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2,000 flee flash flood in Zamboanga City, Philippines

THE City Disaster Risk Reduction Management
The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and Bureau of Fire Protection rescue people by trapped by rising water level following heavy rains at the Canucutan River in Barangay Pasonanca, Zamboanga City.
More than 2,000 persons fled flash flood spawned by heavy rains in mountainous areas here on Sunday, September 17.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) rescued a group of persons trapped in areas separated by the Canucutan River in Barangay Pasonanca.

Flash flood was reported after heavy rains in the mountains resulted in rivers in the lower areas populated by most residents to swell and overflow.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 10 people in Bihar, India

At least ten persons were killed in lightning-related strikes reported from Aurangabad, Gaya, Kaimur, Rohtas and West Champaran districts of Bihar on Sunday evening, officials said.

Six persons were killed in Aurangabad while one person died in each of the other four districts namely Kaimur, Rohtas, Gaya and West Champaran.

In Gaya,one person was killed while grazing buffaloes at Pratappur village.

In Rohtas,another person who was in his farm was killed while one person died near Bettiah, officials said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills trio in Odisha, India

In a tragic incident, three persons, including two minor boys, were killed on Sunday afternoon after a lightning struck them when they were watching a football match in an open area in Birual village under Brahmani Tarang police limits here.

The deceased were Bisal Bilung (16), a native of Kerlakhaman, Sunit Oram (17) from Nalaghati village, and Santi Prakash Lakra (30) from Gopadih Kendutola.


6.3-magnitude quake hits 180 km N of Hirara, Japan - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted 180 km N of Hirara, Japan at 13:21 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 183.5 km, was initially determined to be at 26.43 degrees north latitude and 125.30 degrees east longitude.

Snowflake Cold

Factors combine to indicate a powerful Arctic outbreak (polar vortex) could strike this winter

typical polar vortex
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Polar Vortex at around 30 km (18.5 miles) during Winter. Temperatures drop quickly as you approach its cold inner core.
Winter 2023-24 is approaching, and a new Polar Vortex is strengthening in the Stratosphere over the North Pole.

In recent years, the phrase 'Polar Vortex' has been adopted by the climate cabal to mean descending Arctic air masses. In this article it will reflect the strength of the stratospheric polar circulation which, whether it be weak or strong, plays a crucial part in our Winter weather.

As we head into autumn, the Sun gets lower and the polar regions begin to cool as there is less energy to fuel them.

However, as polar temperatures drop, the atmosphere further south remains relatively warm. This causes a strong temperature difference between the polar and sub-tropical regions, and a large low-pressure (cyclonic) circulation starts to develop across the Northern Hemisphere, extending from the surface layers to high up into the atmosphere — the 'Polar Vortex'.


Cars washed away, power out in several areas as heavy rains and winds batter Cape Town, South Africa

Nature bared its fangs in Cape-Town and parts of the Eastern Cape on Saturday as heavy rains caused wide-spread destruction and left several areas without electricity. In Gordon's Bay, a high tide swept away cars as panicked residents could do nothing but watch.

Torrential rains have left a trail of destruction in some parts in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape after rivers were left overflowing.

In Cape Town, a number of cars were carried by freak waves in Bikini Beach, Gordon's Bay after a high tide breached the road and caused damage to vehicles and other infrastructure.

Cloud Precipitation

Street furniture washed away as floods hit Spain's northeast

Torrents of flood water rush down a street in L'Ametlla de Mar near the city of Tarragona. Video credit: Arnau Calvet Roura.


Atlantic storm Lee brings fierce winds, surf to Canada and New England - 1 man killed in Maine

Post-tropical storm Lee causes sea foam at Nova Scotia's Lawrencetown Beach Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.

Post-tropical storm Lee causes sea foam at Nova Scotia's Lawrencetown Beach Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.

Atlantic storm Lee pummeled a large swath of New England and Maritime Canada with destructive winds, rough surf and torrential rains that toppled trees, flooded roadways and cut power to tens of thousands on Saturday. One person was killed in Maine when a tree limb fell on his vehicle.


Nearly 3,000 dead after powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Morocco - UPDATES

A damaged vehicle is pictured in the historic city of Marrakech
A damaged vehicle is pictured in the historic city of Marrakech
At least 632 people were killed in Morocco after a powerful earthquake struck late Friday night near Marrakech, according to state-run television.

The death toll has surged from the earlier 296 dead and 153 injured figures that were given by the country's interior ministry. Most deaths were reported from Morocco's hard-to-reach mountainous areas, according to Reuters.

The epicentre of the quake was reported to be at the High Atlas mountains in the Ighil area, about 70km south of Marrakech.

It was said to be about 18km below the Earth's surface by the US Geological Survey (USGS), while Morocco's own National Seismic Monitoring and Alert Network, estimated it to be 11km below. Shallow quakes such as this are said to be more dangerous.

