Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

No magnitude 5 or greater earthquakes so far today.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Storm Carlos is located about 75 mi…120 km S of Lazaro Cardenas Mexico and about 165 mi…260 km W of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 295 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hazards affecting land – wind: tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Storm Warning area later today. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the Hurricane Warning area on Monday. Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area Monday night or early Tuesday. Rainfall: Carlos is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 10 inches across the southwestern coast of Mexico through Tuesday with maximum totals of 15 inches possible. The states of Mexico affected include Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco. These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of higher terrain. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern and southwestern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

NewsBytes:

Vietnam – A heavy storm in Hanoi has claimed the lives of at least two people and injured four others. The storm uprooted over 1,000 trees and damaged 140 roofs. Power outages were reported from numerous districts.

Missouri, USA – The National Weather Service in Weldon Springs, Missouri has confirmed a tornado in southwest of Hawk Point near Prairie Road on Saturday. The EF-1 tornado with winds of up to 110 miles per hour caused damage to businesses and homes, and downed power lines and trees.

Paraguay – Nearly 6,000 families, or about 30,000 people, have been affected by flooding in Asuncion. The floods were caused by a rise in the level of the Paraguay River, which runs through the capital, the Municipal Emergency and Disaster Council, or Comueda, said.

Disease

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

South Korea says it now has a total of 150 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Another person has died of the disease, bringing the number of fatalities in the outbreak to 16.

More than 5,200 people in South Korea are currently under quarantine for the virus, for which there is no vaccine. The disease has a mortality rate of 35 percent, according to the World Health Organization.

People suffering from other underlying medical conditions are the most likely to become infected with the virus or have a severe case.

The rapid pace at which the illness has spread, making it the biggest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia, has caused alarm in South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Northern California, USA

An out-of-control wildfire raging through a Northern California forest as the state battles a devastating drought has forced authorities to warn about 250 people to evacuate or prepare to leave their homes in a remote town.

The fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest follows an outbreak of lightning-sparked blazes in neighbouring Oregon that prompted authorities to warn residents that drought and low mountain snowpack could lead to a destructive fire season.

California’s so-called Saddle Fire has charred at least 880 acres (360 hectares) since a lightning strike sparked it on Tuesday, officials said.

Authorities placed a handful of residents on the outskirts of Hyampom, a town about 200 miles (320 km) north of San Francisco, under mandatory evacuation orders on Wednesday and told the rest of the town of about 250 people to prepare to leave if flames get near. Those orders remain in place.

Nearly 200 firefighters are battling the fire, setting backfires to clear trees that could be consumed by the blaze and dropping flame retardant by helicopter. The wildfire is the first major Northern California blaze in an annual fire season that normally runs from June to September in that region. It also is the nation’s highest-priority wildfire.