Hurricane Iota Becomes a Category 5 Storm

first_img– Advertisement – The storm was 100 miles southeast of Cabo Gracias Dios on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Monday morning. The storm was moving west at 9 m.p.h. Iota was expected to make landfall in the area on Monday night.A hurricane warning was in effect for several cities along the coast of both countries, where the storm was expected to produce up to 30 inches of rain in some areas through Friday. The intense rainfall could lead to significant flash flooding and mudslides in higher elevations, the center said, and that Iota was forecast to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night. Forecasters warned that damage from Hurricane Iota could compound the destruction caused by Hurricane Eta in Central America. As Hurricane Iota intensified and inched closer to the coastline of Nicaragua and Honduras, it appeared that there would be no reprieve for Ms. Rodríguez and many others weary residents of the region.The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane Monday morning, was expected to make landfall by Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Those in the path of Hurricane Iota were not the only ones comparing it to Hurricane Eta.“It’s eerie that it’s similar in wind speed and also in the same area that Eta hit,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s impact will be felt “well before the center makes landfall,” Mr. Feltgen said.- Advertisement – “I am afraid of the sea level,” Ms. Rodríguez said. “You can see the water coming up and up every minute, so I guess we will have to evacuate.”- Advertisement – The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which is set to end on Nov. 30, has seen 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes. Meteorologists exhausted the 21-name list that is used each season, turning to the Greek alphabet to name systems. The last time the Greek alphabet was used was in 2005, which saw 28 storms strong enough to be named.Scientists have found that climate change affects how hurricanes form and strengthen; rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming can cause storms to weaken more slowly and remain destructive for longer. In a recent study, scientists found that 50 years ago a typical storm would have lost more than three-quarters of its intensity in the first 24 hours, when it might travel several hundred miles inland, but now it would only lose about half.Alfonso Flores Bermúdez reported from Puerto Cabezas, Derrick Taylor from London, Allyson Waller from Texas and Neil Vigdor from New York. Johnny Diaz contributed reporting from Miami. More than 60 deaths were confirmed throughout Central America from Hurricane Eta. In Guatemala, rescuers feared that more than 100 people had been killed in the village of Quejá after the storm chopped off part of a mountain slope.Many people in the region were left homeless after a number of structures were damaged or destroyed. “Shelter is going to be a problem,” Mr. Feltgen said.Dozens of Indigenous communities were evacuated starting on Saturday night in Nicaragua and Honduras. In Puerto Cabezas, families were sleeping amid the rubble left from the previous hurricane.Elsewhere in the country, it was not immediately clear how many people had been transferred to shelters, but photos taken by residents showed hundreds of people being evacuated in Cabo Gracias a Dios and other remote villages.SINAPRED, the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters in Nicaragua, had also suspended sailing and fishing in nearby waters.Sadam Vinicius, a father of three, decided to stay with his family at their home near the coast. Afraid of losing his roof, he tried to save it from damage by tying it up with ropes he uses for his work as a fisherman. “We have not received any aid from the government yet,” Mr. Vinicius said. “I am afraid of losing my roof.” PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua — The situation was all too familiar for Marina Rodríguez: A destructive storm in what has been a record-setting Atlantic hurricane season was bearing down on the Mosquito Coast.The previous storm, Hurricane Eta, washed away her home less than two weeks ago, said Ms. Rodríguez, 47, whose children were helping her build a temporary shelter on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Inspired by holiday memories

first_imgThere is also a large family room with a fireplace, and doors that open on to the entertainers deck. On the upper level, there is four bedrooms including the master suite which has a walk-in-robe, spacious ensuite and a private, shaded balcony that feels like being in a treehouse. There is also a study and family bathroom. Mrs Riggall said they would miss waking up to the birds singing in the morning. “Every single day is just like being on holidays,” she said. The house is listed with Jason Adcock of Adcock Prestige and will go to auction at 10am on November 3. “We completed a major 18 month refurbishment of the property to penthouse standard before we moved in in 2012,” Mrs Riggall said. “We designed the renovations with these memories in mind … so that every day would feel like we were living in a resort.”The Riggall’s have lived at 27 Sutton St in Chelmer for seven years, but with their four children now adults, the time has come to move on. The couple said their favourite feature of the house was the wooden deck, which was built around the Poinciana and Jacaranda trees and overlooks the river.It is a spot they often sit with a glass of wine and watch the sun set. The four bedroom, four bathroom house sits on a 1752sq m double block with 34m of river frontage. There is a full-size championship tennis court, a large pool, spacious outdoor entertaining spaces, a cabana-style studio and a 12m pontoon with a jetty.A Japanese-style water feature and footbridge marks the entrance to the resort-style home. On the ground level, there is a media room and a spacious living and dining area. The gourmet kitchen has state-of-the-art appliances, a grill and induction wok cooktop built into the double island bench, a wine fridge, and boiling/chilled water tap and an extra-large sink. center_img This stunning riverfront house at Chelmer has a raneg of resort-style amenities.A SUNSHINE Coast resort was the inspiration for the 18 month renovation of this stunning riverfront house in Chelmer.Owners Jane and Brian Riggall had spent many family vacations at the Twin Waters resort, and it was those memories that helped transform the residence in to what it is today. Speaking of why they bought the property in the first place, Mrs Riggall said they were a “yachting family” and had previously lived on the river at Norman Park.“We had been looking for the perfect riverfront, resort-style property suitable for our 50ft catamaran for over 10 years. Then we found this,” she said.“It’s open, light and breezy, with gorgeous views. We have no neighbours — just a serene, low-stress outlook of the Brisbane River.“And, it’s only 20 minutes from the CBD, so what’s not to like?”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agolast_img read more

