Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 384 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

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California, USA – A strong winter storm dumped heavy rain across Southern California on Monday, flooding roads and snarling traffic with a series of crashes, and bringing down several trees. Monday’s storm also dusted Southern California mountains with fresh snow. Wrightwood picked up 7 inches of powder Monday, with snow continuing throughout the day.

Sri Lanka – Ongoing monsoon rains have affected 64,608 people (18,840 families), with two persons reported dead, 62 houses fully damaged and 1,463 houses partially damaged. 17,766 people (5,255 families) have been evacuated to the 133 locations set up to assist people displaced. Intense rainfall from the north-eastern monsoon has led to an overflow of most of the water reservoirs and tanks in East, North, North-central and North-western provinces, triggering floods in several villages and affecting over 30,000 individuals.

Florida, USA – Floodwaters shut down Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for several hours Monday, blocking access to the passenger terminals on one of the busiest travel days of the year and paralyzing major streets up and down Southeast Broward. The airport eventually reopened before 7 a.m., but not before more than 100 flights were delayed for many eager to get to their holiday destinations. Severely flooded streets in the area followed a beat-down of heavy rain from midnight into the early morning hours.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Lorenzo is located about 1560 mi…2510 km sw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (td) 19w (Mitag), located approximately 572 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 20 knots.

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Sri Lanka – Earlier this week reports were received that one person had died and more than 45,000 people had been affected by heavy monsoon rains in the southern and western provinces in the country. A spokesman from Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre told the publication: “We have issued landslide warnings in certain areas, because this rain and volume at this time is unexpected.” On Wednesday, the Disaster Management Centre said 80,000 people across the region have now been affected by heavy rains and strong winds with reports that more than 14,000 people had been evacuated to safer locations.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 07s (Cilida), located approximately 532 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 12 knots.

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Indonesia – The unt for survivors continues as the Indonesian tsunami death toll tops 280. More than 1 000 people were injured and the death toll is expected to rise further. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave that left a tangled mess of corrugated steel roofing, timber and rubble at Carita beach, a popular spot for day-trippers on the west coast of Java.

Sri Lanka – Over 45,000 people and 13,646 families have been affected by the recent floods in the Northern Province due to heavy rains and winds. Around 8,539 people have been given shelter at 52 relief camps and all the necessary food and medicinal supplies have been provided. One hundred and fifty-one houses have been partially damaged by the adverse weather. The affected areas had received a rainfall exceeding 350 mm causing flash floods in many places.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

A lightning storm ignited between 50 and 70 wildfires in southwest Oregon on Sunday. Most of the fires, however, remained small and were contained.

Two of the largest fires brought major concern, including the evacuation of around 30 homes near Jacksonville, officials said. The storm began in the morning and lasted throughout the day, bringing hundreds of strikes across the region. The two biggest fires, as of Sunday night, were the Sterling Creek Fire and Green Top Mountain Fire.

Wildfires – Yosemite, California, USA

A deadly California wildfire more than doubled in size and raged through more than 14 square miles of brush and forest Monday, blanketing much of Yosemite National Park in smoke and forcing closure of a major access road at the height of tourist season.

Fire officials had not determined the cause of the blaze that began burning Friday night along the park’s western edge, where evacuation orders were issued for a handful of small communities.

Wildfires – Sri Lanka

A group of hikers trapped in a mountainous area that was engulfed in a bush fire was rescued by a team of Sri Lanka Army personnel on Friday (13). According to Army media, the hikers who remained trapped in a forested area were save after troops were rushed to put out a fast spreading wild fire in the hilly region of Haldummulla – Wangedigala.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 83 nm south-southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: A broad surface low centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula continues to develop along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula with a 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation.

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Sri Lanka – Monsoon rains have caused flooding across much of Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least 13 people and displacement of more than 400,000 others. A number of major rivers to burst their banks affecting more than 120,000 people in half of the country’s 25 districts. The military has been deployed to help.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sri Lanka – Three people were killed and more than 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed out across Sri Lanka. Flood warnings have been issued to several areas of Sri Lanka as a result of the heavy downpour.

