Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 02w (Surigae), located approximately 55 nm southwest of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – Authorities have closed roads and issued warnings to motorists as dust storms move across South Australia. Numerous motor vehicle accidents have occurred due to lack of visibility.

Peru – Overflowing rivers have damaged homes, roads and crops in several provinces of of Loreto Region and parts of San Martin Region. Flooding from the the overflowing Marañón River damaged buildings, including a school, in the town of Maypuco, Urarinas district. n 10 April the Morona River overflowed, flooding the surrounding areas in the district of Morona, damaging homes and crops.

Colombia – Heavy rain caused flash floods in the city of Villavicencio in Meta Department of Colombia. Heavy rain fell from 11 April, triggering severe floods across Villavicencio. Local government said 200 families were affected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Days of torrential rain have spawned massive flooding in eastern Australia, forcing the evacuation of some 40,000 people. In the country’s arid central section, it has sent waterfalls down the side of the country’s majestic Uluru rocks. The floods, which have submerged houses, stranded cattle and cut off towns, have inundated vast areas along the east coast from roughly Mackay, about 600 miles north of Brisbane in Queensland, to Bega in New South Wales, some 260 miles south of Sydney. Two fatalities have been reported.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Colombia – At least 8 houses were destroyed after heavy rain in Santiago de Cali (also known as Cali), capital of Valle del Cauca department in southwestern Colombia early 22 March, 2021. Authorities said 116mm of rain fell in the space of a few hours, causing flash floods and landslides. Widespread damage was reported across several points of the city, including falling trees, damaged roads and collapsed houses.

Australia – Australian authorities are planning to evacuate thousands more people on Monday from flood-affected suburbs in Sydney’s west, which is set for its worst flooding in 60 years with drenching rain expected to continue for the next few days. Unrelenting rains over the past three days swelled rivers in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), causing widespread damage and triggering calls for mass evacuations.

Environment

Mice Plague – Eastern Australia

Mice in the cabinets. Mice in the streets. Thousands upon thousands of mice in the barn, pooing so much it takes six hours to clean up their waste.

These are scenes from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, where an out-of-control mouse infestation is making life miserable for farmers, grocers and other citizens of the eastern Australian states. One farmer described the rodent frenzy as “an absolute plague,” more severe than anything locals have seen in decades.

Some farmers have already lost entire grain harvests to the rampaging mice, according to local media reports, while hotels have had to close because they can’t keep the critters out of the rooms. Staff at a grocery store in a small town northwest of Sydney reported catching as many as 600 mice a night. So far, at least three people have visited the hospital with rodent bites.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Record rains and widespread flooding prompted evacuations along Australia’s east coast Saturday and filled Sydney’s main reservoir to overflowing for the first time in 30 years, officials said. Authorities warned of potentially “life-threatening” flash floods as the torrential rains pummeled a vast coastal region already soaked by an unusually wet summer. Police said hundreds of people had flocked to evacuation centres in areas north of Sydney in New South Wales state, and they expected many more to seek shelter as the rains moved south down the coast. Towns in the area have already seen record rainfall of more than 400 millimetres since Friday morning, the bureau said.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

At least 71 homes have been destroyed in a bushfire raging out of control near Australia’s fourth-biggest city Perth, authorities said Wednesday, as they told residents to ignore a coronavirus lockdown and leave threatened areas.

The blaze has torn through swathes of land in the Perth Hills and was moving toward more densely populated areas. Six firefighters received minor injuries — including one who officials said suffered burns and continued working to extinguish the blaze — but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported so far.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 22s (Twenty-two), located approximately 919 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking westward at 23 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – Torrential rain caused flooding in Mid North Coast area of New South Wales (NSW) Australia from late 24 February 2021. Parts of a freight train derailed near Nana Glen after tracks were flooded. According to Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) figures, 310 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Nana Glen in 24 hours to 25 February 2021. Meanwhile further north, around 250 people are being evacuated after flooding in areas near Mataranka in Northern Territory (NT), Australia. Rapidly rising waters have surrounded Jilkminggan community near Mataranka, and as a precaution, the Local Emergency Committee has decided to evacuate the community.

Indonesia – A landslide occurred at an illegal mining site located in Burangga Village, Ampibabo District, Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi in Indonesia on 24 February, causing at least 3 fatalities. This is the second deadly landslide reported in the country on the same day. The landslide at the Ampibabo mine was caused by heavy rain falling on unstable ground. Meanwhile flooding has also affected over 90,000 people in Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia over the last few days. One person died after flood waters caused parts of a wall to collapse. According to local disaster authorities, 90,590 people from over 18,000 families have been affected. As many as 9,169 houses were inundated.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Faraji), located approximately 639 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking east-southwestward at 02 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Australia – A slow moving tropical low caused widespread flooding and road closures in northern parts of Western Australia (WA), in particular the Gascoyne Region, from 05 February, 2021.

England – Heavy rain has led to flooding across Yorkshire, leaving cars stranded, roads closed and rail services disrupted. Some railway lines were blocked between Leeds and Wakefield Westgate due to flooding.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Hundreds of Australians have fled to evacuation centres as a bushfire on the outskirts of the locked-down city of Perth continues to grow and threaten communities. The blaze – the largest the city has seen in years – has burnt through 9,000 hectares, destroying 71 homes. Six firefighters have suffered injuries.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control wildfire burning northeast of the Australian west coast city of Perth has destroyed at least 59 homes and was threatening more Tuesday, with many residents across the region told it is too late to leave.

The 7,000-hectare (17,000-acre) blaze, which has a 80-kilometer (50-mile) perimeter, began on Monday and raged through the night near the town of Wooroloo, with the shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam, and the city of Swan affected.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.0 earthquake hits northwest of Australia.

5.6 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.4 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.3 earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.2 earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrova region, Russia.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Shetland Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Nicaragua.

5.0 earthquake hits the Panama-Costa Rica border.

5.0 earthquake hits eastern Uzbekistan.

5.0 earthquake hits the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Up to eleven buildings, including at least two houses, are believed to have been damaged as a bushfire continues to burn out-of-control in the hills southeast of Adelaide. More than 400 firefighters were working to control the blaze, which has burned more than 2,500 hectares of land and has recorded a fire perimeter of 24km.

South Australia’s Department for Health and Wellbeing has also issued a warning about smoke across the the state caused by the bushfires in Cherry Gardens.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

The South Australian southeast town of Lucindale is under direct threat from an out-of-control bushfire with reports of buildings on fire. Livestock has also been lost to the blaze which is burning in grassland and has already blackened about 14,000 hectares inside a 68-kilometre perimeter. An emergency warning has been issued for Lucindale with the town largely evacuated.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

The two Hercules C130 heavy water bombers stationed in WA have been deployed to a fast-moving bushfire that became out of control this afternoon, about 50km north of Perth. The out of control fire has burnt through more 2700 hectares of land and is moving in a south westerly direction. Residents have been urged to flee the area.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A fire that has been raging since Saturday is threatening the lives and homes of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth after the blaze escaped containment lines.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of the two northerly shires after the fire picked up speed and jumped fire lines last night. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an urgent alert to residents of Ocean Farms Estate, telling them to leave now.