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October 26, 2010

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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The opening lap of the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the first ever FIA 2010 Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea. With two races to go, Alonso now leads the drivers’ championship, closely followed by Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

As Typhoon Megi reached China, heavy rain hit Yeongam on Sunday afternoon and the race was red-flagged for about half an hour, before conditions improved. Both Red Bull drivers failed to finish despite starting first and second from the grid before and after race restarted. Webber ran wide and hit a wall, hitting Nico Rosberg‘s Mercedes, and Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew up during his spurt to the finish line leading the race.

Fernando Alonso driving at the previous GP
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Hamilton changed places twice with Alonso behind Vettel, but finished second for McLaren. Alonso’s teammamte Felipe Massa closing the podium on third place. Michael Schumacher drove his best race in this season for Mercedes overtaking Robert Kubica‘s Renault after the restart following the red flag. Schumacher finished fourth and Kubica fifth.

Vitantonio Liuzzi placed his Force India on 6th place after his teammate, Adran Sutil, crashed in lap 47 after coming into contact with Kamui Kobayashi‘s {{w|BMW Sauber|Sauber}. Rubens Barrichello‘s Williams gets passes by both Kubica and Liuzzi to finish 7th ahead Kobayashi. The two German drivers of Sauber and Williams—Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg closed the top ten.

The situation in the season’s standings has now changed in favour of Alonso—the Spaniard leads the driver’s championship with 231 points, 11 more than Webber, who is in second place with 220 points. Hamilton and Vettel are third and fourth in the rankings with 210 and 206 respectively. Jenson Button has admitted he now has little hope of winning the title—he is in fifth with 189 points. The constructors’ standings list is still dominated by Red Bull, who have 426 points, McLaren with 399 and Ferrari with 374. There are two races left until the end of the season, the first in Brazil, and the second a week later in Abu Dhabi.



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October 25, 2010

Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize

Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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Hurricane Richard made landfall in Belize about 20 mi (35 km) south-southeast of Belize City with winds of 90 mph (150 kph) at approximately 6:45 local time (0045 UTC) according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Richard is currently lashing the country with strong winds and heavy rain, which, officials have said, could cause life threatening floods and landslides.

Richard seven hours before landfall
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Officials have revealed that 10,000 people are currently sheltering in schools and churches, while some have moved to Belmopan, as the country is battered by strong winds and heavy rains. Although tourists have been evacuated from vulnerable areas, some residents have decided to ride out the storm in their homes.

The area which Richard made landfall in is populated with neighborhoods made of wooden houses with zinc roofs. According to a clerk at a bed and breakfast, Fanny Llanos, “the winds are very strong [and are] getting stronger.” She also said that palm trees were struggling in the winds and there were loud sounds all around.

It has also been reported that 3 foot (1 meter) waves were beginning to hit the docks. Local emergency officials have advised store owners not to increase prices as people tried to stock up for the impending arrival of the hurricane.

Landslides have blocked one of the countries highways in the Colon province, blocking access to 40 towns leaving 15,000 people trapped. Teams are trying to clear the highway. Residents have advised that they have taken adequate preparations for the storm with one man saying that “he expected only some beach erosion and minor damage to homes.”

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October 24, 2010

Tropical storm Richard nears hurricane strength, soaks Honduras

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Satellite image of Richard, which is expected to pass just north of Honduras and strike Belize and Mexico late Sunday as a hurricane.
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Tropical storm Richard is nearing hurricane strength with winds of 70 mph (115 kph) as it lashes Honduras with heavy rains. Richard is expected to pass just north of Honduras and strike Belize and Mexico late Sunday as a hurricane.

Richard is about 85 mi (140 km) east of Isla Guanaja Honduras and is expected to move further westward paralleling the coast of Honduras. Honduras and Belize are currently under a hurricane warning and the Mexican government has begun to evacuate fishermen from the Yucatán Peninsula, which is under a tropical storm warning, as strong winds and rain are expected over the next 24 hours.

Honduran officials have evacuated residents and tourists from coastal areas. “[We will] evacuate between 3,000 and 4,000 people that live in coastal zones where there could be a storm surge and heavy winds,” a Honduran emergency response official, Randolfo Funez, said. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) released a statement, which said: “A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the northern coast of Honduras and Belize…and 1 to 3 feet in the bay islands. Near the coast…the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.” They also advised that life threatening flash floods and landslides are possible, especially in mountainous areas in the storm’s path.

Richard is likely to plow through Belize and the Yucatán Peninsula before emerging into the Bay of Campeche as a tropical depression on Tuesday according to the Miami based National Hurricane Center. Some computer module forecasts have Richard affecting Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas rigs.

