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5 dead after floods in Upper East Region, Ghana

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At least 5 people have died in recent flooding in Ghana's Upper East Region.

According to a report from the country's National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), quoted by local media, flooding during September affected 7,561 people and damaged 1,596 homes in several districts of the region.

A further 156 homes have been destroyed along with wide areas of crops.

Fatalities were reported in the districts of Bolgatanga Municipal (3), Pusiga and Binduri. Around 7 people were also injured.


Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Noul causes wind damage and floods in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - at least 7 killed

Typhoon Noul, the fifth to enter the East Sea this year, made landfall in Thua Thien-Hue province on the morning of September 18, causing heavy downpours, strong winds, and lightning.
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Typhoon Noul, the fifth to enter the East Sea this year, made landfall in Thua Thien-Hue province on the morning of September 18, causing heavy downpours, strong winds, and lightning.
At least 7 people have died after Tropical Storm Noul made its way across the countries of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand in South East Asia.

Noul made landfall near the city of Da Nang in Vietnam on 18 September 2020. Disaster authorities in Vietnam reported storm-related fatalities in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue (04), Ha Tinh and Quang Tri. A further 112 people were injured.

Ten houses were completely destroyed in Thua Thien Hue and 3 in Quang Tri. Thousands of other houses suffered damage, mostly as a result of strong winds. Around 50,000 people were evacuated from affected areas.

The storm then headed inland, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall to parts of Laos, where flooding was reported in Xekong and Champassak provinces.


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Early snowfall on the central Ural mountains in Russia

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The first snow fell in the Sverdlovsk region, reports RIA News.

It is noted that currently there is rainfall in the region in the form of wet snow.

"The snow cover did not have time to form," the agency's correspondent reports.

According to the Ural Hydrometeorological Center, on Monday night the air temperature in Yekaterinburg dropped below zero. On September 21, cloudy weather with clearings and light rain is expected in the city. The thermometer will reach plus 5-7 degrees.


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Mt. Fuji in Japan gets first sprinkling of snow 1 month earlier than 2019

A dusting of snow is seen near the summit of Mount Fuji on Sept. 21, 2020.
© Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka
A dusting of snow is seen near the summit of Mount Fuji on Sept. 21, 2020.
Japan's iconic Mount Fuji got its first dusting of snow of the season, the central Japan city of Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture announced on Sept. 21.

According to the city, cooler temperatures prevailing over the four-day long weekend that started on Sept. 19 turned rain that had been falling on the mountain into snow, leaving a light sprinkling of the white stuff near the peak.

Mount Fuji's first observed snowfall in 2019 came on Oct. 23, over a month later than this year. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, on average the mountain gets its first snow on Sept. 30.

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Snow has already made its way to parts of Quebec... and it's only September

photo was used for illustrative purposes only.

Photo used for illustrative purposes only.
On September 14, Environment Canada issued frost advisories for certain southern parts of the province, predicted for the following days. But frost seems like a blessing when you find out that some of Northern Quebec got snow dropped on it this Saturday.

Yes, snow... in September. Which means it may just be time to pull out your hats, scarves and mittens.

A meteorologist for MétéoMedia, Sophie Colombani, tweeted "Snow this morning on the side of the Réserve faunique des Laurentides" on Saturday, September 19. She also noted that Montreal's temperature dropped to 2 C the previous night.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 15 cows in Nigeria

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Lightning last Saturday evening killed 15 cows at Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The Asaoye of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Chief Ayo Ademilua, described the incident as a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Narrating the incident to reporters via phone on Sunday, Ademilua said the incident occurred at the Ikogosi Warm Spring site along Ipole-Ekiti road.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikogosi Warm Spring is a notable tourism and recreational centre where warm and cold streams meet in Ekiti.

Arrow Up

Ecuador's Sangay Volcano sees uptick in activity with blasts, ash emissions

Explosion and pyroclastic flow from Sangay volcano
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Explosion and pyroclastic flow from Sangay volcano yesterday
Ecuador's active Sangay Volcano on Sunday registered a significant uptick in volcanic activity, including several strong explosions and ash emissions, the Geophysical Institute (IG) of Ecuador said.

Activity increased from 04:20 a.m. local time (09:20 GMT) with seismic tremors that were more intense than any "observed in the preceding months," the institute said.

Satellite images showed a large ash cloud rising up to 10 kilometers above the volcano's crater.

Sangay is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador and has been in constant eruptive activity since 1628, when it last erupted.

The volcano, located about 5,230 meters above sea level in an unpopulated region of the southern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, began a new eruptive period in May of last year.


Fire

Huge wildfire breaks out in Saudi Arabia's Taif region

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Emergency crews responded to a wildfire on the Amad mountain in Saudi Arabia's Taif region on September 16 and 17.

The fire broke out on September 16 and no deaths or casualties were reported, the Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya reported.

Footage shared by Taif News, a local news account, shows the fire in Amad mountain. Saudi Civil Defense tweeted on the afternoon of September 17 that fire suppression and control operation were continuing.


Umbrella

Aussie town lashed with a month's worth of rain in just 15 minutes

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.
Residents of Broken Hill have celebrated as a thunderstorm dumped more than a month's worth of rainfall in 15 minutes, drenching the far west NSW town.

Happy locals desperate for rain shared photos of flooded streets on social media after the outback town copped 33mm of rainfall on Saturday, more than it received over six months last year.

"It's a good day for a flood in Argent Street. Sandbagging the shop and still smiling," clothing store Sitting Bull shared on Instagram.


Umbrella

One missing as severe floods hit southern France after torrential rain - up to 17.7 inches in just 12 hours

Mobile home floats away in France floods

Mobile home floats away in France floods
One person was reported missing on Saturday and dozens faced evacuation from their homes after torrential rain hit southern France, authorities said.

The Gard region, where firefighters reported the missing person, was on red alert after as much as 350 millimetres (13.5 inches) of rain fell in parts of the Cevennes mountain range on the edge of the Massif Central.

A similar amount cut off 10 departmental roads in the Gard, among them one in the Pont-d'Herault municipality, with prefectural sources indicating one village was isolated as a result.

Helicopters carried out two rescue missions and some 650 rescue personnel were mobilised for three further operations as some 200 people were led to safety in two villages.