Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Fabio is located about 615 mi…990 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Prapiroon), located approximately 44 nm west- northwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

Tropical depression 10w (Ten), located approximately 262 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

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Space Events

Newborn planet pictured for first time

Astronomers have captured this image of a planet that’s still forming in the disk of gas and dust around its star.

Researchers have long been on the hunt for a baby planet, and this is the first confirmed discovery of its kind. Young dwarf star PDS 70 is less than 10 million years old, and its planetary companion is thought to be between five and six million years old.

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The new planet is the bright spot near the (obscured) sun.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Colorado, USA – Update

The human-caused Spring Creek fire, which has burned more than 60,700 acres in Costilla County, has destroyed at least 104 homes.

There are no remaining evacuation orders or pre-evacuation notices in place due to the 416 fire” as of late Monday afternoon. The fire, which started on June 1 about 10 miles north of Durango, has burned about 51,000 acres and was 37 percent contained on Monday afternoon.

About 200 firefighters are battling the High Chateau fire, which has burned more than 1,300 acres about 7 miles northwest of Cripple Creek. The fire is burning through tall grass, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, according to fire officials.

The Weston Pass Fire fire grew to more than 6,400 acres Monday afternoon, fire officials said. The blaze, caused by a lightning strike, broke out on June 28 about 9 miles southwest of Fairplay.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits this sea of Okhotsk.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

5.3 earthquake hits west of Macquarrie Island.

5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits west of Macquarrie Island.

5.0 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone 06e (Emilia), located about 1005 mi…1615 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Fabio is located about 720 mi…1155 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Prapiroon), located approximately 105 nm north-northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 09 knots.

NewsBytes:

South Africa – About 4 000 homes were affected by flooding in informal settlements around Cape Town after heavy rain, while at least two mountain passes in Witzenberg near Ceres have snowed over and are unsafe for travel. Around 4 000 homes in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Macassar were affected, but no evacuations or emergency shelters were activated. Power lines were also down in Lansdowne, Gugulethu and Wynberg, while trees were uprooted in Constantia, Vredekloof, Durbanville, Tamboerskloof and Pinelands.Assessments and mop-up operations are underway.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The County Fire in Yolo County has rapidly spread since it started Saturday. By noon on Sunday in California, it was burning across more than 22,000 acres aided by Red Flag conditions. It was so large that ash was traveling to nearby towns and falling there. The police in Benicia, California, tweeted that there was ash falling and smoke visible there, more than 50 miles away.

Another wildfire started burning in California on Saturday afternoon, having since grown to cover more than 15,000 acres. The fire is burning near Guinda and was originally named the Guinda Fire. The name was changed to the Country Fire as it grew in Yolo County, California.

Disease

Hepatitis A – West Virginia, USA

Since March 2018, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases of acute hepatitis A virus. As of late last week, the total outbreak cases stand at 404. Of this total, 280 required hospitalization and one person died.

Nepal – At least 16 people in Righa, Khatyad Rural Municipality-8 are reportedly infected with malaria. Health workers say they face difficulties in controlling the spread of the disease as the numbers of patients increase each day.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

5.3 earthquake hits the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 06e (Emilia), located about 835 mi…1340 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Fabio is located about 530 mi…850 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 09w (Prapiroon), located approximately 113 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Ukraine – Tremendous thunderstorms hit Ukraine in early hours of June 30, awaking many Ukrainians in their apartments and homes and sending them rushing to close windows as heavy rain and strong winds swept the country. As terrified and amazed people shared pictures of lightning flashes on social media, the lightning caused several fires around the country, and huge downpours caused floods in several cities and towns. The storm first hit western Ukraine on June 28 and then spread all over Ukraine during the night of June 29 – June 30. Strong winds downed dozens of trees and even bent metal billboards in Ukraine’s east. Power was cut off in 400 villages and towns overnight because of the storm. Heavy rain caused Ukraine’s Dniester, Syan, Siret, and Prut rivers to break their banks. The rivers’ levels rose by more than two meters, causing flooding throughout Lviv, Chernivtsi, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts in western Ukraine. The storm started in western Ukraine on June 28. More than 200 houses, 35 fields, and 40 basements were flooded. Flood waters also destroyed 14 kilometers of roads.

India – Authorities on Saturday sounded a flood alert in central Kashmir even as three deaths were reported in rain-related mishaps in the Jammu region of the state. Srinagar-bound traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was suspended due to the threat of floods in the Valley, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

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Wildlife

Chernobyl’s ‘Radioactive’ Wolves

Gray wolves from the radioactive forbidden zone around the nuclear disaster site of Chernobyl are now roaming out into the rest of the world, raising the possibility they’ll spread mutant genes that they may carry far and wide, a new study finds.

The wolves are prospering not due to any mutant superpower, but because the radioactive zone now acts like a wildlife preserve, researchers added.

A number of juveniles have been tracked leaving the exclusion zone and interacting with wolves from surrounding areas. Chernobyl has 7 times the population density of wolves compared to surrounding preserves.

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Disease

Typhoid Fever – Pakistan

So far in 2018, three cases of extensively drug-resistant XDR typhoid fever were reported in travelers to Pakistan — one who returned to the United Kingdom, and two who returned to the United States. This has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue a Level 2 travel alert for travelers to the country.

Swine Flu – Indiana, USA

Indiana has reported the first human case of of H3N2 variant influenza in a resident with exposure to pigs since 2013. The State Health Department has issued a warning to take steps to prevent illness while visiting events where pigs are exhibited.

Polio – DR Congo and Somalia

The total circulating vaccine-derived polio cases (cVDPV) cases has risen to 13 globally after additional cases have been reported in the African countries of Somalia (one new case) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (two new cases).