Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Maria is located about 15 mi…25 km SSW of Vieques and about 50 mi…75 km SE of San Juan Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds…155 mph…250 km/h. Present movement…NW or 305 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 195 mi…310 km S of Nantucket Massachusetts with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…NE or 40 degrees at 8 mph…13 km/h.

In the Eastern Pacific: Post Tropical Cyclone Norma is located about 370 mi…590 km W of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h, Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 7 mph…11 km/h.

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Niger – Floods in Niger have left thousands homeless. Most of the houses are made of mud and collapse in the heavy downpours. Many farmers’ fields have been flooded for more than two months.

India – Heavy rains battered India’s financial hub for the second time in weeks causing massive disruption at the country’s second busiest airport and forcing authorities to shut down schools and colleges. Monsoon rains that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used suburban train network in a city that is home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies.

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Uganda – A devastating flash flood has again swept through the Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point. Heavy downpours experienced in the last three days within Gulu and Amuru districts are said to have caused the River Unyama to again burst its banks, sending fast flowing waters through the trading centre.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Hurricane Irma is located about 35 mi…55 km ESE of St. Martin and about 145 mi…235 km E of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds…185 mph…295 km/h. Present movement…WNW or 285 degrees at 16 mph…26 km/h.

Tropical Storm Jose is located about 1255 mi…2020 km E of the lesser Antilles with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…W or 275 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

Tropical Storm Katia is located about 105 mi…165 km E of Tampico Mexico with maximum sustained winds…40 mph…65 km/h. Present movement…ESE or 110 degrees at 2 mph…4 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical depression 19w (Guchol), located approximately 277 nm south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking north-northwestward at 06 knots.

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Uganda – The current rains experienced across the country have left many people in northern Uganda stranded. The rains have left many areas in Lira and Kole districts flooded rendering most roads impassable.

Caribbean – The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made landfall in the Caribbean islands, as British tourists are evacuated from the region amid warnings the storm will be “potentially catastrophic”. The island of Barbuda was the first to bear the brunt of Hurricane Irma – a category five storm with winds of 185mph – early on Wednesday, churning along a path pointing to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida over the weekend.

Texas – As southeast Texas and Louisiana cope with the devastation left behind by hurricane Harvey, scientists now say the event was so extreme, it caused Houston to drop by nearly an inch. According to earthquake scientist Chris Milliner, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the natural disaster pushed the ground beneath Houston down 2 centimeters as Earth’s crust flexed under the inordinate weight of the floodwater.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 180 mi…290 km SE of Corpus Christi Texas and about 185 mi…295 km SSE of Port O’Connor Texas with maximum sustained winds…105 mph…165 km/h. Present movement…NW or 320 degrees at 9 mph…15 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical storm 16w (Pakhar), located approximately 138 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Uganda – One person is feared dead and more than 2,000 people around Elegu border market in Amuru district are believed to now be homeless after the Unyama stream burst its bank, giving way to destructive floods. The area experienced a downpour that started Monday night and did not let up until Tuesday late-morning. Several people in Amuru district have since reported that some bridges were swept away, leaving the areas cut off in the two sub-counties of Atiak and Pabbo.

Alaska – Heavy rainfall in the southeast Alaska city of Ketchikan caused road damage and flooded homes. Ketchikan received 7-10 inches of rain Monday into Tuesday.

Macau – Update – The death toll from Typhoon Hato has increased to 16. Another 153 were injured amid extensive flooding, power outages, and the smashing of doors and windows by high winds and driving rain.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 190 mi…305 km NE of Coatzacoalcos Mexico and about 240 mi…390 km ENE of Veracruz Mexico with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…W or 280 degrees at 13 mph…20 km/h.

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Uganda – Three children have drowned in floods following a heavy downpour in Nyakibigo II, Kasese municipality. Locals say the flooding came from rains from the Rwenzori mountains, ending known as Kyaminyoku. However, some residents have attributed the floods to witchcraft and attacked a suspected resident and beat him to death.

India, Update – As many as 84 people lost their lives in the recent floods in Assam, where 29 of 33 districts were hit by the deluge, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. 25.42 lakh people have been affected by the floods in the north eastern state.

