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subtropical storm alberto 16 30z may 25 2018

Subtropical Storm "Alberto" forms in Gulf of Mexico, heavy rain and floods expected across Yucatan, Cuba, Florida and Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm "Alberto" formed in the Gulf of Mexico on May 25, 2018 as the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Alberto is expected to slowly move toward the Gulf Coast producing widespread heavy rain. This storm can produce major...

May 25, 2018

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Unusually intense thunderstorms, dust storms, and lightning ravage India

A streak of unusually intense thunderstorms, dust storms and lightning ravaged India this year, claiming lives of more than 200 people and causing huge material damage. While dust storms and thunderstorms are common in the country at this time, the intensity appears...

May 25, 2018

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First big cold front of the season hits Perth, Western Australia

The first big cold front of the year hit Perth, capital of Western Australia, with powerful winds and heavy rain, leaving nearly 10 000 homes without power and causing floods The front crossed the coastal regions late Thursday, May 24, 2018, with wind gust up to 113...

May 25, 2018

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Kilauea volcano: Helicopter evacuation ready as eruption of lava continues from multiple points, Hawaii

U.S. Marine Helicopters are ready to evacuate residents of Hawaiian Big Island as lava flows stream into the ocean and molten rock and huge cracks threaten to block their final escape route. Some 2 000 people have faced mandatory evacuations while another 2 000 may...

May 25, 2018

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Subtropical or tropical cyclone likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a broad surface low currently drifting slowly northward over the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and becoming better defined. Formation chance over the next 48 hours is 70% and 90% over the next 5 days. This system is expected...

May 24, 2018

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Over 300 homes destroyed after big cracks appear in Uganda

Over 300 homes have been destroyed after several big cracks opened in Uganda's Namisinfwa district over the past couple of days. According to NTV Uganda, the cracks developed in Bupoto Sub County and Namisindwa town following heavy rain in the region. They go...

May 24, 2018

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8 missing as unusual TC Mekunu hits Socotra, Yemen, landfall expected close to Salalah, Oman

At least 8 people are missing and hundreds were evacuated as Very Severe Cyclonic Storm "Mekunu" ravaged Yemen's island of Socotra on Wednesday night, May 23, 2018. Mekunu is another unusual tropical cyclone to form in the Arabian Sea within 10 days....

May 24, 2018

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Kilauea volcano eruption update: Gas emissions tripled, blue burning flame of methane gas observed, Hawaii

The moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the central and northeast end of the active fissure system. Volcanic gas emissions have tripled as a result of the voluminous eruptions from the erupting fissures so SO2 concentrations are...

May 24, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: May 16 - 22, 2018

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between May 16 and 22, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Merapi, Central Java...

May 23, 2018

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Flash floods hit Paris, intense hailstorm leaves serious crop loss, France

A severe storm swept over French capital Paris on May 22, 2018, flooding streets and Metro stations. Just a few days ago, intense hailstorm further south in Vaucluse destroyed almost a year's worth of Luberon cherry tree crops. The capital's streets looked...

May 23, 2018

asteroid 2018 kw1

Asteroid 2018 KW1 to flyby Earth at 0.39 LD on May 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 KW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD or 0.00100 AU (~ 149 597 km / 92 955 miles) on May 23, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since May 15 and 33rd this year. KW1...

May 22, 2018

tropical storm mekunu may 22 2018

Tropical Storm "Mekunu" forms, landfall expected over Oman - Yemen border region

Tropical Storm 02A, internationally known as Mekunu, formed May 22, 2018 over the Southwest Arabian Sea as the second named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is strengthening on its way toward the southwestern coast of Oman and eastern...

May 22, 2018

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Merapi volcano alert level raised, evacuations ordered, Indonesia

Following four new explosions at Indonesia's Merapi volcano on May 20 and 21, 2018, authorities have raised the alert level for the volcano from Alert Level 1 to 2 at 23:00 UTC on May 21, 2018. All residents living within 3 km (2 miles) are ordered to evacuate....

