Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Post Tropical Cyclone Joyce is located about 525 mi…850 km s of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…ssw or 200 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

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North Carolina, USA- Hurricane Florence may have moved on from North Carolina, but the effects from the deadly storm are still threatening the state. Florence unleashed up to 36 inches of rain in some areas, causing massive flooding. And while no more rain from the hurricane is expected, officials say the flooding is going to get worse before it gets better. One consequence is that the flooding breached hog lagoons – man-made pits that store animal waste. Due to excessive flooding, CNN reported that at least seven lagoons were overflowing with water and several more lagoons became flooded. Waste from the lagoons was spilling out into the storm water, exposing people to feces and bacteria like e.coli and salmonella, which can cause vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, kidney problems and skin infections, among other health issues. Flood waters could also be contaminated with coal ash, industrial waste created by coal burning power plants. In addition to animal waste, CBS reported that tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater from a sanitary sewer flowed into a tributary of the Cape Fear river basin on Sunday for four hours.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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South Africa – Heavy downpours and gale force winds caused severe damage throughout Cape Town on Thursday night. Flooding has resulted in numerous road closures in these areas. A power failure has also been reported at the Huguenot Tunnel resulting in full closure of the road. Roofs have been blown off in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village and a few properties have been damaged. Trees have been uprooted in Parow, Goodwood, Constantia and Belhar areas. Power lines came down in Goodwood, Parow Valley, Langa, Bergvliet, Durbanville and Maitland. Hout Bay residents have reported mudslides in their area.

North Carolina, USA = Five people are dead and three others missing after mudslides and flash floods ravaged parts of North Carolina and Virginia as post-tropical cyclone Alberto moves northward after being downgraded from a subtropical storm. In North Carolina, two people were killed on Wednesday, authorities said, when flooding and mudslides caused a house to collapse in Boone, located in the northwest corner of the state.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Maria is located about 145 mi…235 km E of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…N or 5 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

Hurricane Lee is located about 520 mi…840 km ESE of Bermuda and about 1750 mi…2820 km W of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…110 mph…175 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 09 mph…15 km/h.

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North Carolina, USA – Tropical Storm Maria is pushing high surf over North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where more than 10,000 visitors were told to leave the islands while floodwaters surrounded numerous homes.

England – In 2012, the center of Lydbrook, a village skirting the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England, was deluged with several feet of water. The flash flooding, unleashed by torrential rainfall across the region, sparked a mandatory evacuation and left badly damaged homes and businesses in its wake. Now, two years later, the Forestry Commission has decided to bring in the big guns to further prevent flooding: beavers. The idea is that once released, the clan of industrious semiaquatic rodents will get to work doing what they do best: constructing an intricate network of dams, ponds and canals that, in this instance, will slow the flow of Greathough Brook and prevent upwards of 6,000 cubic meters (1.6 million gallons) of water from rushing into the valley-bound village below. While a qualified team of engineers that don’t have webbed hind feet could be brought in to dam the stream, the beaver is, well, cheaper and can get the job done in a swifter and less intrusive manner.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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North Carolina, USA – More than a week after heavy rain flooded the Triangle and most of central North Carolina, Eastern North Carolina’s rivers are threatening homes and businesses. In Kinston, some will have to evacuate as waters rise to 1996’s Hurricane Fran levels. There was a risk of severe storms across North Carolina on Monday, but any storms were not expected to contribute to more flooding.

Malaysia – Heavy rains and strong winds for over an hour have caused flash floods in Klang. Several main roads became impassable while numerous buildings were flooded.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Nebraska, USA

A fire chief says a wildfire has destroyed at least eight homes and several other buildings near Lake McConaughy. More than 100 firefighters from a couple dozen departments responded to calls late Sunday morning. An overnight fire had rekindled as stiff winds whipped up embers near the northeast corner of the lake. He estimated that Sunday’s blaze blackened at least 500 acres.

Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

A massive wildfire continues to burn in Burke County, already charring more than 1,300 acres and is 20 percent contained. Firefighters conducted burnout operations Monday afternoon in the Linville Gorge in order to keep the fire from spreading. There were 160 firefighters who responded to the wildfire. They said they’re keeping an eye on a weather system that is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon and has the potential for increased winds.

Wildfires – Florida, USA

Firefighters on Monday continued battling a wildfire in the Big Cypress National Preserve that started on 60 acres Sunday and quickly spread across at least 3,300 acres of cypress, grasses and pine rockland. The blaze, named the Parliament Fire, started in an area targeted by park officials for a prescribed fire. That means as long as it’s contained, the fire will help the swamp, preserve spokeswoman Ardrianna McLane said.

