Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Cindy is located about 170 mi…275 km SSW of Morgan City Louisiana and about 225 mi…360 km se of Galveston Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bret dissipated at 5pm AST on June 20, 2017.

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India – Heavy monsoon rain disrupted life in Tripura as over 2,000 families were displaced after their houses were inundated by the flood water, official said here on Tuesday. The heavy monsoon rainflooded the low-lying areas, roads, inhabited areas in five sub-divisions of two districts of Tripura since Sunday night.

India – Security personnel rescued over 200 persons who were marooned in parts of west Kemeng district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. They had been cut off in the mountain highways following incessant rains and landslides. One girl was killed and three persons wounded in a landslide near the State capital Itanagar. There has been a slight improvement in the flood situation in the five districts of Assam. However, displaced villagers staying in relief camps are yet to return home. The flood situation in Manipur and Mizoram has improved considerably, though the sky is still overcast. Twelve persons lost their lives in Mizoram and over 800 houses were destroyed. Meanwhile, in West Bengal, heavy rainfall and lightning have claimed at least nine lives.

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.

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Pennsylvania, USA – A severe thunderstorm hammered western Pennsylvania Thursday evening, bringing with it flash flooding that shut down low-lying roads throughout the area. Severe thunderstorms walloped the Pittsburgh area Thursday afternoon and evening. The storms downed wires and trees and flooded roads across Allegheny County when it hit just after 4 p.m., according to initial reports.

India – Several northeastern states are taking stock of the situation following incessant rains over the last three days, which have triggered flash floods and landslides. The swollen Khawthlangtuipui river has submerged over 350 houses in Tlabung sub-division in Lunglei where eight persons died after flash floods caused by heavy rainfall wrecked havoc yesterday. Officials estimated that over 2,000 families were affected by the floods. The whole of south Mizoram – Serchhip, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts and eastern Champhai district bordering Myanmar remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third day today due landslides at many places. Around 10 buildings have submerged in the swelling waters of the Tlawng river. In Assam, the districts of Lakhimpur, Darrang and Hailakandi have been hit by floods affecting nearly 14,000 people in 39 villages there.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the western Pacific: Tropical Storm 04w (Merbok) has dissipated.

In the Eastern Pacific: The remnants of Tropical Depression Calvin may continue to bring moderate rainfall in affected areas over the next 24 hours.

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Wyoming, Nebraska, USA – Some wicked twisters churned across the High Plains on Monday evening — some doing severe damage to homes and barns. The Storm Prediction Centre received 30 tornado reports on Monday night. Based on these reports, there appear to be at least two long-track storms that produced tornadoes through southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska.

India – Eight people were killed and six went missing in floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Mizoram even as hot weather conditions prevailed in Delhi, where mercury crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark again. Flash floods wrecked havoc at Tlabung in Mizoram’s Lunglei district, while National Highway 54, which which links the state with Assam, was cut off at different places due to landslides in many districts. As many as 350 houses have submerged since Monday in different parts of the state in the flash floods. Landslides and incessant rains have blocked several roads in Aizawl town, and power supply lines were snapped and telecommunication system was disrupted in the state capital.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Cape Town, South Africa – Roofs were blown off houses in parts of Cape Town, trees uprooted, roads forced to close and electricity to various areas cut off as the monster storm coming in off the Atlantic coast hit the Mother City overnight. The ocean swell remains a cause for concern, with huge swells expected this afternoon with a peak touching on 13 metres in some areas. This may cause damage to low-lying areas close to the ocean. The public is cautioned to stay away from Western Cape beaches throughout the day. Average wind speeds between 55 and 70 km/h and gusts of between 80 and 90km/h were recorded. Tugs were put on standby by Transnet Port Authority to provide assistance in towing and holding boats in position in and out of port should the need arise. More than a million Western Cape pupils remained at home across the province on Wednesday following a decision by authorities on Tuesday to suspend schooling for the day. No fatalities have been reported thus far.

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India – The first wave of floods has hit the Kaziranga National Park and over 13,000 people in Assam. Disclosing that over 30 per cent areas of 858 sq km area of the park has already been inundated by the floodwaters, the park authorities said that almost all the low-lying areas of the park are under water and animals have started moving towards the hills of Karbi Anglong district. The Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level in Nimatighat, prompting officials to suspend ferry services to the island district of Majuli from Jorhat. Assam Disaster Management Authority officials said the first wave of floods have affected 28 villages in Lakhimpur, Jorhat and Biswanath districts.

Georgia, USA – Roads in Raleigh and Fayette counties were closed Monday, as emergency crews worked to clear flooded roadways and restore power, but emergency officials reported no injuries around the region. Flooding was caused by rainfall which fell Sunday night and Monday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Depression Two-E is located about 50 mi…80 km WSW of Puerto Angel Mexico and about 215 mi…345 km ESE of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 20 degrees at 6 mph…10 km/h.