May 22, 2018

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Heatwave in Karachi claims at least 64 lives, Pakistan

Karachi, the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh, home to over 21 million people and the fourth most populous city proper in the world, is experiencing severe heatwave over the past couple of days, with temperatures rising up to 43 °C (109.4 °F) and...

May 21, 2018

merapi eruption may 21 2018

New phreatic eruption at Merapi volcano, Indonesia

Just 10 days after a powerful explosion at Mount Merapi in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, another phreatic eruption took place at the volcano at 01:25 local time on May 21, 2018 (18:25 UTC, May 20). The explosion lasted 19 minutes and ejected ash up to 4.3 km...

May 21, 2018

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Very rare TC Sagar hits Somalia, 19 people killed in flash floods and thousands affected

Tropical Cyclone "Sagar" made landfall in northwestern Somaliland and Djibouti on May 19, 2018 with maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h (58 mph), dropping heavy rain and causing severe flash floods. At least 19 people were killed in Somalia, Djibouti and...

May 21, 2018

gatumba burundi flood may 2018

Two rivers overflow, leaving over 2 100 homes and 12 900 people affected in Gatumba, Burundi

Heavy rainfall that hit parts of Burundi on May 4, 2018 led to significant flooding in Gatumba, approximately 12 km (7 miles) from the city of Bujumbura. A joint assessment conducted on May 9 by Burundi Red Cross Society, the government of Burundi, OCHA, WFP,...

May 20, 2018

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Severe storm strikes Sri Lanka, leaving 3 people dead and over 8 000 affected

Severe storms that hit Sri Lanka on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018, left at least three people dead and over 8 000 affected. Weather authorities warned residents the country is facing its annual southwest monsoon and that more rains are expected in...

May 20, 2018

afghanistan floods may 2018

17 killed, 23 injured after new wave of severe flooding hits Afghanistan

Heavy rainfall and deadly floods continue affecting Afghanistan after unusually dry winter. Just days after floods took away lives of at least 34 people and 600 animals, a new wave of heavy torrential rains, flash flooding and landslides claimed lives another 17...

May 19, 2018

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Kilauea volcano update: eruption of lava and ground cracking continues, short-lived explosion at Halema'uma'u

A moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the central and northeast end of the active fissure system at Hawaiian Kilauea volcano. Residents in lower Puna should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense closures, warnings, and...

May 19, 2018

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Sagar: Rare tropical cyclone forms in the Gulf of Aden, life-threatening floods expected in desert regions

A rare tropical cyclone formed May 16, 2018 in the Gulf of Aden, between Yemen and Somalia. Named Tropical Cyclone 01A and internationally known as Sagar, this cyclone's main threat is substantial rainfall (for desert regions), leading up to dangerous flash...

May 18, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki...

May 18, 2018

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Strong explosion at Kilauea volcano sends ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Hawaii

A strong explosion took place at the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea volcano's summit about 04:15 HST (14:15 UTC) on May 17, 2018, ejecting ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is at Red. Continued emissions...

May 17, 2018

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Tornado leaves a trail of destruction, two injured in western Germany

A rare tornado for this part of the world swept through a populated area in western Germany on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, leaving a trail of destruction and 2 people injured. The storm that produced the tornado also dropped large hail on the region. The tornado formed...

May 17, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: May 9 - 15, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between May 9 and 15, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia) | Oraefajokull, Iceland |...

May 17, 2018

afghanistan flood may 2018

At least 34 people and 600 animals dead after flash floods hit Afghanistan

Flash floods affecting Afghanistan over the past 7 days have claimed lives of at least 34 people and left 4 injured. Severe weather hit the country following an unusually dry winter. Hashmat Khan Bahaduri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management...

May 16, 2018

new york storm may 15 2018

5 dead, nearly 500 000 without power as severe thunderstorms hit US Northeast

At least 5 people have been killed and nearly 500 000 homes are without power after severe thunderstorms swept through the US Northeast on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. An unsettled wet pattern continues over the eastern US through the end of the week, with flash flooding...

May 16, 2018

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Southern hemisphere produced its largest wave on record

A massive 23.8 m (78 feet) high wave has been measured near Campbell Island, New Zealand on May 9, 2018, making it the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. A new ocean buoy, installed March 2, 2018 and located about 640 km (400 miles) south of New...

