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It’s snowing iguanas in Florida. The good news is they probably aren’t dead.

As a so-called bomb cyclone continues lashing the U.S. East Coast with historic cold temperatures, weird weather abounds. In south Florida, temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) on Jan. 3, giving Tallahassee its first measurable snowfall in 28 years. On Jan. 4, Floridians reported an even stranger sight: frozen iguana bodies falling out of trees and littering the ground around the suburbs.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Malaysia – Some 129 people from villages in flood prone Kota Belud district were evacuated overnight after Sungai Kadamaian overflowed its banks following heavy rains in west coast Sabah since late Monday. More monsoon rains are expected to hit the state over three to four days. Several roads were also flooded with some not passable to light vehicles.

Florida, USA – As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight saltwater intrusion, the threat of inland flooding will only increase, according to newly published research results. Although high groundwater levels in South Florida are a major contributor to inland floods, especially during the wet season or extreme rain events, traditional flood models don’t account for the groundwater beneath our feet, scientists have found. South Florida protects its drinking water sources from saltwater intrusion by keeping groundwater levels high. As sea level rises, groundwater levels may need to be raised even higher, which could cause yet more flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Philippe is located about 75 mi…120 km SW of Miami Florida and about 55 mi…90 km ENE of Wey west Florida with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Selma is located about 50 mi…80 km NNE of San Salvador El Salvador with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 27w (Saola), located approximately 211 nm east-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 28 knots.

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Florida, USA – Tropical Storm Philippe makes for a wet day and night in South Florida. The National Hurricane Center said the poorly organized Philippe’s center was approaching the Florida Keys as heavy rains washed over Central Cuba, South Florida and the Northwestern Bahamas.

Thailand – Despite floodwaters draining across the country more than 112,800 families in 17 provinces are still affected by floods, with the death toll standing officially at 10 from the latest spate of flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 100 mi…160 km E of Martinique and about 130 mi…215 km ESE of Dominica with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Jose is located about 280 mi…450 km ESE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 385 mi…620 km W of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h, Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Lee is located about 1060 mi…1710 km W of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Otis is located about 1165 mi…1870 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…N or 355 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Norma is located about 160 mi…255 km SW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 20w (Talim), located approximately 79 nm north of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 46 knots.

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New Zealand – Heavy rain has left some parts of Mosgiel, near Dunedin, flooded on Monday, causing disruptions for locals. Heavy rain has drenched parts of the South Island and even forced the closure of East Taieri School due to the risk of a nearby creek bursting its banks. More rain is expected along the east coast of the South Island after a number of severe weather watches and warnings were put in place by MetService.

Florida, USA – Officials are urging thousands of Florida residents to evacuate due to a rising river threatening record flooding after a nearly two-week onslaught of destruction, death and terror from Hurricane Irma. Sunday officials said the Withlacoochee River has reached major flood stage at the Trilby gauge. It is currently at 16.79 feet and is expected to crest at 17.5 feet Wednesday. The crest is expected to last two days before receding. Officials warned that they may not be able to rescue residents once the river reaches a certain level. Water is already covering the streets and as high as mailboxes in some places.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Jose is located about 360 mi…575 km NE of the southeastern Bahamas and about 500 mi…805 km SSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is located about 435 mi…700 km SSW of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: The Remnants of Max are located about 125 mi…200 km E of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 60 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical depression 15e (Fifteen), located approximately 1081 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Norma is located about 85 mi…140 km E of Socorro island and about 295 mi…480 km S of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 20w (Talim), located approximately 170 nm west-northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 06 knots.

Typhoon 21w (Doksuri), located approximately 174 nm northwest of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Malaysia – The morning rush hour on Penang island has been brought to a standstill by massive floods after a downpour that lasted all night. All main routes to the city’s central business district are cut off by knee-deep to chest-high flood waters from 6am Friday. In the Jalan P. Ramlee area, flood waters are reported to be up to 1.5m deep.

Florida, USA – Hurricane Irma has passed, but her effect is still being felt as the Santa Fe River continues to rise above flood stage. The massive amount of rain is finally adding up, pushing people from their homes and off roadways.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Irma is located about 35 mi…55 km ESE of Cedar Key Florida and about 60 mi…100 km N of Tampa Florida with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 18 mph…30 km/h.

Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses across Florida have lost power as Hurricane Irma moves over the state. And utility officials say it will take weeks to restore electricity to everyone. Farther north, more than 100,000 are in the dark in Georgia. Much of eastern Alabama and coastal South Carolina are under tropical storm warnings as Irma pummels Florida, weakening on its march northward. The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm will cross Monday into southwest Georgia, where a hurricane warning was in effect for a large rural area including the cities of Albany and Valdosta. Rain already is falling in parts of the state, including metro Atlanta, early Monday.

