Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Malaysia – Flash floods brought by heavy rain and overflowing rivers have inundated several parts of Santubong and Bako housing areas near Kuching. Several kampung are under about two feet of water as of Saturday (Jan 19) morning.

California, USA – At least six people are now reported dead after torrential rains flooded roadways, downed trees and sent massive boulders tumbling down hillsides in California. A boulder severely injured a hiker in Malibu and emergency workers found their vehicles pummeled by rocks. Neighborhoods scorched by recent wildfires were evacuated and some streets looked more like rivers in Malibu. Further east, debris from one of the burn areas rushed through a community, but caused only minor damage.

Collapsing Polar Vortex

The blast of Arctic weather headed for the United States this weekend could be a first sign of still worse things to come this winter, with signs that a circular low-pressure system of swirling winds that normally keeps frigid air locked up at the North Pole has been disrupted and split into smaller parts.

The disruption in this counterclockwise-spinning beast, called the polar vortex, is thought to be caused in part by a warm summer over the Arctic and a relatively cold fall over Siberia. The result for the United States and northern Europe? A severe winter lasting throughout February and possibly into March.

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Storms and Floods

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Malaysia – Various roads leading to shops, housing areas and oil palm estates in Sandakan were flooded following a continuous downpour. The flash floods in Kampung Garinono and the areas surrounding it led to a traffic standstill yesterday after many roads were left impassable.

Argentina – It has been a wet year so far in the low Pampas of South America. Northeast Argentina and the adjacent parts of Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil have been hit with extensive flooding. Since the beginning of the year, the area has received about five times the long-term expected average rainfall. On January 8, the Argentine city of Resistencia recorded 224mm rainfall. This is a new 24-hour rainfall record, much higher than the previous highest of 206mm, recorded in January 1994. Eastern Pampas has good farming land but the first soybean crop was a complete loss in some areas because of the rain. The ground is still water-logged. In the province of Corrientes, water is nearly two metres deep, displacing the herds of cattle. In Paso de Los Libres, a border city in what is known as the Argentine Mesopotamia, January brought 483mm of rain so far. The average rainfall for January is 128mm. There is now a 65 percent chance of a proper El Nino developing, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and it is El Nino conditions that tend to disrupt the normal rainfall pattern in this part of the world. The Atacama Desert in Chile benefits from El Nino rains, but the Peruvian fishing industry suffers.

Storms and Floods

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Malaysia – Continuous heavy rain in the highlands since yesterday caused the river water in nearby areas to spill its banks and flow to villages in the low lying areas. A number of families have been evacuated.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 1097 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Phetai), located approximately 330 nm south of Visakhaputnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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South Africa – A severe hailstorm hit the North West region of the Pilanesberg and surrounding areas, seriously damaging the Sun City Resort. The popular resort says the storm has caused substantial damage to buildings and vehicles in the area. Numerous hotel rooms and facilities were damaged or flooded, the two golf courses were closed for extensive repairs and day visitors were advised to return home.

Singapore – Heavy rain led to flash floods at Jalan Boon Lay (International Road) and Yuan Ching Road on Saturday.

Malaysia – More people were evacuated overnight after more heavy rains, raising to 163 the number of flood evacuees in Terengganu as at 8 am today, according to the Civil Defence Force (APM). Several areas were still experiencing rain and people in the low-lying places face the risk of floods at any time, according to local officials.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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West Java, Indonesia – Four people were killed and as many as 236 villagers were forced to flee home as landslides and floods struck East Java province of western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said on Sunday. The landslides occurred after soils of a hill slid down and hit a house, where the four were staying, situated in Sidomulyo village of Kebonagung sub-district in Pacitan district.

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Malaysia – Parts of Bintulu district in northern Sarawak were hit by flash floods on Monday (Dec 10) morning. The downpour that began in the early hours of the morning led to several roads in and out of Bintulu being flooded by 8am, including Jalan Sebiew.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 495 nm northwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 360 nm east of Chennai, India, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Russia: Flood Report – Due to heavy rains and storms starting on 24 October 2018, a total of 2,545 houses of Krasnodar Krai (region) of Russia were flooded, affecting tens of thousands of people. With over 200,000 inhabitants living in the disaster-hit areas, the governor of Krasnodar Krai declared a state of emergency on 25 October. The local authorities started the response and relief operation immediately and 600 people were evacuated from the flooded houses.

Malaysia – Parts of Lawas district in northern-most Sarawak were hit by flash floods in the predawn hours of Tuesday. A trunk road – Jalan Trusan – and Kg Siang Siang were inundated by a metre of water following heavy rain and rising river waters. So far no evacuations had been ordered.

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In the Western Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Xavier is located about 195 mi…315 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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Malaysia – Sixty-four families at Kampung Seri Bayas were cut off after a bridge connecting their village with the trunk road was inundated with two metre deep flood water. Heavy rain from yesterday also inundated the trunk road at Kampung Besut towards Bandar Permaisuri, which was submerged under 0.4 metres of water and the road was impassable to light traffic.

