Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Fred is located about 20 mi…30 km nw of Charleston West Virginia and about 260 mi…420 km sw of State College Pennsylvania with maximum sustained winds…25 mph…35 km/h. Present movement…ne or 35 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Tropical Storm Grace is located about 20 mi…30 km sw of Grand Cayman and about 405 mi…650 km ese of Tulum Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. resent movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Henri is located about 160 mi…260 km ssw of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h . Pesent movement…w or 260 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Linda), located approximately 1132 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

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Arizona, USA – Officials in Coconino County, Arizona, reported record rainfall fell on burn scar areas on 17 August 2021, causing more severe flooding in areas around the city of Flagstaff.

Turkey – Update – A week after flooding struck, rescue workers in Turkey are continuing their search for people missing in the northwestern Black Sea provinces of Kastamonu, Sinop and Bartın. The death toll has increased to 77, which includes 62 in Kastamonu, 14 in Sinop, and 1 in Bartın.

Caribbean – Flooding rain from Tropical Storm Grace has complicated rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti in which 1,941 people have now died. Meanwhile over 500 homes were damaged by floods in neighbouring Dominican Republic. As the storm moved west, incidents of flooding and landslides were reported in Jamaica. Earlier heavy rain associated with Storm Grace caused flooding and landslides in Trinidad where one person died.

Germany, Austra, Italy – Flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall caused widespread damage across parts of southern Germany, Austria and northern Italy from 16 August. One person died and one reported missing in Bavaria, Germany. Flash floods in Austria buried a train in rocks and debris in Wald im Pinzgau, Austria. Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall were reported in Grainau in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, southern Bavaria in Germany. Police reported 12 people were swept away or stranded after flash floods from the Hammersbach stream swept through the narrow Höllental gorge situated at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. The area is popular with tourists and hikers. Heavy rain in parts of Salzburg State in Austria from 16 August triggered mudslides and flash floods in the Pongau and Pinzgau regions. The severe weather caused damage in parts of South Tyrol Province of northern Italy on 16 August. The communes of Ahrntal and Pflersch were the worst affected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Fred is located about 90 mi…145 km ssw of Apalachicola Florida with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Grace is located about 125 mi…200 km se of Port au Prince Haiti and about 390 mi…625 km e of Montego bay Jamaica with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eight is located about 120 mi…190 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…s or 185 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 12e (Linda), located approximately 912 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

In the northwestern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 16w (Sixteen), located approximately 286 nm east of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 16 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Colombia – Three people have died in recent floods in Meta Department, Colombia, while Civil Defence reported flooding and landslides in 7 departments across the country over the last 2 weeks. Flooding has affected the municipalities of El Dorado, Mapiripán, Villavicencio and Acacías in Meta Department from 10 August 2021. Civil Defence said 3 people lost their lives in floods in Acacías, while around 80 people were affected in Mapiripán. The last 2 weeks has seen flooding or landslides in 7 departments across the country, affecting around 5,000 people.

Somalia – Humanitarian organisations in Somalia report that flooding along the Shabelle River has forced thousands of families from their homes. Two young children reportedly died in the floods.

Japan – Three people died and dozens were rescued after torrential rain in Japan caused further flooding and mudslides on 15 August 2021. Heavy rain has been falling in the country since late last week. As much as 743.0 mm of rain fell in 48 hours in areas near the city of Unzen in Nagasaki prefecture, where a landslide struck early on 13 August. Two houses collapsed, burying 4 residents. As of 13 August, 1 fatality was reported and 2 people were missing and 1 seriously injured. On 15 August another deadly mudslide struck, burying eight people in a house in Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture. Three people died, 2 were injured and 3 others rescued.

Arizona, USA – Officials in Gila Bend, Arizona, USA, declared a state of emergency after flash floods caused 2 fatalities and severe damage on 14 August 2021. Monsoon rains once again triggered flash flooding in Arizona, with the town of Gila Bend in Maricopa County the worst affected. The town is situated about 50 miles / 80 km southwest of Phoenix, Arizona.

