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Heavy rainfall and flooding hits Liguria, Italy - 2 inches of rain in 1 hour

Mayor of Sestri Levante, Valentina Ghio has issued a warning to all people instructing them to remain in their homes to avoid the flooding.
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Mayor of Sestri Levante, Valentina Ghio has issued a warning to all people instructing them to remain in their homes to avoid the flooding.
The region of Liguria has been hit by extreme winds and rain, with many streets and piazzas flooded.

The Italian Riviera area is facing a red alert, with the town of Sestri Levante the most badly affected zone.

Sestri Levante was hit by 57.6 millimetres of rain in one hour.

These extreme levels of rain have caused the rivers to flood, with both the Vara and Petronio rivers rising to dangerous levels.


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It's dumping snow in the Alps and Pyrenees

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Val Thorens
A major storm system that's hitting the Western side of Europe is bringing heavy snow to the Alps and Pyrenees.

Snow forecasting agencies have been going big on what they're forecasting the storm to dump on ski slopes by the time it blows through on Tuesday/Wednesday, with some resorts predicted to get more than a metre of snow in total up high.

So far there aren't many pretty images, but here's what Courmayeur looked like this afternoon.


Cloud Lightning

Atlantic storm 'Amelie' batters southern France, leaving over 140,000 without electricity

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© Iroz Gaizka, AFP
A man runs by the sea in the Grande Plage of Biarritz in south western France on November 3, 2019, during Storm Amelie
Storm Amelie caused high winds to blast southwest France on Sunday, whipping up giant ocean waves, uprooting trees and leaving some 140,000 people without electricity, authorities said.

Fourteen of the country's 101 departments were placed on high alert as storm Amelie brought heavy rains to the Atlantic coast, with winds exceeding 160 kilometres per hour in places. Emergency services attended to hundreds of callouts as gusts dropped trees on roads and railway tracks, and tore loose live electrical cables.

By midday, rescue services and prefectures had reported only three minor injuries - including one hospitalisation - in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, mainly due to falling branches.


Comment: RT updates on Storm Amelie:
Photographs and videos taken along the coast show the mayhem caused by the terrifying winds, which reportedly surpassed 120kph (75mph) in some areas.


The department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques was hammered by violent waves, with footage showing buildings along the coast getting battered by the extreme weather.

A market in the commune of Martigues, located in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, was torn apart by high winds.





Snowflake

Almost 8 inches of early snow hits Chechnya, Russia

People walk in a park during snowfall in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya
© Musa Sadulayev
People walk in a park during snowfall in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Snowfall - the first in four years - has been going on in Chechnya for 24 hours, the Republican Hydrometeorological Center reports.

"The last time snow in November was in Chechnya 4 years ago. A sharp cooling is due to the cyclone that has reached the south and the European part of Russia," the department reports, noting that the snow cover reaches 20 cm.

According to weather forecasts, snowfall will last for a day, till November 3, then warming is expected, RIA Novosti reports.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood hits 5 provinces of Iran, leaving 2 dead

Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019
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Floods in Golestan, Iran, November 2019
At least 2 people have died in floods in Iran over the last few days. One person is still missing.

Heavy rain over the last few days has affected northern areas of the country, with flooding reported in the provinces of Golestan, Mazanderan, Semnan, North Khorasan, South Khorasan and Razavi Khorasan.

Roads have been cut and schools closed. Flooding has caused severe damage to farmland. Water supply has been interrupted in some flood-hit areas.


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4 children killed by landslides after torrential rain in Uganda

The house that was hit by mudslides on Thursday in Kasese
© John Thawite
The house that was hit by mudslides on Thursday in Kasese
Fresh landslides have buried four more children alive in Kasese district following torrential seasonal rains that have hit the Rwenzori region.

The incident brings to seventeen the number of children so far killed in the landslides in Kasese district since 2011, mostly in Mahango sub-county which has lost eleven children.

The children perished when mudslides struck their sleeping rooms on Thursday in Namuhuga South cell, Bulembia Division, Kasese Municipality and Kyondo sub-county, Bukonzo east constituency.

The four-roomed permanent house in Namuhuga was constructed adjacent to a sharp cliff and above which some agricultural activities were taking place.


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4 metre deep sinkhole opens up in Benoni, South Africa

A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
© Jacob Mamabolo
A sinkhole has developed on Snake Road in Benoni in Ekurhuleni.
Motorists have been warned of a sinkhole on the N12 (Snake Road) near Benoni.

The sinkhole was discovered in the early hours of Saturday morning and by afternoon road closures remained in place. The sinkhole appears to be around four metres deep, according to Gauteng Roads and Transport Department spokesperson Melitah Madiba.

In a tweet, MEC for Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Jacob Mamabolo stated that a detailed geotechnical investigation to assess the situation will be carried out.

Cloud Grey

Incredible iridescent cloud filmed over Trinidad

Iridescent cloud over Trinidad
© PLANET X NEWS/Youtube)
A mysterious cloud spotted above Trinidad has been dubbed a "volcano in the sky" by baffled onlookers.

Villagers were perplexed by the colourful anomaly that turned the sky an iridescent pinky-purple in the town of Tunapuna.

The weather formation appears to be motionless between the clouds and occasionally disappears.

Footage of the floating hue appeared online as witnesses captured it in awe.

The phenomena has left thousands guessing after the video was posted to a popular conspiracy Reddit forum.

Superstitious internet users have said the mass could be the "beginning of the end of the world" while others branded it "heaven on earth."

Others said the unusual light looks as though it is a "volcano in the sky."


Comment: The growing list of phenomena resulting from our changing atmosphere:


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Father and his 3 sons killed when landslide swallows their house in Guatemala

An image showing the aftermath of the landslide, which saw houses plummet down a cliff

An image showing the aftermath of the landslide, which saw houses plummet down a cliff
A father and his three sons were killed today when a landslide swallowed their house in Guatemala.

Shocking footage shows houses being sucked into a huge hole as the ground gives way in the village of Xenaxicul near the border with Mexico at around 6.30am.

Francisco Mejia Lux, 39, was inside ones of the houses with his three children, aged three, six and ten. Their bodies were recovered from the rubble.


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Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits South Sandwich Islands Region

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 125 km NNE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands at 18:08 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 55.6919 degrees south latitude and 26.3016 degrees west longitude.

Source: Xinhua