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Hurricane Otis smashes into Mexico's southern coast with wind speeds of up to 165mph (270km/h) - at least 48 killed (UPDATES)

Hurricane Otis has made landfall on the coast of southern Mexico, bringing wind speeds of up to 165mph (270km/h).

It touched down near the popular Acapulco resort just after midnight on Wednesday (06:25 GMT), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Authorities have warned of a life-threatening storm surge and the possibility of landslides as heavy rain pelts the area.

The storm has already begun to weaken as it moves inland.

Comment: Update October 26

Al Jazeera reports:
At least 27 people have been killed and four others were missing after the powerful Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's Pacific coast, officials have said.

Otis hit the beach resort city of Acapulco as a category 5 storm early on Wednesday and tore through the southern state of Guerrero, largely cutting off communications and road links with the region.

Photos of Acapulco show roads full of mud and debris and buildings that sustained heavy damage. More than 500 emergency shelters were opened for residents.

Debris lays on the beach after Hurricane Otis
© Marco Ugarte/AP
Debris lays on the beach after Hurricane Otis ripped through Acapulco, Mexico, on Wednesday, October 25.

Thousands of Mexican military members have been sent to assist with clean-up operations.

"Unfortunately, we received word from the state and city governments that 27 people are dead and four are missing," Secretary of State for Security Rosa Icela told reporters on Thursday.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the deaths occurred around Acapulco, but provided few details. He acknowledged that the government was late in arriving because of the havoc Otis left behind.

Lopez Obrador, who made it into Acapulco late Wednesday, said the destruction was so complete in the impact zone that not a single power line pole remained standing.

"What Acapulco suffered was really disastrous," Lopez Obrador said.
Update October 29

Associated Press reports :
At least 48 people died when Category 5 Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico's southern Pacific Coast, most of them in Acapulco, Mexican authorities said Sunday as the death toll continued to climb and families buried loved ones.

Mexico's civil defense agency said in a statement that 43 of the dead were in the resort city of Acapulco and five in nearby Coyuca de Benitez. Guerrero state's governor had earlier raised the number of missing to 36 from 10 a day earlier. The death toll increased after authorities had raised it to 39 on Saturday.

In Acapulco, families held funerals on Sunday and continued the search for essentials while government workers and volunteers cleared streets clogged with muck and debris from the powerful storm.

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Third super storm in a year: Cyclone Lola delivers another blow to Vanuatu

An aerial view of the damage caused by Cyclone Lola at Ranwadi School on Pentecost Island.
An aerial view of the damage caused by Cyclone Lola at Ranwadi School on Pentecost Island.
Damage from Tropical Cyclone Lola, the third category 4 storm to hit Vanuatu this year, will be a major blow to the economy, the government and business community warned on Wednesday.

In late February and early March, cyclones Judy and Kevin caused widespread damage, plunging parts of the Pacific island nation into a state of emergency.

Vanuatu's government estimated the damage from both super storms at just under six billion vatu (NZ$86m).

"The country was just getting back on its feet after the earlier twin cyclones, and now with Lola, we expect the damage to be quite extensive and destructive because of its strength," Disaster Management Minister Ralph Regenvanu said.

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Flooding ongoing across eastern and southern Trinidad

Flash floods were reported in various parts of Trinidad after thundershowers around midday on Wednesday.

A Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MoRDLG) told Newsday no major incidents were reported to the disaster management units of respective regional corporations during yesterday's downpour. However, Newsday's sub-editor, Warren La Platte and his roommate were flooded at their Beaulieu, Trincity dwelling.

For La Platte, it was the first time having his home flooded. He said the rains began around 1.30 pm and, within half an hour, water started entering the apartment from the inundated street. He averages there was around five inches of water inside the house. He said damages are still being assessed.


Foot of snow in 24 hours for 2 ski resorts in Oregon

Finger licking good, Bruno enjoying the snowfalls at Timberline Lodge, OR.

Finger licking good, Bruno enjoying the snowfalls at Timberline Lodge, OR.
An arctic airmass has brought the first serious snowfall to Oregon, delivering some early season powdery delight to Oregon ski areas. The Santiam Pass between Willamette Valley and Central Oregon was covered in snow and the Oregon Department of Transportation ('ODOT') have been busy keeping roads safe.

Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge have received around a foot of snow in the last 24 hours and some eager souls have hiked out there to get the first freshies of the season, including videographer Pete Alport. Check out his incredible footage below from his first turns of the season in Oregon.


