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Malaysia – Some 129 people from villages in flood prone Kota Belud district were evacuated overnight after Sungai Kadamaian overflowed its banks following heavy rains in west coast Sabah since late Monday. More monsoon rains are expected to hit the state over three to four days. Several roads were also flooded with some not passable to light vehicles.

Florida, USA – As South Florida raises groundwater levels to fight saltwater intrusion, the threat of inland flooding will only increase, according to newly published research results. Although high groundwater levels in South Florida are a major contributor to inland floods, especially during the wet season or extreme rain events, traditional flood models don’t account for the groundwater beneath our feet, scientists have found. South Florida protects its drinking water sources from saltwater intrusion by keeping groundwater levels high. As sea level rises, groundwater levels may need to be raised even higher, which could cause yet more flooding.

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Indonesia – Rain-triggered landslides and floods have killed 11 villagers on Indonesia’s main island of Java. Nine people were buried by landslides before dawn Tuesday in two villages in the East Java district of Pacitan. Two other people drowned in floods that inundated thousands of houses in 13 villages in the same district. Torrential rain since Monday has caused rivers in the area to overflow their banks.

Malaysia – Malaysia’s east coast monsoon floods claimed a second life on Tuesday (Nov 28), while over 10,000 people from Terengganu and Kelantan have been forced to evacuate to relief centres. Kelantan saw a steep rise in the number of flood victims after scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday night, with over 8,000 people seeking shelter at relief centres as at noon on Wednesday, compared to just over 5,000 people on Tuesday night.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 96L remains an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Malaysia – Incessant heavy rain since 6.30 pm yesterday caused a landslide and flash floods in Miri today, according to the Miri Fire and Rescue Station. The worst-affected area was Kampung Lereng Bukit where a vacant house almost collapsed due to a landslide that occurred at about 7 am today and flash floods struck a village in Bekenu.

La Nina – La Nina, the cool flip side to El Nino, has returned, forecasters said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a weak La Nina has formed and is expected to stick around for several months. La Nina is a natural cooling of parts of the Pacific that alters weather patterns around the globe. La Nina typically brings drier conditions to the U.S. South and wetter weather to the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. Indonesia, the Philippines, northeastern South America and South Africa often see more rain during December, January and February in La Nina years. Last year’s La Nina was unusually brief, forming in November and gone by February. This one should hang around through at least March.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 30w (Haikui), located approximately 398 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Malaysia – Fresh floods have hit Seremban. A three-hour downpour in Seremban caused flash floods in many areas of the town last evening. Many states are experiencing heavy rainfall, although not as severe as the one in Penang which flooded many areas and claimed seven lives last weekend. More than 6,000 people in Penang were also evacuated from their homes.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Rina is located about 705 mi…1135 km SSE of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…N or 10 degrees at 20 mph…31 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 29w (Twenty-nine), located approximately 431 nm west of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Malaysia – Parts of Selangor state were inundated by flood waters early yesterday morning following several hours of heavy rain. The worst-hit locations were low-lying residential estates and areas in Klang and Shah Alam.

Hawaii, USA – Another round of especially high king tides are expected to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday, and the sea level increase could mean flooding for some low-lying areas on Oahu and Hawaii Island. Sea levels were expected to have risen by nearly 2.5 feet before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, slightly less than the record highs that were set earlier this summer.

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Malaysia – Military forces were deployed on Sunday to help thousands of displaced people in Malaysia’s northern state of Penang, officials said, as floodwater rose from more than 24 hours of incessant rain. At least 2,000 people had been evacuated and 80 percent of the state was hit by typhoon-like winds and heavy rain. Floodwater had risen to 3-4 metres (10-12 feet).

Thailand – Heavy rain and floods yesterday ravaged many parts of the South, particularly Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung provinces, affecting many people and damaging homes and farms.

Vietnam – The death toll from the floods brought by Typhoon Damrey has risen to 27 wile nearly two dozen are missing. The storm, which made landfall on Saturday, is the worst in decades to strike the country’s southern coastal region, an area normally spared the typhoons that typically hit further north. More than 40,000 homes were damaged as heavy rains and 130 kph (80 mph) winds tore through the area, leaving 27 dead and 22 reported missing, according to the disaster management office. The storm has since dissipated over land, but is still expected to bring some more rain.

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Invest 94L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic Ocean that has the potential for further tropical development.

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Europe – Strong winds battered northern and central Europe on Sunday, killing at least six people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, with authorities watching for oil leaks from a huge freighter that ran aground in the North Sea. Four victims in Poland and the Czech Republic were killed by falling trees. The storm also knocked out power to thousands of Czechs and Poles, and rail traffic in large parts of northern Germany remained suspended after heavy damage from fallen trees. Winds reached more than 100km/h (60 miles per hour) in several parts of the Czech Republic and topped out at 180km/h on Snezka, at 1,602 metres, the country’s highest mountain. The two victims in Germany included a 63-year-old German man who drowned at a campsite in Lower Saxony as a result of a storm surge, and a woman whose motorboat overturned in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, German media reported.

Malaysia – A Monday afternoon downpour resulted in flash floods in several parts of Kuala Lumpur. Numerous streets and highways were flooded creating huge traffic jams that lasted for hours.

Canada – Record-breaking rainfall in Ottawa on Monday flooded homes and forced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take an ATV for part of his commute. At least 175 homes were flooded, according to the city. More than 50 mm of rain fell in just six hours Monday morning, setting a new one-day record, Environment Canada reports.

