MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has formed into Tropical Storm Gert but it’s not expected to make landfall.The National Hurricane Center said on Sunday afternoon that Gert was centered about 505 miles (812 kilometers) west-southwest of Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (64 kph). It is moving toward the north-northwest at 10 mph (16 kph).A slow strengthening is expected in the next day or two.
A turn toward the north is forecast for tonight, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast by Monday night.
Portugal asks for help from Europe to fight firesFILE PHOTO – A firefighting helicopter drops water to extinguish a forest fire in Vila Velha de Rodao, near Castelo Branco, Portugal, July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteLISBON (Reuters) – More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.Exceptionally dry and hot weather ignited Portugal’s worst fire disaster in memory early this summer, killing 64 people, and fires have continued to flare up in recent weeks with the arrival of each new hotter spell of weather.Interior Minister Constanca Urbana de Sousa said the country sent the request for help to Europe late on Saturday because of concerns that high temperatures and high winds in the coming days could increase the number of fires.The minister said the request was carried out „because of a question of prudence” due to the weather forecast for coming days, according to news agency Lusa. It covered requests for firefighting airplanes and firemen and is part of a European mechanism for cooperation to fight fires.Emergency services said 268 fires broke out on Saturday, the highest number for any single day this year, with 6,500 firemen fighting to put them out. There are fears that many of them could flare up again later on Sunday, with higher winds and temperatures that hit in the afternoon.The central district of Coimbra adopted a local state of emergency to deal with fires, as did four smaller municipalities in the region.While fires have burned through the summer none has had the tragic impact of the one in late June, as emergency services have gone to far greater efforts to evacuate villages and shut roads early in affected areas.But the country could face many more weeks of fires before the end of summer.More than 140,000 hectares of forest have burned this summer in Portugal, more than three times higher than the average over the last 10 years, according to European Union data.(Reporting By Axel Bugge; Editing by Greg Mahlich)
World Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal Washington Post 17 hours agoKATHMANDU, Nepal — Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, police said Sunday. The death toll was expected to go up, with around two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine southern districts of the Himalayan country, said police spokesman Pushkar Karki. Around 31,000 families have been displaced by the floods and landslides, which began Friday, he said. Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas. Rescue efforts were hampered by incessant rain and roads that were washed away in … KATHMANDU, Nepal — Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, police said Sunday.The death toll was expected to go up, with around two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine southern districts of the Himalayan country, said police spokesman Pushkar Karki.Around 31,000 families have been displaced by the floods and landslides, which began Friday, he said.Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.Rescue efforts were hampered by incessant rain and roads that were washed away in many places. Traffic on Nepal’s main East-West highway was stopped after parts of the road and some bridges were severely damaged by the floodwaters.Today’s WorldViewWhat’s most important from where the world meets WashingtonTeams of soldiers and police officers were working together in the rescue and evacuation efforts, said Ram Krishna Subedi, a home ministry spokesman.In the eastern city of Biratnagar, the airport was closed after the runway was submerged under more than half a meter (2 feet) of water.Landslides and flooding are common in the Himalayan region during the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 49 View photos A girl carrying dishes walks along a flooded area in Janakpur, Nepal August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Navesh ChitrakarKATHMANDU (Reuters) – Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.The toll could go higher as three dozen people were reported missing. Another 17 were injured.The heavy rain, which mainly hit the country’s southern plains, led to the evacuation of 5,000 people, a Home Ministry official said.More than 30 people were reported dead on Saturday.Army and police personnel continued search and rescue operations, with more than 34,000 houses submerged, the official added.”The number of dead could increase as we are still compiling the final tally,” said Laxmi Pun, an aide to Home Minister Janardan Sharma, told Reuters.The Red Cross estimated 100,000 people were affected by the disaster, with one official describing how the storm had cut off communication and electricity, adding to the challenges in rescuing people and distributing aid supplies such as food and water to displaced people.Monsoon rains which start in June and continue through September are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause havoc each year.(Reporting by Gopal Sharmal Editing by Kim Coghill)
Storm near Turks and Caicos expected to become cyclone: NHC(Reuters) – A broad low pressure area over the Caribbean Sea has an 80-percent chance of developing into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday. The Miami-based center said the showers and thunderstorms area, currently located some 250 miles (400 km) northeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands, was expected to form into a tropical depression later on Saturday.(Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Alistair Bell)
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