Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) The centre of the system is currently located around 200km to the west of La Reunion. Here the administrative capital, Saint-Denis recorded 126mm of rain on Tuesday. That’s more than 80 per cent of the February average of 153mm. Carlos is currently packing winds of 90 gusting 120 kilometres per hour. It is expected to strengthen further in the warm open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean as it moves southwestward. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre expect the storm to reach maximum intensity on Wednesday with sustained winds of 130km/h and gusts nearer 160km/h. That would make it equivalent to a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Newsbytes:

Nevada, USA – A major storm packing a triple threat Tuesday dumped more than a foot of new snow in the Sierra Nevada, unleashed heavy rain that triggered flooding and mudslides in the valleys around Reno and Carson City, and pushed potentially damaging winds across much of western Nevada. The National Weather Service issued avalanche, flooding and high wind warnings up and down the eastern front of the mountains. A 147-mph wind gust was reported over the ridgetop at Alpine Meadows southwest of Tahoe.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Depression 01w (One), located approximately approximately 08 nm northeast of Mactan, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – Flash flooding in southern Thailand have claimed the lives of at least 19 people and affected more than 700,000 people over the past week. Thailand’s Meteorological Department has forecast outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain for 13 provinces for two more days.

Nevada, USA – Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada, and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern California roads as thunderstorms arrived as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade. In Nevada, emergency officials voluntarily evacuated a total of 1 300 homes in a south Reno neighborhood Sunday afternoon as the Truckee River began to leave its banks and drainage ditches started to overflow south of U.S. Interstate 80. No injuries had been reported, but high waters forced the closure of numerous area roads, a series of bridges in downtown Reno.

South Africa – Zimbabweans trying to cross the border illegally were among five people who died and five were rescued during flash floods in Limpopo, police said on Sunday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.8 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.7 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA

5.6 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.3 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.2 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.1 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

5.1 Earthquake hits Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nevada, USA

A wind-whipped wildfire raged out of control Friday in northern Nevada, destroying more than a dozen homes, forcing evacuations, closing roads and schools, and triggering power outages, officials said.

A state of emergency was declared as the Little Valley Fire burned between Reno and Carson City. Nevada Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Gail Powell said an estimated 18 homes had been lost in Washoe Valley.

More than 300 firefighters were battling the blaze that has charred about 3 square miles of brush and timber. Winds gusting in excess of 70 mph along the Sierra Nevada’s eastern front were keeping air tankers and helicopters on the ground.

Disease

Zika virus infection – Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

On 25 February 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines notified PAHO/WHO of the country’s first case of Zika virus infection.

Syphilis Outbreak in Las Vegas, USA

Nevada is experiencing the highest rate of syphilis in the Western U.S. following an outbreak in Las Vegas.

It’s part of a national spike in cases tied to increased testing, a rise in anonymous sex via social media and less consistent use of condoms, health officials say.

Clark County health officials declared an outbreak in Las Vegas last week after noting a 128 percent increase in reported syphilis cases since 2012 — with 615 of the 694 cases involving men diagnosed last year. This makes Nevada’s rate of syphilis the highest in the Western U.S.

There has been an uptick in other parts of Nevada, too, but that could be tied to a population increase, the state health department said. Meanwhile, youth in the state are having sex at younger ages and using condoms inconsistently or improperly.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Storm Fengshen is located approximately 300 nm east-southeast of yokosuka, Japan, and is tracking eastward at 20 knots.

NewsBytes:

USA – Record-setting rains slammed the southwestern United States on Monday, turning roadways into rivers as flash floods washed away cars. Arizona and Nevada most affected. 1 person died when her car submerged in Tucson. State of emergency declared in Arizona.

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Wildfires

Wildfires USA

The Warm Spring wildfire more than 15 square miles large forced the evacuation of an Oregon resort over the weekend and caused road closures.

Firefighters are trying to corral a lightning-caused wildfire in Elko County, Nevada that prompted residents of some 30 homes to flee their homes.

Update – A DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber flew into Idaho as part of an aggressive early attack on the pair of wildfires that have forced evacuations at two campgrounds and a Boy Scout camp in Boise County.

Update – Firefighters worked Saturday to get the upper hand on the mountain wildfire in Southern California that forced the evacuation of thousands and destroyed a number of homes and vehicles. The fire is now 49% contained.

Wildfires

Wildfires Nevada USA

The lightning-sparked Carpenter 1 blaze that has raged through a national forest recreation area in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas has been dampened by rain. Firefighters worked amid rainstorms and flash flooding Friday to contain the wildfire.

