Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Eta is located about 140 mi…225 km e of Cabo Gracias a Dios on nic/hon border and about 165 mi…265 km ene of Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…w or 265 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 22w (Goni), located approximately 562 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical depression 23w (Atsani), located approximately 504 nm northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

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Newsbytes:

Israel – Heavy rain and flooding hit the Israeli city of Eilat on Sunday, accompanied by hail the size of hen eggs. Some roads were blocked and damage caused to buildings.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Middle East

Wildfires around the Middle East triggered by a heatwave hitting the region have killed three people, forced thousands of people to leave their homes and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border, state media and officials said Saturday.

The areas hit by the heatwave are Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. The fires come amid an intense heatwave that is unusual for this time of the year.

Wildfires spread across different areas of Israel and the West Bank for a second day Saturday, forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Israeli Police said in a statement firefighters and police forces evacuated 5,000 residents from the city of Nof Hagalil in northern Israel.

One of the hardest hit countries is war-torn Syria where fires have killed three people and left dozens suffering from breathing problems over the past two days. The wildfires also burnt wide areas of forests, mostly in the central province of Homs and the coastal province of Latakia.

Global Warming

Israel Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise

Methane emanating from Israel’s natural gas infrastructure is increasing the country’s overall global-warming greenhouse gas emissions by some eight percent and is probably preventing the country from meeting its international obligations on climate change, according to a new report by the environmental advocacy organization Adam Teva V’Din.

The finding contradicts claims by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz that the move to natural gas is helping Israel reach its targets for lowering warming gases.

Pakistan under Threat of Glacial Floods

With more than 7,000, Pakistan has more glaciers than anywhere except the polar regions. But climate change is “eating away Himalayan glaciers at a dramatic rate”, a study published in the journal Science Advances noted.

As glacier ice melts, it can collect in large glacial lakes, which are at risk of bursting their banks and creating deadly flash floods downstream. More than 3,000 of those lakes had formed as of 2018, with 33 of them considered hazardous and more than 7 million people at risk downstream.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

The Hurst Hammock Fire near Beulah is now 1,248 acres and is 75% contained, and the 5 Mile Swamp Fire in Santa Rosa County is 2,215 acres and is also 75% contained, according to the Florida Forest Service Service. The Hurst Hammock fire was caused by humans, not nature, the Forest Service said, but the exact cause has not been determined.

Wildfires – Israel

Five fire crews are working to extinguish bushfires that broke out in a number of locations on Sunday and are currently threatening homes in Elad, in central Israel. Fire and Rescue services on the scene are attempting to block the spread of the fires and prevent property damage.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Israel – Heavy rain this week has caused deadly flooding in Israel from the border with Lebanon to the Negev desert, increasing tension in a week already filled with threats of war. With rains continuing Thursday, rising waters had killed at least seven people, including a man swept away as he tried to rescue a family stuck in a drifting vehicle. The fierce rainfall has shuttered schools and government offices in some areas and submerged cars and low-lying buildings. Some Israelis were forced from their homes, and others were asked not to leave them, even as they were bracing for potential spinoff attacks from spiking violence between the United States and Iran.

Indonesia – Indonesia will replant trees in tens of thousands of hectares of lands along the upstream areas of a river following the floods and landslides in and surrounding the country’s capital of Jakarta that left over 67 people dead, an official said on Thursday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Israel – A man and a woman were killed in the basement level of a residential building in the south of Tel Aviv on Saturday, after becoming trapped in a flooded elevator during heavy storms. The two apparently drowned. Parts of central Israel saw record rainfall, with massive downpours flooding streets and swelling rivers. According to Ynet, 71 millimeters (almost 3 inches) of rain fell in Tel Aviv over the course of a two-hour period. The heavy rain fall caused extensive flooding.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Israel

Israel sent teams of firefighters and planes on Thursday (Jul 18) to contain a blaze near Jerusalem as record temperatures fuelled wildfires across the country.

Some 100 fires have been reported in Israel in recent days and at least three or four areas had to be evacuated. No one had been injured in the fires, which were likely sparked through negligence and amplified by high temperatures, drought and winds.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Israel

Firefighters on Thursday battled wildfires that scorched swathes of forests in central Israel, forcing some small towns to be evacuated, during a heatwave that brought record temperatures to parts of the country.

Rescue efforts focused on a wooded area between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where ground teams and airplane tankers fought back the flames for hours. By nightfall, the fires were mostly under control, according to police.

Some 3,500 residents of small towns were evacuated, officials said. More than a dozen houses burned down, local media reported.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Papua New Guinea – Weeks of heavy rains and flooding have killed at least nine people in Papua New Guinea, with authorities warning more bad weather and devastation could be on the way. Near the capital Port Moresby, there have been unconfirmed reports of children being washed away by floodwaters, while further down the coast, high winds generated by Cyclone Penny – which hit northern Australia – have destroyed homes. Rising rivers have left many bridges unusable, stranding travellers. The storms have lashed the country’s southern coast since late December but have also caused problems in the north.

Israel – Heavy rains caused floods across Israel’s north on Monday, stranding two cars mid-stream and damaging property in several regions. Several roads were also blocked due to floods, including Route 90, a main artery that connects the southernmost city of Eilat and Kiryat Shmona in the very north. The Route 90 flooding also struck close to the northern city of Tiberias when the Arbel River overflowed due to heavy rain.

