Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic:

Dorian, the fourth named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, was centred about 1,135 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and was moving west-northwest at 22 miles per hour (35 km per hour). It had top sustained winds of 45 mph, the hurricane centre said.

Dorian posed no immediate threat to the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S. oil and gas operations are clustered.

The storm is becoming less organized and is forecast to be downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday, the centre said. Computers models show Dorian will then continue to move west as a mass of thunderstorms and pass north of Puerto Rico on Monday.

In the Eastern Pacific:

As of 03:00 UTC Saturday, tropical storm Flossie was located 2070 km E of Hilo Hawaii. Hawaii authorities has issued an alert for “torrential” rains and dangerous flash floods early next week. Tropical storm Flossie has a 5 percent chance to grow into a hurricane.

Landslide in Gansu, China

Landslide caused by heavy rainfall in the Gansu province in China has claimed the lives of at least seven people and left fifteen others missing.

Gansu is the same area where very strong earthquake hit the area some days ago claiming the lives of at least 95 people.

Gansu china landslide photo natural calamities

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Ireland’s Letterkenny General Hospital is under water prompting the declaration of a flood emergency.

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A tornado struck Bothwell in Lanarkshire, Scotland yesterday afternoon leaving residents cowering in fear.

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In the Atlantic:

Tropical storm Dorian is located about 1550 mi (2500 km) E of the northern Leeward Islands. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast through late Saturday. Dorian is moving in the direction of Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Flossie is located about 1355 mi (2185 km) WSW of the southern tip of Baja, California. Moving westward towards Hawaii – 1940 mi (3125 km) E of Honolulu.

Strong storms in southern Kansas

Hail as large as baseballs was reported in east Hutchinson on Tuesday night. Winds estimated as high as 100 miles an hour were reported in southern Reno County near Pretty Prairie. The town itself was hit hard by hail and strong winds, knocking down trees and blocking streets.

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Heavy rains and thunderstorms have caused flooding in Dublin, Ireland leaving thousands of homes without power.

The Maluku dam in Indonesia collapsed and claimed life of at least one person and injured thirty two others. Around 5,200 people have been evacuated from a village near Ambon. More than 400 mm of rain was recorded in 24h locally which caused the dam to break.

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado touched down in southern Manitoba on Wednesday. Wednesday’s tornado is the third one in southern Manitoba since July 18, when a twister went through Sioux Valley First Nation and damaged homes and trees and sent two people to hospital. The other happened on July 21 but caused no damage, touching down in a field between the communities of Deloraine and Boissevain.

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Tropical Storms

In the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical storm Chantal was located about 865 mi (390 km) ESE of Barbados – racing west-northwestward toward the Lesser Antilles. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados, Dominica and Saint Lucia. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Saint Vincent. The center of Chantal should approach the Lesser Antilles late Monday night or early Tuesday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Chantal forecast map

In the Western Pacific

Tropical storm Soulik was located approximately 240 nm north of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

In the Eastern Pacific

Tropical storm Erick was located about 165 mi (265 km) SSE of the southern tip of Baja California. The centre of Erick should pass near or just south of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula Monday morning. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baja California Sur from Santa Fe to La Paz. Erick weakened from a 80 mph Category 1 hurricane on Saturday to a 70 mph tropical storm on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Soulik nears Philippines Area of Responsibility. The tropical cyclone approaching the Philippines from the east intensified into a tropical storm Monday morning and may enhance the southwest monsoon later this week.

Tornado in China

At least fifty people got injured with seven in critical condition after a tornado hit Gaoyou City in China. A tornado struck Nanfeng village in Gaoyou City located in Jiangsu Province in China around 4:40 p.m. Sunday. The tornado damaged hundreds of houses.

Gaoyou China tornado damage cleanup photo

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Tropical Storms

In the Western Pacific –

Tropical storm Rumbia was located 231 nm eastward of Hanoi, Vietnam. Weakening – the last warning has been issued on this system.

In the Eastern Pacific –

Tropical storm Dalila was located about 180 mi (290 km) WSW of Manzanillo, Mexico. Dalila continues to strengthen while moving away from Mexico. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph).

The tropical storm shifted and spared the Philippine capital Sunday but stranded thousands of commuters, toppled trees and knocked out power in outlying provinces. Forecasters had predicted that Tropical Storm Rumbia would hit the densely populated Manila metropolis early Sunday, sparking emergency preparations. Instead it veered away and struck Batangas province, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Manila, then blew away toward the South China Sea.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries from the storm, which packed sustained winds of 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour and gusts of 80 kph (50 mph). Strong winds and rain pounded on roofs and swayed trees before dawn in the capital of more than 12 million people, then the sun emerged. The government’s disaster-response agency said 1,600 villagers fled their homes in Albay province, southeast of Manila, amid heavy rains, while more than 10,000 commuters were stranded as ferry and cargo boats suspended trips. Several provinces reported power outages and minor landslides. Rumbia is the seventh storm or typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. An average of 21 strike the country in a year.

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Heavy rainfall has uprooted trees and caused a landslide in Sydney, Australia. The landslide hit platform 4 at Harris Park Station near Parramatta. No injuries were reported.

