Wildfires

Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

A fire chief says a wildfire has destroyed at least eight homes and several other buildings near Lake McConaughy. More than 100 firefighters from a couple dozen departments responded to calls late Sunday morning. An overnight fire had rekindled as stiff winds whipped up embers near the northeast corner of the lake. He estimated that Sunday’s blaze blackened at least 500 acres.

Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

A massive wildfire continues to burn in Burke County, already charring more than 1,300 acres and is 20 percent contained. Firefighters conducted burnout operations Monday afternoon in the Linville Gorge in order to keep the fire from spreading. There were 160 firefighters who responded to the wildfire. They said they’re keeping an eye on a weather system that is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon and has the potential for increased winds.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Firefighters on Monday continued battling a wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve that started on 60 acres Sunday and quickly spread across at least 3,300 acres of cypress, grasses and pine rockland. The blaze, named the Parliament Fire, started in an area targeted by park officials for a prescribed fire. That means as long as it’s contained, the fire will help the swamp, preserve spokeswoman Ardrianna McLane said.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Wildfires burned through four Southwest Florida counties on Friday.

The first scorched 150 acres in the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation and Big Cypress Natural Preserve, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Division said. A second brush fire ignited Friday afternoon around 1:09 p.m. on Oil Well Road in Punta Gorda, which burned 302 acres and threatened several homes. A third fire burned about 114 acres in San Carlos Park near U.S. 41 and Unique Circle, the San Carlos Park Fire District said. It was 100 percent contained by 7 p.m.

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Wildfires – Australia

Devastated residents are being allowed back into Carwoola after a mammoth bushfire destroyed up to 15 homes and numerous other properties. The fast-moving fire swept through the town of Carwoola, near the ACT, as firefighters fought desperately to contain the flames late yesterday. wo firefighters were injured fighting the severe blaze east of Queanbeyan.

Some residents did not know whether they would return to find their house still standing after reports that more than 15 homes had been lost. High winds and 34C heat fanned the flames that hit homes around lunchtime and had burned more than 2700ha by last night.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

A wildfire burning in southeastern Polk County has now consumed 5,500 acres as it continues to smoulder, but was 75 percent contained late Friday night, county officials say.

High winds initially fanned the flames Wednesday, allowing the fire to rapidly spread and force evacuations in the Indian Lake Estates area. County officials say they’ve found another home destroyed by fire there, bringing the total number to 12.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Tropical Storm Gaston is located about 315 mi…505 km W of Faial island in the central Azores and about 400 mi…645 km W of Lajes air base in the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…E or 80 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hermine is located about 50 mi…80 km NE of Tallahassee Florida and about 20 mi…30 km W of Valdosta Georgia with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 25 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Lester is located about 515 mi…830 km E of Hilo Hawaii and about 710 mi…1140 km E of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Depression Madeline is located about 380 mi…610 km SSW of Honolulu Hawaii and about 610 mi…980 km E of Johnston Island with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 265 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

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

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 15w (Namtheun), located approximately 359 nm south of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking east-northward at 08 knots.

In the Central Pacific: Invest 92C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Florida, USA – Hurricane Hermine made landfall early Friday morning just east of St. Marks, Fla., as a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds, but weakened to a tropical storm as it moved further inland. The National Hurricane Centre expects Hermine to produce “a large extent of dangerous winds, life-threatening storm surge and flooding rains well to the east and southeast of the path of the centre.” Schools in the area have been closed. A storm surge as high as nine feet is expected.

Environment

Florida’s waterways have been chocked with toxic algae

A thick and toxic algae has spread throughout the waterways of Florida and continues to bring certain industries and residents in the US state to their knees.

The putrid algal blooms, which have been described as “guacamole-like”, have plagued the state’s waterways since last month.

The toxic sludge can cause rashes and respiratory problems in humans, is killing wildlife and dramatically impacting on the area’s tourism industry.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Depression One-e is located about 25 mi…45 km ESE of Salina Cruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

The first tropical depression of the 2016 Eastern Pacific hurricane season will continue to cause heavy rainfall across Mexico’s southern coast. Tropical Depression 1-E is slowly moving northward across the Gulf of Tehuantepec and approaching the southern coast of Mexico. The system is expected to remain weak as it slowly approaches the Mexican coastline and makes landfall on Wednesday. The depression is expected to make landfall between Salina Cruz and Puerto Arista. The biggest threat across the southern coast of Mexico will be heavy rain through Wednesday, along with locally gusty winds. These rains could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous terrain.

Invest 91E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Florida, USA – Tropical Storm Colin whipped Florida’s west coast Tuesday morning as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for parts of the state. The fast-moving storm, which made landfall at the Big Bend Monday night, had already caused some flooding as it sailed northeastward along the Gulf coast. The storm picked up speed as it crossed northern Florida and southeast Georgia early Tuesday. Tropical storm warnings have been discontinued along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Colin started to lose power Tuesday evening after heading out to sea and has since dissipated.

