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Fatalities after floods in Kentucky and West Virginia

Flooding in Milton, Cabell County, West Virgini
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Flooding in Milton, Cabell County, West Virginia, 17 February 2023.
At least 2 people have died after heavy rain caused flooding in several southern states in the USA from 16 February 2023. The governor of West Virginia declared a State of Emergency. Roads and homes were flooded in areas of Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

West Virginia

West Virginia Governor declared a State of Emergency for all of West Virginia's 55 counties due to impacts from heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on 16 February.

The National Weather Service at Charleston, WV, said, "Multiple rounds of moderate to heavy rain affected portions of the region on February 16-17, 2023. When all was said and done, rainfall totals of 2-4″ fell across much of the central/southern portion of the NWS Charleston (WV) forecast area, leading to numerous flooding issues across the region."

In 24 hours to 17 February, Culloden in Putnam County recorded 4.02 inches / 102.108 mm of rain; Hamlin in Lincoln County 4.04 inches / 102.61 mm; and Pinch in Kanawha County 4.08 inches / 103.63 mm.


Attention

Three dolphins dead in the shallows off Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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Three dolphins died Saturday after becoming stranded in shallow water off Sandy Hook, the latest large marine mammals to wash up dead at the Jersey Shore this winter.

The dolphins were spotted floundering in the water shortly after 11 a.m.. and a call went out to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. As a small crowd gathered, a rescue team headed up the Garden State Parkway and volunteers headed to Sandy Hook to keep onlookers away from the dolphins, who were thrashing around in the water close to the shoreline.

Video posted to Twitter by photographer Matthew Renk showed the animals struggling in the surf.


Comment: Related: 10th dead whale washes ashore in New York-New Jersey region


Doberman

Stray dogs maul 7-year-old boy to death in Uttar Pradesh, India

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A 7-year-old boy died after being attacked by a pack of stray dogs near his house in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur.

The incident took place on Saturday evening when the boy, Kanha, was playing in the field next to his house in Bilaspur village in the Gangoh Police Station area.

According to sources, the boy kept crying for help, but by the time villagers reached to rescue him, he had succumbed to his injuries.

They said villagers shooed the dogs away and recovered the boy's body and went to his house.

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Gabrielle: Thousands left without power in New Zealand - National State of Emergency declared - 22 inches of rain in 48 hours - 11 killed, thousands missing (UPDATED)

People watch as waves crash against the cliffs in Auckland

People watch as waves crash against the cliffs in Auckland
Residents across the north of New Zealand are bracing for a rough night as Cyclone Gabrielle lashes the country with torrential rains and winds.

At least 46,000 homes have lost power in the storm, while hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

A state of emergency has been declared in nine regions - affecting nearly a third of the 5.1 million population.

The storm was expected to peak on Monday night with the deluge to continue until Tuesday.

In New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, authorities earlier evacuated people from 50 homes around a 30m-high tower that was in danger of collapse, local media reported.


Comment: Update February 14

Floodlist reports:
New Zealand - State of Emergency as Cyclone Gabrielle Triggers Floods and Landslides

The Government in New Zealand has declared a National State of Emergency in response to Cyclone Gabrielle. The declaration will apply to the regions of Northland, Auckland, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne), Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawke's Bay and Tararua District.

Floods in Waikato Region, New Zealand after Cyclone Gabrielle, February 2023
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Floods in Waikato Region, New Zealand after Cyclone Gabrielle, February 2023
Cyclone Gabrielle brought strong winds with gusts of up to 127 km/h, rough seas, storm surge and heavy rain from 12 February 2023. Raparapaririki in Gisborne recorded 568 mm of rain in 48 hours to 14 February.

The Minister for Emergency Management, Kieran McAnulty, said, "This is an unprecedented weather event that is having major impacts across much of the North Island.

"The emergency order enables the government to streamline its response to the disaster. It has been applied to the Northland, Auckland, Tairawhiti, Tararua, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Hawke's Bay regions."


New Zealand has only previously declared a national state of emergency on two other occasions - during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

Areas of the North Island are still recovering from devastating flooding following record heavy rainfall in late January.

Update February 19

Yahoo! News reports:
New Zealand's cyclone death toll rises to 11 as thousands remain missing

The death toll from New Zealand's cyclone reached 11 on Sunday as thousands of people remained missing after the nation's most destructive weather event in decades.

Cyclone Gabrielle struck the country's north on Monday, bringing widespread flooding, landslides and power cuts, and the level of damage has been compared to Cyclone Bola in 1988. That storm was the most destructive on record to hit the nation of five million people.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said the storm is New Zealand's biggest natural disaster this century. He said more fatalities are possible with 6,431 people still missing.

