Earth Changes

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Heavy rains cause flash flooding - Coachella Valley, CA receives 2 inches of rain in one hour

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A destructive storm stemming from Hurricane Norbert sent flash floods cascading through Coachella Valley on Monday, trapping vehicles in water 5 feet deep and forcing dozens of rescues, officials said.

Between 7 and 8 a.m. - part of a two-hour window weather officials say was the peak of the storm - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection made 43 water-related rescues in areas the agency covers such as Thousand Palms, Indian Wells and La Quinta. More than a dozen of those rescues dealt with residential floods, but spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman said she was not aware of any injuries.

Meanwhile, near the western edge of Riverside County, several vehicles were stuck at the intersection of Varner Road and Bob Hope Drive in Thousand Palms, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Radford said. Some were abandoned in water that stood as deep as 5 feet.

The intersection was one of several he mentioned where vehicles were trapped in water that had moved "like a white-water rapid." He estimated that at least 50 vehicles had stalled, and at least 25 collisions had occurred as some tried to drive through the standing water.

In one case, Radford said, a pickup truck was traveling through flowing water that "just took that vehicle and washed it into the desert." Pictures on local news websites and social media showed water up to car doors and a woman kayaking down a street.

"This is probably one of the worst storms I've seen since I've been here, in terms of affecting roadway," Radford said.
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Heavy rain floods Las Vegas valley roads - cars 'floating down the I-15 freeway'

U.S. 95 at Jones Boulevard
People are being evacuated from their homes in the Moapa River Indian Reservation and Nevada Highway Patrol is reporting that cars are floating down I-15 near Moapa. There are reports of multiple swift water rescues. That area has been hammered by rain. The National Weather Service is saying there is "life-threatening" flooding.

Local law enforcement officials are reporting one dam is within three inches of overfilling. This could be the worst flooding in Moapa and the Muddy River area since 1981. The National Weather Service is reporting that Moapa has received more than three inches of rain in an hour. Moapa is around 50 miles north of Las Vegas.

Problems at the Reid Gardner generation plant has resulted in a power outage in Overton that could last until Monday evening, NV Energy reports. The flash flood emergency is also extended to Mesquite, Bunkerville, Littlefield, Virgin River campground and Coyote Springs.

Flooding has also occurred in several areas around Clark County. Firefighters responded to three swift water rescues due to flooding on Monday afternoon.

The first rescue took place at Russell Road and Jones Boulevard where a woman was trapped in her car. Another rescue happened on Harmon Avenue and Paradise Road where a man was pulled from the flood channel. Firefighters also responded to Tropicana Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive where a van was stuck in floodwaters. By the time firefighters arrived, the people were no longer in the vehicle.
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More crazy Arizona weather - heavy rains cause one death in Tucson floods

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Flooding at La Cholla Bridge
A woman has died after the car she was driving was swept away by heavy floods on the east side of Tucson, according to the Tucson Fire Department. Tucson Fire Spokesman Barrett Baker said rescue units responded to a residential area near 22nd Street and Kolb Road at around 9:30 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, the car was submerged and couldn't be reached.

The car was then swept away and traveled about two blocks before it became trapped against a bridge in a wash that had flooded over onto a major street. The water was about 10 to 15 feet high, Baker said.

Firefighters have retrieved the woman's body but have not been able to pull the car out of the wash.

Comment: 'Wettest day on record' - Phoenix suffers more major flooding from former Hurricane Norbert


Napa earthquake's bizarre side effect: Creeks flowing again as groundwater rises

Wild Horse Creek
© Michael Macor, The Chronicle
Wild Horse Creek which flows through Green Valley in Fairfield, Calif., suddenly flowing with water after the August 24, 2014 Napa earthquake.
When the ground stopped shaking after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake last month in Napa, California, something really surprising happened next.

Local residents noticed that some creeks, which had previously run dry due to the state's prolonged drought, were filled with water again.

The strange phenomenon occurred in Solano County's Green Valley, according to, and it's believed it was caused by groundwater that was forced up to the surface when the Earth jolted.

At first, water running through the drought area may seem like a good thing, but that may not be the case this time.

Homeowner films the dramatic moment a huge waterspout tears his garden in Germany

© Michael Fuhrmann
Here it comes! A waterspout approaches the home of Michael Fuhrmann in northern Germany
A homeowner has captured the dramatic moment a waterspout swept through his garden in northern Germany.

