Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Marian), located approximately 1317 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone 23p (Niran), located approximately 175 nm northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking northwestward at 01 knot.

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Brazil – Heavy rainfall hit the municipality of Lagoa Vermelha in the state of Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, from late 01 March 2021. Strong winds and lightning were also reported. Flooding damaged homes and roads. After carrying out initial assessments, the municipal government said at least 32 houses were severely damaged, some even destroyed, leaving families homeless.

Argentina – A severe storm brought torrential rainfall to Catamarca Province, Argentina, on 01 March 2021. Severe damages were reported in the city of Catamarca. Local media reported 90 mm of rain in 1 hour in the city of Catamarca. Buildings, road and infrastructure were damaged and power and drinking water supply cut. Around 20 families were evacuated and over 240 buildings damaged including a the San Juan Bautista Hospital.

Morocco – Heavy rain caused dramatic flash flooding in the city of Tétouan in northern Morocco on 01 March 2021. Roads and infrastructure were damaged and fast flowing flood waters and debris swept through streets dragging along vehicles. Local government reported 100 mm of rain in 9 hours to the afternoon of 01 March which caused rivers and drainage channels to overflow.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 769 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking eastward at 05 knots.

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Morocco – At least 28 people have died as a result of flash flooding in northern Morocco. Flash floods struck in the city of Tangier on 08 February 2021, inundating streets and buildings including an illegal textile factory in a basement of house where over 40 workers were trapped. As of late 08 February, state media reported the bodies of 28 of the workers had been found. Around 17 people have been rescued and transferred to hospital. A search was ongoing for more survivors. Reports in local media speculate that the victims died from electrocution after power cables in the factory were submerged by flood waters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 08s (Danilo), located approximately 404 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Morocco – Unprecedented flooding in Morooco has blocked roads and wreaked havoc, causing the municipal council of the economic capital to hold an emergency meeting. Heavy rains on Tuesday January 5 caused flooding in Casablanca, the Moroccan economic capital.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Two 5.1 earthquakes hit Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Morocco.

5.0 Earthquake hits Nevada.

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

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Morocco – Seven people watching a football match in Morocco have been killed in a flash flood that swept across the pitch. Heavy rainfall caused the nearby river to swell which flooded the football field in Tizert, in the Taroudant region of Morocco.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Morocco – Various regions throughout Morocco have experienced floods, thunderstorms, and snowfall since Monday, March 23.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.5 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.4 earthquake hits the Bouvet Islands.

5.2 earthquake hits the Nicobar Islands off India.

5.2 earthquake hits the mid-Indian ridge.

5.0 earthquake hits Morocco.

5.0 earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Dorian is located about 375 mi…600 km n of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ene or 60 degrees at 24 mph…39 km/h.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is located about 1170 mi…1885 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Typhoon Faxai, located approximately 181 nm northeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 16 knots.

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Morocco – On Sunday, September 8, floods caused a bus connecting Casablanca and Rissani, a town in Errachidia Province, to fall off the Oued Damchan bridge. 11 people are reported to have died in the accident.

Laos – Lao officials and military personnel last week used aircraft and trucks of the Lao People’s Army to deliver emergency supplies including drinking water, food, boats, tents and household essentials to six southern provinces devastated by floods. Tropical depression Podul and other weather systems that have passed over southern and central Laos since the end of August unleashed torrential rain, causing widespread flooding in southern Lao provinces of Khammuan, Savannakhet, Attapeu, Salavan, Champasak and Sekong.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is located about 150 mi…240 km nnw of San Juan Puerto Rico and about 425 mi…685 km ese of the southeastern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Post Tropical Cyclone Erin is located about 225 mi…365 km ene of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nne or 25 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 13w (Podul), located approximately 134 nm northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 17 knots.

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Morocco – At least seven people were killed in flash floods in Morocco on Wednesday, following torrential rains in mountains in the south of the country near Taroudant, 600 kilometers (373 miles) south of Rabat, local authorities said.

