Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Albania – The government in Albania reported on 10 January 2021 that flooding had affected wide areas in the north of the country after heavy rain that began on 06 January. Flooding from the Drin River in Lezhë County prompted 28 families to evacuated their homes. Around 2,850 hectares of land in is under water. Heavy rain also triggered landslides, damaging 6 buildings in the city of Lezhë and 2 in Mirdita. Around 1,500 residents have been left isolated after flooding destroyed the Kalivaç bridge. In Durrës County, 8 families were evacuated after flooding damaged homes and buildings. Over 500 hectares of land is under water. Meanwhile around 4,080 hectares of land is under water in Shkodër County. Severe flooding was also reported in parts of neighbouring Kosovo, in particular in the city of Gjakova. Heavy rains also caused a landslide blocking a highway connecting Kosovo with Albania.

Philippines – Thousands of residents of Bicol, Western Visayas and Eastern Visayas Regions in the Philippines have been struck by a second spate of flooding in a week. At the start of the new year, flooding in these regions left 3 dead and 3 missing.

Jamaica – Heavy rainfall caused damaging flash floods in Jamaica on 08 January 2021. St James Parish in the north west of the island was the worst affected area. Over 40mm of rain fell in just a few hours, triggering flash floods which damaged roads and buildings in several areas of the parish including the city of Montego Bay. Media reports said flood water and debris swept through streets, dragging along vehicles. Several people reportedly sustained injuries in the floods.

Indonesia – Two landslides struck in quick succession in the village of Cihanjuang in Cimanggung District, Sumedang Regency in West Java Province on 09 January 2021. The first landslide occurred around 16:00 and the second at around 19:30 local time, caused by heavy rainfall and unstable soil conditions for the landslides. At least 14 houses were severely damaged or buried. One bridge was destroyed and roads wiped out.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Eta is located about 85 mi…135 km se of Wilmington North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 21 mph…33 km/h.

Tropical Storm Theta is located about 445 mi…715 km sse of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…e or 90 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 25w (Vamco), located approximately 354 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

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Philippines – 1 person has died and 4 are missing in Camarines Norte Province of Bicol Region in the Philippines after Typhoon Vamco, known locally as Ulysses, passed over parts of Luzon Island. Vamco intensified into a typhoon as it made landfall in the vicinity of Patnanungan in Quezon Province, Calabarzon Region late on 11 November 2020. It then passed over northern Calabarzon and Central Luzon Regions and close to the Metro Manila area, bringing torrential rainfall and wind gusts of 205 km/h. Almost 200,000 people were pre-emptively evacuated ahead of the storm’s arrival, mostly in Bicol Region. As of 12 November, NDRRMC reported 36 incidents of flooding and 2 landslides across the regions of Cagayan Valley (Region II), Calabarzon and Bicol (Region V). Severe flooding was also reported in Metro Manila, where many low-lying areas were under water, particularly along the swollen Marikina river. Media described the flooding in Metro Manila as the worst in years.

Somalia – At least 73,000 people have been affected by the widespread rains and floods, mainly in Banadir, Jubaland, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and South West region. More than 13,000 people have been displaced by flooding, and reported 4 suspected deaths, according to field reports. Among those affected are more than 53,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) and members of the host community in Baidoa town, in South West State, whose living conditions were already dire. An estimated 4,000 people have been temporarily displaced from their homes in the town, of whom one third have been evacuated to higher grounds in northern Baidao. Also in South West State, overflowing water from River Shabelle has reportedly inundated six villages in Afgooye area, affecting 8,000 people, of whom 3,500 have been displaced.

Jamaica – More than 280 roads have been damaged by heavy rainfall and flooding in Jamaica in the last 3 weeks. Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storms Eta and Zeta has affected the island since late October 2020.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Zeta is located about 210 mi…340 km se of Cozumel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 19w (Soudel), located approximately 117 nm north-northwest of De Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

Typhoon 21w (Molave), located approximately 139 nm west-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

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Australia – Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of New South Wales, Australia, from 23 October 2020. Flooding and wind damage disrupted traffic. Power supply was interrupted in some areas.

Jamaica – At least 2 people have died after heavy rain caused floods and landslides in Jamaica. Jamaica’s Meteorological Service issued several warnings for heavy rain and flash floods over the weekend from the “outer bands from Tropical Storm Zeta, over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, were contributing to the rainfall over Jamaica.