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Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

Authorities say 2,500 firefighters and other personnel are making progress on containing some of the biggest wildfires in western North Carolina.

As of Saturday morning, five of 11 wildfires listed in the Joint Information Center’s update were more than 50 percent contained. Two of the fires also were affecting parts of South Carolina and Georgia.

The Party Rock fire near Lake Lure was 80 percent contained as nearly 300 firefighters and other workers continued to fight it. That’s down from a peak of about 900 personnel.

The Maple Springs fire in Graham County, the Chestnut Knob Fire in Burke County and the Boteler Fire in Clay County were also all above 70 percent containment.

Two other large fires were less contained. The Pinnacle Mountain Fire includes parts of Transylvania County and Pickens County in South Carolina. About 250 fire personnel had that fire about 40 percent contained after completing a fireline Friday night. A public meeting will be held Sunday in Cleveland, South Carolina.

The Rock Mountain Fire, which crosses into Georgia from Clay and Macon counties, was 40 percent contained by nearly 600 firefighters.

Rain expected to help fighting North Carolina wildfires over the next few days.

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Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

Crews have been at work for at least a week now as 18 fires grew from 3,000 acres early last week to exceed 33,000 acres on Sunday afternoon.

An evacuation was ordered for part of Chimney Rock in Rutherford County near Lake Lure and mandatory evacuations were already issued in five other North Carolina counties.

The so-called Party Rock Fire near Lake Lure had its western edge move further downhill off Round Top Mountain early Sunday, which put the blaze at the wood line in some areas of Chimney Rock Village, officials said.

The Tellico Fire is now the largest blaze in the state, covering 9,965 acres in Macon and Swain counties. It is about 33 percent contained. On Sunday, fire officials merged the Ferebee and Tellico Fires together since they were only separated by “dozer line.”

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Wildfires – Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, USA

Dozens of wildfires are burning out of control in the Southeast and southern Appalachians, charring thousands of acres and spreading smoke across several states.

As of Monday, 97 fires were active in Tennessee, and smoke from the blazes could be seen as far away as southern Ohio.

In neighbouring Kentucky, 33 wildfires were burning statewide and had consumed 15,950 acres according to the state’s Department of Forestry. Burn bans were in place in 60 counties across the state, and Gov. Matt Bevin declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Residents were being evacuated in the North Carolina mountains Tuesday as thousands of acres are burning in at least 18 wildfires that have doubled in acreage since the weekend.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Tropical Storm Nicole is located about 365 mi…585 km S of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 335 degrees at 5 mph…7 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific:

Invest 98E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Invest 99E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Typhoon 23w (Songda), located approximately 537 nm southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking northwestward at 10 knots.

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North Carolina, USA – Residents in central North Carolina were told late Monday (Oct 10) to evacuate their homes amid fears that rising floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew could breach a dam, adding to a storm toll of 19 dead. Officials in Moore county ordered a mandatory evacuation ahead of an imminent breach of Woodlake Dam, WRAL TV reported. Evacuations have also been ordered for two more counties along the Neuse River. Meanwhile, lengthy sections of Interstate 95 remained closed Tuesday – along with dozens of other major highways in Eastern North Carolina – and transportation officials aren’t sure when traffic can resume, since the floodwaters are continuing to rise.

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Wildfires – Pennsylvania, USA

Two wildfires in a remote part of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains have burned more than 4,200 acres of forest, and local officials on Friday evening took the rare step of calling on out-of-state firefighters for help.

The larger of the two fires, which has scorched 3,650 acres, was 20% contained Friday evening; the smaller one, which has burned 643 acres, was 80% contained. Officials fear the two fires might merge. One structure and multiple “out buildings” have been destroyed.

Wildfires – North Carolina, Alabama, USA

A wildfire that grew to 2,500 acres Friday forced officials to close Madison County schools and restrict nearby hiking as firefighters worked to corral the blaze while keeping it away from structures.

The Silver Mine Fire began Thursday afternoon in Pisgah National Forest about 1 mile east of Hot Springs near Greene County, Tennessee. Firefighters had it 10 percent contained Friday morning.

In eastern North Carolina, firefighters laboured to gain control over three wildfires that had burned nearly 17,000 acres by Friday. In Hyde and Dare counties, 14,000 acres burned while fire consumed about 1,600 acres in Brunswick County near Wilmington.

Another fire broke out in the 150,000 acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, shutting down about 30 miles of U.S. 264, which remained closed Friday morning.

