Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 470 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 08 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Cook), located approximately 225 nm north of Noumea of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

Cyclone Cook is tracking towards southern Vanuatu and New Caledonia, with forecasts of damaging winds and torrential rains. The category two cyclone was expected to strengthen into a tropical cyclone as it headed toward New Caledonia on Monday and Tuesday. Weather Watch warned it could continue southeast to hit New Zealand with rains “heavy enough to cause even further serious flooding”, adding to Bay of Plenty’s woes after record flooding.

NewsBytes:

Victoria, Australia – Hundreds of trees have been brought down and thousands of homes are without power as strong winds and heavy rain lash Victoria. Energy provider Powercor reported 14,055 homes without power at 8.30pm on Sunday, while AusNet had 170 customers disconnected. A severe weather warning is in place for Victoria’s central and southwest, and the flood risk is expected to contract to the state’s east, particularly in East Gippsland.

Disease

Meningitis C outbreak in Nigeria – Update

As of April 5, Nigerian health officials have reported a total of 3,959 meningococcal meningitis cases (181 confirmed) with 438 deaths, including two in the largest city, Lagos.| This is up from 2,997 cases with 336 deaths on Apr. 3.

Tibet – Bird Flu

The first human H7N9 avian influenza case has been confirmed in the Tibet Autonomous Region, according to an official statement.