Storms and Floods

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Rwanda & Burundi – Severe flooding and landslides in Rwanda and Burundi have claimed the lives of at least nine people and affected 27,000 people from April 17 to 20, 2020. Heavy rainfall triggered landslides in the district of Gicumbi in the Northern Province of Rwanda, with the most affected areas being Nyankenke and Kageyo sectors. Heavy rainfall wiped out the cobblestone road in an area commonly known as “Ku Ntaraga” in Kimisagara. Meteo Rwanda has issued heavy rainfall warnings until April 26, 2020.

Southeast USA – At least five people were killed when severe storms ripped through southern states Wednesday night, after weeks of extreme weather that killed more than two-dozen people and destroyed hundreds of homes. A tornado in Marshall County, Oklahoma killed one person and damaged at least two businesses. At least three people were killed when apparent tornado in southeast Texas touched down about 6 p.m. near Onalaska, about 75 miles north of Houston, the Polk County Emergency Management System said in a statement. There was a flood-related death in Mansfield, southeast of Fort-Worth, where a man reportedly lost his balance as he tried to retrieve a trash can from the water. Hours later, a tornado hit Rapides Parish in Alexandria, Louisiana, and destroyed homes. There were no deaths reported as of 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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Lake Victoria waters rise – Five years ago, scientists warned about the rising water levels of Lake Victoria, but many people did not take them seriously. Raging floods, which have left trails of destruction and swept away villages, have only worsened and is slowly turning into a calamity. Several beaches, fish-landing sites, sporting facilities and luxurious homes have been submerged as water levels continue to rise. Many human activities are now submerged in water. Fields adjacent to the lake are now inundated on a regular basis, making farming impossible. The latest floods have marooned a number of villages on the shores of the lake.

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Kenya – Several people are feared dead and many more are missing after more heavy rainfall caused flash floods and landslides in parts of western Kenya. Local media reported that the rains swept away several houses and a police post in Chesogon trading centre between the counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot. The current was strong enough to uproot trees and sweep them along in a fast-moving tide.

USA – The prediction center received more than 250 reports of possible tornadoes, high winds, hail and storm damage from east Texas to south Georgia on Sunday afternoon and evening. A suspected twister resulted in one death in Marion County, Mississippi. In south Georgia, the Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office said lightning struck a rural home during a storm early Monday, causing a fire that killed one person. A suspected tornado overturned a mobile home in south Alabama late Sunday, killing one person. Monday, four tornadoes were reported in north-central Florida, along with several reports of wind damage.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 516 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

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Arizona, USA – Three tornadoes touched down in metro Phoenix early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Although they were estimated to be weak tornadoes, the agency said each caused damage ranging from downed trees and power poles to damaged roofs. Two of three children who were swept away in floodwaters were found dead. The search for the third child in ongoing.

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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.

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Tornadoes, USA – A large tornado touched down Tuesday in Kansas, striking the southeast portion of Lawrence, according to the National Weather Service. Dozens of homes just outside the city limits are “all gone,” according to the Mayor of Lawrence. The weather service received more than 55 tornado reports in eight states Monday and Tuesday.

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In the Atlantic Ocean – Sub-Tropical Storm Andrea is located about 295 mi…475 km wsw of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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USA – Fears of flash flooding followed a series of potentially life-threatening tornadoes that swept through parts of Texas and Oklahoma Monday night. A total of 14 tornadoes were confirmed in central Oklahoma and western Texas, carrying warnings of “considerable” damage to homes, businesses and vehicles. In the past three days, 52 tornadoes were reported across seven states.

USA – The Army Corps of Engineers is looking into strengthening flood control along the Missouri River in response to the record deluge this spring and criticism that the agency is not doing enough to protect communities. The Army Corps is considering realigning its levees along the Missouri and expanding or building new systems such as floodways, easements and retention basins to capture more floodwater.

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USA – Heavy rain falling on saturated soil with more to come caused flooding and road closures in low-lying areas of northern Vermont and parts of upstate New York Friday. The National Weather Service says an EF1 tornado touched down briefly in Broadalbin Friday evening. Thunderstorms loosed a barrage of hail on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, shattering windshields, damaging roofs and shredding field crops and urban gardens. A tornado caused destruction throughout the town of Prairieburg, even ripping a mobile home off of its base. Authorities say a tornado touched down Thursday just south of Wynot in northeast Nebraska, ripping apart a shed and damaging a home.

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In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm 04w (Merbok) has dissipated.

In the Eastern Pacific: The remnants of Tropical Depression Calvin may continue to bring moderate rainfall in affected areas over the next 24 hours.