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Cyclone Giri makes landfall in Myanmar, kills one

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Satellite image of Cyclone Giri approaching Myanmar
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At least one person is dead and many more are missing as Cyclone Giri made landfall in Myanmar at around 8:00 pm local time (0130 UTC), according to officials. Giri strengthened just before making landfall in the capital of the Rakhine State, Sittwe, according to local media. An offical reported that a woman was killed in Minpyar when a tree collapsed, but he had not heard of anymore deaths yet. It was also reported that 100 fishermen are missing after the storm caught them in the northeastern Bay of Bengal.

The hardest hit area was the coastal town of Kyaukphyu, which suffered power loss and destruction of its seawall. A Red Cross worker reported that about 70% of the city had been destroyed and there were 60,000 people who were in need of help, however no deaths were reported. “Fishermen and people there have had time to move to safer places as disaster measures were already in place,” he said. “Our office in Kyaukphyu was destroyed by a falling tree… we have had problems getting transport and the latest data but are trying to reach the affected areas as soon as possible.”

Giri also produced wave heights of 7 to 8 meters (23-26 feet) which forced residents of St Martin’s island and Teknaf to move to shelters. According to a resident of Sittwe, “the authorities warned us with loudspeakers yesterday to prepare for the cyclone, so people had time to move safer places.” The strongest winds moved through the area on Saturday afternoon and then moved northeastward through the center of the country. Department of Meteorology and Hydrology stated that Giri is expected to weaken to a moderate tropical storm as it moves further inland.

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Richard becomes a hurricane, threatens Belize

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

A wind swath of Richard showing watches and warnings
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Richard has become a Category one hurricane with winds of 85 mph (155 kph) according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.It is heading west-northwestward and is expected to make landfall in Belize sometime this evening.

Richard is located 95 mi (155 km) east of Belize City, Belize, however it is still dumping heavy rains in Honduras. Sections of the north coast of Honduras, from Limón westward to Puerto Cortes and the Bay Islands including Rotan, Utila and Guanaja, as well as the entire country of Belize are still under a hurricane warning according to the Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning is also up for east coast of Yucatán Peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Chetumal. The tropical storm warning and watch are discontinued for areas east of Limón eastward to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

The Hurricane Center is warning people residing in hurricane warning areas to brace for hurricane conditions by this evening and to rush all preparations to completion. The first bands of Richard brining tropical storm forced winds are expected to arrive within twelve to eighteen hours. Hurricane force winds extend 15 mi (30 km) from the center, while topical storm force winds extend 105 mi (165 km).

The hurricane is expected to plow through Belize and Mexico before emerging into the Bay of Campeche as a depression. The depression could pose a threat to oil rigs in the Bay of Campeche.

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October 23, 2010

Tropical storm Richard forms, drifts towards Honduras

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Satellite image of Tropical Storm Richard on October 22 approaching Honduras
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Tropical Storm Richard formed in the western Caribbean Thursday and is currently moving slowly westward towards Honduras. A gradual motion to the west is expected later on, and the tropical storm is forecast to impact Honduras and then the Yucatan Peninsula. As a result, several watches and warnings are in effect for Honduras from its border with Nicaragua west to Limón and the Bay islands.

Richard currently sustains winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and is expected to strengthen further, possibly into a hurricane by Saturday. Richard has dumped heavy rains over Jamaica and is expected to produce rainfall in Honduras, then trek towards the Yucatan Peninsula and enter the Gulf of Mexico.

Richard has already caused widespread flooding across western parishes of Jamaica, which is currently under a flash flood watch. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning are in effect for the north coast of Honduras from the Nicaragua/Honduras border westward to Limón to the Bay islands. A hurricane watch is in effect for eastern Mexico from Gruesa to Chetumal. There is also a tropical storm watch up for Belize and a tropical storm warning for Honduras from Limón westward to the Guatemala border. Richard is not expected to be a threat to oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.



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Typhoon Megi kills seven in Taiwan, heads towards southern China

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Projected path of Megi
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Typhoon Megi passed by Taiwan devastating the island, killing seven and trapping 400 in automobiles. Megi is currently heading northwards and is expected to make landfall in Mainland China by 0600 UTC today. Megi currently has winds of 150 kph (95 mph) with gusts of 185 kph (115 mph).

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency at least 23 people were missing including nineteen passengers of a tour bus. Rescuers were searching for the missing persons, while distributing aid to stranded tourists in the mountainous northwestern region of the country.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported that helicopter were able to evacuate 70 people from the country, it was reported that the driver and a passenger from a second tour bus were also listed as missing.

