Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Jose is located about 550 mi…885 km SSE of cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 515 mi…830 km SW of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…80 mph…130 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

Tropical Depression Fourteen is located about 590 mi…950 km SSW of the Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 07 mph…11 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical depression 15e (Fifteen), located approximately 1009 nm south-southwest of San Diego, is tracking west-southwestward at 03 knots.

Hurricane Norma is located about 60 mi…95 km E of Socorro island and about 260 mi…420 km S of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…Stationary.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 20w (Talim), located approximately 295 nm wouth-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 08 knots.

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Wales – Heavy flooding hit Ceredigion in rural Wales after torrential overnight rain. Other areas hit by flooding including areas around Lampeter, Llandysul and Newquay.

Sudan – An overflowing Nile River and heavy rains flooded the South Sudanese town of Bor this week, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of families without food or shelter.

Thailand – A nine-storey hotel under construction in Kathu district in Phuket collapsed during a landslide with heavy rain throughout the island province on Friday. No casualties were reported. Four other landslides hit a villa at Kalama beach, an area in front of Rimpa on Patong-Kalim beach, an area in front of Chao Por Sua shrine at Patong, and a condominium in Ratsada area of Muang district. Hours of torrential rain caused flooding in Muang, Thalang and Kathu districts, with the water 20-30cm deep.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 75 mi…125 km S of Tuxpan Mexico and about 105 mi…165 km WNW of Veracruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…W or 260 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Franklin is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum of 15 inches possible across the Mexican states of northern Veracruz, Puebla, tlaxacala, eastern guanajuato, Hidalgo, queretaro and eastern San Luis Potosi in eastern Mexico. These rains are capable of producing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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England – A month’s worth of rain was set to fall on the UK on Wednesday as severe downpours brought flooding to large parts of the country. Flash flooding hit towns and villages in the East Riding of Yorkshire and north-east Lincolnshire. There was a metre (3ft) of standing water in parts of Withernsea, and further flooding in the Grimsby and Immingham areas.

Thailand – Flooding persisted in nine provinces on Wednesday, mostly in the Northeast, with more than 570,000 families affected by the floods that have ravaged much of the country over the last month. A total of 4,129 houses, 2,055 roads, 14,097 fish ponds, and over 3 million rai of agricultural land have been damaged.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 220 nm northeast of Kadena AB, is tracking west-northwestward at 05 knots.

Tropical Storm 13w (Nalgae), located approximately 536 nm northeast of Minami Tori Shima, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Vietnam – Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam. Disaster official Luong Tuan Anh said Thursday two people died and 13 are missing in the worst hit province of Yen Bai. Some 900 government forces have been mobilized to search for the missing. The other casualties were reported in the neighboring provinces of Son La and Lai Chau.

Thailand – Floods have killed at least 23 people in Thailand’s northeastern farming region, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Ten of Thailand’s 77 provinces are disaster zones, the Interior Ministry said, adding that most of the 700,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) affected were rice-growing farmland.

Nigeria – Ten persons have reportedly been killed, while 7342 others displaced in Plateau State by floods, between April and July 2017 according to local reports. 832 villages were submerged by floods during this period.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Irwin is located about 1125 mi…1810 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 1 mph…2 km/h.

Tropical Storm Hilary is located about 715 mi…1150 km W of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 07w (Noru), located approximately 60 nm south of Chichi Jima, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical storm 11w (Nesat), located approximately 342 nm southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking northwestward at 08 knots.

Tropical storm 12w (Haitang), located approximately 266 nm southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking north-eastward at 05 knots.

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Thailand – A number of residential areas in the northeastern region were hit by flash floods Friday as a result of a tropical storm blowing from South China Sea. The flood – the worst in 40 years by some accounts – was particularly severe in the city of Sakon Nakhon, where residents found water rushing into their homes in a time span of less than a day. The local airport was also forced to shut down by Friday afternoon.

Maryland, USA – Montgomery County could see some flash flooding Friday and Saturday as heavy rains hit the area, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, the area could get up to three or four inches of rain, he said. Similar rainfall is expected throughout the state, but Baltimore and Washington, D.C., could get five or more inches.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Sri Lanka – The death toll from mudslides and floods in Sri Lanka has climbed past 200, with 96 others missing, the government said Wednesday. The Disaster Management Center said that 202 people were confirmed dead. More than 77,000 have been displaced and over 1,500 homes destroyed since rains began swamping the southern and western areas of the Indian Ocean island nation last Friday.

