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Group of 4 waterspouts appear off Mallorca, Spain as storms and flash flooding hit

The waterspouts or marines tornadoes off Mallorca today.

The waterspouts or marines tornadoes off Mallorca today.
The storms which have hit various parts of Mallorca today created four impressive waterspouts or marine tornadoes off Santanyí and all in a matter of five minutes, just like the flash storms and flooding which have hit interior parts of the island like Inca and will continues into Saturday with isolated hail storms forecast as temperatures drop.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

Some are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, some to a cumuliform cloud and some to a cumulonimbus cloud.

Comment: The same news outlet also carried this report on the same day:
Storm batters Mallorca and causes serious flooding

Firefighters have rescued drivers trapped in their vehicles in Felanitx

Streets were turned into rivers, houses flooded and cars were swept away by the currents this afternoon.

Felanitx bore the brunt of the intense storms that hit Mallorca.

The damage caused has been considerable and emergency teams are still working on the ground.

"The cold air pocket at low levels has connected with the high levels and has coincided with wind convergence, a relative low and daytime heating", which has led to the heavy downpour, according to the spokeswoman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) in the Balearics, María José Guerrero.

After the morning's deceptively good weather, the weather took an abrupt turn at 13:45h, giving way to a heavy downpour of water that flooded the town of Felanitx.

In less than an hour 135 l/m2 of rain fell.

The fire fighters were activated immediately and attended to a total of 28 incidents in the town until 17:30, all of them due to flooding.

Scores of people were rescued after being trapped in their vehicles caught in the storm on the road from Felanitx to Porreres. They also had to attend to two young people who were walking down the street when the water level rose to a worrying level and the fire truck picked them up as a precaution.

The Council of Mallorca has reported that the Ma-4010 Felanitx-Portocolom; Ma-14 Manacor-Felanitx and Ma-5100 Felanitx-Porreres roads remain closed, due to the accumulated water. Firefighters continue to work on the ground, with 18 personnel and six vehicles from the Felanitx, Manacor, Llucmajor and Inca fire stations.

After attending to the most urgent services, they are now helping residents to drain the water from the numerous affected ground floors, basements, car parks and houses.

The Balearic president, Francina Armengol, has called for caution via Twitter.

"The administrations are in contact and we are working and acting in coordination".

Tomorrow, Saturday, more showers are expected, although not of such intensity.

Snowflake Cold

"Winter bared its teeth and beauty" on Mount Washington, New Hampshire

It's beginning to look a lot like winter atop New England's highest peak.

The Mount Washington Observatory on Thursday shared photos of an icy scene, with rime ice clinging to different structures at the summit.

"Winter bared its teeth and beauty this morning behind a strong cold front," the Observatory posted to social media.

Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Muifa brings heavy rainfall along China's east coast, around 1.6 million people forced to leave their homes

Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds caused by Typhoon Muifa lashed China's east coast on Friday. Around 1.6 million were forced to leave their homes and moved to safer locations, reported AFP. Most flights at Shanghai's main airports were also grounded.

Notably, Shanghai is home to more than 25 million people. Muifa is reportedly the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Shanghai since the beginning of record keeping in 1949. So far, there are no reports of any casualties due to Muifa.

According to CCTV, around 426,000 people were evacuated in Shanghai, while 1.2 million people were taken to temporary shelters in neighbouring Zhejiang province. Floods were reported in several areas of the Yangtze river delta region. Traffic jams were also reported in Shanghai due to intense rainfall.

Arrow Down

Woman falls into massive sinkhole at car dealership in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

According to a fire official, the hole was roughly 15 feet wide and 8 feet deep.

According to a fire official, the hole was roughly 15 feet wide and 8 feet deep.
A woman in North Carolina escaped with just minor injuries after falling into a sinkhole at a Winston-Salem car dealership on Monday.

Kia Long-Gyant said the ground collapsed beneath her in the parking lot as she came out of the dealership.

The fire department safely got her out of the sinkhole.

She was hospitalized with scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm slams Čazma, Croatia

Crazy storm, that happened in Croatia today.

Today there was a massive storm in Čazma, a town near Zagreb.

There was a wind speed of about 120 km/h, or 75 mph.

There is no electricity, and automobiles, trucks, and roofs have been demolished.

Cloud Precipitation

'Water bomb' kills at least 8 as 16 inches of rain falls in Italy's Marche region in just 2 HOURS, sparking catastrophic floods

Rescue workers rescue people on a dinghy boat on a flooded street after heavy rains hit the east coast of Marche region in Senigallia, Italy, on Friday

Rescue workers rescue people on a dinghy boat on a flooded street after heavy rains hit the east coast of Marche region in Senigallia, Italy, on Friday
At least eight people have been killed and four others are missing after 16 inches of rain hit the central Italian region of Marche in just two hours, causing catastrophic floods.

Local authorities said they did not expect such a sudden 'water bomb', as around 16 inches of rain fell within two hours on Thursday night, inundating the streets of several towns in the Ancona and Pesaro-Urbino provinces.

'It was like an earthquake,' Ludovico Caverni, the mayor of the town of Serra Sant'Abbondio, told RAI state radio.

Cloud Precipitation

Water, water everywhere as Montreal hit with heavy rainfall

Rain pounds Montreal area, causing flooding and road closures
© Joseph Rodgers/CBC
Two vehicles were trapped by floodwaters under the Masson Street overpass near De Lorimier and D'Iberville streets in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie borough.
Anyone with the misfortune of being outdoors Tuesday afternoon in Montreal and surrounding areas was in for quite a shower.

A series of videos posted online show Montreal streets and métro stations flooding and pipes and sewers gushing copious amounts of water into the air as a heavy rainfall hit the city.

