Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 1033 nm southeast of rah Island, Oman, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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India – Cyclone Gaja blew ashore Friday in a southern India coastal region, damaging homes after more than 80,000 residents were evacuated. Authorities reported the storm had killed 13 people. Gaja hit the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu state with heavy rains and winds of 55 miles per hour. The storm weakened after coming onshore.

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Disease

World’s largest gathering creates perfect storm for infectious disease

A tent city is rising near Allahabad, India, at the confluence of three of the country’s holiest rivers: the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. Complete with running water and sparkling LED lights, the city will accommodate 150 million pilgrims — a crowd equivalent to nearly half the population of the United States — next February for the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest bathing event.

But some experts worry that the iconic religious festival poses a major health concern. The last major gathering in 2015 altered the bacterial population of the Godavari River, increased the risk of waterborne disease outbreak and introduced drug-resistant “superbugs” according to a study published in October in Microbial Ecology.

This is not the first time the festival spurs health concerns. Experts have long recognized it as a major cause of cholera epidemics during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Researchers saw a 130-fold increase in the total number of bacteria following the festival. They also discovered that most of the naturally occurring bacteria in the river were replaced by microbes usually found in human skin and feces. There were also elevated levels of pathogens that cause salmonella, whooping cough, staph infections and tuberculosis.

Water is an open system. If the water is not treated, it goes to different areas, which may lead to bacteria swapping genetic material with one another without reproducing — that process is known to speed the proliferation of drug-resistant strains of bacteria. This could lead to antibiotic resistance spreading downstream through the river.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Vicente is located about 195 mi…310 km s of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Hurricane Willa is located about 230 mi…375 km s of Las Islas Marias Mexico and about 175 mi…285 km ssw of Cabo Corrientes Mexico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 638 nm east-southeast of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

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Spain – A firefighter was found dead in the southern Spanish province of Malaga on Sunday, the fire service said, after heavy overnight rain swept through streets and forced hundreds of people from their homes. In the town of Campillos, cars were borne along the streets by the water and left in wrecked piles after the flood subsided. Almost 400 millimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in the town of Ardales – around 62 km (40 miles) from the main city of Malaga.

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India – A sudden cloudburst in Virudhunagar flooded various parts of the town, including Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation depot, on Saturday night. Within two hours, the town experienced 119 mm of rainfall. Some 20 employees, who were trapped as the depot was marooned with water for more than four feet, were rescued by Fire and Rescue Services personnel.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Sub-Tropical Depression Leslie is located about 1165 mi…1870 km wsw of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…se or 140 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression Twenty-E is located about 365 mi…590 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 28w (Trami), located approximately 401 nm south of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 04 knots.

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India – Himachal Pradesh continued to experience heavy rainfall on Sunday and the rivers were flowing in full spate. Roads, bridges, houses and vehicles were washed away in many places and the Beas waters even flooded the Manali-Chandigarh highway. There was heavy snowfall in Lahaul Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts too, with 1.5 feet snow recorded at Rohtang Pass. Flooding in the Beas wreaked havoc in Kullu district and 19 people, including two girls, were stranded near Dobhi village due to a flash flood in an adjoining nullah.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 earthquake hits Assam, India.

5.3 earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.3 earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits western Turkey.

5.2 earthquake hits the Pacific–Antarctic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Sea of Japan.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Florence is located about 765 mi…1235 km se of Bermuda and about 640 mi…1030 km ne of the northern Leeward islands with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Helene is located about 115 mi…185 km sse of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Isaac is located about 1540 mi…2475 km e of the Windward islands with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Paul is located about 635 mi…1020 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 320 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 26w (Mangkhut), located approximately 474 nm east-northeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking westward at 19 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Olivia is located about 825 mi…1330 km ene of Hilo Hawaii and about 990 mi…1590 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Norman is located about about 440 mi…705 km nne of Honolulu Hawaii and about 500 mi…800 km n of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…n or 360 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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India – In Uttar Pradesh, heavy rains caused the Ganga to flood and inundate Kanpur, Hapur, Varanasi and Baliya. The floods marooned 153 villages and 805 villages were affected by the floods. Over 2,000 houses and huts were damaged or submerged, and over 1.12 lakh hectares of land were affected. In Varanasi, connectivity between 84 ghats were also affected. Low-lying areas are under water, and boating has temporarily been banned in the region, with authorities issuing a warning. The Central Water Commission said all major rivers are flowing in spate. The Ganga, Ram Ganga, Sharda, Ghaghra and Quano are currently flowing above the danger mark at different places. Rains and floods have affected 23 districts in Uttar Pradesh. Six more people died in rain-related incidents since Thursday night, taking the toll to 82 since 1 September, officials said on Friday.

