Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 08w (Conson), located approximately 412 nm east-southeast of Misawa, Japan, and is tracking north-northwestward at 27 knots.

Tropical Storm 09w (Chanthu), located approximately 186 nm southeast of Iwo To, Japan, and is tracking north-northeastward at 16 knots.

Newsbytes:

Philippines – Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday. Civil defense officials warned residents of Manila and nearby provinces to expect more heavy seasonal rain over the coming days as more than 24,000 people sought refuge in schools and government buildings. “We are expecting more low-lying areas to experience flooding.”.

China – China has again been battered by nationwide severe storms. Major flooding has forced the evacuation of more than 3,500 people from Miyun north of Beijing.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A fast-moving wildfire threatened scores of homes at a Northern California lake community that was evacuated because of a devastating nearby wildfire last year. Authorities issued four evacuation orders for an unknown number of homes Saturday as the wildfire south of Lower Lake, a town of about 1,300, spread to at least 600 acres. The blaze is 15 percent contained.

In central California, a wildfire that broke out Saturday afternoon forced the evacuation of 135 homes south of Lake Nacimiento, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office said. The fire has burned at least 1 square mile

Disease

Dengue immunization program begins in Paraná, Brazil

A half-million doses of Dengvaxia, the dengue fever vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, have been received in Paraná to support a large-scale public dengue immunization program initiated today in the State’s 30 most highly endemic municipalities.

Paraná State, home to 10 million people, has seen a steep 3-fold increase in both dengue incidence and deaths in recent years. In the last year, there have been 55,000 cases reported, costing the State an estimated R$ 330 million (~91 M Euro) in related healthcare expenses.

Zika Virus

According to Puerto Rico Department of Health, as of Aug 12 there have been 10,690 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico. At the request of Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on Friday declared a public health emergency for the Commonwealth, signaling that the current spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health in the Commonwealth relating to pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with Zika. The declaration is a tool that provides support to the government of Puerto Rico to address the outbreak on the island and underscores the public health risk of Zika, particularly to pregnant women and women of childbearing age.

In Florida, Department of Health officials reported an additional three new non-travel related cases today in Miami-Dade County. Two of the individuals were exposed in the less than one-square mile in Miami-Dade County. The third new non-travel related infection is located outside of the one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County. The department still believes active transmissions are only taking place within the identified area that is less than one-square mile in Miami-Dade County. This brings the total locally transmitted cases to 28.