“It’s a structural failure. I don’t have any more details,” Governor Ricardo Rossello said from the capital, San Juan. “We’re trying to evacuate as many people as possible.”

Communication tower  downed by storm, selective intercommunication on the isle  exists. First  aid from Trinidad  on the way according the Guardian

Track the hurricane Maria

September 19, 2017

Landfall In Dominica W.I. , Category 5.


19.9.2017 Midnight  . The News of  Dominica W.I.: (Citate)

The center of extremely dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Maria is expected to move across Dominica this evening into tonight.

Hurricane Warning remains in effect for Dominica.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

At 5pm, Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 15.1 degrees north and longitude 60.7 degrees west or about 45 miles east southeast of Dominica. Maria is moving west northwest at 9mph. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 130 mph with higher gusts. Maria is now an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

On the forecast track, the center of Maria is expected to move across Dominica during this evening into tonight. Additional rapid strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to 36 hours.

Radar and satellite imagery indicated that moderate to heavy showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds to tropical storm force associated with Maria are affecting Dominica. The forecast is for this activity to continue and intensify at times as the center moves nearer to Dominica along with sustained winds of tropical storm and hurricane force. Rough to dangerous seas are also expected to continue into Tuesday.

Residents are advised to keep safe and resist the urge to go sight-seeing. Reports indicated that a few landslides and rising water levels are already occurring.

Expected rainfall amount for Dominica is between 10 to 12 inches (250 to 300mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is imminent or already occurring.
Sustained winds of tropical storm and hurricane force are occurring or will occur shortly this evening into Tuesday. Be mindful of flying debris and avoid outdoor activities.

Swells generated by Maria are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions and coastal flooding.

A Small-Craft Warning and a High-Surf Advisory are in effect for dangerous seas and high winds.

A small-craft Warning means in this case that surface winds greater than 25knots and seas equal to or greater than 3m (10ft) are already affecting or expected to affect the marine area.

A High-Surf Advisory is issued when breaking wave action poses or is expected to pose a threat to life and property within the surf zone.

Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious. DO NOT VENTURE OUT OF PORT. Sea bathers stay out of the water.

The Meteorological Service will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

Today, 16 years ago on September 11, 2001, two airplanes struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York in what has been described as the worst terrorist attack on US soil.

The attack was part of a series of four suicide attacks that were coordinated to strike areas of New York City and Washington, D.C.

Two Dominicans lost their lives in the Twin Towers on that fateful day. They are Fitzroy St. Rose and Virgin Lucy Francis.

Thursday night,  Relatively shallow huge  earth quake 8,1 M   between Mexuco-Quatemala The  epicenter in the sea.

“In Oaxaca alone, the state closest to the epicentre, Governor Alejandro Murat has reported 23 dead.

At least 17 of those people were in the state’s capital of Juchitan, where the town hall, hotels and bars now lay in rubble along the streets.

Juchitan Mayor Gloria Sanchez said: “The situation is Juchitan is critical; this is the most terrible moment in its history.”

There are reports of at least four people being trapped in a hotel that was damaged in the earthquake as well.


September 5, 2017

( In Finnish )Avaruusmatkalta numero 52 palasivat näin hurrikaaniseongin aikaan Kazakstanin miljööseen- hurrikaaneilta paremmin rauhassa olevaan maankolkkaan- Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer ja komentaja Fyodor Yurchikhin. lauantaina 2.9.

Peggy Whitson oli tällä tehtävämatkallaan avaruudessa 288 päivää ja kumulatiivisen avaruudessa vietetyn ajan suhteen hänellä on nyt naisten ennätysb : 665 päivää yhteensä kolmen pitkäaikaisen avaruusmatkan ajalta . Hänellä on myös avaruuskävelyjen naistenennätys sekä avaruuskävelyjen märän että ajallisen keston ennätykset. Kun hän oli toisella avaruusmatkallaan hän toimi ensimmäisenä naisena avaruusaseman komentajana ja tällä matikalla hän teki myös ennätyksen siinäkin, että on nainen, joka on komentanut kahdesti avaruusasemaa.

Expedition 52 Crew Lands with Whitson, Fischer

NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA, along with Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, landed in Kazakhstan at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2. With the 288 days Whitson spent in space on this mission, she holds the U.S. record for cumulative time in space, with 665 days in space during three long-duration missions.

She has spent more time in orbit during a single spaceflight (288 days) than any other woman. Whitson also holds the records for most spacewalks and time spent spacewalking by a female astronaut. During her second mission, she became the first woman to command the space station, and during this mission, she became the first woman to command the station twice.

Three ISS Crewmates Safely Return to Earth
Peggy Whitson’s Thoughts on the Mission
Peggy Whitson Sets New Record For Time in Space

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 3 announced that North Korea may have conducted a nuclear test, its sixth and first in a year, citing data obtained by the Meteorological Agency.

“The agency detected seismic waves with the epicenter in and around North Korea,” Abe told reporters. “There is the possibility that it was not an earthquake and that it was caused by a North Korean nuclear test.”

He added, “We find it completely unacceptable and must protest strongly if it is confirmed to be a nuclear test.”

The prime minister said he will call a meeting of the National Security Council to gather information for analysis and has ordered government ministries and agencies to collect and analyze data, offer information to the public in a timely manner and work together with the United States, South Korea, China and Russia.

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