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.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Portugal has issued a fire alert for Monday and Tuesday amid hot conditions, as more than 800 firefighters successfully fought a huge wildfire blazing across central regions of the country. The fire had forced a number of people to evacuate their homes and endangered houses as it approached isolated villages.

Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires currently burning across Russia have doubled in size over the past week, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing a source in the Federal Forestry Agency. According to Russia’s agency for aerial forest fire management Aviales, a total of 148 forest fires were burning across 67,913 hectares of land as of midnight Monday. At the same time last week, 155 fires were burning across 32,984 hectares of land.

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Wildfires – Chile

Intense forest fires have consumed tens of thousands of hectares throughout Chile. The multiple blazes have broken records and prompted the president to call them a catastrophe. 30% of the national territory of Chile is covered by forests.

Wildfires – Portugal – Update

About 1,800 firefighters were struggling to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured 20 people, including eight firefighters, authorities said Sunday.

The fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital, Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency said. Firefighters were being supported by 19 firefighting aircraft and hundreds of vehicles.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters struggled on Wednesday to contain wildfires which erupted far earlier in the season than usual because of unexpectedly hot and windy weather. Ten fires were burning across the country, most in the north, several months before the late spring season when fire crews are normally in place.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Over 700 firefighters are battling a large wildfire in Portugal which has forced around 350 people to evacuate. The fire broke out overnight in Sunday in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park west of Lisbon. Seventeen firefighters have been injured trying to fight it, as well as one civilian. 300 people were evacuated from a campsite while another 47 were removed from their homes in the wooded area as a precaution.

Wildfires – California, USA

The Sun Incident fire consists of two fires are burning in Tehama County east of Red Bluff off of Hwy 36. 3 843 acres have been burned and a number of evacuations have been ordered. Containment is reported to be at 40 per cent.

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Wildfires – Portugal

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling blazes for a seventh day in the popular tourist area of the Algarve in Portugal. Extremely high temperatures have been blamed for sparking the wildfires.

Wildfires – Australia

Three bushfires that were burning out of control near Darwin in the Northern Territory have been downgraded to Advice level warnings after threatening homes at one stage. Earth-movers and water-bombing aircraft were brought in to help bring the fires under control.

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Wildfires – California, USA

A massive, out-of-control Northern California wildfire that destroyed 68 homes and forced thousands to flee has become the fifth largest in state history, officials said on Sunday, as crews battled high temperatures and strong winds.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged near Ukiah, north of Sacramento, exploded by 25 percent overnight and had blackened nearly 400 square miles as of Sunday morning, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The Mendocino Complex Fire has charred more than 254,000 acres, making it the fifth largest blaze in California’s history.

Wildfires – Portugal

Temperatures in Portugal, at the crest of a European heat wave, began to ease from near record levels on Sunday, but a forest fire raged for a third day in the south, battled by 800 firefighters and 12 aircraft. Flames have consumed more than 1000 hectares of forest, in the hilly Monchique area in the southern Algarve region popular with tourists.

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Wildfires – Portugal

One sapling at a time, thousands of volunteers planted trees in Portugal’s oldest forest burned by last year’s devastating wildfires. Around 3,000 volunteers planted roughly 67,500 pine trees in the Leiria forest in central Portugal on Sunday.

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Wildfires – Portugal and Spain

Three people have been killed in Portugal as the country is hit by a record number of forest fires, and three more have died in Spain where blazes sparked by arsonists have been fanned by strong winds from Hurricane Ophelia.

In total, about 440 fires were burning across Portugal on Sunday, which is “the worst day since the beginning of the year”, according to a spokesperson for the national civil protection agency.

In addition to the three dead, about 25 people had been injured, with thousands of firefighters deployed and three motorways, including one linking Lisbon and Porto, closed.

