Already this weekend more than 122 reports of tornadoes have been logged. The widespread devastation of these twisters is mind boggling. Today a wide swath of the central U.S. states are in a severe storm danger zone.
2012’s tornado season started early, and is expected to rival or surpass that of 2011, which was reported as being the most deadly season in nearly a century having claimed the lives of some 550 people. The Storm Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, had issued warnings of Saturday's developing system.
Two massive earthquakes struck off the Sumatra coast today raising tsunami alarms around the region. The first was an 8.7 magnitude at 2:38PM in the afternoon 268 miles off shore from Band Aceh. The earthquake shook building for up to 4 minutes, and sent local inhabitants running for high ground. The second quake hit only 2 hours later at 4:43PM 382 miles off shore from Band Aceh.
Both earthquake raised tsunami alarms that were later lifted. The reported waves that hit the coast were recorded at a mere two and a half feet.
The First rule of floods is to move to high ground. Flood waters can carry debris, and trigger landslides. Only Six inches of fast moving water can take your feet out from under you. Never try to walk, swim or even drive through flood waters! Twenty four inches of fast moving flood waters is enough to wash a car downstream.
Know the flood risk in the area, the history of flooding, and elevation above flood stage. Have a flood evacuation plan / route. Be aware of the roads that may become flooded.