Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Alberto is located about 20 mi…30 km wsw of Alpena Michigan with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…nne or 20 degrees at 35 mph…55 km/h.

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Ethiopia – A landslide after heavy rains in the Oromia region of Ethiopia has claimed the lives of at least 32 people. At least 23 people died in a landslide in the Sidama zone. Another nine people died in the Gamo Gofa zone.

Central, Eastern USA – Alberto is pushing deeper inland after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, causing flash flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages through parts of the South, East and central U.S. and prompting officials to warn of a possible dam failure in North Carolina. Even with that reprieve, flooding and mudslides shut down highways in the mountains of North Carolina, west of Charlotte. The N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday that even heavy trucks had been swept away by water.

India – Heavy rain on Tuesday claimed four lives in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi and crippled traffic in Mangaluru as roads were inundated. As a precaution, the district administration has declared holidays for schools and colleges in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district on Wednesday. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Hawaii – Moving up the east side of Oahu, flooding in Waimanalo not only swept through businesses and homes. The force of the water even tore apart a vital roadway. The cleanup went on all day Saturday after torrential rains tore through many parts of the island Friday night, including Waimanalo. The State Department of Transportation had to shut down Kalanianaole Highway from Aina Haina to Makapuu.

Kenya – Several parts of the country are continuing to experience heavy rainfall which has in turn led to flash floods in some areas causing the destruction of property and massive traffic snarl-ups inconveniencing motorists particularly along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway and areas of Suswa, in Narok county.

USA – Tornadoes, Wildfires, and Blizzards – Severe storms wreaked havoc across the U.S. over the weekend, with the South warned to brace for tornadoes, Oklahoma battling wildfires, and a blizzard expected in the upper Midwest. One town in western Arkansas reported that several homes were “completely gone” after a tornado touched down on Friday, and parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle were told to prepare for damaging winds and hail throughout the rest of the weekend. In Oklahoma, where wildfires have already prompted evacuations and scorched 350,000 acres of land, residents were warned high winds and dry conditions could spark new fires. Parts of Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, meanwhile, were facing blizzard warnings, with between 8 inches and two feet of snow expected in some areas. More than 100 motorists in Nebraska had to be rescued Friday as winter weather paralyzed major roads, causing at least one fatality.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Dumazile), located approximately 282 nm northwest of St. Denis, is tracking south-southwestward at 09 knots.

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USA – As the powerful northeastern storm clears on Saturday, it leaves behind a trail of damaged homes, flooded streets and downed power lines. At least seven people were killed by the nor’easter that started on Thursday. Many areas remain flooded hammering clearing up operations.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the southern hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 11s (Dumazile), located approximately 353 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, is tracking southwestward at 11 knots.

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USA – The powerful storm lashing the northeastern United States on Friday killed at least five people as winds topping 129 km per hour helped flood streets in Boston, ground flights and halt train service across the region. Almost 1.7 million homes and businesses were without power in the Northeast and Midwest as the storm pummelled the East Coast from Virginia to Maine. Government offices in Washington closed as winds gusted to more than 60 mph in the US capital. A flood surge at extreme high tide sent seawater into Boston’s coastal streets, the second time this year that the area had flooded. Wind gusts approaching 70 mph helped force in the water while downing trees and power lines.

England – Flooding has hit parts of southwestern England as Storm Emma lashes the coast with powerful winds and heavy seas, bringing chaos to a region which is already struggling to cope after two days of blizzards and sub-zero temperatures. Dawlish railway station near Teignmouth in South Devon has been engulfed by hides tides whipped up by Storm Emma and there has also been flooding in seafront areas of Paignton and Torquay which residents said were “under a foot of water”. Flood warnings have been issued for the whole of south Cornwall coast from Land’s End to Lizard Point and Mount’s Bay and remain in force.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Britain – The brunt of one of the worst snow storms of recent years swept into Britain last night as residents in the southwest were told to prepare for flooding. With the whole of the UK suffering heavy snow, military assistance was drafted in to help the NHS. Snowfall reached 43cm (17in) in some regions, with temperatures falling to minus 10C.

