Monitoring Hazards Worldwide
Below, we take a look at a variety of hazards occurring worldwide including fires in Chile, severe weather in the United Kingdom, and a tropical cyclone near Tonga.
Chile Forest Fires
Forest fires have been burning for the past few days in Chile, since January 4, the region of Maule has been in Red Alert. The communities of Constitucion, Curepto, and Pencahue are primarily affected.? So far fires have destroyed six houses in Pencahue and forced 50 people to evacuate. More than 1,500 firefighters deployed to 55 different fire locations and have contained 33 of the hotspots.? Fire has affected much of the area, approximately 11,400 hectares of agriculture have been destroyed and an estimated $100 million US dollars have been allocated to cope with the emergency. Smoke is affecting areas as far as Santiago, which reported heavy smoke in and around the city. (ECHO 09JAN14)
Severe Weather in the United Kingdom
Storms and heavy rain have been causing floods all over the United Kingdom since December 23. Major roads have closed and evacuations are in effect across parts of Wales and England (ECHO 07JAN14). Approximately 1,700 homes in England were flooded and one person was reported killed. The Environment Agency is issuing flood warnings across the country and has already issued an estimated 200 flood alerts throughout the duration of the storm. (Charter, EA)
Grab your umbrellas, rain is forecast in the region over the next few days (WU). Next, let?s take a closer look at Tropical Cyclone Ian.
Tropical Cyclone Ian
PDC is currently monitoring Tropical Cyclone Ian, which remains active in the Southern Hemisphere. Ian formed on January 6 and, after tracking north, is projected to continue on an east-southeast path nearing the nation of Tonga. Ian has intensified, becoming a Category 3 system, with wind speeds forecast to cause catastrophic damage. The National Emergency Operations Centre in Tonga has activated, preparing for gale force winds, high tides, and large waves. (OCHA) As of the latest advisory, maximum significant wave height of 23 feet along with maximum sustained winds of 104 mph ?are expected.?(JTWC)
Current Hazard Warnings
Take a look below to see hazard warnings that PDC is currently monitoring.
Drought: United States
Fire: Chile (Talca)
Flood: Bolivia, United Kingdom
Severe Weather: Canada (Nunavut, north Quebec), Honduras, Malaysia (Eastern, Peninsular), United States (Midwest/East)
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