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Evacuations as downpours flood eastern, central China

Rescuers stepped up evacuation efforts in eastern and central China as unrelenting downpours wreaked havoc and triggered flash floods, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Tuesday (August 29).

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Rare lightning phenomenon captured in the sky during Hurricane Idalia evacuations

A rare weather phenomenon, in which lightning appears upside down, was captured by pilots as Hurricane Idalia approached Florida.

The stunning footage of St. Elmo's fire - a phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created in an atmospheric electric field - was filmed by pilots at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Monday 28 August.

A tweet confirmed that all aircraft had been evacuated from the base as Hurricane Idalia headed in their direction.

It was a Category 2 storm when the footage was captured and made landfall as a Category 3.

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Hurricane Idalia landfall: Category 3 storm comes ashore in Florida with 125 mph winds

Streets Flood in Fort Myers Beach as Hurricane Idalia Nears Florida

Streets Flood in Fort Myers Beach as Hurricane Idalia Nears Florida
Hurricane Idalia roared ashore in Florida's Big Bend region as a dangerous Category 3 storm Wednesday morning, threatening to unleash life-threatening storm surges and rainfall.

Florida residents living in vulnerable coastal areas had been ordered to pack up and leave as Hurricane Idalia gained strength in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and authorities warned of "catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds" when the storm arrived.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Idalia came ashore as a Category 3 storm with sustained winds of at least 125 mph at Keaton Beach in the lightly populated Big Bend region, where the Florida Panhandle curves into the peninsula. Its impact could be a big blow to a state still dealing with lingering damage from last year's Hurricane Ian.

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Flood in Erzincan, Turkey: Streams overflowed, bridges collapsed

Due to the rain, there was a flood in the water channel in Günebakan and Başpınar villages and Üzümlü district of Erzincan center.

General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works (DSI), construction equipment belonging to municipalities and public institutions started working to open village roads that were blocked by mud due to flood waters.

The flood in Üzümlü district, located on the Erzurum-Erzincan highway, destroyed roads and bridges.

The flood from the stream passing through the district center caused the flood. The panic experienced by the citizens at that moment was recorded on their mobile phones.

It was reported that there was no loss of life in the flood, which caused damage to houses close to the stream bed.

(Translated by Google)


Mini tornado hits UAE town as thunder, hailstorm follow

A mini tornado — with a diametre of around 12-15 metres — hit Siji town in Fujairah on Tuesday.

According to storm_ae that posted the video on Instagram, the incident happened around 2pm on August 29.

"It lasted for some 15 minutes, accompanied by thunder and hailstorm," the spokesperson told Khaleej Times.

In the video shared, a massive grey formation is seen rising into the air, as it proceeds to envelop the sky.

Watch the video here:

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Young footballer killed in freak lightning strike in Managua, Nicaragua

A young footballer has died after being caught in a freak lightning strike.

Owen Isaías Cuadra León, 20, was tragically killed when lightning hit in Managua, Nicaragua, earlier this week (27 August).

The young sportsman and his football coach, Juan Arana Martínez, 49, were waiting under a tree for the rain to stop in Plaza la Biblia at the time of the incident.

While they were quickly transferred to the Alejandro Dávila Bolaños Military Hospital to receive medical attention, Owen sadly succumbed to his injuries.

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State of Emergency after floods in West Virginia - 4 inches of rain in 6 hours

Extensive flooding reported in eastern Kanawha County.
Extensive flooding reported in eastern Kanawha County.
Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency for several counties in West Virginia, USA, following heavy rainfall and flash flooding.

In a statement of 28 August 2023, the governor said, due to excessive rainfall he had declared a State of Emergency for Kanawha, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties. "The rain is causing significant flooding, damaging homes, bridges, and roads throughout the counties," the governor said.

According to figures from the National Weather Service office in Charleston, 4.17 inches/ 105.92 mm of rain fell in Kanawha in 6 hours on 28 August. In Boone, 3.7 inches / 93.98 mm fell during the same period. Slaughters Creek in Kanawha County has seen 6.25 inches / 158.75 mm of rain in 72 hours to early 29 August.

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Torrential summer rain and flooding hits Austria for the 2nd time in August

Flooded: The new route of the Pinzgaubahn near Niedernsill was supposed to be flood-proof.
© Anton Kaindl
Flooded: The new route of the Pinzgaubahn near Niedernsill was supposed to be flood-proof.
Just a few weeks after heavy rain caused devastating floods in the southern Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Styria, extreme weather is causing major problems once again.

Experts at Geosphere Austria (formerly the ZAMG) issued a rain and thunderstorm warning for several regions across the country on Monday.

In a tweet they said "large amounts of rain" was forecast in the west and south until Tuesday, and warned that "more mudslides and floods" are to be expected.

The regions of Vorarlberg and Tyrol were most affected.

In Tyrol, the districts of Imst, and the Ötztal valley, as well as the district of Innsbruck-Land were mainly affected around Monday lunchtime due to flooding. According to Geosphere, the situation on the main ridge of the Alps remained precarious in the afternoon, and possible thunderstorms could exacerbate the situation.

Comment: In early August: Days of torrential rains and floods in Austria have left 1 person dead, officials say


Two children killed as flood ravages Anambra, Nigeria

Two children have been reported dead after a recent flood incident in Nkwele-Awka, Anambra State.

The children, ages four and seven, lost their lives at two separate locations in the area.

Politics Nigeria learnt that one of them was swept away while disposing refuse along the flood plain, while the other died in an attempt to pick his slippers from running flood water.

"She was pouring the waste inside the drainage when her leg suddenly slipped and she fell inside the drainage and was carried away by the heavy flood," said Ify, a resident of the area.

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Landslides and floods wash away roads overlooking Lake Como in northern Italy

A river of muddy water running towards a road in Blevio. Heavy rain and landslides have caused damage in the area

A river of muddy water running towards a road in Blevio. Heavy rain and landslides have caused damage in the area
Landslides and floods have washed away roads overlooking Lake Como in northern Italy where it is feared that severe storms could cause 'disaster'.

The Poppea cyclone struck from Northern Europe on the Ligurian Sea and is set to tear across all of the country's northern regions.

Powerful winds and heavy rain over the weekend caused widespread flooding and devastation in Italy and Spain.

The maelstrom hit northern Italy, first in Lombardy on Saturday, when heavy storms uprooted trees and damaged roofs, before moving to Liguria on Sunday.

Heavy rain on Monday caused a landslide in Blevio, in the province of Como in northern Italy, with video showing a river of debris and muddy water cascading down the hillside towards the flooded street.