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A freak weather system slammed into the GTA overnight. The rare “thundersnow” system brought heavy wind, rain, snow and the occasional flash of lightning. Gusts of 90 km/h toppled trees and traffic lights and a wind warning issued by Environment Canada remained in effect for much of southern Ontario Sunday morning. Fallen trees and hydro wires shut down Rosedale Valley Rd between Bayview Ave. and Park Rd. overnight. Toronto Hydro reported multiple pockets of power outages across the city, the largest being east of Yonge St. and south of Danforth Ave. Toronto Hydro spokesperson Thelma Hatzis said about 10,000 customers lost power overnight. Hatzsis said power should be restored across Toronto by the afternoon. A number of house fires are being pinned on the storm. In Vaughan, the attic of a home near Islington Ave. and Major Mackenzie Dr. caught fire after it was struck by lightning. The residents were at home sleeping when it hit, police said, but managed to escape unscathed. While parts of downtown Toronto got pounded by rain, suburban communities experienced heavy snowfall and, in the case of Brampton, golf-ball sized hail. According to Environment Canada winds in Toronto remained around 55 km/h with gusts of up to 70 km/h, as of 9 a.m. Sunday. Flurries are expected later in the day, the weather agency said.
A boil-water advisory will remain in effect at least into Saturday for homes near a sinkhole caused by a water main break at Adams Street and Gladstone Drive SE. Crews early Thursday, Jan. 24, reconnected 85 homes to water and were repairing the intersection where a break in a 30-inch pipe the previous day siphoned dirt down an incline on Gladstone and left a large sinkhole. The photos at right show some of today’s cleanup.
Officials are investigating a "good-sized" sinkhole in DeLand that has swallowed a large tree and a portion of a fence. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said the sinkhole opened near Mill Road and State Road 17. Officials estimated the hole to be 32 feet and 30 feet deep. Local 6 News helicopter Sky 6 flew over the hole, which is located in a rural area of DeLand. A home is located about 50 yards from the sinkhole.
An 18-inch deep sink hole in the middle of the 1200 block of West Bank Street may not have, “swallowed a car,” as heard on emergency scanner traffic, but it did require a city crew to patch it. The sinkhole, which measured 2 feet by 3 feet, was in the middle of the road in front of a 1217 West Bank Street home. Just after 4:15 p.m., a Salisbury Police officer was flagged by a motorist and parked his patrol vehicle in the middle of the road. The officer alerted motorists to move over slightly to either side of the road, around the hole.
A sinkhole is not expected to delay the opening of the new Publix store in Oxford. The sinkhole appeared this week on the grounds of a retail development called "Oxford Commons," located on Leon Smith Parkway at I-20. The site was once part of the old antebellum "Davis Farm" and archaeologists say it was a Native American village before that.
A detention basin at Springfield’s water treatment plant has partially collapsed, dumping sludge held within the basin into the Red River. The collapse was caused by a sinkhole at the base of the detention basin. Springfield’s Water/Wastewater Director Roger Lemasters said the 150-foot square basin emptied on or around Jan. 5 when a worker noticed the water from that basin was gone. “It’s causing some big issues,” Lemasters said. “We have the two basins, but can only use one now.” Meg Lockhart, a spokesperson with Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), said in an email on Thursday, Jan. 17, that the wastewater is not raw sewage.
A sink-hole was found in the Holladay area Saturday. The giant hole is 10 feet deep and about 20 feet wide. It's located at 4525 South Wasatch Boulevard. Police say they're not sure what caused it, but rushing water was heard beneath the surface. It could take days for crews to repair the hole.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities crews have repaired a 12-inch broken water pipe under Tyvola Centre Drive that had shut off water to nearby apartments all day Monday.
A giant sinkhole that swallowed up an SUV has closed a portion of roadway in Smithtown early Tuesday morning. According to police, a 911 call was received indicating that an SUV had driven into the sinkhole. Police said the Suffolk County Water Authority is working on the problem. Mount Pleasant Road remians closed in both directions between Cambridge Road and Daisy Lane in Smithtown. Police said there were no reported injuries. The incident occurred at 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday.
Worth County Public Works crews are barricading a hole that has formed under part of Jewell Crowe Road in Western Worth County. Only part of the road is affected, and they hope to fill it in tomorrow. For the time being however, you should avoid the area if possible.
Originally posted by lasertaglover
Kudos for your continued awesome work on this theory.
