Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Serbia – Torrential rains over 24 hours caused floods Monday in central Serbia that covered roads, washed into homes and damaged bridges. Bulging creeks and overflowing sewers flooded dozens of houses in several towns and villages, forcing some residents to flee their homes or escape to the buildings’ upper floors.

USA – Flood warnings and watches are in effect from Minnesota down to Louisiana as water continues to rise. In Arkansas, water is nearly up to the rooftops of many homes as the banks of the Arkansas River spill over into neighborhoods. While some homes are already underwater in the Pine Bluff area, officials are warning others nearby to be prepared for evacuation. Forecasters expect water levels to rise another two feet.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

8.2 earthquake hits Fiji.

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said. The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami. The quake’s depth at 560 km would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

6.8 earthquake his Fiji.

6.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

6.2 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

6.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.8 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.6 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.6 earthquake hits the Panama-Colombia border.

5.5 earthquake hits Fiji.

Three 5.4 earthquakes hit Fiji.

5.4 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands, New Zealand.

5.3 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 earthquake hits France.

5.2 earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 earthquake hits the southern East Pacific rise.

5.1 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua new Guinea.

5.0 earthquake hits the Volcano Islands off Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits Serbia.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits Costa Rica.

5.0 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Ghana – Severe rainstorm in Yendi Municipality in Ghana has injured two children and made around 942 homeless with damage to 93 households and two mosques, with the hardest hit in Guntintle and Madina, suburbs of Yendi.

Serbia – Heavy rain and flooding have forced the authorities to declare an emergency situation in the Cacak, Lucani and Arilje municipalities in Serbia. At least 15 people have been evacuated after the River Cemernica broke its banks in Preljine near Cacak. The floods also caused power cuts in some areas in the centre of Cacak.

California – Flash flood watches, high surf conditions, hail, fierce winds, and evacuations leave Californians scrambling for high ground in many areas. Heavy rains, hail and gusty winds rocked much of California on Sunday as a strong late winter storm passed through. Thousands of people lost power throughout the day during the blast, hundreds of others had to be evacuated. In Southern California, the line of thunderstorms continued on into Monday with severe thunderstorm warnings in place for many areas, including Long Beach, Glendale, and Pomona.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 696 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking south-southwestward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 212 nm north of Cairns, Australia and is tracking north-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Nineteen), located approximately 387 nm north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking southward at 06 knots.

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Bulgaria – A snow storm in Bulgaria has led to a state of emergency being declared in Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo, Pazardzhik and Plovdiv municipalities. Electricity, water and food supplies have been disrupted in Rudozem and Madan. The Tundzha River near Elhovo has reached the flood line, indicating danger of overflow.

Serbia – A snow storm in Sipce near Tutin in southwestern Serbia has claimed the life of a 63-year-old man. A state of emergency has also been declared in the area.

Greece – The region of Serres in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, northern Greece, has been declared in a state of emergency by local authorities due to floods caused after several days of continuous heavy rainfall that destroyed crops and seriously damaged the road network.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the East Pacific

Hurricane Genevieve continues to strengthen and is located about 635 mi (1020 km) WSW of Johnston Island.

Hurricane Iselle marching steadily toward Hawaii, has not weakened and is located about 830 mi (1340 km) ESE of Honolulu, Hawaii. On the forecast track, Iselle will pass near The Big Island of Hawaii Thursday night.

Hurricane Julio continuing west-northwestward and is located about 1555 mi (2500 km) E of Hilo, Hawaii.

Rare twin Category 1 hurricanes are nearing Hawaii as Hurricane Iselle, with 85 mph winds, and Hurricane Julio, with 75 mph winds, steam west-northwest towards the islands. Both hurricanes are expected to weaken to tropical storms before they affect Hawaii.

In the Western Pacific

Typhoon Halong is located approximately 239 nm southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan.

Typhoon Halong was a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds at 8 am EDT Wednesday. Satellite loops show that Halong has intensified since Tuesday, with concentric eyewalls and a prominent eye now visible. Halong is expected to affect Southern Japan as a Category 1 typhoon late this week.

