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Power outages, landslides, flooding and more as atmospheric river hits Western Washington

A man operates a personal watercraft along
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A man operates a personal watercraft along a road flooded by water from the Skagit River, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.
As if last week's wild weather wasn't enough, days of nearly ceaseless heavy rain and high winds prompted extensive flooding and mudslides Monday, forcing evacuations, school and road closures and a state of emergency declared in 14 Western Washington counties.

The weekend's heavy rains stemmed from the Pineapple Express, also known as an atmospheric river. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for portions of northwest and west-central Washington, including King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

NWS issued a wind advisory warning of southwest winds between 15 and 30 mph with gusts up to around 40 mph in Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and areas of the Hood Canal. The strongest winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, were near the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the shorelines of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties thanks to a cold front passing through the region.

More than 158,000 customers were without power in Western Washington at one point Monday afternoon.

Comment: During the same time across the border: British Columbia battles floods, mudslides, evacuations as storm wreaks havoc


M3.1 earthquake shakes Scotland, first tremor felt in Ireland since 2019

Bellanoch scotland
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Bellanoch, near Lochgilphead. The epicentre of the quake was 11 miles north-west of Lochgilphead, 88 miles north-west of Glasgow.
Residents of western Scotland received a bump in the night after an earthquake shook the region in the early hours of Tuesday.

A quake with a magnitude of 3.1 occurred shortly before 2am with its epicentre 11 miles north-west of the town of Lochgilphead, 88 miles north-west of Glasgow, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

More than 30 people reported to the USGS that they had felt the tremor, with reports coming from as far as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

Comment: The BBC provides some additional info that reveals quakes of this kind don't happen that often:
Rosemary Neagle, who lives on a farm in Kilmartin Glen near Lochgilphead, said the noise of the tremor was so loud that she initially thought something had exploded in one of her sheds.

She told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It kept on intensifying and the house vibrated. It rumbled on for about 10 seconds afterwards, so it was quite frightening.

"I have experienced them before here but never to that extent. The house has never shook like that in the past."

The overnight earthquake registered on all the seismographs across Ireland.
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Dr Martin Möllhoff, director of Seismic Networks in Dublin, said it was the first felt earthquake that had been anywhere in Ireland since one was recorded close to the Irish border in County Donegal in 2019.

"It is a little bit exciting because this does not happen so often and most people think there are no earthquakes in Ireland," he said.


National Weather Service confirms 9 tornadoes & 1 waterspout in US Northeast

This home in Levittown, New York was damaged
This home in Levittown, New York was damaged in Saturday’s tornado touch-down.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that 9 tornadoes touched down across portions of New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island on Saturday while a waterspout was observed off the Jersey Shore as severe weather moved through the region. Since 1950, there was never a tornado recorded in Connecticut or Rhode Island in the month of November; 2021 clearly shatters that record.

The National Weather Service uses the Enhanced Fujita Scale to classify tornadoes. Weak tornadoes of 65-85 mph are rated EF-0 while weak tornadoes with winds of 86-110 mph are considered EF-1. A EF-2 with 111-135 mph is considered strong, while an EF-3 with winds of 136-165 mph is also considered strong. EF-4 and EF-5 rated tornadoes are considered violent; EF-4 has winds of 166-200 mph while EF-5 has winds in excess of 200 mph.

Comment: Storm surveys confirm 3 tornadoes touched down on Long Island: National Weather Service

Cloud Precipitation

British Columbia battles floods, mudslides, evacuations as storm wreaks havoc

Flooding has left dozens of communities reeling across the province after massive dumps of rain swamped neighbourhoods, including the entire City of Merritt

Comment: Entire city of Merritt in British Columbia forced to evacuate due to flooding

Cloud Precipitation

Entire city of Merritt in British Columbia forced to evacuate due to flooding

Flooding in Merritt B.C., early in the morning of
© Brodie McDonald
Flooding in Merritt B.C., early in the morning of November 15, 2021.
Flooding has forced the evacuation of the entire community of Merritt, B.C.

On Monday morning, the city announced an evacuation order had been issued.

Residents were being asked to stay with friends or family if possible, or to go to the Emergency Social Support reception centres in Kamloops and Kelowna.

"The flood waters have now inundated two bridges across the Coldwater River, and flood waters prevent access to the third," the city said in a statement.

