Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean:

Hurricane Cristina is located approximately about 230 mi. (370 km) SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico. Swells generated by Cristina are affecting portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico. These swells will likely continue today and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

In the Arabian Sea:

Tropical cyclone Nanauk is located approximately 380 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island. Nanauk may adversely affect monsoons in India – The IMD is yet to make it clear if Nanauk will help the monsoon or further delay it. Presently the cyclone is moving towards Oman and away from India.

Quiet in the Atlantic

There are no tropical cyclone threat areas in the Atlantic and none of the reliable models for forecasting tropical cyclone genesis is predicting development over the coming five days. The GFS model continues to predict that about 6 – 9 days from now the upper level winds over the Western Caribbean will relax and low-level moisture will build, potentially allowing a tropical disturbance with heavy rains to develop there. However, the European model keeps the wind shear high over the Western Caribbean early next week, so any development in the region remains in doubt.


New Zealand – Extreme weather conditions closed several roads, damaged buildings and left marine vessels in distress. The winds in Auckland reached tropical cyclone levels, gusting up to 170kmh, bringing down trees, cutting power and damaging homes.

Germany – A heavy storm in North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany has claimed the lives of at least six people disrupting public transport and leaving some roads impassable. Three people died when a tree fell on a garden shed in Duesseldorf, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia. A lightning strike claimed the life of a cyclist aged around 50 in nearby Cologne and another cyclist died in Krefeld. A sixth person was found dead in the town of Essen. The storm in Germany has injured at least 67 people and left 30 in a serious condition. Approximately 20,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia alone.

Colombia – Heavy rains and strong winds have claimed the lives of at least two people and destroyed several houses in Yarumal Municipality of Antioquia Department in Colombia.

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