Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Beta is located about 60 mi…100 km nne of Birmingham Alabama with maximum sustained winds…10 mph…20 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 17e (Lowell), located approximately 820 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Texas, USA – Record rainfall from Tropical Storm Beta caused flooding in parts of Texas, USA, from 22 September. Beta made landfall over Matagorda Bay along the coast of central Texas on 22 September, 2020 with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h. Beta dumped more than 16 inches / 400 mm of rain as it made its way over Texas. Extensive flooding was reported across Houston and surrounding areas after heavy rainfall swamped roads and caused rivers and bayous to overflow, including the Buffalo Bayou which flooding streets in Downtown Houston.

India – Extremely heavy rainfall inundated wide areas of Mumbai, India, from 22 to 24 September. Local media report that Mumbai recorded nearly 400 mm in 48 hours. Roads of the city were swamped, stranding several vehicles and causing traffic chaos. Flooding on railway lines disrupted rail services. Media reported some residents in the Kranti Nagar area of the city were evacuated.

Wildfires

Wildfires – France

More than 1,200 firefighters were on Tuesday engaged in a “fierce struggle” against a wildfire in southeastern France.

The fire service for the Bouches-du-Rhone department said the “violent” blaze had travelled eight kilometres in under two hours. At least 1050 hectares of vegetation had been devastated. Several habitations and multiple businesses including three camping sites near the municipalities of Martigues and Port du Bouc had to be evacuated with authorities calling on people to avoid taking the taking certain roads.

Wildfires – Texas, USA

Firefighters from across the state are battling the still-growing, human-caused Mays Fire in San Saba and McCulloch counties. The fire ignited on Aug. 1, approximately 16 miles east of Brady, as the result of an individual parking and idling their vehicle over tall, dry grass. As of Aug. 4, the fire has burned an estimated 9,500 acres and is only 50% contained.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Hanna is located about 65 mi…105 km n of Fresnillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Douglas is located about 50 mi…85 km ne of Lihue Hawaii and about 100 mi…160 km nw of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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Yemen – At least 17 people have lost their lives in recent floods in Yemen during 22 – 25 July. 3 people died after heavy rains in Bani Qais district in Hajjah Governorate washed away dozens of huts and tents in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Elsewhere, flooding caused material damages in Lahj, Shabwah and Abyan governorates. Heavy rain also affected the capital Sana’a, with flooding reported.

Bangladesh – Government and humanitarian agencies in Bangladesh report that 3.3 million people have now been affected by flooding that began in June. According to a report of 25 July by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT), 21 districts of the country have now been affected, with 16 of them seeing moderate to severe impacts. Flooding has inundated over 34,000 km2 of land, which amounts to 24% of the country. Almost 75% of Jamalpur district is flooded. Over 90 people have died in flooding since 30 June, including 41 children. Approximately 56,000 people have been displaced to 1,086 flood shelters.

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Nigeria – At least 7 people have died in flash flooding and heavy rainfall in Niger state in central Nigeria. Local media reported torrential rainfall lasting several hours late on 24 July caused flooding and damage in Rafin Sanyi area of Suleja Local Government Area. Rain and flooding downed trees and power lines, causing electricity outages. According to a local government spokesperson, several houses collapsed in the area, trapping people in their homes. As of 25 July, 7 bodies had been recovered but more are feared missing. Rescue and recovery teams have been dispatched in the area in the search for survivors.

Vietnam – At least 5 people lost their lives after heavy rainfall from 20 July triggered flooding and landslides in northern Vietnam. Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority reported flooding and landslides in Ha Giang and Cao Bang Provinces. Ha Giang City recorded 378mm of rain in 24 hours to 21 July, while Dao Duc recorded 395 mm and Cao Bo (both in Ha Giang Province) 401 mm.

USA, Mexico – As it weakened to a tropical storm Sunday morning, Hanna pushed inland through the Rio Grande Valley, leaving flooding and damage in its path in a wide swath of South Texas and northern Mexico.

India – More than 100 animals, including 10 one-horned rhinoceroses, have died in massive flooding at the famed Kaziranga game reserve in northeastern India, officials said. The flooding is the result of a monsoon that has dumped rain across parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Texas, USA

The Texas A&M Forest Service was called to help fight four different wildfires this weekend in the Big Country.

The largest of those in the Coke County estimated to be 3,200 acres and 5% contained.

