Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Lives and homes are in danger from an out-of-control bushfire in Western Australia’s north that authorities believe was deliberately lit. A watch and act alert has been issued for people west of the Ord River in Kununurra, including some Aboriginal communities.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Fire fighters gained the upper hand against more than 50 bushfires across NSW, moving to contain and extinguish blazes after hot and windy conditions fanned them toward homes earlier in the week.

Thursday’s raging Jervis Bay bushfire forced the evacuation of a primary school and nearby naval base, and came within one kilometre of homes. Fire authorities said on Friday they believe it was deliberately lit.

Some 73 fires are still burning around NSW with about 11 not under control.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control bushfire in the New South Wales Hunter Valley was threatening houses on Wednesday as firefighters battled a number of fires amid unseasonable heat with Sydney experiencing its hottest September day on record. The NSW Rural Fire Service issued an emergency warning for Richmond Vale, near Cessnock on Wednesday morning. The blaze had broken containment lines and burned about 700 hectares of bushland.

Wildfires – Saskatchewan, Canada

Firefighters in northern Saskatchewan had to deal with shifting winds and hot, dry weather as they continue to battle wildfires. The dynamic conditions caused two of the three wildfires burning near Pelican Narrows to grow during the weekend.

The Granite fire, which is one kilometre east of Jan Lake, has grown to approximately 107,000 hectares, roughly six times the size of Regina.

The Preston fire, approximately three kilometres north and six kilometres west of Pelican Narrows, has grown to approximately 47,000 hectares.

A third wildfire in the area, the Wilkin fire, is currently not a threat to communities. Crews are working on securing the northern flanks of the fire.

Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 03w (Muifa), located approximately 328 nm northwest of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

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Melbourne, Australia – Parts of Victoria have already received almost double the average rainfall this month, and some areas have recorded the wettest April in 16 years. As Melbourne dealt with another wintry blast and rainfall that caused the closure of two train stations, the weather bureau revealed Melbourne had received 107 millimetres of rain this month

North & South Carolina, USA – Days of rain are causing floods in several southeastern states including South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. The heavy rain has swamped homes and businesses in North Carolina. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning until 11:30 p.m. for Raleigh, the state capital, and surrounding counties.

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Storms and Floods

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 03w (Three), located approximately 244 nm north-northwest of Yap, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

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Australia – Homes were damaged and drivers trapped in their cars as flash flooding wreaked havoc in the Geelong area last night. Videos uploaded to social media showed roads looking more like rivers, and water spouting out of gutters like fountains. There were reports of flash floods, building damage and flooded homes.

Tennessee, USA – Officials say heavy rain that fell over the weekend has caused road flooding and school closures in Middle and East Tennessee. In the Nashville suburb of Franklin, portions of the Harpeth River overflowed into a section of a sewer system under repair — sweeping raw sewage into streets. Schools in about a dozen counties were closed Monday. Parts of the Tennessee River overflowed its banks on Monday after TVA engineers opened spillways on the Chickamauga dam.

Wildlife

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Vast numbers of coastal birds have flocked to Western Australia’s northern desert region after record rains filled some lakes to their highest levels in 30 years.

After noticing in satellite images how much the Outback had been transformed by torrential January rains, wildlife experts launched an aerial survey that found tens of thousands of birds had flown across the country to nest around the new inland sea. One lake was hosting about 90,000 birds.

The coastal birds may not breed for years during dry times in the interior, but appear to have an uncanny ability to sense major rainfall events in the Outback.

Storms and Floods

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Australia – Expected flood levels in the central Queensland city of Rockhampton have been revised down, with the Fitzroy River only expected to reach 9 metres on Wednesday. Three men still missing, one near Mackay, one in the south Burnett and one in the Gold Coast hinterland. 588 homes uninhabitable in north Queensland. 21,000 without power, 400 poles down. In Logan and Scenic Rim 76 flooded homes uninhabitable, that number could rise to 300. 1,600 customers without power.

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Colombia – Hours of heavy rains overnight caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding homes with mud in Putumayo province. A torrent of debris surged through the city of Macoa near Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador around midnight, catching many residents off guard asleep in their homes and leaving little time to escape. Many of the city’s streets were left an unrecognizable plane of rocks, wooden planks and mud. The number of people killed in Colombia after a surge of mud and water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city has risen to 203.

Australia – Thousands of residents in Rockhampton are being urged to evacuate as the town braces for its worst flood in almost a century. The Premier has confirmed more than 500 homes have already been left “uninhabitable” in north and central Queensland. The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the Logan River peaked at Waterford last night and that it remains at major flood levels in Eagleby today, although the river has started to ease today as the clean-up effort begins. Significant moderate to major flooding was today occurring along the Logan River downstream of Yarrahapini. The death toll has risen to 3.

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Australia – Flooded rivers were still rising Saturday in two Australian states with two women dead and four people missing after torrential rains in the wake of a powerful tropical cyclone Debbie. Queensland police warned that the Logan River, which runs through Beenleigh south of Brisbane, would only hit peak flood levels during the afternoon while further north the city of Rockhampton was also facing a serious threat. Rockhampton, with a population of over 80,000 on the Fitzroy River, was expected to suffer flood levels not seen for a century and Stewart urged residents in low-lying areas to leave.

