Powerful typhoon Bolaven crashes into southern Japan
ONE of the most powerful typhoons in decades has hit Japan's Okinawa prefecture with meteorologists warning it could bring record rain and wind to the southern region and waves of up to 13 metres.
26 August, 2012
Typhoon Bolaven, packing winds of up to 252 km/h, was some 90 kilometres east of Okinawa's capital Naha, slowly moving north-northwest, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
"As the typhoon is moving slowly, violent winds are expected to continue for many hours on the Okinawa main island," the agency said, also warning of 13-metre waves through to Monday.
The atmospheric pressure of the typhoon indicated it was one of the strongest since the weather agency started taking records about 60 years ago, local media said.
Residents of Naha city were being advised to stay indoors as public broadcaster NHK showed footage of deserted streets lined with trees felled by strong winds.
Tropical storm Isaac takes aim at US as residents brace for hurricane
Multiple states under threat of substantial damage as hurricane warning issued for northern Gulf of Mexico coast
26 August, 2012
Millions of residents in four vulnerable Gulf Coast states were bracing for the arrival of a powerful tropical storm that has already claimed several lives on its path through the Caribbean.
Tropical storm cuts short Republican convention
27 August, 2012
A possible hurricane will once again delay a Republican National Convention this week, but party leaders have vowed that their message will not be a casualty of the storm.
Tropical Storm Isaac forced party officials to cancel the first day of the proceedings today, shortening to three days the convention that will name Mitt Romney as the Republicans' nominee.
The announcement was made on Saturday, hours after the Republican Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, declared a state of emergency in the state, which he called a ''normal step'' in disaster preparations. But shortly afterwards he cancelled his own appearance at the convention.
Isaac was moving along the northern coast of Cuba on Saturday, blowing 105 km/h winds and continuing its track towards the Florida Keys. The National Hurricane Centre estimated that Isaac would be in the Gulf of Mexico by yesterday evening, and its centre could threaten the Tampa Bay region by late today Sydney time.
At least three people have been hurt as wildfires burn in Serbia.
Temperatures have exceeded 40 degrees celsius for weeks in the Balkans and authorities say the wind is causing flames to spread.