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'Never this severe before': Storm batters Alaska, causes widespread flooding

Water from the Bering Sea, pushed by high winds, rushes into a home's backyard in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
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Water from the Bering Sea, pushed by high winds, rushes into a home's backyard in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
Alaska Storm: The potent storm — what remains of Typhoon Merbok — has been influencing weather patterns as far away as California, where strong winds and a rare late-summer rainstorm were expected.

A powerful storm sweeping north through the Bering Strait on Saturday caused widespread flooding in several western Alaska coastal communities, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for higher ground.

The force of the water moved some homes off their foundations, and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

The potent storm — what remains of Typhoon Merbok — has been influencing weather patterns as far away as California, where strong winds and a rare late-summer rainstorm were expected.

In Alaska, no injuries or deaths were immediately reported, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Officials had warned some places could see their worst flooding in 50 years and that the high waters could take up to 14 hours to recede.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration during the day for impacted communities.


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Death toll from western Nepal landslide rises to 22

At least 70 people have been killed and 13 went missing across the country in flash floods and landslides this year, according to official data.

At least 70 people have been killed and 13 went missing across the country in flash floods and landslides this year, according to official data.
Rescuers in Nepal battled against torrential rains to pull out bodies from the wreckage of homes buried by a landslide that caused 22 deaths and injured 10 people, officials said on Sunday.

The latest calamity occurred in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital city of Kathmandu.

Flash floods and landslides are a common occurrence in the mountainous terrain of the Himalayan nation especially during the annual monsoon rains between June and September.


Comment: Another report from 6 days prior to the above event: 5 dead, 10 missing after floods in Nepal


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Shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan - 2nd major quake there within 19 hours

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A tsunami warning has been cancelled after an earthquake rocked the Taiwan's southeastern region today. The The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Taiwan after the earthquake but later rescinded the alert.

Today's earthquake struck Taiwan's rural Yujing district with a 6.9 magnitude, and a depth of 10 kilometres.

Photos showed buildings collapsed, and about 20 people were evacuated from a train derailed in the area.

Three people were trapped under the rubble of one building, while a fourth person was saved. There were, however, no casualties reported, the Taiwan Railway Administration said.


Comment: Details of the earlier shake: Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks Taiwan


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Heavy September snowfall in the Alps & Dolomites

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Ski areas across the Alps and Dolomites have been reporting fresh snowfall this morning, Saturday 17th, September.

The snowfall is particularly welcome after a long dry summer that saw record hot temperatures thaw the snow cover from glacial ice, closing summer ski centres.

Only Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol had managed to stay open through the past six weeks, but it was joined on Saturday by Italy's Val Senales opening for its 22-23 season and several more glacier areas plan to open in the next week.


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Waterspout spotted off Barcelona, Spain

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Tonight! A #waterspout spotted off near El Prat de Llobregat, #Barcelona! Spain (Sep.17, 2022) #Tornado


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Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks Taiwan

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan's southeastern Taitung County at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were reports of objects falling from store shelves in Taitung, Kaohsiung's metro system was temporarily suspended and there were at least five aftershocks.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about 35.8 kilometers north of Taitung County Hall, at a depth of 7.3 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.


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Wild waterspout off Duck Key, Florida

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Occurred on September 12, 2022 / Duck Key, Florida, USA

"The video shows a water spout off the coast of Duck Key, Florida on 9/12/22 at 9:25 AM ET."


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Dallas driver rescued from large sinkhole as traffic gridlocked

Crews blocked off the road to repair the several-feet deep hole.

Crews blocked off the road to repair the several-feet deep hole.
Drivers in Dallas, Texas faced detours after a large sinkhole opened up in the Pleasant Grove area on Thursday.

According to reports, a female driver fell into the hole but escaped without serious injury.

The sinkhole was reportedly caused by a damaged wastewater manhole and appeared in the centre lane of the Lake June road. It is reported to be several feet long.


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Waterspout over Lake Erie caught on camera from Bay Village, Ohio

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WATCH: Waterspout over Lake Erie caught on camera from Bay Village.


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Spectacular waterspout off the coast of Cumanayagua, Cuba

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Spectacular waterspout off the coast of Cumanayagua, Cuba!