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8 inches of rain overnight hits Austin-area, Texas

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County;

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County
A noisy, lightning-filled band of storms slowly crawled across Central Texas late Wednesday into the wee hours of Thursday, dumping up to 8 inches of rain in spots along the Interstate 35 corridor.

By daybreak, the storms drifted southeast, away from the Austin area, but the better news is that the Austin area is unlikely to see any more heavy rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

"The stronger front arrives by midday tomorrow," the weather service said in a bulletin Thursday afternoon. "This is the front we have all been waiting for that will give South Central Texas the first real taste of fall."

Forecasters said that "behind the front, north winds will kick in, ushering in cooler and drier air."


Up snow creek without a shovel? Ohio Department of Transportation struggling to hire seasonal plow drivers

We have had an extraordinary stretch of fall weather but in the end, we all know the winds of Lake Erie will soon be whipping up the dreaded lake effect snow and playing havoc with our travel plans around northeast Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation works long hours coordinating and executing their snow removal plan but as it stands now they have a looming problem in that they have been unable to hire anywhere near the number of seasonal plow drivers they need.

Statewide, ODOT hires 550 drivers for the winter all of whom are guaranteed 40 hours and week and in most cases work overtime hours just about every week.

They are critical workers to the job ODOT needs to accomplish and at this point, ODOT has managed to hire only about half the drivers they need statewide and that number holds in northeast Ohio.


Early season snowfall covers British Columbia's mountains

Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
© Whistler Blackcomb
Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
A healthy dose of early snowfall has reached British Columbia's mountains, including on the south coast.

On Wednesday, mountain cams showed Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain, and Grouse Mountain begin to be covered in white.

And with up to 150 mm of rain expected this coming weekend, higher elevations could see even more snow.


Early snowfall in Western Macedonia, Greece - up to 6 inches

The first snow fell early Thursday in many mountainous areas of Western Macedonian at an altitude over 1,100 metres.

The whiteness from the early morning covered the town of Nymfaio.



First snowfall arrives early in Hungary, nearly a foot of snow reported

© János Vajda/MTI
Although it's only October, the first snowflakes have already fallen in Hungary. More than ten centimeters of snow fell in the Bükk, Időkép reported on Thursday. Since then, 30 centimeters of snow accumulated in Bánkút, too.

The snowfall started on Wednesday and continued throughout the night. According to the Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Ltd. and the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Disaster Management Directorate, the Bánkút access road and a section of the Miskolc-Dédestapolcsány connecting road were closed due to the earlier snowfall and trees falling on the road.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall floods streets in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece - 10 inches of rain in a few hours turns roads into rivers

Heavy showers on Thursday flooded streets across the Greek capital and in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, with the fire service receiving dozens of calls for help.

In the Athens suburb of Nea Filadelfia, pupils left their flooded classroom at an elementary school by building a bridge with their desks, while traffic had to be stooped on several occasions on major thoroughfares like Pireos, Hamosternas and Petrou Ralli when the water rose to unsafe levels.

The Athens-Lamia national highway, as well as Alexandras and Kifissias avenues inside the city, were gridlocked with traffic as a result of the ongoing downpours.

The Ministry of Civil Defense has appealed to citizens to avoid going outdoors unless necessary.


Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands on Friday Oct 15

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 44 km depth

Date & time: Oct 15, 2021 02:45:01 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Oct 15, 2021 1:45 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 44.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.92°S / 158.44°E↗ (Solomon Sea, Solomon Islands)


Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Kansas as storms batter Midwest - one was 'multi-vortex'

Storm damage to a home and an overturned truck caused by a tornado that hit in the early morning hours Wednesday near SW 49 and Czech Hall Road in Mustang.
Storm damage to a home and an overturned truck caused by a tornado that hit in the early morning hours Wednesday near SW 49 and Czech Hall Road in Mustang.
Multiple tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Kansas late Tuesday into Wednesday after days of violent weather damaged homes and businesses and knocked out power to thousands of people.

Many Oklahomans woke up to storm sirens as two likely tornadoes touched down in the Oklahoma City area Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said there were no reported injuries in the city, but some roofs were damaged. "All in all, we're okay!" Hold wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Two other suspected twisters touched down in the western part of the state, near Frederick and Clinton, about 85 miles west of Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service was surveying the area to confirm the intensity and scale of the tornadoes.

A twister in Clinton ripped off the roof of an auto repair shop and knocked over power lines and traffic signs. The Clinton Regional Airport reported 28 out of 29 hangars took damage; one collapsed on a plane and a vehicle. In Mustang, a vehicle was seen flipped over on its side near buildings with damaged roofs.

Cloud Lightning

Severe storms batter Sydney, and much of eastern Australia remains in the firing line

Storms across the Sydney area have dumped large hail.

Storms across the Sydney area have dumped large hail.
The latest round of wild weather has brought large hail and heavy rain as supercell thunderstorms formed over eastern Australia.

Parts of Sydney have already felt the brunt; large hail has fallen in several areas and 24mm hit the rain gauge at Penrith between 3:00pm and 5:00pm AEDT.

The Bureau of Meteorology added a "risk of tornado activity" to its Sydney storm warning just after 3:00pm but it has since been removed.

Severe weather warnings remain current in several states so keep on top of the warnings for your local area.

South-east Queensland and northern New South Wales could well be in for more severe storms tomorrow.


Storm surge so strong wave monitor was washed away in Wellington, New Zealand - swells up to 6 meters high

Swells were as high as 6m in yesterday's wild weather.
© Jack Crossland
Swells were as high as 6m in yesterday's wild weather.
Wellington's weather was so wild yesterday that a wave-height monitor was washed away across the harbour.

The Lower Hutt suburb of Eastbourne was completely cut off by large swells and debris. Roads on Wellington City's south coast were also closed after rocks from the seawall ended in the path of motorists.

Flights were disrupted and ferries across the Cook Strait cancelled.

By pure coincidence, regional and city councillors were visiting what is the maritime equivalent of an air traffic control centre on Beacon Hill at the time of the storm.

The signal station is staffed 24 hours a day and is the first point of contact for ships arriving to and departing from Wellington Harbour.

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