Wenger hails resurgent Ramsey

first_imgArsene Wenger hailed the resurgence of Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal after the Welshman gave the Gunners’ boss the perfect anniversary present by inspiring them to a 2-1 victory at Swansea and sending them top of the Barclays Premier League. The win comes 17 years after Wenger succeeded Bruce Rioch as Gunners’ boss in 1996, and he admitted it made the result especially sweet. “It’s better than any cake,” he said. “The first half was difficult, Swansea played well, were sharper than us and we did not play with enough purpose. “In the second half we played in a more compact way and took advantage every time we won the ball and had the chance to counter and be dangerous. “We have seen a different Arsenal this season, we are more clinical and playing with more purpose. We hung on a bit in the last 15 minutes, but I felt we deserved to win. “It’s early stages, we have only played six games, and let’s not forget we were in a massive crisis after losing the first game as well. “But in our job the only way to respond is on the pitch and we did.” While Arsenal are enjoying a remarkable run of away success, Swansea remain without a home win since March, and manager Michael Laudrup felt a lack of concentration during a short spell in the second half had proved costly. He said: “We did well in the first half, but we defended too deep for the first goal, there were a lot of bodies but when you are that deep, one or two quality players can create a chance like they did. “We then lost our position. The players wanted to go forward immediately to get the equaliser and when you do that you leave space for Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey and you can have problems, they created a chance and scored the other. “I am disappointed that for 10-12 minutes we gave it away, we were punished in a very small period of the game.” Laudrup also defended his decision to leave record signing Wilfried Bony on the bench, despite the striker already having bagged five goals for the club. The Dane, who went with Michu up top, said: “It’s logical, we needed players in midfield. When you face Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal they have good midfield players so you need players in that area.” In-form Ramsey teed up Serge Gnabry for the 58th minute opener, before scoring his eighth goal of the season just four minutes later to seal the win and Arsenal’s 12th consecutive victory on the road in all competitions. Swansea gave as good as they got during a tight first half, and Ben Davies pulled a goal back late on, but it proved a mere consolation. Press Association Arsenal have now won nine on the trot and owner Stan Kroenke’s public backing of Wenger has proved particularly timely given how they have responded from defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day, and the clinical edge with which they dispatched a Swansea side finding some form. Ramsey was as key on this occasion as he has been throughout Arsenal’s excellent run, and his mix of poise and composure in possession was too much for Swansea to handle. Wenger hailed the attitude of the 22-year-old, particularly the way he has fought back from the horrific broken leg he suffered against Stoke in 2010. “Let’s not forget his career was disturbed by a big injury and you need to have patience,” he said. “After that people were impatient and put pressure on him when he had bad games, but I believe that was the turning point, when he was questioned. “It is always an important period in the life of a footballer. “Can you get back to basics and work harder? Or do you feel sorry for yourself and give up? “When I saw him respond how he did I always knew he could come back, that’s why I kept faith in him. He has improved his technique and does not rush his decisions, for example his goal needed a good first touch and a quick finish, and he did not rush it and showed his confidence.” last_img read more

Breaking: Dortmund Suspends Ousmane Dembele Indefinitely, Barcelona Move Imminent

first_imgBorussia Dortmund has suspended wantaway forward and Barcelona target, Ousmane Dembele, “from the team training until further notice.”Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s Sporting Director, told the club’s official website: “Our focus now is on a concentrated preparation of the team for the Bundesliga opening match in Wolfsburg this coming weekend,”“Ousmane Dembélé, of course, has the opportunity to do an individual training off the track.” Last Thursday, Franch new outlet, L’Equipe, reported that 20-year-old Dembele is close to signing for Barcelona. More to follow shortly…RelatedVideo – Watch Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele Do A Neymar, Fights In TrainingAugust 1, 2017In “Europe”Breaking: Dortmund Agrees £110m Ousmane Dembele Transfer Fee From BarcelonaAugust 24, 2017In “Europe”Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele Misses Training, Close To Barcelona MoveAugust 10, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more