California, USA – The first of three Pacific storms barreled into the state Monday, closing roads, snarling traffic and drenching the striking teachers in Los Angeles. Flooding rain, yards of snow and mudslides are expected. Interstate 5, the main north-south highway in California, was closed Monday because of heavy snow, stranding cars and trucks. The storms were expected to bring several rounds of heavy rain, mountain snow, gusty winds, rough surf and possible flooding through the week, the National Weather Service said. Even worse, areas burned by last year’s devastating wildfires will be especially prone to mudslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 35w (Thirty-five), located approximately 461 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

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Midwest USA – There’s a storm system covering much of the U.S. that’s producing severe storms in the south and blizzard-like conditions in parts of the Plains and Midwest and east to New England. More wild weather is forecast for Friday across the nation: an ongoing blizzard in the north-central U.S. and flooding rains in the Southeast. Heavy rains Wednesday night flooded several Texoma highways. Overnight storms left many in deep East Texas with a mess to clean up on Thursday morning. Road closures, trees down, and power outages are just some of the damages left behind.

Israel – Israel was hit by a particularly wintry day Thursday as heavy rain spread from the north to the southern coastal plain. In the Western Galilee, 14 mm of rain dropped in one hour in Kibbutz Ayalon. Heavy rain also hit the Lower Galilee, the northern valleys, and the Sharon and Dan regions in the center. Hailstorms hit Caesarea, Pardes Hanna-Karkur, and other parts of the Sharon region on Thursday morning. In Dan region, the heavy downpours caused flooding in several streets.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Alcide), located approximately 514 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking west-northwestward at 03 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 650 nm north of Cocos island, Australia, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 558 nm south of Calcutta, India, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Singapore – A heavy downpour led to flash floods in several parts of Singapore on Sunday afternoon, including along a stretch of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. This comes a day after flash floods hit parts of Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok in western Singapore, prompting investigations by national water agency PUB.

Israel – Rainfall throughout the day Friday caused flooding in a number of areas in the Judaean Desert and northern Negev. Flash flood alerts were issued for the Dead Sea area, specifically in riverbeds and other low laying areas.

Britain – More than 1,000 properties were left without power during heavy rain and wind which brought flooding and travel disruption. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire saw the worst of the weather with some homes in Milford Haven under 10ft (3m) of water.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Vicente is located about 90 mi…145 km sse of Puerto Angel Mexico and about 115 mi…185 km se of Puerto Escondido Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…wsw or 255 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Hurricane Willa is located about 240 mi…390 km sw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h. Present movement…nw or 315 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Qatar – Qatar was hit by widespread flash flooding on Saturday as the desert state received almost a year’s worth of rainfall in one day. oads became impassable, air traffic was disrupted and homes were flooded, while shops and universities closed.

Israel – Heavy rain in the south of the country caused floods Saturday evening in Eilat and the Arava region. As a result, Eilat airport closed, and road 90 was blocked.

Trinidad – The rainfall that caused a historic level of flooding in parts of north and central Trinidad largely spared the south part of the island. Flash flooding inundated roads and homes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Bud is located about 115 mi…185 km sse of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Bud is expected to produce 50 to 75mm of rainfall across much of southwest Mexico through Thursday. Totals could be twice that in one or two places. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Bud is also expected to produce as much as 125mm of rain across southern parts of Baja California Sur and Sonora in northwest Mexico between now and Saturday.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression (td) 08w (Eight), located approximately 222 nm south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical Storm (ts) 07w (Seven), located approximately 91 nm west of Kadena AFB, is tracking northeastward at 20 knots.

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Israel – Record-breaking precipitation has been recorded in western Negev, overwhelming storm drains in some towns. Residents of Sderot and Ashkelon on Wednesday morning found their vehicles submerged in over a meter of water, after storm drains in the southern cities apparently overflowed during a rare June downpour. Israel was hit with heavy rains this week, causing power outages and severe flooding throughout the country, a highly unusual occurrence for mid-June. Kibbutz Dorot in the south of the country recorded an all-time high rainfall for the month of June. The meteorological service measured 64 millimeters of rainfall in the Western Negev on Tuesday morning, topping the previous record in Israel of 50 millimeters of rainfall in a day during the month of June.

France – The western Pyrénées were hit with heavy rain the caused flash floods which destroyed roads in the areas. The heavy rain on Tuesday caused flash floods and rivers to rise across the region, with people told to remain vigilant and not to travel unless necessary. Aside from the immediate effects on residents, the floods and damage could cause headaches to Tour de France organisers ASO, with the race set to visit the region in July.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Israel – Two teenagers died in flash floods on Wednesday as Israel endured heavy rains and hail on Wednesday. Towns in the northern Negev were hit hard by the rains and Dimona and Arad saw heavy flooding and all the nearby streams overflowed.

Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Town got some much-needed rain throughout the evening of April 25, but the heavy downpour resulted in flooded roads. Several areas including Somerset West, Edgemead and parts of Blouberg were affected. More rain is forecast.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 774 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 08p (Eight), located approximately 366 nm northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southeastward at 22 knots.

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Israel – Incessant rainfall in the northern and central regions during the weekend resulted in multiple flash floods, requiring over 30 search and rescue operations by police, firefighters, IDF helicopters. No serious injuries were reported. Several vehicles were also swept away by flooding while attempting to cross the Jordan River.