Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 384 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.
California, USA – A strong winter storm dumped heavy rain across Southern California on Monday, flooding roads and snarling traffic with a series of crashes, and bringing down several trees. Monday’s storm also dusted Southern California mountains with fresh snow. Wrightwood picked up 7 inches of powder Monday, with snow continuing throughout the day.
Sri Lanka – Ongoing monsoon rains have affected 64,608 people (18,840 families), with two persons reported dead, 62 houses fully damaged and 1,463 houses partially damaged. 17,766 people (5,255 families) have been evacuated to the 133 locations set up to assist people displaced. Intense rainfall from the north-eastern monsoon has led to an overflow of most of the water reservoirs and tanks in East, North, North-central and North-western provinces, triggering floods in several villages and affecting over 30,000 individuals.
Florida, USA – Floodwaters shut down Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for several hours Monday, blocking access to the passenger terminals on one of the busiest travel days of the year and paralyzing major streets up and down Southeast Broward. The airport eventually reopened before 7 a.m., but not before more than 100 flights were delayed for many eager to get to their holiday destinations. Severely flooded streets in the area followed a beat-down of heavy rain from midnight into the early morning hours.