Turkey – The death toll from the catastrophic floods in the Black Sea Region of Turkey has reached 59 according to disaster authorities in the country. Torrential rain of more than 300mm in 24 hours hammered the provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop in the Black Sea Region of northern Turkey on 11 August. The ensuing flooding and mudslides destroyed homes, roads, and 5 bridges. Power, water and telecommunications infrastructure were also damaged. Twenty-five villages remain without power in Kastamonu and 56 villages in Sinop.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane 06e (Felicia), located approximately 1141 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 09w (Nine), located approximately 423 nm southeast of Kadena AFB, is tracked northwestward at 09 knots.

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Germany – The official death toll from flooding in western Germany has now increased to more than 100 people, with many more still missing. Transport, telecommunications, power and water infrastructure have been severely damaged, impeding damage assessments. As of 16 July there were still an unknown number of people unaccounted for, including 1,300 people in Bad Neuenahr, Ahrweiler district of Rhineland-Palatinate. Search and rescue operations are continuing. The full extent of the damage is still to be confirmed but dozens of homes are thought to have been completely destroyed after rivers broke their banks in particular in Schuld municipality in the district of Ahrweiler. Hundreds of troops from the Bundeswehr (German army) have been deployed to help with clean-up operations.

Arizona, USA – The state of Arizona declared a state of emergency for areas affected by Monsoon storms and flash flooding. Flooding has damaged roads and homes, while one person has died in the floods in the Grand Canyon National Park. The City of Flagstaff was among the hardest hit areas. Torrents of water raced down the slopes surrounding the city, swamping streets from 13 July. Local observers said rain fell on burn scar areas in the hills surrounding Flagstaff and flowed swiftly towards the city below.

Uganda – Rivers have overflowed in Western Region of Uganda, flooding wide areas of Kasese District. Meanwhile rising levels of Lake Kyoga has caused hundreds of households to evacuate in Northern Region. At least 30 villages have been affected in Kasese District. Homes, livelihoods, crops and roads have all suffered damage. Water levels on Lake Kyoga have submerged coastal areas of Amolatar District in the Northern Region of Uganda.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Telegraph Fire continues to flare up south of Globe and has grown to become the sixth-largest wildfire in Arizona history.

After burning through about 20,000 acres overnight and another 16,537 acres during the day, the blaze was measured at 139,615 acres Tuesday evening, moving up three spots on the all-time list. It is the largest fire burning nationally.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Telegraph Fire near Superior started June 4 and has grown to burn 85,901, according to fire officials. It is 40% contained.

Nearby, the Mescal Fire southeast of Globe has burned more than 72,250 acres and firefighters reached a 36% containment.

The Slate Fire, located 23 miles northwest of Flagstaff along U.S. 180, has burned 4,900 acres of land. The fire, which started on Monday, has not yet been contained.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A half-dozen wildfires were burning close to 140,000 acres across Arizona Tuesday and growing, as heat, wind, and drought conditions complicated firefighting efforts, officials said.

The largest of the blazes, the Telegraph Fire near Superior, grew by 11,000 acres between Monday and Tuesday morning to more than 71,000 acres and led to additional evacuation orders in the region. More than 1,400 firefighters were fighting it and the 66,000-acre Mescal Fire near San Carlos by Tuesday afternoon.

Wildfires – Utah, USA

The Carbon County Bear Fire which is believed to have been sparked by lightning, has grown to 5,300 acres and shut down a highway (U.S. Route 6) with 0% containment; while the East Canyon Fire, which started when a piece of heavy machinery, a track hoe, hit a rock, grew to 835 acres, is now 45% contained, according to Utah Fire Info.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Two wildfires burning Sunday in the hills and mountains of eastern Arizona have scorched more than 60,000 acres and prompted evacuation orders for hundreds of people, officials said.

One — the Telegraph Fire — has burned more than 34,300 acres in and near the southern edge of Tonto National Forest, some 60 miles east of Phoenix, since starting Friday afternoon. An evacuation has been ordered for residents in the area of Top-of-the-World, a community of about 250 people, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday morning.

The other blaze — the Mescal Fire — has burned more than 25,900 acres in the Mescal Mountains roughly 120 miles east of Phoenix as of Sunday morning, according to InciWeb. The fire started early last week.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The forward progress of what was a small (150 acre) fast-moving wildfire has been stopped in the small mining town of Bagdad, Arizona, but not before 13 homes were destroyed and hundreds of people were evacuated.