Thailand – At least 29 spots in Bangkok experienced flash flooding following torrential rain across the capital on Tuesday morning, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) flood prevention centre. The highest rainfall was measured at 95.5 millimetres per hour in Bang Khen district, while the average flood water level went from 10 to 20 centimetres, the centre said.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Thailand – The heaviest floods in 15 years have forced the closure of several businesses in the commercial heart of Khiri Mat district in Sukhothai. The water level in the central area of the district surged as a result of floodwater flowing from upstream Phran Kratai district of nearby Kamphaeng Phet province combined with runoff from mountains in Ramkhamhaeng Sukhothai National Park. The downtown area was under 60cm of water. Owners of small cars were told to keep off the flooded roads as residents raced against time to create sandbag embankments around their homes and shops.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Thailand

Authorities reported that a total of 243 bush-fire incidents were reported during the period from February 15 until March 8 with 7,447 rai of forest being destroyed.

Tak province reported the highest bush fire incidence with 64 incidents and 3,452 rai of forest being destroyed. The other bus fire incidents were reported in Lampang, 51 incidents and 1,558 rai of forest destroyed; Phrae, 39 incidents with 662 rai destroyed; Chiang Mai, 32 incidents with 389 rai destroyed; Lamphun, 25 incidents with 652 rai of forest destroyed; Phayao, 11 incidents with 260 rai destroyed; Nan, 9 incidents were 335 rai destroyed; Mae Hong Son, 8 incidents with 61 rai destroyed and Chiang Rai, 4 incidents were 58 rai destroyed.

However, they said that bush-fire incidences this year were less than that of the previous years during the same period, thanks to public campaign for local villagers to refrain from starting bush fires, creation of networks to control bush fires and adoption of preventive measures such as fire prevention trenches and installation of fire alarm system.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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New Zealand – Wild weather which hit the Nelson region overnight caused rivers in the Golden Bay area to reach 10-year flood levels, closed roads and brought down trees. Wind gusts hit 105kmh in Richmond with surface flooding evident on roads around the region. Over a five-hour period, 153mm of rain fell in the Waingaro Valley, with 41.3mm falling in one hour.

Thailand – Floods continue to wreak havoc in parts of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Phatthalung in the lower South, according to local media reports. In Pattani province, water overflowed from the Pattani River to inundate the provincial town on Sunday morning. The Meteorological Department on Sunday morning issued a weather forecast saying that heavy to very heavily rain is expected to hit Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat from Sunday until Wednesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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California, USA – A powerhouse storm slammed into southern California on Friday, bringing flash floods and mudslides and leading to traffic chaos across much of the region. A flood on the southern Santa Barbara County coast swept several cabins and vehicles down El Capitan Canyon, the Associated Press said. Photos on social media showed cars and buildings buried in mud. The storm is forecast to bring heavy snow across portions of the Sierra later on Friday and into Saturday. It will also dump snow and rain across much of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico over the weekend. The torrential downpours overwhelmed a levee in a farming area near Hollister Friday, sending flood waters rushing through a breach and swamping farms and homes in the region.

Thailand – Persistent rain throughout Friday caused flooding to several districts of the southern provinces of Songkhla, Narathiwat Pattani, Trang and Yala early Saturday. The ground floors of several buildings, including the parking lot of a Tesco Lotus store in the municipality, were inundated. It was the third outbreak of flooding in Songkhla municipality since the start of the year. In Saba Yoi district, Ban Lae Baeng village was flooded for the fourth time this year.

Philippines – At least four areas in Mindanao, including the cities of Valencia and Cagayan de Oro, have been placed under a state of calamity as widespread flooding brought about by heavy rains this week displaced thousands of residents. No storm passed through the island but a low pressure area and the tail end of a cold front dumped heavy rains that submerged communities, business centres and farmlands on the island.

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In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 01w (One), located approximately 112 nm south-southeast of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Thailand – The southern region isn’t out of danger yet as the death toll continues to rise from massive flooding and heavy rain is forecast for throughout the week. Flash flood and landslide warnings were issued Monday for the southern region due to stronger monsoon conditions, just four days after officials said the situation was returning to normal. The worst flooding in a decade has inundated 12 southern provinces since the beginning of the year, killing at least 43 people and affecting more than 1.6 million people.

