Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Carlotta is located about 75 mi…125 km se of Zihuatanejo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…nw or 310 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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India – The flood situation in Assam worsened on Saturday as four more people lost their lives, taking the death toll in the region to 17, officials said. Over 4.25 lakh people have been affected in Assam’s Hojai, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Cachar districts. Currently, 716 villages are under water and 3,292 hectares of crop areas have been damaged. Numerous landslides have disrupted road and rail traffic.

New Zealand – The Karangahake Gorge on the Coromandel Peninsula has been hit by heavy rains and flooding. More heavy rain is expected to hit Northland, Auckland and the northern half of the Coromandel Peninsula over the next few days.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Depression 05w (Five), located approximately 121 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking northward at 06 knots.

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Mid-West, USA – Driving rain led to dangerous floods in the Mid-Atlantic States on Sunday, adding to the weather misery across the sodden region. Flood warnings were in effect Sunday in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., snarling traffic and causing streams to surge out of their banks.

Lebanon – Humanitarian organizations launched an emergency response in Arsal Saturday night, after heavy rains damaged around 200 tents in three Syrian refugee camps near the northeastern town.

New Zealand – Rivers in the Tolaga Bay area rose rapidly after midnight after torrential rains. Several families had to be rescued from their inundated homes. Civil Defence now believes the worst is over and the floodwaters are receding.

Thailand – The municipality of the northeastern province of Khon Kaen was flooded after strong winds and heavy rain battered the city on Sunday. Several roads in Muang district were inundated. Mittaphab Highway, the main inter-provincial road, was flooded for five kilometres with the water level up to 50 centimetres high.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.1 earthquake hits east of North Island, New Zealand.

5.8 earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.7 earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.5 earthquake hits Guam.

5.3 earthquake hit the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Samoa.

5.1 earthquake hits the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 earthquake hits near the coast of central Peru.

5.0 earthquake hits the loyalty Islands.

Two 5.0 earthquakes hit the Kermedec Islands.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Dumazile), located approximately 447 nm south of St. Denis, Reunion, is tracking south-southwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone 12p (Hola), located approximately 166 nm west of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southwestward at 04 knots.

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Scotland – Dozens of roads were closed and transport was disrupted as heavy rain led to flooding across the North-east, especially the area around Aberdeen.

New Zealand – Heavy rain has closed a number of roads around Hawke’s Bay, including the Napier-Taupo road, as a severe weather hits the region. A number of properties were evacuated.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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New Zealand – New Zealand has begun cleaning up after being hit by the remnants of Cyclone Gita, which damaged buildings and left thousands without power. Four regions across the country remain in a state of emergency, though the status has been lifted for the city of Christchurch. Up to 1,000 people are still stranded in Golden Bay on the South Island due to flooding. Authorities say they may send ferries to pick them up. Numerous roads still remain closed across the country as repair efforts begin.

Mozambique – Humanitarian organisations are making frantic efforts to assist thousands of Mozambicans recently displaced by floods that killed at least 14 people. The northern provinces were hit by a tropical depression which brought heavy rains. A total of 80 000 people were affected in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa. In Nampula, following a government request, the World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food support to 37 000 people.

Wisconsin, USA – Several busy roads are closed Tuesday due to flooding across Rock County, Wisconsin. People in areas with flooding are encouraged to drive carefully and slowly on Wednesday, and until the icy roads are cleared up. The cold weather may freeze the flooded areas creating dangerous conditions.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 earthquake hits Oaxaca, Mexico.

5.5 earthquake hits Iceland.

5.0 earthquake hit Java, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Panama.

5.0 earthquake hit North Island, New Zealand.

5.0 earthquake hits south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 earthquake hits Shikoku, Japan.

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.

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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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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.

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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:

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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

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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.

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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.