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Aug
29
2013

Hazard Highlights

Hazard Highlights – August 29, 2013

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards

We are excited to bring to you the Hazard Highlights report headlining major disaster events around the world.  This report features natural hazards such as major drought, earthquake, fire, flood, storm, tropical storm, tsunami, and volcano events.  For real-time information on current disasters download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by accessing the Global Hazards Atlas page. Below we take a closer look at the various tropical cyclone information provided by PDC and feature Tropical Storm Kong-rey, currently located in the West Pacific.

Tropical Cyclones

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying the Tropical Weather Outlook

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying the Tropical Weather Outlook

PDC provides current information on tropical storms with information pulled directly from public advisories issued by the National Hurricane Center and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.  This information is updated every six hours until the storm no longer poses a threat to the population. To be the first to know about areas of potential tropical cyclone development check the Tropical Weather Outlook layer featured in the image above. This layer shows the possibility of a tropical cyclone developing within the next 48 hours. For example, the area in orange near the west coast of Africa has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. Below we look at other tropical cyclone information by taking a closer look at Tropical Storm Kong-rey.

Tropical Storm Kong-rey

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, Potential Track Area, Tropical Cyclone Segments, and Tropical Cyclone Positions.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, Potential Track Area, Tropical Cyclone Segments, and Tropical Cyclone Positions.

The image above shows the forecast segments and positions of Tropical Storm Kong-rey as it approaches Japan. Use the Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions layers to determine the probable storm track and intensity of each storm.  Green indicates that Kong-rey is expected to remain a Tropical Storm as it heads over Japan this weekend. The images below shows the expected impacts of Kong-rey by highlighting layers from the TAOS TM model provided by Kinetic Analysis Corporation.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS TM)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS TM)

Each color level of the Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall layer indicates the forecast amount of rainfall that each region is expected to receive over the next five days.  This layer can be used to estimate the potential impacts of rainfall over the affected area. Over the past few days heavy flooding has occurred along the western coast of Taiwan, schools have closed and flights were disrupted due to heavy rainfall from Kong-rey. Taiwan has already received 3.6 inches of rain, with another 1-3 inches expected in the coming week. (ECHO) Take a look at the image below to see the expected wind impacts of Tropical Storm Kong-rey.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS TM)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS TM)

The Estimated Wind Impacts layer is another layer derived from the TAOS TM model. This layer provides information on the expected wind impacts of each tropical cyclone. As shown in the image above Kong-rey’s winds have the potential to knock down trees and cause some power outage. This layer can inform you of the potential damage of a tropical cyclone heading towards you as well as help you prepare for its potential impacts. For more information on how to prepare for a tropical cyclone visit the tropical cyclone hazard information page.

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: United States (Central)

Fire: Bolivia (San Jose de Chiquitos), Greece (Karakolithos), Portugal, Spain (Pontevedra), United States (California)

Flood: Africa (East, West), India (Uttar Pradesh), Pakistan, United States (Southeast)

Severe Weather: Australia (Southern), Serbia, Spain