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.

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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.

Newsbytes:

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 – 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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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Malaysia – A two hour downpour in Ringlet, in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia caused a flash flood that inundated numerous properties, including the police station and barracks. The flood lasted 30 minutes and no-one was injured.

South Africa, Durban – The N2 freeway at Zinkwazi‚ north of Durban‚ was partially closed early on Tuesday due to flooding caused by ongoing heavy rainfall. The floodwaters toppled several cars. Some injuries occurred when the waist high waters overturned the motor vehicles.

Storms and Floods

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South Africa – Twenty-two people who were trapped inside a bus after it submerged in flood water following heavy rains had to be rescued in Richards Bay. The incident was one of several that occurred at the weekend after heavy rains pounded KwaZulu-Natal. The rains, which began on Friday led to localised flooding over the weekend. There were no reports of fatalities, although one person was still missing.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Pacific Ocean: Tropical cyclone 16p (Cook), located approximately 170nm south of Noumea, New Caledonia, is tracking south-southeastward at 12 knots.

Formation of a significant tropical cyclone is possible within 120 nm either side of a line from 9.8S 132.0E to 12.2S 129.5E north of Darwin Australia within the next 12 to 24 hours.

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South Africa – Flash floods caused by overnight rainfall in parts of the central Karoo in the Western Cape, have caused havoc on the roads. A woman is missing after a vehicle she was travelling in was swept away.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.3 Earthquake hits the Panama-Costa-Rica border.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Mid-Indian ridge.

5.1 Earthquake hits South Africa.

5.1 Earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Santa Cruz Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Dominican Republic.

5.0 Earthquake hits Chitinskaya Oblast, Russia.

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Wildfires – South Africa

Wildfires destroyed an estimated 122 700 hectares in the Western Cape at the start of 2017, says an interim report.

“Our initial data shows that natural vegetation, grazing, agricultural infrastructure such as fencing and water pipelines, and a range of crops and fynbos were hardest hit,” economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde said in a statement.

The report was compiled by the Western Cape agriculture department to help the province with future planning.

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South Africa – Three people have been killed during heavy rains in the North West province, the provincial government said on Thursday. A primary school boy drowned in Leporung, near Makgobistad, while attempting to cross a stream, and two others died in Phokeng, near Rustenburg, after their vehicle was swept away by water while trying to cross a flooded bridge.

Storms and Floods

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Peru – At least 14 people have died and some 30,000 people have been affected by heavy flooding throughout Peru, the government and Operation Centre for National Emergencies (Indeci) reported on Wednesday, as a state of emergency was declared in the capital, Lima. Rain triggered floods which destroyed a bridge and blocked the Central Highway in Lima, the main route connecting the capital with the centre of the country. The intense rainfall caused the Huaycoloro River to overflow and burst its banks. This river empties into the Rimac River but the flooding spread water through the streets of Lima until it flooded the Ramiro Priale highway, causing road closures and traffic chaos. The river crosses the Lima neighbourhood San Juan de Lurigancho, where at least 18 people have been injured. Rains are expected to continue, bringing more overflowing rivers and more mudslides.

South Africa – Days of heavy rain have left parts of South Africa under water. The flooding has been at its worst across northeastern parts of the country, where one person is feared dead. The seasonal showers have been particularly heavy during the past week, many parts getting daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 70mm of rain. Located to the east of Johannesburg, Witbank and Lydenburg had 60mm and 65mm of rainfall respectively in just 24 hours at the start of the week. The subsequent floods left the main highway into Johannesburg impassable after the Mbembesi River burst its banks.

Storms and Floods

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Australia – Heavy rains brought flash floods to Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

South Africa – Several roads were closed by flooding across Johannesburg yesterday as heavy rains inundated the greater Metro area. However no reports of property damage were received.

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Australia – The Katherine River is set to flood as an active monsoon trough causes heavy rains and squally showers across the Northern Territory, registering the wettest day in five years. The low-pressure system located near Katherine is expected to track westwards over the next two days, with falls of up to 150mm expected on Tuesday. Darwin Airport’s rainfall gauge registered 145.6mm for the 24 hours until 9:00am on Tuesday, which the BOM said was the wettest day since January 25, 2012.

California, USA – After another round of heavy rains soaked parts of California, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Monday for several counties dealing with an estimated tens of million dollars in damage from flooding, erosion, and mud flows. The rains that deluged Southern California over the weekend continued Monday, with showers punctuated by bursts of sunshine. Hail was reported in Burbank and snow was anticipated in the Antelope Valley. The storm, which forecasters said was the strongest in several years, set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain. Monday’s rain was not as intense as it was over the weekend.

South Africa – Shoppers at Jubilee Mall in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria had to be evacuated on Saturday afternoon after heavy rains and flooding. On Sunday, shopkeepers and staff spent most of the day mopping up the water. The heavy flooding also left some shops submerged in water, resulting in businesses closing down for the day.