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Yemen - Thousands displaced by floods after Cyclone Tej dumps nearly 16 inches of rain in a few hours

Floods in Al Mahrah Governorate, Yemen,
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Floods in Al Mahrah Governorate, Yemen, October 2023 following heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Tej.
Thousands of people have been displaced after Tropical Cyclone Tej triggered severe flooding in south-eastern Yemen on 23 October 2023. Heavy rain and some damage from flooding was also reported in neighbouring Oman.

Tropical Cyclone Tej made landfall along the coast between the coastal city of Al Ghaydah, capital of Al Mahrah Governorate in south-eastern Yemen, and Salalah, capital city of Oman's Dhofar Governorate.

Yemen Meteorological Services reported 406 mm of rain fell at Al Ghaydah Airport in the space of a few hours.

The Yemen Red Crescent Society said Cyclone Tej caused widespread destruction across Al Mahrah Governorate. Particularly badly affected are the districts of Al Ghaydah and Haswayn.

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Death Valley visitors delight in rare ephemeral lakes left behind by storm

© Mario Tama/Getty Images
Badwater Basin is located 282ft below sea level, the lowest elevation in North America.
After months of closure, visitors to Death Valley national park are being greeted by stunning new features, including lakes left behind by a ferocious summer deluge.

The park reopened last week after being shuttered in August, when a record-breaking tropical storm unleashed a year's worth of rain in a single day.

Dramatic images emerging from the park show arid dunes now dotted with lakes.

"Some spectacular things happened in Death Valley following the floods we received from remnants of Hurricane Hilary back in August," the park wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"Ephemeral lakes popped up around the park, which is both pretty rare and amazing!" they added. "Lakes in the sand dunes wasn't on our 2023 bingo card."

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Storm Bernard leaves 2 dead, several injured in Spain

Storm Bernard wreaks havoc across Spain.
Storm Bernard wreaks havoc across Spain.
Spain's meteorology services say atypical weather system had characteristics of a tropical storm

Storm Bernard battered Southern Spain, causing fatalities, several injuries, and around 2,000 incidents of damage, the Andalusia region's emergency services said on Monday.

The atypical storm, which brought strong winds and heavy rains, reached its peak of destruction late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

One of the men confirmed dead was driving in the Huelva province when a landslide caused his car to flip off the road. Authorities suspect another man died in the city of Cordoba after being struck by sheet metal that the wind ripped off a building.

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Storm Babet: Fresh weather warnings issued after homes flooded in England

Weather warnings for rain have been issued to flood-hit areas in England as residents began returning to homes destroyed by Storm Babet.

The Met Office issued a fresh warning for "heavy rain" which it said could lead to further flooding in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as much of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Leeds and York, and Humberside.

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Flash flood warning extended in Barbados

A flash-flood warning is issued when rapid flooding due to heavy or excessive rainfall in a short period of time (generally less than 6 hours) is occurring or is imminent in the warning area.

Rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches have occurred across northern and southern sections of the island overnight and early this morning.

Additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with occasional heavy to intense showers are expected across the island throughout the morning.

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Norma weakens to tropical storm after Mexico landfall, while Tammy bears down on Leeward Islands

Wind map of Hurricane Norma in the Pacific and Hurricane Tammy in the Atlantic.
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Wind map of Hurricane Norma in the Pacific and Hurricane Tammy in the Atlantic.

Norma weakened to tropical storm strength Saturday after bringing hurricane-force winds, flash flooding and storm surge to Mexico's Pacific coast. Meanwhile, another late-season storm continued to threaten island nations in the Atlantic.

Norma made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph over the far southern portion of Mexico's Baja California Sur - which includes Cabo San Lucas - Saturday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.

Meanwhile in the Atlantic, Hurricane Tammy made landfall in Barbuda as a Category 1 storm Saturday night, churning maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Tammy has triggered hurricane warnings, with strong winds and heavy rainfall across portions of the Leeward Islands, a chain of several island nations and territories between the Caribbean Sea and the open Atlantic.

Neither storm is a threat to the US mainland.


Japan sees unprecedented pace of increase in bear attack victims

A black bear at a residential area in Kanazawa, Japan on Sept. 29, 2010.
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A black bear at a residential area in Kanazawa, Japan on Sept. 29, 2010.
Japan is seeing the number of people attacked by bears in fiscal 2023 increase at an unprecedented pace, recent government data showed, with people warned of more encounters as the wild animals forage ahead of hibernation in a lean year for nuts.

A total of 109 people were hurt, two fatally, between April and September, mostly in the northern part of Japan's main island Honshu, according to the Environment Ministry's data. The figure is the highest for the same period since fiscal 2007 when the government started such monthly statistics.

The current record for the highest number of people wounded by the animals, which include Asian black bears and Ussuri brown bears, is 158 in fiscal 2020.

Fifteen prefectures saw victims during the six-month period from April, with around 70 percent of cases in northeastern Japan, according to the ministry's preliminary data released in early October.


Impressive waterspout off Piombino, Italy

An impressive whirlwind was spotted in the early afternoon off the coast of Piombino, a municipality in the province of Livorno.

Around 3pm, numerous citizens who were in Calamoresca, where in the meantime the citadel of the Colline Metallifere Rally had been set up, witnessed this spectacle of nature which, if on the one hand attracted the eyes of many, on the other frightened who feared it might advance from the sea.

The whirlwind , which was part of a picture of bad weather, dissipated quickly. The most attentive, however, managed to immortalize it.

(Translated by Google)

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Lightning kills 2 in Saudi Arabia's Jizan region amid heavy rain

Lightning struck and killed two persons in the Saudi governorate of Al Edabi in the kingdom's south-western Jizan region.

The incident occurred on Friday night in Al Edabi, located in eastern Jizan, which experienced heavy rains.

Jizan has seen dozens of deaths resulting from thunderous lightning this year amid repeated warnings from competent agencies to keep off strike-prone sites, reports said without giving specific figures.

There was no immediate comment from local authorities.

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Kayaker takes to flooded streets in Midleton, Ireland after Storm Babet dumps a month's worth of rain in a day

The town of Midleton and some surrounding areas of Ireland's County Cork were hit with serious flooding after a month's worth of rain was reported to have fallen during Storm Babet on October 18.