Cyclone Activity Continues; Drought, Floods in Central America
Rammasun Thunders On Toward China, New Cyclones Develop in Pacific
Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) made landfall in the central Philippines on July 15, exiting the island nation on July 16 (NASA). Rammasun drenched the Philippines, dropping nearly 13 inches of rain in some areas. As of July 17, 40 deaths and 17 injuries have been attributed to the storm, and at least four people have been reported still missing (NDRRMC, 4PM local time). Rammasun destroyed roughly 7,000 houses, damaged another 19,000, and has led to an estimated US$26 million (1.35 billion Philippine pesos) in damage to crops in affected areas. The storm is forecast (Warning #31) to strengthen as it continues tracking west-northwestward toward Hainan island, China, and is expected to begin weakening after interacting with the island on a course for the border of Northern Vietnam and Southern China (JTWC).
Also brewing in the Pacific are Tropical Storm Matmo and Tropical Storm Wali. Matmo is located approximately 201 miles west-northwest of Yap with estimated maximum sustained winds at 40 knots (approx. 45 mph) (JTWC, Warning #3). Wali is located 1,060 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and is tracking northwestward with maximum sustained winds at 40 knots (approx. 45 mph) (CPHC, Advisory #2).
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Persistent Drought Conditions, Flooding in Central America
Poor rainfall distribution, below-average rains, and extended dry spells have led to increasing moisture deficits and deterioration of ground conditions across regions of Central America (NOAA). Persistent drought conditions have reduced crop yields and increased the probability of further crop damage and losses in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and central Guatemala. Meanwhile, heavy rains forecast over western Guatemala and the Atlantic coastlines of Nicaragua and Costa Rica next week could trigger flooding and landslides over already saturated grounds.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest, Pacific), Honduras (Southern), Nicaragua (Northern), Guatemala (Central)
Wildfire: United States (Oregon, Idaho, Washington), Canada (British Columbia)
Tropical Storm: Rammasun (Pacific)
Flood: United States (Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Midwest, New York), Brazil, Australia (Victoria), Guatemala
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