Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 17p (Iris), located approximately 426 nm east-southeast of Cairns, Australia, is tracking north-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Malaysia – Flash floods hit several locations in the federal capital, Kuala Lumpur following an hour-long downpour about 3pm today. Numerous shops were flooded and traffic was delayed.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific: Tropical depression (td) 03w (Jelawat), located approximately 131 nm southwest of Yap, Fsm, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 17p (Iris), located approximately 531 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking southward at 10 knots.

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Australia – Flooding rain from ex-cyclone Nora has sparked more than 100 calls for help in far north Queensland. Low lying parts of Cairns have flooded, and in the tourist town of Port Douglas, water has crept up to the doors of some holiday apartments. Landslides and debris also closed roads in the region, including the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns. In just a few hours, 130mm of rain fell in some locations, with the wild weather caused by the low pressure system that was Cyclone Nora, hundreds of kilometres to the west.

Malaysia – An unexpected heavy downpour caused flash floods to hit the Sebauh district in northern Sarawak on Sunday morning. The floods, which rose to as high as one metre, inundated SK Ulu Segan and its surrounding villages.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 485 nm north-northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 15 knots.

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Kenya – Rains continue to leave a trail of death and destruction across the country. In Kilifi and Tana River counties, some 800 families displaced by floods are in dire need of food, shelter and clothing. The National Environment Management Authority warned residents against consuming water from Lake Victoria due to damage of sewerage system.

Malaysia – Flash floods wreak havoc in Kuala Lumpur. Heavy rain and strong winds uprooted trees in Bangsar today, bringing traffic to a standstill on some roads.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.8 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.5 earthquake hits the West Chile rise.

5.2 earthquake hits Sabah, Malaysia.

5.0 earthquake hits the Gulf of Alaska.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern Pacific Ocean.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 1192 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots.

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Malaysia – The flood situation in Sarawak has worsened with the number of victims increasing as at 8am on Thursday. The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest report said 5,562 people from 1,682 families have been evacuated from longhouses, villages and also boarding schools statewide. There are currently 31 relief shelters operating statewide. Among the worst hit areas are Samarahan, Bintulu, Limbang and Baram.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 318 nm south of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 18 knots.

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Israel – Israel saw heavy rainfall Monday morning in the northern and central regions accompanied by thunder storms, with flood warnings in the communities of the Coastal Plain. The rain will be spreading to the Negev later Monday, with flood warnings in the streams of the Judea Desert, Dead Sea and Negev.

Malaysia – Parts of Malaysia were hit by floods on Tuesday (Jan 2) after constant rainfall over the long New Year weekend affected nearly 1,500 people in six states. Pahang was one of the worst hit states, with over 700 people from 183 families from the Rompin, Kuantan and Jerantut districts evacuated to 11 flood relief centres. 349 people from 95 families were evacuated to five relief centres in Rompin.

Singapore – The first day of the New Year brought flash floods to three districts in Johor, forcing more than 200 people to seek shelter at relief centres. Heavy downpour since late Sunday evening caused floods to hit Labis, Kota Tinggi and Mersing on Monday.

Philippines – Tropical depression Agaton (One) triggered floods and landslides in Iligan City, Tuesday as it dumped rains on areas still reeling from back-to-back storms last week. Floods up to knee-deep swamped parts of barangay Palao, Hinaplanon, Tubod, Tipanoy, Santiago, Tibanga, Bagong Silang, San Miguel and Tambacan. Mud and debris covered a portion of C-3 Road in Barangay Tubod at 4:30 a.m., rendering it impassable.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 32w (Kai-Tak) is located approximately 388 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

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Malaysia – Incessant rain that started late Tuesday (Dec 19) night and continued into the early hours of Wednesday saw seawater overflowing into a number of coastal villages in northern Sarawak. Flash floods also hit inland settlements located along rivers as well as residential areas in Miri and Limbang. Strong waves also saw a number of boats at fishing villages in Kuala Baram being dragged far inland. In Limbang, at least seven villages and longhouses were hit by flash floods. The Fire And Department there reported that dozens of families had to move out temporarily from their homes to higher ground due to the sudden floods.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 32w (Kai-Tak), located approximately 280 nm south-southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

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Philippines – Rescuers used bulldozers to dig through mountains of mud in the eastern Philippines to search for over 30 people missing after a powerful storm triggered landslides on the weekend, authorities said Monday. Tropical Storm Kai-Tak continued to drag its way westward across the archipelago nation Monday after leaving at least 28 dead over the weekend from drowning and landslides, the government monitoring agency said. Most of the dead were in the island province of Biliran, which suffered the worst of the landslides, with many homes buried.

Dubai – Floods hit Dubai yesterday after heavy rain. Schools were closed and more than 541 traffic accidents were reported. Rough seas kept fishing vessels in port.

Malaysia – At least 10 houses in Kampung Pampang collapsed and were swept off in a flash flood which hit the district since yesterday, caused by water from Sungai Pampang overflowing. Meanwhile, in Kota Belud district, 74 flood victims from 37 families were moved to the temporary evacuation centre at Tun Said community hall after their village was flooded following continuous rain since noon.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Storms and Floods

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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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.