The awe-inspiring but slightly frightening event occurred on a small lake in Eckwarderhorne.
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Flood rescue effort expands in India, Pakistan as death toll tops 350

Inida floods
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Pakistani villagers gather on higher ground as floodwaters enter in the Hafizabad district in Punjab province on Monday.
The death toll from nearly one week of heavy monsoon rains in India and Pakistan has surpassed 350, officials said Monday, as elite Indian troops joined an urgent rescue effort to reach residents marooned on rooftops and stranded in submerged homes.

The floods in the Himalayan region of Kashmir and eastern Pakistan, described as the worst in decades, have left thousands without food and water and destroyed homes across a wide swath of both countries.
Cloud Precipitation

3 dead after Bulgaria sees yet more flooding

A day of mourning has been declared in the city of Burgas, Bulgaria, today 08 September 2014, after three people were killed in floods there in the last few days. This is the fourth time in four months that Bulgaria has been hit by deadly floods.

Bulgaria was battered by heavy rainfall from Wednesday 03 September. Floods were soon to follow and by Friday 05 September 2014 as many as 80 municipalities had been affected. The heavy rain continued through Saturday 06 September.

Three people died in the floods in the Burgas district on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. All three were drowned in the overflowing Ropotamo River. Two of the victims were in their vehicles at the time.

The areas around Harmanli and Simeonovgrad were also badly affected and authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday 06 September. Several other cities soon followed, including Primorsko, Dimitrovgrad, Radnevo and Misia. Local media say that more than 1,000 people were evacuated in Haskovo province during the floods.

In a response to the recent floods, caretaker Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov suggested that local authorities in Bulgaria have done little to prevent floods, such as improving drainage. According to local media, he said that sanctions could be imposed on those municipalities failing to carry out prevention activities against floods.

Black Cat

A third cougar attack within a month leaves six-year-old California boy injured

Attack: A six-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion (file picture) while hiking with his parents and another family in California on Sunday - and he was only saved when his dad fought the animal off
A mountain lion attacked and injured a 6-year-old boy hiking with family and friends on Sunday along a wooded trail in California's Silicon Valley before two adults managed to frighten the cat away, a state wildlife official said.

The attack occurred at about 1 p.m. local time in an open-space preserve adjacent to the historic Picchetti Ranch Winery just west of the town of Cupertino, said Lieutenant Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The victim's parents reported that the child was walking about 10 feet ahead of the rest of the group - two adult couples each hiking with their three small children - when "the mountain lion came out of nowhere" and grabbed the boy.

Comment: This is the third cougar attack on humans within a month, see also: Some wild animals are losing fear of humans: Biologist recovering after cougar assault in Grand Prairie, Alberta

Teenager attacked by cougar in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

There was also this: Mountain lion 'stalks' woman near Telluride, Colorado

Cloud Precipitation

'Wettest day on record' - Phoenix suffers more major flooding from former Hurricane Norbert

© Michael Chow/The Republic
Cars are stuck in flood waters on Interstate 10 east at 43rd Avenue after monsoon rains flooded the freeway in Phoenix Sept. 8, 2014.
Record-breaking rainfall in the Valley of the Sun played havoc with early morning commuters, closed schools and caused extensive power outages. Heavy downpours early Monday morning brought freeway traffic to a crawl, closed many surface street intersections and placed the state on a flash flood watch for the rest of the day.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport reported 3.06 inches of rain since midnight, breaking the record for the date by nearly 2 inches, Ken Waters of the National Weather Service said. It marked the wettest day on record for Phoenix since record keeping began in 1895, Waters said.

Buckeye received nearly 5 inches, according to the Maricopa County Flood Control District. The National Weather Service extended a flash flood warning until 10:30 a.m. for Maricopa, Pinal and Yavapai counties.

Interstate 17 was closed at Indian School Road and U.S. Highway 60 (Grand Avenue) was closed between 51st and 59th avenues because of heavy flooding, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

Traffic was brought to a crawl on Interstate 10 in the Buckeye area and water was up to the hoods of several vehicles and at least 27 vehicles were stalled in the standing water at 43rd Avenue and I-10, Bart Graves of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

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3 days of heavy early snowfall results in 174 lost and 200 trapped on Pakistan's Deosai Glacier

The trapped and missing people are mostly shepherds and their families who move with their herds during the season.
At least 174 people are missing and around 200 people are trapped in Pakistan's northern mountaineer 'Deosai' glacier site as massive snowfall which continued over the last three days has blanketed the region, local officials said.

Around 200 people, including women and children, are trapped in the Charagah area of Deosai while 252 people were rescued Saturday night, Tariq Hussein a local administration official told reporters.

Many among the rescued people are injured as the region faces an unseasonal amount of snowfall, the official said. The trapped and missing people are mostly shepherds and their families who move with their herds during the season.