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USA – The violent storm system blasting through parts of the central U.S. was linked to four deaths while fueling almost 60 tornado reports Monday and Tuesday – with more damage expected Wednesday. Severe storms, possibly with large hail, were forecast for Wednesday from Texas to the Great Lakes. Flooding was a concern to the south: Residents of some small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas were being urged to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose. The Arkansas River is approaching historic highs, while the already high Missouri and Mississippi rivers were again rising Wednesday.

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In the Atlantic Ocean – Post-Tropical Storm Andrea is located about 230 mi…370 km wsw of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…ene or 70 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

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USA – Dozens of people were rescued from rising floodwaters and felled trees that smashed homes and blocked roadways in Oklahoma, as severe storms unleashing tornadoes and heavy rain roared through the central United States on Tuesday. Parts of the state have received six to eight inches (15-20 cm) of rain since Monday, and some 4 million people remained under a flash flood warning or watch in the region, the National Weather Service said. A tornado that touched down early on Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport was among more than two dozen that have ripped through the region since Monday, according to the weather service. Two deaths, both in Missouri, were blamed on the severe weather that started in the Southern Plains Monday night and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the crosshairs Tuesday with Missouri declaring a state of emergency due to floods, tornadoes and high straight-line winds.

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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 – Floods Disrupt Mississippi Barge Traffic – Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and toting agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. The river, which runs nearly 2,350 miles from Minnesota’s Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, is a main conduit of shipping everything from agriculture products and construction material to petroleum and coal. The troubles on the Mississippi also have affected shipping on the waterways that feed into it, including the Missouri River. The interruption is hitting an agriculture industry that’s already suffering from a plethora of ills, including trade disputes that have helped drive down commodity prices.

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USA – Texans are scrambling for cover Saturday as reports of tornadoes roll in and much of the central US readies for heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. More than 70 million Americans are under the threat of severe weather from Texas to southern Minnesota. That total on Sunday jumps to 80 million under threat as storms are predicted to move into the Great Lakes area. A tornado destroyed two homes Saturday morning in Comanche County, Oklahoma, southwest of Oklahoma City. Areas of Texas and Oklahoma remain under a tornado watch.

India – Serious damage to railway services due to floods in the past two years has prompted the Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) to deploy over 1,600 personnel full time with gadgets to maintain safety of its 6,400-km tracks in Northeast, West Bengal and Bihar during the monsoon. Patrol-men equipped with GPS trackers, fog detonators, walky-talky and other gears would carry out patrol to avert any damage to railway tracks due to the Monsoon rain and floods.

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Storms and Floods

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USA – The Mississippi River, which gushed into downtown Davenport at record levels two weeks ago, has finally retreated toward its banks. Left behind: A truck-size hole in the temporary flood barrier, dead fish on mud-caked Pershing Avenue, and an urgent conversation about how to shield the city from the next flood. Across the Midwest this spring, floods have submerged farms and stores, split open levees and, in some places, left people stranded for days or weeks. The disasters have renewed national attention on how climate change can exacerbate flooding and how cities can prepare for a future with more extreme weather.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27p (Ann), located approximately 415 nm east-northeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

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USA – Heavy rains hit New Orleans and Houston over the weekend, flooding areas in and around the cities less than a month before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The city of New Orleans said it issued a flash flood warning early Sunday morning before water began receding in some places.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 27p (Ann), located approximately 691 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

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USA – Eastern Texas to Mississippi – Parts of the south-central United States hammered by severe weather and flash flooding this past week will face long-term river flooding through the rest of May and even into June. Southeastern Texas, including the Houston area, was hit hard by a couple rounds of flooding downpours, damaging winds and large hail this past week. Ten inches of rain fell in Sugar Land, Texas, on Tuesday alone. After another round of thunderstorms and torrential downpours slammed areas from eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday and Saturday night, dry weather will finally return for Sunday and Monday. Another dry spell is expected later this week. Even with the return of dry weather, the flooding on the Mississippi River will continue to get worse into the middle to latter portion of the month.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 26s (Lili), located approximately 257 nm north- northwest of Darwin, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 05 knots.

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USA – Deadly thunderstorms unleashed baseball-sized hail, flooding rainfall and numerous tornadoes across western portions of Texas and Oklahoma Tuesday into late Wednesday as severe conditions jolted the region for a second consecutive day. The potent storms turned deadly after a man was swept away in rising waters in Austin, Texas, Wednesday afternoon. At least 17 preliminary tornadoes were reported on Tuesday. Law enforcement confirmed that a tornado moved from Howardwick to Alanreed, Texas, which is east of Amarillo. A dangerous situation unfolded on Tuesday evening as a large tornado tracked from near Hobart to Rocky, Oklahoma. An additional four tornadoes were reported Wednesday. Meanwhile, heavy rain inundated the Houston area through Tuesday evening. Heavy rainfall across south-central Kansas on Tuesday night closed portions of Interstate 35 from south of Wichita to the Kansas/Oklahoma border. People were evacuated from their homes and schools were closed or delayed Wednesday after Kansas was hit with back-to-back thunderstorms. The powerful storms disrupted power lines in regions across Texas. During Tuesday evening, over 30,000 customers were without power throughout the state. Severe weather across the south-central U.S. brought multiple strikes of lighting along with damaging winds and flash flooding, with over 200,000 lightning strikes across this region of the country over a 36-hour period.

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There are no current tropical storms, Tropical Cyclone Fani has now dissipated over India.

