Parts of Greece have seen torrential rain, strong winds and stormy seas since 24 November, 2019. Two people died after strong winds and stormy seas capsized a moored boat in Antirio.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding and landslides in Kineta, west of the capital Athens. The Fire Department say they received 47 calls for the Kineta area including 27 rescues. Parts of the surrounding road network were blocked.
Further north, around 6 buildings were damaged after flooding in Katerini in Pieria. The Fire Department also attended flood incidents in areas around Ierissos, Halkidiki and Thassos.
Flooding was also reported on some of the country’s islands, in particular Rhodes on 25 November. One person was found dead in a flooded building, 6 people were rescued and 7 others evacuated. The Fire Department received 190 calls for assistance, mainly for the areas in the north of the island including Ialyssos, Kremasti and the city of Rhodes. Greek Civil Protection have since declared a state of emergency for the island.
In Italy, part of a motorway viaduct near Savona in Liguria Region was washed away by a landslide and flood waters. The rain has caused numerous other landslides across the region, prompting around 100 evacuations.
In Piedmont Region, one person died after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters from the overflowing Bormida River in Sezzadio Municipality, Alessandria Province. Two others survived. Around 200 people were evacuated after flooding in the province, with around 160 others were left isolated.
In the Lombardy Region, the River Ticino burst its banks causing flooding in the of Pavia, prompting flood rescues.
Heavy snowfall and avalanches have also caused major problems in the north of the country. Around 500 people were evacuated in the Aosta Valley Region.
Meanwhile Venice has suffered yet further flooding from high tides, known as acqua alta. Peak tide level reached 1.3 metres on 24 November, prompting authorities to close some buildings. The city has been regularly flooded by high tides since mid-November.
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Venice has been hit by further high water levels after weeks of flooding brought the lagoon city virtually to its knees.
The famous St Mark’s Square was closed briefly on Sunday as the acqua alta (peak tide level) reached 130 centimetres (4.26 feet).
Tourists and Venetians were forced to wade through the high waters yet again after weeks of rain and wind caused further flooding across the city.
The city beloved around the world for its canals, historic architecture and art was hit by a high tide at 187cm 6.14 feet) on November 12. That was just short of the record of 194cm (6.4 feet) set in 1966 and caused the city’s worst flooding in 50 years.
In normal conditions, tides of 80-90cm (31.5 – 35 inches) are generally seen as high but manageable.
With four tides above 140cm (4.6 feet) since November 11, this is the worst month for high tides in Venice since 1872 when official statistics were first produced.
The UNESCO world heritage city is home to 50,000 people and gets around 36 million visitors every year.
Further west on the other side of Italy, a portion of a motorway bridge linking Savona to Turin collapsed on Sunday.
Fire service personnel inspected the bridge on the A6 highway near Savona, after huge chunks of concrete plummeted to the ground due to a landslide.
According to a first inspection, local authorities said that there were no confirmed reports of fatalities or injuries in the area but firefighters were checking the area by helicopter.
Governor of the Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, asked residents to remain in their houses as much of Italy has been pummelled by torrential rains in recent days, with widespread flooding, especially in the northern regions.
The worst of the heavy rain is now clearing away to the southeast, moving across Greece and heading towards western Turkey. There will be further showers across Italy later in the week but they will not be anywhere near as heavy or prolonged.
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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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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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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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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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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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