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Earth changes result in wide-scale flood related destruction outside Guatemala City

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Mexican Army rescue team members and sniffer dogs survey an area affected by a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, October 4, 2015.
Five days after 120,000 tons of mud and rocks buried a small Guatemalan town, the death toll has reached 152 people as search and rescue operations continue. Search teams have uncovered entire dead families as hope of finding survivors dwindles.

"We found almost all of them huddled together, which means that they were going to try and evacuate but sadly they didn't have time," Sergio Cabanas, an official at Guatemala's disaster agency Conred told Reuters.

Comment: Wide-scale earth changes are becoming a recurring phenomenon. For more check out last month's summary.

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Preparation is key: Sink or swim - observations from the South Carolina flood

As the flood waters began to rise in South Carolina, so did the level of awareness that the vast majority of South Carolinians were wholly unprepared for such a disaster.

As the flood crisis got under way, South Carolina saw its major cities inundated with so much water that city centers were unnavigable without a boat, coastal areas saw houses collapse, and both city and rural areas saw roads wash out completely. With dams bursting and bridges washing away, local governments, citizens, and emergency management personnel clearly had their hands full. Most of them, to their credit, did their jobs well enough with the resources they had, despite the violation of rights by some local administrations.

Still, we can learn at least three lessons from the recent flooding in South Carolina.
  1. A very small minority of people are equipped to deal with an emergency in a competent fashion.
  2. A slightly larger number of people attempt to be prepared but fall short if the emergency persists.
  3. The vast majority of people are wholly unprepared for even a slight disturbance in their usual routine or living conditions.

Comment: Preparation really is key! Considering the following: Signs of Change: Extreme weather and environmental upheaval in September 2015 and how being informed and aware could save your life:
Michael Snyder is very well known for his blogs 'End of the American Dream' and 'The Economic Collapse' and from the sheer number of other sites that republish his articles.

Michael is also the author of the book Get Prepared Now: Why a Great Crisis is Coming and How You Can Survive It, which he wrote with Barbara Fix, and the novel The Beginning of the End, a mystery thriller set in the near future, both of which are available on Amazon. He also has a new DVD called "Economic Collapse, World War III & The Death of America", which is available on ProphecyClubResources.com.


Extreme weather from hurricane Joaquin continues to be new norm

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Mary Baldrick of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, wades through flooded Front Street in Georgetown, South Carolina October 4, 2015

Comment: This isn't a "1,000 year storm" any more: storms and extreme weather like this are happening more and more frequently. With so many "1,000" year weather events in this decade alone, people need to start paying attention and realize that this isn't an anomaly or blip, but has become the new norm and is getting worse. See this video for a summary of extreme weather events that happened in September:

Nine people were killed in unprecedented flooding in South Carolina, Governor Nikki Haley said.

Flooding in South Carolina is so serious that President Obama declared a statewide emergency.

"We are at a 1,000-year level of rain," South Carolina Governor Haley said at a press conference. "That's how big this is."

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At least eight dead in 'historic' flash flooding in South Carolina, US

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Flash floods caused by torrential rain in South Carolina.
At least eight people have died as a "once-in-a-thousand-year" rainfall event triggered flash flooding in the US state of South Carolina, officials say.

The storm had dumped more than 45 centimetres of rain in parts of central South Carolina by early Sunday.

The state climatologist forecast another 5 to 15 centimetres through Monday as the rainfall began to slacken.

"We haven't seen this level of rain in the low country in 1,000 years," South Carolina governor Nikki Haley told a news conference.

"This is not something to be out taking pictures of. This is not something that you want your kids playing in. The water is not safe.

"And a lot of areas across the state where you see this deep water, it's got bacteria in it. So stay inside and don't get in there.

"This is an incident we've never had before."

Six weather-related deaths were reported in South Carolina, four of them from traffic accidents. Officials reported another two deaths in North Carolina.

President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina on Saturday, ordering federal aid for areas affected by flooding.

Precipitation records fell in many places. In less than four days, Charleston broke its record for the greatest monthly rainfall for October.

Counties reported more than 200 rescues from flood waters since Saturday night and more are expected, the emergency management division said in a Twitter post.

The storms are part of a separate weather system from Hurricane Joaquin, which was downgraded on Sunday to a Category Two storm as it headed towards Bermuda.

Comment: All over the world torrential rainfall is breaking records and causing 'historic' flooding and devastating mudslides. In the past two weeks alone some incidents include:

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U.S. East Coast plagued by heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds; five states declare state of emergency

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Fun times kayaking ok King & Huger, Charleston
Life-threatening flooding from days of lashing rain along the East Coast has washed out bridges and swept away homes in the US. The weather service has issued a warning for residents living along the coast to be alert for rising water.

Forecasters have warned that gusty winds raging at 35mph could down trees and power lines across the Carolinas and Virginia.

