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GLOBAL WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER 2003

UNITED STATES
mid-Atlantic

Hurricane Isabel made landfall along the Outer Banks of North Carolina on the
18th, spreading heavy rainfall and strong winds over a wide area. Heavy rain
from the hurricane had spread well inland over much of the Mid-Atlantic region
during the afternoon and evening of the 18th, along with a broad area of
tropical storm to hurricane force wind gusts over eastern North Carolina,
eastern Virginia and northward to the New Jersey shore.

Severe thunderstorms, including several confirmed tornadoes, spread across
portions of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic coastal plain during September 22-23, 2003.
Parts of Richmond, Virginia were hit with 160 100 mph wind gusts as the storms
moved through, with 40,000 customers losing power in the state (Associated
Press). More power outages occurred in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with an F-1
tornado causing damage in Delaware Township, New Jersey.

West

Throughout much of the western United States, severe to extreme drought was
widespread. Numerous wildfires were concentrated in areas of the northern
Rockies.

EUROPE
BONIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Heat and dryness during the summer months has promoted drought across many
areas. The intensification of drought has forced many people to travel many
kilometers to find water, as the cost of trucking water into communities was
too expensive for most villages.

INDIA

Heavy rains at the end of August and early September produced flooding across
much of the state of Orissa. Flooding affected over 3,500 villages and resulted
in 14 deaths.

AFRICA

Exceptionally heavy rains affected the Sahel region of Africa during late
August and into September. Flooding affected parts Burkina Faso, Mali,
Mauritania and Niger, causing at least 15 deaths and destroying thousands of
homes (IFRC). In northern Nigeria, flooding was characterized as the worst in
more than 20 years in Kaduna state. Thousands of people were forced to flee
their homes as the Kaduna River rose above the flood stage on September 7.

ASIA
China

Landslides and floods in the northwestern province of Shaanxi killed at least
38 people by early September, and forced a half-million people from their homes
(Reuters). Flooding was extensive along the Weihe, the largest tributary of the
Yellow River.

Typhoon Maemi formed as a tropical depression on the 5th in the open waters of
the Philippine Sea. Maemi reached typhoon status by the 7th, peaking out on the
10th with maximum sustained winds near 170 mph. Maemi made landfall across
southeastern South Korea on the 12th with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph.
The storm triggered landslides and floods that were responsible for at least
117 deaths, and forced 25,000 to evacuate their homes.

CENTRAL AMERICA
Mexico

Heavy rains in early to mid-September across portions of central Mexico brought
flooding to several states. Floods damaged thousands of homes and displaced
thousands of people in the states of Querétaro, Guanajuato, Nayarit, Michoacán
and Veracruz.

Hurricane Marty developed as a tropical depression in the eastern Pacific Ocean
on the 19th. Marty made landfall along Mexico's Baja Peninsula on the 22nd near
San Jose del Cabo with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph. Marty weakened as
it tracked northward across the Gulf of California, spreading heavy rains as
far north as Arizona by the 24th. Marty was responsible for 6 deaths, and was
the second hurricane in less than a month to affect Baja California.

In Honduras, heavy rains during September 14-15 caused flooding along the Ulúa
River, which damaged the country's agricultural and fishing sectors. The
heaviest losses were reported in the province of Cortés, where plantain, corn
and sugarcane were the crops most seriously affected.



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