USA – An already potent storm will track off the Atlantic coast and become a bomb cyclone that is likely to cause high winds, coastal flooding and heavy wet snow in the northeastern United States centered on Friday. Part of the same storm already caused significant flooding and produced severe thunderstorms over the South Central states and will bring a change to heavy wet snow and strong winds to the lower Great Lakes region.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

A wildfire is burning near the Dragoon Mountains southeast of Tucson. The fire started on on Saturday.

The Knob Hill Fire started on private land west of the Dragoon Mountains and has burned over the top toward the east side of the mountains into Coronado National Forest Land. The fire was human caused but is still under investigation.

The wildfire is estimated to have burned 2,000 acres, according to a Monday morning update from the incident command on Inciweb.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05s (Joyce), located approximately 68 nm east of Port Hedland, Australia, is tracking southwestward at 09 knots.

Tropical cyclone 06s (Six), located approximately 455 nm east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, iss tracking west-southwestward at 09 knots.

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USA – Low temperatures, fierce snow and ice storms buffet large areas of the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast as Winter Storm Hunter moves east through Friday and Saturday. The heaviest snowfall is predicted from the eastern Great Lakes to northern New England, but snow is also expected to gather further to the south.

Sahara Desert – A snowstorm in the Sahara desert has turned the normally sandy landscape into what looks like arctic tundra after up to 16 inches fell on areas of Algeria Sunday. The freak occurrence—it is only the third time in almost 40 years—surprised locals as their homes and surrounding iconic red sand dunes were covered in snow.

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Philippines – A heavy downpour early Friday, triggered floods and a landslide in some localities. Local authorities said more than 3,000 families were affected in Victorias City where tech-deep floods were reported, and about 80 in Talisay City, while a landslide was reported in Silay City. Several houses were also destroyed.

Buffalo, New York – More than a hundred homeowners in South Buffalo are cleaning up from flooded basements after a huge ice jam by the South Park lift bridge backed up the Buffalo River Friday morning.

Global Warming

Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.

“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” a draft of the report states. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times.

The authors note that thousands of studies, conducted by tens of thousands of scientists, have documented climate changes on land and in the air. “Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change,” they wrote.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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USA – Heavy rain falling on saturated soil with more to come caused flooding and road closures in low-lying areas of northern Vermont and parts of upstate New York Friday. The National Weather Service says an EF1 tornado touched down briefly in Broadalbin Friday evening. Thunderstorms loosed a barrage of hail on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, shattering windshields, damaging roofs and shredding field crops and urban gardens. A tornado caused destruction throughout the town of Prairieburg, even ripping a mobile home off of its base. Authorities say a tornado touched down Thursday just south of Wynot in northeast Nebraska, ripping apart a shed and damaging a home.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Gusty winds and soaring temperatures have spread wildfires in numerous states across the Southwest, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes.

The National Interagency Fire Center said Thursday that six states including Arizona, California and New Mexico are dealing with “multiple large fires,” with more than 8,000 firefighters and support workers battling the blazes. The Interagency has raised the danger level, which helps mobilize additional resources.

In Central Arizona’s Yavapai County, the Goodwin Fire — named for the area near where the fire started — has engulfed more than 20,000 acres of mostly scrubland known locally as chaparral. The fire is also threatening several residential communities, spurring the evacuation of at least 1,500 people.

Officials say lightning sparked the Frye Fire earlier this month. It continues to burn around 40,000 acres of rugged terrain in Arizona’s Pinaleno Mountain Range. With more than 800 emergency workers battling it, the fire is at 45 percent containment.

In neighboring Utah, a massive blaze in Brian Head is burning around 60,000 acres, spurring evacuations.

And in California, multiple wildfires have also triggered dozens of evacuations and burned homes and cars.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 283 nm northwest of Port Vila, Vanuatu, is tracking south-southeastward at 08 knots.

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Midwest, USA – Nearly 10 million people across the Midwest were under a flood warning Saturday as several spots along the Mississippi River were expected to reach near-record crests this weekend, the latest threats to a region that got slammed this week by severe flooding. The river’s cresting — the highest stage or level of a flood wave — was due to affect communities in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said. Floods late this week ravaged communities near St. Louis due to cresting of the Meramec River, which runs into the Mississippi River.

