Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical Depression 01w (One), located approximately 439 nm east of Puerto Princesa, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.
Europe – At least 20 people died in the past two days as a cold spell spread across Europe, authorities said on Saturday, with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend. Russia meanwhile celebrated the coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years and Istanbul was covered with a blanket of snow. Ten of the latest victims of the cold perished in Poland where sub-freezing conditions remain with minus 14°C on Saturday. The winter snow storms also reached Turkey, paralysing its biggest city Istanbul where hundreds of flights were cancelled on Saturday. Traffic through the Bosphorus strait was also disrupted. Greece likewise has seen fierce cold weather this past week. In the north near the Turkish frontier a 20-year-old Afghan migrant died of the cold on Tuesday.
South Africa – Gauteng – Widespread flooding occurred throughout the north of the province after more than 120mm fell within three hours. Numerous roads and low-lying bridges were flooded or washed away, walls were knocked down by the floodwaters and farm dams overflowed as 1:100 year floodlines were breached in many places.