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Ida drenches Connecticut, causes major flooding

The remnants of Hurricane Ida caused massive flooding in Connecticut from Wednesday into early Thursday, stranding vehicles in parts of the state and forcing rescues from homes in Plainville.

During the flooding, an on-duty state trooper in a cruiser was swept away in the water in Woodbury and is hospitalized.

The first-ever flash flood emergency was issued in Connecticut, put into effect in Fairfield and New Haven counties, as the remnants of Hurricane Ida moved through Connecticut Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

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Cloudburst dumps nearly 4 inches of rain in 2 hours on the city of Hyderabad, India

As roads are engulfed by large streams of water, commuters find the going tough on Thursday night.
As roads are engulfed by large streams of water, commuters find the going tough on Thursday night.
A largely sunny day was rounded off with intense showers a little after 8 p.m.

Unexpected cloudburst caught the city off guard and inundated several localities during evening hours on Thursday.

A largely sunny day was rounded off with sudden and intense shower a little after 8 p.m. The rain lasted for more than two hours with hardly any gap, which turned in several stretches into virtual water bodies, and resulted in traffic jams.

Vehicles and pushcarts were seen being washed away in flood water in areas such as Yousufguda and Krishna Nagar, video clips of which went viral on social media. Commuters were stranded everywhere, as roads were engulfed by large streams of water. As usual, the stretch in front of the Chief Minister's camp office had knee deep water, making it difficult for even four-wheelers to negotiate a path.


Ida's aftermath leaves Philadelphia flooded

The remnants of Hurricane Ida inundated large swaths of the northeastern U.S. with historic and unanticipated fury Wednesday night, killing at least 14 people in flooding in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (Sept. 2)


Aerial video shows destruction in Philadelphia area after tornado rips through

Philadelphia experienced heavy flooding as remnants of Ida passed through. Aerials footage shows the destruction left by a tornado that ripped through the area.


Flooding & sulphuric smells at rivers in Iceland linked with change in geothermal & volcanic activity

iceland river
© Vísir/Jóhann K.
The river Skaftá in Southern Iceland has been seeing changes in recent days indicating a flood has begun.

Electrical conductivity in the river has increased steadily over the past two days, an indication that geothermal factors are involved. The water level has also risen in the past few hours, according to MBL. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, sulphuric smells have also been reported in the vicinity of Skaftá and Hverfisfljót.

Residents and passersby in the area are encouraged to remain diligent and apprise themselves of potential changing conditions in the area. Flooding over the riverbank and across nearby roads is possible in the next few days.

Comment: Regarding activity at Vatnajökull, Wikipedia notes:
In more modern times, the volcanoes continue to erupt beneath the glaciers, resulting in many documented floods. One jökulhlaup in 1934 caused the release of 15 km3 (3.6 cu mi) of water over the course of several days.[5] The volcanic lake Grímsvötn was the source of a large jökulhlaup in 1996.[6] There was also a considerable but short-lived eruption of the volcano under these lakes at the beginning of November 2004.[7] On 21 May 2011 a volcanic eruption started in Grímsvötn in Vatnajökull National Park at around 7 p.m.[7] The plume reached up to 17 kilometres (11 mi).[7]
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Unprecedented number of porpoises wash ashore on the Wadden Islands, Netherlands - around 100 so far

Around 100 dead harbour porpoises have so far been spotted in the Wadden Islands.

Around 100 dead harbour porpoises have so far been spotted in the Wadden Islands.
Dozens of dead adult porpoises have washed ashore since Thursday on the Wadden Islands, SOS Dolphin reported. An epidemic could be at hand, according to Omroep Fryslan.

Volunteers from the animal rescue have one day to gather all reports and remove the animals from the beach.

The porpoises have been washing ashore on the beaches on the north side of the islands of Vlieland, Ameland, Terschelling and Schmiermonnikoog. Almost all of the porpoises were in a state of decomposition, according to the Dutch governmental organization for forestry.

The recent north wind is responsible for driving the dead animals to the shore more quickly, but the number of stranded porpoises found within a short period of time is unprecedented, SOS Dolphin said.

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Lightning strike kills woman and 35 sheep in Rajasthan, India

A woman was killed and three persons were injured when lightning struck them in a forest. Thirty-five sheep were also killed in the incident. The incident took place near Dharamdas ji ka Kheda village of Dhamancha gram panchayat under Begun sub division.

