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  • Tropical Cyclone Frances (17S)

    Tropical Cyclone Frances (17S), the seventh named storm of the 2016-17 Australian cyclone season, formed at 00:00 UTC (09:30 local time) Thursday April 27, in the Timor Sea in northwest Australia. Frances is currently a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) cyclone scale, equivalent to a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with maximum sustained wind speeds of 68 km/hr (42 mph). According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC...

  • Paraguay Severe Convective Storms

    An outbreak of severe convective storms from April 25-27 has caused widespread damage across central and southern Paraguay, destroying at least 300 houses and damaging several hundred other buildings. The worst affected regions include the Caazapá, Ñeembucú, Itapúa, and San Pedro Departments. There are no reports of damage in the capital city of Asunción (pop. ~526,000). Around 80 percent of the houses in the town of Colonia Neufeld, Caazapá Department, have been destroyed, with at le...

  • Southeast U.S. Flooding (April 2017)

    Heavy rainfall from Sunday April 23 to Tuesday April 25 has led to widespread flash, river and coastal flooding in North Carolina, with localized flash and river flooding reported in parts of South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. The worst affected area appears to be Raleigh, North Carolina, where several rivers have overtopped their banks and flooded parts of the city . At this time there are no estimates of the number of buildings affected, as many regions remain flooded and autho...

  • Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Earthquake, Mw6.9

    At 21:38 UTC (18:38 local time) on Monday April 24, a shallow earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.9 struck offshore approximately 24 mi (39 km) west of Valparaiso (pop. ~930,000), Chile, and around 85 mi (137 km) west of the capital Santiago (pop. ~7mn), Chile, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Chile’s Centro Sismológico Nacional (CSN) also reports the earthquake as a moment magnitude Mw6.9 at a shallow depth of around 12 mi (20 km). The Ministerio del Interior y...

  • Jamaica, Haiti and Dominican Republic Flooding (April 2017)

    Persistent heavy rain over a three-day period from April 20 - 23 has led to riverine and flash flooding in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. JAMAICA. Central and eastern Jamaica have been worst-affected by the flooding, with Clarendon and St Thomas parishes seeing the greatest impacts, according to local media. Clarendon Municipal Corporation estimates that 1,000 homes have been damaged in the region and 5,000 people are affected, with the hardest hit neighborhoods being Buck...

  • Quebec, Canada Flooding (April 2017)

    Following heavy rain, flooding has affected several communities along the Ottowa and St Lawrence Rivers and their tributaries. In most regions, flood waters peaked between Thursday April 20 and Saturday April 22. MONTÉRÉGIE REGION. In the town of Rigaud (pop. ~7,500), 524 homes have been affected by the flood, according to the mayor. About 300 homes were voluntarily evacuated. Due to contamination of water supplies, authorities have advised residents to boil their water before drinkin...

  • Tropical Storm Arlene (AL01)

    The first named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arlene, formed at 18:00 UTC on Thursday April 20, approximately 700 mi (1,130 km) west southwest of the Azores. Arlene is forecast to track westwards through the remote North Atlantic, before being absorbed by a large non-tropical low pressure system later today, Friday April 21. The tropical storm evolved from a subtropical depression after it developed a weak but warm core. Arlene is the first Atlantic tropi...

  • New Zealand Flooding (Ex-Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook)

    Prolonged intense rainfall on April 13-14, associated with the remnants of former Severe Tropical Cyclone Cook, has led to flash and river flooding and mudslides across New Zealand. At this time, Christchurch (South Island), Hawke’s Bay and the Bay of Plenty (North Island) appear to be worst affected. In Christchurch, the Avon and Heathcote rivers overtopped their banks, causing flooding to residential properties in the St Albans and Flockton suburbs of the city. There are currently n...

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