Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific:

Severe Tropical Storm Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam, close to China’s border, with wind gusts up to 157km/h (98 mph). It still carried gusts of up to 157km/h (98 mph) as it arrived close to the Ha Long Bay tourist destination. Some 600,000 people have been evacuated from at-risk regions in Vietnam and at least six people have been killed.

China issued a typhoon alert for Hainan island, Guangdong and Guangxi after Haiyan’s path changed. The typhoon has decreased markedly in strength from the Category Five storm that swept through the Philippines in a day, causing mass destruction. It is now classified as a severe tropical storm. By 21:00 GMT on Monday, as it heads into China, it will have become a tropical depression.

In the North Arabian Sea

Flooding rain and gusty winds impacting Somalia on Sunday and continuing into the beginning of the upcoming week thanks to a tropical cyclone which developed across the western Arabian Sea Friday night, local time.

Tropical Cyclone Three (03A) acquired tropical characteristics thanks to a favourable environment of warm ocean water temperatures and low wind shear. The Cyclone, which is the equivalent of a minimal tropical storm, will bring a widespread 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain with locally higher amounts right at the coast and over the higher terrain through Monday. This amount of rain will cause life-threatening flooding and the potential for mudslides in the mountains.


Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

WHO has been informed of an additional laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in Qatar.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Etna volcano (Sicily): powerful paroxysmal eruption at New SE crater The awaited new paroxysm of Etna’s NEW SE crater (#15 in 2013) started last night and is still in full progress. Unfortunately, a snow storm above the summit area prevents detailed observations, but judging from the seismic signal, this eruption is unusually long and intense (and still growing at the time of updating). Ash fall has been reported from villages to the E/NE (Zafferana, Milo etc), where the plume is carried to by strong Libeccio winds.