Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Leslie is located about 505 mi…810 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Sergio is located about 855 mi…1380 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 30w (Kong-Rey), located approximately 351 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Walaka is located about 100 mi…165 km nnw of Johnston island about 465 mi…750 km ssw of French Frigate Shoals with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Arizona, USA – Heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa soaked the Southwest on Tuesday, and about 10 million people remained at risk of flooding. The Phoenix area saw widespread rain Tuesday morning, leading to flooded roads and commuting headaches. The storm drenched northwestern Mexico on Monday, claiming at least one victim. A woman was swept away by floodwaters and drowned in the city of Caborca, Sonora, on the Sea of Cortez. As of Tuesday morning, the center of what was left of Rosa was about 300 miles southwest of Phoenix. With winds of about 30 mph, the system was no longer tracked by the National Hurricane Center.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Arizona, USA – Torrents of water rushed Thursday through an Arizona canyon famous for its towering blue-green waterfalls, sending tourists scrambling to trees and caves as they sought higher ground. Rescue workers evacuated most of the 200 tourists after two rounds of flooding hit the Havasupai reservation, deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon.

Utah, USA – Heavy thunderstorms across southwestern Utah led to widespread flooding late Thursday, swamping basements, forcing road closures and prompting major cleanup efforts in Zion National Park.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

A total of 69,159 acres is under fire while only a combined 5% is contained in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Below are a list of fires burning and containment levels:

Buzzard Fire: 51,024 acres, 8% contained

Flamingo Fire: 9,794 acres, 5% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,339 acres, 15% contained

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire, which started in the area south of Pinery Canyon, is burning in the Chiricahua Mountains 12 miles east of Douglas. As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday, officials said the fire had grown to 1200 acres.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Firefighters battling a wildfire in north-central Arizona were hampered Monday by strong winds and dry conditions as residents of surrounding communities remained out of their homes for another day. Authorities said some homes were lost as the wildfire consumed almost 14 square miles (35 square kilometers) south of Flagstaff. Crews on Monday were assessing exactly how many structures have burned, but estimated around 30.

Wildfires – Wisconsin, USA

A total of 43 wildfires have been reported around Wisconsin by the DNR over the past two days. A majority of the fires were in the south-central region of the state. A state of emergency was declared, although the majority of the fires were small, between 10 – 20 acres.

Wildfires – Manitoba, Canada

Wildfires are burning across Manitoba. The province is deploying firefighters and water bombers to several communities where wildfires are consuming forestland. Several fires within Winnipeg have been extinguished, but fire officials say the dry spring teamed with high winds are the perfect recipe for big fires.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Fernanda is located about 1475 mi…2375 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 06w (Talas), located approximately 150 nm south of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

In the North Atlantic: Tropical Low Four remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential (20%) for further tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Arizona, USA – At least nine people were killed and one person was still missing on Sunday night after flash flooding interrupted a family gathering in central Arizona over the weekend. The storm hit on Saturday, the first day of the region’s monsoon season, which lasts from mid-July through September. Flash flooding is common in Arizona during those months. The state’s low-lying roads and dry rivers and creek beds are particularly vulnerable to sudden downpours, with vegetation too sparse to slow the water’s sudden onset. Along with the flooding, Saturday’s storm caused several power failures, leaving thousands of people without electricity.

India – Heavy rains swelled two major rivers causing flash floods in Odisha’s Rayagada district, prompting the state government to seek the help of defence forces. A railway bridge was also washed away. The flash floods resulted from an alarming rise in the water levels in the Nagavalli and the Kalyani rivers.

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Wildfires – USA

Gusty winds and soaring temperatures have spread wildfires in numerous states across the Southwest, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Thursday that six states including Arizona, California and New Mexico are dealing with “multiple large fires,” with more than 8,000 firefighters and support workers battling the blazes. The Interagency has raised the danger level, which helps mobilize additional resources.

In Central Arizona’s Yavapai County, the Goodwin Fire — named for the area near where the fire started — has engulfed more than 20,000 acres of mostly scrubland known locally as chaparral. The fire is also threatening several residential communities, spurring the evacuation of at least 1,500 people.

Officials say lightning sparked the Frye Fire earlier this month. It continues to burn around 40,000 acres of rugged terrain in Arizona’s Pinaleno Mountain Range. With more than 800 emergency workers battling it, the fire is at 45 percent containment.

In neighboring Utah, a massive blaze in Brian Head is burning around 60,000 acres, spurring evacuations.

And in California, multiple wildfires have also triggered dozens of evacuations and burned homes and cars.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Arizona firefighters are currently battling nine large wildfire across the state, with 45,000 acres burned. Numerous smaller wildfires are being reported daily, which leaves Arizona with more wildfires than any other state.

More than 1,000 firefighters have battled the Highline Fire just north of Payson since its discovery June 10. As of June 18, the fire was considered 76 percent contained. After threatening homes, which led to evacuations, firefighters were able to stop the fire’s movement to the south, east and west sides June 19, according to reports. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A wildfire north of Phoenix near the Sunset Point rest area closed the southbound lanes of I-17 for several hours June 18. The blaze, called the Maggie Mine Fire began burning around 3 p.m. in the remote, mountainous area. Air tankers, helicopters and firefighters battled the wildfire which has grown to 1,400 acres.

