Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 927 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 13 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Phetai), located approximately 111 nm south-southwest of Visakhaputnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 14 knots.

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Australia – A man has died north of Townsville in northern Queensland after being swept away in raging floodwaters in the wake of ex-tropical Cyclone Owen.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 1097 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Phetai), located approximately 330 nm south of Visakhaputnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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South Africa – A severe hailstorm hit the North West region of the Pilanesberg and surrounding areas, seriously damaging the Sun City Resort. The popular resort says the storm has caused substantial damage to buildings and vehicles in the area. Numerous hotel rooms and facilities were damaged or flooded, the two golf courses were closed for extensive repairs and day visitors were advised to return home.

Singapore – Heavy rain led to flash floods at Jalan Boon Lay (International Road) and Yuan Ching Road on Saturday.

Malaysia – More people were evacuated overnight after more heavy rains, raising to 163 the number of flood evacuees in Terengganu as at 8 am today, according to the Civil Defence Force (APM). Several areas were still experiencing rain and people in the low-lying places face the risk of floods at any time, according to local officials.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05p (Owen), located approximately 106 nm west-southwest of Cairns, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 16 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Eight), located approximately 800 nm south-southwest of Kolkata, India, is tracking northwestward at 09 knots.

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South Carolina, USA – Heavy storms on Friday dumped several inches of rain on the Charleston area, inundating low-lying spots with floodwaters and jamming traffic during the morning rush hour.

Melbourne, Australia – After Friday’s freak storm, the forecast for Saturday wasn’t looking good either: more heavy rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05p (Owen), located approximately 401 nm north-northwest of Cairns, Australia, is tracking eastward at 11 knots.

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Canada – Heavy rains continued to cause mayhem in Metro Vancouver. Pounding rains caused a Burnaby creek to overflow, flooding streets, and a small landslide came down on the SkyTrain’s Millennium Line. A rockslide was also reported overnight on the Sea to Sky Highway, near Horseshoe Bay. Up to nine centimetres of rain is expected to fall by Friday morning.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05p (Owen), located approximately 362 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking eastward at 06 knots.

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Australia – Drivers trapped on the roofs of their cars have been dramatically airlifted to safety after becoming caught in rising floodwaters on the Hume Freeway as torrential rain lashes Victoria. Flash flooding also disrupted traffic in Melbourne.

Vietnam – The death toll from flooding in central Vietnam has risen to 14, state media reports say. Towns across central Vietnam began reporting rapid flooding beginning on Saturday as the region was hit by an unseasonal monsoon.

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Thailand – The Bang Saphan Noi municipality was flooded again on Monday after overnight heavy rains pounded the town and nearby areas. The downpour made reservoirs overflow, flooding Bang Saphan Noi district. The water levels downstream are still rising. Municipality workers are reinforcing sandbags in the town centre to prevent more water flowing into the area.

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West Java, Indonesia – Four people were killed and as many as 236 villagers were forced to flee home as landslides and floods struck East Java province of western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said on Sunday. The landslides occurred after soils of a hill slid down and hit a house, where the four were staying, situated in Sidomulyo village of Kebonagung sub-district in Pacitan district.

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Malaysia – Parts of Bintulu district in northern Sarawak were hit by flash floods on Monday (Dec 10) morning. The downpour that began in the early hours of the morning led to several roads in and out of Bintulu being flooded by 8am, including Jalan Sebiew.

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Kurdistan – The latest floods caused by yet another bout of rainfall in the Kurdistan Region have resulted in the death of a teen, shut down multiple roads linking cities, and caused substantial damage to a camp for displaced persons and to local infrastructure in several areas. In southern Sulaimani Province, a bridge on a road linking the cities of Kalar and Darbandikhan collapsed, halting all intra-city traffic.

Texas, USA – Harris County Flood Control District officials are keeping a close eye on several Houston area waterways after the Houston area was inundated heavy rain, causing flooding along some creeks and bayous.

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California, USA – The second storm in a week brought record-breaking rainfall to parched Los Angeles on Thursday, jamming traffic on Southern California highways and prompting evacuations in wildfire-scarred areas. A mudslide shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around Malibu neighborhoods charred by last month’s massive fire that destroyed hundreds of homes. Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California sorely need rainfall. Virtually the entire region is experiencing drought conditions, with portions of Los Angeles and Ventura counties and areas along the Mexican border in extreme drought. In Orange County, flooding closed several schools. Floodwaters also submerged several cars in Costa Mesa and rain partially collapsed the roof of a commercial building in Irvine but no injuries were reported. The powerful storm that slammed southern California Thursday will crawl across the southern tier of the United States over the next several days, delivering a nasty mix of snow, ice, heavy rain, floods and even a few tornadoes.

Cyprus – At least four people died in flooding in northern Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot media reported on Thursday, as hail and rain hammered the island. Social media images showed cars swept away into the sea, submerged in flood water and water gushing through homes. Normally dry rivers burst their banks, causing damage in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, and forcing the partial closure of a motorway linking the city to Kyrenia, a historic harbour town on the island’s northern coast. Many schools were shut.

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The Amazon – Scientists and the media have documented deepening drought in the Amazon basin. But a new study finds that flood events are significantly intensifying too, becoming five times more common over the last century. The effect is caused by a combination of factors, including an increase in strength of the Walker circulation – an ocean-driven pattern of air circulation that carries warm moist air from the tropical Atlantic across South America towards the Pacific, resulting in Amazon precipitation. Human-driven climate change is a major contributing factor to this increased Amazon basin flooding. Intensifying flood events result in lives and property lost, and significant harm to croplands, pastures and livestock.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Indonesia – Trees were knocked down and traffic brought to a standstill as a rainstorm caused flash floods in Indonesia’s city of Semarang, Central Java.

Washington State, USA – A storm system moving through Pierce County Saturday night dumped more than 10 in of water in some areas flooding roads and some homes.

Storms and Floods

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 563 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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Saudi Arabia – The Civil Defense has said four people were dead and many others trapped in Madinah due to heavy rain. It said a number of houses in the east of Madinah were submerged and rescue teams were still searching for people entrapped by water. 40 people who were besieged by water in Rabigh were rescued and evacuated to safety.