Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Ian is located about 175 mi…285 km sse of Charleston South Carolina and about 260 mi…415 km ssw of Cape Fear North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 16e (Orlene), located approximately 1188 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 20w (Roke), located approximately 377 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 23 knots.

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Croatia – Police in Croatia report one person died in flash floods in the port city of Rijeka after torrential rain on 28 September 2022. 287.5 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Rijeka. This is thought to be a record, beating the previous daily high of 249 mm set in 2013. Local media said unofficial figures showed the city recorded 140 mm of rain in just 2 hours. Streets of the city were swamped and traffic brought to a standstill. Homes and public buildings including a school and a police headquarters were damaged. Emergency services received around 200 calls for assistance. Areas of nearby Istria County were also affected, in particular in the town of Pazin. Croatia Civil Defence said floods and landslides have left several roads closed.

USA – Hurricane Ian left a trail of destruction after it made landfall in southwest Florida, USA, on 28 September 2022. Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa with winds of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h), just short of a Category 5 hurricane. “Reports of major flooding and tornado-like damage are occurring in areas across the state. Ian will slowly move across central Florida before exiting tomorrow afternoon. Floridians should continue to take shelter indoors and heed local weather warnings,” the governor said. Strong winds, high waves and storm surge caused catastrophic damage across areas of Florida’s southwestern Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center said, “Severe and life-threatening storm surge inundation of 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 metres) above ground level along with destructive waves is ongoing along the southwest Florida coastline from Englewood to Bonita Beach, including Charlotte Harbor.” Stormy seas caused a migrant boat to sink off the coast of Florida leaving at least 20 people missing. Initial reports in Florida suggest thousands of buildings have been flooded in areas including Fort Myers, Naples and Port Charlotte. Videos and images shared on Social Media showed wrecked boats, cars and buildings ripped from foundations floating in stormy waters. A hospital in Port Charlotte has been severely damaged by both winds and floods.

Cameroon – Flooding has affected 37,000 people in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Ongoing floods in the Far North Region began in mid-August 2022 as a result of heavy rainfall, overflowing rivers and dyke ruptures. OCHA said that, as of September 20, more than 37,439 people from 6 662 families were affected, including approximately 27,000 in the department of Mayo-Danay, 9,000 in Logone and Chari, and 1,300 in Mayo-Tsanaga. At least 2 people have died and around 95 injured. As many as 9,413 homes and 88 schools have been damaged or destroyed. Around 2 394 hectares of crops have also been damaged, and 3,019 heads of cattle lost.

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