Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Kenneth is located about 1545 mi…2490 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm (ts) 15w (Hato), located approximately 72 nm west of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in some places big waves flooded seaside streets. There were reports of 34 people injured in Hong Kong while in the city of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary, three people were killed, authorities there said.

NewsBytes:

Kansas, USA – Torrential rains caused historic flooding in the Kansas City area Tuesday, leaving one man dead in Kansas and others stranded for hours by high water. Flooding made many roads impassable, trapping people at homes and businesses along the Blue River and Indian Creek, which set a new record of 28.22 feet overnight and topped its banks after record flooding last month. Water spilling out of Indian Creek inundated bridges, businesses, apartments and houses.

India, Update – Devastating floods that have swept across large swathes of Bihar, Assam and Uttar Pradesh claimed 57 more lives today, with Bihar alone accounting for 51 causalities. The figure of flood fatalities rose by three each in Assam and Uttar Pradesh. However, life in the deluge-ravaged areas of West Bengal slowly limped back to normalcy, with the water level of rivers receding. The death toll in Bihar floods has crossed the 300 mark with 51 people losing their lives since yesterday. The flood toll stood at 253 till yesterday. 1.38 crore people are battling the deluge in 18 districts of the state. Around 7.34 lakh people have been shifted to safer areas. Close to 3.27 lakh people are putting up in 1,346 relief camps.

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Sudan – Sudan on Monday warned Khartoum residents along the Nile of likely “massive floods” as water levels of the river rose to a record high following heavy rains in neighbouring Ethiopia. The Blue Nile flowing to Sudan from Ethiopia converges with the White Nile in Khartoum, and from there they become the Nile which runs through the country into Egypt.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits Leyte in the Philippines.

Two persons died in Ormoc City after a shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck Leyte on Wednesday morning.

Italy – A small but deadly earthquake on the Italian holiday island of Ischia exposed a deep political fault line on Tuesday over the country’s proliferation of unsafe, illegal housing. The tremor, officially recorded in Italy at a modest strength of 4.0, toppled buildings, killed two people and injured dozens in a district where seven years ago residents rioted to prevent bulldozers from razing illegally built homes.

Global Warming

Russia says it halted global warming for one year

Russia has reduced the quantity of emitted greenhouse gases by almost 50% since 1990, which has slowed down the global warming for one year, CEO of the Center for Energy Efficiency Igor Bashmakov said on Friday at the Climate Forum of the Russian Cities.

“We have considerably reduced the volume of emissions, almost by one half, and then held on to this level,” Bashmakov said. “If we in Russia preserved the level of the 1990 emissions, we would have emitted by 41 bln tonnes of equivalent more by this time, which is close to what all global sources emit. That is, Russia has actually suspended the global warming for a whole year on its own, and it has a considerable result.”

In October 2004, Russia undertook the obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Russia also signed the Paris climate accord in 2016.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Croatia

Several wildfires are raging on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, prompting the evacuation of dozens of villages. Strong winds are spreading the blazes, officials said, making it difficult for firefighters to operate. Firefighting planes have been called to tackle the pine forest blaze near the resorts of Sibenik and Zadar. Fires also raged on the islands of Hvar and Brac. The main road from the capital, Zagreb, to the port of Split was closed briefly.

Disease

Scotland – Syphilis

Scotland health officials are reporting an increase in syphilis cases, in fact, overall incidence of infectious syphilis in Scotland was at its highest level since implementation of the current surveillance system in 2002/2003. A total of 356 diagnoses of infectious syphilis were reported during 2016 a 13% increase on that reported in 2015.

South Dakota, USA – Anthrax

A cattle herd in southeastern Pennington County, South Dakota was hit by anthrax recently, according to state officials. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven says that at least 9 adult cattle died suddenly last week in the herd, which had not been vaccinated against anthrax.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Kenneth is located about 1465 mi…2355 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…NW or 325 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm (ts) 15w (Hato), located approximately 276 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Global Warming

Alaska’s Grizzly Bears Drop Salmon for Berries as Climate Changes

When Kodiak Island’s elderberries started ripening earlier, its icon bears changed their diet. It’s another ecological shift amid climate change, scientists say.

