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The challenges posed by the virus and evacuation centers in Japan could be instructive for other places. For example, some evacuees are choosing to remain in their cars rather than go to a shelter and risk catching the virus. But the government has asked the car-bound evacuees to register with an evacuation center so that they can be accounted for, and have been instructed on how to avoid developing blood clots from staying in the same position for a long time. And evacuees are also having their temperatures taken and any showing symptoms are being sent to another center where they can self-isolate. The government had also been warning residents since June (it is the rainy season in Japan) to make evacuation plans that involve evacuating to a family or friend’s home rather than to a shelter if possible to reduce the risk of infection. One other action that will be launched by the Japanese government in August is to stand up an emergency website where citizens can post photos and video clips taken on their smartphones in times of major disasters, so that first responders and other authorities can better respond. The government will ask citizens to post images of things such as damaged roads, collapsed buildings, and landslides on the website, which will only work when activated at the time of a major disaster.
Above the North Pole, a polar vortex — a swirling flurry of cold air — could cause weeks of frigid weather in the Eastern United States, Northern Europe, and East Asia according to forecasters. Snow blanketed Spain over the weekend, dumping nearly two feet of snow on Madrid — the most snow in the last 50 years there. Madrid
Why this Matters: While many associate global warming with hotter weather, climate change can also cause harsher, more snowy winters.
This year we shattered the record for the number of named storms over the course of the six months of hurricane season with 30 — we exceeded the previous record by four. There were so many storms that we ran out of names and went deep into the Greek alphabet, which is what happens when we use up all the typical ones.
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