‘We have safety issues’: Town faces high costs of damage from March nor’easters

The Ogunquit selectmen this week learned more about the extent of damage to the Marginal Way caused by nor’easters in early March, and the potential costs for repairs.

Paul Breen, of the Marginal Way Committee, returned before the board Tuesday following a March 20 meeting where he and fellow committee member Joan Griswold presented the extent of the damage to the Marginal Way, which included shifted and eroded rocks, sections of the path that were torn apart and plantings that were damaged.

Jersey royal potatoes delayed by 'beast from the east'

Severe winter weather postpones season by at least three weeks and yield could be 20% lower

The Jersey royal season is at least three weeks late after the “beast from the east” delayed the planting of the spring crop.

The potato’s short season, usually from April to mid-July, has been affected by hard frosts and almost double the 30-year average of rainfall in December and January, which growers say left the ground saturated and “undesirable for planting”.

Britain braces for more bank holiday rain and snow

Weather warnings in place across the UK with travel disruption on rail and roads expected

Five weather warnings are in place as heavy rain and snow blight swathes of the UK on Easter Monday.

Forecasters have warned of treacherous driving conditions and travel disruption, with localised flooding in parts of southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland and up to 12cm of snow forecast across parts of northern England and southern Scotland.

Weatherwatch: Easter weather – the UK's best and worst

An early Easter often means lower temperatures – and a poor outlook for tourism

Easter comes early this year, thanks to the byzantine way the early church decided on its due date. For the hard-pressed British tourist industry, this is not good news. When Easter comes early, so received wisdom suggests, people stay at home, or fly abroad; only when it comes late, in mid or even towards the end of April, do they head to the British countryside, beaches and other outdoor attractions.

Easter snow likely as 'beast from the east' bites UK again

Met Office forecasts freezing temperatures as Britain enters another spring cold spell

Snow and freezing weather could return to parts of the UK in time for Easter if the “beast from the east” returns for a third time.

The Met Office said a white Easter in Scotland and the east coast of England was increasingly likely, with cold air from Scandinavia expected to envelop the country from the middle of next week.

Federal, state officials visit Maine town to survey waterfront storm damage

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Town officials met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Wednesday to survey the damage to the roads and seawall at Kennebunk Beach caused by several recent nor’easter storms.

Beach Avenue and several adjoining residential streets saw significant flooding and storm damage during the relentless nor’easter that battered the seacoast during the first weekend in March.

Volcano in Indonesia Belches Toxic Fumes That Poison 30 People

(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Thirty people were treated for sulfur gas poisoning after Mount Ijen in eastern Java belched toxic fumes from its crater, Indonesia’s disaster agency said Thursday.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said more than 170 residents of several villages on the volcano’s slopes had to flee.


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