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Emergency declared after deadly flash floods in West Virginia

Floods in the City of Huntington, WV, May 2022.
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Floods in the City of Huntington, WV, May 2022.
The Governor of West Virginia, USA, declared a state of emergency for 3 counties affected by heavy rain and flooding from 06 May 2022.

Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam, and Roane counties on 07 May 2022. The previous day the governor had declared a state of preparedness for all 55 counties.

National Weather Service in Charleston said rain gauge reports indicated over 3.50 inches / 88.9 mm of rain fell in Ona in Cabell County on 06 May 2022.

West Virginia Emergency Management said a farmer died after being swept away by flood waters in Cabell County. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported, as of 08 May 2022.


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Thailand - Severe flash floods hit southern provinces

Flood damage in Southern Thailand, May 2022.
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Flood damage in Southern Thailand, May 2022.
At least one person has died and homes, roads and bridges have been damaged after flash floods in southern Thailand following days of heavy rain.

Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported heavy rain and flooding from 05 May 2022 has affected over 350 households in districts of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Mai and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

Roads, bridges and houses were damaged or destroyed the districts of Tha Chang, Chaiya and Wipawadi in Surat Thani Province. One person was reported missing after being swept away by flood waters in Tha Chang. DDPM later reported the body of the victim had been found.


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Oklahoma, Texas hit hard by tornadoes overnight

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma as severe weather sweeps region

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma as severe weather sweeps region
ABC News' Mireya Villarreal reports on the destruction brought overnight by at least eight reported tornadoes in the region.


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Rare tornado wreaks havoc across the city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico

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A rare tornado rocked residents across the city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, May 1.

Although there were no reported casualties, the twister caused a number of flying debris and downed trees based on social media posts of residents in the city.

The tornadic event was also a stark reminder that the island is vulnerable to such phenomena after several years of no incidents.


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Rare tornado strikes in Assam, India

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area
A tornado tore through parts of Barpeta district in Assam which according to the experts is a rare weather event.

Barpeta deputy commissioner Tej Prasad Bhushal while speaking to Hindustan Times said," The tornado was of very low intensity. It took place at Rowmari village in Chenga area of the district at 10:20am and lasted for a few minutes," . "Seven huts were damaged in the incident, but no deaths or injuries took place."

The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area, he said.


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Unseasonably cold weather expected to continue throughout British Columbia, Canada

It's not bone chilling but the cold weather that's been hanging around Prince George is showing no signs of leaving us anytime soon. Wet snow was falling in parts of the city Friday morning.
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It's not bone chilling but the cold weather that's been hanging around Prince George is showing no signs of leaving us anytime soon. Wet snow was falling in parts of the city Friday morning.
Snow flurries in May?

You can't be serious.

Believe it. It was happening in parts of Prince George Friday morning where rain mixed with snow to get everybody collectively cursing under their breath about how cold and nasty it is for this time of year.

Today we're heading for a whopping high of 5 C under solid cloud cover that's covering most of the province - the result of a low pressure system that's stalled over Alberta.

The unseasonably cold weather is going to continue at least until Tuesday, so try to remain optimistic. Eventually, it is going to warm up. With summer solstice only about six weeks away, we're still waiting for the first extended blast of warm air from the south. But with the mercury in P.G. down to just 2 C at 11 a.m. Friday, summer weather seems far away.

Comment: Related: All of Finland drops below zero, as anomalous cold persists in Europe - Fields remain unplanted on Vancouver Island, similar picture across North America


Attention

Beachgoers stunned after elusive giant squid washes up on shoreline near Cape Town, South Africa

The dead squid washed on the shoreline in Kommetjie, near Cape Town in South Africa
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The dead squid washed on the shoreline in Kommetjie, near Cape Town in South Africa
The body of a giant squid has washed up on a beach in South Africa - leaving beachgoers stunned.

Giant squid are one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean with sightings of them being extremely rare.

The deep-sea monsters had never been photographed alive until 2002 and were only caught on camera for the first time in 2006.


Thanks to their elusive nature, the creatures are surrounded by legend and are thought to have inspired stories of the Kraken - a mythical sea monster which is said to have preyed on ships.


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All of Finland drops below zero, as anomalous cold persists in Europe - Fields remain unplanted on Vancouver Island, similar picture across North America

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ALL OF FINLAND DROPS BELOW ZERO...

It may be May, but unusually low temperatures are persisting across the majority of Europe.

On Wednesday, May 4, the whole of Finland dropped below freezing — a rare feat for the fifth month of the year.

Records were slain, too: the Saariselkä Tourist center, for example, logged -15.3C (4.4F) — a new record low for May.

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Thousands homeless as floods hit Santa Catarina, Brazil - 3 killed, 14 inches of rain 72 hours (UPDATE)

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Floods hit the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil today, on May 5th 2022.

Heavy rains caused flash floods throughout the state, as rivers burst their banks, flooding low lying areas.

Thousands of residents have been forced to leave their homes following the floods, as houses filled with water, destroying possessions.

Roads filled with water, making travel impossible. In rural areas, landslides blocked roads and caused further damage to buildings and vehicles.

The areas impacted include Tubarão, Forquilinha, São Ludgero and Araranguá. Warnings remain in place for the coming days.


Comment: Update May 6

Floodlist reports:
Brazil - Santa Catarina Floods and Rain Leave 3 Dead, 7,500 Displaced

At least 3 people have died and thousands have been displaced after days of heavy rain in southern Brazil caused flooding and landslides in parts of Santa Catarina state.

Parts of the state saw over 300 mm of rain in a 72 hour period to 05 May 2022. According to the state's Civil Defence, São Martinho recorded 375.4 mm during this period and Anitápolis 338 mm.

Santa Catarina Civil Defence said two people had died as a result of the severe weather in the municipality of São Joaquim and one in the municipality of Urubici.

Civil Defence added that 115 municipalities have reported incidents related to the heavy rainfall and severe weather over the last few days, including floods, landslides, falling trees and collapsed buildings. A total of 44,000 people have been affected. Damage to homes has left a total of 7,618 people displaced. On 04 May classes in over 150 schools were suspended.

Several municipalities have declared a state of emergency, including Tubarão, Orleans, Forquilhinhas, Urubici, Maracajá, Araranguá, São Joaquim, Lages and Laurentino. The municipality of Taió is expected to declare a state of emergency in the coming days. Also badly affected is the municipality of Rio do Sul where authorities have distributed relief supplies including mattresses and food.

According to figures from Serviço Geológico do Brasil (CPRM), rivers reached above the danger mark in several locations in the state, including the Canoas at Vila Canoas and the Uruguay at Itapiranga.

Flood warnings are also in place for areas of neighbouring Rio Grande do Sul state, where Civil defence report river levels are high on the Uruguay and Taquari rivers.



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Taming the 2nd-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a 'nightmare,' firefighter says

Firefighters on Thursday trying to hold the Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak Fire near Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Firefighters on Thursday trying to hold the Calf Canyon/Hermit Peak Fire near Las Vegas, New Mexico.
Taming the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a nightmare for crews who have been battling the blaze for more than a month, a firefighter said Thursday.

At one point, the ferocious Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire was spreading at 50 miles per hour, said Travis Regensberg, a general contractor brought in by New Mexico to help protect homes and buildings.

"It's been a nightmare," Regensberg told CNN on Thursday. "It's been really tough for us. I've been on this 17 days straight -- three, four hours of sleep a night to protect the communities here."

The firefighters have been protecting buildings by creating perimeter rings around them and using bulldozers to cut fire lines, he said. Additionally, they try to minimize harm to septic and well systems so that people have "a place to come back to," Regensberg said.