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In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 131 nm northwest of Agrihan, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Eastern Washington, USA – Flooding caused by recent rains and snow melt has fouled water and sewage treatment facilities, threatened state highways and local roads, and caused some people to leave their homes. Continued higher temperatures are predicted to increase snow melt and cause additional flooding as rivers and streams continue to rise to record or near record levels. The Okanogan River, which runs through Tonasket, reached a level of 19 feet early Friday morning, which is above the 15-foot flood stage. The Pend Oreille River is forecast to reach a flow of more than 118,000 cubic feet per second by next Thursday, which hasn’t occurred since 2011. The Kettle River reached a crest of 22 feet Friday and is expected to remain above record levels for the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Sri Lanka – Over 8,000 people were affected as heavy rains caused flash floods in Sri Lanka’s southern districts of Galle and Kalutara last Sunday, the Disaster Management Center said in a statement on Monday. A number of homes had been evacuated.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 30w (Haikui), located approximately 283 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

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Sri Lanka – Thousands are being affected by floods which are affecting the Jaffna District. The Jaffna office said that 456 families have been displaced, with 170 houses destroyed by the floods. Strong winds can be expected over the coastal areas of Northern, North-western, Western and Southern provinces.Winds between 70 and 80 kmph are forecast at certain seas, prompting rough seas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Mexico – Heavy rainfall and landslides caused by tropical storm Beatriz claimed the lives of three people in parts of Oaxaca, Mexico. Landslide damage has been reported at 16 places on state highways. TS Beatriz has since dissipated, but heavy rains are still expected in some areas.

Taiwan – Roads turned into rivers in northern Taiwan Friday as rain lashed the island, killing one woman and leaving two others missing. State power company Taipower said a transmission pylon on a hill in New Taipei city toppled during torrential downpours, causing a reactor at a nuclear plant there to cut out. Water surged into cars, homes and businesses after 600 millimetres of rain fell in under 11 hours in some areas.

Sri Lanka – The death toll in Sri Lanka’s devastating floods and landslides has risen to 206, with 92 people still reported missing, media reports said on Friday. As of Thursday night, almost 6,50,000 people in 15 districts were still affected by the severe rains and strong winds that have ravaged Sri Lanka since 26 May, resulting in major floods and landslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sri Lanka – The death toll from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka has climbed past 200, with 96 others missing, the government said Wednesday. The Disaster Management Center said that 202 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

Thailand – At least 29 spots in Bangkok experienced flash flooding following torrential rain across the capital on Tuesday morning, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) flood prevention centre. The highest rainfall was measured at 95.5 millimetres per hour in Bang Khen district, while the average flood water level went from 10 to 20 centimetres, the centre said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02b (Two), located approximately 277 nm south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, is tracking north-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Sri Lanka, Update – At least 126 people have been killed and nearly 500,000 displaced in Sri Lanka following flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains, the government says. A further 97 people are still missing. Rescuers had set up 185 camps for displaced people and the town of Matara in the south of the island was being evacuated because of the risk of flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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New Hampshire, USA – An astronomical high tide is responsible for flooding of dozens of homes and businesses on the seacoast overnight. Thursday’s flooding was enhanced by a strong onshore wind as an area of low pressure tracked up the east coast, bringing heavy rain to New England.

Sri Lanka – Flooding and mudslides triggered by monsoon rains have left at least 91 people dead and more than 100 missing in Sri Lanka. About 20,000 have been forced from their homes in the south and west of the country. Military boats and helicopters have been sent to help rescue operations.The flooding is believed to be the worst since May 2003 when a similarly powerful south-west monsoon destroyed 10,000 homes and killed 250 people. Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said the death toll was rising as reports filtered in from outlying areas.

Drought

Drought in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government declared a state of alert in response to what is already considered the worst drought in four decades, implementing measures such as water-use restrictions. The National Water Supply and Sanitation Council warned on Sunday of the need to rationalize the consumption of drinking water, as the currently available reserve is only expected to last for two months.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sri Lanka – The Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka said the death toll in the landslide has reached to 92 while 109 people are still missing.

India – Manipur was on the verge of being cut off from the rest of the country after rockslides and landslides hit the Imphal-Dimapur highway (NH-2) as torrential rains poured and created chaos in the state. The Imphal-Silchar highway (NH-37) is already blocked due to rockslides. The Imphal river bank was breached on Sunday, washing away hundreds of houses. Water in the power sub-station has left the area without electricity while farmers have reported lakhs of rupees in damage of crops and vegetables.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sri Lanka – Rescue efforts continue in the Sri Lankan capital where the flood waters have now inundated homes and forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate.