Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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Israel – Two teenagers died in flash floods on Wednesday as Israel endured heavy rains and hail on Wednesday. Towns in the northern Negev were hit hard by the rains and Dimona and Arad saw heavy flooding and all the nearby streams overflowed.

Cape Town, South Africa – Cape Town got some much-needed rain throughout the evening of April 25, but the heavy downpour resulted in flooded roads. Several areas including Somerset West, Edgemead and parts of Blouberg were affected. More rain is forecast.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15s (Marcus), located approximately 467 nm west of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking southward at 13 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 16p (Nora), located approximately 438 nm east-northeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 13 knots.

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South Africa – Continous rains have resulted in flash floods in parts of Johannesburg and authorities on Friday warned motorists to be cautious because many low-lying bridges had become flooded. Power outages in some northern suburbs and large parts of Pretoria were also reported. Numerous shacks located under highways and alongside rivers were flooded.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

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South Africa – Heavy rains have hit the Lowveld with localized flooding in some areas. Up to 85mm in 24 hours was recorded in Barberton, Sabie and Hazyview.

Australia – Torrential rain has flooded south-east Queensland. Eight people have been rescued after being caught in flash flooding on the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts as much of the state continues to be hammered by heavy rain. In Brisbane, cars have been stranded in low-lying areas. On the Sunshine Coast, Nambour reported 96mm on Friday morning. But most of the severe weather system was starting to impact the Gold Coast. The highest falls have been in the hinterland, Mount Tamborine received 145mm in 6 hours on Friday.

Midwest, USA – A state of emergency has been declared across Kentucky as it prepares for more heavy rain through the weekend. The Ohio River is approaching its highest level in 20 years and more rain is forecast across the region. In Louisville some residents are going to work by boat.

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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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 07s (Cebile), located approximately 731 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical cyclone 08p (Fehi), located approximately 201 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 11 knots.

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South Africa – Three people, including a nine-year-old boy, have died as a result of severe thunderstorms that have battered parts of northern KwaZulu-Natal since Thursday.

France – More than 200 French towns are struggling against floodwaters that have halted boat traffic in Paris, closed roads and schools and prompted the evacuation of hospitals. Swollen by weeks of heavy rains, the Seine River is expected to reach its peak in the French capital late on Sunday or early Monday. Paris regional authorities say the floods have already caused damage in 240 towns while nearly 1,500 people have been evacuated from homes in the Paris region. In Villennes-sur-Seine west of Paris, the ground floor of some buildings has disappeared underwater and residents are using boats instead of cars.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

A female firefighter died while battling a blaze on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday. She is suspected to have suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Christian Barnard Hospital but could not be saved. Firefighters remain on the scene to deal with persistent hotspots.

Wildfires – Oklahoma, USA

Firefighters say wildfires have scorched hundreds of acres in western Oklahoma, damaging fences and equipment but causing no injuries.

Firefighters battled two large wildfires Saturday afternoon, including one north of Clinton that scorched about 975 acres in Custer County. About 20 structures were threatened by flames but that none were damaged. Some agricultural equipment and supplies were damaged in the wildfire.

A second wildfire located two miles east of Clinton and south of Interstate 40 scorched about 600 acres. Officials managed to move livestock grazing in the area to safety.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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South Africa – Two people have been killed and 16 were left injured after they were struck by lightning in three separate villages in the Mthatha area, the Eastern Cape provincial government said on Sunday. The injured sustained burn wounds and were taken to local hospitals.

Philippines – Some parts of Toledo City, Cebu experienced flash floods due to intermittent rains beginning Sunday afternoon into New Years Day. Numerous revellers were stranded in barangays Tubod and Poblacion.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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South Africa – Two people died following an accident caused by heavy storms in Johannesburg, the City’s emergency services said on Sunday. Between 30 and 40 houses in the Protea Glen and Braam Fisher areas in Soweto were found to have suffered damages from the storms which included a severe hailstorm. Parts of a roof collapsed at the Trade Route Mall.

Trinidad & Tobago – Incessant rainfall this week has led to widespread flooding and a massive landslide. Trinidad and Tobago’s Meteorological Services has warned of increased fluvial flooding due to high rainfall. Areas of northern Trinidad have been affected by power failures and a major landslide that blocked the North Coast Road.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – Severe storms brought heavy rains to the province over the weekend. 3 people lost their lives in KwaMashu settlement when a wall collapsed.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

Hundreds of personnel are still battling the Gordon’s Bay fire in the Western Cape that started on Tuesday, which damaged and destroyed five homes. There have been no formal evacuations, but residential areas are in the line of fire.

Meanwhile, strong winds buffeting the False Bay area are preventing fire teams from bringing a runaway blaze under control.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Ophelia is located about 790 mi…1270 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h. Present movement…SE or 125 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 23w (twenty-three), located approximately 156 nm south of Hanoi, Vietnam, is tracking west-northwestward at 13 knots.

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South Africa (Gauteng) – At least one person died and several others were injured in what was described by eye witnesses as a “tornado” that ripped off the roofs of a primary school, a shopping mall and many houses on Johannesburg’s West Rand. At least 150 homes were damaged in Putfontein and Etwatwa near Daveyton. Numerous squatter shacks were blown onto adjoining roads.

South Africa (KZN) – A massive storm has hit parts of KwaZulu-Natal with the eThekwini Municipality urging residents to stay indoors until it subsides. All roads in the southern parts of the province have been closed off. More than 300 schools were affected by closures.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada

An evacuation order affecting about 1,100 people living east of Kelowna, B.C., was issued Thursday because of the threat of a new wildfire. Fire crews from the Joe Rich, Kelowna, Ellison and Lake Country departments along with the BC Wildfire Service were fighting the blaze that was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Wildfires – South Africa

Farmers are still counting the cost of wildfires that killed livestock, and destroyed more than 60 000ha of grazing and 4 500 bales of feed across the Free State in the space of a week, according to Free State Agriculture (FSA).

In the Petrus Steyn district, an estimated 11 500ha were destroyed by a fire that is believed to have started in a nearby township.

A fire in the Frankfort area on the same day burnt a 26km swathe along the N3. About 50 000ha were destroyed in the district

A second fire that occurred in the Cornelia area at the same time, burnt [along a] 14km [stretch] before it could be brought under control.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

Military personnel have been deployed to the Knysna area to try and prevent looting, as wildfires rip through the area, already affecting about 10 000 residents and 20 suburbs. At the same time, blazes are spreading in Plettenberg Bay and around Port Elizabeth. A Plettenberg Bay resident called News24 on Thursday morning, saying his suburb was on fire and was being evacuated. Several buildings were gutted. One firefighter has been killed and another injured while fighting wildfires

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Officials say wildfires that caused evacuations in two southern Arizona neighborhoods have merged. The blaze has destroyed an empty home in Cochise County and charred about 12 square miles (31.08 sq. kilometers) since it started Tuesday afternoon. 220 firefighters and 25 engines are managing the wildfire. There is no estimate for when the blaze will be contained and authorities expect it will be a long fight.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

The death toll in the wildfires in the Western Cape has risen to nine. Firefighters are currently battling 26 active fires, made worse by a “storm front” that has flooded nearby Cape Town but fanned the flames around the well-heeled seaside town of Knysna and the neighboring Plettenberg Bay. Around 8,000 people have been evacuated to escape the fast-moving wildfires.

Wildfires – Arizona, USA

Up to 30 homes in Cochise County are being evacuated as a precaution due to erratic wind behavior that is aiding a lightning-caused wildfire in the area. Another wildfire is burning near the small community of Dragoon has charred about 5.4 square miles and burned one home. Authorities say that fire could merge with the blaze in the Chiricahua Mountains northeast of Douglas that is forcing the Cochise Stronghold evacuation if they both continue to grow.

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Wildfires – Western Cape, South Africa

The Garden Route was plummeted into chaos on Wednesday, as about 30 fires broke out across the region and Knysna residents were evacuated.

At least five people have died in the Knysna fires, which are still not under control, while damage to property is beyond calculable at this stage, reports the Knysna-Plett Herald. On Wednesday – three people, a man, his wife and their son – died in Rheenendal when they could not escape the flames. An elderly man who lives in Brenton had a heart attack and died. A four-year-old girl was found dead by her father on Thursday morning, in Welbedaght.

Plettenberg Bay residents have started to evacuate as the devastating fire that started burning in the Kranshoek area on Wednesday has spread to the outskirts of the coastal holiday town. Details are not clear, but residents in the Whale Rock and Longships areas near Robberg have started to evacuate. Residents in the the Schoongezicht and Branckenrkidge estates have been urged to remain on high alert.

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