Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Paulette is located about 405 mi…655 km ne of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…ne or 45 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Hurricane Sally is located about 60 mi…100 km ese of the mouth of the Mississippi river and about 115 mi…185 km sse of Biloxi Mississippi with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Tropical Storm Vicky is located about 500 mi…800 km nw of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Teddy is located about 1030 mi…1655 km e of the Lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 16e (Karina), located approximately 815 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Indonesia – At least 4 people have died and over 2,000 displaced after flooding in several provinces of Indonesia over the last few days. According to Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), flooding has affected the provinces of Gorontalo, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra over the last few days.

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Cape Verde – At least one person died after heavy rainfall brought flooding to the island of Santiago in Cape Verde on 12 September. Flooding hit the country’s capital, Praia, as well as other parts of Santiago. Several major roads were blocked, and bridges, buildings and cars damaged. Damage to farmland was also reported.

Global Warming

The Arctic Is Shifting to a New Climate

The effects of global warming in the Arctic are so severe that the region is shifting to a different climate, one characterized less by ice and snow and more by open water and rain, scientists said Monday.

Already, they said, sea ice in the Arctic has declined so much that even an extremely cold year would not result in as much ice as was typical decades ago. Two other characteristics of the region’s climate, seasonal air temperatures and the number of days of rain instead of snow, are shifting in the same way, the researchers said.

Arctic communities are already suffering from the changes. Eroding coastlines are forcing some Alaska Native villages to consider relocating. Other changes are affecting the food supply. Warmer storms that bring rain on existing snow, for example, can lead to starvation of the animals Indigenous groups rely on.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Wildfires have now burned more than 4.6 million acres in 87 large fires across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. At least 35 people have died in California, Oregon and Washington, The Associated Press reported.

Dense smoke and fog enveloped an area far beyond the fires on Monday, keeping temperatures cooler but also creating new hazards in an ongoing catastrophe, with reduced visibility and a high risk of smoke inhalation.

In Oregon, the blazes stretch from the southern border along the coast all the way up to Portland’s suburbs, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Ellis told NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. The 16 large fires in Oregon total about 878,000 acres of fire, while the 13 large fires in Washington are at about 676,000 acres.

In California, nearly 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. So far in 2020, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut.

Disease

COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Cholera – Ethiop[ia

UN health officials are reporting nearly 15,000 cholera cases since an outbreak began in April 2019 in Telemt woreda, Amhara Region. Through Sep. 6, a cumulative total of 14,728 cases with 257 deaths (case fatality ratio 1.7%) reported (Since the beginning of the year, more than 11,000 cases and at least 175 associated deaths).