According to a spokesman from Taiwan’s National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission, Cai Min, soldiers were deployed to rescue 200 stranded Chinese tourists, more than 24 tourists had been rescued as of Friday.

A satellite image of Megi
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The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has advised that Megi could make landfall in South China as early as 0600 UTC today. Although Megi is expected to make landfall quite a distance from Hong Kong, local officials are reminding residents to remain alert. The government has deployed teams to Hong Kong to mount sandbags, clear drains and trim trees, temporary shelters have also been opened.

Domestic and international flights in Southern China have been cancelled as strong gales are moving in ahead of Megi. About 130,000 fishing boats in the Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan provinces have been called back to port and about 150,000 in Fujian have fled to safety. The highest warning level has been issued for coastal ares China in anticipation of Megi. The warning gives officials the power to evacuate areas six hours before impact, close schools, airports and recall vessels in danger back to port.

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October 21, 2010

Typhoon Megi heads towards China

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Satellite image of Typhoon Megi
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After devastating the Philippines, Typhoon Megi is heading towards Mainland China and is expected to make landfall on Saturday. The typhoon regained its Super Typhoon status and is expected to make landfall east of Hong Kong and currently has winds of 185 kph (115 mph) with wind gusts up to 235 kph (145 mph).

Projected path of Megi
Image: Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Hong Kong hoisted the lowest typhoon alert level and winds in the area are expected to gradually strengthen in the coming days. The China oceanic administration has advised that wave heights of 5–7 meters (16–23 feet) are possible. The ministry of civil affairs and the state disaster relief commission have issued a national disaster warning.

Officials in the resort island of Hainan have suspended train services in and out of the island and brought 2500 fishing boats back to the harbor. Billboards in Sanya are being removed so that there is a lesser threat of danger to pedestrians. In the eastern South China sea oil platforms were evacuated and Asia’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec Corp, has suspended some oil shipments to Hong Kong.



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October 20, 2010

Ten dead, nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi clears Philippines

Ten dead, nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi clears Philippines

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Ten people are confirmed dead and nine injured as Super Typhoon Megi, also known as Juan, cleared the Philippines Tuesday. Megi is the strongest typhoon to strike the country this year.

Megi is currently a “super typhoon” with winds in excess of 185 km/h (115 mph). It brought strong winds and heavy rains to northern provinces Monday, knocking out power and forcing the cancellation of flights.

Experts indicated that Megi might damage up to 60% of the rice crop in the Cagayan valley on the main island of Luzon, producer of about one-third of the rice for the Philippines.

Reports state that landslides have blocked roads in the Apayao province, Luzon. Four casualties were caused by drowning, three by a building collapse, two by collapsed trees and one by a lightning strike. It has been reported that nine people were injured in Cagayan, Kalinga, and Baguio City.

As the typhoon leaves the western shores of Luzon, US forecasters predict that it will reach mainland China on Thursday or Friday
Image: Joint Typhoon Warning Center, US Dept. of Defense.

Thousands of soldiers were on standby as the storm hit, ready to deliver aid to those affected.

Megi began to clear the Philippines and is heading towards mainland China. The typhoon soaked the capital, Manila, with rain until 8 pm local time Tuesday.



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October 18, 2010

One dead as Super Typhoon Megi makes landfall in Philippines

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Monday, October 18, 2010

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One man is confirmed drowned in a river as Super Typhoon Megi, also known as Juan, makes landfall in the Philippines. Megi is the strongest typhoon to strike the country this year.

A change in direction sees warnings for the capital, Manila, decrease to level one – an alert indicating winds around 60 km/h (35 mph) are probable.

Megi is currently a super typhoon with winds in excess of 190 km/h (120 mph). It is estimated that Megi could damage up to 60% of the rice crop in the Cagayan valley on the main island of Luzon, producer of about one-third of the rice for the country.

The typhoon has brought strong winds and heavy rains to two coastal northern provinces, knocking out power and forcing the cancellation of flights. The head of the national disaster agency, Benito Ramos, states 3,000 people have been evacuated from Cagayan. Officials have also warned that extensive damage is likely.

Reports state that landslides have blocked roads in the Apayao province, Luzon. The confirmed casualty was a farmer, washed away by a river.

Officials are warning residents of the possibility of rough seas, flash floods and landslides. The president of the Philippines has called an emergency cabinet meeting in a military base in Manila to review disaster preparations; thousands of soldiers are on standby, ready to deliver aid to those affected.



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