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Houston, Texas, USA – Heavy rains triggered flash floods in parts of the Houston metropolitan area on Tuesday. The NWS said a flood warning is in effect for Texas’ northeastern Fort Bend County, eastern Waller County and western Harris County after 4 inches to 6 inches, with isolated amounts more than 8 inches, fell throughout the area early Tuesday.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Subtropical Depression One is located about 730 mi…1170 km WSW of the Azores with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Uganda – Heavy rains that have pounded some parts of the eastern region since mid-March on Monday washed away three bridges on the Mbale-Tirinyi road, leaving one person dead. Hundreds of stranded motorists had to find alternative routes after unseasonable rainfall hit the villages for nearly three hours.

Colombia – Flooding and mudslides in central Colombia have killed at least 11 people, the Red Cross said Wednesday, causing alarm in a country still recovering from recent mudslides that killed hundreds. At least 20 people are missing after torrential rains lashed the city of Manizales, officials said, raising fears the death toll could soar as it did earlier this month in the southern city of Mocoa.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 575 nm northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 08 knots.

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Uganda – Kampala residents woke up to a wet Wednesday morning. Many low-lying areas experienced flash floods, cutting off roads. Rain water filled in peoples’ houses, with residents forced to remove some of their belongings out of their homes and to high-level drier areas.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Uganda – The death toll from last week’s storm in Lake Albert in the Buliisa District, Uganda has risen to 29. The storm also destroyed more than 600 houses. Search operations for missing people are still going on. Three days ago, a fresh storm hit Nyamukuta Sub-county, destroying 392 houses and injuring three people.

Southeast USA – Deadly storms are battering the southern United States. At least four tornadoes were reported in three states Thursday. Heavy rain triggered flood warnings from Louisiana to Michigan. Wet roads are being blamed for the death of at least one person in Alabama. The stormy, wet weather is expected to reach the East Coast Friday. Authorities were working to clear downed trees and power lines Friday after the storm brought tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and flash floods to the Southeast.

Northeast USA – More snow is expected as storms batter the Northeast USA. As much as eight inches of snow is expected to hit The Queen City this weekend, with the worst of it arriving Sunday into Monday. Syracuse could get seven inches of snow on Saturday. Five inches of snow are in the forecast for Albany and Scranton. Portland, Maine could get three inches. And Boston could get two inches.

Thailand – Heavy rain pounded Sai Yok district late Thursday, triggering floods and forest runoff that inundated many villages. Heavy downpours also replenished water sources in drought-affected areas. The water volume at Sai Yok waterfall in Sai Yok district, Erawan waterfall in the Erawan national park in Si Sawat district, and Kroeng Krawia waterfall in Sangkhla Buri district rose sharply.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Uganda

Drought coupled with strong winds is fuelling wildfires across Karamoja in sweltering heat.

Families in the region specifically Napak, Nakapiripirit, Moroto and Kaabong districts continue to battle numerous wildfires to protect their properties from destruction. So far, over 70 homes in Irriri, Lotome, Lokopo in Napak and 10 in Rupa Sub County in Moroto district have been destroyed in the last two months.

Fast moving bushfires continue to blaze across Karamoja dry terrain threatening the destruction of settlements.

Disease

Uganda: Cholera Outbreak

A cholera outbreak has been declared in Mbale after the district registered 12 suspected cases. The cholera victims are from slum areas of Mbale town including: Namatala, Kiteso, Malukhu and Namanyoyi, which exhibit poor hygiene and sanitation.

Mbale now join the districts of Tororo, Hoima, Kibaale, and Kampala that have confirmed cases of the deadly cholera disease. The outbreak come at a time when the country is experiencing heavy rains that have led to flooding.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 05a (Megh), located approximately 457 nm south of Masirah Island, Yemen, is tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

Invest 93L is an area of disturbed weather in the North Atlantic that has the potential for tropical development.

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Uganda – One man died as floods ravage Karusandara, Kasese, Uganda on Thursday afternoon. The floods followed a heavy downpour that caused the River Mubuku to burst its banks destroying numerous houses. Local divers searched unsuccessfully for the body of the man who was washed away by the floodwaters.