A combination of high water and high waves could cause beach erosion, and damage to docks and piers.

At least five weather-related deaths have been reported since heavy rains began along the Eastern Seaboard. Powerful winds toppled a tree that hit a vehicle and killed a passenger on Thursday near Fayetteville, North Carolina. Three people died in separate weather-related traffic incidents in South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, according to the Highway Patrol. A drowning in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was also linked to the deadly storm.

Record-setting rainfalls, stretching from the Carolinas to New Jersey, have forced five governors to declare a state of emergency. Flood warnings remained in effect for many parts of the East Coast through Sunday.

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Torrential rain brings flooding to Charleston, South Carolina

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Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, as they takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
Torrential rains that brought flooding to much of the historic peninsula district of Charleston, S.C., on Saturday lashed huge parts of the Southeast, giving the region little consolation from the fading threat of Hurricane Joaquin as it moved to the northeast away from the East Coast.

Police shut down traffic onto the low-lying area of Charleston between the Ashley and Cooper rivers where the historic downtown area is located. Abandoned cars dotted many of the roads as cars stalled out.

Retail stores along King Street, a main shopping area in the port city, lined sand bags along the sidewalk as protection from the threat of rising water.

As rain totals by early morning quickly eclipsed the 21-year-old record of 3.28 inches for Oct. 3, forecasters predicted several more inches for Saturday and extended a flash flood warning until late afternoon.

Officials warned residents to avoid driving in the afternoon during high tide. Heavy rain was forecast for the area into Sunday.

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Violent storms and flash floods in French resort towns kill 13


Paradise lost: More than 10 per cent of the annual average rainfall in the Alpes-Maritimes department (Biot pictured) fell in just two days
Violent storms and flash floods in the south of France have killed 13 people and left hundreds of holidaymakers stranded.

Heavy rain in the Cote d'Azur - forecast to have sunny skies and temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius today - caused the River Brague to burst its banks near Antibes, which lies between Cannes and Nice in the French Riviera.

Three people drowned in an Antibes retirement home, a 60-year-old woman died on a submerged road in the popular resort town of Cannes and at least five were killed as they sought shelter under cars in Nice.

There are fears the death toll could be even hire because fire crews and ambulances have struggled to reach the worst-affected areas, where 35,000 homes are without power.

Disturbing images of the aftermath showed entire roads worn away and hundreds of badly-damaged cars piled on top of each other.

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Mudslide in Guatemala kills at least 25; up to 600 people missing

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Rescue workers and residents respond after a landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Recent rainfall provoked the landslide, affecting dozens of homes.

Santa Catarina Pinula - The collapse of a hillside onto a town on the edge of Guatemala City killed at least 25 people and left hundreds missing on Friday, as rescue crews searched for survivors in homes buried by dirt and sludge.

Loosened by heavy rains, tons of dirt and trees tumbled onto Santa Catarina Pinula in a valley on the southeastern flank of the capital late on Thursday, flattening dozens of flimsy houses when many residents had gone home for the night.

An aerial video broadcast in Guatemalan media showed the tree-lined hillside laid bare above a huge mound of earth, foliage and debris that completely covered part of the town, which hugs the side of a river in a deep ravine.

Scores of rescue workers laboured until nightfall to recover bodies from the tangle of mangled walls, beds and furniture churned up in the landslide. A Reuters photo showed the face of one person who had apparently been buried alive.

Alejandro Maldonado, head of Guatemalan disaster agency CONRED, told a news conference that as many as 600 people could still be missing after the disaster, which he said hit 125 homes.

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Typhoon Dujuan causes flooding in eastern China

Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Dujuan lashed east China's Ningbo City, causing floods and cutting road access.
Typhoon Dujuan wreaked havoc coupled with astronomical tide in the coastal city of Putian, southeast China's Fujian Province, after making landfall on Tuesday morning.

Many embankments collapsed and sea water flooded the nearby fishermen houses.

Local authority and border police station deployed over 30 staff members to evacuate residents and bring them to safety.


Spectators are swept by huge waves brought by Typhoon Dujuan while watching tides of Qiantang River at a dike on September 29, 2015 in Hangzhou, China.


Glacial river flood under way in Iceland

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East cauldron of Skaftá.
The Icelandic Met Office has just announced that a flood of the Skaftá glacier river in Iceland's mighty Vatnajökull glacier has begun.

Flood water is reportedly discharging from the east cauldron of Skjaftá. According to an IMO Facebook post, floods from the east cauldron are bigger and rarer than floods from the west cauldron.

The last time a similar event occurred was in June 2010.

Experts predict water flows of 1,300-1,400 m3/s. The flood has not yet reached the IMO's first measuring station, so no exact figures are yet available.

The flood should take 48 hours to hit the national ring-road. Bridges are not considered to be at risk, but some roads may be flooded.