Officials say a vaccination center was flooded and five people were injured by hail during heavy storms in southwestern Germany overnight
Buildings are concentrated in places that are likely to be hit by a disaster such as a hurricane, flood or wildfire, researchers found. That includes both urban and rural hotspots.
Claudette regained tropical storm status this morning as it neared the coast of the Carolinas less than two days after 13 people died — including eight children in a multivehicle crash — due to the effects of the storm in Alabama.
A pandemic, bushfires, drought and floods. Last year was extraordinary and those 'seismic' events are reflected in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, opening July 31.
The national hurricane center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at 4am on Saturday, well after the storm's center of circulation had come ashore southwest of New Orleans. It was north of the city three hours later, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph) as the storm plodded to the northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Storm Claudette dumped heavy rain across coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as it chugged inland Saturday, threatening flash floods and possibly tornadoes along its soggy course across the Southeast. The National Hurricane Center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at four am Saturday, well …
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Heavy rain and tropic storm-force winds could be felt from the Florida Panhandle to Morgan City, Louisiana, with 7 million under rain and wind warnings.
Close to six million people are under tropical storm warning, with Louisiana declaring a state of emergency. The system's been labeled a 'Potential Tropical Cyclone,' with winds of at least 40 mph.
Nearly four years after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, leaving some in the dark for almost a year, frustration over the island’s still fragile power supply is mounting.
( Institut de recherche pour le développement ) The combination of sea level rise, tides, storm surge and waves has increased the overtopping of natural and artificial coastal protection by nearly 50% in the last two decades. This revelation comes from an international study coordinated by IRD, involving international partners . The study was published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications on June 18th 2021.
Catastrophic floods and wild winds plunged thousands of homes into darkness across Victoria last week, with an estimated 64,000 people still without power.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains washed away a remote mountain camp in Bhutan on Wednesday killing 10 people and injuring five, while floods in neighbouring Nepal left seven people missing, authorities said. The Bhutan villagers, who had been collecting cordeyceps, a fungus used in medicine, were sleeping when the floodwaters hit just after midnight. Their camp near Laya, about 60 km (37 miles) north of the capital Thimphu, was washed away, local media reported.
New research shows portions of Sable Island have shrunk dramatically in recent decades — at times by ten metres per year on the south side, where several freshwater ponds and a lake disappeared entirely amid storm surge, shifting sands and sea level rise.
Tropical Storm Bill churned off the East Coast, the second named storm in a nascent hurricane season that forecasters have warned could be a rager.
The second named storm of this year's hurricane season, Tropical Storm Bill, strengthened slightly off the U.S. Eastern Seaboard today, but not for long. It was expected to dissipate tomorrow over colder water as it approaches the coast of Nova Scotia.
Some residents in Gordon Town, St Andrew, say they are not worried about possible damage to infrastructure during the hurricane season, arguing that preparation is key to surviving any such eventuality.The residents shared their views with the Jamaica Observer against the backdrop of landslides that damaged Gordon Town Road during heavy rains last November associated with Tropical Storm Eta, resulting in the Government allotting $187 million to repair the road. That work is still under way.Responding to the Observer's query about possible damage from hurricanes, one resident, Winston Jackson, said he is not worried."We will have that because of how people have utilised the hillside, especially where they have made new houses. They have not made barriers to keep the earth from moving from the...
A tropical depression formed off the North Carolina coast and could strengthen to become the second named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
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Inflation is like a hurricane. The forecasters seem to be ignoring warning signs of a massive storm to come.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - The death toll from floods and mudslides following heavy rains in Sri Lanka rose to 14, with another two missing, officials said yesterday.Ten districts on the Indian Ocean island have been under heavy rainfall since last Thursday, including the capital Colombo and suburbs where many houses, paddy fields, and roads have been inundated.Ten people have died in floods, while another four lost their lives in mudslides, according to the Government's Disaster Management Center.Among them was a family of four who died when a mound of earth crashed onto their house in Kegalle district, about 85 kilometres (53 miles) east of Colombo.Two others remain missing.Sri Lanka's navy said it had deployed 33 teams to flooded areas, which, so far, have rescued 66 people stranded by the...
Flash floods and mudslides triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least six people and left five missing, while more than 5,000 are displaced, officials said Saturday.
