2015 Hurricane Season Forecast as Below Normal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters are predicting the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but officials urged coastal residents to remain prepared for a storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.There’s a 70-percent likelihood of between six and 11 named storms with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher, three to six of which could become hurricanes with at least 74 mph winds and two potentially growing into major hurricanes reaching wind speeds of more than 111 mph, NOAA officials said.“Now is the time to start planning before hurricane season starts,” Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, told reporters during a news conference in New Orleans.Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaks between late August and early September. Sullivan warned that even if the seasonal outlook is below normal, the tropical cyclones that do form will be just as dangerous. The long-term forecast does not predict where exactly the storms may reach landfall.NOAA officials also used the announcement to reminded the public of how to prepare for a storm. Such tactics include stocking enough food and water to last at least 72 hours, discuss a backup plan and meeting places with family, keep important papers in a safe place, avoiding floodwaters and checking on the elderly as well of those with special needs.The biggest reminder is that it’s neither the winds nor rain, but the storm surge associated with hurricanes that can prove most destructive and deadly. Attesting to that was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, which still has areas recovering from Hurricane Katrina—the costliest in American history, with Sandy ranking second costliest.“We hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said.For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit Ready.Gov for information on preparing an emergency kit. Visit the humanesociety.org for details on how to prepare pets for emergencies, too.last_img read more

Volleyball splits weekend games against Pac-12 foes

first_imgFreshman setter Raquel Lázaro has tallied 636 assists in the 2018 season. She has also slated 137 digs so far. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The women’s volleyball team returned from its weekend on the road with one win, losing in three straight sets to No. 2 Stanford on Friday and squeezing out a four-set victory over Cal on Sunday. The bout against Stanford proved to be a tough one for the Trojans, who had been riding a five-game win streak coming into the match. Their opponents, armed with bigger players, more consistent passing percentages and a dominant frontline, rebutted by handing USC its fifth consecutive Stanford loss. The Women of Troy put up an outstanding effort in the first and second sets, tying their opponents 12 times with a hard serving game. On multiple occasions, Stanford pulled ahead by stringing together 4 to 5 consecutive points. “Almost every match is a serve and pass match. You need to win the serve and pass battle to have a chance, especially against a team as big and physical as Stanford … it was the same deal with BYU,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “When you have a 6-foot, 6-foot-1-inch blocker facing an even taller hitter that can jump, it’s always an uphill battle.” Stanford junior Kathryn Plummer, an outside hitter who stands at 6-foot-5 and was voted the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Year in 2017, was a tough obstacle. Crouch said he holds a high amount of respect for Plummer and expressed confidence in her ability to snatch the title again this year. “[Plummer] is a great server, a great blocker and a next-level hitter,” Crouch said. “I haven’t seen anybody in the same galaxy as her this year. Not even close.” Plummer contributed a total of nine digs and 18 kills, including the game ending spike. On the other hand, the Trojans’ three outside hitters — juniors Emily Baptista and Khalia Lanier and sophomore Brooke Botkin — had an uncharacteristically quiet match; none broke into the double digits for kills. Meanwhile, freshman setter Raquel Lázaro and senior libero Victoria Garrick combined for a total of 16 digs and 30 assists. The Women of Troy fared much better against Cal. The Golden Bears took the first set, due to a flat Trojan defense and Berkeley’s sophomore outside hitter Mima Merkovich. USC claimed the next two frames thanks to Lanier, who had 26 total kills. Five were earned in succession, which quickly turned the third set in USC’s favor. Garrick and Lázaro continued to impress by leading the game in digs (18 and 17, respectively). The freshman setter was even able to pick up 52 assists, marking her seventh season double-double. The Trojans lost their momentum again in the initial stages of the fourth, nearly losing the set twice. Crouch noted one of many shifts in Cal’s game plan, which involved setting more to the right in order to increase pressure on Lanier and Botkin. “We did not handle that well,” Crouch said. “Our hitters on both sides need to do a much better job in those situations and it’s something we’ll look at during practice.” USC’s match points were also heavily contested. During her third attempt, Botkin landed her 20th kill of the match to end it all. USC now boasts seven back-to-back wins against Cal. The Trojans will return to Galen Center for the next four matches of the season. Garrick, who assembled a commendable weekend performance, is eager to put on a show for the home crowd. However, she acknowledges that the team must mitigate certain weaknesses in order to do well against high-caliber teams. “It comes down to being gritty and doing anything to keep that ball off the ground,” Garrick said. “But in general, I’m excited for us to get back in the gym this week.” USC will face off against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Sunday.last_img read more

VOTING ON DONEGAL’S ISLANDS DELAYED AFTER HELICOPTER ENCOUNTERS TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

first_imgVoting has been delayed on two of Donegal’s islands after the helicopter carrying the ballot boxes was forced to return to base after a technical difficulty.Tory IslandIt is understood the helicopter, an Augusta Westland 139,  from Baldonnell Airport was not far from Falcarragh when a warning light was noticed on the helicopter.The pilot decided to return to base at Baldonnell and use another helicopter. Another chopper is now en route to Falcarragh to collect the ballot boxes and some members of the media.The ballot boxes will be dropped by helicopter at Inishboffin and Tory Islands.The incident with the helicopter has now delayed voting on the islands.The voting times was due to be from 11am until 3pm but this will now be from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.  VOTING ON DONEGAL’S ISLANDS DELAYED AFTER HELICOPTER ENCOUNTERS TECHNICAL PROBLEMS was last modified: May 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:delayeddonegalhelicopterislandsvotinglast_img read more