Storms and Floods

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Brazil – At least nine people died after a cyclone swept through parts of southern Brazil on 30 June. Winds of over 120 km/h were reported in the state of Santa Catarina. The states of Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná were also badly affected. The wild weather has also brought the threat of flooding. Storm surge has prompted warnings for coastal flooding in Santa Catarina. In Rio Grande do Sul, river levels are above flood stage in some areas of after the storm brought rain of over 140mm in 24 hours. Almost 50 cities or municipalities in Santa Catarina state were affected by the cyclone.

Yunnan, China – At least 3 people have died in flash flooding in Yunnan Province, southwest China. Heavy rain from 29 June caused flash flooding in the city of Zhaotong and the counties of Zhenxiong, Yiliang, Weixin and Yanjin. Rainfall of over 225 mm in 24 hours was reported in the area.

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Brazil – At least 24 people have been killed due to floods and landslides in Brazil’s southeastern state of Sao Paulo. Hundreds of volunteers have joined rescue workers in a desperate search through the rubble to try to find 25 people who are still missing in the cities of Guaruja, Santos and Sao Vicente. An active cold front in the South Atlantic generated a trough of low pressure which provided the energy and moisture required to produce almost a month’s worth of rain on Sunday and Monday.Flooding from the same weather system has also affected Rio de Janeiro where more than 5,000 people have been displaced.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Uesi), located approximately 247 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Europe – Storm Ciara caused travel chaos on Monday, severely disrupting commutes and grounding hundreds of flights as swathes of Europe were left without power by torrential rain and winds of up to 180km per hour that also caused flash flooding and the cancellation of sporting fixtures. At least six people have been reported to have died across the region. In one of the most violent storms for years, one man died and another was reported missing in southern Sweden when their boat capsized, while three people were seriously injured in Germany by falling trees and branches. Parts of northern France were put on orange alert and 130 000 homes had electricity cut off. The Netherlands closed one of its big storm surge barriers as the tempest approached on Sunday night. Police said it caused Monday morning traffic jams over 600km’s of roads. Around 220 flights were cancelled during the morning at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport – Europe’s third-busiest – most destined for other European cities. Around 240 never took off on Sunday.

Brazil – Heavy rains in Sao Paulo brought Brazil’s most populous city nearly to a halt on Monday with floods, mudslides and enormous traffic jams. Parts of the city received 100 mm (4 inches) of within three hours, swelling the Tiete River to its highest level in 15 years, according to the state’s infrastructure secretary. Many had to be rescued by rafts or helicopters after waiting hours atop inundated cars, surrounded by muddy water.

Storms and Floods

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Madagascar – The government of Madagascar has declared a national emergency after a week long flooding claimed the lives of 31 people and displaced more than 16,000 people. Flooding has inundated more than 10,000 homes. At least seven regions in the north of the country have been affected, with Boeny, Sofia and Alaotra Mangoro hardest hit.

Brazil – The death toll in the sever flooding in southeastern Brazil has risen to 58 with more than 40 000 people displaced. The worst-hit states are Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, where torrential downpours have wreaked havoc since late last week.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere – Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Esami), located approximately 1260 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southeastward at 14 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 10s (Diane), located approximately 756 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking eastward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12p (Twelve), located approximately 279 nm southeast of Niue, is tracking southeastward at 05 knots.

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Brazil – At least 46 people have been killed in southeastern Brazil as record rainfall continues to cause floods and trigger mudslides. The death toll rose on Sunday as officials expressed alarm about continuing storms. At least 37 had died in the state of state of Minas Gerais and nine more in neighboring Espirito Santo, according to local disaster officials, who said 28 people remained missing.Some 20,000 people had been evacuated due to the threat of floods and landslides.

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In the Southern Hemisphere – Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Esami), located approximately 1190 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 22 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 10s (Diane), located approximately 676 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 24 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 12p (Twelve), located approximately 250 nm southeast of Niue, is tracking south-southeastward at 02 knots.

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Australia – Australia’s bushfire-stricken state of Queensland saw heavy rainfalls on Sunday that dampened some of the fires that have razed 2.5 million hectares (1.2 million acres) since September, but the wet weather caused major flooding. Several people were rescued from floodwaters and some bridges and causeways were closed, but no severe damage had been reported.

Brazil At least 30 people have died after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil. Seventeen people have been listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been buffeted by 48 hours of torrential rain. Photos show people, including children, swimming through some of the flooded streets.

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Australia – After months of intense heat and devastating bushfires, Australia’s east coast was battered by heavy rainstorms Saturday, causing flash flooding in parts and road closures. Major highways were closed in Queensland as the state was hit with some of the heaviest rain the country has seen for months. There were also power was cut in parts of New South Wales.

Zimbabwe – Residents in Hwange were left counting their loses after a lot of their property was destroyed by a rain storm which also swept away their chickens and other domestic animals. A number of houses were also destroyed.

Brazil – At least six people have died and at least one more was missing Sunday following torrential rains in southern Brazil, authorities said. Meteorologists said nearly 250 millimeters (10 inches) of rain devastated parts of Espiritu Santo state starting Friday, though the rains had tapered off by Sunday. State firefighters reported three dead in the town of Alfredo Chaves and three others in Iconha, where at least one woman was missing. The flooding destroyed three bridges, left cars piled up, trees toppled and houses covered in mud.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 834 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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California, USA – Unexpected rainfall drenched parts of California, where heavy flooding swept away cars, damaged homes and caused numerous roadways to close as heavy snowfall blanketed parts of the country. Two weather systems are making it difficult for holiday travelers to safely get to their destination, with the first being a downpour of rain affecting western states. The bomb cyclone, a type of rapidly strengthening storm, has caused warning advisories to affect parts of every western state from Arizona to Montana. The heavy storm hit residents on Thanksgiving Day and has resulted in record rainfall in more than half a dozen cities in Southern California. Torrential downpours battered areas like San Diego, where flash floods swept away cars.