Flash floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka triggered by heavy rains have killed at least three people and left two missing, while more than 5,000 are displaced
HATFIELD, Westmoreland - Her eight-year-old son Christiano Beckford has a bag packed in case he has to run for his life and their bed rests on four concrete blocks in the event that the house is flooded. So, as the hurricane season opens, Patricia Spence of Hatfield in Westmoreland is a nervous wreck. For the last 30 years she has battled flood waters, she said."Last year, in either late August or early September, we had rain whole day and whole night. At the time I had a seven-year-old, 14-year-old, [and a] 21-year-old, and I had to send them away for [their] safety. We couldn't [make it] pass [the road] so I had to send them further on the main where it is a little bit better," Spence told the Jamaica Observer.She recounted how her elderly mother, Ruthlyn, ran through the community in the...
High temperatures shattered daily records in California this week as the state prepares for a potentially catastrophic wildfire season fueled by a prolonged drought.
A tropical storm left at least three people dead and displaced thousands of villagers in the southern and central Philippines, where it triggered floods and landslides, officials said today.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday assured the nation that the island's disaster management entities are in a state of readiness as his office launched a national campaign designed to help Jamaicans prepare for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season which, forecasters said, will be busier than normal.The National Hurricane Preparedness Campaign, Holness said, is guided by objectives to increase public awareness of all hazards, increase visibility, create a culture of compliance, strengthen public knowledge to cause behaviour change in terms of planning and preparation for disasters, and increase youth involvement in community programmes."The ODPEM [[Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management], of course, plays the lead role in the achievement of these objectives as the national...
A tropical storm has left at least three people dead and displaced hundreds of villagers in the southern and central Philippines, where it triggered floods and landslides
As it has in several recent years, the 2021 hurricane season has already gotten a head-start: Tropical Storm Ana formed May 22.
With the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season upon us, now is a good time to review the list of names that will be used throughout the six-month season.
Meteorologists predict another above-average hurricane season. As in the previous seven years, this season got an early start when Tropical Storm Ana formed in the Atlantic May 22.
More people have died from unsafe use of generators after hurricanes than storm surge since 2017. The National Hurricane Center wants to focus attention on generator safety.
The second named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season has formed off Mexico’s southern coast
A storm chaser at Canterbury Snow and Weather Watch is expecting multiple rivers to burst their banks today following the worst weather he'd seen in a decade.
The region is being lashed by torrential ...
Democrats who control the state Senate said yesterday they intend to advance a 10-bill package to the Assembly in the next week as California rushes to prepare for an intensifying drought and what officials fear could be a repeat of last year's record wildfire season.
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All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea will make his return for the Hurricanes after seven weeks on the sideline.
Savea has recovered ...
Cyclone Yaas, packing winds of up to 130-145 kmph, whiplashed the country’s eastern coasts on Wednesday, dumping heavy rain, damaging houses and farmlands, and leaving at least four persons dead — three in Odisha and one in Bengal — officials said. The storm, which had weakened during the afternoon, had left the coastal states on edge, with the Bengal government claiming that at least one crore people have been affected by the calamity.
A powerful storm lashed India’s east coast on Wednesday, flattening houses, uprooting trees and electric poles, breaking down sea embankments and flooding large tracts of land.The entire process of landfall was expected to be completed by after noon, Odisha’s disaster management chief Pradeep Kumar Jena said.Neighbouring West Bengal was also on high alert, and nearly 2 million people have been evacuated from habitations in low-lying areas along the coast in the two states.India searches for…
Louisiana would spend more than $1.5 billion in federal coronavirus aid on roadwork, water system improvements, tourism marketing, hurricane recovery and a variety of grant programs to specific industries, under spending plans advanced yesterday in the state Senate.
With cyclone Yaas, which has now intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm, on course to hit land in Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday noon, a massive evacuation drive was conducted in Odisha and West Bengal on Tuesday, moving over 20 lakh people from low-lying area to safer zones. While West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed about 11 lakh were evacuated, the Odisha government said close to 10 lakh people were moved.
A powerful cyclone is set to slam into India on Wednesday, the second in less than two weeks, with authorities gearing up for relief operations at a time when the nation is facing the world’s worst outbreak of Covid-19.Cyclone Yaas, equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, will cause heavy rains in the eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha, with wind speeds as high as 185 km/h, according to the India Meteorological Department. Sea levels may increase four metres above regular tides and inundate…
NEW DELHI (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were evacuated Tuesday in low-lying areas of two Indian states and moved to cyclone shelters to escape a powerful storm barreling toward the eastern coast. Cyclone Yaas is set to turn into a “very severe cyclonic storm” with sustained wind speeds of up to 177 kilometers …
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After drought, fires and floods, Australia is now in the grip of a devastating mouse plague.
