Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 249 nm west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southward at 06 knots.

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Malawi – A report from Salima District Council indicates that floods, that came about as a result of heavy rains, have affected 643 people in Mtauchira Village, T/A Pemba. The report further states that 257 people, of which 93 are under the age of 18, have been displaced and have since sought refuge at Kanduku Evacuation Centre.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 275 nm west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

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Zimbabwe – Thirty-eight miners are feared dead after water from a collapsed dam flooded two mines in Zimbabwe. While panning for gold, 34 miners went underground at Silver Moon Mine and four miners entered Cricket Mine in Battlefields near Kadoma Tuesday evening before both mines flooded. Heavy rains overnight Tuesday led to the collapse of the dam wall. An emergency was declared after the dam burst. The flooding from the collapsed dam flooded mine shafts, which the miners entered illegally.

South Africa – Bloemfontein in the Free State has been experiencing heavy rains for the past few days resulting in floods across the city.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 1426 nm south-southwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 245 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking northeastward at 01 knot.

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California, USA – Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, flooding streets, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. The powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind across the US west into Wyoming and Colorado after walloping northern California and southern Oregon a day earlier.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 1383 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southeastward at 26 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 233 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southward at 02 knots.

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Western USA – Rain, snow and wind hit the U.S. West on Wednesday, flooding roads, toppling trees and cutting power while raising threats of debris flows from wildfire scars. The tempest, aimed at California and southern Oregon and barreling toward Nevada, was feeding on a deep plume of moisture stretching across the Pacific Ocean to near Hawaii. The storm followed more than a week of severe weather in the Pacific Northwest and was the latest in a series that has all but eliminated drought-level dryness in California this winter. Winter storm warnings were posted in the snow-laden Sierra Nevada, where the forecast says up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) of new snow could be dumped at elevations above 9,000 feet (2,743 meters). A backcountry avalanche warning was issued throughout the Sierra.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 1114 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking eastward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Fifteen), located approximately 262 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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Ohio, USA – Heavy rains pushed the Ohio River into flood stage Tuesday, causing landslides that downed trees and blocked several roads, including a major route into downtown Cincinnati. Flooded roads also closed two casinos in Anderson Township and southeastern Indiana, and a Northern Kentucky school district. Hamilton County EMA officials estimate at least a dozen roads are closed in the Tri-State.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 961 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking east-southeastward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Fifteen), located approximately 310 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking northeastward at 05 knots.

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Malawi – Although Tropical Cyclone Desmond did not reach Malawi its effects resulted in continuous rainfall in the southern part of the country since 22nd January through to 26th January 2019. A total of 15,974 people were affected, 3,154 houses damaged or destroyed, and 5,078 people were reported to be displaced across at least seven camps set up by communities and government.

Australia – An estimated 500,000 are feared dead after historic floods inundated Queensland, Australia, according to the state’s cattle industry. Days of “unprecedented” rainfall earlier this month led to widespread flooding across the state, causing power outages, damaging roads and buildings and prompting evacuations. Some areas received three years’ worth of rain in about a week. Tragically, farmers in northwest Queensland initially welcomed the rains, as the region had suffered years of back-to-back drought. The loss of hundreds of thousands of cattle after five, six, seven years of drought, is a debilitating blow not just to individual farmers, many of whom have lost literally everything, but to rural communities as well.

Malaysia – Bintulu district was hit by floods early Tuesday (Feb 12) – with waters rising as high as one metre and inundating several locations in northern Sarawak.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 686 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 11 knots.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 1210 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 20 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 403 nm east of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone 14p (Neil), located approximately 369 nm southwest of Niue, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.

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Peru/Chile – Eight people have been killed across the Pacific coast of South America after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides. Three people died in Peru when mudslides hit two towns in the southern Arequipa region. Two workers were killed 50km away when another mudslide hit a mine in the Rio Grande Municipality. In Chile, three people were killed in the northern provinces of El Loa and Antofagasta after several days of thunderstorms submerged roads, damaged homes and destroyed bridges.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 1056 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 15 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 157 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking east-southeastward at 19 knots.

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Chile – Rains high up in the Andes mountains have led to torrents of water pouring into the Atacama desert below, sweeping away houses and roads. Three people have died due to the rains and 37,000 in the town of Calama were without tap water for four days. More than a hundred homes have major damage in the nearby tourist resort of San Pedro de Atacama. The storms have also affected state-owned copper miner Codelco and Freeport McMoran Inc, which operate mines near Calama.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 722 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 16 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 329 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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Tennessee, USA – Massive flash flooding ravaged central Tennessee on Wednesday night. The flooding killed one person and sparked numerous water rescues. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) the flood-related death occurred in Pegram, Tennessee, when a woman was swept away by floodwaters while trying to walk across a bridge. An estimated three to six inches of rain fell in central Tennessee on Wednesday night when a band of heavy rain stalled over the region. Thursday morning saw more settled water, however, some roads are still closed.

Queensland, Australia – The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall. In the west of the state, graziers have been confronted with scenes described by one mayor as “hell”, as it became clear up to 300,000 cattle had died in the floods.

