Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 722 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 16 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 329 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 09 knots.

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Tennessee, USA – Massive flash flooding ravaged central Tennessee on Wednesday night. The flooding killed one person and sparked numerous water rescues. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) the flood-related death occurred in Pegram, Tennessee, when a woman was swept away by floodwaters while trying to walk across a bridge. An estimated three to six inches of rain fell in central Tennessee on Wednesday night when a band of heavy rain stalled over the region. Thursday morning saw more settled water, however, some roads are still closed.

Queensland, Australia – The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall. In the west of the state, graziers have been confronted with scenes described by one mayor as “hell”, as it became clear up to 300,000 cattle had died in the floods.

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Central USA – A potent storm slammed the central United States on Thursday, bringing a ferocious mix of wild weather from blizzard conditions to flash floods. Schools, universities and businesses were closed Thursday in several states as travel proved difficult if not impossible. More than 130,000 customers were without power in Michigan due to the storm. At least five people have been killed. Four died in traffic accidents on snowy or icy roads in the central United States over the past few days and a student died in Seattle after slipping on the ice. Earlier in the week, the storm brought heavy snow and ice to portions of the West Coast, including the Seattle and San Francisco areas. As of midday Thursday, the National Weather Service reported that more than 20 million people were threatened by winter weather, while another 25 million were bracing for flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12s (Funani), located approximately 432 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking south-southeastward at 07 knots.

Tropical cyclone 13s (Gelena), located approximately 516 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

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Queensland, Australia – Two bodies were discovered in Australia’s flood-ravaged northeast on Tuesday as continuing heavy rain prompted authorities to warn of further flash flooding in the hours ahead. Hundreds of cattle are believed to be dead or stranded in north-west Queensland as heartbroken graziers go from a drought to a flooding crisis.

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New York, USA – Melting snow has caused several million gallons of municipal sewage to spill into the Hudson River from Troy and Albany. The melting is expected to continue for the rest of the week around the capital region and beyond. Ice jams are a focus in western New York, where a flood watch has been issued through Wednesday night.

Storms and Floods

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Queensland, Australia – Australia’s military has been deployed to tackle devastating “once-in-a-century” floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country’s northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets. The Australian Defence Forces filled sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped pluck flashlight-wielding residents from their rooftops Monday, as monsoon rains drenched the northern state of Queensland. Australia’s tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has far exceeded normal levels. In Townsville the residents have been warned that the peak of the floods has not yet arrived.

South Africa – Mop-up operations are underway following significant rainfall that led to flooding in the Little Karoo and Garden Route District. The Meiringspoort pass between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West has also been reopened after it was closed due to streams of water flowing down. Some homes were flooded, while others were damaged by strong winds.

Italy – St Mark’s square and alleyways in Venice’s historic centre were affected by flooding on Saturday, after heavy rains caused an unusually high tide. Tourists and residents were seen using wooden platforms to cross the square, while some braved the high flood levels, walking through the water in rubber boots. Elsewhere in Italy, firefighters used ropes and planks of wood to rescue three teenagers from a muddy river after their car swerved off the road in heavy rain. Flash floods had caused the river Cornea, near the Tuscan city of Pisa, to burst its banks and the teenagers’ car had become blocked after they had attempted to cross the swollen waterway.

Storms and Floods

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California, USA – The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads. A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as the storm moved south and at one point dropped more than a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) of rain in five minutes. Trees and power lines were down across the region.

Queensland, Australia – Once in a century floods have turned streets into rivers and forced thousands to abandon their homes in northeast Australia, with authorities warning of further downpours over the next few days. Australia’s tropical north experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season at this time of the year, but the recent deluge has surged far above normal levels. Thousands of residents in the city of Townsville in northeast Queensland were without power and up to 20,000 homes are at risk of being inundated if the rains continue.

