Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Laura is located about 20 mi…30 km n of Fort Polk Louisiana with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…160 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 13e (Hernan), located approximately 1052 nm southeast of San Diego, is tracking northward at 04 knots.

Tropical storm 14e (Iselle), located approximately 979 nm south of San Diego, is tracking north-northeastward at 05 knots.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm (ts) 09w (Bavi), located approximately 249 nm north of Inchon, South Korea, is tracking north-northeastward at 26 knots.

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UK – Storm Francis brought strong winds, rough seas and heavy rainfall to parts of UK and Ireland from 24 August 2020. In Ireland, the worst of the flooding was in reported in County Cork, in particular in the towns of Bantry and Bandon, where roads, homes and businesses were severely damaged. Rosscarbery in County Cork recorded 53.4mm of rain reported in 24 hours to 25 August, while 86.2mm of rain fell at Cloonee Lake in Kerry during the same period. Strong winds downed trees and power lines in England and Wales, leaving thousands without power. Storm Francis also brought heavy rainfall to parts of Wales.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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India – A tornado in the Rajnagar block of Odisha’s Kendrapara district has injured 12 people and damaged 70 houses.

UK – Hundreds of homes and businesses were flooded, some for the third time this year, as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to sweep across parts of the UK. Some residents in south Wales were forced to flee from homes that had already been inundated twice in 2020 and now face having to once again dry out and rebuild with the added complication of lockdown.

Wildfires

Wildfires – UK

Firefighters in Scotland, Surrey and Lancashire were tackling ‘significant’ blazes yesterday after warning that scarce rainfall and dry vegetation would provide ‘all of the ingredients’ for wildfires to spread. It comes as one of the country’s driest ever May’s came to an end, in one of the sunniest springs on record. Temperatures reached highs of 28C yesterday – far higher than the average for the time of year, the Met Office said.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Georgia, USA – Flooding in parts of Georgia prompted Gov. Brian Kemp to declare an emergency in much of the state. It follows recent heavy rains that inundated roads. Rivers, creeks and streams were reported to be rising, even as rainfall was beginning to diminish and move out of the state.

UK – More flooding hell is on the way for drenched Britain with 183 flood alerts posted for south of England and nearly three inches of rain set to fall tomorrow.

Rwanda – Reports from Nyamagabe district indicate that five people died last night when water flooded into  a cave they were praying from. Heavy rains last night caused Rukondo River to overflow leading into a cave located at Kamuhirwa village. A total of 11 people had been about 8 meters inside the cave praying.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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UK – Widespread flooding along the 360km Shannon and some of its tributaries continues and has led to widespread flooding, with thousands of acres of farmland submerged, a number of houses and businesses cut-off by flood waters and some rail and road networks disrupted. An estimated 30 roads along the Shannon were closed on Tuesday due to flooding.

USA – For the second year in a row, much of the U.S. is primed to suffer multibillion-dollar flood losses, with farmers already steeling themselves for planting delays. Relentless storms that have marched across the Midwest and into the South this winter have already filled rivers to the brim and are threatening to make farmers’ fields too soggy to plant as spring arrives. And there isn’t much to suggest an easing ahead. Rains forecast through next week could push waterways higher where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet in Illinois, and into northern Mississippi and Arkansas. Most states in the American heartland have had two to three times more moisture than normal so far this winter, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. As the rains of March and April approach, it won’t take much to cause big problems for farmers in the planting season, homeowners and businesses.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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UK – Rainfall data from the Met Office has shown that last month was the wettest February since records began. An average of 202.1mm rainfall fell, surpassing records for February 1990, when 193.4mm fell. Storm Jorge is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the UK, causing yet more disruption to flood-hit areas. Dozens of flood warnings are still in place across England, Wales and Scotland, meaning immediate action is required.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 432 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

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UK – Residents in parts of East Yorkshire have been evacuated from their homes as flood water levels rise. The flooding at East Cowick came as fields in the area, holding vast quantities of water from the River Aire, began to overtop. Emergency services deployed boats to assist with evacuating residents. Heavy downpours are expected to cause further flooding to homes and businesses over the weekend, as the latest storm to hit the UK takes hold. Yellow weather warnings are in place for Storm Jorge on Friday, with the south-west and north-west of England, Wales and Northern Ireland expected to experience the worst of the deluge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 342 nm north of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

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South America – Heavy downpours have continued to batter parts of South America. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the northern provinces of Argentina last Thursday due to widespread flooding. Meanwhile, intense thunderstorms accompanied by hail and at least one tornado hit the province of Cordoba on the previous Sunday. The same system went on to affect Brazil and Paraguay, resulting in landslides and flash-flooding which caused widespread destruction.

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UK – An emergency evacuation took place as rising waters on the River Severn “overwhelmed” a town’s flood defences. Buckled barriers at Ironbridge, Shropshire, meant water seeped underneath, resulting in police evacuating part of the town. Residents were earlier evacuated from their homes in Bewdley, Worcestershire. There, water came over the top of some of the town’s flood defences. The barriers in both areas have been trying to keep a swollen River Severn from residents’ doors.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 20s (Ferdinand), located approximately 436 nm north-northeast of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 04 knots.

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Indonesia – Parts of Indonesian capital and its suburbs were flooded after two tropical cyclones off the nation’s coast triggered extremely heavy rainfall, inundating houses in low-lying areas and forcing evacuation of hundreds of residents. More than 200 spots of flooding were reported in Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bekasi and Tangerang with the water level in Ciliwung river that runs through the capital rising to dangerous level.

