Hurricane Dolores Kicking Up Dangerous Surf; Japan Impacted by Tropical Storm Nangka
In the eastern Pacific, Hurricane Dolores continues to track along the coast of Mexico located (as of 2200 UTC) approximately 107 nautical miles northwest of Socorro Island with maximum sustained winds at 90 knots (approximately 104 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #22).
Though Dolores is pulling away from land and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, the hurricane is generating dangerous swells, affecting portions of the southwestern coast of Mexico and Baja California Sur, which could lead to life-threatening surf and rip current conditions (NHC Advisory # 22).
RVA Country Profile: Japan
Tropical Storm Nangka made landfall near Muroto City, Japan, on July 16 (2300 local time), and heavy rainfall and strong winds continue to affect southern Japan as the tropical cyclone tracks across Shikoku Island, toward the Sea of Japan (JMA, NASA). Nangka is expected track northwestward, crossing Honshu Island, and rapidly decay as it returns to the Pacific Ocean (PDC). As of 0300 UTC (July 17), Nangka is located approximately 98 nautical miles east of Iwakuni, Japan, with maximum sustained winds at 45 knots (approximately 52 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #55).
This Week in Hazards
- Japan may feel the effects of Tropical Storm Halola in the coming week, as the tropical cyclone is expected to pass northeast of Iwo To (Iwo Jima) by July 21 (NASA). As of 0300 UTC (July 17), Halola is located approximately 1160 nautical miles east-southeast of Iwo To, Japan (JTWC Warning #28). Tropical Storm Halola is expected to gradually intensify over the next few days (NWS Guam Advisory #27).
- Reports indicate that Madagascar is experiencing the worst drought conditions in six years, which is leading to increased food insecurity for an estimated 579,000 people (ReliefWeb). An ongoing locust crisis (since 2012) has also impacted agriculture, especially rice farming (FAO).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Nangka (Pacific), Halola (Pacific), Dolores (Pacific)
Flood: Australia (Victoria), United States (Central, Southern)
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan), United States (Alaska, Washington)
Drought: Madagascar, Caribbean Islands, Central America, United States (Western)
Extreme Temperature: Eastern Europe, France, Pakistan, Spain
Biomedical: West Africa
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