London, England – Motorists were forced to flee their cars in London this afternoon as the city was swamped by flash floods amid heavy rain and thunder and lightning.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01b (One), located approximately 697 nm southwest of Chittagong, is tracking northeastward at 04 knots.

NewsBytes:

India – Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts in Barak Valley in Assam have claimed the lives of at least 10 people.

Florida, USA – Tornado in Vero Beach in Florida has damaged 20 homes on Tuesday afternoon. The heavy storm also damaged cars and toppled tress.

Afghanistan – At least 20 people were killed in flash floods that hit the northern Afghan province of Sari Pul. The floods hit the district of Kohistanat in the remote south of Sari Pul in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The floodwaters swept away and destroyed several houses. Around 22 people were wounded in the disaster, which happened as people slept.

Disease

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Florida, USA

Since the beginning of the year, the state of Florida has reported one confirmed and one probable case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), and both cases are from Hillsborough County, according to state data.

The confirmed case was reported from Tampa in January, while a probable case was reported from Valrico, in eastern Hillsborough County last month.

In 2015, 21 confirmed and eight probable CJD cases were reported in the state from 20 counties with three cases reported in Hillsborough County.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Louisiana, USA – A tornado touched down on the southeast side of Lake Charles, Louisiana damaging one home with 100 mph winds, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Florida, USA – Severe Weather Floods Most of Boca. Heavy rain has flooded portions of Boca Raton City Hall, Florida Atlantic University and Town Centre Mall according to local reports.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Arkansas Forestry Commission crews worked to suppress 55 wildfires over the weekend, which consumed 1895 acres.

The Florida Forest Service is monitoring more than a dozen fires across northeast Florida on Monday. None are threatening homes or structures and have burned more than 1640 acres.

Oklahoma – Thousands of acres burned through Osage and Washington counties on Sunday as crews from nearly a dozen agencies did their best to get the wildfire under control. High winds and dry grass kindled the fire that threatened a casino, home, cars, and wildlife.

Wildlife

Around 10,000 sharks swarm Palm Beach County coast

Blacktip sharks head south for the winter. But this year the sharks didn’t show up for their Florida migration on time.

The sharks will typically first arrive in mid-January, but the waters off the coast of Palm Beach were empty until the end of the month.

But now that they’re here, the blacktip sharks are congregating in huge numbers.

Dr. Kajiura, Florida Atlantic University biologist, estimated more than 10,000 of the sharks are swimming just off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida. “The interesting thing is these sharks are right up against the shoreline. You could stand on the shore and toss a pebble and hit a shark, they’re that close,” Dr. Kajiura said.

So what’s up with the bizarre behavior from the sharks? Part of the reason could be 2016’s particularly strong El Nino. The phenomenon’s effects can be felt across the globe, changing the behaviours of sharks and other marine animals including sea snakes, sea lions and seals.

Warming ocean temperatures could also play a role. If waters farther north are staying warmer for longer, then there’s less reason for the blacktips to leave on time.

However, Dr Kajiura said the blacktip sharks are relatively harmless.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 09s (Stan), located approximately 157 nm north-northwest of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking south-southeastward at 05 knots.

Invest 90C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for tropical development.

NewsBytes:

Florida, USA – At least two people were injured after a tornado touched down in Coconut Creek, Florida. The tornado picked up cars and uprooted several trees at Broward College.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04p (Tuni), located approximately 231 nm south-southeast of Pago Pago, American Samoa, and is tracking southeastward at 06 knots.

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Florida, USA – For the 10th year running, Florida dodged a hurricane, setting a new record, while the rest of the eastern seaboard escaped a hit by a major hurricane.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

Florida, USA – A King tide has caused flooding in parts of Florida. While South Florida cities have dealt with nuisance King Tide floods each October, now they’re becoming deeper, more widespread and chronic.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Alaska

Two fast-spreading Alaska wildfires have forced a series of evacuations, destroyed up to 45 homes and forced authorities to restrict traffic on a major highway connecting two of the state’s largest cities, state officials said on Monday.

As many as 200 firefighters have been battling a 6,500-acre fire about 40 miles (64 km) north of Anchorage since Sunday afternoon.

About 137 miles (220km) south of Anchorage, crews are fighting a much smaller, but equally dangerous blaze that threatens nearly 200 homes.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Fire fighters are battling several wildfires around Northeast Florida. The Florida Forest Service says 20 fires are burning in the region Monday.

Florida Forest Service Crews are battling a fire in St. Johns County that is growing. The blaze reignited around 5 p.m. Monday, as crews were monitoring a previous fire they had already contained in the area.