Each summer, the shallow freshwater streams of Kodiak Island, Alaska, are so thick with sockeye salmon, you literally cannot cross the waterways without stepping on the brightly colored fish. With the salmon come brown bears, often dozens of grizzlies per stream, hauling the fish onto nearby banks for an easy meal.

During an unusually warm summer in 2014, however, no bears could be found. At the peak of the annual salmon run, as the fish made their way upstream to spawn, the roughly 1,000-pound bears were busy feasting on berries instead, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A similar phenomenon is believed to have also occurred in 2016, after the study period ended, but the bears were not closely monitored to confirm their feeding behavior.

Biologists who study Alaska’s iconic omnivores say changes in seasonal phenomenon caused by a warming planet were behind the bears’ unusual behavior, which could affect the entire ecosystem.

Different species are responding to climate change in different ways, “so what you have is a scrambling of the schedule,” said William Deacy, a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis and lead author of the study.

The island’s brown bears typically feed first on salmon, followed by elderberries later in the season. An earlier-than-usual ripening of red elderberries, however, forced the bears to make a choice.

Kodiak bear Lisa Hupp USFWS

Disease

Nigeria – Lassa Fever

During the week ending on August 13, Nigeria reported an additional 10 confirmed Lassa fever cases as the incidence continues to increase despite ongoing efforts to control the disease.

Syria – Polio

In a follow-up on the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) situation in Syria, three new cases were officially reported in the past week, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). This brings the total to 33.

Sudan – Malaria

An outbreak of malaria in South Sudan has killed over 4,000 people since February, a senior health official disclosed last week describing this year’s malaria as the most severe the country has ever seen. A total of over 900,000 malaria cases had so far been registered with 4 073 deaths recorded.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Kenneth is located about 1355 mi…2180 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm (ts) 15w (Hato), located approximately 237 nm east-southeast of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

India, Update – Floods continued to wreak havoc in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Assam which reported 88 more deluge-related deaths on Sunday, while West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief in the absence of major rainfall.

The death toll in Bihar floods rose from 202 to 253. About 1.26 crore people are grappling with the flooding in 18 districts of the State. A total of 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the State.

Meanwhile, four more persons lost their lives in Assam and nearly 19 lakh people were suffering in 15 districts of the State.

33 more deluge-related deaths had been reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last two days. Raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal have caused havoc in vast swathes of human habitation in the region.

Rising floodwaters have inundated large parts of a famous wildlife reserve in northeastern India, killing more than 225 animals and forcing hundreds of others to flee. About 15 rare rhinos, 185 deer, and at least one Royal Bengal tiger have died in the devastating floods that submerged almost the entire Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, the park’s director said on Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

600 people are evacuated because of the Milli Wildfire near the town of Sisters. And fire officials said Saturday that another thousand residents have been told to be ready to leave if necessary. That fire is burning eight thousand acres and is causing smokey skies all over central Oregon. Firefighters are working hard to save nearby buildings.

And a level one evacuation notice was issued Saturday for the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in the Warm Springs Reservation. The Nena Springs Fire is burning 66 thousand acres nearby. In the last two days, that fire has grown by 19 thousand acres.

Some campsites and recreational areas are also shut down in the Deschutes National Forest because of a 12-square-mile wildfire that jumped the fire lines this weekend.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

A handful of small fires in B.C.’s west Cariboo region have merged to create what is now the largest fire in the province. The Plateau wildfire, northwest of Williams Lake, is estimated to be about 438,000 hectares and 130 kilometres from one end to the other. The fire information officer said the fire hasn’t grown significantly in size, but several wildfires burning since about July 7 have now joined together.

Disease

Nigeria – ‘Mystery Disease’

At least 62 people are confirmed dead by a yet-to-be-diagnosed disease, a health official in Nigeria’s north central Kogi state has said. Preliminary laboratory tests of samples from the affected areas tested negative for lassa fever — a disease whose symptoms include high fever, swelling and bleeding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Remnants of Harvey are located about 135 mi…215 km N of the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula, Colombia and about 765 mi…1230 km E of Cabo Gracias, Honduras, with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 22 mph…35 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Kenneth is located about 1155 Mi…1860 Km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 Mph…110 Km/H. Present Movement…W or 280 Degrees at 15 Mph…24 Km/H.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 15 is an area of disturbed weather in the western Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

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