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Wyoming, Nebraska, USA – Some wicked twisters churned across the High Plains on Monday evening — some doing severe damage to homes and barns. The Storm Prediction Centre received 30 tornado reports on Monday night. Based on these reports, there appear to be at least two long-track storms that produced tornadoes through southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska.

India – Eight people were killed and six went missing in floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Mizoram even as hot weather conditions prevailed in Delhi, where mercury crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark again. Flash floods wrecked havoc at Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district, while National Highway 54, which which links the state with Assam, was cut off at different places due to landslides in many districts. As many as 350 houses have submerged since Monday in different parts of the state in the flash floods. Landslides and incessant rains have blocked several roads in Aizawl town, and power supply lines were snapped and telecommunication system was disrupted in the state capital.

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Louisiana, USA – At least three tornadoes have touched down in Louisiana, injuring at least one person. The National Weather Service confirms two EF-1 twisters hit Baton Rouge and the town of White Castle in Iberville Parish with winds of about 90 mph, while an EF-0 tornado struck Marrero in Jefferson Parish, packing winds of about 70 mph.

Oklahoma, USA – The National Weather Service in Tulsa rated the tornado that destroyed approximately 58 homes in Owasso-Rogers County on Thursday afternoon as an EF-1. According to that scale, Thursday afternoon’s tornado reached speeds up to 100 mph, and caused considerable damage. Damage included roofs torn from well-constructed homes, collapsed structures, RVs flipped on their sides, large trees snapped or uprooted, carports blown over or moved to another part of the property. No injuries have been reported.

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Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois USA – At least eight people died due to flooding and tornadoes in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas over the weekend with dozens more injured. Three tornadoes struck Texas east of Dallas claiming the lives of five people. Floodwaters washed away a 72-year-old woman whose body was recovered in southwestern Missouri. Another woman died after a tree fell on her mobile home in De Witt, Arkansas, about 80 miles east of Little Rock.

Southwest Missouri received considerable amounts of rain late Friday night and into Saturday. Areas are flooded, roadways are closed, sink holes in some parts and the town of Seneca is completely closed down due to the flooding.

Heavy rains moved across southern Illinois on Sunday prompting the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for the area. Cities including Carbondale, Mount Vernon and Carmi were affected. At least two rivers reached or exceeded flood stage including the Little Wabash and Skillet Fork rivers. High waters also were reported along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

Nepal – At least four people died and three others were injured after a mud collapse on the bank of Banke River in the Sarlahi district of Nepal after heavy rains.

Indonesia – Flash floods resulting from heavy rain have killed at least five people in the Central Java regency of Magelang. Magelang Disaster Mitigation Agency said the flash floods had occurred on Saturday after intense rain in the Grabag subdistrict since noon that day. The rain had caused Ndaru River in the village of Nipis to overflow and cause landslides.

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In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 568 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Israel – Heavy rains in the Negev and the Arabah area led to several blocked roads, including the exit from the city of Eilat. On Thursday, heavy storm clouds coming from the south are expected to bring more rains. In the region of kibbutz Neot Smadar next to the Arabah rode, 23 millimeters of rain have fallen so far. In the North, strong showers fell accompanied by hail, especially in the southern region of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

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Georgia, USA – The National Weather Service (NWS) found a total of 33 tornado tracks in North and Central Georgia for between April 3 – 5. 26 of these tracks occurred on April 3, 2017. The NWS has confirmed 13 tornadoes in Central Georgia on April 3, 2017. The tornado outbreak produced two EF-2 tornadoes, seven EF-1 tornadoes, and four EF-0 tornadoes in Central Georgia. Four tornadoes occurred in Wilkinson County. One tornado was rated an EF-2 that struck Gordon, GA. The other EF-2 tornado pushed through Twiggs, Wilkinson, and Laurens county with maximum winds of 122 mph.

Illinois, USA – Two tornadoes touched down during severe storms Wednesday evening in Clark County: one in Enon and the other six miles west of Springfield. Neither resulted in injuries.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 467 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southward at 05 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 14p (Fourteen), located approximately 455 nm northwest of Nadi, Fiji, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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Indonesia – At least four people have been confirmed dead and more than 30 others are missing after a landslide struck Indonesia’s Java island. The landslide was 1.5 kilometres long and engulfed farmers harvesting ginger in Banaran village in East Java province’s Ponorogo district.

