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."


Typhoon Mujigae kills six, knocks out power in Guangdong, China

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Trees are blown by Typhoon Mujigae on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, October 4, 2015.
A typhoon bringing heavy rain churned inland through southern China on Monday, a day after making landfall, killing at least six people, injuring hundreds, knocking out power and overturning cars.

The storm made landfall in the southern province of Guangdong on Sunday, triggering widespread blackouts, state media said. Winds knocked out power grids along the coast, leaving large areas without electricity, water or telecommunications.

TV footage showed trees snapped in two by a tornado spawned by the storm and a building at a construction raised from the ground like a toy. A crane toppled from a high-rise under construction.

The storm is expected to lose strength as it heads northwest. Authorities warned that flooding and mudslides were possible in the southwestern province of Yunnan.
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People try to remove a bough from a street as Typhoon Mujigae hits Maoming, Guangdong province, October 4, 2015.
Authorities have canceled dozens of flights, evacuated thousands and returned nearly 64,000 fishing boats to harbor in the south, state television reported.

Some coastal high-speed trains were suspended, including a route linking Haikou to Sanya in the island province of Hainan, state media said.

The typhoon coincides with a week-long public holiday in China, and tourist spots including a popular volcanic island have been closed.

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Lightning strikes kills six persons, cattle in Telangana, India

Lightning killed six persons in Telanga State on Sunday. Two farm workers and a bull besides a cattle shed was gutted in Adilabad district on Sunday. The incidents occurred separately at Dandepalli and Jannaram mandals during a spell of heavy rain accompanied by lightning.

Chimman Rajanna, (55), was killed while working in a field at Nelki Venkatapur in Dandepalli, while 35 year old Sripati Vijaya was killed in a field at Chintaguda in Jannaram mandal. The bullock died at Thimmapur while the cattle shed was burnt at Akkepalligudem, both in Jannaram.

A 60-year-old woman was killed by the lightning in Chinna Metpalli village of Korutla mandal in Karimnagar. Reports reaching here said that the woman named B. Lingavva was working in her maize fields when the lightning struck her killing her instantaneously. The police registered a case.

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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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Lightning strikes kill 26 people in 24 hours in Maharashtra, India

In Maharashtra, At least 26 people were killed in different incidents of lightning across the state from last 24 hours. Heavy rains accompanied by thunder storms and lightning have been lashing since past three days in the state and it will result in increasing the level of water storage across the state.

At least 13 people were killed when struck by lightning in Marathwada region. In Vidarbha, lightning claimed 8 including 4 in Nagpur district, three in Yavatmal and one from Wardha district. Most of those killed were farmers and farm labourers. Hailstorm lashed Chandur bazaar in Amravati district and damaged the standing crop.

In Nashik, district lightning killed 2 while three of a family were killed when a bolt of lightning struck temple in Devdaithan in Jamkhed taluka of Ahamadnagar district.

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Golf ball-sized hail hits Las Cruces, New Mexico

For about 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon, it sounded like the end of the world in Las Cruces. A massive hailstorm pounded roofs and cars on the East Mesa and in other parts of Las Cruces. The National Weather Service reported hail of about 1.25 inches.

But some areas of Las Cruces reported golf ball-sized hail. And the resulting damage was devastating: some homes reported every skylight broken; cars were dented; even car windshields were shattered. Many life-long residents of the city said it was the worst hailstorm they had ever witnessed.

Green lawns turned into a sea of white hail stones, while streets were flooded from the heavy rains. Official rain totals were less than a half-inch, but some areas of the city reported more than one inch of rain.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area through at least Tuesday. Saturday's storm was the result of a cold front. It has dropped high temperatures from the mid 80's to the mid 70's for the next week.

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Lightning strikes kill six in West Bengal, India

Six persons were killed in lightning strike in three places of Birbhum district Friday evening.

Seikh Aktar (32), Seikh Sabir (42) and Seikh Abraj (34) were killed as lightning struck them when they were working in a quarry at Bahdurpur village under Nalhati police station area, police said.

13-year-old Dashami Let of Ebai village under Nalhati police station area was struck by lightning when she was going home, police said.

At Saithia, Dhalu Murdi (48) and Matal Murdi (55) were also killed in lightning strike.

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Lightning bolt kills two persons in Nizamabad, India

Konda Lakshmi (45) and her son Rajinikanth (21) were killed when lightning struck them while they were weeding out waste plants in their paddy field on the outskirts of Kurnapally village under Yedapally police station limits on Friday afternoon.

A 10-old-boy Konda Aswin, nephew of Lakshmi, sustained serious burn injuries and was admitted to Area Hospital, Bodhan. The bodies were shifted to the hospital for post-mortem examination, said the Sub-Inspector of Police, Mohammed Asif.

Bizarro Earth

Flooding in S.C. traps drivers, 1 dead as hurricane Joaquin bears down

A driver was rescued Thursday morning after his truck fell into a sinkhole that opened up due to flash flooding in Spartanburg, S.C. The man was one several drivers trapped by flooding in Spartanburg County. One person died.
Officials in South Carolina say one person has died in street flooding in Spartanburg as the East Coast braces for drenching storms.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger tells local news outlets the death occurred early Thursday when several cars were submerged in flash floods.

The victim's name hasn't been released.

CBS Affiliate WSPA reports that one man was rescued Thursday morning after his vehicle was swept off the road where a culvert had washed out. Doug Bryson with Spartanburg County Emergency Management said the man, who'd managed to cling to a tree, was taken to a hospital for treatment.

There was no immediate word on his condition.