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Sri Lanka – Three people were killed and more than 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed out across Sri Lanka. Flood warnings have been issued to several areas of Sri Lanka as a result of the heavy downpour.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Sagar), located approximately 88 nm south-southeast of Djibouti City, Djibouti, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

The tropical cyclone formed in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and northern Somalia on 16 May 2018. The cyclone system caused heavy rains along the coast of Puntland on 17 May. Flash flooding was reported in the Bari region, which were not limited to seasonal riverbeds. The road linking Bossaso and points south has reportedly been affected. There are also reports of some fishing boats having been washed away by waves off the coast of Sanaag region, which along with Sool are disputed between Somaliland and Puntland. The two authorities have been engaged in an armed standoff in Sool that had displaced almost 10,000 people prior to the storms arrival, further complicating an already complex humanitarian picture. By 18 May, the cyclone had gained strength, reaching tropical storm-wind levels and assigned the name Tropical Cyclone Sagar. Heavy rains are projected for the escarpment and plateau of Somaliland. Tropical Storm SAGAR will likely have transformed into a Tropical Depression when it reaches Ethiopia – expected for Sunday early afternoon. Wind speeds will reach up to 56 km/h. SAGAR is expected to cause increased rainfall when it hits.

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New Orleans, USA – Heavy rainstorms pounded the metropolitan area late Friday afternoon, thrashing tents at Bayou Boogaloo and flooding streets in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. The storm pelted parts of Metairie and Lakeview with hail, cut power to more than 11,000 residents and snarled traffic in Mid-City, where at least a couple of cars drove into a large hole where the standing water had obscured road construction.

Kenya – The floods in Kenya continue as more than 500 families have been displaced from their homes after River Sondu Miriu broke its banks. There are fears of disease outbreaks since most pit latrines too have been washed away. Several houses, farms were destroyed following the flash floods as a result of the heavy rains upstream.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Sagar), located approximately 85 nm southeast of Djibouti City, Djibouti, is tracking west-southwestward at 05 knots.

The northern part of Sagar brought heavy rain and some minor flooding to coastal towns in Yemen’s Hadramawt and Mahra provinces and Socotra Island.

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South Carolina, USA – The National Weather Service says 2.75 inches of rain fell in Orangeburg in two hours. A flash flood warning was issued for the area during that time. 34 children had to be rescued from an Orangeburg daycare Friday after the building was overcoming by flash flood waters.

Virginia, USA – Downpours punctuating the workweek caused multiple water rescues and school closures Friday as the threat of flash flooding loomed over a weekend packed with scheduled outdoor events in the Richmond region. Rainfall totals ranged from less than 1 inch for some areas to more than 6 inches in some spots on the northwest side of the metro region. Totals topping 4 inches fell across a zone that extends from Midlothian to Tuckahoe to just north of Ashland, which triggered the flash flooding overnight Thursday.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01a (Sagar), located approximately 89 nm southeast of Aden, Yemen, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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El Niño Outlook

 

The recent La Niña ocean cooling across the tropical Pacific may be replaced toward the end of this year by an El Niño warming, which could bring its own set of weather disruptions. The U.S. agency NOAA predicts there is a 50 percent chance El Niño will return by the 2018-19 Northern Hemisphere winter. The last El Niño was linked to crop damage, deadly wildfires and flash floods during 2016.

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In the Northwest Pacific Ocean : Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1388 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Colombia – The Hidroituango dam on the river Cauca was in the final stages of construction when a blocked tunnel was cleared on Saturday night, causing flooding downstream that swept through a riverside hamlet. Six hundred people were left homeless and two bridges, two schools and a health centre were destroyed. On Wednesday, authorities issued evacuation orders for eight municipalities downstream from the dam amid fears of another wave of flooding as heavy rains continue to batter the megaproject. The total number of inhabitants in the eight municipalities is believed to number up to 120,000. So far no deaths or missing people have been reported.

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Maryland, USA – A surge of rainwater flooded streets and submerged cars in Maryland. Golf-ball size hail and up to six inches of rain fell in about two hours, overwhelming creeks and flooding roads. Several roads in the Frederick area remained closed Wednesday morning as crews monitored receding waters.

Afghanistan – The death toll in the floods in Afghanistan has risen to 60 with 5 people injured. Five people were injured, the agency said in a statement. It did not specify the casualties by province. Some 343 homes were destroyed, while 663 more were partially damaged, by the floods.

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Afghanistan – Flash floods caused by heavy rain in the past week have killed at least 34 people in several Afghan provinces and caused serious damage to property and livestock, officials said on Tuesday. The flooding, hitting provinces mainly in the north and center of the country, had caused serious damage to around 900 houses, killed hundreds of cattle and damaged agricultural land.

