Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
No current tropical storms.
Burundi – At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday. In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims.
Namibia – Flooding in Namibia’s Cuvelai-Etosha catchment area has reached alarming levels in recent weeks, with residents being warned to take the necessary precautions in expectation of the worst possible floods experienced in the region in living memory. Authorities have warned that the magnitude of flooding expected in the northern central regions is likely to surpass that of 2011, which saw the highest level of flooding in Namibia’s recent history.
In the South Indian Ocean:
Tropical cyclone Fobane is located approximately 596 nm southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius.
UK floods – Parts of the UK face further flooding with stormy weather – and winds that could exceed 100 mph forecast.
USA – A state of emergency has been declared for all of Alabama, Northern Georgia, Northern Mississippi, and Northern Louisiana as the South’s second serious winter storm of 2014 spreads snow, sleet, and freezing rain across the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. Freezing rain at a temperature of 29° was falling at 9 am EST Tuesday morning in northern Mississippi in Columbus, and in Birmingham, Alabama, where it was 32°. The storm, called Winter Storm Pax, begins its most dangerous phase Tuesday night into Wednesday, when rain changes to freezing rain from Eastern Georgia through Central South Carolina. As much as 1″ of freezing rain is expected in Augusta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina, and widespread power outages would result if these ice amounts materialize.
Burundi – Burundi is counting the cost of a flood that has devastated many parts of the capital, Bujumbura. At least 50 people are believed to have been killed as water and mud flooding down from the hills washed away hundreds of homes.
Philippines – A tornado in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines has injured one person and destroyed a warehouse late Monday afternoon.
Colorado – An avalanche near Mount Crested Butte in Colorado has claimed life of a snowmobiler and partially buried one other. The avalanche about 500 feet wide occurred close to Kebler Pass on Monday.
No Current Tropical Storms
A lightning strike in Burundi has claimed the lives of at least seven students and injured 51 others. The lightning bolt hit a classroom where the high school students were sheltering from a severe storm. Heavy rains have destroyed more than 500 houses in the area.
Mudslides in Catamarca, Argentina have claimed the lives of at least five people. Heavy rainfall caused mudslides in El Rodeo and Siján areas. Five women and three children are still reported to be missing.
Australia – The Bureau of Meteorology says a cyclone could form off the Pilbara coast as early as next week. A low is developing in the South East Timor Sea and expected to cross into Australian waters tomorrow. Forecasters predict the low to move off the West Kimberley coast on Australia Day and then track parallel to the Pilbara on Monday.
Forecasters are warning of more heavy rain across parts of the UK, bringing further risk of flooding to some areas left struggling by recent storms. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain in south-west England on Sunday between 06:00 GMT and 14:00. Rain and strong winds are also forecast for parts of the South East, Northern Ireland, Wales and much of Scotland. On Saturday, storms battered the Midlands region, with buildings struck by lightning and trees uprooted.
US – Another round of extreme winter weather, including subzero temps and whiteout conditions, has hit some areas of the United States, which is being dubbed by some as “Polar Vortex Part 2.”
Cholera in Burundi
17 people have died in what has been described as a cholera epidemic in Burundi.
Anthrax Outbreak in Ghana
Veterinary officers in the Builsa North district in the Upper East region in Ghana have placed a ban on the slaughtering of animals in the area following the latest outbreak of anthrax.
Some residents are reported to have contracted the disease, after eating the meat of infected animals.
69 animals who contracted the disease have died so far.
Bushfires are ravaging Ruvubu National Park located in Muyinga and Karuzi provinces in south-eastern Burundi. The park is near the border with Tanzania.