In the Western Pacific:
Typhoon Francisco is located approximately 613 nm southeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan.
Tropical storm Lekima is located 945 nm east of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
Super Typhoon Francisco has intensified to become Earth’s third Category 5 storm of 2013. The other two Cat 5s were Cyclone Phailin, which hit India earlier this month at Category 3 or 4 strength, killing 44 and causing at least $1 billion in damage, and Super Typhoon Usagi, which hit China just east of Hong Kong as a Category 2 storm on September 22, killing 50 and causing at least $3.8 billion in damage.
Francisco is a spectacular, well-organized storm with an impressive area of heavy thunderstorms and a prominent eye. With warm waters that extend to great depth and low wind shear, Francisco is likely to stay at Category 5 strength until an eyewall replacement cycle begins. Francisco is headed northwest towards Japan, and will likely stay at Category 4 or stronger intensity until Tuesday, when the storm will encounter higher wind shear and cooler waters.
In the Eastern Pacific:
Hurricane Raymond is located about 165 mi (265 km) WSW of Acapulco, Mexico. The hurricane is expected to become nearly stationary late Monday and Tuesday as it approaches the coast of Mexico within the Hurricane Warning area. Additional strengthening is expected during the next day or so, and Raymond could become a major hurricane at any time.
Hurricane Raymond threatens soaked Mexico coast; Acapulco faces more rain. Tropical Storm Raymond steamed Sunday toward Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, an area already devastated by rains and mudslides.
At least 100 people have been injured in tornado in Hayling Island in Hampshire.
At least six people have been injured in a hailstorm in Sherpur, Bogra on Sunday afternoon.
Floods inundated thousands of homes in Tebing Tinggi, North Sumatra, on Sunday, after two of the largest rivers in the area – Bahilang and Padang – burst their banks.
Floods have affected up to eight provinces across Thailand, submerging at least 28 highways and major roads.