Hurricane Jose is located about 255 mi…410 km NE of Grand Turk island with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 20w (Talim), located approximately 595 nm southeast of Kedena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

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Italy – Torrential rain in Italy triggered flooding that killed at least six people Sunday in the Tuscan port of Leghorn, including a family of four who were trapped by rising water in a basement. Two persons were reported missing. Strong winds toppled trees and parked cars were nearly submerged by floodwaters that also left streets clogged with mud. In Rome, which until recently had suffered through 3? months of drought, the downpour quickly produced fast-moving streams in the streets. Several subway stations had to be closed.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 348 nm east-northeast of Kadena AB, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical Storm 13w (Nalgae), located approximately 521 nm north-northwest of Wake Island, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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Florida, USA – Heavy downpours from thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon flooded streets in downtown Jacksonville and surrounding neighborhoods. Numerous residents were unable to get into their homes due to the depth of the floodwaters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Emily is located about 235 mi…375 km NE of Cape Canaveral Florida with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 20 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 300 nm west-northwest of Iwo To, is tracking northwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical depression 13w (Nalgae), located approximately 401 nm north of Wake Island, is tracking northeastward at 03 knots.

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China – Over the past week, heavy rains in southern China caused severe floods and landslides affecting over 7.3 million people. A massive landslide in Xinmo village (Sichuan province), left at least 10 people dead and nearly 100 people still missing. The heavy rains of the past few days have led to widespread flooding in southern China, killing over 15 and forcing the evacuation of tens and thousands of people. Meanwhile, thousands are battling floods in various provinces along the Yangtze River. In Hunan province, the Xiangjian River reached a record 39.51 meters on July 3, beating the previous record of 39.18 set by a flood in 1998. Floods have inundated houses, uprooted trees, damaged cars and sabotaged roads in Changsha, capital of Hunan. Around 16,000 people are on high alert for flooding in neighboring Hubei while 28,100 people are battling against floods in eastern Jiangxi Province.

Florida, USA – Many of the streets in Miami Beach were covered in water Tuesday evening as 7 inches of rain caused flooding throughout the area. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning Tuesday for central Miami-Dade County, which remains in effect until 7:45 pm. Flood advisories were also issued for Downtown Miami and Coral Gables. There were numerous reports of power outages throughout the city. Miami International Airport was reporting delays and cancelations due to the weather.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sydney, Australia – Sydney has been soaked overnight with torrential downpour and massive thunderstorms, leaving parts of the city’s inner-west flooded. Heavy falls are set to continue drenching the east coast across Thursday and into the weekend, while some suburbs recorded over 100mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The deluge of rain has already begun causing accidents on the roads, as commuters contend with flooded roads and heavy rain on their way to work in peak hour traffic.

Florida, USA – After heavy rains swept through the Gulf Coast late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the roads and homes of Northwest Florida were left flooded. In Santa Rosa County, many of the roadways and bridges are once again open after officials were forced to close the roadways because of the flooding. In Pace, families woke up to flood waters inside their homes and feet of water waiting outside.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Florida, USA

While the Tampa Bay area and much of the state saw much-needed rain over the weekend, it wasn’t enough to end drought conditions or threats of wildfires, according to state officials. As of Monday, in fact, 125 active wildfires continued to burn across the state. Most counties in Central and Southwestern Florida were also still experiencing moderate to very high wildfire risks, state officials say.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

State Wildland Firefighters are assisting Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range with an approximately 8,000-acre brush fire on the Highlands/Polk County line Wednesday night.

The wildfire is located south of Arbuckle Lake and southeast of Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. The fire is currently zero percent contained. No one in the area has been evacuated. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

A portion of I-75 in south Sarasota County that was closed yesterday because of a large brush fire burning has been reopened. Early this morning, the Florida Forestry Service tweeted that road was re-opening, but warned there is still light smoke from the 3,200-acre fire burning there. The fire is 30 percent contained.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

More than 140 wildfires are burning in the state of Florida today.

It’s a “red flag warning” day in inland portions of West Central Florida today, which means high winds, no rain in sight and low humidity. Florida remains under a state of emergency because of a rash of wildfires, with a declaration from the governor last month.

The Brooksville office of the Florida Forest Service says nine of the current wildfires they’re monitoring are in Hernando and Pasco Counties, including a fire in Starkey Wilderness Preserve that has charred more than 2,000 acres.

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Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations are in place for residents in Charlton County, Georgia due to the West Mims Fire and the smoke from the fire has also moved its way over Northeast Florida.

The latest update from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says the West Mims Fire is currently 116,571 acres and 12% contained. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire today, due to the fact it grew over 3,000 acres on Friday as dry, windy conditions pushed the fire over containment lines.

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Wildfires – Georgia, USA

Georgia’s wildfire season is underway, and true to form, a major blaze is burning land in the southern part of the state. The West Mims fire has scorched more than 36,000 acres around the Okefenokee Swamp. It’s just over 4 percent contained.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

A wildfire that broke out Sunday near Madera Canyon, southeast of Green Valley, had burned 4,500 acres and continued to grow on both state lands and the Coronado National Forest Monday. As of Monday morning, containment was estimated at 5 percent.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Evacuations due to wildfires have been lifted in Lee and Collier Counties. 7000 acres burned in Collier at 30th Avenue in Golden Gate Estates that was 50% contained as of Sunday afternoon. Three homes were destroyed. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.