Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 187 nm south of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 36 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 297 nm south-southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

India – Flash floods triggered by heavy rainfall for more than 24 hours beginning Friday inflicted havoc in different parts of Tripura, forcing nearly 4,000 families to seek shelter at relief camps. Nearly 120 houses were submerged fully or partially and huge tracts of farm land were destroyed in the flash floods. Floods hit several low-lying parts of Agartala and the outskirts of West Tripura, Khowai, and Gomati districts and forced people to abandon their homes on Saturday. A total of 157mm rainfall was recorded since Friday. The rain subsided on Sunday, but flooding continued in several parts.

Japan – Typhoon Lan caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan on Monday. Typhoon Lan made landfall around 0300 local time on Monday (1800 GMT on Sunday) and swept across Tokyo before heading out to sea several hours later off northeastern Japan. Japanese media say two people have died and one is missing.

Norway – Heavy rainfall in Norway’s south in recent days have resulted in a number of roads being closed across the region. A village of around 20 houses is isolated in Froland because a bridge risks collapsing.

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Oregon, USA – Overnight downpours flooded Tillamook, closing roads and businesses and snarling traffic. The area is prone to flooding, but these floods came early in the season. The worst was in Lee’s Camp, which was hit with 10 inches overnight.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – Montana, USA

The fires represented on the map below are all actively burning and have scorched at least 1,000 acres. There are several dozen smaller fires currently burning in Montana that are not included in this map.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Chetco Bar fire near Brookings is the largest in the state at more than 201 square miles as of Wednesday night, when the wildfire was 5 percent contained.

High Cascades Complex fires are burning in over 41 square miles inside and relatively close to Crater Lake National Park.

Umpqua North Complex fires are burning in about 39.6 square miles in the Umpqua National Forest. The fires are 21 percent contained.

The Milli fire near Sisters is burning in about 34.7 square miles. “Be ready” and “be set” notices are in place. The fire is 44 percent contained.

Elsewhere in Oregon, large blazes are burning in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and neighboring forest acreage, the Columbia River Gorge and parts of southern and southwest Oregon.

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Wildfires – California, USA

Authorities on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of starting an illegal campfire believed to have ignited a growing Northern California blaze that destroyed 10 homes, damaged five others and threatened hundreds more.

The wildfire sparked Tuesday near the town of Oroville, a region already hard-hit by fire and a massive evacuation earlier this year caused by damage to sections of the nation’s tallest dam.

It’s one of many wildfires burning across the U.S. West, including blazes in and around California’s Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park, shuttered the iconic Wawona Hotel and evacuated nearby towns. Some 58 homes near the park have been destroyed.

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island.

The two dozen blazes around the state Wednesday are affecting air quality and have forced the evacuations of more than 4,500 people.

The largest fire is near the coastal town of Brookings near the California border. That 196-square-mile (508-square-kilometer) blaze is 5 percent contained and 4,568 people have fled their homes.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

600 people are evacuated because of the Milli Wildfire near the town of Sisters. And fire officials said Saturday that another thousand residents have been told to be ready to leave if necessary. That fire is burning eight thousand acres and is causing smokey skies all over central Oregon. Firefighters are working hard to save nearby buildings.

And a level one evacuation notice was issued Saturday for the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in the Warm Springs Reservation. The Nena Springs Fire is burning 66 thousand acres nearby. In the last two days, that fire has grown by 19 thousand acres.

Some campsites and recreational areas are also shut down in the Deschutes National Forest because of a 12-square-mile wildfire that jumped the fire lines this weekend.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

A handful of small fires in B.C.’s west Cariboo region have merged to create what is now the largest fire in the province. The Plateau wildfire, northwest of Williams Lake, is estimated to be about 438,000 hectares and 130 kilometres from one end to the other. The fire information officer said the fire hasn’t grown significantly in size, but several wildfires burning since about July 7 have now joined together.

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Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Fire officials have ordered about 1,200 people living in central Oregon to get ready to evacuate due to a 3,000-acre wildfire. The Milli Fire grew from 300 acres on Wednesday to 3,000 on Thursday because of high winds, pushing back firefighters. The fire in Deschutes County now threatens 434 structures. More than 1,000 people living in Sisters, Ore., have been advised to prepare for evacuation, officials said.

Wildfires – Montana, USA

One of several wildfires burning in Montana destroyed two homes after jumping control lines as firefighters braved another day Friday of high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity. The homes, southwest of the town of Lolo, were among 750 residences evacuated after the fire, started by lightning in July, blew up late Wednesday. Several outbuildings were burned late Thursday. The blaze burned nearly 30 square miles (76 square kilometers) of forest land.

A wall of flames hundreds of feet high burn on a ridge south of Lolo, Montana

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Wildfires – Oregon

Roundup of major wildfires in Oregon, USA

Cinder Butte Fire: The largest active fire in Oregon, at more than 52,400 acres, is believed to be fully contained as of Friday, authorities said. The fire started Aug. 2 about 10 miles west of Riley.

