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Flooding, hail and rain in Saudi Arabia

Netizens took to social media to share terrifying videos of flooding, washing out roads and damage from the storm in Dammam

It's time yet again to dust off that Burberry trench! It's looking like a wet weekend for residents of Dammam, Saudi Arabia who saw torrential rain, hail and flooding yesterday.

The rain in Saudi Arabia saw government authorities issued public warnings and have advised residents to stay indoors and avoid flooded areas - with Dammam being hit particularly hard. On November 2, the city experienced a substantial amount of rainfall, including hail showers, which resulted in public disruptions.

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Five killed as floods hit Italy's Tuscany region

Italian firefighters work in flooded streets in the
© Vigili del Fuoco
Italian firefighters work in flooded streets in the Tuscany region, Italy, November 3, 2023. Several people died and went missing in the central region of Tuscany as Storm Ciaran battered western Europe.
Five people have been killed after rivers burst their banks following torrential rain in the central Italian region of Tuscany, local authorities said on Friday, as Storm Ciaran continued to lash western Europe.

There had been fears that the River Arno could flood the historic city of Florence after nearby towns were swamped, but Tuscan regional president Eugenio Giani said the high water point had passed in mid-morning without major incident.

A bridge collapsed near the city of Pistoia, killing two people. Another person died in the town of Rosignano.

Comment: Related: Storm Ciarán: 'Major incident' declared as storm batters parts of UK, Channel Islands and France - wind gusts of 110mph


Iceland's 'exceptional' volcanic unrest continues, 800 earthquakes yesterday, 10,500 since swarm began on October 25th

iceland quake swarm
GPS data from the last 24 hours indicate that uplift continues at a similar rate in the area northwest of Mt. Þorbjörn. Earthquake activity has been quite stable, but yesterday around 800 earthquakes were recorded in the area around Þorbjörn, and the largest was M3.7 at 12:56 am. Since midnight today, around 400 earthquakes have been recorded in the area, the largest measuring M2.8 at 9:51 am. More detailed analysis of recent GPS data confirms that a magma intrusion is forming at a depth of 4-5 km under the area northwest of Þorbjörn.

Comment: The largest quake recorded in Iceland so far today, 3rd November, was an M3.4.

It is important to note that seismic activity is will likely continue northwest of Þorbjörn, and earthquakes over M4.0 could be found in populated areas. Triggered seismic activity can also be expected in the coming days because the magma intrusion causes increased tension in the area. Rockfall can occur following strong earthquakes, so it is important to be cautious on steep slopes.

Comment: Oppenheimer Ranch are providing regular reports on the uptick in Iceland, and elsewhere:

See also: Ground uplift continues at Thorbjorn Complex, volcano-tectonic unrest affecting wide area of Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland


Snow cover in the U.S. Lower 48 is at record levels as November starts

Snow depth as of Wednesday. (NOAA NOHRSC)
Snow depth as of Wednesday.
The season's first snows have frosted the Rocky Mountains, the northern Plains, the Great Lakes and northern New England over the past week, resulting in the most extensive early-November snow cover in at least two decades.

On Wednesday morning, snow was on the ground in 17.9 percent of the Lower 48, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Locations from eastern Minnesota to western New York saw snow on Halloween — even enough to shovel in Minneapolis; Milwaukee; Muskegon, Mich.; and Buffalo. Areas downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario were also blanketed early Wednesday, including Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, while several inches were anticipated along some of the west-facing slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.

This latest batch of wintry weather comes on the heels of two other storm systems that brought snow to the Mountain West, the northern Plains, the Midwest and northern New England over the past week.


Storm Ciarán: 'Major incident' declared as storm batters parts of UK, Channel Islands and France - wind gusts of 110mph

Storm Ciarán has hit the UK and the Channel Islands and forecasters have warned lives could be at risk.

Strong winds and heavy rain are barrelling across southern England, with gusts of more than 110mph (160km/h) recorded in northern France and the Channel Islands.

Major incidents have been declared in parts of England with hundreds of schools shut and train services suspended.


Eruption at Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico



Eruption of Eurasia's tallest active volcano sends ash columns above a Russian peninsula

The Klyuchevskoy volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, erupts in Russia's northern Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far Eat, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.

The Klyuchevskoy volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, erupts in Russia's northern Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far Eat, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023.
Huge ash columns erupted from Eurasia's tallest active volcano Wednesday, forcing authorities to close schools in two towns on Russia's sparsely populated Kamchatka Peninsula.

The eruptions from the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano sent ash as high as 13 kilometers (8 miles) above sea level, officials said.

There were no reports of injuries, but officials ordered schools in Ust-Kamchatsk and Klyuchy closed as a precaution. Each town has a population of about 5,000. Klyuchy is located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the volcano and Ust-Kamchatsk 50 kilometers (30 miles) away.


'Some people have lost everything': 200 wildfires blaze across New South Wales and Queensland, Australia

Fire bans are in place for several parts of QLD.
© Gilston/Advancetown Rural Fire Brigade
Fire bans are in place for several parts of QLD.
Blazes across New South Wales and Queensland have driven families from their homes, threatened towns and advanced on an explosive storage facility, prompting residents to evacuate.

Dozens of properties have been damaged as firefighters battle to contain more than 200 blazes across the states amid windy, dry conditions.

Queensland's premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told reporters on Tuesday evening she had witnessed "very distressing" scenes on the ground, particularly in the hard-hit community of Tara.

"Some people have lost everything," she said. "I think everybody is feeling absolutely broken with what's been happening out there."


Child killed in dog attack in northeast Spokane, Washington

dog attack
A child was killed in a dog attack Tuesday night in northeast Spokane, according to the Spokane Police Department.

SPD says they responded to reports of an animal attack at a home on East Walton Avenue near North Nevada Street just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night when officers arrived and found that a child was attacked by the family's dog.

SPD says the child died from his injuries despite the efforts of first responders.

SPD says family member's attempts to protect the child led to the dog being severely hurt, and officers ultimately euthanized the dog at the scene.


Surfer mauled to death by massive great white shark in South Australia

Great white shark
A surfer mauled to death by a shark off the South Australian coast has been identified.

Tod Gendle, 55, was killed by a four-metre great white while surfing near Granite Rock, close to Streaky Bay - about 700km from Adelaide - on Tuesday.

Friends watched in horror as he was dragged underwater. His body has still not been found.

On Wednesday afternoon, part of his board and a piece of his wetsuit were recovered.

Mr Gendle's family issued a statement thanking the police for their help.