Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A massive bush fire burning in Sydney’s southwest is getting closer to Australia’s only nuclear reactor. The bushfire on Sydney’s outskirts, which has been burning since Saturday, has so far burnt through more than 2400 hectares. More than 100 firefighters are working ti bring the fire under control.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

A passenger has filmed the moment a Sydney train drove through a fierce fire zone, as 1000 hectares of bushland went up in flames. Sydney Trains said buses had replaced trains between East Hills and Glenfield on the T8 Airport and South Lines. Although conditions have eased today, there are fears strong winds will challenge the efforts of 500 firefighters battling the Holsworthy blaze.

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Wildfires – Australia

Record-breaking temperatures and fierce winds have left fire services struggling to contain a bushfire south of Adelaide, and residents are being urged to flee their homes or enact their bushfire survival plans.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has issued a watch and act warning for Inman Valley – near Stockwell and Kemmiss Hill road – saying lives could be threatened as the out-of-control fire moves north.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 200 firefighters are still battling peat fires that have been burning in south-west Victoria for weeks, creating a carbon monoxide poisoning risk for local residents.

Specialist compressed air foam trucks were due to arrive in the region on Friday to help minimise smoke and carbon monoxide around the main fire near Cobrico, east of Warrnambool.

That blaze now covers 58 hectares and is seven metres deep. It is burning in a similar fashion to briquettes, releasing large quantities of smoke.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 156 nm north-northeast of Koror, Palau, is tracking northeastward at 04 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 451 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 07 knots.

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Monsoon, India – India is expected to experience a normal monsoon which could bring in a major relief to several states. La Nina, a phenomenon associated with the cooling of Pacific waters, will be neutral during this monsoon, raising hope for normal rainfall this year.

Cairns, Australia – Flooding from the Barron River in Cairns is the worst recorded since February 2000, but the height of the flooding emergency has passed for the time being, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says. More than 40 people were evacuated from a caravan park and others rescued from flooded cars, as the tail-end of ex-Tropical Cyclone Nora drenched areas in far north Queensland. No further significant rain is expected over the next few days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.

Storms and Floods

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 541 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 309 nm east-northeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 03 knots.

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Australia – Continuing heavy rain on the NSW mid-north coast and the Hunter region prompted severe weather warnings and the evacuation of a primary school as stormwater drains broke their banks and rivers flooded. The eastern seaboard was drenched yesterday but parts of the NSW coast between Taree and Newcastle received more than 100mm in several hours.

California, USA – Rain from a powerful Pacific storm is falling across areas of central and southern California at risk of mudslides. Thousands of residents evacuated their homes ahead of the storm while others were waiting it out and hoping for the best. Late Tuesday, Los Angeles County authorities told thousands more to be ready to evacuate from neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, which have also been badly hit by wildfires.

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Wildfires – Australia

Wildfires razed dozens of homes in southeast Australia, cut power to thousands more and killed livestock, but most of the weekend blazes had been contained by Monday. There have been no reports of serious injury, officials said.

The worst-hit town was Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales state where more than 70 homes and businesses had been severely damaged or destroyed by a fire that started in woods around midday on Sunday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

In neighboring Victoria state, up to 18 homes had been destroyed over the weekend by three fires and 40,000 homes lost power, Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said. Sheep and cattle losses had yet to be assessed.

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Wildfires – Australia

More than 50 bush and grass fire ravaging Victoria’s southwest have been downgraded after destroying about a dozen homes and livestock. Hundreds of beef and dairy cattle, as well as farm buildings, have also been destroyed, and 40,000 hectares of land burnt.

Emergency Management said not all of the homes destroyed were occupied, and there had been no deaths or major injuries reported. However, 800 people had been forced to seek shelter at relief centres.

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Wildfires – Australia

An out-of-control fire between Exmouth and Coral Bay has destroyed about 22,000 hectares. Firefighters have been actively fighting the blaze west of Exmouth Gulf since it was reported about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Fifteen bushfire brigades are involved in today’s firefighting efforts. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a bushfire advice at 10.11am today, saying the fire was unpredictable and moving fast in a north-easterly direction.

