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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.

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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.

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Torrential rainstorm hits Greater Caracas, Venezuela

As a result of the heavy rainfall that flooded the Chacao municipality this Friday afternoon, at least 20 fallen trees were reported .

The main affected areas in the municipality are La Castellana and Altamira. Although the storm also caused havoc in other areas of Caracas such as El Paraíso, El Silencio and Catia.

However, Mayor Gustavo Duque reported through his X account that the situation is already being addressed and, fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

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Weather alerts continue in France with schools and roads closed - 6 inches of rain overnight

Over two-thirds of French departments are still facing weather warnings on Friday (October 20), as a number of intense storms continued to hit the country.

In the south-east, the Alpes-Maritimes department faced a red alert (the highest possible) for heavy rain and flooding overnight, as the final thrust of an épisode cévenol storm hit the area.

Alongside this, six other departments in the area are facing tier-three orange warnings for heavy rain, river floods, and coastal flooding.

Elsewhere 66 other departments in France - almost all of the south barring a couple of departments in Occitanie, as well as the capital region, the east and the north - faced 'yellow' weather warnings.

These were mostly for stormy weather and strong winds, but also partially for coastal and river flooding and heavy rain.