Gati grew from a depression to a severe cyclone in 12 hours Sunday. Relief efforts are underway in Fiji after Cyclone Yasa slammed into the Pacific Island nation with winds of 240 kilometres per hour. Fiji Red Cross Society director-general, Ilisapeci Rokotunidau, said her organisation remained “concerned for the safety of thousands of people who have experienced the brunt of this monster storm”. (NASA via AP) The sky is clouded over in the distance as intermittent rain and wind continue at Suva Harbour in Suva, Fiji, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. “This is not normal. Widespread and heavy rains due to Cyclone Gati in Somalia have spurred a threat of a widespread locust outbreak in the east African country. At least two people have died, but that figure is expected to rise as cut-off villages are reached by rescue crews. The strongest storm of the year so far was Yasa, peaking with a pressure of 899 hPa (26.55 inHg) and with 10-minute sustained winds of 250 km/… Dozens of people were evacuated in Hurdiya as homes were flooded, Garowe Online reported. Updated 10:29 PM ET, Tue December 15, 2020 (CNN) A powerful storm is barreling down on Fiji, bringing hurricane-force winds to the Pacific island … In NOAA's best track database dating to the early 1970s, there had only been four other Category 2 or stronger equivalent tropical cyclones in the far western Arabian Sea just east of the Gulf of Aden: back-to-back Cyclones Chapala and Megh in 2015, and Mekunu and Luban in 2018. Having passed over Vanua Levu, Cyclone Yasa was downgraded to category 4 and then category 3, but winds are still gusting at up to 275km/h. 10 November 2020 - 06:45 . “Stay sheltered and stay out of floodwaters,” he said. The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. Several buildings were destroyed in Hafun, which is in the state of Puntland in eastern Somalia on the Horn of Africa. Recently searched locations will be displayed if there is no search query. People remove debris due to Cyclone Yasa at Velau Drive in Fiji, December 18, 2020, in this image obtained via social media. Without assistance, people will be at risk of waterborne infections.”. Tropical depression TD01F has weakened off and merged with dominant tropical depression TD02F last night. 24 Dec, 2020 - 00:12 2020-12-24T02:42:35+00:00 2020-12-24T00:14:03+00:00 0 Views. Some of 2020's Most Magical Christmas Displays, Jaw-Dropping Satellite Images That Will Define 2020, Cold or Flu? At least eight people are dead as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gati. Downtown Apia today. Gati grew from a depression to a severe cyclone in 12 hours Sunday. "Gati is the strongest tropical cyclone that has been recorded in this region of the globe; further south than any category 3-equivalent cyclone in the North Indian Ocean," Sam Lillo, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Physical Sciences Laboratory, tweeted. December 21, 2020. The storm brought more than a year’s worth of rain to the region in two days. 24 Dec, 2020 - 00:12 2020-12-23T22:27:31+00:00 2020-12-24T00:01:32+00:00 0 Views 0 Comments Schools, crops and infrastructure such as bridges were destroyed in Chipinge and Chimanimani by Cyclone Idai On this same day in 2012, Fiji was enduring Cyclone Evan. SBC Somali TV reported eight people had died in the storm, including five fishermen from Yemen, which lies across the Gulf of Aden. Floods are getting worse each year. The storm then explosively intensified, becoming a very severe tropical cyclone and reaching its peak intensity, the following day. Baby among those killed when category-five storm hit, destroying hundreds of buildings, First published on Fri 18 Dec 2020 01.59 GMT. Yasa made landfall on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island, on 17 December, leaving what Fiji’s Red Cross called a “devastating trail of destruction”. A cyclone that hit parts of Somalia this week killed eight people and displaced thousands, flooded farmlands and could worsen a locust plague, an … ... Africa Moyo Deputy News Editor. Its wind speeds reached 115 mph. Photo courtesy: Twitter/Puntland Mirror Packing sustained winds of 105mph, the storm came ashore near the town of Hafun, Somalia as the first hurricane-strength system to hit the country in its history. FILE - Cyclone Gati seen over Ras Hafun, Somalia November 22, 2020. Pleaded Sacco, "There are predictions of Cyclone Chalene hitting Beira on the 30th of December and Eastern Zimbabwe, with Chimanimani in its path on the 31st of December, 2020. This parametric insurance product will provide countries with predictable and rapid financing for early response to cope with emergency situations … Gati, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded Somalia, made landfall on November 22, 2020, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast System. “Twenty houses and one community hall totally destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Yasa at Tiliva in Bua (province) on Vanua Levu island,” Josephine Prasad said on facebook. Crews clean up after Cyclone Yasa hit Fiji. People take shelter inside an evacuation center in Suva, Fiji, ahead of Cyclone Yasa. Three people have died and another is missing after Cyclone Ianos wreaked havoc across central Greece, destroyed homes and flooded streets. Fiji’s response to Yasa will be further complicated by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Cyclone Gati seen over Ras Hafun, Somalia November 22, 2020. At 12pm today, tropical depression TD02F was located near 14.8 south latitude and 173.1 east longitude or about 490km west-northwest of Viwa island and 510km west- southwest of Rotuma. “A tropical … (MORE: What the Hyperactive Hurricane Season Tells Us About Upcoming Winter), Lillo told NPR Gati's intensification from about 40 mph to 115 mph was "the largest 12-hour increase on record for a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean.". Heavy rains shut down business in Bosaso on Monday, according to a reporter for SBC Somalia TV. Of these, 101, including two subtropical cyclones in the South Atlantic Ocean and three tropical-like cyclone in the Mediterranean Sea, have been named by various weather agencies when they attained maximum sustained winds of 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph). Meanwhile in Samoa, a separate tropical cyclone, Zazu, has brought widespread flooding to the capital Apia. Covid, cyclones deal blow to Puducherry in 2020 The UTs top two heads-- Lt Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy continued to spar on administrative matters, including supply of rice and allowing public to take part in the new year eve bash.As the contagion spread quick and fast, health authorities in Puducherry took every possible step to ramp up infrastructure. On November 22, 2020, Cyclone Gati became the strongest storm to hit Somalia since satellite records began five decades ago. Both islands could suffer a … “If you are impacted, help is on the way, rest assured, we will reach you with relief.”. Tropical Cyclone Yasa made landfall in Fiji Thursday afternoon, local time, slamming into the island of Vanua Levu packing winds of 240 kph (149 mph) equivalent to … Most are only left with the clothes on their backs and took shelter under their homes only to be flooded out by rising waters which swept away most livestock as our Fijian families clung on to whatever they could find.”. The insect plague hitting Somalia is part of a once-in-a-generation succession of swarms that have swept across East Africa … Aid groups say parts of Vietnam are seeing their worst floods and landslides in two decades.Disasters are common during Asia’s various monsoon seasons, but this month’s flurry of storms has aggravated conditions, with weeks of extended heavy rainfall.. Parts of Laos and Cambodia are also submerged. Gati is the first hurricane-strength system to hit Somalia in recorded history. Thu 17 Dec 2020 23.01 EST A three-month-old baby was one of two people killed when category-five Cyclone Yasa tore through Fiji’s second-largest island Vanua Levu on … Gati's strength is part of that broader global pattern of stronger storms.". And Tonga has now issued a cyclone warning for Yasa with forecasts showing it tracking close to its islands over the weekend. We recognize our responsibility to use data and technology for good. Destruction on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island, caused by category 5 Cyclone Yasa. 9 Ways to Tell the Difference. #TeamFRA Majority of town is flooded how, cars cannot pass, people stuck in various locations.#climatecrisis Gladys Fuimaono, Fiji imposes curfew ahead of Cyclone Yasa, A farm to withstand a cyclone: rebuilding after Fiji's worst storm. Tropical Cyclone Gati battered #Puntland coastal areas on Sunday. Residents wade through the flooded streets in Fiji’s capital city of Suva on December 16, 2020, ahead of super Cyclone Yasa. The government had estimated that 850,000 people – 95% of Fiji’s population – would be directly affected by the cyclone. Eight deaths are being blamed on Tropical Cyclone Gati, the first hurricane-strength system to hit Somalia in recorded history. Support WHO’s work to track the spread; to ensure patients get care and frontline workers get supplies; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. That area of northern Somalia typically gets about 4 inches of rain a year. There are widespread power outages in affected areas,” Rokotunidau said. Use up and down arrows to change selection. The effects and intensity of #TCYasa on Transinsular Road at Lomaloma in the Northern Division.Please stay safe. The Burevi tropical cyclone is headed towards southern India, authorities said on Thursday, after it slammed Sri Lanka’s east coast earlier this week but caused little damage.