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Floods in Toledo, Spain after severe hailstorm with half a meter of hail

When not a month has passed since the intense DANA that hit the city of Toledo and surrounding municipalities such as Cobisa, Argés or Guadamur, and for which the Council of Ministers declared Castilla-La Mancha as an area seriously affected by civil protection emergencies (ZAEPC), a strong hail storm caused water reservoirs in different neighborhoods of the regional capital this Wednesday afternoon.

This is the third torrential rain so far in September and which again caused floods through the streets of the Old Town, Palomarejos -at the entrance to the Emergency Service of the Virgen de la Salud Hospital-, Azucaica or the stretch of the TO- 23 that joins the Polígono and Santa Bárbara, where the Don Eugenio and de la Rosa walks returned to relive floods.

As the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) points out, 14.4 millimeters (equivalent to liters per square meter) were recorded in just 10 minutes with the hail storm. This Thursday the AEMET maintains the alert for heavy rains and storms at a yellow level for Toledo.


Mount Erciyes in Turkey turns white after early snowfall

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow
Erciyes Mountain, which is the symbol of Kayseri with its 3 thousand 917 meters high peak that pierces the clouds, turned white after the falling snow.

While the operators are waiting excitedly to open the ski season in Erciyes, Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş., which was founded by Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, announced that she was wearing the white wedding dress of Erciyes Mountain with the falling snow, and in the last post made on its official social media account, "Are our ski teams ready? " it was said.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Bering Sea, Aleutians West, Alaska

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 40 km depth

Date & time: Sep 24, 2021 11:52:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 2:52 am (GMT -9)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 51.1957°N / 179.0286°W↗ (Bering Sea, Alaska, United States)
Antipode: 51.196°S / 0.971°E↗
Nearest volcano: Gareloi (83 km / 52 mi)


5 climbers killed in early snowstorm on highest mountain in Russia and Europe, 14 others rescued

Photo of the heavy rescue operation

Photo of the heavy rescue operation on Mount Elbrus
During a heavy snow storm on Mount Elbrus, which is 5,642 meters tall, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe, five climbers were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday. Fourteen others could be saved. This was announced by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.

The group of nineteen climbers were at an altitude of about 5,000 meters when a heavy snowstorm surprised them. Media reports said most of them are not professional climbers.


Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
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A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began

Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country's modern history, according to recent data from the Russian Forestry Agency analysed by Greenpeace.

Fires have destroyed more than 18.16m hectares of Russian forest in 2021, setting an absolute record since the country began monitoring forest fires using satellites in 2001. The previous record was set in 2012, when fires covered 18.11m hectares of forest.

The record was surpassed late last week after a long fire season that has also produced unprecedented levels of global wildfire emissions and upturned daily life for hundreds of thousands of people living in Siberia and elsewhere in central Russia.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 from same family in Tanzania

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Four people from the same family were killed by lightning Thursday night on Lake Victoria's Bumbile Island in Tanzania's northwestern district of Muleba in Kagera Region, an official said on Friday.

"The victims were a couple and their two children," Muleba district commissioner Thoba Nguvilla told a news conference, adding that they were hit by the lightning while they were asleep.

The official said the deceased family was engaged in farming and fishing on the island.

Robert Musiibha, chairman of Bulyo village in the area, said the house of the victims, which was roofed by iron sheets, was razed to the ground in the lightning strike.

Source: Xinhua

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and flooding causes disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal - 1.6 inches of rain in an hour

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The heavy rain that fell in the Algarve this morning has caused disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, where several streets were flooded.

The water level rose so high that it flowed over side pavements in many streets, making them impossible to drive on.

Water even entered homes and businesses in some parts of the town, reports Lusa news agency, which adds that the worst of the floods were reported at Rua de Angola, Avenida dos Bombeiros and a considerable section of the town's historical centre.

The floods were caused by a heavy bout of rain between 6am and 8.30am. CDOS Faro, the regional command of rescue operations, told Lusa that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) registered 42.1 millimetres of rain in the town in just one hour.

Comment: On the same day over a nearby region of the Iberian Peninsular: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR

Cloud Precipitation

There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks due to storms in Albacete, Spain

The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops.

The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40 liters of water per square meter fell on the crops in just 20 minutes, and up to 70% of the crops were lost in a large number of plots.

According to some of the main suppliers of leafy vegetables in the sector, this will lead to a shortage of these products in the markets, hindering the normal supply for the next two weeks. "In addition, the quality of a large part of the production from these areas will be affected," they stated.

Comment: Furthermore in the same region recently on 23rd September: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR

Cloud Precipitation

Rice fields submerged and roads damaged by floods in Cambodia

Flood in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Monday.

Flood in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district on Monday.
Recent floods have caused damage to 4,870 hectares of rice fields, 23,290 metres of 17 roads and the homes of 161 families in five districts in Banteay Meanchey province due to the rain and water flowing from Battambang province.

Mongkul Borei district governor Roth Dasinang warned local people during this week to prepare food and medicine, store family documents safely in a waterproof container, shut down electricity, keep an eye on children and be careful of snakes.

Dasinang said on Monday that flash floods appear suddenly and quickly reach an emergency level.

"If the rain continues, we cannot estimate how flooded it will be," Dasinang said.

Malai district governor Em Sokha yesterday told Khmer Times that 573 families in Boeng Chhong Ruk Techo's development in Tuol Pong commune's Tuol Prasat village were affected, while authorities have prepared several shelters at places such as markets, schools, hospitals and pagodas which could keep 1,000 families safe in case of an emergency caused by flash floods.


Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts

The Fuego volcano in Guatemala, one of the most active in Central America, entered the eruption phase this Thursday, local authorities reported.

According to preliminary reports, the eruption "produced the descent of pyroclastic flows towards the Ceniza gorge", and is also expected to affect the Trinidad gorge. Photos and videos are already circulating on social networks that show a dense column of gases and ash near the volcano, located about 45 kilometers west of the Guatemalan capital.

The bulletin of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) details that the main communities affected by the ash fall are Panimache I and II, Morelia, El Porvenir, Santa Sofía, Sangre de Cristo and San Pedro Yepocapa.