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  • #16
    Surprise flash floods hit Italy's Palermo/Wandering thunderstorms wreak havoc in the city on the island of Sicily.

    Firefighters in the Italian city of Palermo have worked through the night searching for people thought to have been trapped in a car in a flooded underpass after the most "violent" rainstorm in memory, according to local officials.

    The rain, which reportedly fell intensely for several hours, caused widespread flooding in Palermo on Wednesday and resulted in the hospitalisation of two small children for hypothermia, Italian news agency ANSA said.

    As the underpass search continued, police said they had received no report of people missing.

    Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo on the island of Sicily, described the downpour as "the most violent rain in the history of the city since at least 1790, equal to that which falls in a year".

    The statement does not appear to be entirely true as the annual rainfall for Palermo is approximately 615mm (24 inches) and local reports suggested that roughly 80mm (3 inches) of rain fell in a few minutes.

    The rain's effect, however, was obviously severe, with at least one metre (3.3 feet) of floodwater gathering in underpasses and lower parts of the city - an extraordinary event for July when then the average rainfall in Palermo is 5mm and rain is expected on just one day of the month.:

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    • #17
      China blows up dam in eastern Anhui province to ease flood risk

      Chinese authorities blew up part of a dam in eastern Anhui province to relieve flood pressure, local media reported, as heavy rains continue to swell rivers across parts of the country.

      What you need to know

      More than 140 people have died or are missing amid rising waters across central and eastern China, and floods have affected almost 24 million since the start of July, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

      Authorities have adopted measures such as diverting water into back-up reservoirs to keep levels manageable as large rivers and lakes hit record highs.

      Chu River dam demolished

      In Anhui, a dam on the Chu River was demolished on Sunday as water levels inched close to historic highs. Local authorities said the action was taken to ensure the safety of people living nearby.

      The blasting of the dam was expected to reduce the level of the Chu River by about 70cm (28 inches), reported the state-run Global Times. Chinese media said the released water was being channelled into two downstream storage ponds.

      15 metres above flood level

      A total of 35 rivers and lakes in Anhui saw high water marks exceed warning levels by Saturday noon - including the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers - reported the official Xinhua news agency. Over the weekend, the Three Gorges Dam also opened three floodgates after the water rose more than 15 metres (49 feet) above flood level.

      Last week, soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China's largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly 60 years drenched the Yangtze River basin.:

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      • #18
        Tens of thousands displaced in Assam as floods heap misery on pandemic stricken region

        Unrelenting monsoon rains have triggered severe flooding in the Indian state of Assam, killing at least 85 people, displacing tens of thousands residents and drowning rare wildlife in a national park.

        Since May, raging floodwaters have inundated thousands of villages on the banks of the overflowing Brahmaputra river, forcing more than 145,648 people out of their homes and hampering efforts to prevent the continued spread of coronavirus. As of Monday, 48,197 displaced residents were taking shelter at 276 relief camps set up across the state, while others have returned home after the flood receded in their regions, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

        Famous for its tea plantations, the northeastern state is hit by floods and landslides every year during the monsoon season. But this year's deluge comes as the country is struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus. India has recorded more than one million confirmed cases, the third highest in the world after the US and Brazil.

        The virus is spreading rapidly in Assam, infecting more than 1,000 people every day over the past week. In total, the state of about 25 million people have reported over 25,000 cases, including 58 deaths.

        The deluge meanwhile has affected more than 2.4 million people in 24 of the 33 districts in Assam. It has also swamped large swathes of a national park, killing over 100 wild animals, including a dozen rhinos.

        Flooding across the region

        Heavy monsoon rains have wreaked havoc across the region.

        In Nepal, 114 people have died and 48 remain missing due to devastating floods and landslides, authorities said on Monday.

        Massive landslides were recorded at 12 different locations on Monday, killing several people and displacing dozens, the home ministry said in a statement.

        Prithvi Highway, Nepal's key transport route connecting the western part of the country to the capital Kathmandu, has been blocked at several sections after being hit by multiple landslides, officials said.

        The water levels at 10 major rivers across Nepal have exceeded the warning mark and people living nearby have been advised to be on alert, the home ministry said.

        In Bangladesh, nearly one third of the country -- and one fifth of its population -- have been affected by floods, Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, spokesman of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, told CNN last week.

        Hundreds of schools across Bangladesh have been turned into shelters for the displaced.

        Jahangir Alam, a farmer in Sunamganj district who had sent his family to one of the shelters, said the last time he saw a flood as dangerous as this one was in 2004.

        "Over 20 acres of my paddy field went under water. My house is under waist-deep water," he said.

        The situation is unlikely to improve soon, as Nepal, Bangladesh and northeastern India will continue to see very heavy rainfall this week.:

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        • #19
          Tropical Storm Gonzalo expected to become season's first hurricane as a new tropical depression forms in Gulf of Mexico

          The most active part of the hurricane season is still weeks away, but experts' predictions for a busy season appear to be holding true, with the National Hurricane Center now monitoring two systems.

          Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which formed Wednesday, is expected to become the first hurricane of the season on Thursday. Meantime, a tropical depression has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

          A hurricane watch has been issued for Barbados, as Gonzalo is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over Thursday and peak at a Category 1, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before tropical storm force winds are anticipated to reach the location, according to the National Hurricane Center.

