Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Depression Fifteen is located about 210 mi…335 km e of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nw or 325 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

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Japan – A massive search-and-rescue effort was underway Monday in central and northern Japan after powerful Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds during the weekend, killing dozens and spawning devastating flooding. The storm is being blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people, with at least 14 missing and some 200 others injured, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. The flooding also impacted Japan’s famed bullet trains. East Japan Railway Company said that one-third of its bullet trains used on one line had been damaged by flooding.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Topical Storm Melissa is located about 415 mi…670 km s of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ene or 75 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Ema is located about 165 mi…260 km nw of French Frigate shoals and about 610 mi…980 km wnw of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 345 degrees at 17 mph…28 km/h.

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Japan – Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history. At least 30 people were killed in the typhoon that left vast sections of towns under water. Another 15 were missing and 177 injured by Typhoon Hagibis, which paralysed Tokyo on Saturday and dumped record levels of rain around Japan. About 100,000 homes were left without power. Rescue efforts were hindered after more than 20 rivers in central and northeastern Japan burst their banks and dozens more overflowed although their banks were still in tact, flooding rivers could cause more damage. Some of the worst damage hit the central Japanese city of Nagano, where the Chikuma River inundated swaths of land and forced military helicopters to airlift people from homes.

Chesapeake Bay, Potomac, USA – Since Friday, numerous locations along the tidal Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay have endured coastal flooding, due to the departure of Tropical Storm Melissa and the coming hunter’s full moon. Water levels two to three feet above normal have washed over shorelines and adjacent roads in Old Town Alexandria, the District’s waterfront, Annapolis and Baltimore at around high tide.

Kenya – Mombasa residents have expressed fears of possible outbreak of water-borne diseases as heavy downpour continues pounding the region. The heavy rains that have been pounding the region since Friday afternoon last week have flooded most parts of the county, rendering most roads impassable. The most affected areas are Nyali, Kisauni, Kongowea, Kaa Chonjo and parts of the Mombasa central business district. These areas were on Sunday heavily flooded after long hours of rains that began on Saturday night. In Bamburi, various estates were flooded with water filling roads, making it difficult for residents move. Motorists had difficulties wading through the flooded tourist city.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Topical Storm Melissa is located about 370 mi…595 km s of Halifax Nova Scotia with maximum sustained winds…45 mph…75 km/h. Present movement…ene or 65 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 113 nm south-southeast of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots. The Typhoon has weakened and is dissipating, although heavy rainfall and strong winds will persist for some time.

In the Central Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Ema is located about 385 mi…620 km w of Lihue Hawaii and about 130 mi…210 km sse of French Frigate shoals with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nw or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

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Japan – The sky turned in deep purple colour in Japan surprising the locals, just before the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis. The typhoon touched down southwest of Tokyo on Saturday. An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 shook the area shortly before the same time as the typhoon was making landfall. The earthquake was felt across Tokyo and Chiba. Typhoon Hagibis has brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region and is expected to be Japan’s worst typhoon in six decades. Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding after powerful Typhoon Hagibis ripped across the country, killing at least 11 people and leaving more than a dozen missing. The storm’s heavy rain triggered deadly landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. By Sunday morning, the significantly weakened storm had moved back off land, but serious flooding was reported in central Japan’s Nagano, where a burst levee sent water from the Chikuma river gushing into residential neighbourhoods, flooding homes up to the second floor. Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu around 7:00 pm (1000 GMT) Saturday as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour). At the storm’s peak, more than seven million people were placed under non-compulsory evacuation orders, with tens of thousands heeding the call and moving into government shelters.

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Nigeria – An 11 year old boy died after being swept away in the flood water in the Alimosho area of Lagos. The heavy downpour has left many homes flooded and blocked the drainage in Lekki city in Lagos state.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Storm Melissa is located about 235 mi…375 km sse of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…ne or 55 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 121 nm southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 18 knots.

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Japan – One man died and more than a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as powerful typhoon Hagibis was set to make landfall late on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years. Four people were injured, also in Chiba, as winds blew roofs off several houses.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Two 5.6 earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.3 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 earthquake hits the Hindu Kush, Afghanistan.

5.1 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.1 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Dorian is located about 60 mi…95 km se of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Erin is located about 435 mi…705 km w of Bermuda and about 265 mi…430 km se of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 13w (Podul), located approximately 419 nm east of DaNang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 15 knots.

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Guatemala – Heavy rainfall with thunderstorms continues to affect several parts of Guatemala since the last week causing floods and triggering landslides. According to the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), as of 23 August, one person has died, 104 have been injured, 62 evacuated and one is still missing. At least 63,349 people have been affected, 104 houses have been damaged, seven roads flooded and two bridges partially destroyed.

Caribbean – Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to bring heavy rainfall and floods to Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Martinique (France), Puerto Rico (The United States of America), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Japan – More than twice the usual rainfall for the whole of August has fallen over parts of the southern island of Kyushu over the past 48 hours, washing away roads, causing rivers to burst their banks and forcing the suspension of train services. One man was killed when his car was swept away in Saga prefecture, while another man in Fukuoka prefecture died after being dragged away by flood waters when he got out of his stalled car. A woman in Saga was found without signs of life.

Spain – Brits holidaying in Ibiza have been experiencing a spell of heavy rain, which is heading to Majorca. Ibiza airport saw the heaviest rainfall for the whole of Spain on Tuesday with two inches falling with San Antonio not far behind.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 11w (Krosa) is located approximately 296 nm west of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 18 knots.

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Japan – Heavy rains lashed parts of western Japan on Thursday as tropical storm Krosa bore down on the country, forcing the cancellations of hundreds of flights and trains as authorities advised more than 400,000 people to evacuate.