Powerful typhoon Molave in the Philippines and Vietnam
Once the Philippines residents recovered from the tropical storm Saudel, typhoon Molave struck the island again on October the 25th, 2020.
Casualties and missing people have been reported.
The wind speed reached nearly a 140 km per hour. Luzon Island was hit by the force of nature the most. Villages were flooded, roofs torn down, trees toppled and power lines broken. About 25 thousand residents were forced to leave their homes.
On October 28th, the same typhoon hit the central part of Vietnam. It has been the strongest typhoon in the country for the last 20 years. People were killed, injured and some went missing.
In some places, the wind speed reached 165 km per hour. Hundreds of roofs were damaged, and multiple cars were damaged by fallen trees. Over a 1.5 million families were left without electricity. Evacuation of local population took place. Air and rail communications were stopped during the storm.
Earlier, on October 25th, 2020 tropical storm Zeta struck Jamaica. Unfortunately, there had been casualties reported. Many residents were forced to leave their homes and look for a safe place. The storm brought heavy rains causing floods and landslides, which made some roads impassable. Some towns were left without power.
The next day, the tropical storm became the hurricane Zeta and hit the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula. A strong wind toppled trees and blew off roofs from multiple houses. Coastal waves reached a height of 7 meters.
On October 28th, the hurricane hit the state of Louisiana in the USA. One death was reported.
Because of the strong wind that reached 180 km per hour, many buildings were damaged and trees broken. The roads off the coast were flooded by the raging force of nature. Over 500,000 residents were left without electricity.
The hurricane continued on other states of the United Sates causing more damage.
Massive wildfires and record snowfall in the US
In California, the sky has finally gone to its normal color but the fires are still ongoing. They have been named the most devastating and extensive in the history of observations.
On October 27th, within just one day, more than 90,000 residents of Orange County were forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing wildfires which cannot be extinguished.
Two of the largest wildfires on record are raging in the state of Colorado. Over 300 homes and hundreds of other buildings have been destroyed.
Meanwhile, record-breaking early snowfalls began in Central United States, in Montana, Iowa, and Minnesota. Record low temperatures – minus 33 degrees Celsius, and record high snowfall - up to 63 centimeters of snow have been recorded in Montana. This is an absolute record for the end of October for the entire history of observations.
At the same time, a rare ice storm struck the American states of Oklahoma and Texas on October the 26th, 27th. And for the first time in history, ice storm warnings were issued in the cities of Norman and Tulsa in October. A state of emergency was declared in 47 counties.
Branches of trees were covered with ice up to 13 mm thick, causing them to break off and fall onto power lines. As a result, more than 300 thousand houses were left without power. Road traffic was disrupted and many schools in Oklahoma were closed.
More serious cataclysms are predicted to take place on our planet as a result of global climate change. And in order for us to overcome them, humanity must unite, unite on the basis of a creative society – mutual respect, love and kindness.
Hail, flood and tornado on Crete, Greece. Storm Barbara in Europe
On October 20th, 2020 the Greek island of Crete was hit by heavy hail after which the streets were covered with snow drifts. The bad weather caused a lot of damage to the island. In particular, the residents of Heraklion, Chania and Malia were affected the most as the height of the icy cover reached 20 cm in some places. In some areas, many houses were flooded and the power supply cut off. Greenhouses and the crops were damaged. The island's main highway was also covered with a thick layer of ice.
Shortly before that, there had been a very dry and hot weather on the island. Such weather phenomena are abnormal for Crete, where the climate is usually mild. Nothing alike has happened there in the past 90 years.
On October 21st, southern Greece was flooded after heavy rains and water-tornadoes were seen. In the area of Nea Alicarnassos, dozens of roads were flooded, and in the vicinity of Heraklion, several people were rescued from their cars stuck in waters.
Also, off the coast of the islands of Santorini, Rhodes and Naxos, there was an unusual outbreak of water-tornadoes.
Later, on October 23rd, the storm struck the north-west of the country turning the roads into rivers in the municipalities of Agrinio, Janina and Navpakta.
Yesterday, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 happened on the Greek island Samos, with its epicenter in Aegean Sea. On several Greek islands, as well as in Izmir province of Turkey, buildings were damaged and houses destroyed. Rescue work has been underway.
Earlier, on October 20th, storm Barbara struck Europe. Portugal and Spain were hit first and orange and red level of alert was declared there. Heavy rains and powerful winds in Portugal caused floods, falling trees and damaged buildings.
In several cities of Spain, streets were also flooded and trees toppled. Wind gusts reached 150 km per hour. The residents of the municipality of Huelva experienced the worst effects of the disaster.
The Barbara storm also brought bad weather to southern Great Britain and France.
Residents of Greece state that such fierce weather had not been observed in earlier years.
Global cataclysms are occurring now with an increasing frequency. When the force of nature comes, it brings chaos and destruction and with such a dynamic of cataclysms, how many areas will remain suitable for living? How will we all cooperate? Will we share our shelter, food, and help each other in action and in kind words? In the consumerist society, this is impossible, because relationships between people are based on egocentricity, and human life is devalued. Therefore, it is important to start a new format of relationships, build a Creative Society!
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