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Storms and Floods

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Midwest USA – Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low as minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 49 Celsius) that paralysed the US Midwest and were blamed for at least 25 deaths. Warmer-than-normal weather was on the way, but that offered little comfort to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly enduring cold that caused frostbite in minutes and made being outside potentially deadly, the most severe cases risked having fingers and toes amputated.

Queensland, Australia – Queensland authorities have said the state’s north was entering “unprecedented territory” as more monsoon rains battered the city of Townsville, setting record flood levels and destroying homes. As the natural disaster entered its four day, the state emergency service confirmed on Saturday that 80 people had been rescued. It was too early to quantify the damage to homes, although some media reports said at least 50 homes had been affected so far. The worst of the conditions were expected over the next two days.

Cold Wave – Algeria

On 11 January, Algeria was hit by a cold wave with heavy snow and rainfalls which further intensified on 13 January. Severe weather conditions were reported to have affected 25 out of 48 governorates of Algeria. Extreme weather has resulted in widespread chaos, leaving 8 people dead, 25 people wounded, damage to powerlines and other key infrastructure, more than 151 roads becoming unpassable due to snow and floods, and to the loss of shelter and livelihoods in more than 300 villages and communes across the country.

Storms and Floods

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Queensland – Update – Hundreds of people remain cut off after a deluge pushed far north Queensland’s Daintree River to a record level. Ferry infrastructure was severely damaged and authorities say the crossing could be out for two days. Almost 500mm of rain fell on the river in 24 hours – 300mm of that in just six hours. Residents have been forced to flee to higher ground in far north Queensland after flood waters submerged homes and swept away sheds. Houses were inundated by more than a metre of water after 300mm of rain fell in four hours at Bluewater, near Townsville. A major flood warning remains in force for the Haughton, Ross, Bohle and Black Rivers. The weather bureau has re-issued a flood watch for numerous catchments north of Townsville.

Philippines – Update – A total of 500 families or 2,074 individuals are still staying in 13 evacuation centers in the municipalities Sta. Josefa, Veruela and Trento after having been forced from their homes by flash floods. Social welfare personnel was mobilized to assist the victims of the flash floods that struck the three towns over the weekend.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Riley), located approximately 283 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Queensland, Australia – In the Sunshine State, water levels at the Daintree River have exceeded nine metres and residents along its tributaries, the Mossman River and other waterways in the shire have been warned to prepare as waters continue to rise. In far north Queensland, ferry services have been shut down. Heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast for the state’s far north in coming days, although communities were spared a cyclone that fizzled out after crossing land.

Malaysia – The number of evacuees due to floods in Sabah continue to rise following heavy rainfall on Sunday (Jan 27). A total of 2,555 people from five districts have been displaced and are taking shelter at 17 different evacuation centres. The flood victims from some 549 families are from Kota Marudu, Matunggong, Pitas, Kota Belud and Sipitang districts.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 13p (Linda), located approximately 403 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 13 knots.

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Kazakhstan – Heavy rains and melting snow have converged to cause massive flooding in eastern Kazakhstan. 110 kindergartens, 150 homes, and about 70 other buildings were damaged by high waters in the regional capital, Oskemen, and in the districts of Ayagoz, Glubokoye, Kurshim, Zaisan, and Urzhar. Hundreds of residents have been evacuated from dozens of houses in the town of Ayagoz, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Croatia – Following heavy snow melt, the town of Hrvatska Kostajnica, 70 kilometres southeast of Zagreb, has been braced for landslides as well as floods due to the swollen River Una. The city of Karlovac, which lies on four rivers, has also been prepared for flooding and necessary steps have been taken to help local inhabitants to protect their homes in the areas oat risk of flooding due to the melting of snow.

Queensland, Australia – Queensland authorities have warned that crocodiles and snakes could turn up in “unexpected areas” after four days of torrential rain broke river banks, covered fields and cut off towns.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12p (Hola), located approximately 288 nm east of Kingston Island, is tracking southward at 18 knots.