Bangladesh – Flash floods have washed away crops in north-eastern Bangladesh that would have yielded nearly 700,000 tonnes of rice, according to estimates from the agriculture ministry. The fields hit by the floods were about to be harvested, a major blow to the south Asian country, where local rice prices have hit an all-time high and reserves of the staple grain have dipped to a six-year low. The flooding triggered by heavy pre-monsoon rains also damaged other crops and fisheries in the marshy areas in the country’s north-eastern region, affecting millions of people.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 18p (Donna), located approximately 344 nm north-northeast of Port Vila, Vanuatu, iss tracking westward at 05 knots.

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USA – Two more Missourians have died after their vehicles were swept away by floodwaters, bringing the death toll from the sudden spring flood to five in the Show-Me State, with the total multi-state death toll having risen to 16. Flooding from weekend rains continued to threaten communities across Missouri and Illinois on Tuesday. The Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers were expected to crest Friday, the St. Clair County EMA said, though the crests were “significantly lower” than those experienced in the floods of December 2015.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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USA – Flooding Hits Coastal Areas of New Jersey, New York. Coastal flooding caused by Tuesday’s nor’easter is ravaging some neighbourhoods around New York and New Jersey, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings for particularly vulnerable areas. In Brooklyn’s Red Hook, water bubbled up from the sewers, flooding streets before disappearing back into storm drains. In Sea Bright, New Jersey, the storm sent up to 17 inches of ocean water flooding onto Church Street. Flooding had also hit Sea Bright’s Ocean Avenue. In Stone Harbour, New Jersey, streets were deluged with floodwaters that almost covered street benches and fire hydrants. And in Atlantic City, there were reports of people needing to be rescued as water levels rose during high tide. Over in the Point Beach area of Milford, Connecticut, floodwaters were pouring down some streets.

Argentina – Illegal Canals Flood Pampas

It was not just the heavy rains that left the streets of the Argentine town of Pozo del Molle flooded for three months last year.

Nearby farmers built small canals without authorization to drain their fields of surface water, redirecting flows toward urban areas and worsening the impact of flooding, said Carlos Salvatico, the mayor of the 7,500-person town in the key agricultural province of Cordoba.

So-called clandestine canals built by farmers to protect their crops are often blamed for exacerbating devastation across Argentina’s naturally flood-prone pampas grains and cattle belt.

Flooding this summer has prompted evacuations and left 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) of highly productive land either underwater or cut off from markets because roads are flooded.

Wildfires

Wildfires – USA

Emergency crews on Tuesday struggled to contain deadly wildfires that have scorched hundreds of square miles of land in four states and forced thousands of people to flee their homes ahead of the wind-whipped flames. The fires have killed at least seven people.

The fires were burning in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado, and warnings that fire conditions were ripe were issued for Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, as powerful thunderstorms moved through the nation’s midsection overnight, spawning dozens of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

In Kansas, wildfires have burned about 625 square miles of land, said Katie Horner, the spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Emergency Management. She said the largest evacuations were in Reno County, where 10,000 to 12,000 people voluntarily left their homes Monday night. She said 66 people from the area were in shelters Tuesday in Hutchinson, which is 40 miles northwest of Wichita, as crews continued fighting fires that started over the weekend.

In Colorado, a fire in rural Logan County burned more than 45 square miles, forced the evacuation of three schools and threatened as many as 900 homes. The Logan County Emergency Management Office said at least four structures, including three homes, were destroyed.

Meanwhile, authorities issued mandatory evacuations and closed part of Interstate 75 as a wildfire burned more than 6,000 acres in Florida’s Collier County.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) Tropical Storm Carlos’ maximum sustained winds were near 51.7 mph (45 knots/83.3 kph). Carlos’ winds peaked on February 9. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) expects Carlos to continue weakening. Carlos was centred near 28.5 degrees south latitude and 60.8 degrees east longitude, about 502 nautical miles southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Carlos was moving to the southeast at 17 mph (15 knots/28 kph).

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USA – Winter storm Niko has blanketed the Northeast with between 8 and 12 inches of snow, with some areas of New England expecting up to 18 inches (46 centimetres) over the past two days. The storm canceled thousands of flights and closed numerous schools and businesses in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and smaller communities. And the snow continues to fall.

Colorado, USA -Winds on the Front Range, foothills and mountains created problems throughout the state on Friday, from delayed flights to blown over tractor-trailers on State highways. The National Weather Service in Boulder said gusts could be north of 95 mph. On Berthoud Pass, one gust was clocked at 101 mph.