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Australia – Northern New South Wales farmers are reporting the biggest flood they have seen in more than 50 years. Flooding rivers swamped towns along Australia’s east coast on Friday forcing tens of thousands of people to be evacuated as fast-flowing waters cut roads and destroyed bridges after the remnants of a powerful cyclone swept through the region. The disaster zone from ex-Cyclone Debbie stretched 1,000 kms (612 miles) from Queensland state’s tropical resort islands and Gold Coast tourist strip to the farmlands of New South Wales state, with more than 100,00 homes reportedly without power. Six large rivers had hit major flood levels and were still rising, said the Bureau of Meteorology. Flood sirens sounded before dawn at Lismore when the Wilsons River surged over the town’s levee. By daybreak the center of the town of 25,000 people in the Northern Rivers region of NSW was underwater. Throughout the day several towns suffered the same fate and were submerged under floodwaters. Stranded residents climbed onto roofs of flooded homes to await rescuing, but fast-moving water and high winds hindered emergency crews reaching some people. Farmers moved livestock to higher ground, while others sandbagged property, desperately trying to stop floodwaters. NSW police said they had recovered the body of a woman from floodwaters on Friday, the first reported death since Cyclone Debbie hit on Tuesday. Authorities had feared that people may have died overnight as floodwaters rose swiftly in the dark.

Malawi – Over 395 people have been affected by floods which were caused by heavy rains coupled with poor drainage systems in Chikhwawa.

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Australia – More than 4000 people remain isolated in northern NSW because of heavy rain, with more wet weather forecast for much of the state. Eleven rivers in the northern rivers and mid-north coast regions have flooded, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing severe thunderstorm warnings on Monday for those areas, along with the central west slopes and plains, and upper western and northern tablelands.

Peru – Authorities in Peru have declared that the intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, with the death toll since the beginning of the year having hit 72. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated. The storms are being caused by a warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks, with the disaster affecting more than half the nation.

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur – It was a busy day for firefighters responding to reports of flash floods, landslides and clogged drains after particularly heavy rains in the Klang Valley.

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Peru – A new round of unusually heavy rains killed at least a dozen people in Peru and is threatening flooding in the capital Lima. New floods and mudslides over the past three days followed a series of other storms. Officials say that a total of 62 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed so far this year. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue for another two weeks. Schools nationwide are suspending classes and the swelling Huaycoloro River in Lima swept away two trucks and threatened to destroy a bridge.

Australia – Torrential rain led to flash flooding across the region from Wollongong to Bowral, with at least 53mm of rain dumped in 60 minutes at Warragamba on Thursday afternoon. Heavy rainfall was likely to bring more flash flooding to the south coast for several hours on Thursday night, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, which issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area. Flood warnings are in place for the Wilsons, Hastings and Orara rivers.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Devastated residents are being allowed back into Carwoola after a mammoth bushfire destroyed up to 15 homes and numerous other properties. The fast-moving fire swept through the town of Carwoola, near the ACT, as firefighters fought desperately to contain the flames late yesterday. wo firefighters were injured fighting the severe blaze east of Queanbeyan.

Some residents did not know whether they would return to find their house still standing after reports that more than 15 homes had been lost. High winds and 34C heat fanned the flames that hit homes around lunchtime and had burned more than 2700ha by last night.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

A wildfire burning in southeastern Polk County has now consumed 5,500 acres as it continues to smoulder, but was 75 percent contained late Friday night, county officials say.

High winds initially fanned the flames Wednesday, allowing the fire to rapidly spread and force evacuations in the Indian Lake Estates area. County officials say they’ve found another home destroyed by fire there, bringing the total number to 12.

Storms and Floods

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo), located approximately 136 nm west-southwest of Europa island, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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Western Australia – Update – The deadly floods in Western Australia have claimed another life after heavy rain fell across the state. Large parts of WA remain on alert after ongoing downpours swamped the state. As authorities assess the damage, a second man was killed in the floods.

Indonesia – Flash floods that took place in several parts of Sambelia district in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, over the weekend have inundated residential areas and displaced around 500 people. High-intensity rainfall on Lombok Island from Friday to Saturday caused floods that cut access to some locations. Floods had also caused a bridge to collapse in Sambelia village, while in Sugian village, a section of an embankment in the Kokok Pendek River collapsed, preventing road access, damaging an elementary school building and causing minor damages to at least 75 houses.

Storms and Floods

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo), located approximately 78 nm west of Europa island, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

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Wyoming, USA – Residents along the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming are battling major flooding with the help of National Guard troops and others. The flooding began over the weekend when warm temperatures melted snow and ice jams caused water to back up. More than 100 homes were evacuated in Worland.

Western Australia – Update – Most of Western Australia – an area the size of Western Europe – has been declared a natural disaster area following flooding that has killed at least one person. The flooding that has lashed the state is the worst in 30 years in some areas and is estimated to have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage with roads, bridges and farms affected.