Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 15p (Oma), located approximately 275 nm west-northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking west-southwestward at 02 knots.

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Zimbabwe – Thirty-eight miners are feared dead after water from a collapsed dam flooded two mines in Zimbabwe. While panning for gold, 34 miners went underground at Silver Moon Mine and four miners entered Cricket Mine in Battlefields near Kadoma Tuesday evening before both mines flooded. Heavy rains overnight Tuesday led to the collapse of the dam wall. An emergency was declared after the dam burst. The flooding from the collapsed dam flooded mine shafts, which the miners entered illegally.

South Africa – Bloemfontein in the Free State has been experiencing heavy rains for the past few days resulting in floods across the city.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Queensland, Australia – Australia’s military has been deployed to tackle devastating “once-in-a-century” floods that have inundated homes, schools and airports in the country’s northeast, forcing hundreds to flee and bringing crocodiles onto the streets. The Australian Defence Forces filled sandbags, deployed amphibious cargo vehicles and helped pluck flashlight-wielding residents from their rooftops Monday, as monsoon rains drenched the northern state of Queensland. Australia’s tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpour has far exceeded normal levels. In Townsville the residents have been warned that the peak of the floods has not yet arrived.

South Africa – Mop-up operations are underway following significant rainfall that led to flooding in the Little Karoo and Garden Route District. The Meiringspoort pass between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West has also been reopened after it was closed due to streams of water flowing down. Some homes were flooded, while others were damaged by strong winds.

Italy – St Mark’s square and alleyways in Venice’s historic centre were affected by flooding on Saturday, after heavy rains caused an unusually high tide. Tourists and residents were seen using wooden platforms to cross the square, while some braved the high flood levels, walking through the water in rubber boots. Elsewhere in Italy, firefighters used ropes and planks of wood to rescue three teenagers from a muddy river after their car swerved off the road in heavy rain. Flash floods had caused the river Cornea, near the Tuscan city of Pisa, to burst its banks and the teenagers’ car had become blocked after they had attempted to cross the swollen waterway.

Wildfires

Wildfires – South Africa

Thirty-one residential properties have been completely destroyed and 28 properties sustained partial to major damage in the raging fires in the Betty’s Bay area, east of Cape Town, the city’s fire chief Theo Lane said on Saturday. It is estimated that more than 12 800 hectares of vegetation was destroyed.

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Wildfires – Tasmania

An out-of-control bushfire is raging through a popular tourist destination after lightning struck in Tasmanian wilderness in the midsouth of the state, around an hour from Hobart. Total fire bans are in place across the state as temperatures soar. The Maydena, Tyenna and National Park townships are under threat as a fire around 8,800 hectares in size blazes just 20km away in the northwest.

Wildfires – South Africa

A number of homes were destroyed by a wildfire around Betty’s Bay and Pringle Bay in the Western Cape. It’s suspected that two flares were set off just after midnight on Tuesday, igniting a fire in the Kogelberg nature reserve. Strong winds fanned the flames and the fire reached Pringle Bay. Residents of Pringle Bay were evacuated early on Thursday morning when the fire jumped the R44 into the coastal town. One person is reported to have died during the panic, allegedly of a heart attack.

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 – 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.

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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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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

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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.