President Joe Biden says he's doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events. Biden traveled to FEMA headquarters in Washington to get a briefing on the 2021 hurricane season. (May 24)
Ana weakened into a post-tropical cyclone late yesterday as it moved away from Bermuda after bringing rain and wind to the island in the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters said.
hurricane, storm From Ana to Wanda, here is the list of tropical storm and hurricane names for 2021
Storm surges have flooded roads in the Coromandel and closed beaches and walking tracks in the Bay of Plenty as huge swells pummel the east coast of the North Island.
Moturiki (Leisure Island) and the ...
Cyclone Yaas is likely to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” and cross the Odisha and the West Bengal coasts on May 26, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.
The 2021 tropical storm and hurricane season – which doesn't officially begin until June 1 – appears to be jumping the gun yet again.
Another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year, even as many communities in the Caribbean, Central America and United States of America are still recovering from the record-breaking 2020 season, compounded by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecast a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season. However, experts do not anticipate the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.
For 2021, a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds...
The federal government expects another "active" Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, with six to 10 hurricanes forming, forecasters said.
The forecast calls for 3 to 5 major hurricanes. The agency also said it's revising upwards what counts as the "normal" number of storms in a season.
Wildfire season looms across Alaska and Canada, with new blazes set to be triggered by lightning strikes and human activity. But some fires may be left over from last year — secretly smoldering beneath the winter snow.
Following the busiest hurricane year on record in 2020, the Atlantic could be busy once again
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian navy ships recovered 22 bodies of people who were aboard a barge that sank off Mumbai as a cyclone blew ashore this week, officials said Wednesday. The search is continuing for 55 more missing people, navy spokesman Mehul Karnik said. He said the three ships and helicopters involved in the … Continued
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Indian navy ships and helicopters are searching in extreme weather and rough seas for 78 people still missing from a barge that sank off Mumbai as a deadly cyclone blew ashore this week
India’s navy is working to rescue crew members from a sunken barge and a second cargo vessel that was adrift on Tuesday off the coast of Mumbai after a deadly cyclone struck the western coast.The navy said it has rescued 177 of the 400 people on the two barges in the Arabian Sea. Three warships, maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters joined the rescue operations and were scouring the sea, the navy said.Both barges were working for Oil and Natural Gas Corp., the largest crude oil and natural…
The Indian Navy dispatched three warships— INS Kochi, INS Kolkata and later INS Talwar—to rescue as many as 410 people on board two barges after the boats got stranded in the rough weather in the Arabian Sea on Monday afternoon as cyclone ‘Tautkae’ came within a distance 120 km off the city’s coast.
New research into past hurricanes could help predict the strength of future storms, and inform infrastructure planning and emergency management decisions in southern New England
Diamond Valley Lake, an "inland ocean," is Southern California's prime defense against drought.
A fiery car crash on a rain-slicked highway killed 10 people, including nine children, Saturday afternoon in southern Alabama, where more than a dozen vehicles were wrecked during one of the first storms of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. Claudette regained tropical storm status Monday morning as it neared the coast of the Carolinas.
Here's the latest for Saturday, June 19:Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, is marked across US; Hard-line judiciary head wins Iran presidency as turnout low; Tropical storm brings rain, floods to gulf coast; Racegoers get glammed up for test event.
Thunderstorms and high winds on the east side of Tropical Storm Claudette battered Louisiana, the Florida panhandle and much of Alabama on Saturday, as the weather system moved toward the North Carolina coast. (June 19)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A weekend that was supposed to be filled with celebrations of Juneteenth and Father’s Day has turned dreary in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, where Tropical Storm Claudette has brought wind, heavy rain and flooding to a region where some have sandbags still left over from last year’s record-breaking hurricane season.Claudette formed Saturday morning along the Gulf Coast, about 45 miles (75 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, the National Hurricane Center announced in a 4 a.m. advisory.The center of Claudette was located inland, and the storm was forecast to weaken into a depression by Saturday night.With virus restrictions loosened and summer near, business owners across the Gulf Coast — everyone from restaurateurs to swamp boat operators — had been anticipating an...
With virus restrictions loosened, business owners across the Gulf Coast had been anticipating an influx of tourism after a year of lost revenue. But those hopes have been dimmed by the storm.
Landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain across Nepal this week killed 11 people including one Indian and two Chinese workers at a development project, while 25 people were missing elsewhere, officials said on Friday. The bodies of the three workers were recovered near the town of Melamchi in Sindhupalchowk district, northeast of Kathmandu, which was hit by flash floods on Wednesday that also forced many people from their homes, district administrators said in a statement.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as a potential tropical cyclone advanced toward the northern Gulf Coast. (June 17)
Water scarcity and drought are set to wreak damage on a scale to rival the Covid-19 pandemic with risks growing rapidly as global temperatures rise, according to the United Nations.“Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic – and there is no vaccine to cure it,” Mami Mizutori, the UN’s special representative for disaster risk reduction, told an online press briefing ahead of the report’s release.Already, droughts have triggered economic losses of at least US$124 billion and hit more…
hurricane, storm Tropical Storm Claudette expected to form Friday as hurricane season gets off to a busy start
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At least 40% of the European Union’s agricultural imports will be “highly vulnerable” to drought...
