Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Bosnia – Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia’s main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake. The lake overflowed Saturday morning following heavy rain overnight, forcing the closure of a busy highway connecting the capital of Sarajevo with the central town of Zenica. The town of Kakanj is 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Sarajevo.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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China – A massive landslide buried an industrial park in the southern Chinese city Shenzhen on Sunday morning. The number of casualties is unknown. At least 27 people remain missing, and rescuers have pulled four people alive from collapsed or buried buildings. About 1,500 rescue workers have been dispatched to the scene.The landslide occurred at 11:40 a.m. and covered an area of more than 215,000 square feet in Shenzhen’s Guangming New District, including the Liuxi Industrial Park. At least 900 people have been evacuated.

Philippines – Heavy rains pummelled the entire Philippines today, threatening to aggravate flooding that has prompted the government to declare a state of “national calamity”. The number of deaths after a week of devastating weather has risen to 41, according to confirmed reports from national and local disaster monitoring agencies. Poor farming communities in the main southern island of Mindanao were flooded Saturday after at least two rivers burst their banks.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01a (Ashobaa), located approximately 104 nm east-northeast of Masirah Island, Oman, is tracking westward at 05 knots

Tropical depression Three-E is located about 265 mi…425 km S of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h. Hazards affecting land – rainfall: locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the southern coast of Mexico, primarily in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, during the next couple of days. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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Malaysia – A tornado in the Kinabatangan district of Sabah, Malaysia has flattened two buildings and blew off the roofs of several other structures at an oil palm plantation.

Nepal – A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried at least 21 people and left dozens missing as they were sleeping at night in six villages in Nepal’s mountainous northeast. Rescuers dug out the bodies and searched the rubble for survivors in Taplejung district, about 310 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu. At least 24 people are missing but the number could be higher.

Louisiana, USA – A surging Red River that flooded northwest Louisiana this week, damaging hundreds of structures and displacing scores of people, slowly began to recede on Wednesday but was still expected to be above flood stage for several more days.

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North Indian Landslide Creates New Dam

Recent satellite images taken by the Indian Space Research Organization’s CartoSat-2 have shown a gigantic landslide in Northern India.

The landslide believed to have occurred sometime around December 31 last year in Northern India has sent enough debris into the Tsarap River, creating an obstruction about 2,000 feet (600 meters) long, and a brand new 300-acre lake.

As of January 20, 2015, that dam was about 600 meters (2,000 feet) long, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The artificial lake that formed behind the dam was nearly 8 kilometres (5 miles) long and covered about 55 hectares (300 acres).

After surveying the situation on January 18, a team of civilian and military engineers recommended that people who live downstream move to higher ground. They also discouraged authorities from using explosives to clear the blockage as doing so could trigger additional landslides.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical storm Karina moving slowly westward about 1365 mi (2195 km) E of Hilo, Hawaii.

Tropical storm Lowell moving northwestward with no change in strength about 740 mi (1190 km) WSW of the southern tip of Baja California.

The Western Pacific remains quiet, with no new named storms expected to develop over the next five days.

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Finland – Month’s worth of rain falls in two days. A low-pressure front over Northern Europe is bringing rains into Finland, with the warm sea adding to precipitation figures along the coast. Tuesday saw some 20mm of rainfall in Finland Proper and Western Lapland – and in Somero more than three times that amount has come down in less than two days.

Japan – Huge landslides in the outskirts of Hiroshima have killed at least 36 people after a wall of mud sparked by torrential rain wiped out dozens of houses burying many alive.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

The centre of Hurricane Julio was located about 325 mi…525 km NE of Hilo Hawaii and about 435 mi…700 km ENE of Honolulu Hawaii. Julio is moving toward the northwest near 16 mph…26 km/h. This general northwestward motion is expected to continue through Monday evening.

Tropical storm 11w (Halong) is located approximately 110 nm east of Iwakuni, Japan and is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

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Nepal – A landslide in Jiri, Dolakha district in Nepal has claimed the lives of at least four people and injured eight others. Heavy rainfall triggered the landslide near the Bus park area in Lincon Bazaar in Jiri. The landslide occurred from a height of 20 meters and swept away hotels, shops and private properties.

UK – Parts of the UK have been hit flash flooding, as the rain and high winds of Hurricane Bertha sweep across the country. The floods came as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha move across the UK. In recent weeks Hurricane Bertha devastated the Carribbean, sweeping the islands with 90mph winds.

As the storm moved across the Atlantic Ocean the hurricane became weaker and was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to an extratropical storm. Bertha’s remains are expected to reach the UK on Sunday. The Met Office said the weather system had the potential for causing more than 50mm of rain and 60mpg gusts on coasts, and flooding and dangerous waves in coastal areas.

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Bertha forms and is located…13.6n 57.9w about 110 mi…175 km ENE of Barbados about 220 mi…355 km ESE of Martinique.