Bangladesh – Heavy rainfall in Bangladesh caused flooding in low lying areas of Bagerhat District, Khulna Division from 23 October. According to local media, 38,000 people have been affected, although local authorities have yet to complete full damage assessments. Local authorities have distributed relief items including food rations. Flooding has caused damage to livelihoods, in particular to thousands of shrimp enclosures which have been swept away.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters and volunteers from Bushfires NT have been working overtime to control a bushfire that has burned through 500 hectares of bush west of Eva Valley. The fire had started near Cheeney Rd in the Chin sub-division and was moving northwest. The blaze posed a risk to upwards of nine properties in the area.

Wildfires – Jamaica

A bush fire which has been burning in the Mavis Bank area of St. Andrew for a few days, has been brought under control, reducing the threat posed to hundreds of acres of coffee.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1357 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Jamaica – Rivers overflow after days of heavy rain lashed the Caribbean island nation, washing away roads and bridges. As is usually the case when flooding hits the country, there have been numerous mudslides. Dozens of roads have been blocked and a number of bridges have been washed away. The storm system has moved on to Cuba.

Tasmania – Wild weather caused flash flooding in Hobart on Friday morning, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help. Police said the city centre was hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and, with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists were urged to stay off roads. Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses.

Washington State, USA – Canadian runoff is flooding Northeastern Washington rivers. It’s a record year for flooding in northeastern Washington as spring runoff makes its way into the region’s rivers. At least eight rivers are at or above flood stage. Nearly all of them cross the U.S.-Canada border. British Columbia saw a near record snow year in the mountains this year and now that temperatures are warming, the runoff from snowmelt is making its way into rivers and lakes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Bangladesh – The embankment around the waterbody in the district’s Tahirpur Upazila was breached on early Sunday in three locations inundating the Boro crops as the harvesting season nears. “Locals have been making efforts to keep the dam intact for the last 20 days as heavy rains and flash floods continued,” said Upazila Chairman Md Kamruzzaman. The agriculture department’s local office said crops on about 8,300 hectares of land at the Shanir Haor were inundated on Sunday. Flash floods and heavy rains in early April already inundated crops in several haors in Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Netrokona, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Brahmanbaria districts. The crisis has been blamed on corrupt officials for neglect of duty in building or restoring embankments to protect backswamps.

Bangladesh – About 50,000 hectares of land were brought under jute cultivation in Rajbari this year. Most of the jute fields in Sadar and Baliakandi upazilas of Rajbari district have been flooded following last few days’ heavy rainfall. Jute growers fear huge losses as the stagnated water has been showing no sign of receding.

Jamaica – The Clarendon Municipal Corporation (CMC) says an estimated 5,000 people were affected by the floods and it has begun to provide relief. The CMC says at least 1,000 homes were flooded by the heavy rains that pelted the parish over the last two days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Vardah), located approximately 180 km east-northeast of Chennai and 250 km east-southeast of Nellore and is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

At least two people died after Cyclone Vardah lashed close to Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. Over 7,000 people have been evacuated from near the sea in Tamil Nadu and more than 9,000 in Andhra Pradesh. Chennai has recorded 7.5cm of rain since midnight till 9.30am on Monday. All schools and colleges have closed today in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur areas.

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Jamaica – A technical team from the National Works Agency (NWA) is today expected to travel to north-western St Ann to determine the extent of damage to several roadways in the area after heavy rains pounded the parish yesterday, causing massive flooding, breakaways and landslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Earl is located about 195 mi…310 km E of Isla Roatan Honduras and about 315 mi…505 km ESE of Belize City Belize with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Howard is located about 1465 mi…2360 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 855 mi…1375 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

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Jamaica – Heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Earl yesterday caused severe flooding in sections of the resort city of Montego Bay.

Arizona, USA – Monsoon storms in Arizona hit the Valley hard on Tuesday, causing flash flooding. Two high schools in southern Arizona were evacuated as a precaution Tuesday as flooding closed several major roads and stranded motorists between flowing washes. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 17 at Indian School in both directions due to flooding. The wet weather has caused sporadic delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

India – The raging floods that started on July 25 submerged up to 80 percent of India’s Kaziranga National Park, in the northeastern state of Assam. The flooding subsided on July 31, but hundreds of animals have drowned, including more than a dozen rare Indian rhinoceroses. Across the country, the flooding has displaced millions of people and killed 152.

Disease

New Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in New York

New York City health officials are investigating seven cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, about two months after an outbreak of the same type of pneumonia killed 12 people in the borough and sickened more than 100.

The new cluster is associated with the Morris Park section of the Bronx, and is unrelated to the earlier outbreak, which was centred in the South Bronx, city officials said Monday.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Jamaica

The Ministry of Education is reporting that there is now an outbreak of the hand, foot and mouth disease in several schools on the island.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Jamaica

Several bush fires have been registered in Jamaica amid an ongoing drought. The wildfires have affected more than five communities in rural areas in St. Andrew Parish, located northeast of the capital city, Kingston. Difficult terrain in the area is complicating efforts to battle the blazes.

