Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05p (Owen), located approximately 362 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking eastward at 06 knots.

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Australia – Drivers trapped on the roofs of their cars have been dramatically airlifted to safety after becoming caught in rising floodwaters on the Hume Freeway as torrential rain lashes Victoria. Flash flooding also disrupted traffic in Melbourne.

Vietnam – The death toll from flooding in central Vietnam has risen to 14, state media reports say. Towns across central Vietnam began reporting rapid flooding beginning on Saturday as the region was hit by an unseasonal monsoon.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05p (Owen), located approximately 349 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Thailand – The Bang Saphan Noi municipality was flooded again on Monday after overnight heavy rains pounded the town and nearby areas. The downpour made reservoirs overflow, flooding Bang Saphan Noi district. The water levels downstream are still rising. Municipality workers are reinforcing sandbags in the town centre to prevent more water flowing into the area.

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West Java, Indonesia – Four people were killed and as many as 236 villagers were forced to flee home as landslides and floods struck East Java province of western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said on Sunday. The landslides occurred after soils of a hill slid down and hit a house, where the four were staying, situated in Sidomulyo village of Kebonagung sub-district in Pacitan district.

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Malaysia – Parts of Bintulu district in northern Sarawak were hit by flash floods on Monday (Dec 10) morning. The downpour that began in the early hours of the morning led to several roads in and out of Bintulu being flooded by 8am, including Jalan Sebiew.

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Kurdistan – The latest floods caused by yet another bout of rainfall in the Kurdistan Region have resulted in the death of a teen, shut down multiple roads linking cities, and caused substantial damage to a camp for displaced persons and to local infrastructure in several areas. In southern Sulaimani Province, a bridge on a road linking the cities of Kalar and Darbandikhan collapsed, halting all intra-city traffic.

Texas, USA – Harris County Flood Control District officials are keeping a close eye on several Houston area waterways after the Houston area was inundated heavy rain, causing flooding along some creeks and bayous.

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California, USA – The second storm in a week brought record-breaking rainfall to parched Los Angeles on Thursday, jamming traffic on Southern California highways and prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred areas. A mudslide shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around Malibu neighborhoods charred by last month’s massive fire that destroyed hundreds of homes. Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California sorely need rainfall. Virtually the entire region is experiencing drought conditions, with portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and areas along the Mexican border in extreme drought. In Orange County, flooding closed several schools. Floodwaters also submerged several cars in Costa Mesa and rain partially collapsed the roof of a commercial building in Irvine but no injuries were reported. The powerful storm that slammed southern California Thursday will crawl across the southern tier of the United States over the next several days, delivering a nasty mix of snow, ice, heavy rain, floods and even a few tornadoes.

Cyprus – At least four people died in flooding in northern Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Thursday, as hail and rain hammered the island. Social media images showed cars swept away into the sea, submerged in flood water and water gushing through homes. Normally dry rivers burst their banks, causing damage in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, and forcing the partial closure of a motorway linking the city to Kyrenia, a historic harbour town on the island’s northern coast. Many schools were shut.

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The Amazon – Scientists and the media have documented deepening drought in the Amazon basin. But a new study finds that flood events are significantly intensifying too, becoming five times more common over the last century. The effect is caused by a combination of factors, including an increase in strength of the Walker circulation – an ocean-driven pattern of air circulation that carries warm moist air from the tropical Atlantic across South America towards the Pacific, resulting in Amazon precipitation. Human-driven climate change is a major contributing factor to this increased Amazon basin flooding. Intensifying flood events result in lives and property lost, and significant harm to croplands, pastures and livestock.

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Indonesia – Trees were knocked down and traffic brought to a standstill as a rainstorm caused flash floods in Indonesia’s city of Semarang, Central Java.

Washington State, USA – A storm system moving through Pierce County Saturday night dumped more than 10 in of water in some areas flooding roads and some homes.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 519 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 563 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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Saudi Arabia – The Civil Defense has said four people were dead and many others trapped in Madinah due to heavy rain. It said a number of houses in the east of Madinah were submerged and rescue teams were still searching for people entrapped by water. 40 people who were besieged by water in Rabigh were rescued and evacuated to safety.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 543 nm east- northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 06 knots.

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Turkey – For the second time in 10 days, flood water has surged through the streets of Bodrum. The Turkish city which is the gateway to nearby holiday resorts during the summer is currently a scene of flood damage. Heavy rainfall swept cars down the streets and left them either submerged or stacked. The downpour was preceded by a waterspout, seen to form under a thunderstorm and drift towards the beach. The following rain went on into the night.

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California, USA – A storm that brought more than an inch of rain in an hour on Thursday afternoon has triggered flash flooding in places hit by the massive Camp Fire in Northern California, sending trees toppling and stranding motorists caught in high waters, according to officials. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued across swaths of Butte County where rain is expected to hammer the area over the next three days. It is unclear when the latest evacuation orders might be lifted.

California, USA – San Francisco received almost an inch of rain between Wednesday and Thursday nights, with the heaviest of the downpour coming overnight flooding numerous freeways in the Bay area.

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Australia – Torrential rain and gale force winds continued t lash Australia’s biggest city Sydney on Wednesday and Thursday morning causing commuter chaos, flooding streets, railway stations and homes, grounding flights and leaving hundreds of people without electricity.

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Britain – Freezing fog caused travel chaos across Britain on Tuesday as the UK braced itself for Storm Diana’s 80mph winds. Hundreds of flights serving London airports were cancelled or delayed amid the thick fog and by noon some 62 flights to or from London Heathrow on Tuesday were cancelled and a further 380 were delayed by more than 15 minutes. Storm Diana will bring gales of up to 80mph to Britain and Ireland amid warnings that homes and business could be flooded with heavy rain expected. Train services were also affected on Tuesday with drivers having to slow down because they couldn’t see through the fog.

Australia – Swathes of coastal New South Wales around Sydney have been deluged with more than a month’s worth of rainfall in less than a day, with the State Emergency Service preparing to mobilise thousands of volunteers and police warning commuters to stay off the roads. Two people have already died. The floods have been described as the worst rain event in 44 years.