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Kenya – A 67-year-old man died after he was swept away by flash floods in Rarieda, Siaya County on Saturday. Hundreds of families have been displaced in various parts of Nyanza and Busia County, following the heavy rains pounding most parts of the country.

Ohio, USA – Northeast Ohio residents are seeing flooded roads, intersections and high waters in their neighborhoods.

This weekend’s heavy rain has caused flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets, and underpasses, as well as other drainage and low-lying areas. Several Northeast Ohio counties, including Cuyahoga, remain under flood warnings or watches.

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Kenya – Ravaged by floods, Nyando residents are staring at a bleak future even as the country steps up efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. The situation worsened yesterday after raging floods swept through several villages, leaving a trail of destruction. Hundreds of families were displaced by the floods, which swept away some of the homes. And businesses around Lake Victoria are staring at huge losses as the region starts to feel the impact of the lake’s swelling waters.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 22s (Herold), located approximately 516 nm east-southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southeastward at 14 knots.

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Kenya – About 1,000 families were left marooned and road infrastructure destroyed in Nyando Constituency, Kisumu, after floods hit the area since the weekend.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04p (Sarai), located approximately 164 nm south-southeast of Suva, Fiji, is tracking east-southeastward at 07 knots.

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Fiji – Nearly 2,000 people took refuge in emergency shelters and one man was missing after being swept away in floodwaters as Tropical Cyclone Sarai pounded Fiji on Saturday causing widespread damage. With wind gusts strengthening to 150 kilometres per hour during the day, Sarai destroyed houses and crops, brought down trees, cut power and caused considerable flooding in low-lying areas. Thousands of holidaymakers were stranded with flights to and from Fiji either cancelled or rescheduled.

Kenya – Torrential rains caused massive floods in western Kenya on Saturday, affecting thousands of families in the region. Government officials said over 6,000 families in Kisumu were displaced and had lost their property, much of which was destroyed following a night of heavy rain. Many local residents have said they have no dry place to sleep and feared the flooding could worsen as they wait for aid.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 340 nm east-southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking southwestward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06a (Pawan), located approximately 462 nm south-southeast of Salalah, Oman, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Ambali), located approximately 560 nm west of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 02s (Two), located approximately 867 nm north-northwest of St Denis, is tracking west-southwestward at 04 knots.

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Spain – Around a hundred people have been evacuated and dozens more rescued from their homes after severe flooding hit parts of the Murcia region of Spain. The community of San Javier, one of the worst affected areas, registered 126 litres of floodwaters per square metre in less than two hours and led to 40 people being rescued from their homes and stranded vehicles. It is part of the latest “Gota Fria” phenomenon, which literally translates to “cold drop” in English, and refers to severe rainfall during autumn.

Kenya – At least 132 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by unusually heavy rainfall in Kenya. Around 17,000 were displaced and 11,000 livestock swept away by strong waters. More than half of the country has been affected. The rains have helped alleviate the drought conditions across the country that caused a food shortage and added to inflationary pressures, but have damaged infrastructure and farmland.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 29w (Kammuri), located approximately 964 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Kenya – Heavy rains in Kenya unleashed a deluge that killed five people overnight in the Rift Valley, raising the death toll from weekend flooding to 65. The torrential rain is uncommon for this time of year. Parts of the country could continue to face destructive flooding this week.

California, USA – A winter-like storm led to at least one death on Thanksgiving Day, closed numerous roadways and left officials warning of waterspouts, floods, hail, lightning and rip currents. Two important highways — the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine and the 15 Freeway between the Inland Empire and Las Vegas — were closed, reopened and closed again Thursday as snow would fall, be plowed aside and then accumulate again. Heavy snowfall was reported late Thursday.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Sebastien is located about 730 mi…1175 km w of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…ne or 50 degrees at 33 mph…54 km/h.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 01p (One), located approximately 452 nm north of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking eastward at 08 knots.

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Mozambique – Severe weather in Gondola district of the Manica province in Mozambique has claimed the lives of at least three people. Two people died when a lightning struck the house in Nhachoco and Maguiguane regions of Mozambique. One woman died after swept away by the flooded Mussatua River.

Kenya – Landslides caused by severe weather have claimed the lives of at least 24 people in in West Pokot county, Kenya. Seven children died in the landslide disaster and severely affected Nyarkulian and Parua villages of Kenya. According to the Kenya Red Cross, in Mikinduri, Meru County, a number of houses have been reportedly swept away after river Thanantu broke it’s banks.

UK – Flash floods caused sudden road closures, car crashes and left entire villages cut off in the south west of England. Exton has also been ravaged by flooding and villagers in Kennford in the early hours were forced to pump out water outside their homes in a battle to protect their community. The River Teign is subject to a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency over fears it may rise above its banks and flood homes.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Matmo is located approximately 230 nm southeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 04a (Kyarr), located approximately 184 nm east-southeast of Masirah Island, is tracking southwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical cyclone 05a (Five), located approximately 620 nm south of Mumbai, India, is tracking northwestward at 14 knots.

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Cameroon – Authorities in Cameroon have deployed soldiers and rescue workers after a torrential downpour caused a landslide that killed at least 34 people near the western town of Bafoussam. Rescue workers spent Tuesday searching through the wreckage of destroyed homes for more victims.

El Salvador – Heavy precipitation in El Salvador began on 12 October 2019 due to the influence and combination of a lowpressure system. The continual rain led caused rockslides and landslides, as well as falling trees and collapse of slopes, which disrupted transit on highways and roads. Unofficial figures report that at least four people have died following the heavy rain.

Kenya – Heavy rain has been affecting several counties since last week, causing flash flooding and landslides. According to media reports, as of 24 October, 9 people have died as a result, 4 in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, 4 in Wajir county and 1 in Turkana County. Thousands of people have been displaced and roads and houses have been damaged.

