Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 70 mi…110 km se of Ciudad del Carmen Mexico maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…se or 125 degrees at 2 withmph…4 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Nisarga) has dissipated.

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Mexico – Tropical Storm Cristobal is already bringing damaging and deadly flooding to parts of Mexico and Central America and it is forecast to bring heavy rainfall over southern Mexico and parts of the Yucatan Peninsula this week. The Pacific Coast from Chiapas to Guatemala and El Salvador will also see heavy rainfall, which could cause widespread life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Uganda – Gardens, roads, and homes in five sub-counties of Dokolo district have been submerged by the rising water levels of Lake Kwania, making over a thousand families homeless. The people affected have moved to higher grounds as the devastating floods continue to wreak havoc in the district.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cristobal is located about 25 mi…40 km nw of Ciudad del Carmen Mexico with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…se or 140 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Nisarga), located approximately 65 nm south of Mumbai, India, is tracking northeastward at 10 knots.

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Nicaragua – Tropical Storm Cristobal has brought flooding to Managua and surrounding areas. More rain is expected.

Mexico – Even before Cristobal strengthened into a tropical storm Tuesday, drenching rains had already forced evacuation orders in parts of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Thousands of people have taken refuge in shelters. The rain, produced by remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda and the tropical depression that would become Cristobal, caused damage in Yaxcabá and Tiholop in the state of Yucatán.

 

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In the Atlantic Ocean: about 105 mi…170 km w of Campeche Mexico and about 180 mi…290 km ene of Coatzacoalcos Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02e (Amanda), located approximately 1798 nm east-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 12 knots.

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El Salvador – At least seven people have died and hundreds have been moved to makeshift shelters due to the persistent rain across El Salvador since Friday, which has caused flooding and landslides. Hundreds of families continue to be at risk of losing their homes due to landslides and subsidence in vulnerable areas.

Kenya – More than 600 families in Lamu County have been left in the cold after their houses were submerged by ravaging floods. The floods, which mostly affected Chalaluma, Moa and Dide Waride villages in Witu Division, Lamu West were caused by River Tana and the Nyongoro tributary which broke their banks recently due to the ongoing heavy rains.

New Zealand – Parts of the Coromandel Peninsula were closed due to flooding as the first day of winter made its presence felt. Heavy rain and blustery winds hammered the upper North Island on Monday. Coromandel Peninsula got a drenching overnight, causing slips, closing roads and making travel treacherous on the long weekend.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02e (Amanda), located approximately 1864 nm east-southeast of San Diego, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Thailand – Phuket- Heavy rain triggered flooding in several areas in downtown Muang district of this southern island province on Saturday morning. Several roads in the municipal area were impassable to small vehicles after heavy downpours pounded the island from 9.30am to 11.40am.

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India – A person drowned in the Kampur area of central Assam’s Nagaon district, taking the flood-related death toll to six in less than a week even as more than 4,000 people went back home from relief camps on Saturday. While the floods have destroyed crops on 26,977 hectares, surface communication has been disrupted with 68 roads and half-a-dozen bridges damaged.

South America – The Central American gyre, a broad area of low pressure, which formed this weekend, is drifting aimlessly between North and South America and could unleash life-threatening flooding and mudslides this week across Central America. It may also spin off two tropical storms that could menace the Gulf Coast and the region’s Pacific coasts.

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USA – As the wet and stormy weather moves east across the US, heavy rains this week, especially Thursday morning and afternoon, led to widespread flooding in parts of the Kansas City area, including Westport. In Illinois the rain hit hard and fast in DePue and within about an hour, a substantial part of the village was flooded.

India – Incessant rain and floods have forced hundreds of thousands of people to move to safer places in eastern India’s Assam state, adding to the misery brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and a mid-May cyclone.

Finland – Spring flood in Rovaniemi is expected to exceed the damage limit or even reach the level of the 1993 flood, Finland’s Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) reports. Rivers have been on the rise since the last few days’ heatwave has caused snow to melt quickly. Like northern Norway, also Finnish Lapland has seen a record amount of snow this winter.

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Kenya – The death toll from floods that have been pounding the East African nation of Kenya has risen to 285, the government announced on Wednesday. Heavy downpours annually witnessed around this time of the year in Kenya have wreaked havoc across the nation marked with flash floods, landslides and sinkholes, leaving thousands displaced, livestock dead and crops destroyed.

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Florida, USA – Widespread flooding was reported Monday afternoon in Miami, Miami Beach and elsewhere in South Florida. The National Weather Service extended a flood watch for the region through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 3 inches of rain fell over the area within one hour.

