Severe weather

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Unusually intense sandstorm sweeps over Egypt

An unusually intense sandstorm swept over Egypt this week and peaked on January 16, 2019, severely reducing visibility and air quality. The conditions started improving on January 17. It's unusual to see such severe sandstorms in January, residents said. The...

January 18, 2019

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Heavy rain and snow claim 4 lives, tens of thousands of refugees exposed to extreme weather conditions, Lebanon

Several rounds of severe weather swept over Lebanon over the past 7 days, claiming lives of at least 4 people. At least 35 000 Syrian refugees are exposed to floods, snow and freezing temperatures and are sending out calls for help. Heavy rain, strong winds and...

January 18, 2019

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Tropical depression forming east of Philippines, landfall, heavy rain expected

A low pressure area, once known as Tropical Depression 01W is likely to redevelop into a tropical depression east of the Philippines over the next 24 hours or more and be named Amang as it approaches the country. Heavy rainfall is expected, possibly up to 400 mm...

January 18, 2019

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Intense storm hits California, at least 6 fatalities, 280 000 customers without power

A powerful storm has swept over parts of the West Coast U.S. this week, wreaking havoc across California on January 16 and 17, 2019. At least 6 fatalities have been reported. The storm downed trees and power lines all around Northern California, causing evacuations...

January 18, 2019

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Major winter storm to impact the Central and Eastern U.S. through this weekend

An impactful Pacific storm will move east and redevelop into a significant winter storm, NWS warns. Heavy snow to the north of this storm and heavy rain to the south with freezing rain at the junction will form over the Central U.S. Friday, January 18, 2019. This...

January 18, 2019

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All-time high temperature records broken in parts of Australia

Parts of Australia are enduring extreme heatwave conditions which already broke numerous all-time temperature records. An unusual extended period of heatwaves over much of Australia began in early December 2018 and continued into January 2019. The Australian mean...

January 17, 2019

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Major winter storm to bring widespread hazardous weather to West Coast, bitter cold from the Plains to the Northeast

A powerful Pacific storm will hammer the West Coast into Friday, January 18 with strong winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow, NWS warns. Heavy rain will bring a threat of flash flooding along recent burn scars while blizzard conditions are expected in the...

January 16, 2019

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Rare winter storm aims Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is bracing for a rare winter storm, with snow forecast to reach the city during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (local time). Strong winds and low temperatures are expected to persist for several days. National meteorologists said snow...

January 15, 2019

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Series of storms aim California, flash flooding and significant debris flow risk near burn scars

A series of Pacific storm systems will bring several rounds of heavy rainfall, mountain snow, strong winds, and burn scar flooding, especially in California. Another significant winter storm could bring heavy snow, ice, and hazardous travel from the Plains to the...

January 15, 2019

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At least 26 killed in weather-related incidents across Europe, new Arctic outbreak sets in

At least 26 people have been killed in weather-related incidents across Europe over the past 10 days as freezing Arctic air and snowstorms swept over the continent. This is not the end, however, as another Arctic outbreak aims east-central Europe early next week....

January 13, 2019

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Powerful winter storm leaves 9 people dead, thousands stranded on roads, U.S.

A powerful winter storm, named Gia by The Weather Channel, pummeled parts of the Midwest on January 11 and 12, 2019, causing hundreds of road accidents, claiming lives of at least 9 people and leaving thousands stranded on roads. Gia will continue shifting east off...

January 13, 2019

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Tornado hits West Java, damaging more than 300 homes, Indonesia

A strong tornado swept through a residential area of Rancaekek district, Bandung Regency of Indonesia's West Java at 15:15 local time on Friday, January 11, 2019. It is unclear at this time how long the twister was on the ground, but the damage it caused is...

January 12, 2019

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Explosive cyclogenesis in the NW Pacific Ocean

A low pressure system in the Northwest Pacific Ocean has deepened 58 hPa in 24 hours ending January 10, 2019, producing hazardous conditions across the Pacific. 58 hPa in 24 hours is more than double the threshold (24 hPa in 24 hours) for 'explosive...

January 11, 2019

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UK Met Office: Colder weather on the way as a result of Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Following the occasional colder snap so far this winter, there are now signs that cold winter weather resulting from a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) is on the way for the UK, the UK Met Office said January 11, 2019. Sudden stratospheric warming started around...

January 11, 2019

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Major winter storm to impact the central and eastern U.S.

A slow-moving winter weather system will produce hazardous travel conditions across the Midwest through tonight, and into the Mid-Atlantic this weekend. 15 - 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) of snow is forecast in the Midwest, with 5 - 15 cm (2 to 6 inches) in the...

January 11, 2019

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Record rainfall, widespread flooding hits Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia

A severe storm produced very heavy rain and strong winds over parts of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia over the past couple of days, causing widespread flooding and leaving at least 4 people dead. The storm caused major flooding in northern...

January 10, 2019

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Severe thunderstorm kills 9, injures 14 and leaves 500 homeless, Mozambique

A severe thunderstorm hit Mozambique's northernmost province of Niassa on January 9, 2019, killing 9 people. Rainy season in Mozambique runs from October to March. Friday Tabo, an official at the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) in Niassa said 9...

January 10, 2019