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Catastrophe Updates

  • Windstorm Friederike/David - Northwest Europe

    On Thursday January 18, a strong Atlantic extratropical cyclone, named Friederike in Germany and David in France, crossed northwest Europe . There are reports of property damage in Germany and the Netherlands, with more minor damage reported in Belgium, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, and Poland. Friederike brought gusts of up to 140 km/hr (87 mph), recorded in the port of Hook in the Netherlands. A gust of 203 km/hr (126 mph) was measured at Brocken, but this is at 1,142 m altit...

  • Tropical Cyclone Berguitta (06S)

    Tropical Cyclone Berguitta (06S) formed on Monday January 15 in the south west Indian Ocean, approximately 400 mi (640 km) northeast of Mauritius. According to MeteoFrance (06:00 UTC on Tuesday January 16), Berguitta has sustained winds of 97 mph (156 km/hr), equivalent to a Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) current wind speed estimate is higher, at 110 mph (175 km/hr), the upper limit of Category 2 strength on...

  • Arequipa, Peru Earthquake, Mw7.1/6.8 (Jan 2018)

    At 09:18 UTC (04:18 local time) on Sunday January 14, a strong earthquake struck 9.4 mi (15.0 km) offshore Arequipa Department, Peru. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake had a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.1. The Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP) reported a lower magnitude of Mw 6.8. The USGS estimates that the maximum shaking experienced was level VII (Very Strong) on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) Scale, while the IGP estimates a maximum shak...

  • Tropical Cyclone Joyce (05S)

    Tropical Cyclone Joyce made its first landfall just south of Bidyadanga (pop. ~500) as a Category 1 cyclone on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) cyclone scale, equivalent to a tropical storm on the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), at around 18:00 UTC on Thursday January 11 (02:00 local time on Friday January 12). The center of Joyce tracked back out to sea and made a second landfall at around 05:00 UTC (13:00 local time) today, Friday January 12, near Eighty Mile Beach, also...

  • Southern California Flooding and Mudslides (Jan 2018)

    During the night of Tuesday January 9 extreme rainfall in Southern California created mudslides and flash-flooding in areas close to the burn scars of the December 2017 Thomas Fire. The most damage is reported in the affluent community of Montecito (pop. ~9,000), Santa Barbara County, located below the burn scar of the Thomas Fire. Officials report that 64 homes and 8 commercial properties have been destroyed, and 446 homes and 20 commercial properties damaged. Much of the damage is r...

  • Southern California Wildfires (Dec 2017)

    Several wildfires across parts of Southern California from December 4 to January 12 destroyed at least 1,368 structures and damaged at least 434 structures, according to the latest information released by fire authorities . Most of the reported damage is from the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, which has destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged around 280 structures. The Thomas Fire became the largest wildfire by acreage in modern California history. All fires are now...

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