Brazil – Heavy rain in Salvador de Bahia City (Bahia State, north-eastern Brazil) has caused floods and landslides. According to media reports, 300 people have been displaced as a result, with widespread damage sustained to roads and more than 100 houses. 170 mm of rain fell in 3 hours during the morning of 26 November, while the monthly average for November is 100mm.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska – Update

As of Thursday night, more than 200 wildfires were blazing in our most northern state, including a monster-sized wildfire, The Swan Lake fire that was ignited by lightning on June 5. The Swan Lake fire, near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, has become the country’s largest wildfire, growing to over 161,000 acres, as of Thursday night. Meanwhile the Ethel Creek Fire near Koliganek that has now burned over 18,000 acres.

Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire in California’s high desert near Susanville is expected to burn for another week. The R-1 Ranch Fire was started Wednesday evening by a lightning strike in Hagata Canyon, east of Eagle Lake. Twenty-four hours later, it had burned 1,800 acres and was 10 percent contained.

The biggest wildfire currently burning in California is the Springs Fire, south of Mono Lake. Started on July 26 by a lightning strike, it has burned 3,844 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Wildfires – Brazil

Brazil’s government is banning most legal fires, used for land-clearing, for at least 60 days in the wake of the massive blazes that ravaged the Amazon rainforest.

Currently, farmers and others are allowed to set some fires as long as they have licenses from environmental authorities, the country’s forest code states.

This year, however, there’s been a 77 percent uptick in fires compared to the same period last year — a total of 83,000 blazes, the network reported, citing data from the National Institute for Space Research.

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Wildfires – Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro ordered the deployment of troops to fight the intense wildfires that have engulfed a portion of the Amazon rainforest in an apparent reversal from previously downplaying the blaze.

In a presidential decree, Bolsonaro pledged troops to fight the raging fires for the next month. The Brazilian environmental agency IBAMA also said on Friday it would send hundreds of temporary firefighters to help battle the wildfires.

Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research announced that 2,254 square kilometers of the Amazon were eliminated in July, marking a 278% increase from the same period one year ago. The INPE also reported a 90% increase in deforestation in June from the same month last year. The Brazilian government’s push to escalate agricultural and mining developments in the Amazon at the expense of Indigenous rights actively brought about the ongoing wildfire crisis, Indigenous advocates say.

The Amazon produces 20% of the world’s oxygen and is considered crucial to sustaining life on Earth. The rainforest is also a hub of incredible biodiversity and is vital to combating climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide. But experts say the current wildfires are sending huge amounts of toxic greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere. There are currently over 75,000 wildfires burning in the rainforest throughout the country.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire north of Brisbane but have warned they may not be able to protect every property in the semi-rural area and conditions could get worse.

Meanwhile Pilots flying over Bribie Island’s northwestern beaches were met by a heartbreaking scene this afternoon. Numbers of dead kangaroos were spotted from the air. They had been killed fleeing the bushfires. The bushfires at Bribie Island engulfed campsites on Wednesday and Thursday, with water bombers deployed from helicopters top douse the remaining flames today.

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Wildfires – Bolivia

Bolivian authorities warned this week that 70% of the department of Santa Cruz — where more than a quarter of the country’s population lives — is under “extreme risk” from forest fires.

According to the government, nearly 500,000 hectares of forest have now been turned into ashes.

According to Brazil’s space research centre (INPE), 72,843 fires have hit the country’s side of the Amazon — an 83% increase on last year and the highest number registered since records began in 2013. The smokes from the wildfires on Wednesday caused an hour-long blackout in Sao Paulo, located 2,700 kms away.

Greenpeace has blamed the record number of wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon on deforestation. It also warned that it could have severe meteorological consequences for the region but also for the globe.

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Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 07w (Nari), located approximately 314 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.

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Brazil – Death toll from the floods and landslides in Brazil’s northeast reached 13 on Wednesday, local officials said. The Fire Department in the northeastern Pernambuco state confirmed five deaths in Recife, five in Abreu e Lima, three in Olinda, including minors and women who could not take shelter from mudslides and landslides. Heavy rains paralyzed daily life in Recife, capital of Pernambuco since Tuesday. Recife, which has a population of around four million, received 101 millimeters of rainfall for six hours, well beyond seasonal expectations.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Tristan da Cunha.

5.3 earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits offshore Atacama, Chile.

5.0 earthquake hits Acre, Brazil.

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China – Eleven people were killed in a flash flood in Shenzhen on Thursday night after a construction company failed to respond properly to weather warnings, local government officials said. The victims were workers who were cleaning drainage systems in Luohu and Futian districts that were hit by a flash flood created by the downpour.

Afghanistan – After a year of severe drought, flash floods have killed at least 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan. More than 42,000 people have been displaced by the floods since the start of 2019. In all, 163,000 people in 16 provinces need urgent help.

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Brazil – In the aftermath of the floods in Rio this week, firefighters dug through rubble Friday in search of survivors after two condemned buildings collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing at least three people, injuring 13 and leaving another 13 missing. The collapse of the four-story buildings undermines by the floodwaters underscored the shoddy infrastructure that plagues Latin America’s largest nation and put a spotlight on illegal militias that control large swaths of Rio, including the area where the buildings stood.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 23s (Wallace), located approximately 344 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Brazil – Heavy rains killed at least 10 people and left a trail of destruction in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, raising questions about the city’s preparedness to deal with recurring extreme weather. Torrents of water gushed down streets, sweeping up cars and uprooting trees after rains that began around rush hour Monday evening. Rains slowly weakened by Tuesday evening.

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