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Nearly half of the states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts received a poor rating from an insurance industry group that evaluated building codes and enforcement in hurricane-prone areas.
Ngani Laumape sure left an imprint in his likely final dance for the Hurricanes.
Expect cries of 'how did New Zealand Rugby let Laumape go?' to ring out for many years yet as ...
A wildfire in Arizona that had neighboring New Mexico breathing in smoke was one of several blazes scorching the drought-stricken Southwest, signaling what could be a devastating summer.
[Monitor] Kasese District leaders have urged President Museveni to intervene and resettle people who are currently living in internally displaced people's camps after being displaced by floods and mudslides last year.
The death toll from floods and mudslides following heavy rains in Sri Lanka has risen to 14 with another two missing
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The Hurricanes have made their mark in Super Rugby Transtasman. Through the opening three rounds, they have displayed their attacking ...
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will close this weekend while crews continue efforts to contain a wildfire in the Gila National Forest.
While putting lessons from previous hurricane seasons into action, Digicel is urging everyone to immediately begin preparations and remain on alert in the event of a pending storm or hurricane. The United States-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting that the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November 30, will see 13 to 20 named storms and Digicel is urging everyone to get ready for the season"This year the hurricane prediction is for a very active season, and, as we all know, it only takes one storm to cause a devastating impact on our lives and communities. We are therefore urging everyone to put a disaster plan and emergency supplies in place right now," said Vince Plummer, head of facilities management at Digicel.He said as a digital...
AOC was excoriated on Twitter for not helping her grandmother and instead posting images of her dilapidated home in Puerto Rico and blaming Trump for not sending aid after Hurricane Maria.
A U.S. report released yesterday found that abstract emergency response guidelines for the Federal Communications Commission could have caused confusion and delays after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017.
Farmers near burst stopbanks in Mid Canterbury are beginning to find out the "devastating" costs of the hugely damaging floods.
Receding floodwaters have revealed piled-up debris, damage ...
As it has in several recent years, hurricane season got a head-start in 2021: Tropical Storm Ana formed May 22.
JAMAICA'S readiness for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season should be revealed today by Prime Minister Andrew Holness as the island prepares for a season which is projected to be busier than normal, but not as crazy as 2020's record-shattering year.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting that the hurricane season, which runs from June through November 30, will see 13 to 20 named storms. Six to 10 of those storms will become hurricanes and three to five will be major hurricanes with winds of more than 110 mph (177 kilometres per hour).Since 1990, a typical season sees 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes - a climate normal that has increased in recent decades.There is a 60 per cent chance that this hurricane season will be busier than...
The West Coast is in the midst of a heat wave as temperatures in the Northeast return to their spring normal this week. The NOAA is expecting an above normal hurricane season this year.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Several hundred people in New Zealand were evacuated from their homes Monday with some recounting dramatic helicopter rescues as heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the Canterbury region. Authorities declared a state of emergency after some places received as much as 40 centimeters (16 inches) of rain over the weekend …
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CAMERON, La. (AP) — Scores of people in coastal Louisiana are still living in campers on dirt mounds or next to cement slabs where their houses once stood. Unresolved insurance claims and a shortage of supply and labor are stymieing building efforts. And weather forecasters are warning of more possible devastation to come.Nine months after two back-to-back hurricanes hammered their towns, residents are still struggling to recover — even as they brace for another onslaught of storms in the season that starts Tuesday.“We’re scared to death for this next season,” said Clarence Dyson, who is staying with his wife and four kids in a 35-foot-long (11-meter-long) camper with bunk beds while the home they had been renting in Cameron Parish undergoes repairs after Hurricane Laura. The parish — a Louisiana...
[Daily News] THE Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has established fourteen special hotlines which people will be using to call authorities in case wild and other disturbing animals leave the national parks to storm their places.
From U.S. Geological Survey Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan, 2021–26:
$71-$246 BILLION Net annual economic impact of wildland fire across the U.S.
650 MILLION Acres of public lands that are managed for wildland fire.
16.1 FATALITIES Average annual fatalities from wildland fire.
64,000 WILDFIRES Average number of wildfires per year.
