Tropical Cyclone JELAWAT-12 in the Pacific (GDACS, PAGASA, NDRRMC)
- Tropical Cyclone JELAWAT-12 formed on Sep 20 in the NW Pacific, east of the Philippines (where it is called LAWIN) and started moving WSW. At 00:00 UTC this morning (Sep 21) it was a Tropical Storm with a max. sustained wind speed of 64 km/h and its centre was located ca. 650 km east of the Philippines' coasts.
- In the next 24h its centre is forecast to keep moving WSW in the direction of the Philippines, strengthening; later on it might turn NW, always moving over open waters, strengthening even further.
- As of 05:30 UTC Sep 21 no public warning signals have been issued yet in the Philippines; the NDRRMC Operations Centre has been put on Red Alert, however, to monitor the evolution of this system.
- Flooding and linked outbreaks of water borne disease continue to aggravate the already fragile condition so the most vulnerable households already badly affected by the 2012 food and nutrition crisis.
- However, the heavy rains also give hope for a reasonable harvest in the 2012/2013 agricultural season.
- The threat of a locust attack remains with local authorities monitoring the situation closely.
- Humanitarian agencies are slowly but surely obtaining increasing access to the victims of the crisis in the north of the country while remaining in conformity with humanitarian principles.
- The number of those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries has declined for the moment.
Sierra Leone (ECHO)
- The cholera epidemic is intensifying and now covers virtually the whole country. Over 18,000 cases have been registered with so far over 270 deaths. Humanitarian agencies and donors are scaling up their efforts in response to the crisis.
Portugal (Azores) – Tropical Cyclone NADINE-12 (GDACS, NOAA, Meteo Portugal)
- NADINE-12 is still in the vicinity of the Azores. At 03:00 UTC Sep 21 it was a Tropical Storm with a max. sust. wind speed of 101 km/h and its centre was located ca. 320 km WSW of Santa Maria island. It was heading SE, moving away from the Azores.
- On Sep 20 the Azores were affected by heavy rainfall (up to 15mm per hour in Pico) and moderate to strong winds. For Sep 21 Meteo Portugal forecasts a slight worsening of the weather conditions with winds up to 75 km/h, heavy rainfall and high waves in the Central and Eastern islands; a Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect, as of 06:00 UTC Sep 21.
- In the next 24/48h NADINE is forecast to keep moving SE over open waters, slightly weakening.
France – Forest Fires (COGIC)
- A number of fires broke out in France on Sep 20, in the departments of Gers, Cantal, Herault and Gironde. One person was killed by the fire in Herault, in Nissan – Les Enserunes.
- Extreme or very high risk in SE Portugal, central Spain, western and southern France, the coastal regions of Puglia in Italy, northern Cyprus, SE Turkey and southern Ukraine.
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