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Houses Destroyed, Thousands Evacuate After #Rain From #Storm #Kalmaegi# #Ramon in the #Philippines

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi, Philippines, November 2019. Image: JTWC

Disaster authorities in the Philippines report that heavy rain from Tropical Storm ‘Kalmaegi’ (known in the Philippines as Ramon), has caused flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

As of 17 November the centre of the storm was the was estimated at 415 km east of Casiguran, Aurora, moving slowly northwestwards. Heavy rain was reported in Bicol region in the southern part of Luzon Island.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines reported flooding in Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Nord and Camarines Sur provinces in Bicol Region.

Almost 3,200 people have been affected (around 2,00 in Camarines Sur and 1,000 in Albay). Seven houses were completely destroyed in flooding in Pasacao and Tinambac in Camarines Sur, with a further 9 houses and 3 roads damaged.

At one point over 2,000 people were displaced and staying in evacuation centres. As of 16 November that number had fallen to 800. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

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#Storms Turn Deadly, Worst #Flooding in 50 Years in #Venice, #Italy

Floods in Venice, 12 November 2019. Photo: Commune of Venice

Severe weather has affected wide areas of Italy since 11 November has caused the worst flooding in 50 years in southern regions.

Strong winds, heavy rain and seasonal high tides in Venice combined with trigger worst flooding in over 50 years.

Late on 12 November, 2019, the high tide reached 1.87 meters, just below the record 1.94m set in 1996.

Widespread damage was reported to boats and buildings. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro estimated that the costs will run into several hundred million euros. Local authorities called for state of emergency

Firefighters carried out over 400 interventions in electrical fields. Several people were rescued by the Coast Guard. Local media have blamed 2 deaths on the severe weather. Both fatalities occurred on the island of Pellestrina.

Firefighters and rescue teams carried out 280 interventions in South Tyrol (South Tyrol) after strong winds and heavy snowfall of 40cm. As many as 15,000 people were left without power. Some flooding was reported in the city of Bolzano.

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Deadly Flash #Floods in North #Algeria

Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019. Photo: Civil Protection Algeria

At least 1 person has died and 3 were rescued after flash floods in Algeria on 12 November.

Severe weather affected wide areas of the country from 11 November, brought by a storm system informally named ‘Medicane Trudy’.

Strong winds with gusts of 90 km/h, storm surge and high waves were reported along the Algerian coast. An orange alert was issued by for several provinces including M’Sila, Batna, Khenchela, Biskra, Bejaia, Jijel, Skikda, Annaba and El Tarf.

A snowstorm was reported in Sidi Bel Abbès province on 11 November. Military personnel were deployed to assist the local community, Algeria Press Service reported.

Heavy rain caused flash flooding in Tizi Ouzou Province. According to WMO figures, 104mm of rain fell in Tizi Ouzou in 24 hours to 12 November. Civil Protection said that a car was swept off the road in Bouzeguene. The body of a victim was found later. Three people survived.

Civil Protection also reported 1 buildings collapsed in Algiers Province. No fatalities were reported. It is not clear if the building collapsed as a result of the severe weather.

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#Cyclone #Bulbul Leaves 24 Dead in #India and #Bangladesh

Map of impact of Tropical Cyclone Bulbul in North East India and Bangladesh, November 2019. Image / map and data: DG-ECHO

At least 24 people have died and more than 2 million displaced after Tropical Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ hit coastal areas of Bangladesh and the states of West Bengal and Odisha in north east India.

Bulbul made landfall in West Bengal on 09 November, 2019, with wind gusts of 135 km/h. According to media reports, the fatalities and much of the damage were the result of the strong winds.

Over 26,000 houses have been damaged in West Bengal and Odisha, India, where 12 people have died as a result of the storm. Over 120,000 people were moved to safety.

In Bangladesh, 12 people have died, 28 people are still missing, 71 have been injured and over 2,100,000 have been evacuated to 5,787 evacuation centres. A total of 50,287 houses have been damaged or destroyed and more than 60,000 hectares of crops have been affected, according to the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG-ECHO).

Some flooding was reported after river embankments were breached in Barguna district of Barisal Division in southern Bangladesh, where thousands of homes were damaged. According to WMO figures, Barisal recorded 288.4 mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 November.

Storm surge of up to 3 metres hit some coastal areas of Bangladesh and West Bengal (see map below).

Bulbul was downgraded to a tropical depression on 10 November as it made its way inland towards the Indian state of Tripura.

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Category 5 Super #Typhoon #Halong among strongest #storms ever observed by satellite

Super Typhoon Halong resembles a buzz saw, gyrating through the Pacific at Category 5-equivalent strength. (RAMMB/NOAA/CIRA)

Super Typhoon Halong is raging in the open waters of the western tropical Pacific Ocean right now, with satellite imagery estimating its peak winds at close to 190 mph. It’s every bit a Category 5 storm and then some, its extreme strength coming three days after it drifted lazily as a tropical depression. Halong isn’t moving toward land, but its mesmerizing fury and terrifying beauty is capturing the attention of meteorologists worldwide.