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In the Western Pacific: At least four children are confirmed dead by tropical storm Rumbia with three others reported missing in central Philippines. Tropical storm Rumbia was located approximately 235 nm southward of Hong Kong.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical storm Dalila was located about about 150 mi (245 km) S of Manzanillo, Mexico. Gradual strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours and Dalila could become a hurricane on Tuesday. The centre is expected to remain well offshore the southwestern coast of Mexico, but Dalila is still expected to produce tropical storm conditions within the Mexican warning area on Monday.

Flooding and Landslides in China

Flooding and landslides across China have claimed the lives of at least 14 people. At least eight people died due to hailstorm in Erdos City in Mongolia. Landslides buried four in Anhui province in eastern China. Two others were buried in a landslide in Sichuan province. Six rivers overflowed in Huizhou district.

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A heavy storm in Karak, Pakistan has injured twenty five people. The storm also disrupted communications and power lines with hospitals declaring emergencies.

Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Orange County and the Town of Chapel Hill in California, USA.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two small tornadoes in the Socastee area in South Carolina, USA on Saturday. A tornado with winds of up to 60 mph hit Cameron Village and another tornado touched near the Amberfield neighborhood. Tornadoes caused roof damage and downed trees.

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Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Cosme was located about 335 mi (535 km) SW of Manzanillo, Mexico. Cosme is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday. Heading away from land, swells generated by Cosme are affecting portions of the Pacific coast of Mexico from near Manzanillo through Cabo Corrientes. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm Bebinca made landfall in the coastal regions in south China, bringing heavy rainfall that will likely last through Tuesday, forecasters said. Tropical storm Bebinca will continue to bring gales and downpours and was the first tropical storm to make landfall in China this year. Bebinca made landfall in the city of Qionghai in South China’s Hainan province. Bebinca disrupted 147 flights and left more than 8,000 passengers stranded in the airport.

Central African Republic Gold Mine Collapse

Heavy rainfall triggered Central African Republic gold mine collapse. The disaster area is located in Ndassima, about 440km east of Bangui.

Three days of national mourning have been declared after 37 people died in the gold mine collapse. 10 miners have been rescued and a still unknown number of bodies remain trapped.

Severe Storms in Minnesota, USA

A series of destructive storms have lashed Minnesota leaving homeowners and businesses powerless as the outage extended into a third day of candlelight and dripping freezers on Sunday.

Streets blocked by downed trees were so common in some Minneapolis neighborhoods that emergency vehicles and buses were forced to hunt for routes through the wreckage left by the storms that began Friday morning and continued through the weekend.

Damage was widespread with more than 505,000 homes without power in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and across the state. By Saturday evening, over 112,000 were still without power as storm clouds continued to brew across the state. It may be Wednesday before all customers have power again.

Canadian Floods – Update

The massive floods that devastated Calgary, Canada late last week have raced downstream, and are now bringing the highest flood waters ever recorded to Medicine Hat, Alberta’s 5th largest city (population 67,000.) The flood peaked early Monday morning in Medicine Hat, which had evacuated 10,000 residents in anticipation of the flood. The homes of nearly all of the residents evacuated have received flood damage.

The meteorological set-up for the flood began when the jet stream got “blocked” into a high-amplitude pattern that brought record heat to Alaska, but forced heavy rainfall to fall across the Bow River Basin on Wednesday night, with up to 190 mm (7.51”) falling in some areas over just a 24-hour period. Widespread heavy rains of 50.8 mm (2”) blanketed the entire river basin, sending the Bow River to near-record flood levels. At the peak of the flooding, the Bow and Elbow rivers were flowing through Calgary at three times their peak levels from the 2005 flood.

Calgary, Canada’s 5th largest city (population 1.2 million), was forced to evacuate 100,000 people, and the downtown area was submerged by the flood waters. Three people died. Over the weekend, 65,000 people were allowed to return to their homes, but the city remains under a state of emergency.

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Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, India, affecting nearly 15,000 people.

Heavy flooding has been reported in the Pilbara region, Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia is warning of extreme weather, dangerous surf conditions and a king tide is expected for the New South Wales coast. Winds of up to 100 km/h and heavy rain is expected to hit Sydney, as well as the mid-north coast, Hunter region, central tablelands, southern tablelands and Snowy Mountains.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Cosme was located about 335 mi (535 km) SW of Manzanillo, Mexico. Cosme is expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday. Heading away from land, swells generated by Cosme are affecting portions of the Pacific coast of Mexico from near Manzanillo through Cabo Corrientes. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tropical Storm Bebinca made landfall in the coastal regions in south China, bringing heavy rainfall that will likely last through Tuesday, forecasters said. Tropical storm Bebinca will continue to bring gales and downpours and was the first tropical storm to make landfall in China this year. Bebinca made landfall in the city of Qionghai in South China’s Hainan province. Bebinca disrupted 147 flights and left more than 8,000 passengers stranded in the airport.

Central African Republic Gold Mine Collapse

Heavy rainfall triggered Central African Republic gold mine collapse. The disaster area is located in Ndassima, about 440km east of Bangui.