Washington, Montana, British Columbia – Temperatures have warmed considerably in recent weeks in the Northwest, and that’s causing big problems for several waterways as snowmelt has sent rivers rising to dangerous levels. This has created problems for parts of Washington, western Montana and British Columbia, where evacuations are ongoing and emergencies have been declared. In some areas, rivers are expected to remain above flood stage for days, if not weeks, as the snowmelt continues. In central Washington, residents are preparing to evacuate in Leavenworth as a dam appears to be threatened.

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In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 131 nm northwest of Agrihan, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Eastern Washington, USA – Flooding caused by recent rains and snow melt has fouled water and sewage treatment facilities, threatened state highways and local roads, and caused some people to leave their homes. Continued higher temperatures are predicted to increase snow melt and cause additional flooding as rivers and streams continue to rise to record or near record levels. The Okanogan River, which runs through Tonasket, reached a level of 19 feet early Friday morning, which is above the 15-foot flood stage. The Pend Oreille River is forecast to reach a flow of more than 118,000 cubic feet per second by next Thursday, which hasn’t occurred since 2011. The Kettle River reached a crest of 22 feet Friday and is expected to remain above record levels for the next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Sri Lanka – Over 8,000 people were affected as heavy rains caused flash floods in Sri Lanka’s southern districts of Galle and Kalutara last Sunday, the Disaster Management Center said in a statement on Monday. A number of homes had been evacuated.

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In the North Indian Ocean/Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 387 nm north of Andersen AFB, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

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Alaska – An Alaska Railroad passenger train headed north was forced to turn around at Talkeetna Saturday morning, after extensive flooding along roughly three miles of nearby track caused by ice jams on the Susitna River.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1388 nm southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 06 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical depression (td) 04w (Four), located approximately 376 nm north-northeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

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British Colombia, Canada – Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in the Boundary region as flood waters continue to rise. Almost 2,800 residents remain out of their homes Friday morning, including those who live on about 400 properties in Grand Forks. Downtown Grand Forks has been hit hard with several streets closed or left with restricted access. The rivers crested early Friday morning and houses south of the Kettle River are now flooded. The water continues to rise and residents are sandbagging to try and get ahead of the rushing water in other areas of the city.

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01e (One), located approximately 1357 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Jamaica – Rivers overflow after days of heavy rain lashed the Caribbean island nation, washing away roads and bridges. As is usually the case when flooding hits the country, there have been numerous mudslides. Dozens of roads have been blocked and a number of bridges have been washed away. The storm system has moved on to Cuba.

Tasmania – Wild weather caused flash flooding in Hobart on Friday morning, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help. Police said the city centre was hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and, with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists were urged to stay off roads. Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses.

Washington State, USA – Canadian runoff is flooding Northeastern Washington rivers. It’s a record year for flooding in northeastern Washington as spring runoff makes its way into the region’s rivers. At least eight rivers are at or above flood stage. Nearly all of them cross the U.S.-Canada border. British Columbia saw a near record snow year in the mountains this year and now that temperatures are warming, the runoff from snowmelt is making its way into rivers and lakes.

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Kenya – At least 32 people died after a dam burst in central Kenya, sweeping away their homes while many of them were asleep, police said Thursday. After a severe drought, weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides that have left 164 dead. The private Patel dam, used for irrigation and fish farming, burst on Wednesday evening in Solai, near the Rift Valley city of Nakuru. 36 people had been hospitalised.

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Montana, USA – While Colorado and Utah didn’t get a lot of snow this winter, the Northern Rockies did. But now those record-breaking snowpacks are melting really fast and causing some of the worst flooding in more than four decades. In Montana’s second largest city, Missoula, at least one neighborhood is already inundated. At least 60 homes are under a mandatory evacuation order, and hundreds more have been given evacuation warnings. Officials said the Clark Fork River is expected to hit its highest levels since 1975 by the weekend. Meteorologists blame the flooding on recent heavy rainfall and a fast-melting snowpack.

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Greece – Torrential rainfall has caused floods in areas of Ileia in southern Greece. The floods have caused disruptions on the Pyrgos-Tripoli national highway at the Strefiou intersection and on the Pyrgos-Kyparissia highway near the Kallikomo community. Problems were also reported in the community of Latzoi in the region of Pyrgos, as well as other areas in the Olenia municipality, due to the overflowing of the River Enipea. Meanwhile heavy rainfall on the Ionian island of Lefkada on Sunday damaged homes, hotels, a local hospital and a police precinct in the region of Vasiliki, according to reports on Monday.

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Nepal – At least three persons were killed and two children missing in floods triggered by heavy rains in Nepal’s western Bajhang district, police said on Sunday. Two women and a man residing in Thalara rural municipality area were swept away by the flooded Guhe river Saturday night, they said.