Halong’s path to metastasizing into a monstrosity stemmed from seemingly innocuous origins Saturday, as an area of low pressure blossomed into a tropical depression several hundred miles east of the Northern Mariana Islands. Hours later, it bloomed into Tropical Storm Halong.

Halong got its act together gradually, ramping up into a Category 2 hurricane by Monday. That’s when the storm rapidly intensified overnight into a Category 5-equivalent buzz saw.

As of noon Tuesday, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center estimated Halong’s intensity at 160 mph. But there are plenty of reasons to believe that may be conservative and that Halong is still intensifying.

“The latest automated values from [the Advanced Dvorak Technique] have it up to ~165 knots!” wrote Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, or 190 mph. Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Bahamas in September, had maximum winds of 185 mph.

Klotzbach referred to the Advanced Dvorak Technique, a means to assign storm intensity remotely using just satellite observations. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center does not dispatch aircraft into typhoons.

This could put Halong into the top dozen or so tropical cyclones ever observed by weather satellite, based on values churned out by the Dvorak method. The “satellite era” dates back to 1979.

The terrifying shots from above show extremely cold, high cloud tops raging about an ominous, warm eye.

Klotzbach did note that water temperatures in the region being traversed by Halong are slightly above normal but not by a wide margin. “It’s just normally stinking hot in the western North Pacific!” he wrote.

It’s been a busy year for typhoons in the western Pacific. Barely a month ago, Hagibis leaped from a tropical storm to a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon in 18 hours, intensifying at one of the fastest rates ever recorded.

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2,000 Homes Damaged by #Winds and #Rain From #TropicalStorm #Matmo in #Vietnam

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Matmo in the South China Sea on Oct. 30, 2019 as it was nearing the coast of southeastern central Vietnam. Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

Tropical Storm Matmo brought strong winds and heavy rain to southern central provinces of Vietnam from 31 October, 2019.

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority reports that 1 person is missing and 14 have been injured. Before the storm hit authorities had moved around 20,000 people to safer areas in the provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ngai.

According to Disaster Management Authority figures, 179 houses were destroyed in the storm, in areas of Quang Ngai (07), Binh Dinh (144) and Phu Yen (28) provinces. Over 2,000 homes were also damaged, with around 1,750 of them in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai provinces combined. Around 35 school buildings have also been damaged in Quang Ngai (11), Binh Dinh (15) and Phu Yen (9).

Flooding and landslides left stretches of road blocked in areas of Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa. Strong winds, waves and storm surge damaged long stretches of sea embankment along coastal parts of Binh Dinh. Over 5,000 hectares of crops were also damaged, mostly in Binh Dinh but also in Quang Ngai and Phu Ye.

Several locations in Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai saw more than 300mm of rain between 29 and 31 October, 2019. Minh Long in Quang Ngai recorded 383mm and An Hoa in Binh Dinh 345mm.

Heavy rain left river levels high including the Kien Giang river at Le Thuy in Quang Binh (2.44metres as of 31 October); the Tra Khuc river at Tra Khuc, Quang Ngai (3.64 metres) and the Ve River at Sông Vệ in Quang Ngai (3.11 metres).

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Evacuations After #Cyclone #Kyarr Brings Coastal #Floods in #UAE and #Oman

Update on Cyclone Kyarr by Oman Meteorology, 31 October 2019

As Tropical Cyclone Kyarr makes its way across the Arabian Sea, a combination of high tide, storm surge and high waves caused coastal flooding in parts of United Arab Emirates and Oman from 28 October, 2019.

In United Arab Emirates, roads were closed in Sharjah and Fujairah as high waves and storm surged caused flooding along the coast. Police urged caution.

Local media reported that around 20 houses were flooded with seawater in Kalba, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Residents of the houses have been evacuated. Businesses and roads were also flooded and schools were closed. Gulf News reported waves of 7 feet (2 metres) in the area.

Disaster authorities in the country said there have been no reports of casualties or injuries.

In Oman, coastal flooding hit areas of Raʾs al-Ḥadd in Ash Sharqiyah district in Oman on 29 October, 2019. Parts of Majis in Sohar, Oman, were also flooded.

Kyarr started off as a Category 4 cyclone but was downgraded to Category 1 on 30 October.

As of 31 October, Oman Meteorology said Kyarr was about 260km from the Oman coast, moving southwest parallel with South Sharqiyah and Wusta Governorates. Disaster authorities in Oman reported heavy rain in coastal areas of South Sharqiyah and Wusta Governorates.

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#SuperTyphoon #Bualoi Strikes Northern #MarianaIslands and Could Strike #Japan

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Typhoon Bualoi hit Northern Mariana Islands on 21st October as a Category 3 equivalent storm.

The typhoon has now intensified into a Category 4 equivalent storm and is expected to steer away from Japan, but this could always change and head towards Japan.