6.8 MILLION Average acres burned per year by wildfires.
3.7 MILLION Average acres burned per year in prescribed fires.
A recently released document outlines the agency’s five-year strategic plan to address wildfire threats, which will guide research in the development of remote sensing data on vegetative fuel loads and burn severity mapping, models of post-fire debris flow and more.
The Survey employs more than 100 fire scientists across...
Surprise, surprise. Another transtasman match, another blowout result.
On a cold and dewy night in Napier the Hurricanes banked their third bonus point win from as many matches ...
At least one crore people were affected and three lakh houses damaged in West Bengal due to the rough weather conditions arising out of cyclone 'Yaas', Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. One person died "accidentally" when he had gone out fishing, she said.
The landfall process of Cyclone Yass started around 9 am on Wednesday between Dhamra and Balasore in Odisha. Cyclone Yaas already had caused two deaths and damaged homes as heavy rains pounded Odisha and West Bengal states before the storm began making landfall in the late morning.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated yesterday from low-lying areas of two Indian states and moved to cyclone shelters to escape a powerful storm barreling toward the eastern coast.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated today from low-lying areas of two Indian states and moved to cyclone shelters to escape a powerful storm barrelling towards the eastern coast.Cyclone Yaas is set to turn into a "very severe...
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated Tuesday in low-lying areas of two Indian states and moved to cyclone shelters to escape a powerful storm barreling toward the eastern coast.
India's eastern coast is on alert ahead of a severe cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal, days after a powerful storm battered the country's western coast and killed at least 140 people.
As extreme weather events like hurricanes, floods and wildfires grow, the Biden administration announced new funding to help communities prepare.
India's eastern coast was on alert ahead of a severe cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal on Monday, just days after a powerful storm battered the country's western coast and killed at least 140 people.
The impact on Kolkata could be substantial, beginning on Tuesday morning, with the heaviest rain predicted for Wednesday. Releasing its observed and forecast track, the IMD on Sunday warned of storm surges of about 2-4m in coastal areas.
Cyclone ‘Yaas’ is expected to make landfall between Paradip and Sagar islands on Wednesday evening as a ‘Very Severe Cyclonic Storm’ with wind speed of 155- 165 kmph gusting to 185 kmph, causing heavy rainfall in coastal districts of West Bengal and north Odisha.Releasing its observed and forecast track, the IMD on Sunday warned of storm surge of about 2-4m in costal areas of both the states.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average hurricane season for 2021, forecasting 13 to 20 named storms.
Two of the biggest airlines resume Israel flights, hurricane season may start early, the NBA playoffs will begin and more news to start your weekend.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has updated its averages for Atlantic hurricane season to indicate one additional hurricane and two named storms every year.
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By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) -The U.S. government on Thursday forecast an above-normal 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which is already off to an early start with a storm expected to form off Bermuda this week. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecast between three and five major hurricanes, with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph), will form in 2021. Between six and 10 hurricanes with winds of at least 74 mph (119 kph) are expected out of 13-20 tropical storms in 2021, NOAA forecasters said. Tropical storms have winds of at least 39 mph (63 kph). The average for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic between 1991 and 2020 is three major hurricanes, seven hurricanes and 14 tropical storms. The average increased after NOAA shifted the...
The U.S. is likely to be hit with another "above-normal" Atlantic hurricane season in 2021.
This year's Atlantic hurricane season isn't expected to be as intense as 2020 but is still likely to be more active than an average year, producing three to five "major hurricanes," NOAA said today.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre is predicting an active 2021 hurricane season.
[Nation] Before two years ago, every rainy season, families in Kamser Nyakongo location in Rachuonyo North sub-county would move to higher ground as floods ravaged their homes.
Hurricane season could begin before its official start for a seventh year in a row in the Atlantic Ocean, as the National Hurricane Center monitors a developing weather system that could become this season's first named storm.
[The Conversation Africa] As summer in the Northern Hemisphere approaches, forecasters begin watching every bout of rainy weather between the Gulf of Mexico and Africa. Each counterclockwise swirl of wind or burst of puffy clouds there has the potential to organize into a life-threatening tropical storm.
The worst drought in Taiwan's history shows no signs of easing up, presenting potential problems for microchip manufacturers. The country is also facing a major outbreak of coronavirus infections.
At least 16 people have been killed by cyclone Tauktae, the most powerful storm to hit India's west coast in decades. Among those evacuated to higher ground were COVID-19 patients.
The cyclonic storm over the Arabian Sea led to very strong winds blowing in Mumbai on Monday afternoon, civic officials said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Cyclone Tauktae has now intensified into an "extremely severe cyclonic storm". It is likely to reach Gujarat coast by Monday evening.