Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 31w (Kirogi), located approximately 142 nm east-northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

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Greece – The death toll from flooding in and around Athens rose to 19 on Saturday after three more bodies were recovered west of the Greek capital.

UAE – Five Indian nationals were rescued from a car that was washed away by wadi flood waters in Khor Fakkan on Friday after heavy rains and rescue personnel are searching for another missing student.

Australia – Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of Melbourne on Saturday (Nov 18), after the Australian city was lashed by a series of storms. Water poured down the steps to Flinders Street railway station in the heart of Melbourne, and commuters were seen removing their shoes to walk through ankle-deep water. Rain also seeped through the roof of Melbourne Airport’s international terminal, after 20mm of rainfall in under 10 minutes.

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Wildfires

Bushfires – Australia

Australia Zoo and dozens of homes in Beerwah, near the Sunshine Coast, have come under threat from a massive bushfire. The Watch and Act warning currently in place stated residents in the area should be ready to enact a bushfire survival plan or be prepared to leave the area.

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Bushfires – Australia

More than 40 bushfires burned across South Australia on Sunday, scorching hundreds of hectares and threatening properties.

The spate of fires came before Wednesday’s start to the official bushfire season in most districts and more than a month before summer. Country Fire Service volunteers battled grass fires fuelled by tricky weather conditions, including wind gusts of up to 100km/h and dry vegetation.

The biggest fire at Worlds End, in the state’s mid-north, destroyed 280 hectares of stubble before being contained, but was still being monitored for flare-ups on Monday.

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Wildfires – Australia

Firefighters battling a bushfire that is threatening lives and homes near a mine site in Western Australia’s north have been forced to shift resources to a separate blaze suspected of being deliberately lit.

A watch and act has been issued for people near the Western Turner mine site, west of Tom Price in the Pilbara. The blaze is out of control and unpredictable, and smoke has closed some roads. The fire has burnt about 24,000ha since it started on October 8.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Australia – The Queensland city of Bundaberg has endured its biggest one-day downpour in more than half-a-century, causing flash flooding and leaving thousands without power. A Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman said the Wide Bay city had received more than 340mm of rain yesterday — including 75mm in a single hour — breaking a 64-year record by more than 60mm. Residents described cyclonic-like winds which downed trees and powerlines and sent debris flying.

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Wildfires – Australia

Structures have been destroyed by an out-of-control bushfire southwest of Port Macquarie, the NSW Rural Fire Service says. The blaze, which was raging in the Innes View area, west of Comboyne, blackened about 950 hectares in hot and windy conditions on Sunday afternoon. Dozens of firefighters and water-bombing aircraft attempted to get the flames under control and warned residents they would see smoke and possibly embers.

At 5pm Sunday, there were nearly 100 grass or bushfires burning across NSW and 29 were not contained.

A bushfire alert in Victoria’s east has been downgraded but nearby residents need to remain vigilant about the out-of-control blaze, emergency officials say. Residents near the small East Gippsland town of Orbost had been told earlier on Monday to evacuate their homes as fire crews battled the fire east of the town. But fire conditions eased by 11am.

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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 – 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.

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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

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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

Outback Rush

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

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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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.