Just wanted to add a little tidbit. SE Michigan here, been stuck in the cold for almost twenty years now. At least five times in the last month we have had a very strong sulphuric odor that has lasted for about a half hour. Kids, neighbors, and ex wife have all smelled. Definitely not a gas leak, and in my 20 years here, have never smelled it.
Smelled it last night around 9 pm, as I was adding some windshield wiper fluid to the car getting ready for the small snow we are getting today.
Anywho, thought I would share. Keep up the good work man.
Two people were critically injured and a Northern Kentucky home was destroyed after an explosion at the residence Friday morning. Newport fire officials say an explosion caused a large fire at the home located in the 1600 block of Waterworks Road in Newport at about 4:10 a.m. Witnesses said the explosion sounded like a “war zone.” Officials say natural gas was fueling the fire, but the cause of the actual explosion is being investigated. Read more: www.kypost.com...
Officials say Ida Neal and her son Dwayne Luttrell sustained critical burns in the explosion and emergency crews transported them to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Neal suffered burns to her face and hands will be released from the hospital in the next 2-3 days. Luttrell suffered third degree burns over 78 percent of his body and will have to remain hospitalized for the next 2-4 months for treatment. He is now on a breathing tube, officials say. Police say Neal and her son were responsive and talking when they left the scene. A third victim, Neal's husband Paul, sustained a compressed fracture in his back and cuts on his hand. Newport resident, Andy Crail said he heard the explosion from his neighboring house and ran outside to see what happened. “I sounded like a bomb went off, I didn’t know what to think,” Crail said. Read more: www.kypost.com...
The house went up in flames after the explosion and one officer said the house "fell into a pit" when it exploded. The frigid temperatures have made fighting the fire more difficult. The water quickly turned into ice, creating slick conditions for the firefighters. "We're dealing with fighting the fire, which is dealing with fighting with the heat, and those type of problems, and going to the extreme opposite, dealing with the cold and frostbite," Krogman said. Read more: www.kypost.com...
"They graze the top of the atmosphere and can stay for quite awhile," Cupillari said. "This fireball was so bright it lit up the entire sky around it. They usually burn up within one to three seconds. There was one I saw years ago that lasted for 5-20 seconds. It's very unusual for them to be so bright and last that long."
"Regular meteors can be seen on clear nights and sometimes you can see several in one night, but fireballs aren't very common," Cupillari said. "One night our camera picked up 32 meteors and none of them were fireballs." He added that when virtually all meteors are captured, the sky is black, but the one on Monday night lit up the sky.
The two-story lab will duplicate the low-temperature, high-pressure conditions needed to probe the mysteries of methane hydrates. "We're trying to add to the scientific underpinning of what, exactly, it means to have a chunk of ice on fire," said Derek Dunn-Rankin, a UCI engineering professor and the project's lead investigator. Methane hydrates form naturally under freezing temperatures and pressures greater than 100 times that of Earth's atmosphere. They are known to form along continental shelves as well as beneath Arctic permafrost. "They're just cages of water molecules around methane molecules," Dunn-Rankin said. But those simple cages could become the next big thing in fossil fuel extraction.
Attempts are under way around the world to try to mine methane hydrates, although getting them out of ocean sediments is extremely difficult. And a big worry is a by-product of burning them: carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that scientists say is the main driver of global warming. In Dunn-Rankin's lab, scientists will explore the physics of using the energy from the methane in place, rather than trying to extract it – and leaving the carbon dioxide buried there. "Rather than potentially damaging that environment, we are re-creating it in the laboratory, so we can study the science associated with it," he said.
Originally posted by Rezlooper
reply to post by JonnyMnemonic
That's quite a theory. Would explain a lot of phenomenon with the booms and flashes, and the fireballs. If the government knows about the real levels of these dangerous gases and their potential threat to our existence, they most likely wouldn't share what they know. They would have an agenda to do what they could to fix the problem all the while telling us everything is okay. If what you've just posted could be correct, then we've got a secret war on our hands...man vs. mother nature. Can man win?
A number of house fires are being pinned on the storm. In Vaughan, the attic of a home near Islington Ave. and Major Mackenzie Dr. caught fire after it was struck by lightning. The residents were at home sleeping when it hit, police said, but managed to escape unscathed.
Originally posted by byGRACE
Great thread, excellent information. I very much appreciate the time and energy you (all) have put in to this. Scary stuff though- Question on the ozone machines I read a disclaimer that ozone can be bad for people with asthma or breathing trouble anyone know if that is true?
Last night on the news there were 3 house fires here in Nebraska near the Omaha area at least 1 no one was home- no causes yet given.
Great work guys and Thank you!