Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Arlene is centered more than 930 miles west of the Azores in the central Atlantic Ocean, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 50 mph. Arlene is the first tropical storm in April to exist in the Atlantic Basin since Ana in 2003, which also formed on April 20, just a few hours earlier. It’s also the farthest north a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic so early in the season.
Kazakhstan – Heavy floods have hit regions across northern Kazakhstan, destroying hundreds of buildings, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, and leading to accusations of a botched state response. Residents have linked about six deaths to the recent flooding, while authorities in the Central Asian nation say it has caused no casualties. On April 20, officials in the North Kazakhstan region said the water level in a main reservoir was almost three meters above the allowed maximum, adding to the concerns of residents hit by the flooding that follows snowmelt. Thousands of local residents have been evacuated and tens of thousands of head of livestock were moved to safer districts.
Colombia – The death toll in the floods and landslides in Colombia this week have risen to 16, with a number of people still missing.