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10 000 forced to evacuate amid 'catastrophic dam failures' in central Michigan

The Edenville and Sanford dams in central Michigan were breached on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, following days of heavy rainfall, forcing about 10 000 residents to evacuate. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood emergencies along the entire...

May 20, 2020

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Major flooding hits Chicago, city on pace to break the monthly May rainfall record, U.S.

Severe thunderstorms, including two probable tornadoes, ripped through the Chicago area on Sunday, May 17, 2020, causing major flooding and leading to numerous water rescues. With almost 76 mm (3 inches) of rain on Sunday night alone, Chicago is now heading toward...

May 18, 2020

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Amphan unexpectedly intensifies into Super Cyclonic Storm -- strongest named storm of the 2020 northern hemisphere season

Tropical Cyclone "Amphan" unexpectedly intensified into a rare Super Cyclonic Storm on May 18, 2020 -- becoming the northern hemisphere's strongest tropical cyclone in 2020. This storm can have a high humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained...

May 18, 2020

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Late season snow and unusually cold May temperatures from North America to Europe

A late-season cold blast has been dumping spring snow from North America to parts of Europe since early May, causing records to tumble in several areas as the cold Arctic air ripped through west to east. The intense Arctic outbreak brought rare snow and record cold...

May 18, 2020

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Tropical Storm "Arthur" forms off the coast of Florida as the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

A depression east of Florida has strengthened into Tropical Storm "Arthur" at 03:00 UTC on May 17, 2020, as the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30, dates that...

May 17, 2020

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Typhoon "Vongfong" (Ambo) leaves a trail of destruction in central Philippines

Typhoon "Vongfong" (Ambo) has weakened into a tropical depression on May 16, 2020, after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines' central region. More than 12 000 people were evacuated in Samar as extensive damage was reported to properties...

May 16, 2020

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High-impact eruption to 14 km (46 000 feet) a.s.l. at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

A high-impact eruption took place at Semeru volcano, Indonesia at around 12:25 UTC on May 16, 2020. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The eruption comes just three hours after a short-lived, high-level eruption at Ibu volcano, Halmahera. The Aviation Color...

May 16, 2020

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Short-lived, high-level eruption at Ibu volcano, ash to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A short-lived, high-level eruption took place at Indonesian Ibu volcano, Halmahera at 09:20 UTC on May 16, 2020. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. According to the Darwin VAAC, the eruption to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level moving S was short-lived...

May 16, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Nevada, aftershocks reported, U.S.

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit SW Nevada, near the border with California, at 11:03 UTC (04:03 LT) on May 15, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 7 km (4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The...

May 15, 2020

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Very dangerous Typhoon "Vongfong" (Ambo) makes landfall over Eastern Samar, Philippines

Typhoon "Vongfong" -- known as Ambo in the Philippines -- made landfall over San Policarpo, Eastern Samar at 04:15 UTC (12:15 LT) on May 14, bringing violent winds and heavy to intense rains over the northern portion of Eastern Samar. The northern portion...

May 14, 2020

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Vongfong (Ambo) rapidly intensifies into typhoon -- volcanologists warn of possible Mayon lahar flows, Philippines

Tropical Storm "Ambo" (international name Vongfong) has rapidly intensified into a typhoon, according to PAGASA's update issued at 15:00 UTC (23:00 LT) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (81 mph) near...

May 13, 2020

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Earthquake swarm under Lōʻihi volcano, Hawaii

The USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) reported increased seismic activity at the submarine Lōʻihi volcano in Hawaii from May 11 to 12, 2020. More than 100 earthquakes were detected, but USGS noted that there is no indication that a submarine eruption has...

May 13, 2020

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Severe storms spawn damaging tornadoes and hail in northern Mexico

Parts of northern Mexico were struck by hail and tornadoes as storms hit over the past few days-- one twister ripped through Apodaca in Nuevo Leon on Saturday afternoon, May 9, 2020, and another in Juarez, Chihuahua, on Monday afternoon, May 11. Two fatalities, at...

May 12, 2020

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TC "Ambo" (Vongfong) to make landfall over the Philippines -- the 2020 Pacific typhoon season's first named storm

Tropical Depression "Ambo" -- the first named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season -- has developed east of Mindanao, Philippines, on May 10, 2020. As of 02:00 UTC (10:00 LT) on May 12, the storm is almost stationary with maximum sustained winds of 56...

May 12, 2020

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Destructive floods and mudslides claim 72 lives in Rwanda

Heavy rains lashing Rwanda over the past few days have led to destructive floods and mudslides in which at least 72 people lost their lives. Officials confirmed extensive damage to infrastructure, livelihood, and properties. Rwanda has witnessed weather disturbances...

May 11, 2020

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Arctic outbreak unleashes rare snow and record cold in parts of northeastern U.S. and Canada

An intense Arctic outbreak has brought rare May snow and record cold temperatures to parts of the northeast U.S. and Ontario, Canada, over the weekend. Cold temperatures are expected to remain for much of this week before warmer air returns to the eastern U.S., but...

May 11, 2020

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Sonic boom reported as daylight fireball explodes over Washington state, U.S.

A fireball exploded over Washington state, U.S. at around 01:57 UTC on May 7, 2020 (18:57 PDT, May 6), with a dozen eyewitness reports submitted to the American Meteor Society (AMS).​ A loud and deep boom was reported during the event, which startled many people...

May 09, 2020