UK – Hundreds of schools have been forced to close across Northern England due to heavy snow and rain battering the region. The Met Office has issued several yellow warnings as wintry conditions continue across Britain in the wake of Storm Dennis and torrential rain threatens to flood more towns. The yellow warnings indicate a “danger to life”, and drivers are being advised to exercise caution while travelling.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 18p (Wasi), located approximately 163 nm south of Pago Pago, American Samoa, is tracking south-southwestward at 11 knots.

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UK – A third consecutive weekend of stormy weather brought further flooding to already sodden areas, and strong winds of up to 75 mph were expected to affect swathes of the northern half of the UK, as large parts of south Wales and northern and central England grappled with the impact of storms Ciara and Dennis. There was also heavy snowfall in Scotland. People have had to be rescued from their homes after the Yorkshire Dales was hit by flooding following heavy overnight rain.

Peru – Heavy rain in the mountains of Peru triggered flash flooding and deadly landslides while displacing hundreds of families from their homes in multiple districts across the country. Three people have been confirmed dead by the Ministry of Health following a landslide in Tacna, Peru. Almost two dozen more were injured in the slide with two cases being reported as serious injuries.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 16s (Gabekile), located approximately 809 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking north-northeastward at 04 knots.

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UK – Major incidents have been declared in south Wales and parts of England, as Storm Dennis batters the UK. South Wales Police has been dealing with “multiple” landslides and floods – some trapping residents. Homes have also been flooded, while police in Worcestershire are searching for a person who is feared to have been swept into the River Teme. More than 700 flood warnings and alerts are in place across the UK, as of 23:45 GMT on Sunday. There are currently eight severe flood warnings in England, which mean there is a danger to life.

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Indian Ocean Dipole

Many parts of Kenya have been experiencing torrential rainfall for a couple of months now. This has resulted in floods and landslides.

The unusual weather can be attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. This is the difference in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean.

In Kenya, when warmer sea surface temperatures are experienced heavy rainfall occurs, while hot dry conditions (conducive for wildfires) are experienced in Australia. When warmer sea surface temperatures are experienced off the West Coast of Australia, Australia is likely to experience heavy rainfall, while Kenya experiences drought conditions.

The larger the difference in temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean, the more severe the climatic effects will be.

This event is similar to the El Niño Southern Oscillation that occurs in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 16s (Gabekile), located approximately 689 nm south of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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UK – Storm Dennis is expected to batter the UK this weekend with winds of up to 70mph and more than a month’s rain expected to fall in just two days in some areas, with hundreds of homes at risk of flooding. With the country hit by horrendous weather for the second weekend in a row, the military is being sent to Calderdale, West Yorkshire, on Saturday to support the recovery and bolster preparations for the latest storm. More than 200 flights have been cancelled, with amber and yellow warnings for rain and wind in place across large swaths of the country from Saturday lunchtime until Sunday evening.

Zimbabwe – Heavy rains have once again hit the eastern province as flash floods damaged bypasses erected to allow for repair works on bridges destroyed by last year’s violent rains. At least two bridges have been swept away in Chimanimani, while cases of flash floods were also reported in Chipinge.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Sebastien is located about 730 mi…1175 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 33 mph…54 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (One), located approximately 452 nm north of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking eastward at 08 knots.

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Mozambique – Severe weather in Gondola district of the Manica province in Mozambique has claimed the lives of at least three people. Two people died when a lightning struck the house in Nhachoco and Maguiguane regions of Mozambique. One woman died after swept away by the flooded Mussatua River.

Kenya – Landslides caused by severe weather have claimed the lives of at least 24 people in in West Pokot county, Kenya. Seven children died in the landslide disaster and severely affected Nyarkulian and Parua villages of Kenya. According to the Kenya Red Cross, in Mikinduri, Meru County, a number of houses have been reportedly swept away after river Thanantu broke it’s banks.

UK – Flash floods caused sudden road closures, car crashes and left entire villages cut off in the south west of England. Exton has also been ravaged by flooding and villagers in Kennford in the early hours were forced to pump out water outside their homes in a battle to protect their community. The River Teign is subject to a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency over fears it may rise above its banks and flood homes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 25w (Nakri), located approximately 193 nm northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward 07 knots.

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UK – An entire village in South Yorkshire has been evacuated amid record flooding and seven “danger to life” warnings along the same river. About 700 people in Fishlake, north of Doncaster, were told to leave their homes for their own safety after the River Don burst its banks and hit its highest level ever recorded. By then homes were already under 400ft of water and stranded residents were being rescued by firefighters in boats.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 24w (Halong), located approximately 566 nm east of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05a (Maha), located approximately 442 nm south of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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New York, USA – A severe Halloween storm caused widespread flood damage in the Mohawk Valley region of New York. One man died in the floodwaters and extensive damage to property occurred. One video caught a house floating away down river.

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UK – Dozens of trees were toppled, power cables cut and scaffolding was blown down on top of cars as many parts of southern England came in for a pounding. And hurricane-force winds hit 109mph on the Isle of Wight. All passenger services in and out of Dover have been suspended because of the high winds. Train services in Dorset were hit with a 50mph speed limit as reports of trees and other debris across the tracks were being investigated. The Environmental Agency currently has nine flood warnings in place with 67 flood alerts.

India – Tropical Cyclone Maha is moving north along the southwestern coast of India, and unleashing heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kerala, coastal Karnataka and south Tamil Nadu.