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.

Storms and Floods

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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

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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

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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.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Thailand, Update – Households and businesses in the South have been hit hard by flooding while all train services heading to the lower part of the region are suspended after tracks were damaged by floodwaters. At least 12 provinces in the South have been affected by flooding which began last Thursday. The provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun, with tens of thousands of residents affected. According to authorities, at least 11 people have been killed in the flooding.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Vietnam – At least 13 people have died in flood disaster brought by torrential rain since late November this year, the government and state media said on Sunday. Six people died in floods in Binh Dinh provinces. Four others died in Quang Ngai province.

Thailand – Three people have drowned and a fisherman is missing as heavy rain pounds the southern provinces, with floods affecting thousands of people. In Surat Thani, the worst-hit province, high water made the main road around the popular tourist island of Koh Samui impassable. Heavy rain was also delaying some flights at Samui Airport.

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Thailand – Several districts of this southern province have been hit by flash floods following heavy rain, provincial disaster prevention and mitigation chief Chamnong Sawatwong said on Monday. Numerous roads have been washout out and the ferry service between Don Sak and Koh Phangan have been suspended.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Hurricane Matthew is located about 20 mi…30 km E of Hilton Head South Carolina and about 50 mi…80 km SSW of Charleston South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 30 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Tropical Storm Nicole is located about 445 mi…715 km S of Bermuda and about 520 mi…835 km N of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…50 mph…85 km/h.4resent movement…S or 190 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Storm 22w (Aere), located approximately 141 nm east-southeast of Hong Kong, is tracking northeastward at 01 knot.

Tropical depression 23w (Twenty-Three), located approximately 866 nm east-southeast of Iwo To, is tracking west-northwestward at 15 knots.

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Haiti – The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear on Friday as the death toll surged past 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew levelled huge swaths of the country’s south. Aerial footage from the hardest-hit towns showed a ruined landscape of metal shanties with roofs blown away and downed trees everywhere. Brown mud from overflowing rivers covered the ground.

Meanwhile, Georgia and the Carolinas brace for flooding as Hurricane Matthew heads north. In Florida more than 600 000 homes remain without power.

Thailand – Monsoon floods in Thailand have killed three people and submerged more than 68,000 households, officials said on Friday. Three bodies were found drowned in floodwaters in Nakornsawan province, 240 kilometres north of Bangkok, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said in its latest flood report. The inundation has affected more than 68,000 households nationwide.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic:

Hurricane Matthew is located about 230 mi…370 km SSE of Kingston Jamaica and about 290 mi…470 km SW of Port au Prince Haiti with maximum sustained winds…130 mph…215 km/h. Present movement…N or 360 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

Invest 98L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Western Pacific:

Super Typhoon 21w (Chaba), located approximately 100 nm south-southwest of Kadena AB, Guam, is tracking north-northwestward at 12 knots.

In the Central Pacific:

Invest 94C is an area of disturbed weather in the Central Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

Newsbytes:

Hurricane Matthew – wind: hurricane conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti tonight, and eastern Cuba Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach Jamaica and Haiti later today and eastern Cuba tonight, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. Tropical storm conditions are expected along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic within the warning area beginning today. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the southeastern Bahamas early Tuesday with hurricane conditions expected by late Tuesday.

Rainfall: Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches across southern Haiti and the southwestern portion of the Dominican Republic, with possible isolated amounts of 40 inches. Across eastern Cuba and western Haiti, total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches. Across eastern Jamaica, total rainfall of 5 to 10 inches is expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible. This rainfall will likely produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over the southeastern Bahamas, with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches. Matthew is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 5 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches over the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Thailand – Forest run-off and heavy downpours have lashed several provinces and flooded numerous villages in the North, the Northeast and Central Plains, affecting tens of thousands of households and vast agricultural areas. In Phrae, heavy overnight rain caused Huay Phakham reservoir in Muang district to overflow, flooding two villages in tambon Pamed at around 2am on Sunday. In Sakon Nakhon, run-off from Phupan and Phupa Lek mountains, triggered by hours of heavy rain, flooded many houses and shophouses in several areas in Sawang Daen Din district late Saturday night. In tambon Phue, more than 50 houses were flooded by water from 80cm to one metre deep. In low-lying areas, floodwater rose to almost 2 metres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic: Post-Tropical Cyclone Julia is located about 110 mi…175 km SSE of Myrtle Beach South Carolina and about 195 mi…315 km SSW of Cape Lookout North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…NW or 310 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

Tropical Storm Karl is located about 930 mi…1500 km E of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…W or 270 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

Invest 96L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for further tropical development.

In the Eastern Pacific: Hurricane Paine is located about 340 mi…550 km WSW of the southern tip of Baja California with maximum sustained winds…75 mph…120 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Typhoon 18w (Malakas), located approximately 188 nm south-southwest of Sasebo, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 13 knots.

Newsbytes:

Thailand – At least 20 villages in three districts of this northern province have been hit by flash-floods following heavy rain throughout Saturday night, reports said. More than 100 houses at Ban Khem in tambon Huay Thung were damaged. Soldiers used heavy machinery to remove objects obstructing water flows and helped repair the damaged houses.

Nepal – A flash flood in downtown Pokhara triggered by heavy rainfall since Saturday evening has killed one person while another has gone missing. With this, the death toll from flash floods in Pokhara in the past three weeks has reached three.