Caribbean – Hurricane Dorian is gaining strength at it approaches Florida, with forecasters warning it could grow into a dangerous storm before it hits the east coast state. The hurricane has moved out into open waters after hitting Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, where it caused power cuts and flooding in places.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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India – Heavy rainfall and storms caused widespread damage in the Yavatmal, Nashik and Dhule districts in Maharashtra state, India claiming the lives of two people. Numerous houses were also damaged.

South Africa – Torrential rain and flooding throughout most of Durban in Kwa-Zulu-Natal overnight has left two people missing and presumed drowned after they were swept away by raging floodwaters.

China – As many as 35 people are missing following a landslide in southeastern China. The landslide occurred early Sunday after a heavy weekend downpour in Fujian province. Nearly 20 cm (8 inches) of rain fell in the mountainous region in less than 24 hours. When the landslide occurred about 5 a.m. local time, mud and rocks flowed downhill, burying a construction site where a hydroelectric power station was being built. The National Meteorological Center had warned residents in the province and neighboring areas to beware of possible landslides brought on by the heavy rain.

China – Heavy rain for days has flooded a railway line in Zunyi City, Guizhou Province, southwestern China, delaying passenger trains and rail traffic.

Morocco – Six people died and two others went missing following floods caused by heavy rains in southern Morocco.

Disease

Anthrax in Morrocco

Health officials in Morocco are investigating an outbreak of anthrax in the town of Imilchil in Midelt province.

Nine people have been diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax linked to exposure to handling diseased cows.

Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax can be found naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals around the world. Although it is rare, people can get sick with anthrax if they come in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.

Cutaneous anthrax occurs when the spore (or possibly the bacterium) enters a cut or abrasion on the skin. It starts out as a raised bump that looks like an insect bite. It then develops into a blackened lesion called an eschar that may form a scab. Lymph glands in the area may swell plus eodema may be present. This form of anthrax responds well to antibiotics. If untreated, deaths can occur if the infection goes systemic. 95% of cases of anthrax are cutaneous.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Morocco – Wind and torrential rain pounded the Casablanca area of Morocco claiming two lives. At least four people were injured.

Ecuador – A landslide at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant the in Amazon region of Ecuador has claimed the lives of at least 13 people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 22w (Hagupit), located approximately 640 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, and is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Super Typhoon Hagupit has become a potentially catastrophic tropical cyclone in the tropical western Pacific Ocean after undergoing a period of explosive and rapid intensification. Uncertainty remains high in its future track, but there is increasing concern that the super typhoon could eventually strike the Philippines — where it has been named Ruby — with devastating force.

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Morocco – Fresh floods triggered by torrential rains have killed 11 people in Morocco, a week after a storm left 36 dead. Storms again lashed the south of the kingdom, with the resort of Agadir experiencing the equivalent of an entire year’s rainfall – more than 250mm (10 inches).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Morocco – Flash flooding in Morocco has claimed the lives of at least 32 people. At least 24 people have died in the southern city of Guelmim, including 11 bodies that have been recovered from the Oued Talmaadart. More than 200 people, including two French nationals, have been evacuated by air force helicopters. The flash flooding has mostly affected the Guelmim, Agadir, Tiznite, Ouarzazate and Marrakesh regions.

China – Two drivers have been killed in a landslide that hit a freight train in Ankang City, in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday afternoon. The landslide occurred at around 3 p.m on the Xunyang-Zongxi section of the railway, which runs from central China’s Hubei Province to southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. Eight carriages of the freight train came off the track.

South Africa – A massive tornado roared across a field near Dundee, South Africa, over the weekend. There were no injuries reported but more than 20 houses were caught in the tornado’s path. More tornadoes occur in South Africa than any other nation in Africa. South Africa is often hit by violent thunderstorms during the summer months of November through February, and these storms sometimes produce devastating hailstorms and tornadoes.

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