Early East Pacific Cyclones, Flooding in Chile
Amanda and Boris Bring Early, Wet Start to Hurricane Season
The 2014 hurricane season began earlier than usual with the formation of Amanda on May 23. Amanda reached the status of Category 4, with winds peaking at 155 miles per hour, making it the strongest May hurricane on record.
Following Amanda was Boris, forming off the Pacific coast of southern Mexico on June 2. Boris made landfall as a tropical storm near Puerto Arista (Chiapas, Mexico) and weakened into a tropical depression as it moved inland. Heavy rainfall could still affect parts of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco.
There are currently no active tropical storms, but hurricane season continues through November 30. Both NOAA and PDC encourage everyone to be prepared for possible emergencies by assembling or updating your emergency supply kit now. PDC provides information about developing a Family Disaster Plan and offers a customizable Disaster Supply Kit on its website. (PDC)
Flooding in Southern Chile
Flooding brought on by intense rainfall has cut off roads in southern Chile, leaving an estimated 4,000 people stranded in the regions of Los Rios, Biobio, Araucania, Los Lagos and Aysen. (Reuters) At the time of the report, more than 50,000 people were without electricity and some communities were without drinking water. There have been no deaths or serious damage attributed to flooding, but forecasts predict more rain coming to this area.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Africa (Eastern)
Earthquakes: No earthquake warnings at this time.
Severe Weather: Malaysia, United States (Central Plains, Mid-Atlantic), Canada
Flood: United States (Mid-West, Minnesota, Wyoming), Guatemala, Belize, Africa (Western)
Tropical Storm: No active storms at this time.
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