Tropical Cyclone Alfred (06P), the second named storm of the 2016-17 Australian cyclone season, formed at 00:00 UTC today, Monday February 20, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Alfred is a Category 1 tropical cyclone on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) cyclone scale, equivalent to a moderate strength tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with maximum sustained wind speeds of around 48 mph (78 km/hr) . Alfred is forecast by the BoM and the Joint Typhoon...
On the night of Sunday February 19 a line of severe storms crossed through south-central Texas, with tornadoes and high winds damaging over 100 houses. The greatest damage is in San Antonio where about 100 houses were damaged. About 20 houses were damaged in Austin and several high-wind events damaged houses in the surrounding rural areas. Six tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) as of 09:00 UTC on Tuesday February 21. SAN ANTONIO: The Mayor of San Anton...
On Wednesday February 15 Dineo (05S) strengthened to Cyclone strength shortly before making landfall approximately 30 mi (48 km) north-northeast of Maxixe, Mozambique, as a Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale (SSHWS), with maximum sustained wind speeds of approximately 85 mph (135 km/hr). The worst impacts of the storm are in the Inhambane Province of Mozambique, with about 20,000 homes and a number of public buildings destroyed. After landfall Dineo weakened t...
At 14:04 UTC on Friday February 10 (22:04 local time) an earthquake of moment magnitude Mw6.5 struck around 11 mi (18 km) offshore northwest of Surigao City (pop. ~154,000), southern Philippines, at a depth of 9 mi (15 km), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake was generated by the movement of the Surigao segment of the Philippine Fault. As of 08:00 UTC on February 11, 101 aftershocks had been recorded by the PHIVOLCS seismic monitoring network. The s...
On February 6 and 7 Cyclone Carlos passed near the islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. The eventual track of the storm was on the western side of the forecast uncertainties, meaning the storm bypassed the islands without landfall. The intensity of the storm was also to the lower end of the forecast values. Localised flooding has been reported on both Mauritius and La Réunion. The Mauritius fire service reported accumulation of water in some houses, but no cases of extreme flooding. A...
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