Nena Springs Fire: The Nena Springs Fire near the Warm Springs Indian Reservation continues to be one of the largest active wildfires, burning 34,000 acres of grass, brush and timber slash. Crews are trying to keep flames east of the Beaver Creek drainage and Oregon 3, but several historical buildings have already been burned. Authorities believe a person caused the fire, which has been burning since Tuesday. The fire is 4 percent contained, but crews estimate the fire will be under complete control by next Tuesday. Several area landmarks such as the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point haven’t been directly affected by the fire, but the areas have been issued Level 1 evacuation notices, signifying people should be aware they may have to leave.

Whitewater Fire: The 5,844-acre fire, burning 13 miles east of Detroit in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness area, has closed all trail access points into Jefferson Park, including a 28-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. It began July 23 and is not expected to be fully contained until the end of October.

Chetco Bar Fire: Nearly 70 firefighters are working to put out this wildfire burning six miles west of Pearsoll Peak. The 5,036-acre fire, believed to have been caused by lightning on July 12, is mostly burning on steep slopes in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Crews estimate the fire will be fully contained by Oct. 15.

Spruce Lake Fire: The Spruce Lake Fire near Crater Lake has burned 4,734 acres and continues to spread. The fire is 31 percent contained. Recent storms and lightning have caused three dozen small fires in the area, ranging from one-tenth of an acre to 20 acres.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits Palau.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.5 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia.

Poland – An underground earthquake left at least three miners dead and five missing at the Rudna mine in Polkowice, south-western Poland, according to state media. The earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck just after 9pm Tuesday local time, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was centred a shallow 10km (6.2 miles) underground, the USGS said, which would have magnified its effect at the mine belonging to state-run copper producer KGHM.

Disease

Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease in Oregon, USA

The Lane County Public Health Division in Florence, Oregon said Friday that 26 elementary to high school-age children have shown symptoms consistent with the disease.

Those symptoms include a fever, sore throat and poor appetite, accompanied by a rash appearing as small, pimply sores, typically on the hands, feet and in and around the mouth. The 26 cases all surfaced in the last two weeks.

Davis urged parents to disinfect surfaces in their houses repeatedly. Surfaces like table and countertops are breeding grounds for the type of viruses that cause the disease, especially among young children, Davis said. Doorknobs and children’s toys should also be disinfected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 05s (Bohale), located approximately 592 nm east of port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking southward at 10 knots.

Tropical depression 28w (Melor), located approximately 695 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 11 knots.

NewsBytes:

Singapore – A heavy downpour on Friday (Dec 11) caused flash floods and fallen trees across various parts of Singapore.

Oregon, USA – Extreme rainfall this week has claimed its first two deaths in Oregon and prompted a state of emergency in Washington state.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

KZN, South Africa – Paramedics treated eleven people who were injured during a storm in Tugela Ferry in central KwaZulu-Natal on Monday night. Medics had to use 4×4 ambulances to cross swollen rivers to get to the injured. Several dwellings in the rural area had collapsed during the heavy rainfall. Some houses had flood damage, while others, including mud houses and formal brick houses, were completely destroyed by the storm.

Oregon, USA – Monday was the wettest calendar day in recorded history in Portland, and the rain is expected to stick around for days. Nearly 2.7 inches of rain was recorded on Monday which tied a record for one day, from 12:01 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. The previous record was set on Nov. 19, 1996. More rain is forecast for Monday night, and the record was expected to be broken.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Norwegian Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

5.0 Earthquake hits north of Svalbard.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Rat Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.1 Earthquake hits southeast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Banda Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.2 Earthquake hits eastern Honshu, Japan.

The earthquake injured at least 39 people while more than 43 houses in a popular ski-resort collapsed.

5.8 Earthquake hits central Afghanistan.

5.5 Earthquake hits Romania.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southeast Indian ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, USA.

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

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, USA

Progress continued Sunday in the fight against Oregon’s remaining significant wildfires, with the possibility of rain on Monday and Tuesday offering potential further relief.

In Estacada, the 36 Pit Fire was 69 percent contained by Sunday evening, though several roads, including Highway 224 remained closed to the general public, but open to residents and workers escorted by pilot cars. The 5,520-acre blaze began Sept. 13, and investigators have since determined the fire was started by target shooters’ hot bullet fragments igniting dry tinder near the out-of-use rock quarry.

In Josephine County, the 4,134-acre Onion Mountain Fire was 95 percent contained Sunday, and the last heavy helicopter that was assigned to the fire was released at the end of the shift. Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by Tuesday. The fire began on Sept. 13.

The Deception Complex Fire near Oakridge also was 95 percent contained Sunday, with milder temperatures and a lower sun angle helping in firefighting efforts. The 6,033-acre fire began on Aug. 11 and was caused by lightning strikes.

The weather forecast for Oregon could offer help in efforts against the wildfires. A weak weather system is expected to move into the state Monday, bringing the possibility of rain on Monday and Tuesday. A high pressure system is expected to bring back warmer and drier weather Wednesday through Saturday.

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

There are still two massive blazes crews are trying to contain.

The Chelaslie River Fire has been burning since early July and it’s about 133,000 hectares in size and the Mount McCallister fire just west of Chetwynd is roughly 26,000 hectares. No homes are presently in danger.

So far, BC has spent nearly $300 million fighting wildfires, burning through the initial $63 million budget.