Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 194 nm southeast of Wake Island, is tracking west-northwestward at 10 knots.

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India – More rain has brought fresh floods to five more districts in Assam, taking the total number of districts affected in the fresh wave of floods to eight. All the rivers in the state were showing a rising trend well above flood levels. The number of people affected by floods increased to 63,323 in 106 villages today from 29,000 people yesterday. The district administrations opened 15 relief camps in Lakhimpur, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Golaghat districts, providing shelter to 1,222 people, including 600 in Charaideo district. Nearly 2,231 hectares of cropland have been affected by the fresh wave of floods in the state.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean

Tropical depression Six is located approximately 144 nm southeast of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

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New Zealand – Cyclone Ita devastated West Coast forests. The totara forests on New Zealand’s west coast appear to have taken the biggest hit from Cyclone Ita, with several parts of forests completely flattened. The full scale of the destruction Ita wrought upon the West Coast’s native bush and tree population may not be known for weeks.

USA – Tornadoes ripped through the south-central United States on Sunday, killing at least 17 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma and wiping out entire neighbourhoods, authorities said as rescue workers searched in darkness for survivors.

Sixteen of the victims were in several suburbs of Little Rock in Arkansas, officials said.

One other person was killed in the town of Quapaw in the north-east of Oklahoma where officials said many buildings were badly damaged.

Tornadoes also struck in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri.

Winds ripped houses off their foundations and flipped cars on top of the rubble in the small town of Vilonia in central Arkansas’ Faulkner county, one of the worst-hit communities, television pictures showed.

Arkansas authorities said at least 10 people had died in Faulkner and six more across the state – the first reported fatalities of this year’s tornado season. Another person was killed in neighbouring Oklahoma.

“An entire neighbourhood of 50 or so homes has been destroyed. Many homes are completely gone except the foundation … There is more devastation like this in other parts of Arkansas,” state congressman Tim Griffin told Reuters.

Cable television’s Weather Channel showed videotape of mangled, overturned cars, some with people still inside, lining miles of Interstate 40 near Mayflower, 22 miles northwest of state capital Little Rock.

Motorists searched crushed vehicles for victims while others stood dazed on the road. Authorities closed the route.

A tornado hit the east side of Mayflower at around 7.30 pm, killing at least one person, tearing up trees and bringing down power lines, making it difficult for the emergency services to find stricken areas in the dark.

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USA – Residents, meteorologists and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina were surveying the damage Saturday from multiple tornadoes that damaged more than 200 homes the previous day and sent more than a dozen people to the emergency room.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that it confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down in Beaufort County with winds estimated at 150 mph. It’s the latest in the season that an EF-3 tornado or stronger has been recorded since records going back to 1950.

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Floods in Afghanistan

Flash floods after heavy rains in northern Afghanistan killed at least 75 people and damaged thousands of homes, leaving authorities scrambling to help survivors in the remote region, officials said.

The rains began late Thursday and continued into Friday in four provinces. The worst affected appeared to be Jawzjan, where at least 36 people were killed, according to police spokesman Abdul Manan Raoufi. Other officials put the death toll there at 43.

Azizul Rahman Aymaq, who heads the disaster relief committee in Jawzjan, said more than 5,000 people have been displaced, and medicine and drinking water are running short. Afghan army helicopters are helping rescuers reach the affected areas, he said.

In Faryam province west of Jawzjan, the floods killed 33 people, damaged more than 2,150 homes and caused widespread damage to farmland.

Another six people were killed in Badghis province. Suri Pul province was also affected by the flooding.

Latest reports put the death toll at over 100.

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In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Eleven is located approximately 160 nm east-southeast ward of Cairns, Australia. Residents in northeast Queensland have been warned that a tropical low is forming off the coast this week and could quickly develop into a cyclone, to be named Dylan. The storm would be the first to hit this part of the country in more than two years, and it brings the potential for damaging winds, heavy rainfall and flooding from higher than normal tides.

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New floods cause chaos across Greater Jakarta as the floods returned on Wednesday after incessant rain hit the capital overnight, forcing hundreds of residents to wade back to evacuation shelters.

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In the Atlantic:

After a long lull, an area of low pressure that originated along a frontal boundary has separated from the front to become Subtropical Storm Melissa, the 13th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Melissa is a large storm, with tropical storm force winds extending 230 miles from the centre. The storm is expected to move slowly northwestward and eventually northward before accelerating northeastward and out to sea by mid-week. Melissa could strengthen or briefly attain full tropical storm status as it remains over ocean waters in the mid to upper 70s but will quickly transition to an extratropical storm by late week as accelerates toward much cooler waters. Melissa is no threat to the U.S. or any other land areas.