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Bosnia, Serbia – Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to burst their banks on Wednesday, killing one person and flooding houses and roads in the same areas of the Balkans that were devastated in May by the worst floods in 120 years. Bosnian authorities declared a state of emergency as rescuers rushed to the central and northern parts of the country to evacuate people, many for the second time this year. In both Serbia and Bosnia, surging waters have flooded hundreds of homes, caused landslides, blocked local roads and swept over streets in many towns, whose sewage systems were unable to take huge quantities of water at once. Dozens of people have been evacuated from their homes. One man is reported to have drowned in western Serbia.

India – Floods triggered by heavy rain in the past week have hit nearly a million people in Odisha, with the number of deaths rising to 27. Nearly one million people have been affected so far following heavy rain and floods in the state since Saturday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

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Serbia – Extreme weather is continuing in Serbia this summer, with a new round of storms hitting many areas of the country late on Wednesday. A tornado-like storm was reported in a village near the town of Lazarevac. Strong winds in Šopići ripped off roofs from homes, caused significant damage to a local church, and turned over vehicles, including a tank truck. Heavy rain and high winds affected several other towns, including Topola and Aranđelovac in central Serbia, Šabac, Bogatić, and Koceljeva in the west, and Belgrade.

USA – Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.

India – Landslides and floods in Guwahati today have claimed the lives of at least nine people. Around 154 flood relief camps have been opened across Assam, where nearly 2 lakh people have taken shelter. The floods are the worst in Assam since 1998.

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Paraguay – Floods caused by torrential rains have forced the evacuation of 200,000 people living near the Paraguay and Parana Rivers.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

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Serbia — Communities in Serbia and Bosnia battled to protect towns and power plants on Monday from rising flood waters and landslides that have devastated swathes of both countries and killed dozens of people.

Receding waters in some of the areas worst-hit by the heaviest rainfall in the Balkans since records began 120 years ago revealed scenes of devastation – twisted homes, fallen trees and rotting animals.

Authorities in Bosnia estimated some 500,000 people had been evacuated or left their homes, the kind of human displacement not seen since the country’s 1992-95 war. The discovery of a body in the north of the country on Monday raised the regional death toll to at least 38.

At least 25,000 people have been evacuated in Serbia.

The River Sava, swollen by a new flood wave from Croatia a day after the rain finally stopped, continued to threaten parts of northern Bosnia and western Serbia, including Serbia’s biggest power plant 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the capital, Belgrade.

Hundreds of landslides have caused havoc, particularly in mountainous Bosnia, where the Sava has devastated farmland that is a mainstay of the economy.

The river continued to overwhelm ad hoc flood defences both there and in Serbia.

Soldiers and energy workers worked through the night to build barriers of sandbags to keep the water back from the site and from a second complex, the Kostolac coal-fired plant, east of Belgrade.

Hundreds of volunteers in the capital filled sandbags and stacked them along the banks of Sava. Police issued an appeal for more bags.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

No current tropical storms.

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Serbia — Tens of thousands fled their homes Saturday in Bosnia and Serbia, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.

Meteorologists say the flooding is the worst since records began 120 years ago and is due to a three-month amount of rain that fell on the region in just three days. Goran Mihajlovic from Serbia’s Weather Center told The Associated Press that such a rainfall happens once in 100 years.

In the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina, some 10,000 people were being evacuated Saturday after the rain-swollen Sava River pushed through flood defenses.

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Tropical Storms

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Florida, Kentucky USA – The National Weather Service reported a tornado briefly touched ground Thursday at about 2:30 p.m. one mile west of Miami International Airport.

The National Weather Service says two tornadoes caused damage in Kentucky on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported. The stronger tornado hit about 5 miles north-northeast of Hopkinsville in Christian County at about 4:30 p.m. CDT, causing minor damage to buildings and trees. The weather service classified it as an EF2 with 125 mph winds. Earlier, another tornado hit 5 miles southeast of Shepherdsville in Bullitt County at about 2:30 p.m. EDT. That twister was classified as an EF0, the mildest.

