Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post-tropical cyclone Fiona is located about 105 mi…170 km w of Port aux Basques Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 130 mi…210 km wsw of Faial island in the central Azores with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ian is located about 270 mi…435 km sse of Kingston Jamaica and about 505 mi…810 km se of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 260 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hermine is located about 390 mi…630 km nne of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 15e (Newton), located approximately 854 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean:Typhoon 18w (Noru), located approximately 296 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – Parts of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia have seen heavy rain since 22 September 2022, triggering floods in several parts of the state. State Emergency Services (NSW SES) carried over 40 high water rescues. NSW Police reported one person died in flood waters in the Central West Region. According to figures from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the weather station at Meldrum recorded 370 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 23 September. In a 24 hour period to 23 September, Lowanna near Coffs Harbour recorded 186 mm and Wooli Beach near Grafton saw 149.8 mm.

India – Authorities in a suburb of the Indian capital New Delhi where many companies have offices and executives have their homes, ordered schools to close and urged residents to work from home on Friday after heavy rain brought widespread flooding.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An extreme bushfire which swept through the Darwin rural area in the Northern Territory left devastating damage on the land and property. One house was destroyed and several people sustained injuries,

Wildfires

Wildfires – Spain

A large wildfire in northeast Spain grew rapidly overnight and was burning out of control Sunday, forcing the evacuation of eight villages and 1,500 people in Zaragoza province, firefighters said. The wildfire, which began Saturday, developed a 50-kilometer (31-mile) perimeter in less than 24 hours, the local forest chief said. It’s estimated burned surface could be up to 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres).

Wildfires – California

The Six Rivers fire, burning more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, is just 15% contained Sunday, according to fire officials.

The McKinney fire, which claimed the lives of four people, remains 95% contained after burning 60,000 acres. Some evacuation orders had been lifted, but many others remained in effect particularly around Highway 96.

Wildfires – Australia

Western Australia’s emergency services issued a bushfire warning on Sunday for an out of control blaze around Mokine in the Shire of Northam, 71 km east of the state capital Perth that was threatening homes and lives. Residents were advised to leave their homes and seek safer areas.

Global Warming

‘Shocking’ report lists devastation to Australia wildlife

Australia’s unique wildlife is being devastated by bushfires, drought, habitat loss and global warming, a government report said Tuesday, warning that more species were headed for extinction.

The five-yearly State of the Environment report prompted calls for dramatic action to reverse the “poor and deteriorating” state of flora and fauna depicted by scientists on land and at sea.

The damage is being hastened by a climate that has warmed Australia’s average land temperature by 1.4 degrees Celsius since the early 20th century, the report said.

Australia’s 2019-2020 “Black Summer” bushfires burned more than eight million hectares of native vegetation and killed or displaced 1-3 billion animals, the report found.

Marine heatwaves caused mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, 2017 and 2020, it said. Since then, a government report in March found the reef had again suffered mass bleaching.

Millions of hectares of primary forest had been cleared since 1990, the report said.

More than seven million hectares of habitat for threatened species were cleared between 2000 and 2017 without being assessed under Australia’s environmental conservation laws, it found.

In five years, more than 200 plant and animal species of national significance had been added to the list of threatened species under Australia’s environmental laws.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA – More Sequoia Burn

Another wildfire is burning in a grove of giant sequoia trees — behemoths that can live for 3,000 years. The Washburn fire was reported at 2 p.m. Thursday July 7 and by 4 p.m. Friday it had been mapped by a FIRIS aircraft at 466 acres. At least 150 acres of the fire are within the Mariposa giant sequoia grove in the south end of Yosemite National Park two miles southeast of Wawona, a community that is under an evacuation order.

Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control bushfire is burning under extreme weather conditions on the Yorke Peninsula with South Australia’s Country Fire Service issuing an emergency warning for Maitland.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern North Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 04e (Bonnie), located approximately 1332 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean – Tropical depression 05w (Aere), located approximately 55 nm south of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking eastward at 12 knots.

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Malaysia – At least 3 people have died after flash floods in Baling District in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. Flooding struck after heavy rain from 04 July 2022. Levels of the Ketil River at Kuala Pegang jumped to 36.05 metres, which is 50 cm above the alert level. Flooding swamped at least 9 villages in the district. Flood water reached up to roof height. Over 70 houses were severely damaged and at least 6 completely destroyed by the force of the flooding.

