Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo) has dissipated as it moved in over Mozambique and eastern South Africa, although heavy rains and winds associated with its remnants remain hazardous.

The storm has killed seven people in Mozambique and already displaced 130,000 people and 20,000 houses, as well as clinics and schools, have been destroyed. It’s now made landfall in South Africa, in parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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Israel – Winter storm buffets Israel with freezing rain, floods. Snow falls on Golan but not expected to reach Jerusalem, where temperatures forecast to hover above freezing. Flood warnings were issued for the Judean Desert and Dead Sea regions, and Israeli rescue units have warned citizens against approaching rivers in those areas either by car or foot. The Sea of Galilee rose one centimetre on Wednesday.

British Columbia, Canada – High temperatures in Prince George broke a weather record more than 100 years old this week, flooding homes and streets as ice from a recent deep freeze clogged up storm drains.

Saudi Arabia – Saudi authorities have reported the death of one person on Wednesday and the rescue of hundreds of others after severe flooding in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region. Flooding in the region caused road closures and the launch of warning sirens in Abha dam area.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.4 Earthquake hits Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.

5.3 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.2 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Mozambique.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck under the Celebes Sea off the southern Philippines on Tuesday but was far too deep to cause any damage and casualties or generate a tsunami.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Indian-Antarctic ridge.

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Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 Earthquake hits Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.

5.4 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Macquarie Island.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Four), located approximately 822 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

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Spain – A woman was swept away during flash floods in a village 45 kilometres from the Catalan capital of Barcelona in Spain after her GPS device sent her driving across a riverbed through the village of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons.

Turkey – Unprecedented rainfall in some western towns led to small-scale floods on Monday and Tuesday while snowfall is forecast for central and northwestern Turkey on Wednesday. Balıkesir province was among the hardest-hit by flooding. A night of rainfall triggered floods in the town of Gömeç, where a bridge collapsed and flocks of sheep drowned; no other casualties were reported. Rivers breaching their banks threatened residences and shops in the small town. Ayvalık, a popular seaside town in the province, was also heavily inundated after downpours that started on Sunday increased in intensity late Monday. Schools in the town were closed Tuesday as rainfall accompanied with strong winds damaged buildings, felled trees and blocked access to several streets. Some residents were trapped in their houses for hours, long after downpours hit early Tuesday.

Canada – Crews in Thunder Bay, Ont., have remained busy as approximately 80 millimetres of rain fell across the city since Monday morning flooding parts of the city.

Saudi Arabia – At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of the Kingdom, press reports said on Tuesday. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country. The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Invest 97L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 06w (Nida), located approximately 187 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northwestward at 18 knots.

Over 120 flights to and from Hong Kong have been canceled as Typhoon Nida barrels toward the city and southern China, after battering the Philippines over the weekend.

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Bangladesh – More than a week of flooding has claimed at least 14 lives in the northern districts of Bangladesh. The fatalities are from three districts – Jamalpur, Kurigram and Gaibandha. Floods caused widespread damage to habitation, crops, roads and highways forcing thousands of people to live in schools, community halls and other relief centres.

Maryland, USA – A torrent of water caused by an intense storm ripped through Ellicott City’s historic downtown Saturday evening, killing two and causing massive destruction in an old mill town that will take weeks if not months to recover.

Canada – After going through wildfire hell recently, Fort McMurray is going through high water, as heavy morning rainfall flooded parts of the town and surrounding areas.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Oil sands producers Canadian Natural Resources Limited and Cenovus Energy shut projects and evacuated workers at Pelican Lake projects in northern Alberta as wildfires again threaten western Canadian output just as production begins to recover.

The lightning-sparked fire, roughly 75 hectares in size, and blowing away from the facility, is some 19 miles from the community of Wabasca, fire official Travis Fairweather said.

The Pelican Lake fire is about 100 miles southwest of the massive wildfire still burning east of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Last month that blaze forced 90,000 residents to flee the city and shut down more than 1 million barrels per day of oil sands output.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Fire crews have been busy working multiple wildfires across Arizona.

A fire in Elgin, Ariz. burned over 1,000 acres on Monday. The fire started along Longview Loop and is currently 90 percent contained.

The Mule Ridge Fire, which was discovered on May 31, is now 85 percent contained. According to officials, the blaze has burned over 8,500 acres near Ruby, Ariz. The fire was said to have been originated in Mexico. It soon crossed over into Arizona territory.

The Juniper Fire near Young, Ariz. is 20 percent contained. It has scorched 23,000 acres. Officials said the fire, which was first reported on May 17, was caused by a spark from lightning.

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Wildfires – Manitoba, Canada

The wildfire situation continues to improve in southeastern Manitoba, thanks largely in part to the cool weather.

The fire northeast of Caddy Lake on the Manitoba/Ontario border remains 58 square kilometres, and is more than 50% contained. Evacuation orders remain in effect, but travel and burning permit restrictions in eastern Manitoba have been lifted.

Further north, the Beresford Lake fire is 750 square kilometres, and is also 50 percent contained. Evacuation orders for the area also remain in effect for the Beresford cottage subdivision in the Nopiming Provincial Park, as well as Wallace Lake — which affects 61 cottages and one lodge.

Wildfires – Washington, USA

A small fire on U.S. Forest Service land near Gold Bar is burning and fire officials have issued evacuation notices to parts of the area.