Serbia – The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years hit Serbia and Bosnia this week, killing three people, cutting off electricity and leaving several towns and villages isolated. Serbian power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) said on Thursday high water levels on the Morava river have forced it to halt two hydro power plants with a combined capacity of 34 megawatts. The Serbian government has declared a state of emergency due to flash floods caused by the heavy rain throughout the country. 2 people were reported to have drowned in the floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Cyclone Mahasen is gathering strength over the Indian Ocean’s Bay of Bengal, and is a potential major threat to Bangladesh and Myanmar. The storm is forecast to intensify as a severe cyclonic storm and even further as a very severe cyclonic storm by Monday. It would continue to advance closer to Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coast until it gets stopped mid-sea by a western disturbance moving across North-west and East India. Mahasen would be forced to re-curve, turning almost 90 degrees to east-northeast and head towards the Bangladesh-Myanmar coast.

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Hailstorm in Vojvodina, Serbia

Recent hailstorm in Serbia’s northern province of Vojvodina caused huge damaged to crops and knocked downed trees in Kulpin area. No injuries have been reported.

Floods in Khost, Afghanistan

Recent floods in southeast Khost province in Afghanistan have claimed the lives of two people. The floods have also damaged thousands of acres of farmland in the Gurbaz, Tanai, Ismailkhel and Zazai Maidan districts of Afghanistan.

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A hailstorm in the Sheikhpura district of India has claimed the lives of at least three people and injured more than 100 others. The hailstorm hit a religious function at the village Pinjuri. Over 1000 people had gathered to celebrate the religious festival.

A heavy hailstorm in Nepal’s central regions of Nuwakot and Rasuwa have caused huge damage to agricultural crops and property, The storm blew away roofs of schools and offices in Narjamandap, Nuwakot. The storm also knocked down several power lines in the area.

A sudden flood triggered by melting snow has led to the collapse of a river embankment in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Wildfires

Wildfires in Southwestern Serbia, Kosovo

Firefighters are still struggling to put out three fires near the southwestern Serbian town of Priboj. Strong wind is hindering efforts to put out the flames.

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Storms and Floods

Violent Storm Kills Six In Argentina

Six people were killed after torrential rain and powerful winds battered Buenos Aires, knocking out power, downing trees and damaging homes. More than 155 mm (six inches) of rain fell between midnight on Monday and 7am on Tuesday. That is a record for rainfall in April in the Argentine capital.

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Mudslide in Arusha, Tanzania

A mudslide in Arusha, Tanzania has claimed 13 lives. Four people are still missing. The mudslide occurred at a gravel mine in the Moshono area of northern Tanzania.

Storm and Tornado in Torda, Serbia

A storm which spawned a tornado in Torda, Serbia has damaged more than 100 buildings. The tornado damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.

Avalanche in Italian Alps

An avalanche in the the Ortles region of the Italian alps has claimed the lives of three skiers.

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Landslide in Papua New Guinea kills mother and five-month-old baby. The mother was found holding tightly onto five-month-old baby under the rubble of their house.

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Hail storms in Hitchcock, Texas, USA damage seven police cars.

Wildfires

Firefighters rushed to protect more than 600 at-risk homes Thursday as a pair of massive wildfires threatened to merge southwest of Wenatchee., Washington, USA. The Table Mountain Complex and Wenatchee Complex fires have burned across some 70,000 acres.

Several relatively small wildfires continue to cause problems in the Dakotas, USA.

While a number of wildfires have been mostly contained by teams of firefighters, the military and volunteers, fires continue to blaze across Serbia and the Western Balkans, in what has been an exceptionally dry year punctuated by extreme heat waves.

Bushfires have destroyed 33 500 hectares of Namibia’s vegetation countrywide, since the start of the southern winter.

Disease

Three people have died in the first ever outbreak of West Nile virus in Serbia, in which 35 contracted the disease

The Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to a second location. 15 people have died and 170 are being monitored by health authorities.

Wildfires

Large wildfire near Roundup, Montana, USA.

Wildfires burn across Serbia, thousands of people have been evacuated from numerous villages threatened by the fires.