"High flood waters have rendered the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant inoperable for an indefinite period. Continued habitation of the community without sanitary services presents risk of mass sewage back-up and personal health risk."

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Strong hailstorm leaves behind thick covering of hail in Puebla, Mexico

A strong hailstorm painted the center of the city of Puebla white this Sunday night. In addition to the rain and some electric shocks, the state capital experienced a hailstorm in different parts of the city. The images of the natural phenomenon went viral on social networks.

Fortunately, so far no victims have been registered from this natural phenomenon. The entity's authorities have announced that the rains and electric shocks will continue during these days.

In addition to asking for precautions when driving, the Puebla authorities announced that the low temperatures will continue, so they asked citizens to take precautions when leaving , when driving and also keep warm at all times. Along with Puebla , the north of the state of Tlaxcala has also been affected by inclement weather.

Cloud Precipitation

Major flooding brings evacuations to RV parks in Oregon Coast, Lincoln City, Otis

U.S. Coast Guard Evacuates Flooded RV Park at Oregon Coast
U.S. Coast Guard evacuates flooded RV park at Oregon Coast
Downpours across northwestern Oregon, particularly in coastal communities in Lincoln and Tillamook counties, saw severe flooding Friday. Swollen rivers blocked roadways, threatened homes and trapped people.

At least two RV parks — one in Neskowin and one in Otis — were flooded and evacuated Friday morning. U.S. Highway 101 is seeing slow travel due to high water.

High water prompted the closure of Highway 18 at milepost 1, near the interchange with Highway 101 outside Otis.

Numerous rivers and creeks reached minor flood stage on the northern Coast, including the Siletz, Nestucca, Salmon, Trask and Wilson rivers. The rivers appeared likely to crest Friday afternoon before dropping Friday night and Saturday, according to National Weather Service river gauges.

NWS said that in the past 24 hours, Tillamook and Lincoln counties have received between 2.77 and 4.04 inches of rain.

Ice Cube

Over 20 vessels either stuck or struggling to make it through in increasingly thick sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route

Sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route in the period 31st of October - 2nd of November.

Sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route in the period 31st of October - 2nd of November.
More than 20 vessels are either stuck or struggling to make it through increasingly thick sea-ice on the Northern Sea Route.

Over the past years, shipping along the Russian northern coast has proceeded rather smoothly in late October and early November. But not this year. Large parts of the remote Arctic waters were in late October covered by sea-ice. And the white sheet is quickly getting thicker and harder to navigate.

Ice maps show that major parts of the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea are covered by sea-ice that is more than 15 cm thick. In the eastern parts of the East Siberian Sea are areas with up to 70 cm thick one-year ice, as well as 2 meter thick multi-year ice.

Among the ships that now are located on the eastern part of the route are two oil tankers and a significant number of bulk carriers. Among the latter are three ships bringing iron ore from the Canadian Milne Island to China, and two vessels carrying iron ore from Murmansk.

The tankers Andrei Pervozvanny and Vladimir Rusanov have delivered oil in Pevek, the remote town on the coast of the Chukotka Peninsula. Another four vessels are still moored in Pevek and could get troubles when leaving the remote port.


Storm surveys confirm 3 tornadoes touched down on Long Island: National Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirmed a third tornado touched down briefly on Long Island Saturday after conducting storm damage surveys in Nassau and Suffolk County Sunday.

The strongest tornado, an EF-1 touched down in Shirley and Manorville.

They say the first report of a touchdown was in Woodmere, where several trees and powerlines were down.

From there, the EF-0 tornado lifted and skipped in a few locations as it traveled northeast toward Hempstead, Uniondale and Levittown.

According to the NWS, the tornado touched down again in Uniondale, where it tore the roof off a two-story colonial building on Liberty Street, which landed on a nearby house.

Comment: Waterspout filmed off New Jersey coast amid northeast tornado warnings

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones as big as cricket balls pound Lydenburg, South Africa

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning for severe thunderstorms with strong, damaging winds and hail in places along the escarpment and Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo regarding this afternoon and early evening.

A massive hailstorm across Lydenburg, including the Badfontein Road, Dullstroom Road (R36) and the Burgersfort Road (R37), resulted in severe property and vehicle damage early this afternoon (Sunday November 14).

Home windows and skylights were shattered.