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Extreme hail storm inundates Florence, Italy with ice

Florence hail storm
A violent hail storm has ravaged parts of Tuscany, Italy on Friday, with significant impacts on the region's capital of Florence.

Videos of the storm show torrential rain and hail coming down, and while the hail stones themselves are not large, the sheer quantity is enough to cause chaos on the city streets. Local media report that the hail storm lasted about ten minutes in the city of Florence. This was plenty of time for hail stones to coat the roads like snow.
Florence hail
Radar shows the storm beginning off the west coast of Tuscany early Friday morning. As the storm crosses into Tuscany, it grows in size and intensity. By 1:30 p.m. local time, the storm is over Florence. Gaping holes in the storm suggest it was so intense that it maxed out on Weather Underground's radar reflectivity scale.

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Hurricane Odile could bring catastrophic flooding from Tucson to Albuquerque NM in U.S. Southwest

Odile will unload tremendous rainfall over a large part of the Southwest United States that will run off the mountains and into the desert valleys and plains through the end of the week.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "There is the potential for devastating, catastrophic and historic flooding in this scenario."

The heaviest rainfall will hit the Southwestern states of Arizona and New Mexico where a general 3 to 6 inches will fall, but local amounts of 10 inches or more are possible on the slopes of the mountains. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour can occur.

There is a significant risk to lives and property in the region.

"Not only will flash and urban flooding occur in this case, but there is the potential for major river flooding," Clark said.
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Heavy rainfall causes floods throughout Greece, 1 person dead

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The heavy rainfall in the municipality of Oreokastro, a Thessaloniki suburb in northern Greece, caused serious road damages and the death of a man.

Greek authorities confirmed the death of a 49-year-old man and the serious injury of his 19-year-old son. The accident occurred after their car was overturned by the flood.

The local fire department received an emergency call at 11:45 pm on Sunday. The rescue operation began immediately as eight firemen and four fire engines rushed to the spot. The operation ended three hours later, as it was very difficult for the rescue team to approach the vehicle. The 49-year-old was transferred to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Comment: The Greek media reports that the heavy rains, even hail in some areas, will continue until Thursday.

The following image is from the roads in Athens:

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Hurricane Odile - 'the strongest hurricane to hit the tip of the Baja California peninsula since the advent of satellite data'

Hurricane Odile whipped through the popular beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, uprooting trees, downing power lines and forcing thousands of tourists to take cover in emergency shelters.

Winds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) buffeted shelters as one of the worst storms on record hit the luxury retreats of Los Cabos, battering Mexico's northwest coast with heavy rains that left plush hotels badly waterlogged.

Odile has weakened from a category four to category two hurricane since Sunday, but the National Hurricane Center said it would likely cause life-threatening flooding and mudslides on Mexico's northwestern coast during the next day or two.

"The whole place is devastated, San José del Cabo, windows are trashed, trees and electricity poles are down," said Mauricio Balderrama, manager of the Cabo Surf Hotel and Spa. All of the hotel's guests were fine, he added.

The weather service said Odile was expected to slow as it pushed northwest along the desert peninsula and forecast the storm would weaken steadily over the next two days.

Comment: Déjà vu for the U.S. Southwest? Major hurricane Odile could again bring flash floods to Southwestern U.S

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Odile becomes powerful Category 4 hurricane off Mexico's Baja

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Satellite image shows Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile further intensified before dawn Sunday and was swirling over the Pacific as a major storm toward an expected close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula by nightfall.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Odile became a powerful Category 4 hurricane before dawn Sunday. Odile's core was predicted to stay out in the Pacific, but it was following a track that was forecast to take the storm's edge very close or even over Baja's southern end by Sunday night and into Monday.

The storm's maximum sustained winds had increased to 135 mph Sunday morning. It was centered about 195 miles west of Manzanillo, Mexico and 310 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California, Odile was moving to the north-northwest at 15 mph.

Mexican officials posted hurricane warnings northward along the west coast of Baja California to Puerto San Andresito. High winds and dangerous surf were expected along the shore beginning Sunday, and heavy rains were possible for Baja and nearby mainland areas.
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Russian man drives out of his garage... into a tornado

The intense footage shows as he tries to make a hasty retreat back to the garage - which has blown away

The day started like any other for this Russian driver.

But reversing out of his garage - he never could have anticipated what would happen next.

He had driven straight out into a tornado as this gripping footage from his dashboard camera - an increasingly common instalment in Russian cars to prevent insurance fraud and police corruption - shows.

The terrifying clip plays on and the man tries to return to his garage - only to see it flattened by the sheer force of the tornado before his very eyes.

The incident happened late last month in Bashkiria, Russia and the video uploader hs clarified that while the dash cam date says it was filmed in 2012, it actually happened on August 29.


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

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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.

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.
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Hurricane Norbert marches up Mexico's Baja coast and heads north-west

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A satellite image shows hurricane Norbert swirling along the Pacific coast.
Heavy rains brought by Hurricane Norbert prompted evacuations as the storm roared up the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Forecasters said the storm may help bring weekend precipitation to the parched US South-west.

The Baja California Sur state governor, Marcos Covarrubias, urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate and said travellers should stay off highways as the storm passed by. He said most government services would be closed or restricted, and schools in Los Cabos and La Paz were closed on Friday.

At least 1,000 people remained in shelters on Friday evening in Los Cabos, where the storm toppled trees and knocked out electricity in parts of the resort area.

Comment: Extreme rainfall occurred in south-western US a month ago, bringing 'apocalyptic' flash-floods.

See also: Hurricane Norbert lashes Mexico's Baja peninsula

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Record snowfall - Winter weather arrives early in Barrow, Alaska

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2 Sep 14 – Snow covers Barrow, AK, in this view from the Barrow Sea Ice Webcam.
Heaviest calendar-day snow on record anytime from August through the first week of September.

Barrow, Alaska, was blanketed by its first significant snowfall of the season Tuesday, turning the town into a winter wonderland just one day after Labor Day.