The McDaniel fire has consumed 3,200 acres and is 5-percent contained as of Sunday evening.

Hot, dry weather combined with high winds have allowed multiple wildfires to burn thousands of acres across the Concho Valley in the past few days.

Active fires in the region include the Arroyo Grande Fire burning near Sonora, the 10 Mile Ranch Fire and the McDaniel Fire burning northwest of San Angelo.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (td) 01w (Vongfong), located approximately 465 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

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Texas, USA – Areas of central Texas were hit with severe thunderstorms on Tuesday, with tornadoes and flash floods occurring in some regions during the morning and early afternoon. Residents of these areas received tornado and flash flood warnings from local branches of the National Weather Service (NWS) throughout the day. Flash floods were reported about 85 miles east in Starzville, closer to San Antonio. Tornadoes were reported in counties near Austin and San Antonio Tuesday morning.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Florida is now dealing with a second disaster unfolding amidst the pandemic: A wildfire raged out of control in Santa Rosa County late Wednesday in the Panhandle, destroying homes, forcing emergency evacuations and shutting down nine miles of Interstate 10. At least 500 people have been evacuated and 18 homes destroyed, Florida Forest Service officials said in a Wednesday night news conference. The fire has consumed about 2,000 acres. It was just 20 percent contained when officials spoke at about 9 p.m.

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Wildfires – Texas, USA

The Holcombe Road fire in West Texas has finally been contained after burning about 25 000 acres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.8 earthquake hits southern Iran.

5.8 earthquake hits near the north coast of papua, Indonesia.

5.7 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits western Texas, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Herold), located approximately 185 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking east-southeastward at 21 knots.

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Indonesia – Flash floods in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province turned streets into a muddy river as water rushed through a market.

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Texas, USA – Parts of Old East Dallas recorded nearly 4 inches of rain in just a few hours overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Flash Flooding resulted in some cars partially submerged in water in Old East Dallas. Some streets were temporarily closed because of street flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean : Tropical Storm 21w (Neoguri), located approximately 119 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 17 knots.

Typhoon Bualoi (22w), located approximately 438 nm south-southeast of Iwo To, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Somalia – Moderate to heavy rains continued in many parts of Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands over the last week. River levels at Belet Weyne (Shabelle) are currently very high. Latest reports received in the evening of 21 October indicate that nearly 40 per cent of Belet Weyne town has been affected by flooding with an estimated 72,000 people having moved to Ceel Jaale highlands and surrounding areas. All villages in the north of Belet Weyne town have been affected and humanitarian partners are yet to establish the number of people displaced in these areas.

Texas, USA – A destructive tornado touched down in the northeastern part of Dallas on Sunday night (Oct. 20), knocking out power for more than 150,000 residents and causing significant property damage. Though the tornado cut through a densely populated area, no storm-related deaths have been reported.

India – In less than two months, North Karnataka districts have been hit by heavy rain and floods again. On Monday, the latest spell of torrential rain claimed four lives and two boys were swept away in separate incidents. Flood water inundated agricultural fields and entered houses in several parts of the State.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Humberto is located about 525 mi…845 km ssw of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Hurricane Jerry is located about 290 mi…465 km e of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Kiko is located about 1370 mi…2205 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Mario is located about 365 mi…590 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Hurricane Lorena is located about 100 mi…160 km ese of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 18w (Tapah), located approximately 210 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan is tracking northwestward at 03 knots.

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Texas, USA – Record-breaking rainfall from the tropical storm Imelda is soaking southeastern Texas. Some areas have been swamped with 20 to 42 inches (51 to 107 centimeters) of rain over just three days, causing catastrophic flooding that is among the worst in U.S. history.

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Mauritania: Floods – Aug 2019 – From 26 to 27 August 2019, Guidimakha Wilaya (Region), located in southeast Mauritania, witnessed torrential rains exceeding the 200 mm mark in the regional capital city of Sélibaby and which approached 300 mm in other areas of the region. These torrential rains caused heavy human and material damages in all three districts of the Wilaya namely Sélibaby, Ould Yenja and Ghabou. According to the latest information, a total of 4,200 households were affected including 850 homeless households.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Humberto is located about 250 mi…400 km ne of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…ne or 45 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

Tropical Depression Imelda is located about 110 mi…180 km n of Houston Texas and about 70 mi…115 km ne of College Station Texas with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jerry is located about 575 mi…925 km e of the Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Kiko is located about 1285 mi…2065 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Mario is coated about 500 mi…805 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hurricane Lorena is located about 70 mi…115 km se of Cabo Corrientes Mexico and about 390 mi…625 km se of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 18w (eighteen), located approximately 256 nm south of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan is tracking westward at 01 knot.

