Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Gamma is located about 165 mi…270 km ene of Progreso Mexico and about 150 mi…240 km nnw of Cozumel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 205 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

Tropical Storm Delta is located about 130 mi…210 km s of Negril Jamaica and about 270 mi…440 km se of Grand Cayman with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 18e (Marie), located approximately 1027 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 16w (Chan-Hom), located approximately 781 nm south of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking westward at 02 knots.

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Mexico – Disaster authorities in Mexico reported on 04 October that 6 people have died after severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Gamma hit the Yucatan Peninsula. Two flood-related fatalities were reported in Tabasco state. A further 4 fatalities were reported in the state of Chiapas, where 2 victims died after a landslide buried a house. Heavy rainfall and releases from the Peñitas Dam caused flooding in Tabasco, affecting thousands of people in particular in areas along the Samaría River. Around 3,500 people were evacuated, mostly in the municipalities of Balancán, Centro, Cunduacán, Jalpa de Méndez and Nacajuca.

France and Italy – Floods in southeastern France and northern Italy in the wake of Storm Alex have left 3 people dead and several missing. Hundreds of homes, along with bridges and roads, have been destroyed. Flooding came after record rainfall. Italian authorities said Piedmont region recorded its highest rainfall totals since 1958. Sambughetto in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola recorded 630 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 October 2020. Limone Piemonte in the Province of Cuneo recorded 580 mm of rain during the same period. Meanwhile Meteo France reported 500.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 October at Saint-Martin-Vésubie, which is the equivalent of more than three months of rain and a record daily amount.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Beta is located about 95 mi…150 km ese of ort O’Connor Texas and about 110 mi…180 km s of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Hurricane Teddy is located about 165 mi…270 km se of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Dolphin), located approximately 651 nm south-southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north- northeastward at 05 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 17e (Seventeen), located approximately 1053 nm south-southeast of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

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France – At least 2 people are missing after torrential rain triggered flash flooding in the Gard, Lozère and Herault departments of southern France. Meteo France reported violent thunderstorms hit the foothills of the Cévennes mountains on 19 September. In a 6 hour period, 196 mm of rain fell in Vigan, 175 mm in Saumane and 468 mm in Valleraugue, including 361mm in just 3 hours. Emergency services mobilized helicopters and hundreds of personnel to assist with evacuations and rescues. As of late 20 September, 46 people had been rescued and 421 had evacuated and moved to emergency shelter including over 200 people evacuated in Anduze commune in Gard Department.

Ghana – At least 5 people have died in recent flooding in Ghana‘s Upper East Region. Flooding during September affected 7,561 people and damaged 1,596 homes in several districts of the region. A further 156 homes have been destroyed along with wide areas of crops.

China – State media in China are reporting that nearly 180,000 people were affected by floods in the southwest Guizhou Province during mid-September. According to Xinhua News Agency, Guizhou Province witnessed its highest rainfall since 1961 during the period 09 to 18 September. Xinhua said that 52 county-level regions were affected by flooding and heavy rain. As many as 44,791 houses were damaged and 1,504 destroyed. Thousands of people evacuated their homes and were moved to 40 temporary relocation sites set up by the provincial government.

Greece – At least three people were killed and hundreds have been rescued in Greece after a rare storm system known as a “medicane” spawned severe flooding after making landfall on Friday, according to officials. The storm, named Ianos, hit the Ionian islands and western Peloponnese on Friday before lashing the rest of the country on Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – France

More than 1,200 firefighters were on Tuesday engaged in a “fierce struggle” against a wildfire in southeastern France.

The fire service for the Bouches-du-Rhone department said the “violent” blaze had travelled eight kilometres in under two hours. At least 1050 hectares of vegetation had been devastated. Several habitations and multiple businesses including three camping sites near the municipalities of Martigues and Port du Bouc had to be evacuated with authorities calling on people to avoid taking the taking certain roads.

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Firefighters from across the state are battling the still-growing, human-caused Mays Fire in San Saba and McCulloch counties. The fire ignited on Aug. 1, approximately 16 miles east of Brady, as the result of an individual parking and idling their vehicle over tall, dry grass. As of Aug. 4, the fire has burned an estimated 9,500 acres and is only 50% contained.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 01w (Vongfong), located approximately 289 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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France – Southwest France has suffered some of the worst flooding in almost 40 years, with the department of Landes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine) still on Météo France orange alert for floods yesterday. The flooding happened after the rivers Adour and Midouze – and their tributaries the Douze and Midou – burst their banks.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Wales – Heavy rain is affecting parts of Wales still recovering from flooding from Storm Dennis. Ten flood warnings are in place with wet and windy weather expected to continue until Tuesday afternoon. Flooding is causing rail cancellations between Cardiff and Pencoed and closed roads, including the A483 in Brecon.

Paris, France – The water level in the Seine River in Paris is rising after massive rainfall, adding to concerns that it could break its bank in Paris. The situation is adding to problems for the Louvre museum, which has recently faced closures over pension strikes and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The world’s most visited museum said Monday that officials were being “highly vigilant” as they monitor the river’s level. The Louvre is the city landmark that would be most vulnerable if the river spilled its banks. The river rose to a high of 3.5 metres in recent days, leaving trees and benches underwater and forcing the city to close riverside parks, officials said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical Storms.

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France – Two departments are still on orange alert for flooding in the southwest, after three people died and thousands of homes were left without electricity due to storms over the weekend. The Landes and Charente-Maritime will remain on alert until tomorrow morning, Météo-France has announced. The Adour and Charente rivers are flooded. Drivers are told to take extra care and are warned not to use flooded roads.

