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Flood crisis spreads to 5 Australian states

Posted by feww on January 15, 2011

Flood emergencies erupt in NSW, South Australia and Victoria

Flood emergencies flare up in NSW, South Australia and Victoria forcing at least  2,000 people out of their homes after heavy rain hit the region.

At least 12 towns in the northern and and northwestern parts of the state of Victoria have been evacuated this week and a dozen more are likely to be affected, State Emergency Services said.

“Floodwaters are expected to hit the Riverina town of Echuca early on Sunday after record summer rainfalls continued to cause widespread damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure,” a report said.

Residents in the towns of Boort and Donald, while several communities in central Victoria remain without electricity and water, the report added.


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology.  Click image to enlarge.

“Authorities in Victoria yesterday called on all 1000 residents of Carisbrook to evacuate to nearby Maryborough as the waters threatened homes,” a report said.


Australia Flood Map. Source: BOM

Meanwhile, hundreds of homes in Beaufort, Charlton, northwest of Bendigo, have either been inundated or “were under grave threat,” according to the Victoria State Emergency Service.

“The SES in South Australia last night warned residents of Naracoorte, 336km southeast of Adelaide, to prepare for potential flooding.” The report added.

“And in NSW, about 70 homes in the border township of Boggabilla, in the state’s north, were surrounded by water last night, and water was flowing through the nearby Aboriginal settlement of Toomelah.”

BOM News Release:

Further heavy rain has occurred over Tasmania during the last 24 hours, focused in the northwest and, during Thursday, over the northeast. More heavy falls are expected in the next few hours before conditions ease with the passage across the state of a trough during today. Continued flooding of northern rivers is expected, and further localised flash flooding is likely until this afternoon, particularly in northwestern Tasmania.

Strong and gusty northeasterly winds will tend northwesterly during the day and may cause localised damage in exposed areas throughout the state.

January rainfall records in N Tasmania broken

Yolla had its highest 24-hour January rainfall on record, registering 131 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am this morning. The record had been set just yesterday, when it received 100 mm in 24 hours, eclipsing its previous record of 70 mm in a January day in 1946. Together these have given Yolla its wettest January on record, and its second-wettest 2-day period. Rain has been measured at Yolla, inland from Burnie, since late 1905.

Yesterday’s very heavy rain on the northern East Coast also set records. Falmouth registered 282 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am yesterday, giving it the wettest January day ever recorded at an official rain gauge in Tasmania. Scamander, with 278 mm, also broke the old state record. Rain continued to fall during yesterday in the area, giving some spots at least 50 mm more. There have been unofficial (but credible) observations of nearly 400 mm in the area in the last two days.

Meanwhile, NASA Earth Observatory released the following images:

Rainfall in the Australian Interior


Download large image (5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired January 14, 2011


Download large image
(5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired December 29, 2010

False-color images of Australian interior captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 14, 2011 (top), and December 29, 2010 (bottom). “Both images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land. Water ranges in color from electric blue to navy. Clouds appear bright blue-green. Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of beige and tan.” Source: NASA-EO. Click images to enlarge.

Flooding in Brisbane Suburbs


“Homes and businesses were inundated in more than 30 suburbs as [Brisbane River,] swollen by water being discharged from the overloaded Wivenhoe Dam, reached 4.2 metres,” a report said. A detailed astronaut photograph illustrates flooding in suburbs of the Brisbane, Australia metropolitan region acquired on January 13, 2011, and provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, JSC. Image Source NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG)

Zelia’s rainfall Captured by TRMM Satellite


Tropical Storm Zelia’s rainfall was captured by NASA’s TRMM satellite on Jan. 14 at 04:17 UTC. “The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches per hour) appears to be on the northwestern and southwestern sides of the storm and appear in red. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source: NASA

Tropical Storm Vince


Visible image of Tropical Storm Vince captured on Jan. 14 at 06:20UTC (1:20 a.m. EST/2:20 p.m. Australia/Perth) by MODIS on NASA’s aqua satellite. The bulk of the thunderstorms are seen southwest of Vince’s center due to wind shear. Source: NASA

Heavy Rainfall in TS Vania Captured by TRMM


“TRMM satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Vania’s rainfall on Jan. 14 at 04:22 UTC. The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches/50 mm per hour) in the storm was occurring in the western and southern quadrants of the storm and over southeastern New Caledonia (in red). The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source NASA

CURRENT WARNINGS :

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Global Floods Update – Australia

Posted by feww on January 14, 2011

Mega Floods Wreaking Havoc Across the Planet

Australia


Australia 24-hr Rainfall Map – Source: BOM


Australia Flood Map – Source: BOM


Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology.  Click image to enlarge.