New Zealand – Jet boats and tractors have been used to help rescue around 2,000 people in a New Zealand town after a river burst through a concrete levee, flooding hundreds of homes and businesses. Authorities declared a state of emergency after the levee failed in the town of Edgecumbe on the North Island. New Zealand has been drenched in recent days by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie, which flooded parts of Australia’s east coast last week. The rains also affected the town of Kaikoura, where access roads were closed due to mudslides. Access to the town has been reduced since a powerful earthquake last November brought down hillsides and closed the main northbound route.

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Georgia, South Carolina – USA – Suspected tornadoes were reported in Georgia and South Carolina, and damaging winds, thunderstorms and flooding pummelled the Southeast Wednesday. In Sumter County, Ga., a suspected tornado up to a mile and a half wide was spotted in the afternoon. A large tornado touched down around noon in rural Stewart in rural southwest Georgia, toppling trees and power lines. In Johnston, S.C., several buildings were damaged, and trees and power lines were down in a possible tornado.

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Thailand, Update – Thirty-six people are confirmed dead and one is still missing in the floods that have hit 12 southern provinces since Jan 1, with devastated communities in many areas struggling to repair damage so they can resume their lives. The floods have taken their toll on 1.2 million people of 403,478 households in 5,244 villages in 119 districts of the 12 provinces, causing damage to 17 government installations and 592 roads, 106 bridges, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Thursday. The situation has eased in four provinces: Yala, Ranong, Pattani and Narathiwat. Flooding lingers in Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Tornado Outbreaks

Large-scale tornado outbreaks that last one to three days with six or more twisters in close succession have nearly doubled in occurrence over the past 50 years, according to a new report.

Computer models had suggested that a warming climate would create such an increase in severe storms.

But researchers, led by Joel E. Cohen at the University of Chicago, found that amplification of vertical wind shear within storms, not yet predicted to increase due to climate change, is creating the extreme outbreaks.

“Either the recent increases are not due to a warming climate, or a warming climate has implications for tornado activity that we don’t understand,” said researcher Michael K. Tippett.

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Lack of Tornadoes in USA – The trend of the low number of tornado reports this year in the U.S. has continued through late November. No tornadoes had developed in the U.S. this month through Nov. 21. In fact, the last tornado that occurred prior to that date was on Oct. 14, when two tornadoes were reported in Oregon. However, the streak came to an end on Nov. 22 when one tornado was reported nine miles west-northwest of Manhattan Airport in Riley County, Kansas. An airline pilot reported that a weak funnel contacted the ground for less than two miles, but there was no visible debris or damage. There were four more tornado reports Nov. 27 in southern Nebraska, all brief touchdowns, bringing November’s tornado count to five. Some damage was reported from a tornado near Red Cloud, Nebraska, according to the Storm Prediction Centre.

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Tropical cyclone 14p (Yalo), located approximately 327 nm southwest of Papeete, Tahiti, and is tracked southeastward at 10 knots.

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Freak Waves – In Hawaii, a pair of gigantic, back-to-back swells generated waves large enough to overtake beach parks, wash across roadways and damage oceanfront properties. In an unprecedented move, state officials shut down a 12-mile stretch of Kamehameha Highway, on the north shore of Oahu, in response to ocean surges that washed over the roadway. In addition to flooding, several areas experienced severe coastal erosion. A 30-foot stretch of beach on the north shore of Oahu reportedly disappeared overnight. Despite numerous beaches being closed, lifeguards were kept busy, rescuing dozens of people and issuing hundreds of warnings. In Los Angeles a large wave swept four people off a Los Angeles County jetty as high surf pounded much of the California coast, leaving one man dead and his three companions seriously injured.

Tornadoes, USA – Whipping northward at interstate speeds, multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms raced from the Carolinas to New England on Wednesday and early Thursday. The springlike round of severe weather – which extended unusually far north for February – took one life in South Carolina and at least four in Virginia, making Wednesday the latter state’s deadliest tornado day since the notorious Super Outbreak of April 27, 2011. Three people, including a two-year-old boy, were killed in hard-hit Waverly, VA, and another man died in Appomattox County.

Bangladesh – Severe weather in Bangladesh has claimed the lives of 10 people and injured at least 25 students. Six people died when a trawler capsized in Dhaleshwari River in Naraynganj. In Narsinghdi, two sisters died when a wall collapsed on them during the storm. Two other people died in Moulvibazar.

South Africa – In Diepsloot near Fourways, Johannesburg, a primary schoolgirl was swept away by flash floods while trying to cross a low level bridge between Extension 1 and 7. Severe thunderstorms lashed northern Johannesburg yesterday afternoon.