California ‘bombogenesis’ storm pushes north

Vehicles trying to negotiate flooded Interstate 5 in Williams, north California, where more rain is expected

A fierce storm, dubbed “bombogenesis” or “weather bomb”, has eased in southern California, while pressing on further north in the US state.

Torrential rain, flash floods and mud slides wreaked havoc on Friday and early Saturday, killing at least five people.

Metrologists said it was the worst storm to hit California in years.

Forecasters warned residents in the north, including San Francisco, to expect more heavy rain on Sunday.

Meteorologists described the storm as “bombogenesis”, an intense extra-tropical cyclonic low-pressure area, or “a weather bomb”.

A fire engine being recovered close to Los Angeles after part of a freeway collapsed from the heavy rain

One man was killed after a tree fell and pulled a power line on to his car in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.

A second person died in a vehicle when it was submerged by a flash flood in the town of Victorville.

Two others died in car accidents in the San Diego area, and another person was found dead after being swept into a creek in Ventura County.

Evacuation orders were lifted in the towns of Duarte on Saturday afternoon (local time).

The north of the state has already experienced fears of flooding at the tallest dam in the country, Oroville Dam, when more than 180,000 residents were evacuated from their homes last week.

Authorities at the dam have been working to lower the level of the lake and have said it has continued to fall despite the storm.

[Source:-BBC]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

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Seoul – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un says his reclusive nation plans more “satellite launches” – which the West sees as a cover for ballistic missile tests – calling space exploration a “strategic goal”, state media said on Friday.

“Conquering space is… a fierce class struggle against the hostile forces seeking to usurp our peace and sovereignty”, Kim was quoted as saying at a Wednesday awards ceremony for those involved in this month’s rocket launch.

He also underscored the need to successfully launch “more working satellites”, Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency said.

“The advance toward space… is the DPRK’s (North Korea’s) strategic goal”, he said.

Calling the scientists involved in the February 7 launch “best patriots and admirable heroes”, Kim gave out medals, prizes and wristwatches bearing the names of the two late leaders of the Kim dynasty – Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.

North Korea sparked international outrage with the launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite, which came just a month after its fourth nuclear test.

The launch, which most in the international community viewed as a disguised ballistic missile test, violated multiple UN resolutions banning the nuclear-armed country from the use of ballistic technology.

The United States, along with Asian allies South Korean and Japan, are spearheading efforts at the UN Security Council for a strong resolution that will impose harsh sanctions on Pyongyang over the recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

Separately, US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed off on new sanctions against North Korea, aimed at anyone importing goods or technology related to weapons of mass destruction into the North, or anyone who knowingly engaged in human rights abuses there.

The measure also heaps additional financial pressure on the already-sanctioned regime by taking aim at money laundering and narcotics trafficking, two major illicit activities believed to be funnelling millions of dollars into Kim’s inner circle.

Under the bill already passed by Congress, penalties for the sanctionable activities would include the seizure of assets, visa bans and denial of government contracts.

And for the first time, it establishes a framework for sanctions in response to North Korean cyber threats.

 

[source :- News24]