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Alaska, US: Heavy rains close parts of Taylor, Steese highways

7:55 a.m. update: The Steese Highway has been reopened between 152-158 miles, but travel is not advised. Many areas are one lane; the road is rough with many soft spots. If travel is necessary, please use extreme caution and be prepared for delays, crews are working on repairing the road.

Mudslides and washouts caused by heavy rain closed parts of the Steese and Taylor highways on Thursday, cutting off access to Yukon River communities at the end of each road.

Multiple mudslides blocked the 160-mile Taylor Highway from Tok to Eagle between miles 114 and 116, according to the Department of Transportation.

Washouts on the 161-mile Steese Highway from Fairbanks to Circle City closed the road at 152 Mile. Several areas of the road between miles 152 and 158 that were washed out, according to DOT.

Arrow Down

Temperatures to go down 10 degrees across Turkey, heavy rain expected


Heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected in most parts of the country.

Temperatures across Turkey are expected to fall by as much as 10 degrees Celsius across Turkey over the weekend, with meteorologists predicting heavy rainfall and strong winds in most parts of the country.

Turkey will see cold and rainy weather starting on Saturday night when an expected wave of cold weather coming in from the Balkans hits the country.

İstanbul is expected to be sunny all day on Saturday and temperatures are likely to be around 28 degrees. Torrential rains are expected to hit the Marmara region, including İstanbul on midnight on Saturday and will affect the whole western Black Sea region on Sunday morning. Storms are also expected to accompany the heavy rain and officials have warned of possible thunderstorms in the region.

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New York, US: Heavy rain, flash flooding hit Tier

National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for northern Broome County and southern Chenango County until 2:45 a.m. Friday.

According to the NWS, a rainstorm dumped about 1 inch of rain in the immediate Binghamton area by 9:30 p.m. Thursday, with localized rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches in parts of northeastern Broome County.

Serious flash flooding as a result of the heavy rains caused the closures of several state, county and town roads Thursday night, according to the Broome County Emergency Services Office.

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Wisconsin, US: Heavy rains cause flood concerns on Wolf River

Recent heavy rain have been wreaking havoc on summer plans and that has residents keeping an eye on the rising Wolf River, but it's going to take a lot more to wash out some people in Outagamie County.

Tom Dix has had his fair share of close calls.

"We've had all the steps underwater a couple of times actually," Dix said.

Bizarro Earth

Active Week For Ring Of Fire As Earthquake Rattles Alaska

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake (revised down from 7.4 by the USGS) in Alaska, USA, late Thursday was the latest in a series of strong earthquakes to hit nations located along the Pacific Ring of Fire during the past week.

Among the other nations to record moderate to strong earthquakes this week include Japan, Fiji, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Antarctica.

The "Ring of Fire" is an arc stretching from New Zealand, along the eastern edge of Asia, north across the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and south along the coast of North and South America. The Ring of Fire is composed over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes.

Pacific Ring of Fire and the earthquakes from the last 7 days.

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US New York: Heavy Rains Floods, Disrupt Power in Westchester, Putnam

© Vincent DiSalvio / The Journal News
Vehicles were trapped in a municipal parking lot entirely flooded along with Memorial Park in Spring Valley June 23, 2011.
Rockland County took the brunt of Thursday's fierce thunderstorms, but the rest of the region had to withstand waves of rain that washed out local roads and rail lines, popped manhole covers and pushed high school graduations indoors.

Scattered power outages, mostly in northern Westchester and Putnam counties, caused some schools to send students home early.

With a chance of showers and thunderstorms again today after 10 a.m., the weather service has issued a flash flood watch through tonight for the entire tri-state area. Full forecast for today and the weekend.

Downtown Nyack looked like a small version of the Mississippi Delta, with a river running down Broadway faster than cars and trucks usually travel.

"We've been hit pretty hard," Rockland Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Gordon Wren Jr. said of the downpour that started just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday. "The ground being saturated makes matters worse. We're getting pounded."

