GENEVA / WMO EXTREME WEATHER

10-Jul-2018 00:02:14
A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson said today that though Japan is “one of the best prepared countries in the world” for disaster response, the magnitude of the destruction of the recent flood and landslides indicates how extreme and heavy the rainfall was. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / WMO EXTREME WEAHTER
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DATELINE: 10 JULY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, United Nations press room
3. Close up, journalist
4. Close up, journalist writing in a notepad
5. Wide shot, camera shooting the press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Spokesperson, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Japan is one of the best prepared countries in the world when it comes to disaster risk reduction, disaster response. They are supremely well prepared. So the magnitude of the casualties of the destruction we are seeing now really is an indication of just how big and how extreme this was and how heavy the rainfall was in such a short period of time.”
7. Med shot, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Spokesperson, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Taiwan is basically in lockdown today and Taiwan is expecting really to take the brunt of this. The China Meteorological Administration has issued a red alert and is really, sort of mobilizing all its emergency response teams.”
9. Close up, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Spokesperson, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Los Angeles area just set a whole new string of temperature records last, last week, just for an example, 48.9 degrees C, which is 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Chino, which is a suburb of Los Angeles; 47.8 degrees C in San Bernardino.”
11. Med shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, Spokesperson, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“In Baltic states, in Scandinavia, they’ve been issuing, you know, almost daily warning about forest fires, which is very unusual and it is unusual that it should start so early in the year. Some parts of northern Europe had the driest June on record; in southern Europe it’s the opposite.”
13. Med shot, journalists
14. Wide shot, United Nations press room
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STORYLINE
A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) spokesperson said today (10 Jul) that though Japan is “one of the best prepared countries in the world” for disaster response, the magnitude of the destruction of the recent flood and landslides indicates how extreme and heavy the rainfall was.

On Super Typhoon Maria, Clare Nullis, the Spokesperson of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said “Taiwan is basically in lockdown today and Taiwan is expecting really to take the brunt of this. The China Meteorological Administration has issued a red alert and is really, sort of mobilizing all its emergency response teams.”

According to WMO, although it has weakened to a category three event, it is still capable of sustained winds of 175 kilometres per hour.

The west coast of the United States is also in the grip of “high-impact weather” systems, Nullis continued, noting several record temperatures in Los Angeles.

She said “Los Angeles area just set a whole new string of temperature records last, last week, just for an example, 48.9 degrees C, which is 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Chino, which is a suburb of Los Angeles; 47.8 degrees C in San Bernardino.”

Turning to Europe, the WMO spokesperson told journalists that agency’s Regional Climate Monitoring Centre in Germany had issued a climate advisory notice for the north of the continent, from Ireland to the Baltic States and southern Scandinavia.

She said “in Baltic states, in Scandinavia, they’ve been issuing, you know, almost daily warning about forest fires, which is very unusual and it is unusual that it should start so early in the year. Some parts of northern Europe had the driest June on record; in southern Europe it’s the opposite.”

According to WMO, though no specific event can be associated with climate change, current weather patterns are consistent with it.
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