Lives had been "turned upside down" and recovery is a "steep mountain ahead", he said, pointing to disrupted telecommunications, shortages of fresh water and damaged roads still restricting access to some areas.

At least 28,000 homes are still without power, he added.

"The true extent of the devastation and loss become clearer with every passing day," the prime minister said.

The nation has received at least 12 offers of international aid and a team from Fiji is travelling to New Zealand over the coming days to assist with the recovery.

Twenty-seven emergency workers from Australia are currently assisting with the relief effort.

Recovery efforts continued on Sunday, with teams from Auckland Council carrying out rapid building assessments on damaged homes in the coastal areas of Muriwai and Piha, about 60 km (40 miles) west of the nation's largest city, Auckland.

Emergency authorities and the military have dropped critical supplies via helicopter to those left stranded by the cyclone, which washed away farms, bridges and livestock and inundated homes.

Police have sent an extra 100 officers to Hawke's Bay and nearby Tairawhiti amid reports of looting in some areas.

"The police are working to maintain law and order," Mr Hipkins said.



Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Heatwave to snowfall - Argentina's heat and cold records broken in 5 days

Argentina broke records for heat and cold within a short window of just five days this week, with temperatures plummeting a jaw-dropping 30 degrees Celsius as a heatwave gave way to historic snowfalls.

Argentina broke records for heat and cold within a short window of just five days this week, with temperatures plummeting a jaw-dropping 30 degrees Celsius as a heatwave gave way to historic snowfalls.
Argentina broke records for heat and cold within a short window of just five days this week, with temperatures plummeting a jaw-dropping 30 degrees Celsius as a heatwave gave way to historic snowfalls.

A cold front from Patagonia caused temperatures in Buenos Aires to drop from a high of 38.1 C (100.6 degrees Fahrenheit) last Sunday to only 7.9C (46.2F) on Thursday -- a record low for the month of February since 1951, the National Meteorological Service reported.

The lowest ever was 4.2C in 1910.

The South American country this week battled its eighth heat wave so far this summer with temperatures shooting up to nearly 40C (104F) in the center and north.

Attention

10th dead whale washes ashore in New York-New Jersey region

dead whale washed ashore in the area; This time at a Rockaway beach in Queens, New York.
Another dead whale has washed ashore in the area; this time on a Rockaway beach in Queens, New York.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society was notified at 9 a.m. Friday that a dead minke whale was on the shoreline, according to a post from the group.

The 25-foot long mammal had several wounds across its body that appeared to have happened before it died, but its cause of death was still pending the results of a necropsy examination.

However, there were was additional evidence of blunt force trauma indicating that whale may have died from a vessel strike, the society said in an updated post.

Additional testing was still needed to confirm that.

Comment: Dead whale washes onto Jersey shore — 9th one in New York-New Jersey area in 2 months


Snowflake

Iranian Kuhrang County buried in heavy snow 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) deep

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With the new wave of frosty weather sweeping across the country, snowfall has now blanketed Kuhrang County in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province.

The height of snow in Kuhrang has reached 2.5 meters.


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6.1-magnitude quake hits 130 km SW of Tual, Indonesia -- USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 130 km SW of Tual, Indonesia at 0937 GMT on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 38.615 km, was initially determined to be at 6.5986 degrees south latitude and 132.0763 degrees east longitude.

Arrow Down

Avalanches caused by heavy snow kill at least 20 in Tajikistan

A view shows the area affected by an avalanche in Gorno-Badakhshan region, Tajikistan, February 15, 2023. Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense of Tajikistan

A view shows the area affected by an avalanche in Gorno-Badakhshan region, Tajikistan, February 15, 2023. Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense of Tajikistan
A series of avalanches has killed 10 more people in eastern Tajikistan, the Central Asian nation's government said on Thursday, bringing the death toll over the past two days to 20 and forcing hundreds of families from their homes.

Most of the avalanches hit the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region, which borders China and Afghanistan, and where more than 400 households have been relocated away from dangerous areas.

Avalanches have hit homes as well as roads, the government said, and all international traffic has been suspended.

The mayor of provincial capital Khorog, Rizo Nazarzoda, urged its 30,000 residents to stay at home as heavy snow and rain fell.

Videos from the area showed one-storey buildings covered up to their roofs with snow and ice blocks, with rescue teams digging through the snow in search of bodies.

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37 inches of fresh snow in 48 hours dumped on Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Ski Santa Fe received 37 inches of fresh snow from this past storm.

Officials said the conditions are outstanding with an 80-inch base.

"We've had one of the most incredible storm cycles I've seen in years," said Jack Dant, manager of Ski Santa Fe. "This is gonna help us get through the rest of the season without having to do any additional snow making."

Dant says they would've loved to see this much snow back in October, but is thrilled for a fresh dumping just before spring break. He expects a lot of locals will be hitting the mountain this weekend.