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Wildfires – Colorado, USA

Oil and gas companies temporarily shut down wells in northwestern Colorado on Sunday as three wildfires ignited by lightning burned across more than 750 acres, mostly federally managed Bureau of Land Management public land.

The 637-acre Hunter wildfire, 20 miles southwest of Meeker, was growing even as 60 firefighters with aerial support attacked flames. The temperatures, nearly 90 degrees, and dry wind favored the fire.

A 65-acre Temple wildfire, 25 miles west of Craig, and the 55-acre Cross fire, 35 miles west of Craig, occupied another 40 firefighters.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire burning two miles southeast of Dragoon in Cochise County has grown to 10,500 acres with no containment, officials said.

The Lizard Fire merged with the Dragoon Fire Friday afternoon and a Type-1 Incident Management Team was brought in to assume command of the blaze, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service.

Approximately 350 personnel were assigned to the fire, including dozens of engines, a hotshot crew, water tankers and a helicopter. The blaze, which is burning tall grass and brush, was started by lightning Wednesday.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

Military personnel have been deployed to the Knysna area to try and prevent looting, as wildfires rip through the area, already affecting about 10 000 residents and 20 suburbs. At the same time, blazes are spreading in Plettenberg Bay and around Port Elizabeth. A Plettenberg Bay resident called News24 on Thursday morning, saying his suburb was on fire and was being evacuated. Several buildings were gutted. One firefighter has been killed and another injured while fighting wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Officials say wildfires that caused evacuations in two southern Arizona neighborhoods have merged. The blaze has destroyed an empty home in Cochise County and charred about 12 square miles (31.08 sq. kilometers) since it started Tuesday afternoon. 220 firefighters and 25 engines are managing the wildfire. There is no estimate for when the blaze will be contained and authorities expect it will be a long fight.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

The death toll in the wildfires in the Western Cape has risen to nine. Firefighters are currently battling 26 active fires, made worse by a “storm front” that has flooded nearby Cape Town but fanned the flames around the well-heeled seaside town of Knysna and the neighboring Plettenberg Bay. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated to escape the fast-moving wildfires.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Up to 30 homes in Cochise County are being evacuated as a precaution due to erratic wind behavior that is aiding a lightning-caused wildfire in the area. Another wildfire is burning near the small community of Dragoon has charred about 5.4 square miles and burned one home. Authorities say that fire could merge with the blaze in the Chiricahua Mountains northeast of Douglas that is forcing the Cochise Stronghold evacuation if they both continue to grow.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Green Valley fire had now burned 28.1 square miles (72.8 sq. kilometers), the fire management team said Tuesday afternoon.

There are no reports of injuries or structure damage, but the wind-driven fire has resulted in the evacuation of 40 residences as well as notices to nearly 90 additional dwellings whose residents should prepare for possible evacuation.

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Wildfires – Georgia, USA

Georgia’s wildfire season is underway, and true to form, a major blaze is burning land in the southern part of the state. The West Mims fire has scorched more than 36,000 acres around the Okefenokee Swamp. It’s just over 4 percent contained.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire that broke out Sunday near Madera Canyon, southeast of Green Valley, had burned 4,500 acres and continued to grow on both state lands and the Coronado National Forest Monday. As of Monday morning, containment was estimated at 5 percent.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations due to wildfires have been lifted in Lee and Collier Counties. 7000 acres burned in Collier at 30th Avenue in Golden Gate Estates that was 50% contained as of Sunday afternoon. Three homes were destroyed. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Earl is located about 195 mi…310 km E of Isla Roatan Honduras and about 315 mi…505 km ESE of Belize City Belize with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Howard is located about 1465 mi…2360 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Ivette is located about 855 mi…1375 km SW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

Newsbytes:

Jamaica – Heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Earl yesterday caused severe flooding in sections of the resort city of Montego Bay.

Arizona, USA – Monsoon storms in Arizona hit the Valley hard on Tuesday, causing flash flooding. Two high schools in southern Arizona were evacuated as a precaution Tuesday as flooding closed several major roads and stranded motorists between flowing washes. The Arizona Department of Transportation closed the Interstate 17 at Indian School in both directions due to flooding. The wet weather has caused sporadic delays at Phoenix Sky Harbor.

India – The raging floods that started on July 25 submerged up to 80 percent of India’s Kaziranga National Park, in the northeastern state of Assam. The flooding subsided on July 31, but hundreds of animals have drowned, including more than a dozen rare Indian rhinoceroses. Across the country, the flooding has displaced millions of people and killed 152.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Darby is located about 1050 mi…1695 km E of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Estelle is located about 825 mi…1330 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the South Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Abela is located approximately 392 nm north-northwest of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 09 knots.

Newsbytes:

Arizona, USA – Monsoon season is in full swing in the Southwest. Heavy rain and damaging winds have caused flooding and plenty of storm damage in the Phoenix area. The soft, saturated ground coupled with strong winds uprooted trees and snapped others in half.

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Wildfires – Arizona

Lightning strikes have ignited more fires across Tonto National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Three new fires were burning Thursday, the result of lightning strikes, bringing the total number of active fires in the Tonto National Forest to six.

The fires are in remote wilderness locations and currently pose no threat to any structures and cover several thousand acres altogether.