Wildfires – North Pole!

Two small wildfires were quickly contained in the North Pole area Thursday afternoon, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm 22w (Twenty-Two), located approximately 156 nm south of Chuuk, and is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

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NewsBytes:

Jamaica – Flooding caused by heavy rains has flooded a main road in Jamaica trapping people in their vehicles. Floods have also collapsed a bridge in the central area of the island.

El Niño – The on-again, off-again El Niño ocean warming in the Pacific appears to be more likely to soon appear, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.The agency predicts a 70 percent chance of the phenomenon occurring during the next few months, up from a 50 percent chance just two weeks earlier.Sea-surface temperatures have continued to rise across the tropical Pacific, threatening to bring parts of Australia extreme heat and drought.Many in California have been counting on an El Niño to help alleviate a parching drought across that state.Recent rains spurred on those hopes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Barbara

TC Barbara continues to weaken as it moves inland, dumping heavy rain across portions of southeastern Mexico.

Tornado – Milan, Italy

A rare tornado has hit near Milan, Italy. Tornado damage is reported to be heavy throughout the Brianza region. At least two people have been injured by flying debris nearby A4 highway.

Hailstorm, Cyclone hits Vietnam

Hailstorm and cyclone in Cao Lanh city in Dong Thap province in Vietnam have caused huge damage. Winds have blown away roofs of houses and knocked down electric poles.

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Flood in Xinjiang, China

Flooding in Xinjiang, China has claimed the lives of two people and affected over 16,400. Flood waters have damaged around 700 houses and destroyed 2,100 hectares of farmland in Kashgar.

Flooding in Portland, Jamaica

Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in eastern Portland, northeast coastal region in Jamaica. Classes have been suspended at several schools. No reports of injuries.

New round of tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas, USA

At least two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma Thursday. Tornado touched down near the town of Perkins in northeast Oklahoma whereas a second tornado touched near Ripley.

Two more tornadoes hit Arkansas on Thursday injuring nine people. At least two were injured by lightning strike in Rogers.

Storms and Floods

Tropical storm Bopha is forecast to strike the Philippines as a typhoon on 4 December. It is likely to make landfall over the Visayas or Mindanao.

Moscow, Russia is blanketed by a record-breaking snowfall. A large, early snowstorm raging in Moscow disrupted flights and created havoc on the roads on Thursday.

Renewed flooding of the Niger river threatens Niger’s capital Niamey and parts of the west of the country,

Landslide in Norte de Santander, Colombia

-Ten missing and 50 others are trapped in a huge landslide in the northeastern Colombian province of Norte de Santander.

-Heavy rainfall caused avalanche in the hamlet of Teorama.

-Search efforts are currently suspended due to poor visibility. The landslide disaster area can only be reached by air.

Flooding in Carrara, Italy

-Around 28 people evacuated due to flooding in the city of Carrara.

-The rail line between the cities of Pisa and Genoa, and the Aurelia highway near Carrara temporary closed.

-Heavy snowfall reported in Colle della Maddalena and Colle del Tenda passes in the mountains between Italy and France.

Flooding in Portland, Jamaica

-Three houses in Bybrook and one in Lamy destroyed by flooding in the parish of Portland.

Storms and Floods

Hurricane Sandy has made landfall on the southeastern coast of Cuba and strengthened to a strong Category 2 storm, with winds up to 175 kilometers per hour.

Tropical storm Tony forms in the Atlantic. No threat to land and the storm is not expected to endure long.

Tropical storm Son-Tinh forms in the western Pacific and makes landfall over Siargao, an island in the Philippines. A tropical storm warning has been issued with hundreds of passengers stranded as sea and air travel have been suspended in southern Philippines.

Tropical storm Murjan in the Indian Ocean strikes Somalia.

A powerful cyclone with gale-force winds and heavy precipitation is advancing upon Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

Extreme weather wreaks havoc in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Floodwaters swept five people away in northern KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. Three further people who were washed down the Chibide River at Silutshane, near Vryheid are still missing. The widespread rain and storms have caused chaos and misery everywhere, especially on the roads and informal settlements.

Tornado hits Neshoba County, Mississippi, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Sandy Prompts Hurricane Warning for Jamaica. Jamaicans have taken refuge in shelters and their homes. Schools and airports are closed and a curfew has been imposed in major towns to keep people off the streets and deter looting.

Flooding kills 3 people in Anatolia in northwestern Turkey.

A tornado touched down north of Sacramento, California on Monday, ripping shingles off rooftops and blowing down trees and power lines.