Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Cape Town, South Africa – Roofs were blown off houses in parts of Cape Town, trees uprooted, roads forced to close and electricity to various areas cut off as the monster storm coming in off the Atlantic coast hit the Mother City overnight. The ocean swell remains a cause for concern, with huge swells expected this afternoon with a peak touching on 13 metres in some areas. This may cause damage to low-lying areas close to the ocean. The public is cautioned to stay away from Western Cape beaches throughout the day. Average wind speeds between 55 and 70 km/h and gusts of between 80 and 90km/h were recorded. Tugs were put on standby by Transnet Port Authority to provide assistance in towing and holding boats in position in and out of port should the need arise. More than a million Western Cape pupils remained at home across the province on Wednesday following a decision by authorities on Tuesday to suspend schooling for the day. No fatalities have been reported thus far.

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India – The first wave of floods has hit the Kaziranga National Park and over 13,000 people in Assam. Disclosing that over 30 per cent areas of 858 sq km area of the park has already been inundated by the floodwaters, the park authorities said that almost all the low-lying areas of the park are under water and animals have started moving towards the hills of Karbi Anglong district. The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in Nimatighat, prompting officials to suspend ferry services to the island district of Majuli from Jorhat. Assam Disaster Management Authority officials said the first wave of floods have affected 28 villages in Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Biswanath districts.

Georgia, USA – Roads in Raleigh and Fayette counties were closed Monday, as emergency crews worked to clear flooded roadways and restore power, but emergency officials reported no injuries around the region. Flooding was caused by rainfall which fell Sunday night and Monday.

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