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Hurricane Joaquin: Obama declares emergency in South Carolina…and more

Hurricane Joaquin: Obama declares emergency in South Carolina

It has been raining for much of the week, but a weather system connected to Hurricane Joaquin in the Caribbean is expected to make the situation worse. It is regaining strength and has been reclassified as a category 4 storm. Joaquin, currently off the Bahamas, has winds of up to 155mph (250 km/h). The storm is not expected to hit the eastern US, but the moisture associated with it is contributing to heavy rainfall, particularly in South Carolina. The US National Weather Service says parts of the state could see over 15 inches (380mm) of rain by Sunday evening. In the historic city centre of Charleston, many streets have been closed and sandbags have been piled up to keep floodwaters out…


‘Thirsty’ Concrete Soaks Up 1000 Gallons Of Water A Minute, Will Blow Your Mind

...permeable concrete that can absorb 1,056 gallons of water every 60 seconds....

…permeable concrete that can absorb 1,056 gallons of water every 60 seconds….

Imagine a huge, concrete mixing truck parked atop a black, asphalt-looking parking lot begins to unload a deluge of water, the stream hurtling towards the ground. But instead of pooling into puddles, the water vanishes. The truck keeps unloading water at a relentless pace, spilling over 1,000 gallons in a single minute, but the water never rests on the parking lot surface for longer than a few seconds before disappearing. Sound like magic? Not when the parking lot is paved with a type of permeable concrete that can absorb 1,056 gallons of water every 60 seconds…


Nineteen feared dead amid heavy flooding in French Riviera

Nineteen people are feared dead after violent storms and severe flooding swept the French Riviera, including three people who drowned in a retirement home after a river broke its banks. Heavy flooding along the Cote d’Azur on Saturday saw the river Brague burst its banks close to the city of Antibes, flooding a home for the elderly. The French president, François Hollande said confirmed at least 16 people were dead and a further three are missing. The interior ministry said earlier in the morning that there was “little hope to find the [missing] alive”. “It’s not over,” Hollande said as he arrived at flooded retirement home and met emergency service workers. He warned locals to take care on…



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