Severe storms

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Widespread flooding after a year's worth of rain in just three days, South Australia

Widespread flooding is affecting South Australia after parts of the state received more than a year's worth of rain in just three days. Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are expected to continue this week. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior...

January 24, 2022

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Emergency alerts issued, schools closed as below-freezing temperatures and heavy snow hit Greece

Heavy snow and below-freezing temperatures affecting Greece, including capital Athens and many Aegean islands, on Monday, January 24, 2022, forced authorities to close schools and warn the public to limit their movements. The temperatures across the country started...

January 24, 2022

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Rare blizzard traps thousands of vehicles on a major highway in southern Turkey

Some 2 800 people were stranded on a major highway connecting Turkey's southern provinces after rare heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the province of Gaziantep late Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions also...

January 20, 2022

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Deadly floods and landslides hit Antananarivo, Madagascar

At least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rains affecting Madagascar since January 17, 2022, caused deadly floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo (population 1.2 million). Twenty municipalities around the capital...

January 19, 2022

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Toronto under first blizzard warning since 1978, Canada

A low-pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes brought significant snowfall and blizzard conditions to parts of Ontario and Quebeck, Canada on Monday, January 17, 2022, forcing authorities to issue the first blizzard warning for the City of Toronto since...

January 18, 2022

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Widespread damage after winter storm spawns multiple tornadoes in Florida, U.S.

A major winter storm affecting the eastern United States spawned multiple tornadoes in southwestern Florida on Sunday, January 16, 2022, destroying at least 28 homes and damaging others. In addition, at least 7 000 homes were left without power in Lee and Collier...

January 17, 2022

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Major winter storm brings heavy snow and damaging ice, travel hazards from Mid-South to the Northeast, U.S.

Heavy snow and ice accumulations are likely to produce hazardous travel, downed trees, and power outages from the Mid-South to the Northeast, U.S. The heaviest snow is expected along and just west of the Appalachians, and the most damaging icing is likely across...

January 16, 2022

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549 cities under state of emergency due to severe floods, Brazil

More than 549 cities in Brazil are now under a state of emergency due to severe floods affecting the country over the past couple of weeks. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 133 000 forced to evacuate their homes. In addition, 200 cities in the state...

January 14, 2022

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Fast-moving winter storm to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to Central U.S.

A strong, quick-hitting winter storm is expected to bring heavy snow and gusty winds to the Northern Plains into the Upper and Mid-Mississippi Valley, U.S. that may cause some hazardous travel beginning Thursday night, January 13, 2022, through Friday night. The...

January 13, 2022

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Destructive floods hit Eastern Cape, South Africa

Heavy rains affecting South Africa's Eastern Cape on January 8 and 9, 2022, have left several people dead and scores displaced. The floods affected areas of Mthatha, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, the township of Mdantsane, and areas of East London,...

January 10, 2022

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Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran

Several days of heavy rains have caused severe floods across Oman and Iran in which more than 10 people lost their lives. Heavy rains have also affected United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. According to Oman's Civil Defence...

January 04, 2022

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Torrential rains cause severe flooding in Sumatra, forcing 24 000 people to evacuate, Indonesia

Heavy rains affecting Indonesia's island of Sumatra over the past days have forced about 24 000 people to evacuate their homes and left at least 2 people dead in the province of Aceh, officials said Tuesday, January 4, 2022. According to Regional Disaster...

January 04, 2022

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Rare hailstorm hits all-year-round resort in Egypt

A popular Egyptian all-year-round resort in Hurghada was hit by a rare hailstorm on Saturday, January 1, 2022, surprising tourists on the beaches and breaking roofs and windows. Some of the stones were as large as 3 cm (1.2 inches). Schools in the area were ordered...

January 03, 2022

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Quick-hitting Southeast to Mid-Atlantic winter storm, nearly 1 million customers without power

A quick-hitting winter storm is bringing significant weather impacts across parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic on January 3, 2022. Heavy wet snow and gusty winds are expected, causing dangerous travel conditions and power outages. Parts of the region could see...

January 03, 2022

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Winter storm "Carmel" drops record rains over Israel

Winter storm "Carmel" made landfall over Israel on Monday, December 20, 2021, bringing record rains, snow, and strong winds. This is the 3rd winter storm named by the newly formed East Mediterranean Storm Naming Group, composed of Greece, Cyprus, and...

December 23, 2021

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Winter storm "Carmel" hits Israel with strong winds, heavy rain and snow

A severe winter storm named Carmel made landfall over Israel on Monday, December 20, 2021, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow. Carmel is the 3rd winter storm named by the newly formed East Mediterranean Storm Naming Group, composed of Greece, Cyprus and...

December 20, 2021

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Anomalous and historic December derecho hits U.S.

An anomalous and historic December derecho, a windstorm associated with an unusually strong and fast-moving line of thunderstorms, swept from the U.S. Southwest to the Upper Midwest on December 15, 2021, traveling roughly 1 060 km (660 miles) in just over 10 hours....

December 17, 2021