GDACS issued red alert as Tropical Cyclone PHET-10 of Saffir-Simpson Category 4 affected 295 thousand people with winds above 39mph (63 km/h) and 16.4 million people with hurricane wind strengths (74mph or 119 km/h). In addition, 164 thousand people are living in coastal areas below 5m and can therefore be affected by storm surge.
The first named tropical storm of the 2010 Pacific hurricane season "Agatha" caused severe rainfall in the departments of Escuintla, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Totonicapn, Sololá, Chimaltenango and Guatemala.
The nor'wester that played havoc in eastern India on the night of 14 April 2010 also hit border districts of Dinajpur, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram in Bangladesh. Some adjacent districts including Gaibandha, Sirjaganj and Bogra were also affected.
Cyclone Ului continued to undergo rapid intensification yesterday morning and early afternoon. The centre of Cyclone Ului was located 128 kms southeast of Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands at 0800UTC yesterday. Most models are forecasting Cyclone Ului to continue on a generally westerly course just to the south of the Southern Solomon Islands and then on toward the Louisiade Archipelago in Southeast Papua New Guinea.