Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical depression 04w (Merbok), located approximately 298 nm west-northwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking north-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Uruguay – Displaced people by floods in Uruguay might reach 10,000 people for next week, if the upcoming of the waters of the Uruguay River continues. The last report had 4,694 persons out of their homes in the departments of Salto, Paysandú, Artigas and Río Negro, northwest of the country. Between Tuesday and Thursday of the coming week, the waters of the Uruguay River are expected to reach its highest level (about 16 meters).

New South Wales, Australia – Northern rivers and mid north coast told to expect minor and flash flooding, with up to 200mm forecast to fall on sodden ground. Parts of northern New South Wales are being warned to expect further heavy rainfall and the possibility of floods over the public holiday weekend. Up to 200mm of rain and flash flooding was forecast from Port Macquarie up to Lismore through to early next week, following two days of heavy and persistent rainfall. Eight river valleys had been put on flood watch, and a minor warning issued for the Wilsons River, which had recorded up to 170mm of rainfall in the 48 hours to 5am Sunday.

Philippines – Various disaster councils across Bicol were placed on heightened alert on Saturday as the Low Pressure Area in the vicinity of Coron Island in Palawan province brought moderate rains that could trigger flash floods, mudflows and landslides to low-lying areas and mountain slopes in the region.

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Wildlife

White-nose Syndrome – Bats

Biologists have confirmed white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the southeastern bat (Myotis austroriparius) for the first time. The species joins eight other hibernating bat species in North America that are afflicted with the deadly bat fungal disease.

The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), causes WNS, which affects many, but not all bat species that come into contact with it. Of those affected, bat populations have declined by more than 90 percent.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Utah, USA

A wildfire burning near the Box Elder County town of Willard continued to grow Saturday but was no longer threatening homes or structures, authorities said.

Meanwhile, a blaze near Vernal burned about 885 acres by Saturday. It initially threatened dozens of homes before moving in a different direction. As of Saturday evening, the fire was 30 percent contained.

A pair of fires were burning in the Dixie National Forest north of the town of Pine Valley in southeast Utah. The North Fire was about 492 acres as of noon Saturday.

A number of smaller fires were contained.