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Heavy rain causes more than 120 floods in the Alentejo region of Portugal

A source from the Évora District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) told Lusa that there were 49 floods in the district, in several municipalities, especially in Vila Viçosa, Borba, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourão and Évora.

In the district of Évora, 193 firefighters, municipal civil protection services and GNR were involved in the operations.

According to the District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) of Beja, 47 floods were registered in the district, in the municipalities of Moura, Serpa, Barrancos and Beja.

The same source added that the municipality of Moura was the most affected, where there was a "partial collapse of the roof of a house".

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Death toll rises to 6 due to heavy rains in Odisha, India - 2.3 million affected by floods

With two more deaths reported, the toll due to heavy rain in Odisha rose to six, officials said on Wednesday.

According to a report of the office of Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Jena, three people in Kendrapara district and one each in Subarnapur and Ganjam districts died due to wall collapse, while one died in Khordha district due to drowning. Two other persons are reported missing from Cuttack and Balangir districts.

Over 23.82 lakh people in 24 out of the state's 30 districts have been affected due to incessant rains triggered by a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. A total of 7,540 houses have also been affected due to the heavy rain, the report said.

The District Collectors have been instructed to submit the damage assessment report by September 22, so that the affected people could be given assistance.

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Small Colorado town gets covered by 2 inches of hail

Hail: It's just like snow, but it hurts. One Colorado town found itself covered in so much hail following a Tuesday afternoon storm, that it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas — in September.

First snow of the season? Not quite. According to KDVR in Denver, the Colorado town of Falcon was covered in two inches of hail on Tuesday evening. So instead of soft, fluffy snowflakes, that's actually just hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of ice balls. That's right, I said 'ice balls.'

Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said the hail was pea-to-dime size.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes Toronto's CN Tower 6 times in one night

Toronto CN Tower struck multiple times by lightning

Toronto CN Tower struck multiple times by lightning
A Toronto resident was amazed when CN Tower was struck by lightning six times during a stormy night on September 15.

Dilshad Burman was determined to capture video of lightning striking the CN Tower so she set up a tripod on her balcony as the storm was approaching. Her efforts were rewarded and she recorded a video that shows lightning striking directly into the CN Tower six times.

"Yes, I got it," Burman says in the video when she captures the first lightning strike. She gasps and screams as further strikes occur.

Burman posted the video to her Twitter account and asked her followers which lightning strikes they were. She said she was the lightning strike number six as she has "finger in too many pies, stretching myself too thin, dancing and juggling, but still hitting my targets and looking cute doing it." Credit: Dilshad Burman via Storyful

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike in the middle of the day kills man in Kavala, Greece

A man in his 50's years old was tragically killed after he was struck by lighting, in the middle of the day, in the city of Kavala yesterday.

According to local media, the man was struck by lighting around midday in front of the surprised eyes of locals who immediately offered him first aid.

An EKAB ambulance rushed to the spot and transported the unfortunate man to the hospital of Kavala, however he was later pronounced deceased.

The tragic incident happened near Petropigi, in the Municipality of Nestos.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall triggers floods and landslides in 4 departments of Guatemala, 2 fatalities reported

Landslide in Guatemala Department of Guatemala
Landslide in Guatemala Department of Guatemala, September 2021.
Disaster authorities in Guatemala report floods and landslides in areas of San Marcos, Sololá, Guatemala and Santa Rosa Departments following heavy rainfall over the last few days. Two people have lost their lives and several houses and two bridges were damaged or destroyed. A total of 11,799 people were affected by the incidents and 23 evacuated.

In San Marcos, 2 bridges were destroyed in Tajumulco, while landslides damaged 4 roads in Sibinal. Roads were also reported damaged in San Antonio Palopó, San Lucas Tolimán and Santa Catarina Palopó municipalities in Sololá. Flooding in Santa Rosa Department damaged over 70 homes in Barberena.

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At 195 mm in 24 hours, the city of Bhubaneswar, India sees highest rain in 63 years

The system is very likely to continue moving
© ANI/Twitter
The system is very likely to continue moving west-northwestwards across north Odisha, north Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh during the next 48 hours. Photograph: A bridge submerged in an Odisha flood in the past.
Waterlogging was reported from several areas of Bhubaneswar as the state capital recorded 195 mm rainfall in the 24 hours till 8.30 am -- the highest in the last 63 years

Heavy rains, triggered by a deep depression, lashed Odisha on Monday, prompting the authorities to issue a flood alert, officials said.

Waterlogging was reported from several areas of Bhubaneswar as the state capital recorded 195 mm rainfall in the 24 hours till 8.30 am — the highest in the last 63 years. On September 9, 1958, the city had received 163 mm rainfall, they said.

The depression over the northwest Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and crossed the coast near Chandbali in Bhadrak district on Monday morning, following which the weather office issued alerts for 13 districts.

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Nicholas, slowly creeping east, causes widespread flooding from Texas to Louisiana

Nicholas makes landfall  swamping parts of Texas

Nicholas makes landfall swamping parts of Texas

Tropical Depression Nicholas, which weakened from a tropical storm Monday evening, dropped torrential rain from coastal Texas into Louisiana.


Torrential rain, flooding hits Gard, France after 244mm (9 inches) of rain in 3 hours - 2 months worth of rain - 2nd major flood in 6 days for region

Floods in Gard Department, France, 14 September
© Pompiers Gard
Floods in Gard Department, France, 14 September 2021.
Torrential rainfall of 244 mm in just 3 hours caused flooding in parts of Gard Department in southern France on 14 September 2021. Dozens of people were rescued and one person is reported missing.

Hundreds of firefighters were deployed to the area and carried out 450 interventions. The departmental government of Gard said one person is missing in the town of Aimargues after falling into the Le Rhôny river.

Around 30 people were rescued - some by helicopter - after vehicles were trapped on the A9 motorway in the communes of Langlade and Gallargues le Montueux.

At least 10 people were airlifted to safety by helicopter in the municipality of Aigues-Vives, one of the hardest hit areas. Rescues were also carried out in the towns of Uchaud, Bernis, Calvisson and Boissieres. Part of a building collapsed in Caissargues. No injuries were reported.

Comment: Details of the first event: Record rainfall floods streets in Lot-Et-Garonne, France - 2 month's worth of rain in a few hours (5 inches in 3 hours) - Floodwater over 2 metres deep

In addition to the event noted directly above, on 2nd September a similar deluge struck nearby in another part of southern Europe, see: Heavy rainfall causes destructive flash floods in Spain - 3 inches of rain recorded in just 30 MINUTES

Cloud Lightning

Lightning killed 322 in the Indian state of Jharkhand in 2020-21

Jharkhand recorded 322 human deaths and 882 animal deaths due to lightning strikes in 2020-21 - the highest in the last three financial years - according to data released in the state Assembly in a response to a question by a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA Sudivya Kumar.

This is the first time that the state has released such specific data. Earlier, the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), a non-profit organisation that works closely with India Meteorological Department (IMD), released an all-India report in December 20202, which stated that in Jharkhand in 2018-19 and 2019-2020, 118 and 172 people died respectively.

To MLA Kumar's query on the number of lightning deaths and whether lightning rods have been installed in all districts, Disaster Management Minister Banna Gupta responded in writing, "332 and 882 animals died in 2020-21...There is no provision for installing lightning rods through State Disaster Response Fund as per Central government's criteria."

Comment: 34% rise in lightning strikes across India in 2020-21 over previous years, leaving 1,697 dead