The tremors, measured at a 7.2 magnitude by Morocco's own seismic agency, toppled several buildings across cities and sent people running from their homes late at night.

Comment: Update

The BBC reports:
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck central Morocco, killing at least 1,000 people and causing severe damage in several areas.

Residents rushed into the streets when the quake struck at 23:11 local time on Friday.

"Violent" tremors were felt in several areas of the country from Casablanca to Marrakesh, where many buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged.

Many of the victims are believed to be in hard-to-reach mountain areas.

The epicentre was in the High Atlas Mountains, 71km (44 miles) south-west of Marrakesh.

Many people are still believed to be under the rubble and rescue efforts are under way. Several bodies have already been recovered.

Hospitals in Marrakesh have seen an influx of injured people, and the authorities have called on residents to donate blood.

Morocco's interior ministry said the earthquake killed people in the provinces and municipalities of al-Haouz, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Azilal, Chichaoua and Taroudant, adding that more than 1,200 had been injured.

In Marrakesh some buildings have collapsed and the damage is particularly severe in parts of the Medina, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Dust could be seen surrounding the minaret of the historic Kutubiyya mosque, a major tourist attraction near the old city's main square, while the historic Jemaa el Fnaa mosque partly collapsed.

The Jemaa el Fnaa mosque in Marrakesh suffered damages, especially to its tower
The Jemaa el Fnaa mosque in Marrakesh suffered damages, especially to its tower
Resident Rashid Ben Arabi rushed to his car in Marrakesh minutes after the earthquake struck the city last night.

He quickly headed with his wife and one-year-old daughter to the town of Amizmiz - about 56km (35 miles) from Marrakesh - to make sure his father and mother were still alive.

He said the roads were full as everyone fled the city amid complete darkness and a power outage.

"As soon as I entered my town, I saw people in a hysterical state, crying and screaming, and everyone was looking for their families," he said.

"I saw a man lying on the ground by the rubble of his house; he could hear the screams of his two children trapped under the destroyed building, but he couldn't do anything to help them; rescue teams hadn't yet arrived at the scene."

Rashid eventually found his parents who were safe and sound but wrapped in blankets and sleeping in the street.

They were among the many people who spent the night out in the open as the Moroccan government had warned everyone not to go back into their homes in case of severe aftershocks.

A 4.9 aftershock was recorder 19 minutes after the earthquake.

The extent of the damage in mountain villages is instead unknown, but it is believed to be widespread.
Update September 10

The Sunday World reports:
Over 2,000 people have been confirmed dead in an earthquake in Morocco and the toll is expected to rise as rescuers struggled Saturday to reach hard-hit remote areas.

A rare, powerful quake struck Morocco, sending people racing from their beds into the streets and toppling buildings in mountainous villages and ancient cities not built to withstand such force.

The magnitude 6.8 quake, the biggest to hit the North African country in 120 years, sent people fleeing their homes in terror and disbelief late Friday. One man said dishes and wall hangings began raining down, and people were knocked off their feet. The quake brought down walls made from stone and masonry, covering whole communities with rubble.
Update September 14

AP reports:
The building where Naima Ait Brahim Ouali lived in a third-story apartment with her five children was one of many that were destroyed by the earthquake that killed nearly 3,000 people in Morocco last week.

A house cleaner, she and her daughter fell down the stairs as the quake tore off the building's top floor and laid waste to much of the rest of their neighborhood in the town of Amizmiz, near the epicenter.

Like children in many parts of the world, Ait Brahim Quali's youngest had just started their school year. Now, relocated with the rest of the Sourejdid neighborhood to a tent city in the town center, fear sets in at around 11 p.m. each night — the time the earthquake happened last Friday.

"They saw death," she said of her children, who range in age from 10 to 25. One of her daughters now has nightmares.

The displaced family is one of many in Morocco wondering what their future holds, particularly as autumn approaches and the nights get colder. Though many villagers are being provided with food and water, officials said it could take five or six years to rebuild Atlas Mountain communities like Amizmiz, which is more than an hour's drive from the closest big city, Marrakech.

The death toll from the 6.8 magnitude quake stood at 2,946 on Wednesday, with several thousand injuries. The government doesn't release the number of deaths by community, but in Amizmiz, everyone seems to know at least someone who was killed.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 7 in Yemen

Lightning strikes have killed seven people in Yemen's northwestern province of Hodeidah in the past 24 hours, local health authorities said on Saturday.

The victims are six women and a man in the Al-Luhayyah and Az-Zuhrah districts in the northern part of the province.

This is the latest in a series of similar reported accidents across the country during this rainy season.

Yemen's National Center of Meteorology issued a warning to citizens in several provinces, including Hodeidah, about thunderstorms, heavy rains, and floods.