          At 2 a.m. Thursday, Gonzalo had sustained winds of 60 mph and was 1,025 miles east of the Southern Windward Islands.: -
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          • #20
            Hanna becomes first hurricane of 2020 Atlantic season as it barrels toward Texas

            Tropical Storm Hanna was upgraded to a hurricane on Saturday morning, becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season as it barrels toward Texas.

            The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Hanna had strengthened and gained winds of more than 75 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 storm. It is expected to strengthen as it continues moving closer to the Texas coast.

            As of Saturday morning, Hanna was located roughly 100 miles away from Corpus Christi, Texas, and was moving west at 9 mph. It is expected to make landfall later Saturday, and a hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Texas.

            Some areas of Texas are anticipated to get six to 12 inches of rain, while others will get 18 inches through Sunday night.

            Kleberg County, south of Corpus Christi, has already issued a voluntary evacuation order.: -

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            • #21
              In Pictures: Hurricane Hanna lashes Texas

              Hurricane Hanna roared ashore onto the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, bringing winds that lashed the shoreline with rain and storm surges, even threatening to bring possible tornadoes to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in coronavirus cases.

              The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall twice as a Category 1 storm on Saturday afternoon within the span of little over an hour.

              Many parts of Texas, including areas near where Hanna came ashore, have been dealing with a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, but local officials said they were prepared for whatever the storm might bring.

              Chris Birchfield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said residents needed to remain alert. While Hanna's winds were expected to weaken throughout Saturday night, the storm's real threat remained heavy rainfall, he said. "We're not even close to over at this point. We're still expecting catastrophic flooding," Birchfield said.

              More devastation:

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              • #22

                Wet weekend
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                • #23
                  Update. Wet and windy weekend.:

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                  • #24
                    Josephine forms in the Atlantic, adding another record to this historic hurricane season

                    Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the Atlantic, continuing this hurricane season record setting pace.

                    What was tropical depression eleven increased in intensity on Thursday morning with winds of 45 mph and may become stronger through Friday night, said the National Hurricane Center in their 5 p.m. EDT advisory.

                    This increased intensity was strong enough for the NHC to call it a tropical storm and give it a name, making it the earliest "J" named storm to form in the Atlantic ever.

                    The previous record-holder was Jose, which formed on August 22 during the historic 2005 hurricane season.

                    Josephine -- pronounced JOH-seh-feen -- is located about 865 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is tracking to the west-northwest.

                    "The storm will likely continue to strengthen but is expected to track north of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen says.

                    Josephine will begin to encounter an unfavorable environment over the weekend. It will likely weaken to a depression as it turns north into the Atlantic's open waters next week.

                    This storm comes on the heels of NOAA's updated forecasts for the season. They are now predicting up to 25 named storms -- something they have never done before.

                    An average season produces 12 named storms.

                    Josephine is the 10th named storm, and we are only two months and 13 days into the 6-month season.: - -

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                    • #25
                      Sudan: Dozens dead, thousands of homes destroyed by floods

                      At least 65 people have died and more than 14,000 homes destroyed in Sudan floods.

                      Torrential rains and floods have killed at least 65 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes in Sudan.

                      More than 30,400 homes were damaged, and almost 700 cattle died due to the flooding, the Interior Ministry said in a statement late on Saturday.

                      Some 2,000 gold miners were trapped in two mines in eastern Gadarif state due to the bad weather, the Sudan News Agency reported.

                      The Horn of Africa nation through which the Nile river flows is in the midst of its rainy season, which lasts from June to October.

                      Sudan's Khartoum, Blue Nile, and River Nile states are among the hardest-hit by the floods, while damage has also been reported in the Gezira, Gadarif, West Kordofan and South Darfur regions, according to the United Nations.

                      At least 14 schools have been damaged across the country, and more than 1,600 water sources have become contaminated or non-functional, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan.

                      In Bout, Blue Nile province, a seasonal river burst its banks, further impacting an area where the collapse of the Bout Dam at the end of July already caused significant damage, driving the local population to rely on what surface water they can find. According to humanitarian sources on the ground, this trend combined with poor sanitation and open defecation is likely to increase the risk of disease outbreaks.

                      More heavy rainfall is expected in August and September in most parts of the country, Sudan's meteorological authority has warned.

                      Flooding is common in Sudan, which suffers from poor infrastructure and lacks functional sewer systems and storm drains.:

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                      • #26

                        #13 and #14 forecast to make landfall at about the same time next week:

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                        • #27
                          Gulf Coast braces for 2 potential hurricanes days apart

                          Two intensifying tropical storms have barreled past the Caribbean, pouring rain down on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as they take aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

                          Why it matters: Per NOAA, Tropical Storms Laura and Marco are forecast to strike Louisiana's coast this week at or near hurricane strength as the state continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Marco was forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday.

                          Storm surge, flash flood, tropical storm and hurricane watches are in effect ahead of Marco's expected arrival Monday, the National Weather Service said. Laura is due to hit Wednesday.

                          Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach told AP two hurricanes have never struck the Gulf of Mexico in the same week since records began some 120 years ago.:

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                          • #28
                            Some good news. They will not be hitting within 2 days of one another.

                            Marco has fizzled out and about to make landfall.

                            But Laura might be another story. She could strengthen while in the Gulf before making landfall.

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                            • #29

                              14 foot storm surge – Forecast, Cat 4 by the time it makes landfall Thursday morning along a low-lying coastline

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                              • #30


                                WATCH: Webcams in Texas, Louisiana offer views of Laura:

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