Wildfires – California

The wildfires that erupted last weekend have killed at least 40 people and destroyed at least 5,700 homes and other structures. As of Sunday, roughly 75,000 people were under evacuation orders, down from nearly 100,000 the day before. In all, 17 large fires are still burned across the northern part of the state, with more than 10,000 firefighters attacking the flames using air tankers, helicopters and more than 1,000 fire engines.

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Wildfires – California

More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through California’s wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

Fanned by winds of over 80km/h, the blazes have forced more than 20 000 people to evacuate in the country’s heaviest populated state since they began on Sunday night.

California’s fire service said about 73 000 acres have been ravaged by the major infernos.

Rare “fire devil” spotted during Portugal wildfires

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Wildfires – Portugal

Eleven active wild fires are continuing to rage on in Portugal across six different fronts with high winds hampering efforts to contain them. Around 1500 firefighters, 200 military personnel and countless locals are desperately battling the blazes.

The fire in Pampilhosa da Serra is said to be the most serious and has left emergency services struggling to cope. Two villages in the Arganil municipality have been evacuated as a precaution and at least four people including three firefighters have been injured in Anadia.

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Wildfires – Portugal and Greece

Portuguese officials say 112 people have been evacuated from their homes in the central town of Vila de Rei as more than 3,700 firefighters continue to battle dozens of wildfires across the country. 45 people were slightly injured in the fires over the past two days. Firefighters were hoping to make the most of a slight drop in temperatures to make progress in extinguishing some 210 fires still active.

Authorities in Greece have declared a state of emergency on the island of Zakynthos where wildfires are burning for a fourth day. The Fire Service says that the blazes are burning on 12 fronts and not threatening homes or resorts on the island, which is popular with tourists.

A large wildfire north of Athens is threatening homes as it sweeps through pine forest for a second day, uncontained due to high winds. Fire Service officials, two planes and five helicopters are fighting the blaze at Varnava, 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of the Greek capital, while a main road in the area is closed to traffic to give fire trucks better access. The fire burned out of control for a second day Monday after damaging at least 20 homes the previous day and forcing the evacuation of holiday campsites used in the area for children’s vacations.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Wildfires flared across Portugal yesterday following a rise in temperatures and strong winds, with more than 1,500 firefighters deployed to tackle 17 separate blazes in central and northern Portugal. A stretch of Portugal’s main north-south highway, the A1, was closed due to one blaze. Massive clouds of smoke prevented the use of water-dropping planes in some places. No injuries were reported.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency says firefighters have brought under control a major 5-day-old wildfire that blackened a wide area of pine and eucalyptus forest.

The blaze at Serta, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, is believed to have charred more than 25,000 hectares of woodland.

Other fires broke out Thursday, however, amid continuing hot and windy weather. The Weather Institute says more than 70 percent of Portugal is experiencing severe drought conditions. The Civil Protection Agency reports it has deployed more than 1,100 firefighters and 23 water-dropping aircraft to 13 blazes. Ten villages had already been evacuated after fires broke out on Sunday. By about midnight last night the fires had reached Macao, a town with a population of 2,000.

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Wildfires – Portugal

Portuguese emergency services say they are gradually bringing under control a spate of wildfires that erupted after temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The Civil Protection Agency says almost 1,700 firefighters are tackling eight large countryside blazes with the help of 20 water-dropping aircraft. It said seven other wildfires are being brought under control and 19 are almost out. Most of the wildfires are in northern Portugal, where thick forests of pine and eucalyptus trees and steep ridges make firefighting especially hard.

Wildfires – Croatia and Montenegro

Croatian authorities say firefighters have battled throughout the night to contain raging wildfires that threatened a key port on the country’s Adriatic coast. Parts of the coastal town of Split were enveloped in thick smoke Tuesday after flames reached suburban areas the previous evening. Residents have joined firefighters to defend the houses and stop the fire from spreading. Emergency services say some 80 people have been lightly injured. They say the situation has improved in the morning after firefighting planes took off and the wind slowed down.

In neighboring Montenegro to the south, authorities say they might have to evacuate a village on the Lustica peninsula. About 100 people already have been evacuated the area as fires spread.