In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 30w (Phanfone), located approximately 479 nm east of Da Nang, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 04 knots.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 04p (Sarai), located approximately 166 nm west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking southward at 12 knots.
Philippines – The death toll from Typhoon Phanfone’s battering of the Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 28, and will likely climb further, authorities said on Friday. The storm, with wind gusts of up to 200 kilometres per hour, swept across remote villages and popular tourist destinations in the central Philippines on Wednesday.
Turkey – dana has been inundated by heavy rains since Monday which resumed Thursday after a brief break. Flash floods have severely affected this southern Turkish province, which is known for its extremely hot climate. Government officials visited the city Thursday and vowed to build new houses in the neighborhoods most affected by the floods. The floods damaged 123,151 decares of agricultural lands.
California – San Diego drivers who found themselves stranded in flood waters were rescued Thursday morning in Grantville after a severe storm brought flooding to the area.
In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ambali), located approximately 528 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, is tracking southward at 08 knots.
Tropical cyclone (tc) 02s (Belna), located approximately 862 nm north-northeast of Europa island, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.
In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 06a (Pawan), located approximately 391 nm southeast of Aden, Yemen, is tracking westward at 10 knots.
Philippines – The Philippines’ north has been hit by some of its worst flooding in decades, with torrents of muddy runoff forcing 66,000 from their homes and prompting rescues of trapped locals, authorities said Friday. Luzon island, the nation’s largest, has been hit by a string of storms that have battered its northern tip while monsoon rains were intensified by the passage of Typhoon Kammuri this week. Large swaths of lush green land were inundated after rivers burst their banks, leaving only treetops visible above the waterline. Landslides have cut off roads to some isolated towns and some bridges are covered by the flooding. However, authorities said they have not confirmed any deaths caused by the high water.
Namibia – Namibia is facing with floods in the northern part of the country following incessant heavy rains in the past few days.