South Africa – A parching drought that has threatened wildlife with starvation and thirst in South Africa’s Kruger National Park for several years has been broken by downpours. While the cloudbursts brought flash floods that swamped roads in the park, rangers say the rainfall also breathed life into the world-famous refuge. Waterholes and rivers have filled up again, and it is hopeed that this is just the start of a good rainfall season.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Thailand, Update – Thirty-six people are confirmed dead and one is still missing in the floods that have hit 12 southern provinces since Jan 1, with devastated communities in many areas struggling to repair damage so they can resume their lives. The floods have taken their toll on 1.2 million people of 403,478 households in 5,244 villages in 119 districts of the 12 provinces, causing damage to 17 government installations and 592 roads, 106 bridges, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Thursday. The situation has eased in four provinces: Yala, Ranong, Pattani and Narathiwat. Flooding lingers in Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Tornado Outbreaks

Large-scale tornado outbreaks that last one to three days with six or more twisters in close succession have nearly doubled in occurrence over the past 50 years, according to a new report.

Computer models had suggested that a warming climate would create such an increase in severe storms.

But researchers, led by Joel E. Cohen at the University of Chicago, found that amplification of vertical wind shear within storms, not yet predicted to increase due to climate change, is creating the extreme outbreaks.

“Either the recent increases are not due to a warming climate, or a warming climate has implications for tornado activity that we don’t understand,” said researcher Michael K. Tippett.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Thailand – Flash floods in southern Thailand washed out a bridge on the country’s main north-south highway on Tuesday, backing up traffic for 200 km (125 miles) as the death toll from days of unseasonable rain rose to 25, media reported. More than 360,000 households, or about a million people, have been affected by the floods that have damaged homes and schools and affected rubber and palm oil production.

California, USA – A massive storm system stretching from California into Nevada lifted rivers climbing out of their banks, flooded vineyards and forced people to evacuate after warnings that hillsides parched by wildfires could give way to mudslides. Northern California’s Russian River rose to its highest level since 2006, and schools and roads were closed across the wine-making region of Sonoma County, where thousands of people were without power. Avalanche concerns kept some California ski areas closed for a second day Monday in the Sierra Nevada. Forecasters said more snow and rain was on the way. Officials with Yosemite National Park reported the Merced River is over 2-feet beyond flood stage at the Pohono Bridge.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical Depression 01w (One), located approximately approximately 08 nm northeast of Mactan, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 07 knots.

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Thailand – Flash flooding in southern Thailand have claimed the lives of at least 19 people and affected more than 700,000 people over the past week. Thailand’s Meteorological Department has forecast outbreaks of heavy to very heavy rain for 13 provinces for two more days.

Nevada, USA – Hundreds of homes were evacuated in northern Nevada, and stranded motorists were pulled from cars stuck on flooded Northern California roads as thunderstorms arrived as part of a massive winter storm that could be the biggest to slam the region in more than a decade. In Nevada, emergency officials voluntarily evacuated a total of 1 300 homes in a south Reno neighborhood Sunday afternoon as the Truckee River began to leave its banks and drainage ditches started to overflow south of U.S. Interstate 80. No injuries had been reported, but high waters forced the closure of numerous area roads, a series of bridges in downtown Reno.

South Africa – Zimbabweans trying to cross the border illegally were among five people who died and five were rescued during flash floods in Limpopo, police said on Sunday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Thailand – Thai authorities on Friday warned of flash floods across the south as torrential rains lashed the region leaving at least eight people dead, delaying flights and disrupting holidays during peak tourist season. Nine provinces along Thailand’s southern tail have been hit by unseasonal rains for nearly a week, with the resort islands of Samui and Phangan deluged, leaving thousands of tourists stranded or delayed. Eight people have been killed and at least 120,000 households have been affected by the flooding across the south, the Interior Ministry said, where waters have turned roads into rivers and upended rail tracks.

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Thailand – Flooding caused by continuous rain extended through eight southern provinces on Wednesday, affecting a large number of people and halting southbound train services at Thung Song junction in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

Western USA – Stiff winds toppled a towering evergreen tree into an Oregon home, killing an 8-year-old girl, while blizzard conditions closed roads and triggered a small avalanche in the Sierra Nevada as wet winter storms pummeled much of the West, officials said Wednesday. In Nevada, a storm dropped 2 feet of snow and another foot was expected in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe. The weather closed the main highway between Reno and Lake Tahoe. Flash flood watches were issued for most of the Sierra along the Nevada-California line, where the National Weather Service said the potential for another 6 to 12 inches of rain would create serious flooding concerns into the weekend. In Utah, snow that accumulated over several days caused the roof of a business to collapse in Provo. No injuries were reported. Snow was also falling in Wyoming, where a winter storm warning was posted for much of the Interstate 80 corridor, including Cheyenne. Heavy snow was also expected in Colorado. In New Mexico, forecasters said a blustery winter storm will produce significant snowfall and strong winds across much of the northern and eastern parts of the state beginning late Wednesday and peaking early Friday.