Texas, USA – A mother and her 2-year-old daughter drowned Saturday after their car was swept off the road and into a culvert that filled with floodwaters. Rescuers also found another man who drowned at 2:30 p.m. when his vehicle became submerged.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Florence is located about 1210 mi…1945 km ene of the northern Leeward islands and about 1440 mi…2315 km ese of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Depression Gordon is located about 25 mi…40 km sse of Jackson Mississippi with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Olivia is located about 840 mi…1355 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…115 mph…185 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Norman is located about 555 mi…890 km e of Hilo Hawaii and about 740 mi…1190 km e of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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Vietnam – Flash floods and landslides caused by downpours in Vietnam since late last week have killed at least 14 people, officials said on Tuesday. Four persons are missing following the floods.

India – After Kerala disaster, there is another flood that India needs to take care of: in Nagaland, where 12 people have died and over 3,000 have been displaced. With the state’s road network badly damaged, basic essential commodities are either being air dropped or shipped on smaller vehicles to as far as possible. More than 13% of the state population, comprising over 48,000 families in 532 villages, is affected by one of the worst monsoon seasons Nagaland has had.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Miriam is located about 1165 mi…1875 km ese of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Norman is located about 480 mi…775 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 25w (Jebi), located approximately 392 nm east-northeast of Saipan, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Post tropical Cyclone Lane is located about 330 mi…530 km ssw of French Frigate Shoals and about 575 mi…930 km wsw of Barking Sands Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…n or 355 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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India – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published two satellite images of Kerala, comparing the photos of devastation caused by the floods across the state and the situation prior to that. The before and after images of the area surrounding the Vembanad lake, including areas in Alappuzha, Kottayam, Changanassery and Thiruvalla. The pictorial representations give a clear indication of what the situation in Kerala is after having undergone heavy rainfall for the past few weeks.

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Wisconsin, USA – Rain-weary parts of Wisconsin were hammered once again by heavy rain Monday night into Tuesday, triggering flash floods that washed out roads, triggered mudslides and prompted evacuations. The line of severe thunderstorms raced across southern Wisconsin into Tuesday evening, enhancing already high water in southeastern Wisconsin.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 22w (Soulik), located approximately 205 nm northeast of Kadena AFB, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

Typhoon 23w (Cimaron), located approximately 173 nm north-northwest of Agrihan, is tracking northwestward at 16 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Lane is located about 500 mi…805 km se of Kailua-Kona Hawaii and about 670 mi…1075 km se of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…150 mph…240 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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India -Update – More than one million people have packed relief camps to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people in India’s southwestern state of Kerala, officials said Tuesday. About 50,000 homes have been destroyed, according to one Kerala legislator, and people are flocking to the camps as the scale of the desolation is revealed by receding waters. A total of 1,028,000 people were now recorded in about 3,200 relief camps across the state. Six more bodies were found Monday, taking the toll to more than 410 since the monsoon started in June. At Chengannur, one of the worst-hit towns, more than 60 centimetres (two feet) of water still blocked many roads as more rain fell Tuesday.

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Italy – At least 11 people died in southern Italy in a flash flood that occurred when a creek in a deep mountain gorge swelled suddenly after heavy rainfall upstream. Local authorities said five people were still missing and 23 others had been rescued after the flooding in the Raganello river gorge in southern Cozenza province. In some places the Raganello creek, part of the Pollino national park, is at the bottom of a narrow, 1km-deep gorge in the mountain.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Ernesto is located about 715 mi…1145 km nw of the Azores and about 800 mi…1290 km e of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 25 mph…41 km/h.

Invest 99L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that had the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 20w (Bebinca), located approximately 99 nm south-southwest of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical storm 21w (Rumbia), located approximately 41 nm west of Shanghai, China, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Typhoon 22w (Soulik), located approximately 111 nm south-southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 16 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Lane is located about 1620 mi…2610 km wsw of the southern tip of Baja California and about 1675 mi…2695 km ese of Hilo Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

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India – With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 167 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Centre on Thursday deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have cut off vast swathes of land in the state. The Kochi International Airport has been shut till Aug 26 and Southern Railway and Kochi Metro have suspended their operations. On Thursday reports of 47 deaths came in mostly from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta where rivers are in spate since August 8.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Ernesto is located about 605 mi…975 km se of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 30 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that had the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 19w (Leepi), located approximately 97 nm north-northeast of Pusan, South Korea, is tracking northeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 20w (Bebinca), located approximately 110 nm east-southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 10 knots.