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Queensland, Australia – Water as far as the eye can see: Floods swamped parts of the Australian state of Queensland on Friday, covering pastureland and cutting off towns as swollen rivers inundated about 200 homes. A disaster was declared further east in the coastal canefarming towns of Ingham and Halifax. Water could take weeks to recede from the flatter country covered further west, where it has been welcomed in a region gripped by severe drought.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 12p (Hola), located approximately 165 nm west-southwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

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Queensland, Australia – Residents in the north Queensland town of Ingham are bracing for the town’s worst flood in nearly a decade, which is expected to inundate properties and cut off communities for days. Supermarket shelves have been stripped of fresh food, with several roads already closed around the town leaving rural communities stranded. More than 350 millimetres of rain has fallen in the catchment over the past 36 hours and further heavy downpours are expected.

Arkansas, USA – A small town in Lonoke County is devastated after a levee broke, causing over 100 homes to become flooded. The state has declared the situation in Humnoke a disaster. Heavy rain last week caused the levee just east of town to breech.

Albania – Albanian authorities say that heavy rain has caused flooding in more parts of country, with landslides damaging many roads. The defense ministry said Thursday that about 2,800 hectares (6,900 acres) of agricultural land and grasslands in the north-west have now been flooded. The heavy rain has obliged three hydropower stations in the north to release excess water after many rivers, including the main Drini River, swelled. Power is lacking in some rural areas, and some houses and many roads in the east and south of the country have been damaged from landslides.

Storms and Floods

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Australia – Parts of north Queensland remain on alert for flooding after a day of heavy rain across Townsville and surrounding areas. Rain is finally starting to ease after falls of more than 350mm in some areas caused flash flooding. Residents in the township of Giru, south-east of Townsville, are being urged to remain safe as the Haughton River remains at a record flood level. Nearly 90 rain gauges in the Townsville area have recorded more than 100 millimetres of rainfall in the past 24 hours, with Bluewater on the city’s northern outskirts receiving 358mm.

Midwest USA – High water and flood conditions continue across many areas as indicated by the USGS.

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Storms and Floods

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South Africa – Heavy rains have hit the Lowveld with localized flooding in some areas. Up to 85mm in 24 hours was recorded in Barberton, Sabie and Hazyview.

Australia – Torrential rain has flooded south-east Queensland. Eight people have been rescued after being caught in flash flooding on the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts as much of the state continues to be hammered by heavy rain. In Brisbane, cars have been stranded in low-lying areas. On the Sunshine Coast, Nambour reported 96mm on Friday morning. But most of the severe weather system was starting to impact the Gold Coast. The highest falls have been in the hinterland, Mount Tamborine received 145mm in 6 hours on Friday.

Midwest, USA – A state of emergency has been declared across Kentucky as it prepares for more heavy rain through the weekend. The Ohio River is approaching its highest level in 20 years and more rain is forecast across the region. In Louisville some residents are going to work by boat.

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

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Queensland, Australia – Torrential overnight rain has caused extensive flash flooding across Mount Isa and surrounding areas in the state’s north-west. Many local roads had gone under as well as all of the city’s small bridges. The highest fall was recorded at the Mt Isa mine, where 97.6 millimetres fell in the 24 hours to 9:00am.

California, USA – Flash flood warnings and advisories were issued for parts of the North Bay Thursday as a potent storm front slammed into the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds. The heavy precipitation from the storm system prompted numerous warnings over the course of the day.

Disease

Queensland prawn farmers face white spot disease outbreak

Authorities are scrambling to contain an outbreak of white spot disease in Queensland as prawn farmers and fishermen face devastating losses in the pre-Christmas period.

Wild prawns taken from the Logan river, south of Brisbane, have tested positive, as have prawns at three of the eight land-based farms in the region.

The virus, which can stop prawns and crabs from growing but poses no risk to humans, was not previously known to be in Australia, and has sparked a ban on prawn and crab fishing in the river while eradication efforts continue.

The Queensland government has ruled out compensation for land-based prawn farmers and commercial fisherman hit by the closure of the river’s prawn and crab fisheries.