Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 455 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Afghanistan – On 1 March, heavy rains struck Kandahar city, Zheri, Dand, Damand, Arghandab, Spinboldak, and Takhtapu Districts. In the last 30 hours, 97mm of rain fell in the affected areas. Flash floods triggered by the heavy rain have reportedly killed 20 people, including a number of children, when their homes collapsed or the vehicles they were traveling in were swept away. At least 10 people, including children, are still missing in Arghandab, Daman, Spin Boldak and Dand Districts. It is estimated that up to 2,000 homes may have been damaged across all affected districts including Kandahar City.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17s (Haleh), located approximately 337 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 08 knots.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 16p (tc) (Pola), located approximately 585 nm south-southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 11 knots.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 02w (Wutip), located approximately 557 nm north-northwest of Yap, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 16p (tc) (Pola), located approximately 377 nm south-southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southward at 12 knots.

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Peru – Two more people have been killed in a landslide in Peru, bringing to at least 50 the number of people who have died since the rainy season started in September, according to the Centre for National Emergency Operations. The landslide was triggered by torrential rain in the city of Huancavelica, where hospitals and schools have been inundated, and severe flooding has blocked roads and damaged bridges, the centre said. Thousands of families have been affected by the flood waters, with many calling on the government to do more to alleviate the situation.

California, USA – Rivers swollen by days of heavy rain inundated portions of northern California on Wednesday, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes. However, about half of the 4,000 people ordered to leave have refused to do so. Two towns – Guerneville and Monte Rio – were islands surrounded by water, local officials said. The only way to reach the two communities now is by boat.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 320 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking north-northwestward at 05 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 16p (tc) (Pola), located approximately 259 nm east-southeastt of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southwestward at 07 knots.

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USA – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports 14 counties in the state have declared local states of emergency after floods over the weekend. In california the Russian River will crest at 45.9 feet by 10 p.m. Wednesday night. That would be the highest crest since 1997 and the 6th highest crest on record.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 304 nm west-northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northward at 03 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 16p (tc) (Sixteen), located approximately 235 nm southwest of Avata, Samoa, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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USA – Residents are using boats to reach flooded-out neighborhoods and schools are shut down after days of torrential rains in north Alabama. The National Weather Service says many areas got around 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain last week, and some spots received more than 12 inches (30 centimeters). The city of Decatur says water levels already have exceeded 100-year levels and could rise another 2 feet (0.6 meters). Schools are closed in at least a half-dozen systems in the region.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 237 nm north of Ulithi, is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 172 nm west of Navsta, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

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USA – A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. Elsewhere around the South, homes, highways, parks and bridges have been flooded or put out of commission amid the heavy rains and severe storms. News outlets report that water rescues have been performed in some Middle Tennessee counties. Flash flood warnings and watches remained in place throughout the South and one Mississippi community reported large hail. Interstate 40 near the Tennessee line with North Carolina was closed by a rockslide, one of the dozens of roads and highways shut down throughout the South region, transportation officials said.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 357 nm west-northwest of Kingston Island, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 170 nm southwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

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Guam – The island had already started feeling the impacts of Typhoon Wutip this morning. Typhoon Wutip is pouring rain on the island. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning.

USA – Rounds of rare weather, including floods, snowfall and the risk of a tornado outbreak. have been paralyzing communities across the U.S. this week. The rare phenomenon known as “thundersnow” occurred in both Ohio and Maryland. For the first time in more than a decade, measurable snow fell in Las Vegas, where a half-inch dusted the ground. Flagstaff, AZ, has seen more than 14 inches of snow. The same winter storm that brought the heavy snow triggered an emergency in Prescott, AZ. Torrential rains, up to 6 inches in some places, triggered floods and mudslides in the South. Flooding broke the banks of many rivers that were already at or above flood stage, turning many roads into rivers, and completely destroying some – as the risk of a tornado outbreak threatens a large area of the Southeast this weekend.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 343 nm east of Brisbane, Australia, is tracking southward at 13 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 02w (Wutip), located approximately 291 nm south-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

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Pakistan – Pakistani officials say flash floods and heavy winter rains have led to the deaths of 12 people in the country’s southwest and central regions. Flash floods submerged villages near the southwestern town of Lasbella, killing three people there and affecting 200 families. In central Pakistan, nine were killed in three incidents of roofs on houses collapsing amid the rains, four of them in the city of Multan.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 357 nm west-southwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Wutip), located approximately 484 nm south-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 286 nm west of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Wutip), located approximately 742 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Malaysia – A downpour that lasted for about two hours caused flash floods to hit several parts in the city centre in Johor Baru. The rain caused water levels to increase rapidly at major roads, resulting in traffic congestion.

El Nino Underway

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued an El Nino Advisory last week, indicating the climate pattern has taken effect. While sea surface temperatures are above average, current observations and climate models indicate that this El Nino will be weak, meaning we do not expect significant global impacts through the remainder of winter and into the spring.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 257 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southwestward at 06 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 970 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Papua New Guinea – Two people were buried alive in a landslide as heavy rain caused havoc in Madang last week. People living along the Finisterer mountain range have been the victim of landslides. Hundreds were stranded along the Madang-Usino highway when a section of the road was damaged by flooding.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 282 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southwestward at 11 knots.

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Crete – Four people are missing after floods sweep through Crete. A search operation is currently underway in the area of Mires in Heraklion, Crete, as four people in a car were swept away by flood waters at the passage of Geropotamos.

Zimbabwe – Floods that have affected Chiredzi following heavy rains on Wednesday last week claimed the lives of two schoolchildren at Muhlanguleni Primary School in Chiredzi South, who drowned in a flooded pit latrine.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.