Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Epsilon is located about 450 mi…725 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 19w (Soudel), located approximately 174 nm northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 04 knots.

Tropical depression 20w (Twenty), located approximately 93 nm west of Iwo To, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Ireland – Local authorities in County Cork, south-western Ireland, reported extensive tidal flooding in coastal areas early on 20 October, 2020. Cork County Council said “storm surge coupled with spring tides have been the major contributory factors. A southerly wind direction and high wind speeds coinciding with high tides had the effect of increasing the tide significantly.” The towns of Bantry, Kinsale and Youghal were badly affected. However, areas of the city of Cork were among the worst hit.

Philippines – Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that more than 5,000 families on the island of Luzon in the north of the country have been affected by Tropical Storm “Saudel”, known in the Philippines as “Pepito”. The storm made landfall over Aurora Province then crossed the island of Luzon and continued west-northwest to the South China Sea.

Portugal – Civil Protection in Portugal have responded to over 1,300 calls for assistance after severe weather brought by Storm Barbara. Portugal saw strong winds and heavy rainfall from 19 October. The Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) reported at least 7 locations across the country recorded over 90 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 October. As much as 150mm of rain fell in Portalegre during that period.

Greece – Heavy rain was reported in the islands of southern Greece from 20 October. Heraklion, capital of the island of Crete, recorded 138.1mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 October, while Karpathos in the Dodecanese islands recorded 244 mm.

Global Warming

‘Landmark’ Irish climate case sets global precedent

The Supreme Court ruling that will force the Government to review its climate action plan will have significant international repercussions, according to an expert from the United Nations.

For the first time in Ireland, and only the second time in the world, the highest national court has required a government to revise its national climate policy.

The case dubbed “Climate Case Ireland,” lodged by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) against the Government, argued that the State’s National Mitigation Plan does not do enough to tackle climate change.

Yesterday’s ruling rejected the plan as invalid and in breach of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, overturning a High Court ruling last year which said that it could not second guess government policy.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 26w (Fengshen), located approximately 924 nm east of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

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South Africa – Torrential rain has claimed two lives in Durban overnight, after most of KwaZulu-Natal was battered by adverse weather conditions on Monday evening and into the early hours of Tuesday morning. The relentless rainfall has shutdown major highways and caused traffic nightmares for the earnest commuters on the East Coast. The M4 highway has proved to be the most high-profile casualty, with a stretch between Umhlanga and Sibaya being shut down on Tuesday.

Ireland – Police have advised motorists to reduce their speed and take care as surface water is affecting a number of roads after heavy rains. A number of streets in Belfast have been closed because of flooding.

 

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 06s (Berguitta), located approximately 204 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 04 knots.

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Ireland – Snow and freezing temperatures have bit Britain after severe 80mph winds were predicted to sweep in from the Atlantic last night as the Met Office’s Irish counterpart named the sixth storm of the winter Storm Fionn. More than a foot of snow was recorded in Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway last night, Glenanne in Co Armagh had 9inches, while Tulloch Bridge in Inverness saw 8inches of snow overnight with temperatures as low as -4C, forecasters said. Elsewhere across England and Wales, the mercury did not reach above 2C. Drivers reported being trapped in their cars for up to 13 hours on the M74 after heavy snow battered roads, with temperatures dipping below freezing overnight and snow piling up to 15inches in Dumfries and Galloway.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (Bolaven), located approximately 268 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 243 nm northwest of St Denis, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

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Europe – Winter storm Eleanor swept across Europe on Wednesday, bringing death, damage and disruption, snarling transport networks and cutting power to tens of thousands of people. Two people died on Spain’s northern Basque coast, the couple swept away by a huge wave. More than a dozen others were injured by the storm across France, four seriously as the country was lashed by what meteorologists termed the strongest winds in eight years. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, where gusts of up to 140km/h were recorded, winds fanned the flames of forest and scrub fires started by downed power lines, leaving three people injured. At Lenk in central Switzerland, eight people were hurt when a violent gust of wind overturned a railway carriage while one person was injured by a falling tree in the southern Dutch village of Heesch. Heavy winds forced authorities to close the airports in Strasbourg and Basel-Mulhouse on France’s border with Germany and Switzerland before they were re-opened shortly after midday. About 225 000 homes across France were without electricity, while “particularly intense” flooding was expected on the Atlantic coasts.

