THE HURRICANE / TYPHOON SEASON OF 2001/2002
compiled by Dee Finney
A Prophecy? 9-10-2001
There was something written on the woodwork of the
I then saw a white screen with a table of how this was
That's a lot of water!!!!!
Fatal mudslide as typhoon nears Japan
September 10, 2001
TOKYO, Japan -- At least two people were killed in a mudslide as powerful typhoon Danas bore down on Japan Monday.
Whipping up violent waves and battering a wide swathe of the main island Honshu, Danas delivered torrential rains in the second such storm in less than a month.
About 9,600 rail passengers were stranded in central Japan after strong winds and lashing rains kept two dozen of the country's super-fast bullet trains from leaving stations, rail officials said.
Police in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, said two highway maintenance workers died in hospital after being buried in a mudslide.
Public broadcaster NHK said several people had been reported missing, while Fire Agency officials put the number of missing at four, said Associated Press news agency.
Danas appeared likely to head north along the main island of Honshu and could directly strike land late on Monday, passing closest to Tokyo early on Tuesday morning.
Additionally, a waterlogged hillside gave way burying 20 parked cars in the town of Ootsuki, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Tokyo, according to local police spokesman Tadashi Atobe. No one was injured.
Some highways throughout the region were also closed due to the stormy weather, public broadcaster NHK also reported.
By early afternoon, the typhoon, Japan's 15th of the season, hovered over the Pacific Ocean about 360 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Tokyo, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii.
Packing maximum winds of 126 kilometers (78 miles) per hour, Dana was heading northwest at 10 kph (6.2 mph), the agency said.
The Dana 'experience'
The name Dana comes from the Tagalog word meaning "to experience." Tagalog is a major language in the Philippines.
It was expected to hit coastal areas of central and eastern Japan late Monday or early Tuesday.
Rainfall could reach 400 milliliters (16 inches) in some areas of the storm's path by Tuesday morning, the Meteorological Agency said.
By midmorning Monday, areas of Tokyo were already being inundated with up to 62 millimeters (2.5 inches) of rain an hour, the agency said.
After hitting land, the storm was forecast to head into northern Japan.
Separately, another storm hovered off Kumejima, one of the islands in the Okinawan chain in Japan's southernmost prefecture (state), Monday morning, the agency said.
Nari was packing winds up to 108 kph (67 mph), the agency said.
Strengthening Hurricane Erin bears down on Bermuda
September 8, 2001
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The first Atlantic hurricane of the season churned toward Bermuda Saturday night, with experts forecasting even stronger winds over the next 24 hours.
Boasting maximum sustained winds at 85 mph and even more potent gusts, Hurricane Erin is moving north-northwest toward Bermuda. The island's government declared a hurricane warning -- up from a hurricane watch -- late Saturday.
As of 11 p.m. EDT, an Air Force "hurricane watcher" plane placed Erin 325 miles southeast of Bermuda, but creeping closer at a rate of 15 mph.
The storm's center could be over the island on Sunday or Sunday night, the National Weather Service said, dumping 5 to 10 inches of rain.
Forecasters also warned the storm will be accompanied by above normal tides and large, dangerous waves.
Forecasters said Erin's hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from its center, with tropical storm gusts blowing up to 145 miles out.
The escalation to hurricane status represents the latest in Erin's up-and-down ride since it first appeared in the Atlantic last week. Just three days ago, the storm had dissipated to a tropical wave -- only to regain tropical storm status a few days later.
Five storms have reached named status this hurricane season in the Atlantic, but Erin is the first to become a hurricane. All rode a roller coaster of strengthening and weakening as they plowed their way west.
Meanwhile, a tropical depression that formed in the eastern Atlantic on Friday lost its form and weakened a day later.
Tropical depression seven's maximum sustained winds were only 25 mph on Saturday evening, with gusts surging to 35 mph. The remnants of the storm, located about 750 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, are moving westward at 16 mph.
NOTE: As of 9-10-2001, Erin has slid past Bermuda without much damage, but is heading for Canada
| Tropical Storm Dean losing steam - August 28, 2001
Chantal weakens to tropical depression - August 21, 2001
Fading Barry headed for Mississippi, Arkansas - August 6, 2001
Allison's 12-day march leaves 35 dead, $1 billion plus in damage - June 17, 2001
Erin dissipating, forecasters say - September 5, 2001
|Allison's 12-day march leaves 35 dead, $1 billion plus in damage
June 17, 2001
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- For 12 days, the storm system that first moved ashore as Tropical Storm Allison has menaced the United States, sweeping from Texas across to Florida and then moving up the coast to New England.
Flooding, lightning and tornadoes associated with the storm system have claimed at least 35 lives and left at least 13 others injured.
Figures compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirm 20 deaths in Texas and one each in Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition, four people died in an explosion at an apartment complex in suburban Philadelphia on Sunday that appears to be related to the storm. And Florida emergency management officials have reported nine storm-related deaths.
Also in Texas, critically ill patients died after floodwaters knocked out power at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. However, hospital officials said those deaths could not be blamed on the storm.
Texas officials estimated that the storm has caused more than $1 billion in damage there. FEMA figures show $2 million to $4 million in damage in Georgia and $18 million in Florida.
FEMA is projecting that flood insurance claims from property owners in Texas and Louisiana will top $350 million, with about 20,000 claims in Texas and 5,000 claims in Louisiana.
National Weather Service figures show that Allison dumped 35.7 inches of rain at Greens Bayou in Harris County, Texas, near Houston, in a five-day period. The storm left nearly 21 inches of rain in Morgan City, Louisiana, and set a record for rainfall in a 24-hour period in Tallahassee, Florida -- 9.47 inches on June 11.
Allison was still packing enough power to dump about 9 inches of rain in parts of Pennsylvania Saturday night. The storm, which has moved into southern New England, is expected to move over the Atlantic Ocean on Monday