17 May 2023: What damage did the cyclone Mocha cause ? What is the update on cyclones in the US and Canada ? Why the name Mocha?
On Sunday, Cyclone Mocha wreaked havoc on refugee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar with powerful winds and severe thunderstorms. The category-5 cyclone claimed at least five lives and forced 500,000 people to flee their homes.
Cyclone Mocha, was proposed by Yemen, after a small fishing village in the country known for its coffee production. Incidentally, mocha coffee is also named after it.
As Mocha made landfall, the area was shaken by continuous winds of more than 160 mph that generated gusts closer to 200 mph. More than 1,300 camps were demolished in Cox's Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world. Floods and landslides were caused by a lot of rain.
After the storm left the warm sea that increased it strength, it quickly faded as it traveled inland. However, in the upcoming days, thunderstorms are likely to hinder search and rescue operations.
The Pacific Northwest and the western half of Canada are likely to experience temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees Celsius above the seasonal average this week.
Particularly in the area of Vancouver, where temperatures are anticipated to reach the low 30s Celsius, the rise in temperatures across the north-west could cause some meteorological observatories to break their monthly temperature records.
Eastern Canada, in comparison, will have temperatures that are roughly 10C below average. As chilly air rushes south, temperatures are unlikely to reach double digits. In certain areas of Quebec, the resulting daytime temperatures are forecast to be a chilly 7C.
After tornadoes devastated certain states, there will likely be a respite in storm activity further south throughout the US plains. Even though they largely damaged sparse farmland, Nebraska suffered the majority of the damage of a series of them.
Nevertheless, a tornado that ripped through Dodge County caused damage to several homes and farm facilities. In the upcoming days, storm activity will decrease as moisture withdraws and high pressure develops from the west.