Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 02w (Sanba), located approximately 180 nm south of Puerto Princesa, Philippines, is tracking westward at 07 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 09p (Gita), located approximately 208 nm south-southwest of Suva, Fiji, is tracking west-southwestward at 07 knots.

Newsbytes:

South Africa – At least nine people have died in two separate incidents in the Western Cape after their vehicles were washed away in flash floods after heavy rain in some areas.

New Zealand – Heavy rain has caused major slips and flooding in Northland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. The Metservice issued a severe weather warning with heavy rain expected to continue tonight. A month worth of rain fell in 24 hours in Ōpōtiki causing the Ōtara River to overflow.

Indonesia – Thousands of houses in Brebes, Central Java, were flooded by the overflow of Pemali River, on Monday. At least three sub-districts flooded, namely Jatibarang, Warnasari, and Brebes.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 899 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

Newsbytes:

Marshall Islands – Emergency services were put on standby Saturday (Feb 3) in Majuro, as rising king tides threatened to flood the capital of the low-lying Marshall Islands. The national weather service warned “major inundation” was possible from Saturday evening through to Tuesday at peak tide.

New Zealand – Two 17-year-old boys killed in flash flooding in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges, they were swept away while trying to cross a swollen river in West Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges on Saturday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – New Zealand

A large bush fire is burning in a remote part of the main island of the Chatham Islands. The fire, which started on Thursday morning, has burned through 1500ha at Owenga Road, south of Waitangi Wharf, in the south. It isn’t yet posing a risk to people or property, but is threatening conservation land. The Chathams are about 800km east of New Zealand and are home to about 600 people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

Newsbytes:

France – As rain keeps pouring around Paris and the level of the River Seine continues to rise – already over its banks at various points – the Paris government has issued warnings to the public and closed its quays until further notice. The swollen river has almost reached the famous Paris bridges, rendering normal navigation impossible. The companies running the Bateaux-Mouches, the large, open excursion boats that offer visitors unparalleled views of the city from the river, have suspended service. A number of rail lines are flooded as well, as are some major streets.

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New Zealand – Motorists were stranded in swamped vehicles and more than a dozen homes were awash after a storm cell unleashed a torrent of rain on an Auckland suburb this morning. The storm cell, which hit Rosedale on the North Shore just after 8am, caused an hour of chaos as roads turned to rivers and spilled into business and homes.

Britain – Homes were evacuated and roads were damaged as heavy rainfall caused landslides and flooding. Flood warnings were issued in Northampton, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Herefordshire and Somerset. In some areas, the floodwater was 5ft deep. The water level also neared 5ft in Charvil, Berkshire, as a ford became dangerously flooded. An early morning train was derailed at Loch Eilt, in the West Highlands, after a landslide smashed into the tracks. No one was hurt in the incident. Trains are unable to operate between Porth and Treherbert in south Wales due to a landslip, National Rail said.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.6 earthquake hits north of Honduras.

5.4 earthquake hits near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.2 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands, New Zealand.

5.1 earthquake hits south east of the loyalty Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 33w (Tembin), located approximately 198 nm southwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Newsbytes:

Vietnam – Authorities in Vietnam prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast on Monday as a tropical storm Tembin approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people.

New Zealand – Parts of Wellington have been hit by flooding as the summer dry spell breaks in a dramatic fashion. On Tuesday morning, more rain fell in the Capital in one hour than in the past 48 days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 32w (Kai-Tak) has strengthened again and is located approximately 496 nm southwest of Manila, Philippines, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

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New Zealand – A sudden bout of heavy rain flooded dozens of houses in Rotorua and sparked flash flooding in the Bay of Plenty overnight.

Malawi – Authorities have confirmed that six people have died after being washed away by flood waters along Mchesi Stream in the capital Lilongwe following heavy rains on Saturday afternoon.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

6.1 Earthquake hits eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

5.4 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Auckland Islands, New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Lac Kivu region, Congo.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Greece – Update – Greek authorities on Monday raised to 23 the death toll from heavy flooding near Athens this month, after one more body was found and an injured woman died in hospital.

Gaza – Dozens of homes and shops flooded and many roads in Gaza City were blocked yesterday night due to heavy rainfall in the Gaza Strip. Eyewitnesses reported that the areas most affected by the heavy rainfall were Al-Shuja’iyya, Al-Zaytoun, Al-Tuffah, Sheikh Radwan, and Muftaraq Al-Sahaba, as rain water flooded homes and shops in these areas and dragged many cars away.