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Sardinia: Island hit by deadly storm and floods. Emergency crews worked to reach remote parts of flood-ravaged Sardinia on Tuesday after a torrential rainstorm killed at least 16 people, downed bridges and swept cars away. The toll of 16 may still rise as crews reach isolated areas in the countryside where some homes are submerged. The island, famed for its Costa Smeralda beaches of crystal clear water and dry Mediterranean climate, received more than 400 millimeters (17 inches) of water in 24 hours.

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Raymond has formed in the Pacific south of Mexico.

Raymond had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Sunday and was located about 185 miles (300 kms) south-southwest of Acapulco, Mexico. It was moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters say Raymond is expected to slowly approach the southern coast of Mexico late Monday or Tuesday and then begin to meander. Raymond is expected to become a hurricane in the coming 48 hours.

Forecasters warn heavy rainfall is possible along the south-central Mexican coast in coming days and could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Acapulco to Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.

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In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm Toraji is located approximately 263 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan.

Toraji, the year’s 17th tropical storm, is approaching the sea area around the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Toraji is forecast to strike Japan on Thursday, September 5.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Post-tropical cyclone Kiko is located about 425 mi (685 km) W of the southern tip of Baja California. The remnant low is expected to dissipate by Wednesday. The last advisory has been issued on this system.

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A lightning strike in the Miami area has claimed the life of at least one person and injured two others.

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In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm Kong-rey is located approximately 275 nm south-southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Forecast to turn and reach Japan on Friday.

‘Nando’ [Kong-rey] won’t make landfall in the Philippines. The cyclone will continue to move upward via the eastern side of the country and head towards Taiwan by Thursday. Public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over the Batanes Group of Islands. The cyclone will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Metro Manila and Western Visayas.

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Tropical storm Yagi was located about 295 nm west-northwestward of Iwo To, Japan. While Tropical Storm Yagi should endure for a few more days, it doesn’t appear as if it will be much of a threat to Okinawa, Japan.

Tropical Storm Dante is moving away from the Philippines. Tropical Storm “Dante,” the fourth cyclone to enter the country this year, slightly accelerated Sunday evening while moving over the Philippine Sea.

Thousands flee Central European floods

Some 23,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the flood-swollen River Elbe.

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Although water levels in Magdeburg were reported to be receding on Monday, the city and areas of the country further north remain on high alert.

In Hungary, 1,200 people had to leave their homes but flood defences in the capital Budapest appeared to have held.

At least 19 people have died in the floods in Central Europe.

Ten victims from the Czech Republic and five from Austria died after rivers rose to dangerous levels in both countries last week.

Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up.

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Meanwhile, parts of Poland’s capital Warsaw were flooded on Sunday after hours of heavy rain.

One of the city’s busiest motorways was inundated, and firefighters had to help stranded drivers to safety.

Flood defences in Budapest appeared to have held on Monday as waters from the Danube River started to recede, having reached an historic peak of 8.91m (29 ft) on Sunday.

Along more than 700km (470 miles) of the River Danube, thousands of people, including many volunteers and even convicts from the prisons, worked to reinforce earth and sandbag barriers.

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes, although no flood-related deaths have yet been reported in Hungary.

In Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, flood waters rose to 7.44m (24ft), nearly four times higher than normal (2m) – forcing some 10% of the population, 23,000, to leave their homes.

Around 700 soldiers worked to build a dam of sandbags around a power sub-station in the badly-hit area of Rothensee in a bid to keep the power on.

But other parts of Saxony-Anhalt and neighbouring Brandenburg remain under threat as the flood crest moves north, testing flood defences already weakened by days of heavy rain.

A dyke at Fischbeck, west of Berlin, was breached overnight leading to the evacuation of nearby villages.

A railway bridge on the line between Berlin and Cologne, Frankfurt and Amsterdam had to be closed, leading to significant delays or cancellations for train travellers.

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Flash floods have hit Alor Star, the Kedah province of Malaysia. Around 1,000 residents have been affected.

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Flash floods in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh have affected over 40 villages. Several low lying areas in Teesta and Dharla river basins have been affected by the flood waters. Displaced people are taking shelter on government roads.

At least four people have been injured and several homes have been damaged in a storm in Kentucky, USA.

Witnesses watched a waterspout zip across the Baltimore harbour in Maryland, USA on Monday, tossing pieces of a warehouse roof into the air, as storms bringing heavy downpours and flooding moved through the region. At least one other tornado was reported in the area.

Monsoon rains are expected to cover the whole of drought-struck western India by Monday, bringing relief to millions of farmers who have suffered through a dry spell for more than a year.

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Flash floods in Mauritius

Massive flash flooding in Mauritius has claimed eight lives. The floods have injured 82 others. Six people died in the flooding in Caudan underground tunnel.