Two new White Mountains wildfires are growing rapidly, with fire crews scrambling to get a box around them to prevent their spread.

The McDonald Tank Fire south of Tonto Lake near the Black River on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation started from unknown causes on Tuesday and grew to 1,500 acres by Thursday.

Meanwhile, the lightning storm that sparked the Boggy Creek Fire near Alpine had consumed 3,000 acres by Thursday morning.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Arizona fire crews are working to control a wildfire near Crown King that has spread to the Prescott National Forest. As of May 9, the Tussock Fire, which started 20 miles northeast of Wickenburg, has burned 3,500 acres and has no containment. The fire was first reported on Saturday at 400 acres, but a lack of moisture, windy conditions and heat caused the flames to balloon up to more than six times that size overnight.

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Wildfires – Ireland

In Northern Ireland a fire is during in the Mournes Mountains just south of Newcastle. After three days, firefighters have brought the Slieve Donard blaze under control after it burned an area “the size of 500 football pitches,” about 880 acres.

Two fires have burned about one-third of Killarney National Park, approximately 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres) are blackened according to an estimate by the park’s Chief Fire Officer.

Wildfires – Michigan, USA

A controlled burn that turned into a 6,100-acre wildfire in Michigan was 32% contained Saturday and not growing, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. The fire was in Iosco County, which has part of the Huron-Manistee National Forests, roughly 80 miles north of Bay City. Some residents were urged to evacuate Friday, but those warnings were subsequently lifted.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire is “raging out of control” in the Hualapai Mountains near Pine Lake, Arizona, according to officials. The blaze, named the Flag Fire, is about 600 acres in size. Officials in the county issued evacuation orders for about 200 residents of Pine Lake.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A small community in south-central Arizona remained under an evacuation notice Friday after crews and air tankers stopped the growth of a wildfire that burned at least 12 homes, officials said.

The fire burned through thick vegetation at the bottom of the Gila River in Dudleyville, a census-designated place with a population of about 1,000 located about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Tucson. Officials said the fire continued on Thursday to an estimated 500 acres (2 square kilometers) with containment around 20% of its perimeter as of Friday.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Approximately1,600 wildfires have burned more than 700,000 acres across Arizona since the beginning of the year — amounting to more land burned than in both 2018 and 2019 combined.

Not only has 2020 been plagued with more fires, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, but the blazes have also been larger and more aggressive.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Officials say a lightning-sparked wildfire near Tucson burned through 1,100 acres on Sunday, in an area difficult for firefighters to access. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said the wildfire, dubbed the Navarro Fire, was located south of downtown Tucson near the San Xavier River Indian Reservation.

Wildfires – Russia

The area engulfed by two big wildfires in the Khanty-Mansi (Yugra) autonomous area has more than doubled, from 2,100 to 4,500 hectares, in a span of 24 hours, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry’s regional department, said on Sunday. In all, twenty-one wildfires are raging in the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area as of now. Four have been localized and two have been extinguished.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Bush Fire, the largest wildfire burning in Arizona, remains under 187,000 acres and at 86% containment, with no new perimeter growth since Tuesday. Currently 417 personnel are fighting the fire.

Containment of the Central Fire burning east of I-17 at New River rose to 69% containment from 36% on Wednesday. The fire remains at 4,499 acres as of Thursday morning.

The Mangum Fire north of the Grand Canyon, spanning 71,325 acres, increased to 68% containment.

More than 1,000 fire personnel were deployed to fight the Bighorn Fire, which has grown to 81,702 acres in the Catalina Mountains northwest of Tucson.

Fire crews at the Bringham Fire on the Clifton Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have held the blaze at 22,244 acres and 37% containment.

The Aquila Fire in north Phoenix, which began on Tuesday and spans almost 900 acres, is 76% contained.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Bush Fire has now burned over 180,000 acres with 42% containment in the Tonto National Forest as of Sunday morning, according to fire officials. It is now the fifth largest wildfire in Arizona history.