Hurricane “Ian” made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida near Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers, around 19:05 UTC (15:05 EDT) on September 28, 2022, with maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph), placing it at the upper end of the Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Ian caused a catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula, leaving more than 2.6 million customers without power.
Powerful post-tropical cyclone Fiona made landfall in Atlantic Canada on September 23, 2022, as the deepest low-pressure system ever to hit Canada. Fiona washed away homes and cars, caused major structural damage, and left more than 500 000 customers across the region without power.
Violent storms hit central Italy’s Marche region late September 15, 2022, causing major floods in which at least 9 people lost their lives and 4, including two minors, went missing. Around 50 people were being treated for hypothermia and other injuries.
Typhoon “Muifa” made its first landfall in China on the coast of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province at approximately 12:30 UTC on September 14, 2022, with maximum sustained winds of up to 151 km/h (94 mph), and the second in Shanghai’s Fengxian District at 16:30 UTC, with maximum sustained winds of up to 126 km/h (78 mph).
Tropical Storm “Kay” delivered nearly a year’s worth of rain across Southern California last week, shattering daily rainfall records.
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 hit eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea at 23:46 UTC on September 10, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 61.4 km (38 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
The death toll from destructive floods affecting Pakistan since June 14, 2022, rose to 1 162 on August 31, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reports. During the same period, more than 3 500 people were injured, 33 million were affected, and more than 1 million homes were damaged or destroyed. Officials said this year’s monsoon season brought more than one-third of the country underwater and described the floods as one of the worst in history.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has raised the ENSO Outlook status from ‘La Niña WATCH’ to ‘La Niña ALERT’ with the likelihood of La Niña returning this spring increasing to around 3 times the normal risk.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reports that for the first time in 1 000 years, volcanic eruptions spewing magma are believed to have taken place just off the southern coast of Japan’s Ioto island, also known as Iwojima and Iojima.
Record-breaking rainfall hit parts of South Korea’s capital Seoul and surrounding regions on August 8, 2022, leaving at least 8 people dead and 7 others missing. At least 14 people have been injured and more than 80 rescued from flooded streams. 391 people in the capital area were left homeless.