Tropical storm 21w (Rumbia), located approximately 145 nm east-southeast of Shanghai, China, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical storm 22w (Soulik), located approximately 478 nm south of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 18 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Lane is located about 1390 mi…2235 km sw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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India – Update – The death toll brought on by floods, landslides and bridge collapses in India’s monsoon-hit state of Kerala has risen to 77 as heavy rainfall threatened new areas. Authorities in the southern state, which is home to 33 million people, have placed local agencies on the highest alert level in what has turned out to be Kerala’s worst monsoon in almost a century. More than 60,000 people have sought shelter in relief camps and the army and navy have been called in to assist with rescue operations, airlifting people to hospital, according to the official. Unconfirmed local media reports mentioned a much higher toll and cited ongoing efforts to reach many flooded areas.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the Atlantic Ocean that had the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 18w (Yagi), located approximately 145 nm south-southwest of Shanghai, China, is tracking northwestward at 22 knots.

Typhoon 19w (Leepi), located approximately 609 nm southeast of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

Tropical storm 20w (Bebinca), located approximately 116 nm south- southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking eastward at 03 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Hector is located bout 245 mi…390 km ssw of Midway island with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

Invest 97E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

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India – More than half of the 14 districts in India’s Kerala state have been put on high alert, officials said, as the death toll from one of the worst floods in the southern state reached 34. Torrential rains and landslides during India’s June-September monsoon season have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts across Kerala state. More than 31 000 people have been evacuated. Kerala state authorities have taken the unprecedented step of opening the gates of 25 water reservoirs to prevent potentially disastrous breaches. The state, which has 44 rivers, witnessed its worst floods in 1924 following torrential rains.

New York, Massachusetts, USA – Localized torrential rainfall led to street flooding from Boston to Long Island on Sunday. Flooding washed cars from a New Jersey dealership into a river.

Philippines – More than 54,000 people were moved to safer ground in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces. Marikina City implemented forced evacuations affecting at least 21,000 people after its river, the catch basin of water flowing from the mountains, reached critical level. In nearby Rizal province, 19,000 people were moved. Families were on rooftops in Marikina waiting for rescue. More than 9,000 people were evacuated in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Manila, Malabon and Pasig — all in the capital region. Floodwaters in some areas are chest high, rendering roads impassable, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Gates of several dams have been opened, the weather bureau said. Train services were halted and schools shut.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm (ts) 18w (Yagi), located approximately 87 nm south-southeast of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, is tracking westward at 11 knots.

Tropical depression 19w (Nineteen), located approximately 349 nm north of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking north-northwestward at 13 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 140 mi…225 km n of Johnston island and about 595 mi…960 km sse of Lisianski island with maximum sustained winds…120 mph…195 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 290 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Kristy is located about 1320 mi…2120 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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India – Dam reservoirs and rivers overflowed, sections of highways collapsed and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala, after days of incessant rains left nearly 54,000 people homeless and killed at least 29, officials said today.

Philippines – Heavy rains poured on Saturday, August 11, flooding several areas in Metro Manila and Rizal. Tropical Storm Karding (Yagi) left the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 17w (Shanshan), located approximately 328 nm north-northeast of Agrihan, is tracking northward at 10 knots.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Hurricane Hector is located about 1360 mi…2190 km e of South Point Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…125 mph…205 km/h. Present movement…w or 275 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Depression Eleven-E is located about 190 mi…305 km s of Puerto Angel Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 285 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Invest 94E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 95E is an area of disturbed weather in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

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China – Floods caused by heavy rainfall in the northwestern Chinese Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region left 20 people dead and eight more missing, local authorities said on Friday. According to the local authorities, more than 5,500 residents were evacuated to safe places. The Hami prefecture-level city in the northeastern part of Xinjiang was the most affected by the disaster, which ruined 8,700 buildings and damaged roads and railways in the area. The floods also damaged a dam of a local water reservoir.

India – A fresh wave of flooding in the north east Indian state of Assam began on 02 August, 2018. This follows an earlier wave of flooding that began in June which left over 30 people dead and 200,000 displaced. Around 90,000 people have been affected in 9 districts since 02 August, with 3 people dead and around 25,000 displaced. The Dhansiri river in Golaghat district has exceeded its previous highest ever flood level by almost 30 cm. As of 03 August, flooding was reported in Golaghat, Sivasagar, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Darrang and Charaideo. Flooding affected Biswanath and Udalguri districts on 02 August but has since subsided. By far the worst hit district is Golaghat, where flooding has affected 67,724 people in 99 villages. Four hundred homes have been damaged or destroyed by flooding in the district.