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'Dangerous' storms bring wild winds and heavy rain to Victoria, Australia

melbourne shopping center roof collapse
A shopping centre near Melbourne has been forced to close after it’s roof collapsed due to extreme flooding and wild weather, January 7, 2021
Dangerous thunderstorms will continue to keep Victorians on edge on Friday night.

Residents were put on high alert on Friday afternoon as heavy rain and damaging winds lashed greater Melbourne.

An emergency warning was issued for Werribee and surrounding areas telling residents to stay indoors and brace for destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall.

In its latest update, the BOM said the thunderstorms moving towards Melbourne CBD were no longer likely to produce giant hail and destructive winds, but may still cause heavy rainfall, damaging winds and some large hail.

Ice Cube

Extreme cold causing problems for Saskatchewan property owners

The extreme cold which has settled on the Prairies in recent weeks has brought in temperatures in the -30s, with wind chills sometimes nearing -50 C.

The deep freeze has spelled problems for some people in Saskatchewan, whether it's the large amounts of shovelling or vehicles not starting.

However, this type of weather can also create headaches when it comes to water pipes.

According to officials with SGI Canada, they have recorded 217 claims from Dec. 1, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022 in the province due to water escape from frozen pipes.

In that time frame, 73 claims were out of Saskatoon while 51 were in Regina.

"We have seen an increase in the number of claims related to pipes rupturing, and with these frigid temperatures, it's likely that we're going to see more claims come in the next week or two," said Kurtis Reeder, senior director for personal lines underwriting for SGI Canada.


Kentucky highways paralyzed by snow, huge pileups

Kentucky police warned drivers that the conditions would remain icy and treacherous into Jan. 7, 2022.
Kentucky police warned drivers that the conditions would remain icy and treacherous into Jan. 7, 2022.
Intense winter weather shut down multiple major Kentucky highways Thursday afternoon after a near-record snowfall caused a huge pileup involving dozens of cars and hundreds of collisions.

A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 64 near Mount Sterling was closed in the afternoon after 50 to 75 cars piled up on the slick roadway, causing many hours of traffic delays, according to WKYT.

On Interstate 75 in Lexington, police stopped responding to non-injury car crashes after being on the scene of more than 100 during the day, the station said. About 20 other crashes resulted in injuries in the city.

A WKYT correspondent said it took seven hours to cross a bridge leading out of Lexington on I-75. By 7:30 p.m. the city had accumulated 9 inches of snow, just shy of the daily record, the station said. Lexington typically sees only 14 inches of snow per year, on average, according to government data.


Indonesia - Floods in Papua leave at least 6 dead

Flood evacuations in Jayapura City, Papua Province, Indonesia, January 2022.
Flood evacuations in Jayapura City, Papua Province, Indonesia, January 2022.
At least 6 people have died and over 500 evacuated after flash floods and landslides in Jayapura City, the capital and largest city of the province of Papua, Indonesia.

The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Jayapura City said heavy rain fell for around 3 hours from 22:00 on 06 January. According to WMO figures, the city recorded 140 mm of rain in 24 hours to early 07 January.

The rain caused severe flooding in the districts of North Jayapura, South Jayapura, Abepura, Heram and Muara Tami. Many areas were under water up to 2 metres deep. In Yotefa Abepura Market the water was 3 metres deep. Homes, public buildings and a hospital were all flooded. Over 500 residents are thought to have evacuated their homes, mostly in Abepura District. Authorities said evacuations were ongoing and displacement numbers could rise.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail and strong winds damage cars and homes in Canberra, Australia as thousands lose power

A tree crushed this car in northern Canberra as a storm struck the city about 5:00pm on Monday.
© Justin Cook
A tree crushed this car in northern Canberra as a storm struck the city about 5:00pm on Monday.
Thousands of people in Canberra spent the night without power after a severe thunderstorm swept though the city's northwest, toppling trees and damaging homes and cars.

Large hailstones and strong winds hammered homes and trees, and cars were crushed in several locations.


Two juvenile deep-sea oarfish wash ashore in Ormoc City, Philippines

Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning (January 6) in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.

Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning (January 6) in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.
Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning, January 6, in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.