Australia – More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds were told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes Monday as Australia’s largest city faces its fourth, and possibly worst, round of flooding in less than a year and a half. Days of torrential rain caused dams to overflow and waterways to break their banks, bringing a new flood emergency to parts of the city of 5 million people. Some areas between Newcastle, north of Sydney, and Wollongong, south of Sydney had received more than a meter (39 inches) of rain in the previous 24 hours. Some has received more than 1.5 meters (59 inches).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern North Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 04e (Bonnie), located approximately 1616 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean – Tropical storm 05w (Aere), located approximately 169 nm southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Brazil – Torrential rain and overflowing rivers in northeastern Brazil has prompted thousands of people to evacuate their homes in the states of Alagoas, Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte. One person was reported missing in floods in Pernambuco.

Australia – Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) reported extremely heavy rainfall from 02 July. In a 48 hour period to 04 July as much as 552.5 mm of rain fell at Brogers Creek in the Illawarra region. Elsewhere Wattamolla recorded 318 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 July and Beaumont saw 184.8 mm in 24 hours to 04 July. This is the fourth flood event in New South Wales so far this year. Parts of the state experienced severe flooding in early March, late March and again in April.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical depression Colin dissipated over North Carolina soon after forming. The remnants are moving toward the northeast near 10 mph (17 km/h) and are expected to turn east-northeastward and accelerate soon, emerging over the Atlantic waters east of North Carolina.

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In the Eastern North Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 04e (Bonnie), located approximately 1964 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean – Remnants of Tropical storm 04w (Chaba), located approximately 190 nm west of Hong Kong, is tracking north-northwestward at 09 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

Tropical storm 05w (Aere), located approximately 111 nm northwest of Kadena AFB, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – Thousands of people in low-lying areas around Sydney are being asked to evacuate as residents and holiday-makers face “dangers on multiple fronts” in the region’s third major flooding event since March. In the past 24 hours, the NSW State Emergency Service has responded to more than 1,400 requests for assistance and conducted 29 flood rescues as torrential rain continues to lash large parts of the state.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are currently no tropical storms.

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Australia – At least one person has died and emergency services have rescued serval others from flood waters across the state of Queensland, Australia, after days of heavy rainfall from 09 April. Many areas received over 100 mm in 24 hours 10 to 11 May. The state’s highest was 244 mm at Mourilyan on the Cassowary Coast.

Colombia – Flooding has affected over 5,000 residents and damaged around 1,000 homes in Apartadó in Antioquia Department, Colombia, local authorities report. Apartadó saw some heavy rainfall on 02 May, causing flooding in the municipality which affected around 500 people. Around 163 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 02 May 2022. Further heavy rainfall caused the overflow of the Apartadó River on 10 May. According to national Civil Defence reports, 5,100 people have been affected, with around 1,000 homes suffering damage and 2 homes completely destroyed. Further south, heavy rain on 07 May caused some urban flooding in Medellín which disrupted traffic and public transport in the city. Around the same time a landslide struck in Itagüí to the south of the city, leaving 2 homes damaged and affecting 50 people.

DR Congo – More people have died as a result of heavy rain, landslides and flooding in eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). Heavy rain from 26 to 27 April caused landslides and flooding in Kalehe territory in South Kivu, where at least 4 fatalities were reported. 7,500 people were displaced in Bushushu village, Kalehe territory (South Kivu) following heavy rains on 27 April and overflow of the Cishova River. Landslide resulted in the deaths of at least four people and several others injured. At least 400 houses were damaged by flooding and more than 200 others completely destroyed. Public buildings such as schools were also destroyed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 582 nm south-southeast of Hagatna, Guam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 23p (Fili), located approximately 98 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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Thailand – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) in Thailand reports that flooding in southern provinces over the last few days has affected over 20,000 households. Heavy rain from 05 April 2022 caused damages and flooding in the provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phatthalung and Surat Thani. A total of 21,669 households have been affected (estimated 108,345 people) in total. There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities.

Sydney, Australia – A combination of high tides and more rain have prompted residents in parts of Sydney’s south to be ordered to evacuate their homes on Thursday. Separately, residents in Picton, on the outskirts of Sydney’s south-west, were warned to prepare for an evacuation order to be issued, as a result of rising waters in the nearby Stonequarry Creek. Sydney has now surpassed its average annual rainfall in just over three months of 2022. The city’s Observatory Hill weather station had recorded 1226.8mm for the year by Thursday morning, compared with the average annual rainfall figure of 1213.4mm.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Brazil – At least 14 people were killed, including seven children, after days of heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Rain showers began Thursday, leading to deadly landslides in the region. The volume of rain registered in the last 48 hours was the highest on record in Angra dos Reis, according to the city’s municipal government.

