Severe weather

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Homes flooded, cars swept away after severe flash floods hit Huelva, Spain

Torrential downpours hit parts of southern Spain on September 23, 2021, causing severe flash flooding in the province of Huelva. The floods inundated homes and swept away vehicles in the cities of Huelva and Lepe, and caused more than 600 emergency interventions....

September 23, 2021

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Waterspout outbreak at Lake Michigan, expected to spread to other portions of Great Lakes

A waterspout outbreak is in progress at Lake Michigan since September 22, 2021, and the ICWR forecast model shows it continuing and spreading to other portions of the Great Lakes through Friday, September 24. International Centre for Waterspout Research (ICWR)...

September 23, 2021

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Rivers overflow after heavy rain, affecting 1.2 million and claiming 10 lives in West Bengal, India

More than 1.2 million people have been affected after heavy rains over the past couple of days caused rivers to overflow and embankments to fail in the Indian state of West Bengal. The situation worsened after dam releases in the neighboring state of Jharkhand. At...

September 21, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Chanthu" approaching Japan, residents advised to be on alert for landslides, strong winds and high waves

Japanese weather officials are advising people in the west of the country to be on alert for landslides, strong winds and high waves caused by Tropical Storm "Chanthu." The system is still hovering over the East China Sea, but it's slowly moving...

September 16, 2021

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2 570 homes damaged or destroyed by floods, Indonesia

Heavy rains affecting parts of Indonesia on September 13 and 14, 2021, caused rivers to overflow, floods and landslides. According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), at least 11 839 people have been...

September 15, 2021

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500 000 people at risk of flooding after La Mojana dam overflows, Colombia

The La Mojana dam in southwestern Colombia overflowed on August 27, 2021, due to high water levels of the Cauca River caused by atypically heavy rains during the month. The resulting floods affected more than 180 000 people in 39 municipalities across Antioquia,...

September 15, 2021

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Gard hit by historic rainfall -- more than 2 months' worth of rain in just 3 hours, France

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by powerful wind gusts hit the Gard department in Southern France on the morning of Tuesday (LT), September 14, 2021. In just three hours, the equivalent of more than 2 months of rain fell on Gard's southern and western regions,...

September 15, 2021

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Hurricane "Nicholas" leaves widespread damage, more than 500 000 without power in Texas

Hurricane "Nicholas" made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, Texas at 05:30 UTC on September 14, 2021, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 991 hPa.1 The storm caused widespread damage...

September 14, 2021

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More than 300 000 evacuated as Shanghai braces for Tropical Storm "Chanthu"

Shanghai authorities have ordered the evacuation of nearly 330 000 people as the city braced for heavy rains and strong winds caused by Tropical Cyclone "Chanthu" -- the 14th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season. Before reaching the coast of...

September 14, 2021

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More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India

Very heavy rains affecting the Indian state of Gujarat over the past few days have caused massive floods in parts of the state, affecting more than 1.6 million people. The flooding affected 1 660 245 people across 44 villages in the districts of Rajkot, Jamnagar,...

September 14, 2021

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Severe flash floods hit capital Abuja, claiming the lives of 4 people, Nigeria

Severe flash floods hit the Nigerian capital Abuja and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on September 12, 2021, claiming the lives of 4 people. The floods were caused by heavy rains, but the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director-General Abbas G. Idriss said...

September 14, 2021

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Hurricane "Nicholas" makes landfall along the Texas coast

Nicholas reached hurricane strength at 03:00 UTC on September 14, 2021, and made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula, about 15 km (10 miles) WSW of Sargent Beach, Texas at 05:30 UTC with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph) and a minimum...

September 14, 2021

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Tropical Cyclone "Conson" stalls before making landfall in Vietnam

After making 9 landfalls in the Philippines, claiming the lives of at least 17 people, Tropical Cyclone "Conson" moved toward Vietnam and China from September 9 to 11 and stalled off the coast of Vietnam near Quang Nam, dropping heavy rains. Conson --...

September 13, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Nicholas" to make landfall in Texas, flash flooding, dangerous storm surge and gusty winds expected

Tropical Storm "Nicholas" formed in the Gulf of Mexico at 15:00 UTC on September 12, 2021, as the 14th named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. At the time, its center was located about 205 km (130 miles) NE of Veracruz, Mexico. Heavy rainfall...

September 13, 2021

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Ex-Hurricane "Larry" dumping heavy snow over Greenland after making landfall in Newfoundland, Canada

Hurricane "Larry" made landfall near South East Bight, Newfoundland, Canada at 03:45 UTC on September 11, 2021, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 960 hPa, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the...

September 12, 2021

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Rare Red Warning for severe gales issued for South Island, New Zealand

The New Zealand MetService has issued a rare Red Warning for severe gale northwesterly winds for the Canterbury High Country and foothills from Sunday afternoon (LT), September 12 into early Monday morning, September 13, 2021. The winds are expected to produce...

September 12, 2021

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Destructive tornado hits the island of Pantelleria, killing 2 people, Italy

A destructive tornado hit the Italian island of Pantelleria, south of Sicily, on September 10, 2021, causing severe damage to buildings and killing 2 people. Nine people were injured, of which 4 are in serious condition. The casualties include an off-duty...

September 11, 2021