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Apr
10
2014

Hazard Highlights

Severe Weather in the U.S. and Australia

Flooding in Southeast United States

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches)

Heavy rainfall over the past few days has resulted in flooding across parts of southeast United States, causing authorities to issue flood warnings. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has reported two people dead due to flooding and severe weather. (MSEMA, NWS)

The latest forecast for the area shows a high chance of precipitation over the weekend (WU).

Tropical Cyclone Ita

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Cairns, Australia displaying Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions, PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Cairns, Australia displaying Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions, PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

PDC is currently monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ita, Ita is active in the South Pacific located 250 miles north of Cairns, Australia.  Ita is forecast to make landfall slightly north of Cairns on April 11 UTC, heading southwards before eventually exiting back into the Coral Sea.  JTWC reports that Ita has reached its strongest point with maximum sustained wind speeds of 155 mph with gusts up to 190 mph. (JTWC, ECDM) To learn more about impacts, study the image above to look at estimated rainfall in the region, some parts of Australia are expected to receive 12 to 24 inches of rain. Then, take a look below to see potential wind impacts in the area, where wind is expected to cause catastrophic damage.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Cairns, Australia displaying Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions, PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Cairns, Australia displaying Tropical Cyclone Segments and Positions, PDC Integrated Active Hazards, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS)

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: Marshall Islands (Northern), United States (Southwest/Pacific)

Flood: Angola, Namibia, Madagascar (Northwest), United States (Midwest, North Dakota, Southeast)

Landslides: United States (Wyoming)

Severe Weather: United States (South/Central)

Tropical Storm: Ita (South Pacific)

Winter Storm: Canada (Nunavut, North Quebec)

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