New Zealand – Homes flooded and a school sustained “significant” damage after 42.2 millimetres of rain fell in Roxburgh within a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon. The flash flooding closed roads, leaving the small town isolated on Monday and residents cleaning up mud and silt. Residents of a Central Otago town recovering from widespread flooding are being told to expect to be without water until at least Wednesday.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.2 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the central Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

6.3 Earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

A strong earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude has hit eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, causing some damage to buildings and sending people running from their homes. There were no immediate reports of injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

6.0 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.8 Earthquakes hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.8 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.7 Earthquake hits Seram, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit the Loyalty Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Guam.

5.0 Earthquake hits Java, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

Three 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Loyalty Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Seram, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.8 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.9 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.7 Earthquake hits central Peru.

Two 5.2 Earthquakes hit the Sumbawa region, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

Earthquake Swarm hits the French Alps

The French Alps have been rocked by 140 mini-quakes in just 40 days – sparking fears a huge earthquake could strike at any time. There are also fears the tremors could lead to a deadly avalanche hitting dozens of popular ski resorts in the Alps mountain. The strongest tremor registered was 3.8 on the Richter scale. Residents in the region have describe how they have been getting used to being shaken awake at night in recent weeks.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits the Sichuan-Gansu border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka.

5.2 Earthquake hits eastern Uzbekistan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North island, New Zealand.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 100 mi…160 km E of Martinique and about 130 mi…215 km ESE of Dominica with maximum sustained winds…90 mph…150 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Hurricane Jose is located about 280 mi…450 km ESE of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 385 mi…620 km W of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…85 mph…140 km/h, Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Lee is located about 1060 mi…1710 km W of the Cabo Verde islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 290 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Otis is located about 1165 mi…1870 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…100 mph…155 km/h. Present movement…N or 355 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Tropical Storm Norma is located about 160 mi…255 km SW of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 20w (Talim), located approximately 79 nm north of Misawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 46 knots.

Newsbytes:

New Zealand – Heavy rain has left some parts of Mosgiel, near Dunedin, flooded on Monday, causing disruptions for locals. Heavy rain has drenched parts of the South Island and even forced the closure of East Taieri School due to the risk of a nearby creek bursting its banks. More rain is expected along the east coast of the South Island after a number of severe weather watches and warnings were put in place by MetService.

Florida, USA – Officials are urging thousands of Florida residents to evacuate due to a rising river threatening record flooding after a nearly two-week onslaught of destruction, death and terror from Hurricane Irma. Sunday officials said the Withlacoochee River has reached major flood stage at the Trilby gauge. It is currently at 16.79 feet and is expected to crest at 17.5 feet Wednesday. The crest is expected to last two days before receding. Officials warned that they may not be able to rescue residents once the river reaches a certain level. Water is already covering the streets and as high as mailboxes in some places.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Central Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Fernanda is dissipating – the final warning has been issued for this system.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Greg is located about 1290 mi…2080 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 665 mi…1070 km SSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hilary is located about 485 mi…780 km SSE of Manzanillo Mexico and about 325 mi…520 km SSW of Acapulco Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 300 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 10w (Roke), located approximately 33 nm east of Hong Kong, is tracking west-northwestward at 12 knots.

Tropical depression 07w (Noru), located approximately 268 nm north-west of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking westward at 05 knots.

Tropical storm 09w (Kulap), located approximately 696 nm north of Wake Island, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical storm 08w (Sonca), located approximately 197 nm east-northeast of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 03 knots.

NewsBytes:

New Zealand – A ferocious storm has buffeted the lower South Island of New Zealand overnight (Friday-Saturday), with three states of emergency declared in Christchurch, Timaru and Otago and the city of Dunedin accessible only by air. The southern city of 120,000 people was cut off by road after major landslips blocked access. Small coastal communities on the Otago Penninsula are also cut off. Livestock in Canterbury and Otago were urgently being moved to higher ground with numerous rivers rising to near historic levels and threatening to burst their banks. It is the second largest flood of the Taieri River in Otago on record.

Iowa, USA – Heavy rains Friday night and Saturday deluged the community of Sumner, and basement flooding and sandbagging were taking place in several Northeast Iowa communities. As much as 10 inches of rain fell near Fredericksburg during the stretch, according to one calculation. Fairbank and other area communities also were hard hit, many receiving 5 or more inches of rain Friday night and Saturday.