First major storm of the season drops 2 feet of snow in 2 days in Montana (UPDATE)

A person clears a snow-covered sidewalk in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday.
© Amy Beth Hanson
A person clears a snow-covered sidewalk in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday.
The first major snowstorm of the season dropped up to a foot of snow in the Helena, Mont., area by Wednesday morning, canceling some school bus routes on the western side of the city as snow continued to fall throughout the morning.

Residents woke up to swirling snow, the sound of shovels on sidewalks and snowplows on pavement just days after temperatures rose into the lower 80s. Trees with orange leaves and Halloween decorations were weighed down with snow.

The National Weather Service warned of hazardous travel on snowy mountain passes and ice on some highways when snow initially melts and then freezes as road temperatures drop.

Comment: Update October 27

Krtv.com reports:
The first big snowstorm of the season was a good one! Most locations in the state at least a few inches of snow, and a few locations saw up to two feet. The snow began falling late Tuesday and continued throughout Wednesday and into Thursday.

Most of the snow accumulation is now done with, but roads are going to continue to be icy/snow-covered for the next couple of days, so please use extreme caution when driving and give yourself some extra time to get to where you need to go.

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Hailstorm, thunder strike United Arab Emirates - residents warned of unstable weather

Rains continue to hit the UAE today, as the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) issued orange and yellow alerts for most of the country, warning residents to be careful when venturing outdoors.

Abu Dhabi Police too sent out an alert to residents - particularly motorists. As roads fill up with water, motorists are urged to exercise caution while driving. They must follow the changing speed limits which are displayed on electronic sign boards.

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Yemen - Thousands displaced by floods after Cyclone Tej dumps nearly 16 inches of rain in a few hours

Floods in Al Mahrah Governorate, Yemen,
© Yemen Red Crescent Society
Floods in Al Mahrah Governorate, Yemen, October 2023 following heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Tej.
Thousands of people have been displaced after Tropical Cyclone Tej triggered severe flooding in south-eastern Yemen on 23 October 2023. Heavy rain and some damage from flooding was also reported in neighbouring Oman.

Tropical Cyclone Tej made landfall along the coast between the coastal city of Al Ghaydah, capital of Al Mahrah Governorate in south-eastern Yemen, and Salalah, capital city of Oman's Dhofar Governorate.

Yemen Meteorological Services reported 406 mm of rain fell at Al Ghaydah Airport in the space of a few hours.

The Yemen Red Crescent Society said Cyclone Tej caused widespread destruction across Al Mahrah Governorate. Particularly badly affected are the districts of Al Ghaydah and Haswayn.

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Death Valley visitors delight in rare ephemeral lakes left behind by storm

© Mario Tama/Getty Images
Badwater Basin is located 282ft below sea level, the lowest elevation in North America.
After months of closure, visitors to Death Valley national park are being greeted by stunning new features, including lakes left behind by a ferocious summer deluge.

The park reopened last week after being shuttered in August, when a record-breaking tropical storm unleashed a year's worth of rain in a single day.

Dramatic images emerging from the park show arid dunes now dotted with lakes.

"Some spectacular things happened in Death Valley following the floods we received from remnants of Hurricane Hilary back in August," the park wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday.

"Ephemeral lakes popped up around the park, which is both pretty rare and amazing!" they added. "Lakes in the sand dunes wasn't on our 2023 bingo card."

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Storm Bernard leaves 2 dead, several injured in Spain

Storm Bernard wreaks havoc across Spain.
Storm Bernard wreaks havoc across Spain.
Spain's meteorology services say atypical weather system had characteristics of a tropical storm

Storm Bernard battered Southern Spain, causing fatalities, several injuries, and around 2,000 incidents of damage, the Andalusia region's emergency services said on Monday.

The atypical storm, which brought strong winds and heavy rains, reached its peak of destruction late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

One of the men confirmed dead was driving in the Huelva province when a landslide caused his car to flip off the road. Authorities suspect another man died in the city of Cordoba after being struck by sheet metal that the wind ripped off a building.

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Storm Babet: Fresh weather warnings issued after homes flooded in England

Weather warnings for rain have been issued to flood-hit areas in England as residents began returning to homes destroyed by Storm Babet.

The Met Office issued a fresh warning for "heavy rain" which it said could lead to further flooding in the East Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, as well as much of Yorkshire, including Sheffield, Leeds and York, and Humberside.