Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the South Indian Ocean: The system is in the Coral Sea, approximately 600km out north-east of Townsville, and is moving south-southeast at 13kmh. It is expected to make landfall in northern Queensland from Sunday.
‘Local’ El Niño
A freak warming of the Pacific just off South America has triggered record storms across parts of Peru, resulting in landslides and floods responsible for sweeping away people and ravaging crops.
Up to 10 times the normal rainfall has brought disasters that killed at least 74 people.
Officials say they have never before seen such a “local” El Niño. The weather-altering warming typically becomes established in the middle of the tropical Pacific basin before affecting Peru.