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Flash floods in Magdalena, Colombia

Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain and floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia.
© Gestión del Riesgo y Cambio Climático (Ogricc)
Hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain and floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia.
One person is missing and 20 homes were destroyed after torrential rain caused flash floods in Magdalena Department in the north of Colombia.

Flooding struck in the city of Santa Marta and surrounding areas after more than 75 mm of rain fell in a few hours from late 30 August 2021. According to city officials 5,223 families were affected by the severe weather, including 3,487 in the inner urban area of Santa Marta.

Several water bodies around the city broke their banks, including the Manzanares and Gaira rivers in the city and the Guachaca River in Guachaca district.


High peaks in Himachal Pradesh, India receive fresh early snow

The high peaks of Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kangra districts received fresh snow on Friday, leading to sharp dip in temperature. While there has been intermittent rain in the lower regions, mountain peaks above 16,000ft height have been getting fresh snow since Thursday night.

The falling snow has raised the hopes of hoteliers, who expect higher footfalls to Rohtang pass and other tourist destinations in the state. As most visitors head to the hills to see snow, hoteliers believe Manali will witness a surge in tourist inflow after snowfall at Rohtang pass. However, apple growers in Lahaul are worried as fruit harvesting season in the valley starts in October.

Meteorological centre, Shimla, has predicted rain in mid and low hills and snowfall in high hills of the state in the next seven days. There is heavy rain warning with thunderstorms in mid and lower parts of the state.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Morelos, Mexico - 5.5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flood damages in Morelos, Mexico,
© Government of Morelos
Flood damages in Morelos, Mexico, September 2021.
Intense rainfall in central Mexico caused rivers and streams to overflow in several municipalities of the state of Morelos on 02 September 2021.

The Morelos State Government reported floods in Tlayacapan, Ayala, Cuautla, Yautepec, Jonacatepec, Jantetelco, Yecapixtla and Tepalcingo. Four people lost their lives and 1 person is still missing. Over 300 houses were damaged, some severely, affecting an estimated 1,600 residents.

Sixty homes were damaged in Tlayacapan, where the 4 fatalities were reported. Thirty-one houses were damaged in Ayala, 177 in Cuautla and 36 in Yautepec. Similarly 11 homes were reported damaged in Jonacatepec, 4 in Jantetelco, 2 in Yecapixtla and 2 in Tepalcingo.

Comment: Devastating floods hit Tlalnepantla, Mexico due to Hurricane Nora


Uplift detected at Askja volcano in Iceland, began end of July

© Wikipedia
Askja is located in Iceland. Pictured here in 1984.
GPS observations and ground deformation maps derived from Sentinel-1 satellite data reveal that Askja volcano began inflating at the beginning of August 2021. The uplift signal is centered on the western edge of Öskjuvatn, close to Ólafsgígar, and corresponds to ~5 cm/month of vertical motion. Geodetic modelling (performed using both GPS and satellite data) indicates that the source of this inflation is located at a depth of approximately 3 km and corresponds to a volume change of approximately 0.001 km³/month.

The cause of such inflation is uncertain, but most likely it is due to the inflow of new magma. Askja volcano is seismically active and earthquakes are regularly measured in the area.

Comment: Note that just a few days ago in Iceland it was reported that rivers down stream from volcanoes and a glacier recorded an increase in harmful levels of sulphuric acid, thought to be related to changes in geothermal and volcanic activity. This also comes on the heels of an overall uptick in activity in the region; back in March 2021 the following article reported: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020

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Cloud Precipitation

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.