Several accidents have been reported across Mauritius. Dozens of vehicles collided each other at Port Louis.

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Lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, India

Lightning strikes have claimed eight lives and injured nine others. Lightning claimed three lives in Chandauli and Meerut each, two in Ghazipur and one in Sambhal.

Avalanche close to the Glencoe Ski Centre, Scotland

One person is reported to be missing in an avalanche in the Etive Glades, close to Glencoe Ski Centre.

Around 30 people including Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team are involved in the search operation.

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North Dakota Governor has declared a state wide flood emergency. The worst spring flooding is expected on the Red River in eastern North Dakota, USA.

Tornado in Hokitika, New Zealand has injured one person. The twister touched down about at 12.30am and tore off roofs from several houses including Railway Hotel Motel in Weld Street.

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Landslide in Washington State, USA.

A landslide thundered through a subdivision in Washington state’s Whidbey Island north of Seattle on Wednesday, destroying one home and threatening more than 30 others.

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Landslide in Puchong, Malaysia

A landslide in Puchong, Malaysia has displaced about 300 people. However no casualties have been reported.

Hailstorm in Assam, India

Hailstorm in Assam, India has injured six people and damaged more than 50 houses.

The hailstorm caused damage in the following areas: Titabor, Rajabahar, Madhupur, Tipomia, Majuli, Numaligarh and Bongaon.

Wind Gust in Australia Claims 2

A wall collapsed due to strong wind gust on Swanston Street in Melbourne has claimed the lives of two pedestrians. A 19-year-old woman was also injured.

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Floods in Malawi

Thousands of residents have been rendered homeless in the area of Traditional Authority Kilupula in Karonga district following severe floods that have destroyed their houses.

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Landslide on the Azores

A landslide in the village of Faial da Terra on Sao Miguel Island (Azores Islands) has claimed two lives and destroyed three houses.

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Windstorm in Bulgaria

A strong windstorm with wind speed over 120 km\h hit the Gabrovo region of Bulgaria. A 20-year-old woman died in hospital after she was hit by scaffolding swept away by the wind.

State of emergency has been declared in Gabrovo district of Bulgaria. Train services between Tryavna-Plachkovtsi have been suspended.

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Tropical Cyclone Tim is churning the Coral Sea but is no threat to land at present.

Heavy rain floods Nova Scotia roads and basements.

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Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Tropical Cyclone Rusty was located approximately 70 nm north-northeast of Port Hedland, Australia and has been stationary over the past six hours.

Australia’s north-west coast is being buffeted by high winds, hours before the powerful cyclone is expected to make landfall as a category four storm. Weather experts say that the slow speed of Cyclone Rusty is likely to prompt extensive flooding. As much as 600mm of rain (24in) was being forecast over a 24-hour period, the equivalent of Perth’s entire winter rainfall could fall in just three days.

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Flooding in Macedonia

Heavy rainfall has flooded around 300 homes in Josifovo, Macedonia.

Floods in Macedonia have also destroyed two bridges.

Around 20,000 people in Sveti Nikole are without electricity.

Flash floods in Kigali, Rwanda

Torrential rains have killed four people in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

Floods also damaged roads and bridges in Kigali.

Landslide in Mati City, Philippines

Landslide in Mati City, southern Philippines has killed three people.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing in the Tagabacid area in Davao Oriental.

Flooding in Kelantan, Malaysia

Flash floods have affected people in Kuala Krai, Pasir Puteh, Tanah Merah in Kelantan and Setiu in Terengganu.

All nine schools in Rantau Panjang will be closed tomorrow.

Floods in Malaysia are regular natural disasters which happen every year during the monsoon season.

Thailand authorities in Trang province have issued a ban on people playing in six different waterfalls due to concern of flash floods. Kachong and Toneplew waterfalls (Na Yong), Sairung waterfalls (Yan Ta Khao), Toete, Tontok and Lamploke waterfalls (Palian) are on alert.

Winter storm in Oklahoma, USA

Recent winter storms in Woodward have killed one person.

Winter storms have caused blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, Texas and parts of Kansas.

A state of emergency has been declared in northwest Oklahoma.

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Flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia

-Four killed in floods in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.

-At least 20,000 people were evacuated due to massive flooding in Jakarta.

Evacuated people are living in 14 different emergency shelters.

-Heavy downpour caused the rivers to overflow and triggered floods up to three metres (10 feet) in Jakarta.

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Flooding in Maputo, Mozambique

-Floods in Mozambique killed four people.

-Heavy downpour collapsed nearly 400 houses.

-Following Mozambique weather service, 55mm rainfall occured within two hours in the capital Maputo.

-Floods affected nearly 14,000 across Mozambique especially those living in the Zambezi river basin

-It is regarded as the heaviest rains in over a decade in Maputo.