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Central USA – A potent storm slammed the central United States on Thursday, bringing a ferocious mix of wild weather from blizzard conditions to flash floods. Schools, universities and businesses were closed Thursday in several states as travel proved difficult if not impossible. More than 130,000 customers were without power in Michigan due to the storm. At least five people have been killed. Four died in traffic accidents on snowy or icy roads in the central United States over the past few days and a student died in Seattle after slipping on the ice. Earlier in the week, the storm brought heavy snow and ice to portions of the West Coast, including the Seattle and San Francisco areas. As of midday Thursday, the National Weather Service reported that more than 20 million people were threatened by winter weather, while another 25 million were bracing for flooding.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 502 nm east of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 10 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 492 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking eastward at 03 knots.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 432 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 516 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

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Queensland, Australia – Two bodies were discovered in Australia’s flood-ravaged northeast on Tuesday as continuing heavy rain prompted authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead. Hundreds of cattle are believed to be dead or stranded in north-west Queensland as heartbroken graziers go from a drought to a flooding crisis.

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New York, USA – Melting snow has caused several million gallons of municipal sewage to spill into the Hudson River from Troy and Albany. The melting is expected to continue for the rest of the week around the capital region and beyond. Ice jams are a focus in western New York, where a flood watch has been issued through Wednesday night.

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New York, USA – Buffalo Creek in West Seneca floods after ice jam. West Seneca Police said residents should take “necessary precaution” following an ice jam downstream in the Buffalo Creek. The water had not yet crested.

Queensland, Australia – Devastating flooding in northeast Australia has forced thousands of people from their homes and brought snakes and crocodiles onto the streets as authorities warn of strong winds and more rain on the way. Much of the city of Townsville in Queensland state is flooded, with residents left without power and some compelled to seek safety on the roofs of their homes. Intense rain on Sunday forced authorities to open the floodgates on the Ross River Dam to relieve pressure, releasing around 1,900 cubic meters of water per second downriver. Hundreds of homes in Townsville have already been inundated, 7 News reported, and there are fears between 10,000 and 20,000 properties could be at risk from the coming bad weather. To make matters worse for the terrified residents fleeing their homes, there have been numerous sightings of crocodiles and snakes being swept along with the floodwaters

Drought in Southern Africa

Affected countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Since the start of the 2018/19 cropping season in October, anomalous dry conditions have developed across parts of Southern Africa, with more intense moisture deficits registered in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, in addition to the western parts of Madagascar. Although there are a few months remaining in the cropping season, with the main harvest period usually commencing in April, the impact of the reduced rains is expected to have caused a contraction in the area planted and lowered yield prospects, particularly in the aforementioned areas. Heavier rainfall since mid‑December provided some respite and helped to alleviate moisture deficits, but concurrently resulted in localized flooding in parts of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Approximately 10.8 million people were facing severe food insecurity in Southern Africa as 2018 came to an end. In Eswatini, the estimated number of people facing Crisis (IPC phase 3) or worse food insecurity more than doubled from 120,000 in October to nearly 250,000 in December. In Zimbabwe, where 2.4 million people in rural areas were severely food insecure, the deteriorating economic situation caused sharp price increases and hampered access to food and agricultural inputs. Shortages of basic food commodities in formal markets, including cooking oil, sugar and bread, were reported, especially in remote areas. In Mozambique, more than 1.78 million people were in IPC phase 3 or above across the country, of whom 814,000 people in five provinces were prioritized for urgent humanitarian assistance. Further attacks by non-state armed actors were reported in Cabo Delgado province in November, increasing food security and malnutrition concerns. Meanwhile, in Madagascar, a Flash Appeal was launched to galvanize funding for rapid response in the Grand Sud region, where 890,000 people are severely food insecure.

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Queensland, Australia – Australia’s military has been deployed to tackle devastating “once-in-a-century” floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country’s northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets. The Australian Defence Forces filled sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped pluck flashlight-wielding residents from their rooftops Monday, as monsoon rains drenched the northern state of Queensland. Australia’s tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has far exceeded normal levels. In Townsville the residents have been warned that the peak of the floods has not yet arrived.

South Africa – Mop-up operations are underway following significant rainfall that led to flooding in the Little Karoo and Garden Route District. The Meiringspoort pass between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West has also been reopened after it was closed due to streams of water flowing down. Some homes were flooded, while others were damaged by strong winds.

Italy – St Mark’s square and alleyways in Venice’s historic centre were affected by flooding on Saturday, after heavy rains caused an unusually high tide. Tourists and residents were seen using wooden platforms to cross the square, while some braved the high flood levels, walking through the water in rubber boots. Elsewhere in Italy, firefighters used ropes and planks of wood to rescue three teenagers from a muddy river after their car swerved off the road in heavy rain. Flash floods had caused the river Cornea, near the Tuscan city of Pisa, to burst its banks and the teenagers’ car had become blocked after they had attempted to cross the swollen waterway.

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California, USA – The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads. A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as the storm moved south and at one point dropped more than a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) of rain in five minutes. Trees and power lines were down across the region.

Queensland, Australia – Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. Australia’s tropical north experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season at this time of the year, but the recent deluge has surged far above normal levels. Thousands of residents in the city of Townsville in northeast Queensland were without power and up to 20,000 homes are at risk of being inundated if the rains continue.

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