The rain that fell so ferociously and the flooding that followed was likely the worst since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, leading Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef to declare a state of emergency.

Bizarro Earth

Philippines: Phivolcs Warns Against Activity Near 3 Volcanoes

Manila, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned against any activity near the Taal, Mayon and Bulusan volcanoes as rockfalls and ash explosions may occur due to bad weather.

In its 8:00 a.m. bulletin, Phivolcs said that while Taal volcano was still on alert level 2, magma could be seen rising towards the surface as shown by the continuing high emission rate of carbon dioxide being released in the main crater lake and sustained seismic activity.

Phivolcs advised the public to stay away from the main crater, Daang Kastila Trail and Mt. Tabaro, as sudden hazardous steam driven explosions may occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate, which are lethal to humans and animals.

Phivolcs reiterated that the entire volcano island remains a permanent danger zone.
On the other hand, Mayon volcano and Bulusan volcano are under alert level 1.

But Philvocs said in the same bulletin that while no eruption was imminent in Mayon, the public should not enter the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone due to the continuing threat from sudden small explosions and rockfalls from the upper and middle slopes of the volcano.

Cow Skull

Floods to North, but Drought Spreads in U.S. South

Sweltering summer heat and a persistent lack of rain have deepened an historic drought gripping Texas and surrounding U.S. southern states.

And despite heavy rains and flooding to the north, there is little relief in sight for the South, according to a report issued Thursday by U.S. climatologists.

The "Drought Monitor" report released Thursday from a consortium of national climate experts said that over the last week, the worst level of drought, called "exceptional drought," expanded to cover more than 70 percent of Texas.

And 91 percent of the Lone Star State suffers from either exceptional drought or the second-worst category, "extreme" drought.

"We've had extraordinarily high temperatures and really high wind. It is still bad," said Don Conlee, acting state climatologist for Texas.

Arizona likewise has more than 70 percent of its land in extreme and exceptional drought, up from 68 percent. Louisiana saw exceptional drought spread to 65 percent from 28 percent in the week, while Oklahoma saw it spread to a third of its land from a tenth.

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UK: Bovey Tracey Earthquake Shakes Devon

© IrishWeather Online
Bovey Tracey, Devon, England
An earthquake has been reported in Devon that reached a magnitude 2.7.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 1445 BST, was near Bovey Tracey, the British Geological Society (BGS) said.

Police said there had been no reports of injuries but some people said their properties shook.

The BGS said it was an "unusual occurrence", with approximately 10-12 quakes of this magnitude felt in the UK per year.

Radio Devon Listeners said they felt the tremors in Okehampton, Bridford and at Moretonhampstead.

Pat Fleming, from Poundsgate near Ashburton, felt the quake and said: "Huge shakes went right through our granite house.

"We thought that something had exploded."

The last earthquake of a similar magnitude in Devon centred on Dartmoor in 1995, the society said.

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China, Taiwan Warn of Strengthening Tropical Storm

© The Associated Press / Bullit Marquez
Local rescuers prepare to ferry people near the swollen Marikina River in Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines, Friday, June 24, 2011, after heavy rains inundated the capital overnight. The heavy rains, brought about by Tropical Storm Meari (locally called Falcon) triggered flash floods and rough seas, forcing classes to be suspended Friday, government offices shut and dozens of flights canceled.
China alerted Shanghai and four coastal provinces Friday evening that a tropical storm is expected to intensify and become the season's first typhoon to strike China.

Storage depots were opened to prepare to distribute emergency supplies as China already struggles with disastrous seasonal flooding that has put scores of reservoirs near their limits.

The Civil Affairs Ministry ordered Shanghai, along with Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Shandong provinces to monitor Tropical Storm Meari and to issue timely warnings to the public.

Taiwan also cautioned its residents that torrential rain could hit the eastern and southern parts of the island Saturday.