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Texas, USa – East Texas was facing days of heavy rains and flash flooding Wednesday as Tropical Depression Imelda, downgraded from a tropical storm, still packed a dangerous punch for millions of residents. The storm made landfall Tuesday afternoon near Freeport, 60 miles south of Houston. Imelda, crawling north at about 5 mph. Parts of Houston had seen almost 7 inches, and the storm could drench areas with up to 3 inches of rain per hour, the weather service warned. Flash flood watches were in effect for southeast Texas and extreme southwest Louisiana.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Canary Islands

A fire raged out of control on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria Monday, forcing evacuations as flames rose so high even water-dropping planes could not operate in what was dubbed an “environmental tragedy”. The blaze, the third in 10 days in the mountainous centre of the island, has forced the evacuation of several villages with a combined population of 9,000.

Altogether, 1,000 firefighters and other crew and 14 water-dropping helicopters and planes were working on controlling the blaze, which is estimated to have destroyed 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres).

Wildfires – Texs, USA

Firefighters in Texas are battling three wildfires covering more than 17,000 acres across the state.

A fire in Hardeman County near Quanah has burned an estimated 8,830 acres and is 40 percent contained, said the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Another fire in Sutton County has burned over 2,400 acres. The Bird Ranch Fire in Cottle County is estimated to have spread to 7,000 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Wildfires – Alaska

The Alaska Railroad has cancelled passenger service between Anchorage and Denali National Park because of a fire burning along tracks north of Willow. The fire began Saturday when high wind blew a tree onto a powerline at Mile 91 Parks Highway. Continued strong winds Sunday night pushed the fire across the highway and across railroad tracks. Crews are removing numerous burned trees that fell on tracks. The fire by Sunday night had grown to nearly 3 square miles (7.7 sq. kilometers).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Texas, USA – Heavy rain and flooding forced schools to close in the Houston area Friday after an overnight deluge swamped the nation’s 4th-largest city. The sodden city was at the epicenter of a sprawling storm system that brought soaking rain to much of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In all, some 21 million people live where flooding is possible Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The rains stem from a cold front in the western Gulf that is setting up a multi-day period of heavy, excessive rainfall.

Indonesia – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Thursday that a tropical cyclone emerging from the Banda Sea in Maluku, called Lili, hit several villages hard in the form of severe rain and strong wind. Water as deep as 1.5 meters on average had reportedly inundated three villages in three separate districts in the province: Laitutun village in Letti Island district, Tounwawan in Moa Lakor and Luang Timur in Mdona Hiera. No casualties were reported in the disaster, but scores of houses and a number of public facilities were damaged. TC Lili has since dissipated, but the system is still expected to bring further rain to the area.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Kurdistan – The latest floods caused by yet another bout of rainfall in the Kurdistan Region have resulted in the death of a teen, shut down multiple roads linking cities, and caused substantial damage to a camp for displaced persons and to local infrastructure in several areas. In southern Sulaimani Province, a bridge on a road linking the cities of Kalar and Darbandikhan collapsed, halting all intra-city traffic.

Texas, USA – Harris County Flood Control District officials are keeping a close eye on several Houston area waterways after the Houston area was inundated heavy rain, causing flooding along some creeks and bayous.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 33w (Thirty-three), located approximately 537 nm east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 18 knots.

Typhoon 34w (Man-Yi), located approximately 1109 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 24 knots.

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Thailand – The downtown of Nakhon Si Thammarat was under water on Wednesday after the southern province was hit by overnight heavy rains. Several areas in the heart of Muang district were flooded as thevolume of rain overwhelmed the drainage system.

Philippines – A 22-year old man was reported missing as thousands of individuals in Eastern Visayas were affected by Tropical Depression ‘Samuel’ on Tuesday. The unidentified missing person was swept away after he reportedly crossed a bulging river in Barangay Paysud, Palapag town on Tuesday morning aboard a motorcycle.

Texas, USA – Once every 100 years. That’s the mark of a major flood. That means homes have a one percent chance of experiencing a flood in any given year. Texas has had three 100-year flood events in five years. Scientists say it’s a sign of the times.