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nuevo laredo mexico storm damage may 21 2017

Severe storm closes international border bridge in Laredo, US-Mexico

A severe thunderstorm brought damaging winds and heavy rain to US - Mexico border region late May 21, 2017, forcing authorities to close the Laredo - Nuevo Laredo bridge, one of the busiest commercial crossings between the two countries. The traffic is being...

May 22, 2017

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Tornado rips through Toluca, Mexico, damaging at least 25 homes

A damaging tornado ripped through northern parts of the city of Toluca, Mexico during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Toluca Mayor, Fernando Zamora Morales, toured the area and reported at least 25 damaged houses. Morales added there were no...

May 20, 2017

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Good news from above: Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Unseasonably heavy rain is drenching Queensland, Australia this week, with some regions experiencing nearly four times their monthly average for the month of May in just one day. After a dry start to the year, this heavy and widespread rain is proving to be...

May 19, 2017

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Major thunderstorm hits Acadian Peninsula, Canada

A violent thunderstorm ripped through the Acadian Peninsula, northeastern corner of New Brunswick, Canada on Thursday night, May 18, 2017, leaving close to 7 000 people without power. Earlier in the day, severe thunderstorms swept through Ontario, leaving more than...

May 19, 2017

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Strong late-spring snowstorm hits the Rockies

An unusually strong late-spring snowstorm, named Valerie by The Weather Channel, dumped heavy snow on the Rockies, closing roads, damaging trees and causing power outages on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18, 2017. Valerie dumped more than 3 feet (91.4 cm) of snow and...

May 19, 2017

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Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 10 - 16, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between May 10 and 16, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Masaya, Nicaragua | Poas,...

May 18, 2017

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Major severe weather outbreak across parts of the southern and central Plains

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across parts of the southern and central Plains Thursday afternoon (local time, May 18, 2017) and Thursday evening through the overnight hours. An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and...

May 18, 2017

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WMO announces all-time deadliest extreme weather events

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced "world records" for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO...

May 18, 2017

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Floods, landslides leave 7 people dead in Indonesia

At least 7 people have died and tens of thousands were affected after heavy rain fell on Indonesia's Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra late last week. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman, said...

May 18, 2017

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Short-lived eruption at Cleveland volcano, Alaska

A short-lived explosion was detected in seismic and infrasound data at Cleveland volcano at 03:38 UTC on May 17, 2017. The increase in seismicity lasted about 10 minutes. The ash cloud was observed in satellite data drifting to the southwest for approximately 5...

May 18, 2017

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Extreme rainfall hits Jamaica, major flooding and landslides

A trough across the central Caribbean is dumping extremely heavy rain on parts of Jamaica since Saturday evening, May 13, 2017, causing major flooding and landslides. Flooding affected 10 of country's 14 parishes, with Clarendon the worst hit. The Health...

May 17, 2017

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Large gustnado near Exeter, Nebraska

A large gustnado or landspout was spotted and recorded near Exeter, Nebraska on May 16, 2017. The event was followed by rain and pea-sized hail soon after. Although there were no damage or injuries reported, the sight evoked horrible memories to Jerry and Theresa...

May 17, 2017

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Massive landslide in Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

A massive landslide with the volume of 2.8 million m3 (98.8 million ft3) hit the Kurbu-Tash village on April 24, 2017, damaging 84.8 hectares (209 acres) of agricultural land. As of May 13, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said, there are 56...

May 17, 2017

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Deadly tornadoes hit Elk City, OK and Chetek, Wisconsin

At least two people were killed in the central United States on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as powerful thunderstorms rolled through the region. SPC's preliminary reports mention at least 27 tornado reports and 150 hail/large hail reports from Texas to Wisconsin by...

May 17, 2017

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Powerful eruption at Bogoslof: ash to 10.4 km (34 000 ft), Aviation Color Code Red

A powerful explosive eruption started at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska at 06:32 UTC on May 17, 2017, and lasted approximately 73 minutes. The Aviation Color Code was raised from Orange to Red. This is the first major eruption at Bogoslof volcano since March 8, 2017. A...

May 17, 2017

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Thousands rescued as severe floods hit southeast China

At least 4 people have been killed and thousands evacuated after heavy rain caused severe floods in southeast China over the past couple of days. Last week, record-breaking rain caused major flooding in parts of Guangdong Province, affecting nearly 9 000 people....

May 16, 2017

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Cholera outbreak rapidly spreading in Yemen

The cholera outbreak is rapidly spreading in Yemen, with reported cases tripling over the last week. Since April 27, 2017, at least 180 people have died and 11 000 suspected cholera cases have been reported across 18 governorates in Yemen. On May 14, local health...

May 16, 2017

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo

Health authorities are reporting an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the first Ebola outbreak since the end of the West Africa outbreak in 2016, and the first in the country since November 2014. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

May 16, 2017

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Heavy rain, large hail and tornadoes target central US

NWS SPC warns that severe thunderstorms are expected Tuesday, May 16, into Tuesday night from portions of the southern Great Plains to the upper Mississippi Valley, with the greatest severe weather risk from southwest Kansas into western Oklahoma and the eastern...