Uganda – Five people, including a police marine officer, died and properties worth millions of shillings were destroyed after floods ravaged different parts of Kampala on Saturday.

Malaysia – The flood situation in Johor has improved, as the authorities closed several temporary evacuation centres and allowed many flood victims to return home. In Johor, the number of flood victims has dropped to 8,527 on Tuesday (Dec 17), from 9,151 on Monday. Meanwhile, the state’s wildlife agency has warned people to look out for stray crocodiles. The monsoon rains have caused floods in nine out of 10 districts in Johor as well as two districts in Pahang, and at least three in Sabah.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Malaysia – Authorities said Sunday that 3,835 residents were evacuated after floods hit Malaysia’s south Johor state. Authorities warned rainfall and floods would continue in the region.

Maine, USA – A warm December storm doused southern Maine with record-setting rainfall Saturday, swelling rivers and flooding roads on the front end of a weather system that’s expected to generate high winds in the region Sunday.

France -Deadly floodwaters have inundated parts of southwestern France, leaving two dead and several others injured. Authorities have evacuated hundreds of people living near the convergence of two rivers. Inclement weather on Saturday felled trees and cut off power supply to thousands in southwestern France. The storm triggered floodwaters that reportedly rose by 30 centimeters (1 foot) every hour in some areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 285 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 09 knots.

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France – Heavy rain and storms returned to southeast France on Sunday, with national weather agency Météo France placing the departments of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Drôme and Vaucluse on orange alert and Var and the Alpes-Maritimes on red alert for flood and thunderstorm risk. Torrential rain of “exceptional intensity” began in the early hours of Sunday throughout the Rhone Valley. The storm eventually drifted to the Alpine regions and western Provence by the morning and rainfall continued throughout much of Sunday. There have been reports of two deaths due to the floods, while a further three people died when a rescue helicopter went down.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Sebastien is located about 230 mi…370 km nnw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 40 mph…65 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (Rita), located approximately 344 nm north-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

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India – Eight hundred houses have been inundated on Sunday afternoon, after the bund of Hulimavu lake in Bengaluru breached. More than 200 people were evacuated.

France – Flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of two people and left two missing in southern France. The area absorbed the equivalent of two months of average rainfall in 24 hours. The Nice airport was briefly closed.

Italy – A 30-meter section of highway along a viaduct in the coastal city of Savona has collapsed after heavy rains leaving cars perched perilously on a precipice.. A woman was found dead after the surging Bomida river swept away her car in northern Italy.

Italy – Venice has continued to be swamped by floods this weekend just 11 days after the city’s highest water levels in 50 years killed two people and caused chaos. New images show the floods continuing to plague the city as people wade through the streets and try to salvage their businesses as residents braced themselves for another, though smaller, high tide today.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.2 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits France.

5.0 earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 736 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

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Ivory Coast – Heavy rainfall has been observed in parts of Cote D’Ivoire in the month of October 2019. On 11 to 13 October 2019, the rainfall intensified and resulted in flooding in six cities; Abidjan, Aboisso, Grand Bassam, Ayamé, and Man causing significant damage and loss of lives. A total of 12,900 people (2,150 households) have been affected, 202 homes completely submerged, 72 houses destroyed, 32 people injured, and 12 deaths.

France and Spain – Torrential rain in southern France and northeast Spain left several people missing and one dead, as well as causing severe disruption and damage to infrastructure. In the Montpellier region of France 1000 people were brought to safety.Ten departments in southern France were placed on orange alert. Cars were submerged and the waters of the River Orb rose dangerously beneath a historic bridge in Béziers as the town saw 198mm (nearly 8in) – or the equivalent of two months’ average rainfall – in just six hours on Wednesday morning.

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In Catalonia in northeast Spain, firefighters are searching for two people — reportedly a mother and son — whose home was swept away by rising floodwaters. Catalonia suffered its second period of torrential rain in two months. Streams became raging torrents, and a 75-year-old man who tried to move his car in the early hours of Wednesday was caught up in the flood at Arenys de Munt. His body was found on a beach hours later.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Canary Islands

The heart of Spain’s Gran Canaria has been left devastated by two wildfires that ravaged big chunks of the island this week. One of the blazes started on Saturday in the north of the island, close to a prehispanic archaeological site declared a UNESCO world heritage site last month. The flames burnt through 1,500 hectares and reached nearby towns. On Monday, a second fire was declared in Telde, in the east of the island.

Wildfires – France

More than 500 firefighters have been called out to battle a blaze that has already destroyed hundreds of hectares of pine forest in southern France. Some 900 hectares have been destroyed since the fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in the rugged hills of the Aude department, about 100 kilometres southeast of Toulouse.

Wildfires

Wildfires – France

Wildfires have burned several houses and hundreds of hectares of land in the south of France as the country struggles with a record-breaking heatwave. The fires are burning in the southern Gard department, a region that has seen little rain and where temperatures have hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.0 earthquake hits France.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Tunisia – Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child on Wednesday, the interior ministry said. The drownings came less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northwestern region of Cap Bon. Schools across central Tunisia were closed throughout the day and the ministry said the flooding had closed many roads, particularly in Kasserine. The area surrounding the region’s main hospital was also under water.

Niger – Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209 000 have been affected, the UN said on Tuesday. The rains destroyed nearly 17 400 homes, killed more than 33 000 livestock and damaged crops.

France – Authorities in the southwest region of France hit this week by destructive flash floods say the death toll has increased to 14, with one person still listed as missing.