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India – Two people died Friday after Cyclone Fani slammed into eastern India, officials said, as the storm sent coconut trees flying, blew away food stands and cut off power and water. The monster weather system, which made landfall at the eastern holy city of Puri in the morning, is one of the strongest to come in off the Indian Ocean in years, with winds gusting at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. In recent days, authorities in Odisha state, where 10,000 people died in a 1999 cyclone, have evacuated more than a million people as they fret about a possible 1.5-metre (five-foot) storm surge sweeping far inland.

USA – Eight storm-related deaths were reported across the United States this week as a slow-moving storm pounded an area from southern Texas to the Ohio River Valley, leaving more than 20 million people under a flash flood watch or advisory. Seven of those deaths were caused by flooding, while one person was killed by a tornado in southern Oklahoma. Record-breaking flooding from the Mississippi River has devastated the Midwest. On Thursday, waters rose above the record set during the Great Flood of 1993, and officials say it could be a month before the water completely clears.

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (Fani), located approximately 205 nm southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northeastward at 12 knots.

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India – What is expected to be India’s strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years is barreling toward 100 million people on the country’s east coast, prompting officials to begin emergency evacuations. On Thursday, Tropical Cyclone Fani had strengthened significantly in the Bay of Bengal, with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour (155 mph) and gusts of up to 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Fani, which is about 60 kilometers (38 miles) off the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states, is equivalent in intensity to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic, or a supertyphoon in the Pacific. It is not expected to make landfall until Friday morning in Odisha, near the city of Puri, but tropical cyclone-force winds are already coming ashore in portions of Andhra Pradesh and along the Odisha coast as well.

USA – A slow-moving storm system is bringing the threat of flash floods to tens of millions of Americans Thursday from Texas all the way to Illinois after severe storms earlier this week left 2 dead in Oklahoma. Lightning led to a series of fires and heavy rainfall from overnight thunderstorms left flooding issues in several East Texas cities.

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (Fani), located approximately 563 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots.

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USA – Severe storms and tornadoes roared across the South on Tuesday while heavy rain led to flash flooding in the Midwest. As of late Tuesday, there had been at least seven reports of tornadoes, with damage reported in Agra, Oklahoma, the Storm Prediction Center said. No deaths or injuries had been immediately reported. Heavy rain in Davenport, Iowa, led a breech of a levee, flooding part of the downtown area. The National Weather Service had issued flood warnings for areas directly on either side of the river in 10 states, from Minnesota and Wisconsin south to Louisiana and Mississippi.

Indonesia – Update – Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 29 people in Indonesia, with thousands taking shelter in evacuation centres amid fears of disease. More than a dozen people were missing after the rain hit the province of Bengkulu, on the southwest side of Sumatra, on Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of buildings have been damaged, along with roads and bridges, with two districts cut off by landslides, and the floodwater had subsided in some places. Displaced villagers needed tents, boats, food and water, while heavy equipment was also needed to build temporary bridges.

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USA – A “bomb cyclone” blizzard swept out of the Rockies into the Great Plains on Wednesday, leading the Colorado governor to activate the National Guard and prompting fears of more flooding in areas still recovering from a deluge last month. Warm spring temperatures on Tuesday gave way to heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions on Wednesday across a swath of the central United States running from Colorado to Minnesota, the National Weather Service said.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Joaninha), located approximately 622 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southward at 06 knots.

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USA – Severe flooding in the Midwest is damaging fields, disrupting shipments and dealing a costly blow to growers and agribusinesses as a downturn in the farm economy stretches into a sixth year. Swollen rivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states after months of heavy snow and rain have swamped grain bins and washed away cattle. The deluge has impeded crop shipments for U.S. grain traders and inundated roads and rail lines that companies including Hormel Foods Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. use to move meat. Meanwhile the White River in South Dakota is in flood and has broken its banks.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Three), located approximately 121 nm south-southeast of Yap, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 18s (Idai), has dissipated after making landfall in Mozambique, but is still expected to bring substantial rainfall across the area.

Tropical cyclone 19s (Savannah), located approximately 269 nm southwest of Cocos Island, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 05 knots.

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Mozambique – Update – Cyclone Idai dumped more water and brought destruction on areas where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past week. Idai made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday evening, battering Beira, a city of around 500,000 people and a gateway for imports to landlocked countries in southeast Africa.

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Zimbabwe – At least 100 people are missing in parts of eastern Zimbabwe hit by the peripheral effects of tropical cyclone Idai which has lashed Mozambique. Thousands of people have been affected, power cut off and major bridges flooded in parts of the Manicaland province which borders Mozambique.

USA – A harsh late winter storm broadsided a vast swathe of the U.S. agriculture industry this week as heavy snow closed roads and buried cattle in the Plains while excessive rain flooded Midwest farm fields and swamped grain elevators. A “bomb cyclone” hurled hurricane-force winds, sparked tornadoes and dumped heavy snow and rain across the Plains and western Midwest on its march across the United States this week. Recovery from the storm is expected to take days or weeks, if not longer. Prolonged supply disruptions could rattle cattle, hog and feed grain markets around the region and futures on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Nebraska Public Power District declared an “unusual event” at its Cooper Nuclear Station power plant on Friday due to the possibility of flooding along the Missouri. Workers filled sandbags along the river levee and procured other materials for flood protection, the agency said. It said the plant continued to operate safely and there was no immediate threat to plant employees or to the public.