Ireland – Galway City has been left with a massive clean-up operation today after “unprecedented” and unexpected levels of water flooded the streets at rush hour yesterday. Homes and businesses across Galway have been submerged under flood waters, while roads have been blocked and power is out as a result of fallen debris in many parts of the west.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Washington, USA – Wednesday carried in Snohomish County’s first round of seasonal flooding, swelling the Stillaguamish River in Arlington and Silvana. Landslides are possible.

Ireland – Heavy rain caused flash flooding and road closures across the country on Wednesday. The heaviest rain fell in the Dublin region, with 47.4mm of rain falling in Dublin airport up to 3pm, 8.4mm of that falling between 7am and 8am. Two housing estates in Mountmellick, Co Laois were evacuated when the Owenass river burst its banks, flooding access roads.

UK – Dozens of roads have been closed and rail services suspended as parts of Britain are battered by torrential rain and 80mph winds. Dozens of people have been rescued from “major flooding” amid warnings for heavy rain, strong winds and snow. Forecasters have also warned “some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely”. Families had to be evacuated in Lancashire after more than 4cm of rain fell in 24 hours. Further north in Cumbria, around half a month’s rain – almost 9cm – was recorded in 36 hours. Flooding forced motorists to abandon their vehicles as roads and schools were closed.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical storm 25w (Lan), located approximately 187 nm northwest of Kayangel, is tracking south-southeastward at 03 knots.

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Ireland – Three people were killed as ex-hurricane Ophelia battered the country and people have been warned to remain cautious in the aftermath of the severe winds. Fallen trees blocking roads and downed power lines are some of the likely hazards on Tuesday as the country begins to return to normal following a day when the island went into lockdown. Violent winds, which peaked at 119mph (191kph), caused widespread damage to electricity networks, uprooting trees and damaging properties.

Thailand – Five people have been killed following the runoff and river overflows in nine Central provinces that affected 140,000 people over the past three days, authorities said yesterday. Heavy rain from Oct 10-13, a result of a depression and discharge from the Chao Phraya Dam, triggered runoff and overflows in Lop Buri, Kamphaeng Phet, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Tak and Phichit.At least 51,669 households in 32 districts were affected.

Queensland, Australia – Six people were reported missing after their fishing trawler capsized in bad weather off the central Queensland coast on Monday evening. One of their crewmates survived for 12 hours in heavy seas before raising the alarm. Torrential rain in the state also led to the death of a man caught in floodwater near Gympie and an incident in Brisbane in which a jogger was flung into a creek after being hit by a car that skidded off the road.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Ophelia is located about 220 mi…355 km SW of Mizen Head Ireland with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…N or 10 degrees at 44 mph…70 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 24w (Khanun), located approximately 195 nm east-southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

Tropical storm 25w (Lan), located approximately 220 nm west-northwest of Yap, FSM, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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Ireland – Ireland has ordered all schools to close on Monday as the country braces for an “unprecedented storm” with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean. Heavy rain and storm surges are expected to lead to flooding.

Chicago, USA – Storms poured more than five inches of rain on some parts of the Chicago area Saturday as inclement weather brought damaging winds and heavy downpours flooding some areas.

La Nina – La Nina, the cooler sibling of El Nino, is likely to form over the next few months, federal government forecasters said this week. Specifically, there’s a 55 to 65 percent chance that a La Nina will develop during the fall and winter, the Climate Prediction Center said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 380 mi…615 km SE of Port O’Connor Texas and about 335 mi…540 km SE of Port Mansfield Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 16w (Sixteen), located approximately 301 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

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Macau – Chaos and confusion gripped Macau on Thursday after one of the strongest typhoons on record hit the territory, killing at least nine people, and leaving more than half the city still without water and power, and casinos relying on backup generators. Rescuers on Thursday searched submerged cars for trapped people in the former Portuguese territory, while overwhelmed emergency services scrambled to respond to crisis calls.