CURRENT WARNINGS :

Torrential rain and floods sweep Victoria


Victoria Flood Map. Source: BOM

IDV36050
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology – Victoria

Flood Summary Issued at 3:42 pm EDT on Friday 14 January 2011.

The following Watches/Warnings are current:

  • Major Flood Warning for the Avoca River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Loddon River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Wimmera River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Lerderderg River
  • Major Flood Warning for the Campaspe River Downstream of Lake Eppalock.

[For a list of moderate and minor flood warnings click here!]

Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, River Height and Rainfall information are available on the Bureau of Meteorology web site at http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/. Flood Warnings and Flood Watches for Victorian Catchments are available on: Telephone Weather Service No. 1300 659217.

Queensland

  • About three-quarters of Australian state of Queensland have been affected by flooding since late 2010.
  • At least 70 cities, towns and communities have been inundated by floodwaters.
  • At least 26 people have been killed, as of posting, with up to 70 others still missing.
  • In the state capital Brisbane, Australia’s 3rd largest city, some 30,000 homes and business were inundate in the past 48 hours, the city mayor has said.

New South Wales: FLOOD EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Australian Bureau of Meteorology Has issued the following statement:

The recent heavy rain over SE QLD has caused flooding in northern NSW, especially along rivers with headwaters in the NSW Northern Tablelands. The coastal flowing Clarence River and westerly flowing Macintyre River experienced major flooding.

Flood levels on the faster flowing coastal rivers are now falling, but flood levels are still rising along the western rivers with many communities affected. There is currently major flooding at Boggabilla on the Macintyre River that will effect downstream locations throughout January into February. The main flood waters are expected to reach the Barwon River by late January.

In addition, floodwaters from the earlier rainfall in Queensland and NSW are also slowly moving down the Culgoa River, causing major flooding, and will prolong major flooding conditions in the Darling River at Bourke, and downstream, throughout January and into February.

La Niña Enhancing Australia Floods: NASA

“Although exacerbated by precipitation from a tropical cyclone, rainfalls of historic proportion in eastern Queensland, Australia have led to levels of flooding usually only seen once in a century,” said David Adamec, oceanographer at NASA’s GSFC.

“The copious rainfall is a direct result of La Nina’s effect on the Pacific trade winds and has made tropical Australia particularly rainy this year.”

“The solid record of La Nina strength only goes back about 50 years and this latest event appears to be one of the strongest ones over this time period,” said climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA’s JPL in California.

“This La Niña has strengthened for the past seven months, and is one of the most intense events of the past half century.”

“It is already impacting weather and climate all around the planet,” he added.

La Niña on Dec. 29, 2010


The La Niña is highlighted by the large pool of blue and purple (cooler than normal) water stretching from the eastern to the central Pacific Ocean, reflecting lower than normal sea surface heights.  Click images to enlarge.

Original Caption: The current state of this season’s La Nina is shown in this Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 satellite image of the Pacific Ocean, based on the average of 10 days of data centered on Dec. 26, 2010. The new image depicts places where the Pacific sea-surface height is higher (warmer) than normal as yellow and red, while places where the sea surface is lower (cooler) than normal are shown in blue and purple. Green indicates near-normal conditions. Sea-surface height is an indicator of how much of the sun’s heat is stored in the upper ocean. The La Nina cool waters stretch from the eastern to the central Pacific Ocean. Image credit: NASA JPL Ocean Surface Topography Team.

“War Zone” in the War Against Nature

Interestingly, the flood devastation in Queensland [as well as in NSW and Victoria] has been described as a “war zone” by both the Australian PM and Queensland premier, with the haunting task of recovery compared to “post-war” efforts.

Uncharacteristically, their portrayals of the ongoing catastrophes are true and accurate. Australians have long waged a three-pronged war against nature by way of their

  • Coal exports
  • Tourism Industry
  • Intensive Industrial Farming

Australians are also among world’s top CO2 polluters.

