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Early heavy snowfall in parts of Anchorage, Alaska causes outages - up to 13 inches of snow

A downed tree blocks a lane of traffic on Hennings Way in East Anchorage on September 24, 2021.
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A downed tree blocks a lane of traffic on Hennings Way in East Anchorage on September 24, 2021.
Snow across the Anchorage area Friday forced school closures, made roads slippery and caused power outages.

By Friday morning, unofficial snow totals included 13 inches on the Upper Hillside and about 4 inches in Eagle River, while much of the west side of Anchorage saw next to nothing, said Alan Shriver a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

The snow was continuing on the east side Friday morning, Shriver said, and was expected to continue mixed with rain throughout the day before tapering off by 8 p.m.

Power outages across the city were caused by the heavy, wet snow falling early in the season while many trees still have leaves -- heavy branches had fallen on lines, said Julie Hasquet, spokeswoman for Chugach Electric Association. Crews were working to restore power Friday morning.

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Major floods in Ontario washes over roads

As predicted, heavy rainfall pounded the province this week, but some parts of Ontario seemed to get the heaviest blasts, flooding roads and threatening homes.

A special weather statement issued on Tuesday from Environment Canada called for as much as 75 millimetres of rain for parts of Toronto. The city did see its fair share of rain.

A ramp for the westbound Hwy 401 at Hwy 410 was flooded Thursday morning.

And the City of Vaughan announced the Palladini Community Centre would be closed due to extensive flooding.

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Floods in Toledo, Spain after severe hailstorm with half a meter of hail

When not a month has passed since the intense DANA that hit the city of Toledo and surrounding municipalities such as Cobisa, Argés or Guadamur, and for which the Council of Ministers declared Castilla-La Mancha as an area seriously affected by civil protection emergencies (ZAEPC), a strong hail storm caused water reservoirs in different neighborhoods of the regional capital this Wednesday afternoon.

This is the third torrential rain so far in September and which again caused floods through the streets of the Old Town, Palomarejos -at the entrance to the Emergency Service of the Virgen de la Salud Hospital-, Azucaica or the stretch of the TO- 23 that joins the Polígono and Santa Bárbara, where the Don Eugenio and de la Rosa walks returned to relive floods.

As the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) points out, 14.4 millimeters (equivalent to liters per square meter) were recorded in just 10 minutes with the hail storm. This Thursday the AEMET maintains the alert for heavy rains and storms at a yellow level for Toledo.


Mount Erciyes in Turkey turns white after early snowfall

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow
Erciyes Mountain, which is the symbol of Kayseri with its 3 thousand 917 meters high peak that pierces the clouds, turned white after the falling snow.

While the operators are waiting excitedly to open the ski season in Erciyes, Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş., which was founded by Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, announced that she was wearing the white wedding dress of Erciyes Mountain with the falling snow, and in the last post made on its official social media account, "Are our ski teams ready? " it was said.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Bering Sea, Aleutians West, Alaska

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 40 km depth

Date & time: Sep 24, 2021 11:52:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 2:52 am (GMT -9)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 51.1957°N / 179.0286°W↗ (Bering Sea, Alaska, United States)
Antipode: 51.196°S / 0.971°E↗
Nearest volcano: Gareloi (83 km / 52 mi)


5 climbers killed in early snowstorm on highest mountain in Russia and Europe, 14 others rescued

Photo of the heavy rescue operation

Photo of the heavy rescue operation on Mount Elbrus
During a heavy snow storm on Mount Elbrus, which is 5,642 meters tall, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe, five climbers were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday. Fourteen others could be saved. This was announced by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.

The group of nineteen climbers were at an altitude of about 5,000 meters when a heavy snowstorm surprised them. Media reports said most of them are not professional climbers.


Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
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A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began

Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country's modern history, according to recent data from the Russian Forestry Agency analysed by Greenpeace.

Fires have destroyed more than 18.16m hectares of Russian forest in 2021, setting an absolute record since the country began monitoring forest fires using satellites in 2001. The previous record was set in 2012, when fires covered 18.11m hectares of forest.

The record was surpassed late last week after a long fire season that has also produced unprecedented levels of global wildfire emissions and upturned daily life for hundreds of thousands of people living in Siberia and elsewhere in central Russia.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 from same family in Tanzania

Representative image of a lighting strike.
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Representative image of a lighting strike.
Four people from the same family were killed by lightning Thursday night on Lake Victoria's Bumbile Island in Tanzania's northwestern district of Muleba in Kagera Region, an official said on Friday.

"The victims were a couple and their two children," Muleba district commissioner Thoba Nguvilla told a news conference, adding that they were hit by the lightning while they were asleep.

The official said the deceased family was engaged in farming and fishing on the island.

Robert Musiibha, chairman of Bulyo village in the area, said the house of the victims, which was roofed by iron sheets, was razed to the ground in the lightning strike.

Source: Xinhua

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Heavy rain and flooding causes disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal - 1.6 inches of rain in an hour

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The heavy rain that fell in the Algarve this morning has caused disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, where several streets were flooded.

The water level rose so high that it flowed over side pavements in many streets, making them impossible to drive on.

Water even entered homes and businesses in some parts of the town, reports Lusa news agency, which adds that the worst of the floods were reported at Rua de Angola, Avenida dos Bombeiros and a considerable section of the town's historical centre.

The floods were caused by a heavy bout of rain between 6am and 8.30am. CDOS Faro, the regional command of rescue operations, told Lusa that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) registered 42.1 millimetres of rain in the town in just one hour.

Comment: On the same day over a nearby region of the Iberian Peninsular: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR

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There will be lettuce and spinach supply issues in the next two weeks due to storms in Albacete, Spain

The storms in Albacete affect the quality and volumes of leafy vegetables

The main leafy vegetable-producing areas in Albacete were affected by a strong hailstorm on Thursday, September 16. According to industry sources, the hail caused damage to many crops, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, and baby lettuce crops.

The fields accumulated large amounts of water, as more than 40 liters of water per square meter fell on the crops in just 20 minutes, and up to 70% of the crops were lost in a large number of plots.

According to some of the main suppliers of leafy vegetables in the sector, this will lead to a shortage of these products in the markets, hindering the normal supply for the next two weeks. "In addition, the quality of a large part of the production from these areas will be affected," they stated.

Comment: Furthermore in the same region recently on 23rd September: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR