Severe Weather, Flooding Impact Australia, Honduras, United States
Severe weather at the start of the week caused flooding that affected parts of southeastern Australia (ECHO). According to media reports (on June 5), torrential rain and high winds impacted the country’s east coast, prompting evacuations and leaving an estimated 26,000 homes without power (Reuters). As of June 9, flood warnings remain in effect for the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, as well as the Australian Capital Territory (BOM).
Earlier in the week, Honduras also experienced severe weather conditions that led to damaging floods and landslides in the departments of Cortés, Choluteca, and Valle (COPECO, Redhum). As of June 8, COPECO—the nation’s disaster management authority—is actively assisting more than 200 affected families (PAHO).
On June 7, Tropical Storm Colin made landfall in Florida, United States, bringing with it heavy rainfall, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes to Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas (ECHO, NHC). By June 8, Colin had transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone and dissipated (NASA). Colin was the earliest “C” storm in Atlantic history, and the first named storm to make landfall in Florida in three years (PDC Weather Wall). The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1 and runs to November 30; and according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, this season will likely be near-normal, with a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (NOAA).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Australia (News South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania), Honduras, United States (Nebraska, Wyoming, Texas), England, France, Germany
Extreme Temperature: India
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, the Americas (United States, Peru), Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar)
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