The deep-sea creatures were still alive when they were spotted by a fisherman named Camlon Sarno, 40.

His wife Arlyn took photos of the fish that spanned 9 feet and weighed 20 kgs, while the other one was 8 feet in length and weighed 15 kgs.

Arlyn said the fishes were divided among their neighbors.

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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake shakes Nicaragua

A strong earthquake shook Nicaragua Thursday morning, sending people fleeing into the streets, but there were no initial reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 — down from an initial calculation of 6.2. It was centered on the country's Pacific coast about 36 miles (59 kilometers) south of Corinto. The earthquake was at a depth of 17 miles (27.5 kilometers).

It was felt strongly in Managua, the capital, where residents milled about outside their homes and workers cleared government buildings. Travelers at the capital's international airport were evacuated from the terminal.

The earthquake, which hit at 10:25 a.m. (11:25 a.m. EST; 1625 GMT), was also felt to the north in El Salvador.

Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo told government media that despite the earthquake's strength there had been no immediate reports of victims nor damage.

Source: AP

Snowflake Cold

Extreme cold too much for city's 'snow fighters' in Fort St. John, British Columbia

© Alaska Highway News File Photo
'Non-essential snow clearing' on hold, says city

The city said Tuesday that extreme cold temperatures below -30 degrees damages its snow clearing equipment.

The city has received 28.5 centimetres, or 11 inches, of snow since Christmas, according to Environment Canada data, most of which has crusted into sheens of ice and inches-deep ruts on main streets and residential roads across town.

The city's snow removal policy states that, at a bare minimum, snow and ice must be cleared after snowfall accumulations between 5 to 15 cm, or about two to six inches, over a 72 hour period. Since Sunday, roughly 15 centimetres, or six inches, has fallen.

The city's policy does not mention what is considered "non-essential" or non-urgent" snow clearing. There is also no mention of what constitutes its weather-related protocols.

As of Wednesday morning, temperatures in Fort St. John were reported at -34 degrees, with an extreme cold warning still in place by Environment Canada.

The city said in its statement that its "snow fighters," meaning its snow plows, are continuing to "monitor conditions, apply winter sand, and will respond to safety-sensitive issues."

Snowflake Cold

Southeast Alaska's ever-deepening snow: 'a real problem and a real hassle'

Ice hangs off of Stan Savland’s Lemon Creek home on Tuesday, Jan. 4, in Juneau.
© Rashah McChesney/KTOO
Ice hangs off of Stan Savland’s Lemon Creek home on Tuesday, Jan. 4, in Juneau. Svaland cleared some of the overhanging snow off of his roof in an attempt to keep it from falling and damaging his oil tank, but a several-hundred pound piece hit him in the leg on the way down.
Winter weather is in full effect across Alaska, but unusually high snow accumulation is testing Southeast. Usually some snow melts between storms, but that's not happening this winter.

Long icicles dangled under a block of snow piled on top of Stan Savland's home in Juneau's Lemon Creek neighborhood. Savland and his son knocked a piano-sized chunk of snow and ice off the roof with a steel bar this week.

Savland says warming from the attic created an ice dam that blocked the snow from sliding off his metal roof. He estimates more than three feet of ice and snow teetered above his fuel tank. So he took matters into his own hands.

"We put some protection by the oil tank, and it basically bounced off the protection and then bounced out, hit me in the leg and knocked me down," he said. "We accomplished our goal but kind of got caught in the crossfire."

Snowflake Cold

Mt. Bachelor in Oregon sets snowfall record (nearly 5 feet in 72 hours)

Heavy snow, high winds blow into region; Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor
In a month's time, Mount Bachelor has gone from having no snow on the ground to setting a record for the most snowfall in a few days, thus raising the danger from tree wells in the wake of a recent skier's death.

The resort said it has received nearly five feet (58 inches) in the past 72 hours, including nearly a foot overnight, and "the winds continue to howl." Mt. Bachelor's morning update stated said the wind and conditions will dictate how many lifts can open. Higher-elevation lifts have been closed for several days due to the winds. Parking lots also were reaching capacity due to the amount of snow piled up there.

"It's really nice for actually being at the mountain, but I think my car is just completely stuck in the parking lot," snowboarder Kian Knight said Wednesday.