Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 06s (Kenanga), located approximately 1097 nm east of Diego Garcia, is tracking southwestward at 07 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 08b (Phetai), located approximately 330 nm south of Visakhaputnam, India, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

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South Africa – A severe hailstorm hit the North West region of the Pilanesberg and surrounding areas, seriously damaging the Sun City Resort. The popular resort says the storm has caused substantial damage to buildings and vehicles in the area. Numerous hotel rooms and facilities were damaged or flooded, the two golf courses were closed for extensive repairs and day visitors were advised to return home.

Singapore – Heavy rain led to flash floods at Jalan Boon Lay (International Road) and Yuan Ching Road on Saturday.

Malaysia – More people were evacuated overnight after more heavy rains, raising to 163 the number of flood evacuees in Terengganu as at 8 am today, according to the Civil Defence Force (APM). Several areas were still experiencing rain and people in the low-lying places face the risk of floods at any time, according to local officials.

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Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa – Update

It’s been 13 days of raging wildfires from George to Knysna and now threatening Plettenberg Bay with more than 86 000 hectares burned an are more than four times the size of the 2017 Knysna wildfires. The blaze was being fought on several fronts on Tuesday by 323 firefighters‚ 39 vehicles‚ six spotter aircraft‚ five helicopters and three water bombers.

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Wildfires – South Africa

A spate of wildfires across the Garden Route, which have spread from George to the Karatara area, claimed the lives of at least eight people – including a newborn baby and its mother, two children and a toddler – on Monday, and led to the evacuation of hundreds of people.

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Wildfires – South Africa

Two raging wildfires in opposite sections of the Garden Route in the Western Cape are still burning out of control, with efforts beefed up in an attempt to stop them from spreading.

By Wednesday morning, two separate fires — both described as massive ‑‑ were reported along the Garden Route, one in the Tsitsikamma area, bordering the Garden Route National Park (GRNP), and the other in the Vermaaklikheid area in the Western Cape. The GRNP was forced to temporarily close the Otter Trail and evacuate hikers when the fire appeared to have jumped into the park.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05a (Luban), located approximately 136 nm west-southwest of Salalah, Oman, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

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South Africa – Saturday’s heavy downpours resulted in cars being swept away and roads being damaged in parts of Tshwane (Pretoria). Low lying areas in Hammanskraal, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve have been severely affected. A heavy hailstorm has also been reported in Vereeniging and Laudium with hail lying more than 30cm thick in places.

Sumatra, Indonesia – Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least 27 people, including a dozen children at a school, officials said Saturday. A flash flood with mud and debris from landslides struck Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra province and smashed an Islamic school in Muara Saladi village, where 29 children were swept away on Friday afternoon. Rescuers retrieved the bodies of 11 children from mud and rubble hours later.

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Wales – Two people have been killed after storm Callum battered Wales, the western parts of Britain and coastal areas. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the eastern Pacific Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone 06e (Emilia), located about 1005 mi…1615 km w of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Fabio is located about 720 mi…1155 km s of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…w or 280 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon (ts) 09w (Prapiroon), located approximately 105 nm north-northwest of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 09 knots.

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South Africa – About 4 000 homes were affected by flooding in informal settlements around Cape Town after heavy rain, while at least two mountain passes in Witzenberg near Ceres have snowed over and are unsafe for travel. Around 4 000 homes in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Macassar were affected, but no evacuations or emergency shelters were activated. Power lines were also down in Lansdowne, Gugulethu and Wynberg, while trees were uprooted in Constantia, Vredekloof, Durbanville, Tamboerskloof and Pinelands.Assessments and mop-up operations are underway.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of 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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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of 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.

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:

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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.