Thursday, September 29, 2005

Weather wrap - Storms, floods and forest fires

Extremely dry weather and high temperatures have brought with it many forest and brush fires in California, USA. Seven thousands acres [28.3 km sq / 2,830 hectares of land has been destroyed in LA wildfires. Calm winds are reported as 3000 fire fighters attempt to contain the blaze which is threatening to spread into residential districts. In Chiapas, Mexico landslides and floods have killed at least 1 person. And Northern Vietnam has seen 31 deaths after severe weather hit the country this week. Typhoon Longwang, with wind speeds of 241 km/h and gusts of 296 km/h, is meanwhile moving towards Taiwan. It is expected to make landfall in the next 48 hours.
[19:35 GMT 29/09/2005]

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