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Flashs flood in Bahla, Oman following a year's worth of rainfall

Streets have become fast rivers! Flash flood in Bahla, Oman. Heavy rain in Arabia.

Flash floods following heavy rain in Oman have caused widespread damage. Cars have been submerged, homes flooded, roads closed and buildings have collapsed amid the "wild torrents" which followed heavy rainfall.

Several parts of the country have been affected by the extreme weather, affecting Bahla. Heavy rain also disrupted traffic in some parts Oman, cutting off towns and forcing the police to closed off roads.


91-year-old woman died following dog attack in Bloomfield Township, Michigan

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Bloomfield Township police say they are investigating after a 91-year-old woman died following a reported dog attack.

Police say they were called out to a house on Berry Drive around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Once there, they say they found a 91-year-old woman unresponsive and seriously injured by a Rottweiler living in the house.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The dog is currently being held at the Bloomfield Township Animal Shelter.

Cloud Lightning

1621 killed in lightning strikes in the Indian state of Odisha during last 5 years

A total of 1621 persons have been killed in lightning strikes in Odisha in the last five years.

This was revealed by Revenue & Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi today in Odisha Assembly in a written reply to a question by Congress MLA from Jeypore Tara Prasad Bahinipati.

According to the year-wise break-up of fatalities due to lightning strikes shared by the Minister, out of the total of 1621, 472 were killed in 2017-18, 340 in 2018-19, 357 in 2019-20, 274 in 2021. In the current year (2021-22), 178 persons have died in lightning strikes in the State so far.

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More than 45 dead after Ida's remnants blindside Northeast

Schuylkill River flood
© AP Photo/Matt Rourke
The Schuylkill River exceeds its bank in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in the aftermath of downpours and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida that hit the area.
A stunned U.S. East Coast faced a rising death toll, surging rivers and tornado damage Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain, drowning more than 40 people in their homes and cars.

In a region that had been warned about potentially deadly flash flooding but hadn't braced for such a blow from the no-longer-hurricane, the storm killed at least 46 people from Maryland to Connecticut on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

At least 23 people died in New Jersey, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said. At least 13 people were killed in New York City, police said, 11 of them in flooded basement apartments, which often serve as relatively affordable homes in one of the nation's most expensive housing markets. Suburban Westchester County reported three deaths.

Officials said at least five people died in Pennsylvania, including one killed by a falling tree and another who drowned in his car after helping his wife to escape. A Connecticut state police sergeant, Brian Mohl, perished after his cruiser was swept away. Another death was reported in Maryland.

Sophy Liu said she tried using towels and garbage bags to stop the water coming into her first-floor New York City apartment, but the flood rose to her chest in just a half hour. She roused her son from bed, put him in a life jacket and inflatable swimming ring and tried to flee, but the door stuck. She called two friends who helped her jar it loose.

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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.