In northern Nevada, mop-up and fire line rehabilitation began on the sprawling Bison Fire in the Pine Nut Mountains near Gardnerville and Carson City. Officials said the fire there was 80 percent contained. The Bison blaze, sparked by lightning July 4, covered roughly 43 square miles of rugged terrain in Douglas and Lyon counties.

Wildfires

Wildfires Nevada USA

The lightning-sparked Carpenter 1 blaze has raged through a national forest recreation area in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas as more than 1,000 firefighters battled to regain lost ground yesterday evening.

The landscape burned by the fire has grown by 5,000 acres since Wednesday alone, while the containment around the fire zone slipped from 15 percent to 10 percent.

The blaze has pumped smoke into the air over the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area, and charred more than 25,000 acres of pinyon-juniper woodlands since it was sparked by lightning on July 1, officials said.

Six buildings, including at least one commercial structure, were destroyed on Tuesday, officials said. It was not immediately known whether the others were residences or businesses.

No further structures were known to be in immediate danger on Thursday.

The blaze was ranked as the top U.S. firefighting priority by federal authorities.

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Bushfires Australia

Tasmanian bushfire crews are bracing for worsening conditions as they battle a large wildfire in the south of the state.

Cooler weather has brought relief to Australian fire fighters battling bushfires across the south east of the country. More than a hundred and twenty fires are still burning, with more than two dozen still out of control.

Wildfires

Wildfires USA

Nevada

Wildfires are cropping up all over the state, and one of the most recent blazes, the Bison Fire, has now prompted officials to declare a state of emergency.

As of Tuesday, July 9, the fire has burned more than 25,700 acres of private lands, Native American allotment lands and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. It’s currently at 25 percent containment and officials estimate complete containment by Sunday, July 14.

Arizona

Voluntary evacuations for roughly 100 homes in the town of Kearny were lifted Tuesday after firefighters achieved 5 percent containment on the lightning-caused wildfire burning in a riverbed south of the town on Tuesday.

Wildfires

Wildfires USA

Alaska

A wildfire sparked by an Army artillery exercise burned close to the communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley on Sunday, forcing an evacuation of hundreds of people and animals in the heart of Alaska’s Interior dog mushing country.

Nevada

Firefighters lost ground Monday to two large Nevada wildfires burning through parched pine forests in northern and southern Nevada, including a nearly 24-square-mile blaze that forced more than 500 people out of homes in woodsy Mount Charleston enclaves near Las Vegas and a more than 19-square-mile fire in the Pine Nut Mountains southwest of Reno.

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Homes were threatened, but more than 750 firefighters, including 18 elite Hotshot crews, were battling the Carpenter 1 Fire some 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Over the past seven days the wildfire, located approximately one mile from Kyle Canyon and 22 miles from Las Vegas, has exploded to encompass thousands of acres of land, causing large-scale evacuations, disrupting flights in the area, and prompting the government to intercede, with feds offering FEMA grant money to offset the firefighting costs.

The Cathedral 1 fire was declared a top priority nationwide due to its size and the value of homes and structures at risk.

An influx of firefighters and equipment including bulldozers, seven helicopters, four air tankers and a DC-10 jet fire retardant bomber came as crews in Arizona neared containment of a deadly blaze that killed 19 Hotshot firefighters near Yarnell on June 30.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Nevada:

Firefighters battled wildfires in remote parts of north and south Nevada on Wednesday, but no homes were immediately threatened by the blazes that together had burned more than 10 square miles.

Colorado:

The West Fork Fire complex burning in southern Colorado grew to more than 160 square miles Thursday. Firefighters say the complex intensified, spreading across an additional 17 square miles, and remained about 16 percent contained.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Yagi was located about 279 nm south-southwestward of Yokosuka, Japan. Yagi is expected to die out well before it reaches any land, according to the latest Japanese forecasts and Joint Typhoon Warning Center updates. Yagi is tracking further east than earlier forecast.

Sandstorm in Nevada, USA

A sandstorm in Northern Nevada has killed one and injured two others. The sandstorm caused a 26-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80 about 160 miles northeast of Reno.

Deadly Lightning in Nepal

Lightning strike in Baglung, Nepal has claimed the lives of at least two people with at least nine people having been injured of which three are in critical condition.

Submerged Village – Germany

As cars and homes lie abandoned, this was the scene of devastation today at Fischbeck in central Germany after the entire village became submerged when a dyke burst.

Unable to withstand pressure from the swollen river Elbe after weeks of heavy rain, the levee was breached overnight, prompting officials to evacuate ten villages in the area.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.6 Earthquake hits the Ceram Sea.

5.6 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar region, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Nevada, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Scotia Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.