Severe weather

Catastrophic floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal

Widespread flooding and landslides, caused by intense monsoon rainstorms across Nepal, killed 39 people, while further 28 went missing in the last 24 hours. Thousands have been displaced, and hundreds of homes devastated. The districts of Pyuthan, Gulmi, Palpa,...

July 27, 2016

Tropical Storm "Mirinae" hits China's Hainan before moving on to Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Mirinae" made landfall over the Hainan province in China on July 26, 2016. Intense wind gusts toppled trees and power lines, causing traffic disruptions. Over 3 000 people have been evacuated ahead of the storm. No victims or injuries were...

July 27, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa

A spell of unusually wet weather wrapped portions of South Africa over the last couple of days. Snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected areas, prompting the authorities to issue adequate weather warnings. A...

July 27, 2016

Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18

Continual heavy rainfall in northern, central and eastern China has caused severe flooding and landslides since July 18, 2016. So far, 164 people died and another 125 went missing while more than 125 000 houses have been completely destroyed. Around 10.5 million...

July 25, 2016

Huge waves and strong winds wash away 10 m (33 feet) high seawall, New Zealand

A severe weather outbreak wreaked havoc in New Zealand over the weekend of July 23, 2016, as huge waves and strong winds battered the region of Wellington. A Porirua seawall has been washed away, while the Kapiti Coast beach was entirely immersed in the waves. A...

July 25, 2016

Darby hits Hawaii, Frank swirls near Mexico, Georgette becomes a hurricane

As of 12:00 UTC on July 25, 2016, there are 3 active tropical systems in the central and eastern Pacific - Tropical Storm "Darby", Tropical Storm "Frank" and Hurricane "Georgette". While Darby hit Hawaii over the weekend and is still...

July 25, 2016

Tropical Storm "Darby" threatening Hawaii with life-threatening flash floods and landslides

Tropical Storm "Darby" is currently about 1 000 km (621.4 miles) from the Hawaii islands, and is expected to start affecting them with strong winds, storm swells, and heavy rainfalls over the next 48 hours. Intense rainfalls may cause localized...

July 22, 2016

Tropical Storm "Frank" forms, to pass near the coast of Baja California, Mexico

Tropical Storm "Frank" formed late July 21, 2016, about 455 km (285 miles) south of Manzanillo, Mexico, as the sixth named storm of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Frank is moving over warm waters and is expected to become a hurricane early on...

July 22, 2016

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia

The first tornado since 1954 hit Russia's Novosibirsk region on July 19, 2016. It was Novosibirsk's first tornado in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks. The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro region, city center...

July 21, 2016

Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India

Severe monsoon rainstorms wreaked havoc across several Indian states causing floods and landslides on July 17 and 18, 2016. 35 people died in Madhya Pradesh alone while several others went missing. Water, power supplies, and traffic were disrupted across the...

July 18, 2016

Landslide crashes into wooden houses in central China

A ferocious landslide swept through a village in central China's Hunan Province on July 17, 2016. The slide destroyed all 14 houses located at the bottom of the mountain, causing traffic to be shut down. Video released by Chinese state media (CCTV) showed the...

July 18, 2016

Early season Abela forms in the southwest Indian Ocean, moving toward Madagascar

A rare tropical disturbance (01S) for this time of year formed southwest of Diego Garcia in the southwest Indian Ocean on July 16, 2016. 01S strengthened into a Moderate Tropical Storm on Sunday, July 17 and was named Abela. Abela is southern hemisphere's first...

July 18, 2016

Tropical Storm "Estelle" intensifies off the coast of Mexico

The sixth tropical depression of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season formed on Friday, July 15, 2016, about 595 km (370 miles) SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico with the estimated minimum central pressure of 1 007 hPa. TD 06E intensified into the fifth tropical storm...

July 18, 2016

Intense hailstorm damaged more than 2 500 homes in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

An intense hailstorm struck portions of Rio Grande do Sul state between July 13 and 14, 2016. Thousands of homes suffered extensive damage, and state of emergency was declared by the local mayors in Vale do Sinos, São Leopoldo and Novo Hamburgo where 700...

July 15, 2016

Rare July snowfall closes several mountain passes, Switzerland

SwissInfo is reporting an unexpected July snowfall has closed several mountain passes on Thursday, July 14, 2016. According to the paper, the Säntis mountain in north-eastern Switzerland saw up to 13 cm (5.1 inches) of snow. "It is very unusual to see snow...

July 15, 2016

Darby becomes the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season

Tropical Depression 05E formed on July 11, 2016, off the coast of western Mexico and strengthened into a tropical storm named Darby on July 12. By 21:00 UTC on July 13, Darby became the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Additional...

July 14, 2016