Flooding in Colorado and Tropical Storms in the Atlantic
The weekly hazard highlights report features natural hazards such as major drought, earthquake, fire, flood, storm, tropical storm, tsunami, and volcano events. For real-time information on current disasters download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! Also be sure to monitor PDC on Twitter, Facebook, and by accessing the Global Hazards Atlas page. Below we take a closer look at the various flood information provided by PDC and monitor Tropical Depression Ten, Tropical Storm Gabrielle, and Hurricane Humberto.
PDC provides historic data on major flooding events around the world. Each teal-colored polygon in the image above represents the extent of an affected region impacted by historic flooding. From the flood data provided for each event you can learn information such as the date, location, duration, number of deaths, amount of displaced people, damage estimates (in USD), and the main cause of the flood event.
Now let’s take a look at a local flooding event in Colorado, United States.
Flooding in Colorado
In local flooding news, the city of Boulder issued an emergency declaration due to flash flooding caused by torrential rain (City of Boulder). Multiple evacuations occurred throughout the county and many streets remain flooded. Flooding also caused mudslides and landslides that left many roads impassable for emergency responders (RSOE EDIS). The image above shows the amounts and distribution of rainfall that the region received over the past 7 days. To determine how much rain your location has received over the past seven days, turn on the Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation layer. Also, don’t forget to visit the floods hazard page to learn more information about what to do in the event of a flood.
Current weather forecasts for Boulder, Colorado show a continued chance of precipitation over the weekend (WU). Below let’s take a look at three active Tropical Storms in the Atlantic.
Tropical Storms in the Atlantic!
Over on the left of the image above is the newly-formed Tropical Depression Ten. Ten, as of advisory 1A (NHC), is expected to create 10 to 15 inches of rain which has potential to cause life-threatening flash floods in parts of eastern Mexico (NHC). Located in the middle of the three storms, Tropical Storm Gabrielle resurfaced earlier this week. As of Advisory 18, Gabrielle is forecast to move steadily north and is expected to weaken again tomorrow (NHC). Over to the east, Humberto has reached Hurricane status. Humberto is predicted to continue moving northwest and is also expected to begin weakening over the weekend (NHC). Use the Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall layer, as shown in the image above, to estimate potential rainfall from these storms.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: Haiti, United States (Central)
Fire: Argentina (Cordoba), United States (California)
Flood: Laos, Nigeria, United States (Colorado), Yemen
Severe Weather: Italy (Calabria), Canada (Ontario, Quebec), Malaysia
Tropical Storm: Humberto (Atlantic)