Hazard Highlights

January 14, 2016
  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfires - Queensland, Australia

    59 minutes ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    35 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    35 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    35 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    35 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    35 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    36 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    47 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    50 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    51 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Central City--Greenville, KY Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    9 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cibitoke Province, Burundi

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Sierra Nevada, California, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southeastern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 173km NW of Hihifo, Tonga

    14 hours ago WATCH

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 138km ENE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 128km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
January 14, 2016

Hurricane Alex to Impact the Azores, Severe Weather Affects Northern Portugal

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on the Azores, displaying PDC Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Positions and Segments, and Estimated Wind Impacts (TAOS Model) layers.

Since forming on January 13, tropical cyclone Alex has rapidly become a hurricane, and is forecast to track over the Azores by Friday morning (local time) (NASA). According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Alex is the “first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938, and the first hurricane to occur [in the Atlantic Ocean] in this month since 1955” (NHC Discussion #4).

As of January 14 (2100 UTC), Hurricane Alex is located approximately 350 miles south of Faial Island in the central Azores, with maximum sustained winds at 85 miles per hour (NHC Advisory 5). As of the most recent advisory, a hurricane warning is in effect for Faial, Pico, São Jorge, and Terceira. According to the NHC forecast, Alex is expected to bring 3-5 inches of rain (and up to 7 inches in isolated areas), with hurricane conditions expected over the central Azores by early Friday.

Earlier in the week, severe weather also affected parts of northern Portugal. Heavy rainfall, strong winds, high waves, and storm surges led to river overflows and flooding in the towns of Porto, Gaia, Maia, and Amarante (as of January 11) (ECHO). Two train derailments in the Mangualde and Baião municipalities were also attributed to severe weather conditions.

RVA Country Profile: Portugal

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This Week in Hazards:

  • On January 11, Tropical Cyclone Pali became the “earliest hurricane ever recorded over the Central Pacific Basin” in a calendar year (CPHC Advisory #19, NASA). As of January 14, Pali has weakened to a tropical depression, and is expected to dissipate over the next 24 hours (CPHC Advisory #29).
  • Persistent poor rainfall and high temperatures are expected to negatively impact ground conditions for many parts of southern Africa. According to reports, “rainfall has been virtually absent” over parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe since late December, while widespread seasonal dryness persists in parts of Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Madagascar (CPC). Reports also indicate that inadequate rainfall has led to reduced water availability, delayed planting, permanently wilted crops, and livestock deaths (CPC).
  • Ongoing heavy rainfall and flooding over the past month continue to affect four countries of South America, and has led to the evacuation of more than 150,000 people (ECHO). According to reports, Paraguay has been the most affected, with over 100,000 people requiring evacuation (most from the capital of Asunción). Flooding has affected several towns in Argentina; and more than 160 homes have been partially damaged or destroyed in Brazil. Conditions in Uruguay are improving, with water levels declining in some flood-affected areas, but (as of January 12) an estimated 26,000 people remain evacuated or displaced (ECHO). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue over the next few months due to the combined effect of El Niño conditions and seasonal rains.

Current Hazard Warnings

Tropical Cyclone: Alex (Atlantic)

Flood: Angola, Malawi, Kenya, Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia), England, Indonesia (Sumatra), Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, United States (Texas, Midwest, Southwest), Portugal

Winter Storm: Canada (Nunavut, Eastern, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador), United States (Washington, Maine)

Earthquake: Philippines, Japan

Drought: Africa (Southern), Puerto Rico (Eastern), United States (Western), Colombia

Wildfire: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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