Extreme Weather

Government, Business, Safety

Wildfire Blazes Across Northern California

Fire burns down house Noah Berger/Associated Press

A wildfire that moved so fast that firefighters couldn’t hope to stop it quadrupled in size Nov. 9 after destroying several thousand buildings and leveling much of a Northern California town of nearly 30,000 people, authorities said.

Don Thompson and Jocelyn Gecker | Associated Press
November 9, 2018
Government, Safety

Hurricane Michael Cuts Swath of ‘Unimaginable Destruction’

Aftermath of Hurricane Michael Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Oct. 11 with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews began making their way into the stricken areas in hopes of accounting for hundreds of people who may have defied evacuation orders.

Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington | Associated Press
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Hurricane Michael Hits Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Michael Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Moist air, warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, and ideal wind patterns turbocharged Hurricane Michael in the hours before it smacked Florida’s Panhandle.Hurricane Michael’s wind speed increased by 50 mph in 24 hours, to 140 mph Oct. 10.

Seth Borenstein | Associated Press
October 10, 2018
Government, Safety

Gulf Coast Braces for ‘Monstrous’ Hurricane Michael

Boats leaving the gulf before Hurricane Michael hits Devon Ravine/Associated Press

Residents of Florida’s Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats Oct. 8 as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the state’s Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days.

Jennifer Kay and Gary Fineout | Associated Press
October 9, 2018
Government, Safety

Officials Warn Arizona Dam Could Fail, More Floods Possible

Flood waters in Arizona Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

An earthen dam in Arizona’s southern desert could fail because the lake behind it is swollen with storm runoff, and more flooding caused by rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa is possible elsewhere in the state.

Associated Press
October 3, 2018

Rosa Expected to Flood Roads From Arizona to Utah

Car driving in flooded street Randy Hoeft\Associated Press

PHOENIX — After soaking northwestern Mexico with heavy rains as it neared the Baja California Peninsula, reportedly claiming at least one victim, Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to drench the U.S. Southwest.

Terry Tang and Peter Orsi | Associated Press
October 2, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Volvo Cars Shuts Plant With Hurricane Florence Forcing Evacuations

Hurricane Florence A Volvo S60 luxury sedan at the plant outside Charleston. (Volvo Cars)

Volvo Car Group will temporarily idle its new car factory in South Carolina after Hurricane Florence spurred orders to evacuate areas in the path of the Category 4 storm.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Deep Freeze Slows Flights, Sorting at FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

A deep freeze following snow Jan. 16 continued to disrupt FedEx’s world hub in Memphis on Jan. 17, causing potential delays in package deliveries.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
January 18, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Snow Causes FedEx Hiccup

Woodys Aeroimages/Flickr

Memphis International Airport saw little impact on passenger flights from a winter storm early Jan. 16, but FedEx’s cargo operation experienced disruptions that could affect deliveries.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
January 17, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truckers Benefit From Weather Forecasting Technology

Truck in snow TT File Photo

Increasingly sophisticated weather forecasting applications are helping fleets and drivers navigate around adverse weather conditions that could pose safety risks or delay the movement of freight.

Jim Romeo | Special to Transport Topics
September 18, 2017