Three days of national mourning have been declared after 37 people died in the gold mine collapse. 10 miners have been rescued and a still unknown number of bodies remain trapped.

Severe Storms in Minnesota, USA

A series of destructive storms have lashed Minnesota leaving homeowners and businesses powerless as the outage extended into a third day of candlelight and dripping freezers on Sunday.

Streets blocked by downed trees were so common in some Minneapolis neighborhoods that emergency vehicles and buses were forced to hunt for routes through the wreckage left by the storms that began Friday morning and continued through the weekend.

Damage was widespread with more than 505,000 homes without power in the Twin Cities, St. Cloud and across the state. By Saturday evening, over 112,000 were still without power as storm clouds continued to brew across the state. It may be Wednesday before all customers have power again.

Canadian Floods – Update

The massive floods that devastated Calgary, Canada late last week have raced downstream, and are now bringing the highest flood waters ever recorded to Medicine Hat, Alberta’s 5th largest city (population 67,000.) The flood peaked early Monday morning in Medicine Hat, which had evacuated 10,000 residents in anticipation of the flood. The homes of nearly all of the residents evacuated have received flood damage.

The meteorological set-up for the flood began when the jet stream got “blocked” into a high-amplitude pattern that brought record heat to Alaska, but forced heavy rainfall to fall across the Bow River Basin on Wednesday night, with up to 190 mm (7.51”) falling in some areas over just a 24-hour period. Widespread heavy rains of 50.8 mm (2”) blanketed the entire river basin, sending the Bow River to near-record flood levels. At the peak of the flooding, the Bow and Elbow rivers were flowing through Calgary at three times their peak levels from the 2005 flood.

Calgary, Canada’s 5th largest city (population 1.2 million), was forced to evacuate 100,000 people, and the downtown area was submerged by the flood waters. Three people died. Over the weekend, 65,000 people were allowed to return to their homes, but the city remains under a state of emergency.

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Heavy rainfall has caused flash flooding in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, India, affecting nearly 15,000 people.

Heavy flooding has been reported in the Pilbara region, Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia is warning of extreme weather, dangerous surf conditions and a king tide is expected for the New South Wales coast. Winds of up to 100 km/h and heavy rain is expected to hit Sydney, as well as the mid-north coast, Hunter region, central tablelands, southern tablelands and Snowy Mountains.

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Tropical Storms Kirk and Leslie in the Atlantic are not expected to impact on land at this stage.

Tropical Storm Ileana remains far off Baja California and is also not expected to make landfall.

Flooding in northern Cameroon kills at least 14 people, displacing 22 000.

Flooding and locust swarms in Chad add to the region’s food crisis.

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Widespread flooding along the Mississippi Gulf coast due to Hurricane Isaac. The storm has weakened to a tropical depression, but is still dumping rain along the coast. Isaac spawned several tornados along the coast.

Tropical storm Leslie forms in the Atlantic.

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Hurricane Isaac weakens to tropical storm, but still brings huge quantities of rain as it hovers over southern Louisiana moving very slowly up the Gulf coast. Flooding in numerous districts have been reported.

Tropical storm Tembin approaches South Korea while typhoon Bolaven pummels an already reeling North Korea.

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Hurricane Isaac hits the USA Gulf coast, bringing welcome rain to the drought ravaged southern states. Residents in New orleans await the effect of the expected storm surge to see if the flood measures rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina hold. No mass evacuations have been ordered.

Tropical Storm Kirk forms in the Atlantic.

Tropical Ileana forms in the eastern Pacific, but is not expected to threaten land.

A fresh wave of floods hit Sonitpur, India. 5 000 people in 10 villages are affected.

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Tropical Storm Isaac grounds hundreds of flights in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA before moving away from Florida towards the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Typhoon Bolaven heads for South Korea slowly after injuring 4 people in Japan but causing no major damage beyond disrupting transportation and shipping and cutting pose to 75 000 homes.

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Tropical Storm Isaac hits Cuba after killing at least four people in Haiti. Isaac is expected to strengthen and hit the Florida Keys as a hurricane. Storm watches are in effect on the Florida, USA coast.

Powerful Typhoon Bolaven is approaching Okinawa Japan with winds of 250 km/h.

Floods in Myanmar [Burma] have submerged more than 250 000 hectares of rice paddys in the Irrawaddy Delta forcing 85 000 people to flee.

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Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to reach Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by Saturday morning.

Tropical Storm Joyce forms in the Atlantic.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged in flooding in the Pakistan/India border region. 21 people are reported dead.

New floods in North Korea kill at least 6 people and destroy hundreds of buildings, mostly homes.

John Nelson has compiled a composite map showing every hurricane around the world since 1851. The map can he found here. There are a number of other very cool composite maps on the site as well.

 

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Tropical Storm Isaac enters the Caribbean and heads for the Dominican Republic. Haiti issues hurricane warning.

Typhoon Igme hits Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain.

Thousands of people have been displaced by flash floods in Niger.

Fresh floods have hit the Black Sea region in southern Russia where 171 people died in floods last month. 4 people have been reported dead.