Australia – Huge swells have lashed Sydney, swallowing beaches under tide waters and ripping boats from their moorings inside the harbour. Bondi and Clovelly beaches were flooded over and waves battered the walls of the beachside Coogee Surf Club on Saturday morning. Inside the harbour near the Manly ferry wharf, boats were ripped from their moorings, with some vessels washed up on the nearby beach.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Halima), located approximately 1040 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-northward at 04 knots.

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Ecuador – At least 4 people have lost their lives after heavy rain in southern Ecuador triggered floods and landslides in Azuay Province on 27 March 2022. Floods and landslides pushed rocks and debris onto the small community of Sayausí in Cuenca Canton. The municipal government report a school building and 10 houses were completely destroyed, leaving 14 people homeless. A further 27 houses sustained damage and many more are at risk and are being assessed. Water supplies gave also been affected, with an estimated 250,000 currently without drinking water.

Australia – Evacuation orders are in place for several northern New South Wales towns amid warnings of life-threatening flash floods, just four weeks after record floods forced thousands of people from their homes in the region. As of 8.30am Tuesday, the NSW State Emergency Service had issued six evacuation orders covering 6,600 people in the northern rivers region. There was also one evacuation warning for 7,800 people, including the Lismore central business district. A region of Queensland was also covered by an alert after heavy rain dumped about 300mm over parts of the Gold Coast in less than a day.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Drought – USA

In an analysis updated March 17 by NOAA, the drought in the western half of the United States is expected continue at least through June 30, 2022, affecting parts of 23 states. And in most of those areas the temperatures will be higher than average and there will be less than average precipitation.

Flood Aftermath – Australia

Australian health experts warn that there will likely be a rise in serious mosquito-borne disease, along with more bites from snakes and spiders, as the catastrophic inundation in the southeast subsides.

New cases of Japanese encephalitis have already been reported, prompting authorities to expand vaccinations, especially for pig farm workers and their families due to their increased chances of getting bitten by infected mosquitoes. With funnel web spiders being discovered in more homes around the flood disaster zones, anti-venom manufacturers have stepped up production as a precaution.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 20s (Billy), located approximately 1163 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.

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Alabama, USA – Storms in Alabama, USA brought heavy rainfall and flash flooding on roads and highways in the Birmingham Metropolitan area on 16 March 2022.

Australia – Flash flooding in the outback city of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia, on 15 March 2022 has prompted flood rescues and caused one fatality. While many areas of northern and eastern parts of the state are recovering from the widespread flooding that began in late February, heavy rain caused flash flooding in the far west of New South Wales (NSW) on 15 March 2022.

Ecuador – One person is reported missing after heavy rain caused flash floods and landslides in the Province of Loja in southern Ecuador. Flooding struck in the city of Loja after a heavy downpour on 15 March. Streets in the city were flooded and several houses damaged. One person was missing after being swept away by flood waters.

Peru – Several people are missing and homes were destroyed after a massive landslide in La Libertad region in northwestern Peru on 15 March 2022. The landslide was the result of heavy rains. The landslide pushed part of a hillside onto homes below in the town of Retamas in Parcoy District, in the Pataz province of La Libertad. An estimated 60 buildings have been affected. Initial assessments suggest 15 houses and 1 commercial building were completely destroyed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 19s (Gombe), located approximately 423 nm north-northeast of Europa Island, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ecuador – Flooding has caused severe damage in areas of Cotopaxi Province in Ecuador. Thousands of people are isolated after bridges were destroyed by overflowing rivers. Flooding has also caused damage to homes in Azuay Province, prompting families to evacuate. Local media report as many as 8 bridges have been damaged or destroyed due to flooding in La Maná canton in Cotopaxi province. An estimated 15,000 inhabitants of Guayacán, Malqui, Guasaganda, Pucayacu, La Playita and Choaló are isolated as a result. Flooding also caused widespread damage to homes in Pucayacu, one of the worst affected areas. Ecuador’s disaster management agency SNGRE reported heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides in areas of Girón canton in Azuay Province from 07 March. Long stretches of road were washed away. 1 house was completely destroyed, 2 damaged and several at risk. Around 30 people have evacuated.

Australia – Australia declared a national emergency on Wednesday in response to devastating floods along its east coast, and designated catastrophe zones in towns swept away by swollen rivers. The emergency declaration, which was set up after Australia’s destructive 2019 bushfires, will help cut red tape and speed up aid amid criticism about a slow response to the floods in which at least 21 people have died.