Russia, Germany, and Finland Weathering Winter Storms
Severe weather since the start of the week continues to affect parts of Moscow, Russia, bringing sleet, rain, icy conditions, and strong winds to the Central Federal District (EMERCOM). As of November 8, interagency operations centers are active in the Central Regional Center and Moscow.
Weather warnings for extreme low temperatures, snow, and ice are in effect for much of Germany (MeteoAlarm).
In Finland, snow and icy conditions have prompted traffic weather warnings for southern and eastern parts of the country, as bad road conditions are expected, especially in Pohjois-Karjala and Pohjoi-Savo (MeteoAlarm).
RVA Country Profile: Finland
This Week in Hazards
- According to reports, days of heavy rainfall triggered a landslide in the La Paz Department of Bolivia that destroyed at least 40 homes (PAHO). The landslide left some roads within La Paz impassable, prompting officials to declare an emergency for assistance (El Deber).
- On November 10, a Red Alert was declared for a forest fire active near the communes of Colina and Lo Barnechea in Chile (ONEMI). According to reports, the fire has burned through an area of approximately 350 hectares of grassland. As a precaution, classes have been suspended at a school in Lo Barnechea and 300 people have been evacuated.
- In the United States, a State of Emergency Declaration is in effect for North Carolina, where 20 active wildfires are burning in the western part of the state (InciWeb). The fires are expected continue affecting air quality in the region through the weekend, especially in the counties of Graham, Macon, Cherokee, and Clay, and possibly western Swain County (NCDENR).
Current Hazard Warnings
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec), Germany, Russia, Finland
Flood: Australia (New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria), Dominican Republic, Vietnam
Wildfire: United States (North Carolina), Chile
Drought: Kenya, Sri Lanka, United States (Western, Southern, Northeastern)
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