Wildlife

Lions Mysteriously Fall Ill in Northern Uganda

Wildlife officials in Uganda are stumped by a mysterious illness among the lions of Kidepo Valley National Park that has left the big cats emaciated and “docile”.

Kampala’s The Observer newspaper reports that within the past month, the sickness has affected almost all of the park’s lions, located in the north of the country near the borders of South Sudan and Kenya.

Charles Tumwesigye, the deputy director in charge of conservation at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, says experts will examine samples taken from some of the sick lions.

“We have a feeling that it could be partly starvation because we don’t seem to have very many prey animals for the lions in Kidepo,” Tumwesigye told the daily.

He adds that the larger animals currently roaming the park, like buffaloes, are not easy for a lion to take down.

A regal male lion photographed earlier this year in Uganda’s remote Kidepo Valley National Park, where the bigcats have mysteriously fallen ill.

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Bats facing extinction on Western Ghats, India

Wildlife experts and conservationists have warned that bats are facing extinction in India’s Western Ghats due to increasing human activities and destruction of forests. Several species of bats residing in India are finding it increasingly difficult to adjust with varying landscape resulting due to deforestation. They cites reasons including increased use of agricultural land and growing human population for the impact on bats. A team of experts from University of Leeds in Britain, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore and National Centre for Biological Sciences conducted a survey of different bats species in the southern Western Ghats in order to study the impact of plantation and rainforest fragmentation on them.

The study showed that some bat species can adjust with coffee plantations. Experts said that the reaming part of the forest and wildlife friendly agriculture can help save the bats from extinction. Western Ghats is among the most biodiverse regions in the world and it is also densely populated. The modern development and land-use transformation have left just 6 per cent of the natural habitat. The experts used Geographic Information System (GIS) computer modelling to study association between different bat species.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Typhoon 06w (Noul), located approximately 244 nm east of Manila, Philippines, is tracking northwestward at 11 knots.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from part of the Philippines ahead of the arrival of a typhoon expected to bring winds of more than 100mph.

Typhoon Noul is forecast to bring gusts of up to 122mph as well as sustained speeds of 100mph, plus heavy rain that prompted warnings of landslides in mountainous areas and a 2.5m storm surge along the coast.

The north-east part of the republic’s populous main island of Luzon is expected to bear the brunt of the category four storm after it makes landfall around 5am local time on Sunday.

Tropical storm 07w (Seven), located approximately 270 nm east-southeast of Pohnpei, is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

Tropical Storm Ana is located about about 105 mi…170 km SSE of Cape Fear North Carolina; about 115 mi…190 km se of Myrtle Beach South Carolina with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 340 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Cape Lookout, North Carolina, south to Edisto Beach, South Carolina. The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimetres) of rain in the coastal Carolinas, with up to 6 inches (15 cm) in areas hit by heavy thunderstorms. The storm is also creating rough surf along the coast, and Franklin warned of deadly rip currents throughout the weekend.

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Uganda – Residents of Bulembia division in Kasese Municipality on Thursday morning woke up to floods which cut off several villages after River Nyamwamba burst its bunks. The river which started flooding early morning left numerous people displaced and other trapped.

Disease

Typhoid in Uganda – Update

An outbreak of typhoid fever has infected hundreds of people in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and looks likely to spread as the rainy season gets under way, a senior health official said on Wednesday.

At least 4,000 suspected cases of typhoid fever have been reported, 400 of which have been confirmed.

The disease’s epicenter is a slum in downtown Kampala where many were sickened by contaminated water and fruit juices.

The World Health Organization says the majority of water sources that were tested in downtown Kampala were found “heavily contaminated” with fecal matter, and that most of those affected are men between the ages of 20 and 39.

Disease

Typhoid fever – Uganda

In a belated report, on 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

The outbreak started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015. As of 5 March 2015, a total of 1940 suspected cases have been reported. From the first epicentre in downtown Kampala, the outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. The most affected groups are young males aged between 20 and 39 years. The majority of cases work in the business sector or as casual labourers. Food and juice vendors and cooks are also affected, hence the potential for wide spread of the disease. At the beginning of the outbreak Salmonella Typhi was laboratory-confirmed in 4 of 16 tested specimens. Further specimens have been tested during the outbreak identifying 5 isolates of Salmonella paratyphi group A. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and fecal matter.