Bertha is moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph…31 km/h…and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On the forecast track…Bertha is expected to pass near or north of Barbados during the next several hours and move through the central Lesser Antilles tonight…and into the northeastern Caribbean on Saturday.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Iselle forms about 1160 mi…1870 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h. there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 11w (Halong) is located approximately 324 nm north of Yap, and is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

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India – The death toll in the landslide that hit the village of Pune has risen to 51, with more than 120 people still feared trapped in the mud. Rescue efforts continue.

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Depression Genevieve is located near latitude 12.9 north…longitude 149.0 west. The depression is moving toward the west near 7 mph…11 km/h …And this motion is expected to increase slightly through the next 48 hours.

In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm 11w (Halong) is located approximately 75 nm northwest of Navsta, Guam, and is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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India – At least 15 people were killed after heavy rains triggered a landslide in Maharashtra’s Pune district, burying over 160 as rescuers searched for survivors and bodies in the massive debris of mud and rock. Racing against time and battling inclement weather. Emergency personnel have pulled out 15 bodies from the rubble and many injured survivors so far.

Germany – Summer storms bring flooding to parts of western Germany.

USA – A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage. Winds as high as 120 miles per hour roared through Revere Monday, uprooting hundreds of trees, ripping roofs off houses and flipping cars.

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In the Western Pacific:

Tropical storm Hagibis has weakened to tropical depression status and is located approximately 316 nm south of yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking eastward at 45 knots.

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Brazil – Landslide in Natal, the Brazilian World Cup 2014 host city destroys 25 houses after 50 hours of non-stop precipitation.

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Philippines – Floods swamp 9 Maguindanao towns after heavy rains. Authorities are monitoring the situation and no evacuations have been ordered.

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Low pressure system Invest 93E stroll hovering off the coast of Baja California.

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Guatemala – Landslide caused by heavy rains has claimed lives of at least five people and injured three others. Homes were destroyedin San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango.

Sri Lanka – Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Sri Lanka Monday causing floods and submerging roads in low-lying areas. Low-lying areas in the Agalawatta, Welipanna, Matugama, Paalinda Nuwara and Omatta Divisions of Kalutara district are affected by floods. Local media reports said 9 people have been killed and another two are missing due to earth slips in the areas of Matugama, Kithulgoda and Thalangama.

Iowa, USA – At least one tornado has been reported in north-central Iowa as storms moved across the mostly rural part of the state, Sunday.

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In the Eastern Pacific:

Tropical Storm Amanda forms 630 miles southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico and is expected to strengthen to hurricane force later today. Amanda is moving west-northwest at 5 mph.

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China – Landslide in south China’s Guangdong Province has claimed the lives of at least six people. Heavy rainfall caused the landslide around 5 p.m. in Longshi Village.

Nepal – An avalanche on Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal has claimed the lives of three people including one from India. According to the Nepalese officials, the three were swept away by the avalanche and were believed to be dead. They scaled Kanchenjunga on Sunday and were attempting to climb Yalung Kang, a sister peak.

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Afhganistan – According to the Governor of Badakhshan, more than 2,100 people have been killed and more than 300 homes are buried under rocks and mud due to a major landslide hat was triggered by torrential rain in northern Badakhshan province.

Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote north-east, putting the death toll at more than 2 100, as rescuers turned their attention to helping the over 4 000 people displaced.

Officials expressed concern the unstable hillside above the site of the disaster may cave in again, threatening the homeless as well as the UN and local rescue teams that have arrived in Badakhshan province, which borders Tajikistan.

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In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Gillian is located approximately 618 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia.

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Washington, USA – Officials now say as many as 176 people may remain unaccounted for after the 177ft (54m) wall of mud hit near the town of Oso, north of Seattle. Search crews have worked day and night, using helicopters and laser imaging. But officials admit they have little hope of finding survivors in the muck. The landslide “basically cut a mountain in two” and deposited it on the town below. Nothing in the path of the slide was still standing. “It’s that absolute devastation that causes us all real pain.” The official list of the missing stood at 176, but they did not think the final death toll would be so high, because some of those listed as unaccounted for would be found to be alive, and other names would prove to be duplicates.

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Australia – The flash flood that hit Sydney on Monday afternoon has killed a man while two others were rushed to the hospital after being struck by lightning.

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In the Western Pacific:

Tropical depression Four [Caloy] is located approximately 225 nm northeast of Zamboanga, Philippines. The final advisory has been issued on this system.

‘Caloy’ makes landfall, leaves 1781 passengers stranded – Tropical Depression Caloy made landfall over Mindanao Saturday morning. “Caloy” weakened into a low-pressure area after making landfall over Surigao del Sur Saturday.

In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Gillian is located approximately 420 nm east of Cocos Island, Australia.

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USA – Huge Washington Landslide Kills Three and Dams a River – Three people were killed and eight injured in a mile-long landslide near Seattle that demolished at least six houses Saturday morning, blocked roads and dammed a river, bringing fears of a major flood.