June 17, 2007
In Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, on Thursday, in a few minutes, the sky turned cloudy all of a sudden and it started to rain. Initially it did not seem like a big deal, but after a few minutes it turned into a very intense thunderstorm. The lightning blasts struck at the city and caused power outages in many places. In one hour of intense rain, many neighborhoods around the city began to flood as the streams overflowed. Tegucigalpa, being a city of many hills, was subject to water currents that quickly grew out of control as they went downhill. Several cars were almost totally covered by water and people had to be rescued. There were reports of a fallen wall of a school, and reports of houses being flooded and evacuated in several neighborhoods. The most damaged neighborhoods were the poor ones. By the end of the weekend, five people were reported dead as a result of these floods. Flash storms such as the ones on Thursday are QUITE UNUSUAL, even though floods which include deaths happen every once in a while. The lightning strikes on Thursday were AMONG THE LOUDEST HEARD. Honduras's weather has taken an UNUSUAL turn throughout the last couple of years. Before,Tegucigalpa was never too hot. However, there has definitely been an increase in the temperature in this city in the last four years. Today, in 2007, the temperature is in the 80's and the hot weather sometimes rises to uncomfortable levels.
The rain that pelted Taranaki on May 23 could have been the HEAVIEST EVER RECORDED IN THE REGION. "The intensity of that rainfall was ABSOLUTELY FREAKISH. The rainfall recordings up in the Wawhakaiho River were the HIGHEST EVER - and it all literally happened in half an hour. Not only that, but we think that the rainfall intensities up in the Kaitake and Pouakai ranges were even greater. It must have been a REALLY FREAK EVENT." The big, but short - four hour - rain storm caused severe localised flooding between Inglewood and Okato. "There were localised areas of very intense rainfall which produced extremely high, and in some cases UNPRECEDENTED, discharges. There was one report of 50mm of rainfall being recorded in 30 minutes." Major erosion damage was also caused. Archives May 23