There was no threat to lives or homes, but there was a lot of smoke in the area.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Dumazile), located approximately 447 nm south of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking south-southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone 12p (Hola), located approximately 118 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

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Indonesia – Flash floods struck the districts of Dompu and Woja in Dompu regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Monday afternoon following high-intensity rain that lasted more than two hours. According to the NTB Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), at least 1,000 homes in several villages and subdistricts were inundated, forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate the areas.

Australia – A remote town in central Queensland, more used to droughts than floods, has become effectively an island following a deluge of rain. Winton, in the state’s central west, has seen more than 250mm of rain since Sunday with floodwaters peaking at 3.7m on Tuesday. Downpours in the surrounding area has seen the town become surrounded by water and virtually cut off, with just one access road into the town.

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Wildfires – Texas, USA

Wildfires that started Monday afternoon in three counties around Abilene are contained this morning, according to authorities.

The Newell Fire off of U.S. Highway 180 about 13 miles west of Albany is “out,” according to the Shackelford County Sheriff’s Office. The fire burned about 2,500 acres.

About 700 acres were burned in Fisher County near farm roads 57 and 419 about 10 miles north of Sweetwater, according to the forest service.

Wildfires – Australia

Strong winds fanned out-of-control bushfires in NSW and Victoria. A blaze started on Boggy Creek Road in Myrrhee near Whitfield on Wednesday afternoon, fanned by strong winds of about 40km/h. More than 250 firefighters battled the fire, along with aircraft, bulldozers and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning vehicles.

Meanwhile water-bombing aircraft were sent out to a fire burning near Barooga Road, about four kilometres north of Mulwala earlier on Wednesday afternoon. NSW Rural Fire Service said the fire had been burning in a south-easterly direction under strong, north to westerly winds ranging from 40 to 60 kilometres per hour.

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Australia – The Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra has cancelled all classes and events for Monday after a storm triggered flash flooding in parts of the city on Sunday and forced several roads to close. Some parts of the city received more than February’s average rainfall in just a few hours. The city recorded 66.2mm, compared with the average rainfall for February of 51.2mm. Several adjacent suburbs were also flooded, local media said, with much of the floodwaters carried by Sullivans Creek, which runs through the middle of the campus.

Ontario, Canada – A state of emergency and flood warnings remain in place in southwestern Ontario, though officials say damage from a local river appears to be less than expected. The Thames River, swollen by days of heavy rains and melted snow, is reaching its peak in most areas covered by the state of emergency.

Bolivia – The Bolivian government is mulling whether to declare a “national disaster” due to severe flooding that has driven 85,000 people from their homes across the country. After touring flood-ravaged areas in Guanay, a town in north of La Paz department, Defense Minister Zabaleta told reporters in the capital that the heavy rains sparked by the La Nina weather phenomenon have claimed eight lives, washed away thousands of homes, and damaged cropland, bridges and roadways.

Midwest USA – Flooding that prompted evacuations in parts of the Midwest persisted Friday in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio and was expected to last through the weekend in areas that have been swamped by high water from heavy rains and melting snow. Waters receded in South Bend and Goshen, Indiana, but flooding remained there and elsewhere. The National Weather Service said a number of Michigan rivers could see record levels in the coming days. In Ohio, water swamped more roadways and basements and forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region’s deadly 1997 floods. Restaurants and other business and recreation spots from Cincinnati for miles east along the river closed, as water cut off roadways and swamped parks. Forecasters warned people living along rivers, streams and creeks in southern Ohio, southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky to be especially cautious and prepared for rapid rises.

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Wildfires – Hawaii, USA

Big Island firefighters and multiple agencies continued their efforts Sunday to extinguish a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in Waikoloa. The fire is estimated to have burned between 830 to 900 acres over the last 24 hours, officials said. At last check, the fire was 35 percent contained.

Wildfires – Chile

About 1,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the past 24 hours in Chile’s central region of Valparaiso, while authorities have declared the red alert in five areas on Sunday. The fires have been fed by a prolonged drought and temperatures that have topped 40 degrees Celsius.

Wildfires – Australia

A bushfire is burning out-of-control in Perth’s southern suburbs, shutting a major freeway. Kwinana Freeway has been shut in both directions from Mortimer Road and Mundijong Road due to smoke from a fast-moving fire in Baldivis.

Up to 150 firefighters, two air tankers and about 13 bulldozers and tractors will spend today strengthening and building containment lines on the Mt Canobolas blaze that’s already destroyed more than 790 hectares, a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.