It’s no wonder then their war against nature is being lost one battle after another, as back-to-back disasters continue to plague the country.

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Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

Posted by feww on January 13, 2011

Australia Flood Disasters Round One:  Brisbane Bruised and Bloodied

The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time today (19:30UTC Wednesday), which was less than a meter lower than the 1974 peak.

However, floodwaters have submerged about 3 dozen suburbs in Brisbane and large areas of Ipswhich, causing widespread damage.

Flood Facts

  • The Brisbane River peaked at 4.46m (14.6ft) at about 05:30 local time Thursday (19:30UTC Wednesday)
  • Water levels  are expected to remain high for at least 12 hours.
  • Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, is said to be experiencing the worst flooding in at least 50 years.
  • Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes.
  • About 25,000 homes are either partially or totally flooded.
  • Floodwaters have caused substantial damage to infrastructure.
  • Large areas of Brisbane and Ipswich remain under water.
  • At least one death was reported in the area as a result of flooding.
  • A list of flooded suburbs released by Brisbane City Council includes:   Albion,  Auchenflower, Bowen Hills, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Chelmer, Coorparoo, East Brisbane, Fairfield, Fig Tree Pocket, Fortitude Valley, Graceville, Hemmant, Indooroopilly, Kangaroo Point, Lytton, Murrarie, New Farm, Newstead, Norman Park, Oxley, Pinkenba, Rocklea, Sherwood, South Brisbane, Tennyson, Toowong, Windsor, Wacol, Yeronga, Yeerongpilly
  • A partial list of inundated suburbs of Ipswich is available HERE.
  • Drinking water supplies are a major concern in many areas, especially in the Lockyer Valley.
  • About 120,000 properties in Queensland are without electricity.
  • Confirmed death toll from flooding has now reached 15 19 from this week’s flooding (12 died in TooWoomba; total of 29 in Queensland since December) with a reported 61 people still missing.

Brisbane Flood Map


Source: Brisbane City Council

Larger Flood Maps (PDF)

Queensland’s Premier Anna Bligh said: “This is still a very dangerous situation and we have thousands of people who are waking this morning to the total devastation of either their homes, businesses – for some people it’s both.

“We should be very mindful that Mother Nature has done shocking and devastating damage. People are living, at the moment, in what I would call a post-war zone.”

“Post-War Zone”

Brisbane residents awoke to the “post-war zone” this morning with entire suburbs submerged under water.  “The worst flood in 50 years” has caused widespread destruction to the infrastructure throughout the area, a report said.

“It’s a very mixed story here today, there is some relief and I’m grateful Mother Nature hasn’t been as terrible as she could have been, but people are waking up to unbearable agony across our city today,” Blight told reporters.

“We’ve seen scenes of unbelievable devastation and destruction: entire suburbs where only rooftops can be glimpsed, whole big workplaces are completely under water.”

“Whole industrial parks (and) railway stations under water, bridges, roads all closed. What I’m seeing looks more like a war zone in some places,” she said.

Bligh described the scale of damage as massive requiring “post-war” rebuilding effort.

Floodwaters Kill Two

Two Seven Brisbane area deaths have raised this week’s toll in SE Queensland to 15 19, a total of 25 29 reported deaths in Qld since December.

“Early reports indicated the man walked around road closed signs into property that is believed to be his father’s property to check that property,” Premier Blight said.

“Unfortunately as he walked he was sucked into a stormwater drain.”

A second death has since been reported.

Excerpts from News Reports

Extra police deployed to prevent looting

“Extra police are being brought in to patrol vast flooded areas in Brisbane and Ipswich to provide security and prevent looting.” Source

Looters target Ipswich flood victims

“IPSWICH was dealing with a scourge worse than the floods after looters broke into unattended homes and businesses.” Source

“The small town of Goondiwindi in Queensland’s south-west is on high alert, with fears the flooding Macintyre River could breach the town’s levee bank.” Source

Forecast Total Rainfall


Forecast for Friday 14 January 2011 to Friday 21 January 2011. Source Australia BOM.

Latest Weather Observations for the Brisbane Area

Queensland Warnings Summary

Australia’s Latest Weather Warnings

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