A rainfall warning issued by Environment Canada for the Montreal, Laval, Longueuil and Châteauguay areas said 50 to 75 millimetres are expected by Wednesday morning. The agency also said there is a risk of thunderstorms during the evening for the Montreal area.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail up to 15 cms deep covers town in southeast France, cold snap on way

A town in southeast France saw more than 10cm of hailstones accumulate on the ground last night (September 14) as a violent storm moved over the area.

The episode lasted from 22:30 until midnight, covering the town of Gap in the Hautes-Alpes in a blanket of icy residue which was 15cm thick in some places, according to Météo Alpes Durance.

Some residents had to use a shovel to clear the pavement outside their houses.

Meteorologist Paul Marquis said that the hail storm was "exceptional", adding: "This type of phenomenon remains really rare, especially in terms of the quantity [of hail] seen."


Massive 7.6 earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea, at least 10 dead (UPDATE)

Debris lies strewn across a highway following a landslide near the town of Kainantu, following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
© Renagi Ravu/AP
Debris lies strewn across a highway following a landslide near the town of Kainantu, following a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern Papua New Guinea on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
A massive 7.6 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea on Sunday, causing landslides, cracking roads and damaging buildings.

While the extent of the damage remains unclear, photos showed debris strewn across highways and cracks opening up in roads.

The quake struck at a depth of 90 kilometers (roughly 56 miles) near Kainantu, a town with a population of roughly 8,500 people, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Comment: AFP reports:
Five dead in 'massive' Papua New Guinea quake

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Papua New Guinea Sunday, damaging buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least five people, with several others severely injured.

Residents in northern towns near the epicentre reported intense shaking mid-morning that cracked roads and rattled the cladding off buildings.

Local member of parliament Kessy Sawang said at least two people had died in remote mountain villages, with four others airlifted to hospital in critical condition.

"There has been widespread damage," she told AFP, adding that a landslide had buried homes and "split" one village where people had "lost their houses".

In nearby Wau, Koranga Alluvial Mining said three miners had been buried alive.

There are limited communications in the area, few government resources and very few paved roads, making assessment and rescue efforts difficult.

Small aviation companies and missionary groups were involved in airlifting some of the injured across the rugged jungle landscape.

"It's very difficult, the terrain, the weather. It's challenging," said Nellie Pumai of Manolos Aviation, which had transported one person out and was trying to return.

In the eastern highland town of Goroka, residents captured images of window awnings falling off the cracked walls of a local university.

It was "very strong", said Hivi Apokore, a worker at the Jais Aben Resort near the coastal town of Madang.

"Everything was like sitting on a sea -- just floating."

The quake was felt as far as the capital Port Moresby about 300 miles (480 kilometres) away.

The US Geological Survey initially issued a tsunami warning for nearby coastal areas, but subsequently said the threat had passed.

But fearful locals near the sea nevertheless fled for higher ground -- reporting that the water level had suddenly dropped.


The nation's leader, James Marape, said the quake was "massive" and told people to be cautious, but said he expected the damage to be less than that from a 2018 quake and series of aftershocks, which killed an estimated 150 people.

However, the scale of the damage and number of casualties from Sunday's quake was still unclear.

"National and provincial disaster agencies, as well as leaders, have been asked to assess the damage and injuries to people and attend to these as soon as possible," Marape said.

State-backed communications firm DataCo said it was experiencing "multiple service disruptions" to the operation of a domestic undersea communications cable as well as the PIPE Pacific Cable 1 that runs from Sydney to Guam.

It was not yet clear if there was any damage to regional airports.

The quake struck at a depth of 61 kilometres (38 miles), about 67 kilometres from the town of Kainantu, according to the US Geological Survey.

Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

Earlier Sunday, the US Geological Survey also reported two strong quakes in the remote Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra in neighbouring Indonesia.
Update September 14

The New Zealand Herald reports:
Reports say death toll has risen to 10 after Papua New Guinea quake

Media in Papua New Guinea are reporting as many as 10 people have now died following the weekend earthquake.

The 7.6 magnitude quake, which was followed by a 5.0 magnitude shake an hour later, affected much of the Highlands, as well as the coastal provinces of Madang and Morobe.

It said four people have now died in Nawaeb, and three in Wau-Waria.

The secretary general of the Papua New Guinea Red Cross, Valachi Quagliata, estimated that about 100 families were hurt by falling debris, either as their houses collapsed, or from landslides.

He doubts all the people injured in the earthquake have been airlifted to safety.

The Post-Courier is reporting that the latest confirmed death is of a man killed by falling rocks by a river in Nawaeb District.

The newspaper reports eight people in the area have been injured and admitted to hospital or health centres.

"I don't think everyone has been brought out because of the geographical location of the earthquake. There's still a few finding their way to where the choppers are airlifting the people out."

There has been an extensive airlift because of the lack of medical facilities in the remote areas but he is certain there are some people still to be reached.

Quagliata said many people in the Highlands now face a tough period ahead.

"It's severe at the moment because of the fallen houses and other damage. Following the earthquake, there are assessments going on with PNG Red Cross. We're still assessing the situation right now."


New wildfires rage in southwestern France amid record temperatures

The blazes have forced the evacuation of residents amid record temperatures for September.

The blazes have forced the evacuation of residents amid record temperatures for September.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southwestern France as new wildfires rage amid record September temperatures.

Around 1,340 people in the Gironde region have been moved from their homes since blazes broke out on Monday.

The flames have destroyed four houses, several other buildings and 3,500 hectares of land, authorities say.

The largest fire is currently burning near the town of Saumos, while a smaller blaze has broken out south of Bordeaux, near Dax, where temperatures reached 39°C.