Ghana – Ghana experienced heavy rains combined with water releases from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso in early October 2019 which caused serious flooding and extensive damage to farmlands, houses, properties and loss of lives across the country. Between the 6 to 12 October 2019, the Upper East Region, experienced torrential rains which resulted in damaged houses and farmlands leading to displacement of people and fatalities. Local media in Ghana reported that as many as 29 people have died in flood-related incidents. Media reports also suggested that between 1,000 and 4,000 buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged.

India – More than 130 of the 178 taluks in the state are either reeling under drought or affected by the worst flooding in more than a century during the southwest monsoon. The state government had recently declared 49 taluks as drought-hit, whereas 103 were designated as flood-affected in August. The drought list includes at least five taluks that were also flood-hit, posing an unusual challenge to the authorities.

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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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In the Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Dorian is locateP about 40 mi…60 km e of Freeport Grand Bahama island and about 115 mi…190 km e of West Palm Beach Florida with maximum sustained winds…165 mph…270 km/h present movement…w or 270 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Juliette is located about 480 mi…770 km ssw of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 300 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical storm 15w (Lingling), located approximately 601 nm south-southwest of Kadena AFB, Japan is tracking north-northwestward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression 14w (Fourteen), located approximately 180 nm south of Wake island, is tracking west-northwestward at 14 knots.

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Caribbean – Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas with ferocious wind and rain on Sunday, the monstrous Category 5 storm wrecking towns and homes as it churned on an uncertain path toward the US coast where hundreds of thousands were ordered to evacuate. Packing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kph), Dorian crashed onshore in the Abacos Islands, in the northwest of the Bahamas, as the strongest storm ever to hit the Caribbean chain. Parts of the Abacos were under water as forecasters warned they faced a towering 18 to 23 foot storm surge. Winds were gusting over 220 mph with no sign of weakening as the storm barreled west over the island of Grand Bahama.

Kenya – The death toll in Sunday’s flash flooding in a national park in Kenya has increased to six and rescue teams are still looking for one tourist, Kenya’s Wildlife Service said on Monday. The tour group of seven people — five Kenyans, a local tourist guide and a “non-resident foreigner” — had been caught in the flash flood Sunday in Hell’s Gate National Park.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Kenya

Authorities have roped in teams of soldiers and volunteers to help tackle wildfires in the Mount Kenya national park. Illegal marijuana farming has been blamed for the blaze, which threatens natural bamboo forests.

Wildlife rangers and Kenyan soldiers are battling to stem fierce wildfires on Mount Kenya national park, around 190 kilometers (118 miles) northeast of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. More than 80,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of forest land has been destroyed at the World Heritage site since the fires broke out a week ago.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Kenya

Kenya Forest Services (KFS) has mobilized it’s human and equipment assets to assist in putting out a huge fire that is fast spreading in Mt Kenya Forest. The 6km long forest fire line has moved from Lake Ellis area towards Lake Alice and Marania spreading to the moorlands an area under Kenya Wildlife Service.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon (ts) 31w (Yutu), located approximately 391 nm west-northwest of Navsta, Guam, is tracking westward at 13 knots.

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Jordan – At least 18 people have been killed in flash floods near the Dead Sea in Jordan, most of them in a bus that was swept away. The bus was carrying 37 pupils and seven members of staff to the Zara Maeen hot springs area when it was washed away, officials said.

Turkey – Turkey’s state-run news agency says six migrants have drowned after being swept away by floodwaters as they tried to illegally cross into Turkey from Syria. Anadolu Agency said paramilitary police and rescuers recovered the bodies of six people Thursday near the border town of Yayladagi, in Hatay province, following severe flooding.

Russia – Floods have left two people dead and two others injured along with one missing in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Region, parts of which were hammered by severe storms.

Kenya – A nightlong downpour has flooded parts of Mombasa city, causing huge traffic snarl-ups. The heavy rains, which started on Wednesday night, have caused flooding and poor visibility. Motorists struggled to steer vehicles through flooded roads on Thursday morning. Some residents had to wade through flooded sections of the roads.

Island Vanishes

One of the most powerful Pacific hurricanes on record obliterated a remote Hawaiian island, causing an important turtle nesting site to disappear in early October.

Former Category-5 Hurricane Walaka was still packing Category-3 force just before it struck the remote French Frigate Shoals, about 400 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Island of Kauai.

Storm surge wiped out East Island, which is a critical habitat for green sea turtles, monk seals and various types of sea birds.

University of Hawaii researchers who were studying the wildlife were forced to evacuate the island before Walaka struck.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Five), located approximately 269 nm southwest of Hong Kong, is tracking northward at 11 knots.

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Kenya – More heavy rainfall and flooding has hit many parts of the country. The rains, predicted to be more than 40mm over 24 hours, are affecting some parts of the Rift Valley, Central and Northern regions as from yesterday afternoon.

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In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 02a (Mekunu), located approximately 41 nm west of Salalah, Oman, is tracking northwestward at 07 knots. This is the final warning for this system.

In the North Atlantic Ocean: Sun-Tropical Storm Alberto is located About 95 mi…150 km ese of Cozumel Mexico and about 145 mi…235 km ssw of the western tip of Cuba with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…nne or 15 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Czech Republic – Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night. Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity. Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.

Kenya – Two people and 70 livestock have been swept away by flash floods in Kabunyany river. 300 families have been displaced by floods as rains continue to pound Baringo County.

Iceland – The Iceland Met Office has issued a warning for heavy rainfall and possible flooding for South and South West Iceland, Friday. Heavy rainfall is forecast for the South and South-West parts of the county from Friday evening 25 May, continuing through the weekend.