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B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada

British Columbia has declared a province-wide state of emergency on August 15, 2018, due to raging wildfires. Although 2018 is already the 4th worst season on record, it's still far behind record-breaking 2017. Previous declarations were in 1996, 2003 and 2017,...

August 15, 2018

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Threat of powerful eruption at Kuchinoerabu volcano prompts evacuations, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for the Kuchinoerabu volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2 to second highest level of 4 at 01:30 UTC (10:30 JST) on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. This volcano is located on the Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern...

August 15, 2018

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Pennsylvania experiencing one of the most dramatic outbreaks of rain in a non-tropical storm setting

Although parts of the northeastern United States have already received record-breaking rainfall this summer, persistent rainfall and flooding are likely to continue. "The weather pattern this summer is one of the most dramatic outbreaks of rain ever to hit...

August 14, 2018

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More than 35 killed as highway bridge collapses during fierce storm in Genoa, Italy

At least 35 people have been killed and dozens more are feared dead as a huge section of highway bridge collapsed in Italian port city of Genoa during an intense storm on August 14, 2018. The disaster occurred around 09:30 UTC on a highway that connects Italy to...

August 14, 2018

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The Watchers News Brief: August 13, 2018

Flash flood emergency declared in parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey A flash flood emergency was declared for western Bradford County in Pennsylvania on August 13. Numerous residents were rescued from the town of Troy after widespread flooding, TWC reports. The...

August 14, 2018

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Massive floods kill 6 people, displace 59 100 and affect 1.1 million, Philippines

Heavy monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm "Yagi," known in the Philippines and Karding, caused deadly floods in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby areas over the past two days. At least 6 people lost their lives, 4 in the capital region and 2...

August 13, 2018

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Massive dust, wind and rain storm hits Southern Nevada, causing mass power outage

A massive dust, wind and rain storm rolled through Southern Nevada on the evening of August 11, 2018, knocking down trees and power poles, sparking fires and triggering flash flood warnings. More than 60 000 customers were left without power. The National Weather...

August 12, 2018

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Kerala hit by worst floods in almost 100 years, facing worst in history, India

India's state of Kerala is on high alert after worst floods in almost 100 years continue taking lives. 8 of Kerala's 14 districts are on high alert as the death toll reached 37, officials said August 11. They described the floods as the worst in almost 100...

August 11, 2018

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Tropical Storm "Yagi" heading toward eastern China, landfall expected August 12

Tropical Storm "Yagi," the 14th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season, is heading toward eastern China and expected to make landfall on August 12, 2018, with maximum sustained winds near 75 km/h (46 mph). China's National Meteorological Center...

August 11, 2018

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Solar minimum brings prolonged 2018 noctilucent clouds season

The northern hemisphere 2018 noctilucent clouds season is still going strong this August, with four times more NLC reports than in the same period in 2017. "Something unusual is happening in Earth's upper atmosphere," Dr. Tony Phillips of the...

August 10, 2018

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The Watchers News Brief: August 9, 2018

Glacial outburst flood from Vatnajökull largest on record, IcelandA glacial outburst flood began at Vatnajökull on August 3 and quickly became the largest on record. The flood peaked on August 4 at 1 400 m3/s and the flow restored to normal on August 9,...

August 10, 2018

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Severe flooding as month's worth of rain hits Toronto in less than 3 hours, Canada

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton at around 21:00 EDT on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, ahead of a slow-moving area of tropical moisture-fueled rain showers. Parts of Toronto experienced widespread flash flooding...

August 08, 2018

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European vegetable sector in most serious crisis since 1978

The European vegetable processing sector raised concerns last month about potential losses to crop quantity and quality as a result of the very hot summer and prolonged drought conditions in all leading European production regions. Today, these regions have been...

August 08, 2018

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Mendocino Fire Complex in California now largest in state's history

As of August 7, 2018, the Mendocino Complex of fires in California has burned 117 638 hectares (290 692 acres) of land, making it the largest fire in state's history. It is 34% contained. Estimated containment date is August 15. The Mendocino Complex eclipsed...

August 07, 2018

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Softball-sized hail hits Colorado Springs, 8 people injured, 13 000+ claims for damage to homes and vehicles

A violent thunderstorm moved through parts of Colorado on Monday afternoon, August 6, 2018, dropping very large hail and heavy rainfall. NWS said the storm moved through Fountain, Security and Falcon with wind gusts up to 96 km/h (60 mph). The largest hailstones,...

August 07, 2018

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Record August rain and heavy hail hit Adelaide as cold front moves over South Australia

A cold front passed over Adelaide, the capital city of the state of South Australia, on August 6, 2018, dropping record August rainfall and heavy hail. From 09:00 local time, August 5 to 17:30, August 6, the town of Lenswood in Adelaide Hills received 81 mm (3.18...

August 06, 2018

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Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits Indonesia's Lombok region, at least 387 dead

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Indonesia's Lombok region at 11:46 UTC on August 5, 2018 (18:46 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 31 km (19 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 33 km (20 miles). BMKG...

August 05, 2018