Australia receives bittersweet bushfires reprieve with floods, cyclone

Teen recognized for app that helps locate people in disasters

Some day, emergency responders may be able to get help finding people trapped in a disaster with an app designed by a local teenager.

The “Hover oveR” app, designed by Williamsville East High School freshman Vidya Shah, uses drone imaging to help emergency responders identify and reach people in need during natural disasters.

Shah says she came up with the idea after seeing the wildfires in California, and the Amazon last year. But she says the app is just a prototype….


Australia receives bittersweet bushfires reprieve with floods, cyclone


Many Australians were experiencing a bittersweet break from the threat of bushfires on Thursday, with heavy rain deluging many areas and a tropical cyclone forecast to hit the country’s northwest over the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued severe thunderstorm warnings for the southeast Queensland state, while parts of New South Wales state were inundated during flash floods caused by heavy rainfall that is expected to continue for several days.

“There’s a great feed of easterly warm, moist air feeding into the system and we’re seeing that kick off in the form of rainfall today,” BOM forecaster Mike Funnell told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“We are expecting those larger totals and heavier rainfall to come into the northeast coast of NSW and then sort of track slowly southwards.” A tropical low off the Kimberley coast in Western Australia state was forecast to develop into a cyclone that could hit land on Saturday…


Prevention Tips to Help Prepare You for a Natural Disaster

With the advancements in weather technology, meteorologists are now able to more accurately predict when natural disasters are coming our way. Things like tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis can all be picked up by radar before they become a real threat and that’s how meteorologists are able to notify the public on these potential happenings. This allows people to properly prepare, in the event a natural disaster happens.

Unfortunately, people don’t always take the advice of meteorologists, despite how many warnings and alerts are given in advance to take cover or to evacuate your homes. These advanced warnings aren’t presented as a scare tactic… it’s presented to save lives, and that’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re properly prepared for natural disasters…


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