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Default September 2006 Global Weather Highlights




Extensive flooding in August 2006 continued in September. Flooding was
blamed for at least nine fatalities in Dire Dawa on the 13th (OHCA).
Heavy rainfall that began last month continued in September in parts of
Niger and Burkina Faso, rendering 22,000 people homeless. Nigeria, Mali
and Mauritania also experienced flooding rains (AFP).

Midwest and South

Severe thunderstorms produced tornadoes and flooding across portions of
the Midwest and South on the 22nd. Damage from the storms was reported
in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. In
central and eastern Missouri, nearly 400 structures were damaged or
destroyed and at least 10 people were injured by 10 tornadoes.
Regionally, 13 deaths were attributed to the severe weather (Associated


Tropical Storm Ernesto developed during the month of August but made
landfall along the North Carolina coast near Long Beach just before
midnight on September 1st with maximum sustained winds near 115 km/hr
(60 knots or 70 mph). The primary impact from Ernesto was heavy
rainfall along its course. Parts of eastern North Carolina and Virginia
received 200-300 mm (8-12 inches of rainfall).
Estimated crop losses were $59 million (USD) in North Carolina, while
total lossed were near $90 million (USD) in Virginia (Associated


Hurricane John developed in the eastern Pacific Ocean during August,
but made landfall along Mexico's Baja Peninsula on the 1st near San
Jose del Cabo with maximum sustained winds near 175 km/hr (95 knots or
110 mph). John was blamed for four deaths in Mexico (AFP). The storm
also produced minor flooding farther north in parts of the U.S.
Southwest, including parts of southern California, southern Arizona and
New Mexico, as well as west Texas (Associated Press).

Hurricane Lane formed on the 13th off the west coast of Mexico and
reached hurricane status by the 15th. Lane made landfall in Mexico on
the 16th in the state of Sinaloa about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of El
Dorado with maximum sustained winds near 205 km/hr (100 knots or 125
mph). The hurricane was responsible for at least four fatalities in
Mexico due to flooding and landslides (OCHA).


Typhoon Shanshan developed in the Philippine Sea on the 10th, reaching
typhoon strength the next day. Shanshan moved across Japan's southern
island of Kyushu on the 17th with maximum sustained winds near 175
km/hr (95 knots or 110 mph). There were at least eight fatalities and
around 100 injured in Japan (AFP).

Typhoon Xangsane initially developed in the Philippine Sea on the 25th,
crossing the Philippines as a typhoon on the 27th-28th with maximum
sustained winds near 230 km/hr (125 knots or 145 mph). Xangsane was
blamed for 31 deaths in the Philippines, caused more than 200 injuries,
and knocked out power to more than half of the main island of Luzon. In
Manila, the stock exchange, currency market, schools and government
offices were temporarily closed as the typhoon was characterized as the
worst to hit the city in over 35 years (Reuters).


Hurricane Gordon developed as a depression in the central Atlantic
Ocean on the 10th and became a hurricane by the 12th. Gordon passed
through the Azores on the 20th, with winds gusting to 132 km/hr (81
mph) at Santa Maria. Gordon lost its tropical characteristics before
reaching the Spanish coastal region of Galicia on the 21st, but still
produced wind gusts to 140 km/hr (85 mph) (AFP). The extratropical
remnants of Gordon brought strong winds and rain to the United Kingdom
on the 22nd. Winds gusting as high as 130 km/hr (81 mph) produced power
outages to over 100,000 customers, mostly in Northern Ireland (Times


Tropical Cyclone 05B developed in the Bay of Bengal on the 28th and
moved inland near Brahampur, India the next day with maximum sustained
winds near 65 km/hr (35 knots or 40 mph). Locally heavy rainfall
affected the eastern states of India.

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