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Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Johannesburg, South Africa

Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
Motorists in Gauteng have been urged to drive with extreme caution as heavy rain in the province led to flash flooding on Monday 5 October.

A large thunderstorm and "large hail" currently making affecting Johannesburg is causing drivers major headaches, with bridges hit by flooding causing peak traffic to grind to a standstill.


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned on Monday that a "yellow thunderstorm warning" is in place, meaning that residents can expect localised flooding in low lying areas due to heavy rain and large hail and large amounts of small hail which can damage vehicles and property.

Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead, 600,000 people affected in Mexico

Flood victims salvage their belongings from flooded homes in Tabasco.

Flood victims salvage their belongings from flooded homes in Tabasco.
Tropical Storm Gamma claimed the lives of at least six people in two states and affected some 600,000 citizens as heavy rain and near-hurricane force winds wreaked havoc on Mexico's south and southeast over the weekend.

The worst affected state was Tabasco, where two people died and more than 590,000 people were adversely affected by the storm.

Federal authorities said there was one death in the municipality of Jalapa and another in Jalpa de Méndez. Both victims drowned in floodwaters.

Authorities in Chiapas said that four members of the same family, including two children, died after a landslide buried their home in San Juan Chamula.

Comment: An earlier report: Tropical Storm Gamma reaches coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - trees knocked over, streets flood


Rare weather phenomenon: Water-tornado seen off Mumbai's coast

© Darshan Khatau
Malabar Hill resident Darshan Khatau was pleasantly surprised to spot a rare weather phenomenon on Monday morning. He saw a waterspout or water-tornado — a rotating vertical column or funnel shaped cloud formation as an intense vortex over water —around 3 km off the coast of Mumbai from Malabar Hill, near Prongs Lighthouse at 9.15am.

"I saw it when I had stepped out on my balcony to take photographs of birds like I do daily. The phenomenon lasted for about 20 seconds and I managed to take two short videos. The location of the waterspout may not have been more than 1 km off Colaba early this morning. Owing to cloud cover and haze, the photos were not very clear," said Khatau, an avian and wildlife enthusiast who has documented several bird species.

A similar image of the waterspout was shared on social media by Seju Nair on Twitter. The posts stated that it was spotted near Marine Drive on Monday morning.


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Fiji

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 232 km E of Levuka, Fiji at 10:11:46 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 628.52 km, was initially determined to be at 18.0249 degrees south latitude and 178.4906 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Storm Alex: More dead and missing in France as impact grows

Alpes-Maritimes Storm Alex

Aerial photos from the villages in Alpes-Maritimes show mudslides and devastation after Storm Alex hit.
At least 20 people are missing, at least three have died, and villages in southeast France are still without water or electricity, as the €1billion-plus devastation wreaked by Storm Alex continues to emerge.

In Alpes-Maritimes, the villages of Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Roquebillière, Breil-sur-Roya, and Tende are among some of the worst-affected, after almost a year's worth of rain fell in 10 hours overnight from Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 October, causing mudslides and devastating flooding.

At least 20 people are still missing, firefighters in Alpes-Maritimes told news service FranceInfo, as of Monday October 5. This includes eight people "confirmed missing" and "a dozen suspected".

Comment: See the previous report: Two dead, several missing in southeastern France as Storm Alex pummels western Europe with torrential rain


Michigan's Upper Peninsula sees early snowfall

Michigan's Upper Peninsula got its first measurable snowfall in the last few days and it is a breathtaking sight.

We'll circle back and ask you just how beautiful you think it is a few months from now, after you've shoveled, slipped on the ice, and navigated snow-covered roads. But for now, it's lovely.

YouTube user Deependra Nath posted the video below of what appears to be wet, heavy snow weighing down branches in the U.P. The video was taken on October 1.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3, seriously injures 7 in Tripura, India

At least three people were killed in lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Gomati district of Tripura on Monday, officials said.

The incident was reported from the Maharani area of the district, the officials added.

After from the three deceased, seven others were seriously injured in the lightning strike.


Waterspout filmed off Vladivostok, Russia

Waterspout in Russia, Vladivostok on Oct 4, 2020.

Snowflake Cold

Early snowfall at low elevations in Spain - up to 10 inches thick

3 Oct 2020 - The effects of storm Álex are felt at low elevations with snow thicknesses up to 25 cm.

The mercury dropped to 5C below zero in Cerler, the coldest temperature in Spain on Saturday, followed by Torla with minus 2.1C, and Panticosa with minus 1.8C, according the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

Along with this strong cooling, the Huesca Pyrenees has registered snowfalls ranging from 8cm in the Casa de Piedra Refuge at 1,600 meters to 30 cm (1 ft) in the Refuge from Bachimaña at 2,200 meters.

Snowflake Cold

Winter arrives early in southern Siberia

Siberia cold

Northern Siberia has been tracking anomalously warm of late, while the south has been unusually cold — a setup serving as yet another example of the meridional (wavy) jet stream flow brought about by the historically low solar activity we're currently receiving.

On Sept 15, 2020 NOAA and NASA announced that the new Solar Cycle 25 has begun. Since then, the sun has been blank almost 90% of the time, writes Dr. Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com. Our star has been devoid of sunspots for 199 day in 2020, or 71% of the time. This sustained lack of spots shows that Solar Minimum of SC24 is not over; that SC25 is still too weak to break its icy grip.

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