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 293 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 22 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 342 nm southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.

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Malaysia – Thousands of people have been affected by floods in Sabah, with more than 2,000 people evacuated as of Saturday evening. The Kota Belud district, which is close to mountainous areas, is one of the worst hit, with rain continuously pouring in for almost a week.

Britain – Storm Brian has hit the UK and Ireland sparking flash floods amid fears gale-force winds and heavy rain could leave thousands without power. The storm struck the western coast of Ireland late on Friday – just days after Storm Ophelia left three people dead – causing flooding on the south-west coast. Flood preparations are underway across the UK and Ireland as winds of up to 80 mph hit parts of the Britain on Saturday. East Lancashire was also hit by floods after heavy rain and high winds.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 505 mi…815 km SSE of Cape Race Newfoundland with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 70 degrees at 32 mph…52 km/h.

Post tropical Cyclone Lee is located about 745 mi…1195 km NNW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…NE or 50 degrees at 51 mph…81 km/h.

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Malaysia – Continuous heavy downpour brought flood to several villages in Penampang as water levels at the main Moyog river rose and spilled over into 13 low lying villages. Several schools were affected and hundred of families were forced to evacuate.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 350 mi…560 km SSE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…N or 355 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 910 mi…1460 km E of Bermuda and about 1355 mi…2180 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…stationary.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Pilar is located about 50 mi…80 km NNW of Las Islas Marias Mexico and about 70 mi…115 km S of Mazatlan Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 22w (Twenty-two), located approximately 56 nm east of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 15 knots.

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Thailand – Ten southern provinces are battling severe floods triggered by heavy thundershowers. Among the 10 southern provinces, Satun took the biggest hit. Local authorities are evacuating residents in affected communities. According to the latest report, the floodwater was as high as 30 centimeters in the capital district. Sandbags have been stacked up to divert the water away from economic zones. Meanwhile, in Phichit province, the level of water in the Nan River running through the city’s center, Taphan Hin, and Bang Mun Nak districts has increased at an alarming rate. Local officers say if the water level increases another 40 centimeters, the situation will be critical. The provincial irrigation office has already issued a warning to people residing along the Nan River.

Malaysia – Heavy rain since last Thursday, in addition to the high-tide phenomenon, caused flooding in several districts in Kedah and Perlis. The floods in Kedah and Perlis are expected to improve from tomorrow with the end of the high-tide phenomenon. Although there was an increase in the number of flood victims at the relief centres, the flood situation in both the states was improving slowly.

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Jose is located about 360 mi…575 km NE of the southeastern Bahamas and about 500 mi…805 km SSW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is located about 435 mi…700 km SSW of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…w or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: The Remnants of Max are located about 125 mi…200 km E of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ENE or 60 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Tropical depression 15e (Fifteen), located approximately 1081 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Norma is located about 85 mi…140 km E of Socorro island and about 295 mi…480 km S of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 20w (Talim), located approximately 170 nm west-northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 06 knots.

Typhoon 21w (Doksuri), located approximately 174 nm northwest of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Malaysia – The morning rush hour on Penang island has been brought to a standstill by massive floods after a downpour that lasted all night. All main routes to the city’s central business district are cut off by knee-deep to chest-high flood waters from 6am Friday. In the Jalan P. Ramlee area, flood waters are reported to be up to 1.5m deep.

Florida, USA – Hurricane Irma has passed, but her effect is still being felt as the Santa Fe River continues to rise above flood stage. The massive amount of rain is finally adding up, pushing people from their homes and off roadways.

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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.

Wildlife

One of Malaysia’s Last Sumatran Rhinos Dies

One of the last three Sumatran rhinoceroses in Malaysia has died, the Borneo Rhino Alliance has announced.

The rhino, named Puntung, was about 20 years old. Her keepers at Malaysia’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah euthanized her on June 4, eight days after discovering that the critically endangered animal had squamous cell cancer. The cancer had spread rapidly, and intensive treatment would have bought Puntung only a few more months of life penned in an indoor enclosure, the Borneo Rhino Alliance reported on its Facebook page.

Sumatran rhinoceroses (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) are the smallest of all rhino species. They’re also the most endangered, according to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). With Puntung’s death, there are only two individuals left in Malaysia: Tam, a middle-age male; and Iman, a female. Both are kept at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in the wild in Malaysia. In Indonesia, fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos survive in the wild. Poaching has sliced the population in half over the past 20 years, according to the IRF.

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Malaysia – More than 10,000 residents in the Beaufort district remain on high alert after floods hit 27 villages on Friday night. The villagers are standing by to evacuate their homes while the authorities monitor the situation at Padas river which had reached a dangerous level of 9.16m.

Indonesia – Three districts in Bone Bolango regency namely North Bulango, Bulango Ulu and Central Suwawa, Gorontalo Province, were inundated by a two-meter flood. About 300 families from Tupa and Boidu villages were evacuated.

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Malaysia – A two hour downpour in Ringlet, in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia caused a flash flood that inundated numerous properties, including the police station and barracks. The flood lasted 30 minutes and no-one was injured.

South Africa, Durban – The N2 freeway at Zinkwazi‚ north of Durban‚ was partially closed early on Tuesday due to flooding caused by ongoing heavy rainfall. The floodwaters toppled several cars. Some injuries occurred when the waist high waters overturned the motor vehicles.