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India – Torrential rain in the wake of cyclone Mora led to flooding at many places along river banks in Manipur’s hills and valleys on Wednesday. Although there were no human casualties, many localities in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Kakching, Senapati districts faced flash flood after many rivers including Imphal, Sekmai, Wangjing and Senapati breached their banks at various locations in the morning. Rain and flash floods also destroyed standing crops in Kakching,Thoubal and Ukhrul districts. Villagers in Riha in Ukhrul district vacated their houses after the water level in the Mapithel dam suddenly rose 10 feet.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 03w (Muifa), located approximately 554 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan is tracking northward at 09 knots.

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (ts) 17s (Frances), located approximately 275 nm west of Darwin, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 15 knots.

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Singapore – Heavy rain caused flash floods in eastern parts of Singapore on Thursday, with vehicles splashing through water-clogged roads and some cars left stranded, unable to pass through.

India – Incessant rainfall for the past one week has flooded large areas of Arunachal Pradesh’s capital town Itanagar and caused landslides and road blocks at many points. Landslides occurred at Senki View and Donyi Polo Road, while people in Pachin Colony have undertaken temporary flood preventive measures by constructing bunds with bamboo and filling empty cement bags with sand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kashmir-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone Ernie (tc) 15s, located approximately 435 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking south-southwestward at 02 knots.

In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Sixteen), located approximately 441 nm north-northeast of Noumea of Nadi, New Caledonia, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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India – Six people were killed and two were reported missing in India’s northern region of Kashmir on Friday, after heavy rain and snowfall swept the region, setting off avalanches and turning mountain rivers into raging torrents. Snowfalls triggered multiple avalanches, defence spokesman Rajesh Kalia told Reuters. “A post in Batalik sector was buried,” he added. “Two out of five soldiers have been rescued. A rescue operation for three soldiers was in progress and three bodies have been recovered.”

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Nepal – At least two people died in landslide in Chitwan along Muglin-Narayangadh road section. The landslide buried nine vehicles, including five motorbikes.

India – Drought in Karnataka – The Krishnaraja Sagara Dam, which stores water from the Cauvery river, is hitting its dead storage level, a 15-year low. Dead storage is when the remaining volume of water is below the level of the lowest outlet; it cannot be accessed under normal operating conditions. The authorities have said summer crops cannot be irrigated. A new crisis is brewing, after 2016 the worst drought year for Karnataka in four decades. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell says all major reservoirs in the state are near their dead storage. The government is now focused on providing drinking water, at the cost of standing crops. Almost 75 per cent of the minor irrigation tanks have dried up in the state. Groundwater levels are 80 per cent lower than what they used to be 10 years ago. Currently, drinking water is being transported to 600 villages. In urban areas, 400 wards are depending on tankers for drinking. There is a huge scarcity of fodder as well, and this will impact the kharif, rabi and summer crops.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Myanmar-India border.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Komandorskiye Ostrava region, Russia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.9 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Manipur, India.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Environment

India Beats China As Worst Air-Polluted Country On Earth

India now has the world’s worst air pollution. They have beaten China. Specifically, it is New Delhi, India’s capital that has the worst air pollution on Earth.

Industrialization, coal-fired power plants, and low regulation have made the air pollution in India so much worse. Technology Review has reported that there have been 1.1 million deaths recorded last year due to air pollution in India. The country has been tied with China as having deadly air pollution. India’s rapid industrialization, too much use of coal for energy, growing population, and an ageing populace that is affected by air pollution are the factors why there are so many deaths.

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity.

But the Mariana Trench is polluted.

At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush a human like a bug. Scientists have only recently explored it.

Among them is biologist Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England. His team dropped what they call a mechanical “lander” down into the trench. It had cameras and water samplers and some baited traps. They didn’t really know what they’d find.

When the lander surfaced, the traps contained amphipods — shrimplike crustaceans. That wasn’t terribly surprising, as amphipods are known to live at great depths. But bringing them back from the Mariana Trench was a rarity, and Jamieson thought there might be something to learn from them. He took the creatures to an environmental scientist.

The amphipods were contaminated with PCBs — polychlorinated biphenyls — toxic chemicals used for decades in industry, as well as other industrial pollutants known as persistent organic pollutants.

Every sample we had,” Jamieson says, “had contaminants in it at very high or extraordinarily high levels. How high? He compared the contamination level in his Mariana amphipods to crabs living in waters fed by one of China’s most polluted rivers, as well as amphipods from other parts of the world. “And what we were finding in the deepest place in the world were (levels) hugely higher, 50 times in some cases,” he says.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.6 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.3 Earthquake hits Uttaranchal, India.

5.1 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the coast of western Turkey.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.