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  • Tropical Storm Sonca (08W)

    Tropical Storm Sonca (08W) made landfall near Dong Ha, in the Quang Trị Province in north-central Vietnam, around 09:00 UTC (16:00 local time) on Tuesday July 25, as a weak tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with maximum sustained wind speeds of 46 mph (74 km/hr), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) reports a similar landfall location and landfall strength of 45 mph (72 km/hr). At least 60 ...

  • Tropical Storm Roke (10W)

    Tropical Storm Roke (10W), the tenth named storm in the western North Pacific in 2017, formed at 18:00 UTC on Saturday July 22 (02:00 local time on Sunday July 23) around 150 mi (240 km) east-southeast of Hong Kong. The system tracked quickly northeast and made landfall around 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Shenzhen, China, and around 15 mi (24 km) north-northeast of Hong Kong shortly before 03:00 UTC (11:00 local time) on Sunday July 23 as a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane...

  • Northern Japan Flooding (July 2017)

    An active and stationary rain front over the Tohoku region of northern Japan on July 21-23 has brought record rainfall to the region, causing widespread flash and river flooding, landslides and mudslides . At least 485 homes have been inundated by floodwaters or impacted by landslides in Akita Prefecture, according to the prefectural government. Heavy rainfall caused the Omono River to overflow its banks in several locations, inundating parts of several cities and towns. At this time ...

  • South Island, New Zealand Flooding (July 2017)

    Heavy rain on Friday July 21 and Saturday July 22 has led to flash and river flooding and landslips on New Zealand’s South Island, in particular the districts of Christchurch (pop. ~368,000), Dunedin (pop. ~126,000), Selwyn (pop ~45,000), Timaru (pop. ~44,000), Ashburton (pop. ~20,000), and Oamaru (pop. ~14,000). Damage assessments are ongoing, but preliminary damage numbers are available from some locations. Dunedin district was the worst affected with 143 homes affected by the flood...

  • Bodrum, Turkey Earthquake, Mw6.6

    A Mw6.6 earthquake struck the strait separating the Greek island of Kos and the Turkish mainland, about 6 mi (10 km) southeast of Bodrum (pop. ~39,000) at 22:31 UTC on Thursday July 20 (01:31 on Friday July 21 local time), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS previously reported the magnitude at Mw6.7. They have since revised the estimate of the magnitude to Mw6.6 . The quake was shallow, with a depth of 6 mi (10 km). The strongest shaking, with a Modified...

  • Tropical Storm Don (AL05)

    The fourth named storm of the 2017 North Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Don (AL05), formed at 21:00 UTC on Monday July 17, approximately 485 mi (780 km) east-southeast of Barbados over open water in the North Atlantic . In the past 12 hours, Don has tracked quickly west and is currently located approximately 250 mi (405 km) east-southeast of Barbados and around 375 mi (600 km) east of Grenada. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports maximum sustained wind speeds of 50 m...

  • Tropical Storm Talas (06W)

    Tropical Storm Talas (06W) made landfall in the central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh on Sunday July 16 (Monday July 17 local time) as a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS). Damage assessments indicate thousands of homes have now been damaged or destroyed by strong winds and localized flash flooding. At this time, at least 4,000 homes have had their roofs blown off, including at least 3,000 in Nghe An Province . Another 2,000 buildings have ...

  • Wisconsin and Illinois Flooding (July 2017)

    Persistent rain and severe storms have led to localized flash flooding followed by extensive river flooding on the Des Plaines and Fox rivers in Illinois and Wisconsin. ILLINOIS: About 6,800 buildings in Illinois have been damaged, according to a statement from the State Governor on Friday July 14. The number is likely to have risen since then. In Lake County about 2,100 structures have been flooded, according to the Lake County Board Chairman. Many of these are located on the shores ...

  • Masarayao, Philippines Earthquake, Mw6.5

    At 08:03 UTC (16:03 local time) on Thursday July 6 an earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.5 struck approximately 1.9 mi (3 km) north-northeast of Masarayao, Philippines, at a depth of 4 mi (6.5 km), according to the United States Geological Society (USGS). The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology also reports the earthquake at Mw6.5. As of 12:00 UTC (20:00 local time) on Sunday July 9, the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reporte...

  • Southern Japan Flooding (July 2017)

    A combination of antecedent moisture from Tropical Storm Nanmadol (05W) and a stalled Baiu front caused heavy rains in the Fukuoka, Oita, and Kyushu prefectures. As of 06:00 UTC (15:00 local time) on Friday July 7, the Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that the floods have destroyed 14 homes and damaged 50 homes and 11 non-residential buildings to various degrees. Additionally, 122 homes have reported inundation above floor level and 334 have reported basement floo...

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