Cyclone in Indian Ocean; Flooding in Malawi
Tropical Cyclone Bansi Expected to Intensify in Southern Indian Ocean
Tropical Cyclone Bansi, which formed on January 11 (NASA), is still actively churning the waters of the Indian Ocean with maximum sustained winds at approximately 138 miles per hour (120 knots) (JTWC Warning #9). Bansi intensified quickly after forming, strengthening from a tropical storm to Category 3 in less than 24 hours (NASA/ECHO). As of January 15 (0900 UTC), Bansi is a Category 4 storm located approximately 230 nautical miles east-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and tracking east-southeastward. Bansi is expected to further intensify, but is expected to remain to the north of Mauritius and pose no direct threat to land (TWC).
Heavy Rainfall Leads to Flooding in Southeast Africa
As of January 14, approximately 70,000 people have been displaced and 48 have died due to severe flooding across Malawi (ReliefWeb). Significant rainfall in the region since December 2014 has caused extensive damage to crops, livestock, and infrastructure, and this trend is expected to continue. The President of the Republic of Malawi has declared a state of emergency in 15 affected districts in response to the ongoing flood conditions. Heavy rainfall has also affected parts of northern Zimbabwe and Mozambique (CPC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Southwest, Pacific), Kenya (Northern), Somalia (Southern)
Avalanche: Norway (Southern)
Biomedical: West Africa
Wildfire: United States (Oregon)
Severe Weather: India, Canada, France, Ireland, Middle East
Flood: Australia (Queensland, New South Wales), Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, France, Indonesia (Java), Scotland, United States (Illinois, Indiana), England (Northern)
Tropical Storm: Bansi (Indian Ocean)
Volcanoes: United States (Hawaii)
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