Switzerland – Eight people, including German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, are missing following a landslide that forced the evacuation of a village in the Swiss Alps, police said Thursday. The Wednesday morning landslide sent mud, rocks and dirt flooding down the Piz Cengalo mountain into the outskirts of the village of Bondo, near the Italian border. Roughly 100 people were evacuated, with some airlifted out with helicopters.

Northern Ireland – More than 100 people had to be rescued in Northern Ireland after being trapped by overnight flooding. The north west was worst affected, particularly Londonderry, as well as other parts of the county and Tyrone. Firefighters rescued 93 people who were trapped by flood water in their cars or homes. The Met Office confirmed that 63% of the average August rainfall fell within an eight-to-nine-hour period.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Borneo

The area of wildfires in Borneo during drought years turns out to be ten times larger than during non-drought years, an international research team reports in Nature Climate Change of this week. The fires recurrently affecting Borneo’s humid tropical ecosystems have negative influence on the biodiversity and lead to large CO2 emissions, affecting atmospheric composition and regional climate processes. Future droughts in wet tropical regions will likely increase in frequency and severity, and consequently the fire risk, the team says.

Wildfires – Ireland

Fire brigades were battling two more wildfires Tuesday evening in Donegal and Dublin. Firefighters in Dublin were also battling a gorse wildfire on Howth Head.

Recent dry weather conditions have made land more susceptible to fire, particularly where there is a fuel source close to forests. The Forest Service from the Department of Agriculture issued an orange fire warning last week.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Ireland

The current dry spell in Ireland has brought with is a host of wild fires across the country. Since Friday the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) says it has recorded 15 wild fires from counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, Donegal, Louth and Mayo.

It says eight of these were in areas protected for nature conservation – all are illegal as setting fire to vegetation is prohibited between March 1and August 31 each year.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Chile – Floods caused by Andean rainfall are causing havoc in central and northern Chile, and authorities said Sunday that at least three people had been killed and several were missing. Emergency officials in the South American country said waters rushing down from the Andes since Saturday afternoon had caused landslides, cutting roads and isolating thousands of people. Falling rocks and other debris overwhelmed the intakes for urban water systems, cutting service to about 1.2 million homes in the area around Santiago.

Ireland – Storm Ewan brought winds of 100km/hr when it made landfall today. Met Éireann says the south and south-east will be worst affected, but it did not reach the strength of Storm Doris. Several areas in the West and Midlands also felt the brunt of Ewan with flash flooding reported in parts.

Malaysia – More than 10,000 people from at least 15 longhouses as well as students from a school in the interior Baram district in northern Sarawak have been cut off due to floods. Over the past 24 hours, heavy rains have inundated these populated settlements, resulting in metre-deep waters.

Disease

Measles Outbreak in Ireland

Forty suspected cases of measles have been reported to the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), of which 21 have been confirmed.

The outbreak centres on the south-west of the country but some cases have been reported in Dublin, the mid-west and north-east.

Although public health doctors have traced the origin and spread of the disease, the outbreak has not been contained.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Ireland

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has voiced concerns about the amount of wildfires taking place. The organisation said it received reports of 19 separate wildfires across Ireland over the 10 days from 16-26 April.

Some 11 of the fires took place in areas protected for nature conservation, with Killarney National Park, the Slieve Aughty mountains, the Blackstairs mountains, and the Beara peninsula in Cork all being affected.

The organisation said repeated fires across Ireland’s uplands have become an annual feature and are “causing tremendous damage to wildlife, landscape, water and air”.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Ireland – Cork suffered flooding today as the combination of heavy rainfall and high tides caused tidal damage in some low lying areas. The city remains on orange alert for flooding with a further high spring tide at 8pm this evening. Cork is expected to receive up to 70mm of rainfall in a 24 hour period up to 10pm this evening.