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India – As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Assam is grappling with flash floods which have affected more than 10,000 people in four districts since Saturday. Flash floods were reported from Meghalaya as well in the Garo Hills region. “10,801 people from 46 villages in four districts of Assam have been affected by the flash flood. The districts are Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Darrang and Goalpara,” a government official said.

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Michigan, USA – Rainstorms are a typical part of spring in Michigan. The rainstorm that hit mid-Michigan beginning on Sunday, May 17, though, proved one for the history books. The flooding that resulted from up to 7 inches of rain in Midland, Saginaw and surrounding counties damaged homes and property, forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate and most spectacularly destroyed one power dam and severely damaged another. It’s being called a 500-year flood event, meaning it is only likely to occur once every 500 years. Ongoing flooding has been reported from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Ohio.

 

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Massachusetts, USA – Heavy downpours caused flooding on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning and reported 3.35 inches in Edgartown in a relatively short time.

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Flood prevention

Asia faces surging threats from coastal and river flooding as climate change brings more intense rainfall and rising seas – but investing now in dikes and other measures to stem risks could have big financial payoffs, researchers said on Thursday.

Since 1980, flooding has cost the world more than $1 trillion in losses, according to insurer Munich RE, and threats are increasing as population growth, migration and new construction put more people and assets at risk.

Aqueduct Floods data shows that by 2030, 132 million people and urban property valued at $535 billion are likely to be hit annually by river flooding.

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are likely to see the biggest number of people affected, while India, China and Democratic Republic of Congo could see the largest losses to urban infrastructure.

On coastlines, 15 million people and $177 billion in urban infrastructure could be affected by floods each year by 2030.

A relatively small investment in flood prevention by building dikes to reduce flooding could yield a huge saving of more than 250 times the money spent as flood damages.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Mangga), located approximately 900 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 24 knots.

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Indonesia – A rare tornado ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people and damaging around 245 homes. The tornado touched down in Lampung province’s Tulang Bawang district.

El Niño – The U.S. weather agency predicts a 65% chance that neither an El Niño nor a La Niña will form this Northern Hemisphere summer. The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center says that such neutral conditions typically bring more average wind, rainfall and temperature patterns than the weather disruptions brought on by unusually warmer or cooler waters across the tropical Pacific. The last El Niño warming developed in 2018 and was linked to disastrous firestorms, flash floods and crop damage in various areas of the planet.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Mangga), located approximately 1324 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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India, Bangladesh – Tropical Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to strike eastern India and Bangladesh in over a decade killed at least 82 people, officials said, as rescue teams scoured devastated coastal villages on Thursday, hampered by torn down power lines and widespread flooding. Mass evacuations before Cyclone Amphan made landfall undoubtedly saved countless lives, but the full extent of the casualties and damage will only be known once communications are restored, officials said. In the Indian state of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at least 72 people had perished – most of them either electrocuted or killed by trees uprooted by winds gusting up to 185km/h (115 mph). She said the storm had carved a 400-km long swathe through the state. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the initial death toll was put at 10. When the cyclone barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday, a storm surge of around five metres caused flooding across low-lying coastal areas. Villagers could be seen trying to lift fallen electricity poles, fishermen hauling their boats out of a choppy sea, and uprooted trees lying strewn across the countryside. Designated a super cyclone, Amphan weakened after making landfall. Moving inland through Bangladesh, it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm by the Indian weather office, and it has since subsided into a depression.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Amphan), located approximately 25 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking northward at 17 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27s (Twenty-seven), located approximately 1489 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 09 knots.

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Michigan, USA – About 10,000 people were told to evacuate from parts of Michigan after floodwaters caused two dams to fail following heavy rain across the state. The Governor declared a state of emergency Tuesday for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached and warned that downtown Midland could be under 9 feet of water by Wednesday afternoon.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Amphan), located approximately 129 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Arthur is located about 400 mi…645 km ene of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 380 mi…610 km nw of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…e or 100 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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Midwest, USA – Major to historic flooding is ongoing in parts of the Midwest from Illinois to Michigan where more than a half a foot of rain fell in the last several days. Spring rains have turned pavilions into shallow pools at Scidmore Park in Three Rivers. The water submerged the sidewalks and covered a foot bridge in the downtown park. The St. Joseph River was about a foot above flood stage in Three Rivers on Tuesday. In Chicago alone, 8.30 inches inches of rain has fallen so far this May, making it the wettest May on record in the city. Heavy rains over the last few days doused Michigan, prompting flood warnings along rivers across the state and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes and navigate waterlogged roads. At least two rivers in mid-Michigan — the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling — had reached their major flood stage Tuesday afternoon. Moderate flooding has been observed at a handful of other rivers in mid-Michigan as well as the west and southwest portions of the state, according to the National Weather Service.