May 16, 2017

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Sheveluch erupts ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet), Aviation Color Code Red

Yet another powerful eruption occurred at Russia's Sheveluch volcano at 07:05 UTC on May 16, 2017. The eruption sent ash up to 10 km (33 000) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. KVERT reported the eruption was accompanied by pyroclastic flows,...

May 16, 2017

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G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storms expected

Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels are expected over the next 48 hours due to the influence of a geoeffective coronal hole in combination with an Earth-directed component of coronal mass ejection (CME) produced on May 13. The first effects are expected...

May 15, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 13:22 UTC on May 15, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 40.2 km (25.0 miles) ENE of Rabaul...

May 15, 2017

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1.3 million people affected in flood-ravaged Peru, dengue cases growing

Nearly 1.3 million people in Peru remain severely affected or affected throughout the country as a result of the extreme rainfall and country's most devastating floods in decades. Of these, more than 400 000 are children and adolescents. At the same time, total...

May 15, 2017

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Deadly floods hit Atacama and Coquimbo, Chile

Heavy rains affecting Atacama and Coquimbo regions of Chile since May 12, 2017, have caused widespread floods, left at least 2 people dead and forced 3 000 people to evacuate. Both Coquimbo and Atacama are on Red Alert. La Serena, the capital of Coquimbo region...

May 15, 2017

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Yellow alert issued after shallow M5.8 earthquake hits Iran

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.8 hit North Khorasan Province, Iran (Turkmenistan-Iran border region) at 18:01 UTC on May 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.4 km (7.7 miles). A yellow alert was issued for shaking-related...

May 13, 2017

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Huge plume of Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

This week's strong winds lofted a huge dust plume from western Africa and carried it toward the northeast into Europe and west toward Cabo Verde Islands. The event is ongoing, reaching far into eastern Europe and over the Atlantic Ocean. While very high load of...

May 13, 2017

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Intensifying cosmic rays, grand solar minimum and Earth's climate

Data provided by the students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com show cosmic ray levels are intensifying, as the Solar Minimum approaches, with an approximately 13% increase since March 2015. This article provides a brief overview of...

May 13, 2017

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Tornado hits Baton Rouge, huge hail pelts Oklahoma and Arkansas

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down near Baton Rouge, Louisiana early Friday morning, May 12, 2017. The tornado ripped through Sherwood Forest area around 09:00 CDT, causing significant damage. The twister tossed a vehicle...

May 12, 2017

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Major Saharan dust event affecting Italy and the Balkans

A significant amount of Saharan dust is being transported from northern Africa into Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Hungary and Serbia today. The event is expected to last for several days and reach far into eastern Europe. This is already...

May 12, 2017

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Tropical Cyclone "Ella" dumping heavy rain on Wallis and Futuna

Off-season Tropical Cyclone "Ella" is currently dumping heavy rain on Wallis and Futuna but its track has changed it does no looker look like it's gonna impact any land before it dissipates. Although the cyclone is no longer expected to intensify,...

May 12, 2017

el salvador earthquake may 12 2017

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of El Salvador at 10:41 UTC on May 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). 10 minutes later, the same area was hit by a M5.4 at the same depth. The epicenter was...

May 12, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 3 - 9, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between May 3 and 9, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Poas, Costa Rica. Ongoing...

May 11, 2017

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Severe weather warnings issued as Ex-cyclone Donna approaches New Zealand

A slow-moving front, combined with Ex-tropical cyclone Donna, is expected to dump very heavy rain over North Island, New Zealand over the next two days, causing rivers and streams to rapidly rise. Parts of North Island may receive up to 250 mm (9.8 inches) of rain,...

May 11, 2017

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At least 8 killed, 20 injured after M5.5 earthquake hits Xinjiang, China

At least 8 people have been killed and dozens injured after a shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M5.5 hit Taxkorgan County of Kashi Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 21:58 UTC on May 10, 2017 (05:58 local time on May 11)....

May 11, 2017

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Shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit off South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands at 23:23 UTC on May 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 2373.3 km (1474.7 miles) SSW of Edinburgh of the...

May 11, 2017

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Severe floods hit coastal Kenya, at least 9 casualties

Deadly flooding and landslides in southern and eastern parts of Kenya claimed lives of at least 9 people since the rains started on Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 5000 people in Taveta Taita Taveta County near the Kenya coast have been displaced by flooding on May...

May 10, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Adrian" forms in NE Pacific as the earliest on record

Tropical Storm "Adrian" formed in the Northeast Pacific Ocean today as the first tropical cyclone of the 2017 Pacific Hurricane Season. Adrian is the earliest tropical cyclone to ever form during the satellite era. The previous record was held by Tropical...

May 10, 2017

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Site-wide emergency alert at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State

Thousands of workers were told to take cover at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State after officials confirmed a tunnel collapse in its Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant (PUREX) full of highly contaminated materials on Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017....

May 10, 2017

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Off-season Tropical Cyclone "Ella" forms, threatens Fiji

A second off-season tropical cyclone has formed in the South Pacific Ocean and was named Ella today. Ella is currently located south of Samoa as a quasi-stationary system with maximum sustained winds near 83 km/h (52 mph). Slight intensification is expected over the...

May 09, 2017