Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Nicole is located about 675 mi…1090 km SSE of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 65 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.
In the Eastern Pacific: Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 22w (Aere), located approximately 36 nm north of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 07 knots.
Tropical Storm 24w (Sarika), located approximately 328 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 07 knots.
In the Central Pacific: Invest 95C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.
Bermuda – Hurricane Nicole damaged roofs and uprooted trees in Bermuda, before moving out into the Atlantic Ocean. According to Bermuda Electric Light Company Ltd (BELCO), more than 27,000 households were left without power. Several schools, government offices and bank offices have been closed in Bermuda on October 14 to assess damage and conduct clean up.
Pacific Suffering – Ongoing effects of a severe El Niño, climate change and two deadly cyclones this year have left many people across Oceania suffering from lack of food and clean water, according to the Catholic relief group Caritas. More than 4.7 million people from Papua New Guinea to Tonga have been affected by food and water issues. The group points to reports of starving children forced to eat cassava roots softened with a liquid containing the pain reliever acetaminophen, added to ease the suffering. “We heard of people walking days to get food and water in Papua New Guinea, with many becoming sick and some people dying,” said Caritas.
Philippines – Emergency teams late Wednesday evacuated 40 Moro families from farming communities in Sultan Mastura town in Maguindanao hit by flash floods caused by heavy rains. The Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Relief Team (HEART) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Thursday said 2,370 families were affected by the flash floods that swept through Barangays Tariken and Solon in Sultan Mastura. Rivers that pass through the two barangays overflowed due to the heavy downpour, inundating farms nearby and forcing villagers to relocate to higher ground. Rampaging floods also swept through 30 other villages in five Maguindanao towns that were near rivers and were dotted with swamps that connect to the Liguasan Delta.