Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 964 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Kenya – Heavy rains in Kenya unleashed a deluge that killed five people overnight in the Rift Valley, raising the death toll from weekend flooding to 65. The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year. Parts of the country could continue to face destructive flooding this week.

California, USA – A winter-like storm led to at least one death on Thanksgiving Day, closed numerous roadways and left officials warning of waterspouts, floods, hail, lightning and rip currents. Two important highways — the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine and the 15 Freeway between the Inland Empire and Las Vegas — were closed, reopened and closed again Thursday as snow would fall, be plowed aside and then accumulate again. Heavy snowfall was reported late Thursday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

More thunderstorms have rolled in across NSW bringing with them lightning strikes and the concerns they may have sparked more bushfires. Aircraft on Monday were kept busy searching for new bushfires from lightning strikes during thunderstorms at the weekend as firefighters continuing to battle dozens of blazes across the state.

More than 80 fires were burning at 7pm on Monday, 50 of them uncontained. More than 1300 firefighters remain in the field across NSW.

Wildfires – California

A new wildfire has been blazing near Santa Barbara ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Cave Fire quickly burned through 4,367 acres since it started Monday afternoon—and it remains 10% contained as of Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire. Approximately 600 firefighters have been assigned and evacuation orders have been issued for more than 2,280 residents, while still other areas are under evacuation warning.

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Wildfires – California

As of late Friday, about 10,800 people were under mandatory evacuation orders in Ventura County after a wildfire began late Thursday before quickly spreading overnight. The Maria Fire is the latest addition to California’s busy 2019 fire season. The fire started on Thursday at 6:14 p.m. local time affecting 750 acres within an hour. It spread overnight to encompass more than 9,000 acres. About 1,300 firefighters are on hand.

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Wildfires – California

A fresh spate of Southern California wildfires roared to life on Thursday, destroying homes and forcing evacuations, as the region faced a second day of explosively fierce Santa Ana winds that have fanned flames, displacing thousands of residents. The most destructive among several new wind-driven blazes in the region erupted hours before dawn on the rugged slopes of the San Bernardino National Forest above the city of San Bernardino, barreling downhill into the north end of town.

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Wildfires – California

The race to stop an inferno torching the Los Angeles area has gotten more dangerous as furious winds — some as strong as in a hurricane — stoke the flames. Gusts of up to 70 mph will fuel the Getty Fire through Thursday, threatening more than 7,000 homes, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. And that’s just one of at least 10 wildfires burning across California.

The newly formed Easy Fire quickly consumed 1,300 acres in Ventura County, officials said. It threatened 6,500 homes and forced school closures and evacuations.

About 26,000 people were forced from their homes by the Simi Valley fire. Power had been shut off in some areas, affecting almost a million people.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Authorities ordered at least 50,000 people to evacuate towns near a massive Northern California wildfire Saturday, and the state’s largest utility announced power shut-offs for an estimated 2.35 million people due to forecasts of severe winds and extreme fire danger. The entire communities of Healdsburg and Windsor were ordered to evacuate ahead of strong winds that could lead to erratic fire behavior near the blaze burning in wine country.

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Wildfires – California, USA

California firefighters battled through the night to contain a fast-moving wildfire driven by high winds that was threatening to engulf thousands of buildings. Around 40 000 people were told to flee the Tick Fire, which was raging across 1,600 hectares just north of Los Angeles. The blaze broke out early on Thursday afternoon, burning several homes and structures and forcing the closure of a major highway and a number of roads, as some 500 firefighters backed by air tankers and helicopters battled the flames. There were no immediate reports of injury.

Wildfires – Mexico

Mexican authorities say three people have died in wind-whipped wildfires in the northwestern state of Baja California. Mexico’s civil defense agency said Friday that fires near Tecate, near Tijuana and between the coastal towns of Rosarito and Ensenada had forced 1,645 people to evacuate their homes. One of the fires closed the coastal highway north of Ensenada for several hours. Another, near Tecate, burned more than 35,000 acres (about 14,200 hectares).

Wildfires – Australia

Three fires on the NSW north coast, at Tuncurry, Darawank and Mount George, were at emergency levels but have since been downgraded to Watch and Act. Approximately 70 other fires are burning uncontrolled through the state. At least two properties have been lost in the fires.

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Wildfires – California, USA

In Northern California, the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, about 75 miles north of San Francisco, rapidly expanded in size early Thursday morning, torching 10,000 acres in just four hours. At least 2 000 people were ordered to evacuate. The fire was likely sparked by a faulty electricity pylon.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Flames raged along a ridge-line at the edge of an affluent beach-front neighborhood located between Santa Monica and Malibu about 18 miles (30 km) west of downtown Los Angeles. A mandatory evacuation was ordered for about 200 homes in the Pacific Palisades community, as ground teams and helicopters worked on putting out hot spots and carving a containment line around the fire zone’s perimeter.

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Wildfires – California, USA

The wildfire raging out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles since early Friday, has forced thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground. The blaze erupted late Thursday along the northern tier of the San Fernando Valley as powerful Santa Ana winds swept Southern California, fanning several destructive blazes. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire had grown to more than 6 square miles (15.5 square kilometers) before dawn and an estimated 12,700 homes were under evacuation orders. The Fire Department said homes were destroyed but did not have an estimate. About 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

A wind-swept wildfire in California’s San Fernando Valley threatened several northern Los Angeles communities Friday, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of more than 1,600 homes, according to reports.

The so-called Saddleridge Brush Fire, which started in Sylmar north of downtown LA on Thursday night, spread from 60 acres to 1,600 acres (2.5 square miles) within hours.

Meanwhile, a separate fire sparked by burning trash dumped by a garbage truck destroyed dozens of homes in Riverside County and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people.

The Sandalwood fire erupted when a “trash truck dumped a load of burning trash that spread onto vegetation” about 2 p.m. Thursday in the community of Calimesa, about 70 miles east of LA, fire officials said.

The two conflagrations were among about 275 wildfires that have broken out across the state as hot, gusty winds signaled the start of its peak fire season.

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Wildfires – California

Fire crews across Northern California are responding to a number of wildfires that ignited amid critical weather conditions Wednesday, as well as a 4,400-acre blaze that has been burning near the entrance to Yosemite National Park since the weekend. Those conditions prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to implement a massive public safety power shutoff, which blacked out about 513,000 customers between midnight and 4 a.m.

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Wildfires – California

California’s biggest blaze of 2019, the Walker Fire, has grown steadily to surpass 50,000 acres, and firefighters could face additional challenges as fire activity is expected to increase to start the weekend. Burning in Plumas National Forest since Sept. 4, the Walker Fire has grown relatively slowly after exploding from 2,000 acres to 17,000 acres last Friday amid erratic wind conditions. It’s charred through nearly 80 square miles of wildland.

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Wildfires – California

Firefighters continued to battle blazes across Northern California forests Sunday, with the largest mostly uncontrolled and growing.

The Walker Fire had expanded to 38,049 acres and was 7% contained Sunday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is burning in the Plumas National Forest, about 11 miles east of Taylorsville (Plumas County), and is California’s largest wildfire of the year so far.

A 400-acre wildfire in Butte County called the Swedes Fire was 30% contained Sunday night and had destroyed two structures.

In Tehama County, the lightning-caused Red Bank Fire continued to burn west of Red Bluff. The fire had charred 8,838 acres and was 50% contained Sunday night.