Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 94L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Europe – Strong winds battered northern and central Europe on Sunday, killing at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with authorities watching for oil leaks from a huge freighter that ran aground in the North Sea. Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany remained suspended after heavy damage from fallen trees. Winds reached more than 100km/h (60 miles per hour) in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180km/h on Snezka, at 1,602 metres, the country’s highest mountain. The two victims in Germany included a 63-year-old German man who drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge, and a woman whose motorboat overturned in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German media reported.

Malaysia – A Monday afternoon downpour resulted in flash floods in several parts of Kuala Lumpur. Numerous streets and highways were flooded creating huge traffic jams that lasted for hours.

Canada – Record-breaking rainfall in Ottawa on Monday flooded homes and forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take an ATV for part of his commute. At least 175 homes were flooded, according to the city. More than 50 mm of rain fell in just six hours Monday morning, setting a new one-day record, Environment Canada reports.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Canada

With the fire season winding down in the mountains, Parks Canada continues to monitor three wildfires in Glacier National Park.

The Mountain Creek, Prairie Hill and Incomappleux fires are “still smouldering in some area” said a Parks Canada press release, but “pose no rick to people or assets.”

The Mountain Creek fire is about 1944 hectares in size, while the Prairie Hill wildfire is about 3420 hectares and the Incomappleux wildfire is 780 hectares.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Malaysia – Hundreds of vehicles were left stranded at Batu 16 near Kampung Kundang here as roads were cut off following a flash flood this afternoon. Hundred of families are believed to have affected by the floods.

Toronto, Canada – Tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings came and went in Toronto and York Region June 17, bringing heavy rain and strong winds in some areas, and stormy weather continues to threaten York. Severe thunderstorms producing localized flooding and several brief power outages during the day.

India – Massive landslides and floods triggered by incessant rains continue leaving thousands homeless in the North East and taking the death toll to 20. On Saturday six people were killed, one missing and at least nine injured after incessant rains triggered landslides across Meghalaya, an official said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Quebec, Canada – More heavy rain is predicted after more than 13,000 homes in Quebec flooded this week as the region experienced torrential rainfall. A state of emergency was declared in Montreal on Sunday after three dikes gave way in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough, near the Rivieres des Prairies. Oofficials said they haven’t seen water levels this high in 55 years.

East Africa – The seasonal rains have come with a vengeance across eastern Kenya and Tanzania. Heavy and steady torrential downpours have many areas under water, leaving at least nine people dead. In Tanzania, communication in Tanga station on Tanzania’s north coast was cut off for a time. An astonishing 316mm of rain fell in 24 hours setting a new record for the period, records going back to 1949.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the East Pacific: Invest 90E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 150 nm west of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

NewsBytes:

Canada: Quebec – Flooding caused by unusually persistent rainfall has driven nearly 1,900 people from their homes in 126 municipalities in the Canadian province of Quebec. Ontario also is seeing flooding.

Canada: British Columbia – The province’s spring snowmelt and recent rain has led to three local state of emergency declarations, evacuations and flood watches. Two men are missing, homes have been damaged and more evacuation orders are in place as flooding and mudslides wreak havoc across southern British Columbia. An evacuation alert is in effect for 90 properties in the Fintry Delta area in Kelowna, and several roads are closed throughout the Okanagan. The search is on for the bodies of two men missing and presumed dead, as British Columbia’s Interior braces for the possibility of further rain and snowmelt.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

India – Heavy incessant rains since yesterday night that continued till today morning led to the flash flood in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district, an official said today.

Quebec, Canada – With floodwaters continuing to threaten homes across Quebec, Premier Philippe Couillard said the provincial government is monitoring the situation closely. Rigaud has been in a state of emergency since Thursday with 524 homes affected by the flood. It’s the worst flooding Rigaud has seen in decades so town officials are encouraging those living in the flood zone to evacuate their houses. However, they aren’t being forced to leave and many people are choosing to stay put. So far 234 affected homes continue to be occupied. While many are hopeful the flooding will end soon, some choose to stay in the meantime in order to prevent their homes from being too badly damaged. Homes in the Laurentians have also been damaged by floods while roads have been left inaccessible in Deux-Montagnes, Harrington, Kanesatake, Pointe-Calumet, Prevost, St-Andre-d’Argenteuil, Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac and Val Morin. In Montreal, 18 homes on Mercier Island were affected, as have homes in Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Pierrefonds-Roxboro but no evacuations have been reported thus far. A dozen homes in Laval have also been threatened by the overflowing rivers.

Global Warming

Climate change causes huge Canadian river to vanish in four days

Slims River in Canada is no more as the water that once fed it now flows south, not north.

A river disappeared in just four days after a melting glacier retreated so much that it opened up an alternative route to the sea.

Such dramatic changes are known in the geological record but this is believed to be the first time in 350 years that an entire river has vanished.

The Kaskawulsh glacier in Canada has retreated about a mile up its valley over the past 100 years, researchers reported in the journal Nature Geoscience. Until last spring, it sent meltwater into the Slims River, which eventually flowed north to the Bering Sea.

However the glacier shrank back so much that the water was able to join the Kaskawulsh River, which flows south into the Gulf of Alaska. And that saw the Slims River turn into a long thin lake and gradually start to dry up.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – Less than a week after severe floods caused by Cyclone Debbie, residents of the North Island are preparing for the arrival of another storm system, ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook. An active frontal system has already brought more than 60mm of rain to the northern half of the South Island. This represents almost one month’s worth of rain in a typical April. In the coming hours, Cook’s remnants will make their presence felt across the North Island.

Canada – A series of intense rain storms forced waves further up the beaches near Toronto than seen in decades past. Several old buildings were saved by local residents who built sand and rock berms to protect against the flood waters.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vancouver Island, Canada.

5.1 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

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

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.

Earthquakes

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.

Earthquakes

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.

Newsbytes:

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.