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Aerial footage shows aftermath of catastrophic floods that hit British Columbia - 2 month's worth of rain in 2 days

Aerial footage shows the extent of catastrophic floods in mountain areas of Canada's British Columbia province.

A powerful storm dumped a month's worth of rain in two days across parts of the Pacific north-west in Canada and the US.

Concerns are rising over remote mountain areas that have been hit with freezing temperatures.

Source: Reuters

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British Columbia floods: Rail traffic halted as mudslides wash out bridges, routes

Highway 1 – Tank Hill in the Fraser Canyon.
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Highway 1 – Tank Hill in the Fraser Canyon.
Flooding and mudslides in B.C. have effectively halted all rail traffic in the southwestern part of the province.

There have been numerous washouts through the Fraser Canyon, including a rail bridge washout and derailment near Boston Bar.

Both CN and CP Rail say their operations have been impacted and there is no word on when service can resume.

All rail traffic has been halted in and out of the Port of Vancouver, while crews wait for a damage assessment to be complete.

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November winter storm dumped up to 53 cms (20 inches) of snow in Alberta

35 centimetres of snow in Banff, Alberta
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35 centimetres of snow in Banff, Alberta
The first significant snow event of the season for Alberta has passed, and some of the snow totals from the winter storm are pretty wild.

Environment Canada has issued its weather summary for the storm, which saw between eight to 53 centimetres of snow accumulate in the province.

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Environment Canada says in Banff and Jasper, snow began on Friday and ended Monday night. Its automatic observing stations recorded 17 to 21 centimetres of snow, while third-party sources like Twitter reported a hefty 35 centimetres in Banff and a staggering 53 centimetres at Lake Louise. Pretty impressive for a November winter storm in Alberta.

Comment: Related: Parts of Saskatchewan still without power, highways around Regina still closed as province pummeled by blizzard


Deadly flash floods in La Paz Department, Bolivia - 7 killed

Navy search and rescue operations in in Mapiri,
© Navy search and rescue operations in in Mapiri, La Paz Department, Bolivia, November 2021. Photo: Armada Bolivia
Navy search and rescue operations in in Mapiri, La Paz Department, Bolivia, November 2021.
Seven people died after heavy rain caused rivers to overflow in La Paz Department of Bolivia.

The incident occurred on 12 November 2021 after heavy rainfall caused the Mercke and Mapiri rivers to break their banks in Larecaja province. Bolivia's National Naval Hydrography Service reported that levels of the Mapiri river jumped by over 3 metres on 12 November.

Several people were reported missing near town of Mapiri. Military teams were deployed to the area for search and rescue operations. As of 16 November, officials said 7 people had died in the incident and around 25 households were affected. Many of the the victims are believed to be miners who were working in the area.

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Parts of Saskatchewan still without power, highways around Regina still closed as province pummeled by blizzard

On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Regina announced it is going into 'storm mode' as Environment Canada warns of blizzard-like conditions across southern Saskatchewan
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On Tuesday afternoon, the City of Regina announced it is going into 'storm mode' as Environment Canada warns of blizzard-like conditions across southern Saskatchewan
Regina and other areas remain under a blizzard warning on Wednesday morning, said Environment Canada

Thousands of customers are still without electricity this morning and highways in and out of Regina remain closed as the province continues to get hammered by a winter blizzard.

The storm has calmed down in the northern half of the province, but a large swath of the eastern and southeastern regions including Regina, Moose Jaw and Indian Head are still under a blizzard warning.

That blizzard means that parts of the provincial highway system are either closed or have serious travel not recommended warnings.

Highways are closed in all directions out of Regina this morning. That includes the Trans Canada from Wolesley, right through to Belle Plaine. Highway 6 is closed north of the city to Southey. And the number 11 is closed from Bethune to Davidson.


Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire already blanketed with 10 inches of snow

© Mount Washington Observatory
The Mount Washington Observatory researchers are already breaking out the snow shovels.

The New Hampshire mountain got around 10 inches of snow Tuesday morning.

In some places, the snowdrifts piled as high as shoulder height.



Waterspout spotted off Sicily's coast amid storms


A video filmed with a phone shows a waterspout off the Italian island of Sicily's coast near the city of Licata amid storms.


Spring snow falls across 3 states in Australia following rare November weather event

Despite summer's rapid approach, parts of the nation have been blanketed by record-breaking snowfall.

Residents of Hobart in Tasmania shivered through their coldest night since 1953 on Sunday night when the mercury fell to just 2.9 degrees.

Up to 300mm of snow was also dumped over the Huon Valley.

Conversely, it follows the state's record-breaking winter, which saw the warmest daily temperatures in 33 years.

Meanwhile, on the mainland, in Victoria's Grampians region a dusting of snow was visible throughout the weekend and into Monday morning.

Comment: Spring snowfall hits Tasmania, Australia with up to 30 cms of snow - Hobart shivers through coldest November night in 68 years

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Power outages, landslides, flooding and more as atmospheric river hits Western Washington

A man operates a personal watercraft along
© Elaine Thompson
A man operates a personal watercraft along a road flooded by water from the Skagit River, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Sedro-Woolley, Wash.
As if last week's wild weather wasn't enough, days of nearly ceaseless heavy rain and high winds prompted extensive flooding and mudslides Monday, forcing evacuations, school and road closures and a state of emergency declared in 14 Western Washington counties.

The weekend's heavy rains stemmed from the Pineapple Express, also known as an atmospheric river. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for portions of northwest and west-central Washington, including King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

NWS issued a wind advisory warning of southwest winds between 15 and 30 mph with gusts up to around 40 mph in Seattle, Bremerton, Tacoma and areas of the Hood Canal. The strongest winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph, were near the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the shorelines of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties thanks to a cold front passing through the region.

More than 158,000 customers were without power in Western Washington at one point Monday afternoon.

Comment: During the same time across the border: British Columbia battles floods, mudslides, evacuations as storm wreaks havoc


M3.1 earthquake shakes Scotland, first tremor felt in Ireland since 2019

Bellanoch scotland
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Bellanoch, near Lochgilphead. The epicentre of the quake was 11 miles north-west of Lochgilphead, 88 miles north-west of Glasgow.
Residents of western Scotland received a bump in the night after an earthquake shook the region in the early hours of Tuesday.

A quake with a magnitude of 3.1 occurred shortly before 2am with its epicentre 11 miles north-west of the town of Lochgilphead, 88 miles north-west of Glasgow, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

More than 30 people reported to the USGS that they had felt the tremor, with reports coming from as far as Edinburgh and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

Comment: The BBC provides some additional info that reveals quakes of this kind don't happen that often:
Rosemary Neagle, who lives on a farm in Kilmartin Glen near Lochgilphead, said the noise of the tremor was so loud that she initially thought something had exploded in one of her sheds.

She told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme: "It kept on intensifying and the house vibrated. It rumbled on for about 10 seconds afterwards, so it was quite frightening.

"I have experienced them before here but never to that extent. The house has never shook like that in the past."

The overnight earthquake registered on all the seismographs across Ireland.
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Dr Martin Möllhoff, director of Seismic Networks in Dublin, said it was the first felt earthquake that had been anywhere in Ireland since one was recorded close to the Irish border in County Donegal in 2019.

"It is a little bit exciting because this does not happen so often and most people think there are no earthquakes in Ireland," he said.