According to Snohomish fire officials, the wildfire had burned 75 acres as of Friday night. By Saturday morning, the fire had grown to approximately 325 acres, KIRO 7 reports. The fire was about 20 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon. Currently the fire is not advancing. It is smoldering and creeping, according to Snohomish fire officials.

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Wildfires – Canada – Alberta – Update

The massive wildfire that forced almost 100,000 people to evacuate in Alberta is growing and approaching the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan, Canadian officials said.

Dry and extremely windy conditions are fuelling the blaze, which has scorched more than 1,560 square kilometres (602 square miles) and ravaged the city of Fort McMurray.

Alberta is “tinder dry,” although there was a possibility of a drop in temperature and a slight chance of rain early next week.

A downpour is needed to tame the fire that is the size of Hong Kong and almost 25% bigger than New York City. It has displaced about 88,000 people, wiped out at least 1,600 structures and sent plumes of smoke as far away as Iowa. The fire may double in size.

Wildfires – Manitoba-Ontario Border – Canada

Wildfires burning along the Manitoba-Ontario border are growing worse, putting those who own homes and cottages in the area on edge.

As of Friday, the fire burning in Manitoba’s Nopiming Provincial Park near Beresford Lake grew to 13,000 hectares. There, 25 people were forced to flee the area along with six others in remote cottages.

At last word, a second fire burning near the province’s Caddy Lake was covering 700 hectares.

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Wildfires – Canada – Alberta – Update

Unseasonably hot temperatures, extremely dry conditions and winds of up to 70km/h, have helped to fuel the fire’s spectacular growth to 85,000 hectares – up from just 10,000 hectares.

On Thursday, the wildfire continued its path of destruction through northern Alberta, growing more than eight times in size as it reduced homes to rubble and engulfed entire neighbourhoods.

Officials said more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting 49 wildfires in the province, with seven of the wildfires considered to be raging out of control. Officials said the fire would likely continue to grow in the coming days, but noted it seemed to be heading away from the community, which lies in the heart of Canada’s oil sands.

Officials said they would begin moving the 25,000 people who had taken shelter in oilsands work camps north of the city to Edmonton, with the hope of securing better support services for them. About 8,000 people were expected to be flown out on Thursday, while the rest would have to wait until fuel reserves were refilled and the opening of a main highway to drive themselves south.

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Wildfires – Canada – Alberta – Update

The vast, intense wildfire that has forced more than 100,000 people to flee the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray was spreading overnight, threatening the local airport and engulfing more communities, authorities said.

More than 1,600 homes and buildings have already been destroyed by the “heartbreaking” blaze, which has turned skies blood-red and rained ash on residents fleeing on crowded highways. More than 18,500 acres have already been scorched.

The entire province of Alberta was under a state of emergency early Thursday as crews frantically battled wind-whipped flames that were heading towards more homes.

Local officials announced a mandatory evacuation late Wednesday of the communities of Anzac, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McMurray First Nation — which lie roughly 30 miles south of Fort McMurray.

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Wildfires – Canada – Wildfire sparks mass exodus from Fort McMurray

All of Fort McMurray under evacuation order — 100 000 evacuated – Hospital evacuated, no injuries reported – Fire reached downtown, including at least one gas station.

All of Fort McMurray was evacuated Tuesday afternoon, in one of the largest such operations in Canadian history, after a wildfire reached town. A Flying J gas station blew up, homes are in ruins, and downtown was on fire, witnesses said.

Fort McMurray is the centre of Canada’s oil sands industry and the fire forced major operations north of town to evacuate non-essential employees. Fort McMurray is about 440 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, and only one two-lane highway connects the cities.

Headlights stretched for hundreds of kilometres through parched boreal forest as residents headed south.

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Disease

Salmonellosis – United States of America

On 20 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States of America notified PAHO/WHO of an ongoing investigation of four multistate outbreaks of human Salmonella infections linked to exposure to small turtles (with shell length <4inches/10 centimetres) or their environments (e.g., water from a turtle habitat) in the United States.

A total of 124 cases with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 22 U.S. states. Of these, 33% of patients have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Of the total, 51 cases (41%) were aged less than 5 years. The earliest illness associated with the four outbreaks began on 1 January 2015. Initial investigations have identified four turtle farms in Louisiana as potential sources of the turtles linked to these 2015 outbreaks. Pond water testing from the four farms resulted in the identification of additional non-outbreak Salmonella isolates.

A ‘tropical’ parasitic disease emerges in the Canadian Arctic

An outbreak of an intestinal parasite common in low income areas in the tropics, known as Cryptosporidium, has been identified for the first time in the Arctic. The discovery was made in Nunavik, Quebec.

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that lives in the intestine of mammals, including humans, and is transmitted by the fecal-oral route from ingestion of contaminated food or water or contact with infected individuals. The parasite causes an illness known as Cryptosporidiosis which is characterized by diarrhea, cramps and vomiting.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alberta, Canada

Dozens more wildfires started in Alberta forests overnight, according to the province, bringing the number of such blazes so far this year to 157. Dozens of homes have been evacuated in Parkland County due to wildfires.

Wildfires – Virginia, USA

The Virginia Department of Forestry says wildland firefighters were sent to the Southwest region to battle a number of fires in Buchanan, Dickinson, Lee, Wise and Scott counties. One of the fires is burning near a high school.

In addition, forestry firefighters are working to put out a 2,000-acre forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park.