May 15, 2018

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Shinmoedake volcano eruption ejects ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet), Japan

A brief but strong explosive eruption, the first since April 6, took place at Mount Shinmoedake in southern Kyushu at 05:44 UTC on May 14, 2018. The eruption sent ash up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level, making it nearly 1 km higher than April 4th eruption...

May 15, 2018

earthqake swarm mayotte indian ocean may 2018

Earthquake swarm near Mayotte, oldest volcanic island in the Comoros basin

A rare earthquake swarm started near the small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte on May 10, 2018 and continues to date. Mayotte is the oldest volcanic island in the Comoros Basin grouping and quakes likely are the result of a seismic hot spot as well as the...

May 15, 2018

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Kenya Dam burst and floods death toll reached 48, 40 still missing

The death toll after the Patel dam burst in central Kenya on May 9, 2018 has reached 48 and still continues to rise. There 40 people still missing, officials said. Over 500 homes were affected after the private Patel dam in Solai collapsed last week, submerging...

May 14, 2018

severe weather pakistan may 12 2018

At least 14 killed after heavy rain, strong winds, dust storms, and thunderstorms hit Pakistan

Severe weather, including heavy rain, strong winds, dust storms, and thunderstorms, have been affecting Pakistan over the past few days. As of May 14, at least 14 people were killed and 22 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas...

May 14, 2018

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Historic flooding hits British Columbia after record snowpack starts melting, Canada

Record snowpack, temperatures as high as 30 °C (86 °F) and 2 days of intense rain have caused historic floods in parts of British Columbia over the past couple of days. In Grand Forks, the flood is worst since 1948. Things are not over yet, officials said,...

May 14, 2018

dust storm haryana india may 13 2018

At least 61 killed as fierce dust storms strike India, death toll over 200

Fierce dust storms across northern India left at least 61 people dead on Sunday, May 13, 2018, bringing the total death toll to at least 202 since the start of the month. The weather office has warned of more thunderstorms in north, north-east and parts of south...

May 14, 2018

thessaloniki greece flood may 10 2018

Heavy rain, hail and floods hit Thessaloniki, Greece

Heavy rain and hail storm hit Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Thursday, May 11, 2018, flooding roads and houses. Fire department operations coordinator for Northern Greece said that heavy rain flooded roads and buildings, including Thessaloniki’s iconic...

May 11, 2018

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Severe thunderstorm, massive flooding hits Germany

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by large amounts of hail and heavy rain hit parts of Germany on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Floods damaged homes and roads, leaving parts of the region under 1 m (40 inches) of water. A 'once in a century' hailstorm reportedly...

May 11, 2018

mount merapi eruption may 11 2018

Powerful explosion at Merapi volcano, Red aviation alert, airport closed

A powerful phreatic explosion took place and Indonesia's Merapi volcano at 00:30 UTC (07:30 local time) on May 11, 2018. The volcano ejected ash high into the sky, closing a major airport and forcing authorities to issue temporary evacuation orders for all...

May 11, 2018

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Exceptionally rare subtropical cyclone forms off the coast of Chile

An extremely rare an unique subtropical cyclone formed off the coast of central Chile on May 7 and 8, 2018. The system transitioned from a typical cold core baroclinic mid-latitude cyclone to a shallow warm core cyclone with some deep convection around the center of...

May 10, 2018

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At least 48 killed after dam burst in central Kenya

At least 38 people were killed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, after a dam collapsed in central Kenya, submerging homes over a radius of nearly 2 km (1.2 miles). The number of people killed in Kenya since the start of the wet season has thus risen to at least 164....

May 10, 2018

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Asteroid 2010 WC9 to flyby Earth at 0.53 LD on May 15

A re-discovered asteroid with an estimated diameter between 53 and 120 m (174 - 394 feet), designated 2010 WC9, will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.53 LD / 0.00136 AU (203 453 km / 126 419 miles) on May 15, 2018. This is one of the closest flybys from an asteroid of...

May 10, 2018