Saudi Arabia – Strong floods that hit the Madinah region destroyed a large number of livestock. Flash floods surprised farmers in the region and swept away more than 160 of their goats. Many dead animals new found trapped in tree branches several kilometers away and others buried in the mud.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 1105 mi…1780 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…s or 175 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Hurricane Michael is located about 90 mi…145 km sw of Panama City Florida and about 90 mi…145 km wsw of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…145 mph…230 km/h. Present movement…n or 10 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Nadine is located about 485 mi…785 km wsw of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Sergio is located about 990 mi…1590 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 324 nm east- southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical Cyclone Titli is located approximately 140 nm east-southeast of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Malaysia – Heavy rains and the high tide phenomenon were the reason for flash floods and pond-like conditions in several parts of Klang here on Tuesday (Oct 9). Besides the rain and high tide phenomenon, clogged drains and bottlenecks in waterways here were another factor for the flooding.

USA – Alabama has been hit by floods ahead of Hurricane Michael which has now passed over Cuba and the Mexican Peninsula.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Florence is located about 405 mi…655 km s of Bermuda and about 950 mi…1530 km ese of Cape Fear North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Hurricane Helene is located about 620 mi…995 km w of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands and about 1570 mi…2530 km ssw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Isaac is located about 880 mi…1420 km e of the lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Paul is located about 845 mi…1360 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 286 nm north-northeast of Yap, FSM, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

Tropical storm 27w (Barijat), located approximately 225 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Olivia is located about 320 mi…515 km ene of Hilo Hawaii and about 470 mi…755 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Kentucky, USA – At least two people have been reported killed and one remains missing after weekend flooding spawned by the remnants of last week’s Tropical Storm Gordon in Louisville, Kentucky.

Malaysia – Heavy rain inundated Betong town and surrounding villages in the district in southern Sarawak, flooding homes and businesses.

Virginia, USA – Multiple people were rescued in Old Town Alexandria Sunday night as the high tide and rain flooded shops and restaurants ahead of Hurricane Florence. Rescue crews headed not to the Potomac River but down the King and Union streets to bring stranded visitors to safety.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Florence is located about 840 mi…1350 km se of Bermuda and about 720 mi…1155 km ne of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 9 mph…14 km/h.

Tropical Storm Helene is located about 290 mi…465 km ese of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h present movement…w or 275 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Remnants of Gordon are located about 100 mi…161 km w of Jonesboro, Arkansas with maximum sustained winds…10 mph…20 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Depression Nine is located about 1720 mi…2765 km e of the Windward islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Olivia is located about 1200 mi…1930 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 1370 mi…2205 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 926 nm east of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Norman is located about 405 mi…650 km ne of Honolulu Hawaii and about 420 mi…675 km nne of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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Malaysia – Traffic gridlock was reported in various parts of the island today following heavy downpour which triggered floods. More than 20 houses in Hong Seng Estate, here, was in chest-deep water, forcing occupants to flee. They blamed the flooding on poor drainage.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (td) 15w (Jongdari), located approximately 207 nm south-southeast of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 16w (sixteen), located approximately 483 nm north-northwest of Minami Tori Shima, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 18 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Malaysia – Flash floods have hit several parts of Malaysia following heavy rain that fell throughout the night into the wee hours of Monday morning. Flash floods were also reported in Bayan Baru, Dhoby Ghaut, Jalan Zoo and Jalan Dato Keramat.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 05e (Five), located approximately 1090 nm south of San Diego, is tracking northward at 09 knots.

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Malaysia – Low-lying areas at the fringes of Kuala Lumpur particularly MRR2 and Ampang have been hit by flash floods following a downpour that lasted more than two hours.

Turkey – Turkey’s northeastern provinces were hit by heavy rains this weekend, causing flash floods that submerged a number of vehicles. At least two trucks fell into a creek on amid torrential rain in the Yolaç village of the northeastern province of Trabzon. The construction site of a planned hydropower plant near Yolaç was also submerged in the downpours.

India – The flood situation in Assam, which had shown improvement over the last two days, has reversed with two more districts being affected by the rising waters, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said on Saturday. Vast tracts of land in Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts have been freshly inundated, taking the number of affected districts to six. A total of 2,22,792 people in 369 villages have been affected in the current wave of floods. The deluge has so far claimed 24 lives.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Malaysia

Wildfires are flaring up in the Miri Division in northern Sarawak yet again, especially in the Kuala Baram district notorious for its annual haze.

Over the weekend, the Miri Fire and Rescue Department had to deal with three separate cases of big wildfires that raged in three different locations in and around Kuala Baram.

There are certain people who go around setting fires to clear bushland due to the hot weather, according to local authorities.

Storms and Floods

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 426 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Malaysia – Flash floods hit several locations in the federal capital, Kuala Lumpur following an hour-long downpour about 3pm today. Numerous shops were flooded and traffic was delayed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.