Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 24w (Halong), located approximately 293 nm north-northeast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking northeastward at 24 knots.
Typhoon 25w (Nakri), located approximately 275 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward 04 knots.
In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 23w (Matmo), located approximately 257 nm east of Visakhapatnam, India, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.
Somalia – The death toll from recent flooding in Somalia has risen to 17 people with more than 370,000 people being displaced.
England – Floods have paralyzed parts of north England, with roads and train lines shuttered and people stranded in a shopping mall, unable to leave. As of Thursday evening, the UK Environment Agency had issued 99 flood warnings across the country, with 117 further lower level alerts indicating possible floods in place. Sheffield, a major city in South Yorkshire, was one of the worst hit areas. According to the National Rail, a number of train lines across South Yorkshire were disrupted by the flooding.
Mega-Lightning Flashes – Two of America’s newest weather satellites have measured the longest lightning discharge ever observed — a 300-mile bolt that flashed across northern Texas, Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas. The announcement of the epic discharge at 1:13 a.m. local time on Oct. 22, 2017, was just published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. But unpublished data from the same lightning mappers on the GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites shows an even longer “megaflash” streaked 418 miles over Brazil earlier this year. Neither lightning bolt has yet been verified by the World Meteorological Organization.