District collector Tara Chand Meena and Rajendra Prasad Goyal, SP Chittorgarh visited the place. The victims were migrating with the herd of sheep from Madhya Pradesh towards Marwar. The shepherds with the herd had halted in the jungle near Dhamancha village. Late in the night heavy rains with thunder and lightning lashed the area.


Flooding in 6 districts of Bangladesh worsens

Flood situation worsens as 100,000 people maroo
Flood situation worsens as 100,000 people marooned in Sirajganj
With thousands of people still marooned by floods, river erosion has taken a serious turn at least in six districts.

Many houses, vast areas of cropland and other structures have already been devoured by rivers, while many other structures are at risk.

The flood-hit people are passing hard days amid shortage of food and drinking water, though government officials concerned are saying that measures have been taken to distribute relief materials.

A bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said 14 rivers in the country were flowing above the danger level yesterday.

"In next 24 hours, the flood situation in low-lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Shariatpur and Faridpur districts may deteriorate," it said.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - August 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti on August 14, devastating the already fragile infrastructure in Grand'Anse, Nippes, and Sud Departments. Around 7,000 homes were destroyed, and nearly 5,000 buildings were damaged, including hospitals and schools.

Rescue work was hampered by damaged roads and bridges, and further efforts were halted by floods caused by Tropical Storm Grace. The latest reports register more than 2,200 dead and 12,200 injured.

Ida, the fifth-most-powerful hurricane to strike the US, wreaked havoc on the Louisiana coast, leaving widespread destruction in major cities like New Orleans. Extreme wind and rain, fallen trees and flooding damaged basic infrastructure, a million homes and businesses were left with no electricity, and more than 600,000 people lacked running water. The hurricane caused $50 billion in total damage.

More than 1,100 homes in North Korea were damaged, thousands of people evacuated, and farms and roads washed away after days of heavy rains and floods. Authorities expect a negative impact on food supplies due to the significant crops damage.

91 wildfires are now burning across the US triggering states of emergency and mass evacuations. This year, 37,803 fires have burned more than 3 million acres across the United States. During the same period in 2020, 32,059 fires burned a total of 2.1 million acres. Idaho is the state with the biggest number of large fires, however, Oregon has the most acres burned: 554,587 among its 11 fires.

Extreme heat is baking North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska all contain areas of extreme drought. North Dakota and Minnesota, in particular, are experiencing near-record lows in soil moisture, affecting crops.

The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the southwest winds in Northern California. Nearly 50,000 acres have been scorched, destroying dozens of homes.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated by sea from the tourist hotspot of Bodrum to escape Turkey's forest fires burning along the Mediterranean coast. In Greece, the fires have forced the evacuation of four villages. The fire was in a mountain forest 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Patras, Greece's third-largest city. Aided by strong winds, the fire raced down the slopes and threatened seaside villages.

Wildfires also ravaged forests and villages in the Kabyle region of Algeria, covering the mountainous area with thick clouds of smoke. At least 65 people died, including 25 soldiers who were part of the rescue efforts

Most of the wildfires around the world have been triggered by dry conditions, strong winds, and increased lighting strikes. Rather symbolic for a world that is also figuratively on fire as well.

Now to the other extreme of the thermometer, Colorado and Utah got covered in snow just after the hottest couple of months ever. This sudden drop to "winter-like" temperatures in August is far from normal.

Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa also reported unusually cold temperatures and heavy snow this winter.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for August 2021:

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Flash floods destroy roads in Kohistan, Pakistan

Men sit beside a coach buried under a landslide on KKH in Khushi area of Upper Kohistan on Wednesday.
© Dawn
Men sit beside a coach buried under a landslide on KKH in Khushi area of Upper Kohistan on Wednesday.
Heavy rain and flash floods on Wednesday wreaked havoc in Upper Kohistan district with the landslides blocking the Karakoram Highway at various points and floodwaters washing away many link roads, bridges and school buildings.

District education officer Sharafat Khan told reporters here that he had declared three days vacation in schools for the disposal of rubble and floodwaters.

The residents said the Karakoram Highway was blocked in Khushi area early morning by the heavy mudslides from mountains.

They said a landslide hit a passenger coach bound for Mansehra from Khushi area but four people travelling in it remained unhurt and came rushing out of it.