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Wildfires – North Carolina, USA

Firefighters are working to contain wildfires that have burned nearly 12,000 acres across North Carolina. There were no reports of injuries or buildings damaged.

The biggest fire has burned about 9,600 acres in the Alligator River Wildlife National Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. It started Monday as about a 60-acre fire in Hyde County that closed a section of U.S. 264 and spread into Dare County.

Media outlets report about 1,400 acres of woods in Brunswick County near Wilmington have burned.

On the other side of the state, a fire near Hot Springs on the Tennessee border has burned about 800 acres, forcing the closing of a section of U.S. 25 where it runs with U.S. 70.

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Wildfire – North Carolina, USA

Crews worked Tuesday to build containment lines along the south side of a wildfire that has burned 2,275 acres in the Pisgah National Forest in Burke County.

U.S. Forest Service officials said the fire’s size remained the same Tuesday, but they are concerned about the possibility of the blaze spreading along the south side.

The fire, which started Nov. 11, is burning near Table Rock Mountain, in the central part of the forest between Spruce Pine and Morganton. Crews were able to build containment lines around all but the south side of the blaze last weekend.

Nearly 200 people are working to battle the blaze. The fire has closed a number of roads and trails in the area, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

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Storms and Floods

Landslide in China

A landslide in Yanjin County in China has buried at least nine people. Heavy rainfall triggered the landslide around 5 a.m Friday morning in the city of Zhaotong.

Flash Floods in India

Flash floods in Karnataka, India have claimed the lives of six people. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in Dakshina Kannada and Malnad region. Heavy rainfall has flooded Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga, Hassan and Kodagu areas.

Heavy rainfall has also flooded Bantwal. At least ten houses have been flooded in Kasaba, Panemngalore area. A high alert has been issued in Indore.

Heavy rainfalls have submerged Hosamutta Bridge and disrupted traffic on the Kadaba-Uppinangady State Highway.

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Landslides in Nepal

At least 50 people have been killed in landslides and floods in Nepal.

Damage Report provided by Nepal Emergency Operation Centre: -At least 50 dead; 15 injured. -More than 800 houses completely destroyed by floods; other 1,496 partially damaged. -Around 6,861 people displaced.

Floods and Landslides in North Carolina, USA

Flooding, landslides and a sinkhole occurred in Western North Carolina Thursday.

A landslide hit Vance Gap Road in the Chunns Cove area causing evacuations. The Red Cross is providing emergency shelter for evacuees.

According to emergency officials, mudslides have occurred in Asheville, Sunset Drive and Old Toll Road.

Flood waters have closed Tunnel Road between Kenilworth and Chunns Cove roads.

A sinkhole also swallowed part of a parking lot in Madison County.

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Landslide in Ukay Perdana, Malaysia has claimed lives of three workers and injured one other.

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Flash floods in Gampaha, Sri Lanka

Flash floods in Wattala and Gampaha, Sri Lanka have affected about 480 people with 81 families living in four evacuation centers.

Flooding in New Zealand

Flooding and landslips reported at State Highway 1 between Blenheim and Seddon. Weld and Dashwood Passes are worst affected by the floods.

MetService New Zealand has recorded more than 500 lightning strikes in Central New Zealand last night including about 100 in Wellington alone.

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Heavy rainfall has also caused flash flooding in Wellington, Christchurch and Marlborough. Air New Zealand has suspended all flights out of Wellington Airport.

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Heavy rainfall has caused flooding in Asheville, North Carolina, USA downing trees and power lines.

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Death toll rises to 25 in Saudi Arabia’s floods.

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Cyclone Zane forms off Australia’s north Queensland coast

Tropical cyclone Zane, packing 100km/h winds, has formed off far north Queensland on the last day of the official cyclone season. The category-one system is predicted to hit the Queensland coast near Lockhart River on Cape York sometime tomorrow.

Massive landslip in Dorset, England

Landslip occurred at St Oswald’s Bay, east of Durdle Door, on the Dorset coast. Several landslides occurred earlier this month at nearby White Nothe.

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Floods in Oman

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Wadis. At least 30 people were rescued from Ibri, Oman. At least 320 people have had to be rescued in the last seven days.

Lightning strikes have claimed two lives. At least three others were injured.

Power outages have also been reported in Ghubra and Al Khuwayr, Muscat.

Landslide in North Carolina, USA

Heavy rainfall has caused a landslide in North Carolina near the Tennessee border. The landslide also hit homes on Robert’s Hill Road just outside Marshall.