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Heavy rain leads to flooding across parts of southwest Nebraska - 10 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

A full size pickup could be seen underwater in Dundy County.

A full size pickup could be seen underwater in Dundy County.
While eastern Nebraska is begging for rain, parts of southwest Nebraska have seen way too much of it over the last 24 hours.

The National Weather Service has issued several Flash Flood Warnings for portions of Hitchcock, Hayes, and Red Willow Counties. Other Flood Warnings are in effect for parts of Dundy, Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, Red Willow, and Frontier Counties in Southwest Nebraska.

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms have already produced as much as 5 to 10 inches of rain in the warned areas. Some of those areas may continue to receive additional heavy rainfall.

Captain Tyler Schmidt with NSP Troop D said the weather conditions are starting to improve allowing for the water to start to recede.

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Snow avalanche kills 9 nomads in northern Pakistan

File Photo

File Photo
At least nine people were killed when a snow avalanche struck Astrore's district in northern Pakistan.

Reports in the media suggest that at least nine nomads were killed on Saturday and several went missing when a snow avalanche hit them near Shunter Pass of the Astore district of Gilgit Baltistan.

Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan mourned the deaths and directed the local authorities to start the rescue operation.

He called on the secretary interior, Director General of GBDMA, and other officials to rush to the spot.

Reports also suggest that GB Chief Minister will also visit the location.


Strong dust, snow storms lash Mongolia - 2 killed and at least 290,000 livestock (UPDATED)

Strong winds, and heavy dust and snow storms are sweeping large parts of Mongolia, and causing poor visibility on roads, the country's weather monitoring agency said on Friday.

The strong winds and dust storms are hitting the eastern provinces of Sukhbaatar and Dornod as well as the provinces of Dundgovi, Dornogovi, Govisumber and Umnugovi, with a wind speed up to 26 meters per second, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition, the central part of the country, including the national capital Ulan Bator, and the eastern province of Khentii are now experiencing strong winds, snow storms and a sudden air temperature drop.

Strong winds, and dust and snow storms started on Thursday in northern parts of the country.

Comment: Update May 20

Xinhua reports:
2 killed in eastern Mongolia due to dust, snow storms

This photo taken on May 20, 2023 shows livestock enduring snow storms in the eastern province of Sukhbaatar, Mongolia.

This photo taken on May 20, 2023 shows livestock enduring snow storms in the eastern province of Sukhbaatar, Mongolia.
Heavy blizzards and strong dust storms in eastern Mongolia have killed two people, the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Saturday.

"A total of 127 people, mostly nomadic herders, went missing in the dust and snow storms that started in the eastern provinces of Sukhbaatar and Khentii on Friday morning, 125 of them have been found alive. Unfortunately, two people have lost their lives in the storms," NEMA said in a statement.

The disastrous weather conditions have caused severe damage to public and private buildings as well as infrastructure facilities such as roads and power lines, and killed a large number of livestock, according to the emergency agency.

The unstable weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend across large parts of the country, especially eastern and southern provinces, the country's weather monitoring agency said, warning the public, especially nomadic herders and drivers, to take extra precautions against possible disasters.

Mongolia has a harsh continental climate as strong winds and dust storms are common.
Update May 26

NewsKannada.com reports:
Dust, snow storms in Mongolia kill 290,000 livestock

More than 290,000 livestock have been killed in the Mongolian provinces of Sukhbaatar and Khentii due to the recent dust and snow storms, local media reported on Thursday.

The overall number of fatalities is however, expected to increase since many livestock still remain still unaccounted for, Xinhua news agency quoted authorities as saying.

Heavy blizzards and intense dust storms swept through Sukhbaatar and Khentii provinces late last week, causing severe damage.

A total of 127 people, primarily nomadic herders, went missing in the provinces due to the storms.

Among them, 125 were found alive, while two were killed.

Mongolia has a harsh continental climate as strong winds, dust and snow storms are common.


Residents shelter indoors as storm bends trees, reduces visibility to near-zero in Oman

Oman is facing a period of turbulent weather, as heavy rain and strong winds wreak havoc in the Gulf country.

Videos circulating on social media show the impact of the storm. The fronds of palm trees sway dangerously as an entire trash can lays on its side in the middle of a road in a residential area, blown over by the wind.

It is hard to make out what is happening in some videos, as visibility has dropped to a near-zero level.

Residents have taken shelter inside buildings as the conditions outside become increasingly hostile. In the video below, a man holds doors to a store shut as cardboard boxes and other objects tear down the street in the storm.


Waterspout spotted off Florida Keys amid storm warnings

A waterspout was spotted swirling along the coast of southern Florida on Friday, May 26, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of thunderstorms developing in the region.

This footage was captured by Twitter user @Hubery07 who said it was filmed from Anne's Beach in Islamorada on Friday.

"It stayed offshore and disappeared about 15 minutes later," they told Storyful, adding that no boats were nearby.

The NWS forecasted storms could bring up to 5 inches of rain to the area through Friday afternoon. Credit: @Hubery07 via Storyful


Lightning strike kills two in Cambodia


A lightning strike. (File)
Two youths died instantly at the scene when they were struck by lightning at 21:00 on May 26, at Bangkong village, Ampil commune, Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province.

The victims was identified as Ji Phally, 24, male, and Chheav Chhean, 28, male, residents of Bangkong village, Ampil commune, Prasat Bakong district.

Sources from Prasat Bakong district authorities and the victim's family said that the victims were killed by lightning while they were walking to catch frogs.

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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Tonga

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 130 km west of Neiafu, Tonga at 00:11 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 215.194 km, was initially determined to be at 18.4566 degrees south latitude and 175.199 degrees west longitude.


Powerful eruption rocks Costa Rica's Rincón de la Vieja Volcano

There was no impact on people and infrastructure due to the volcan

There was no impact on people and infrastructure due to the volcano.
The Rincón de la Vieja volcano, in northern Costa Rica, registered yesterday a "powerful" eruption with no reported effects to people or infrastructure, one month after the last notable eruptive event, authorities reported.

"Today at 14H34 (local time, 20H34 GMT) the Rincón de la Vieja volcano has made a powerful eruption," said in a video Cyrill Müller, volcanologist of the Vulcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) of the National University (UNA).

"The plume composed of water vapor and volcanic material reached a height of 3,000 meters above crater level," he added.

This eruption was "phreatic", and occurs when there is interaction between hot magma and water, which vaporizes and increases 1,000 times its volume in seconds, producing an explosion.

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Huge hailstorm cut power to 2100 homes after it hit Newcastle, Australia

Hailstones up to 3cm in diameter were recorded in Merewether.
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Hailstones up to 3cm in diameter were recorded in Merewether.
A major regional city has been pounded by hailstones as an intense storm struck, leaving thousands without power and hundreds needing SES help.

Newcastle was in the firing line for some of the worst of the storm, with large hail stones raining down over the city's centre and suburbs including Merewether, The Junction, Bar Beach and Cooks Hill.

NSW SES received an influx of calls during the storm, with 420 incidents reported.

"Over the span of 15 minutes alone, we received 45 jobs for hail and roof damage, with an additional 40 jobs waiting in the queue," the SES said.

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Terrifying floods ravage Spain's Mediterranean coast

Motorists were seen trying their luck on the waterlogged roads. Many were no match for the walls of water

Motorists were seen trying their luck on the waterlogged roads. Many were no match for the walls of water
Shocking footage shows the moment a mother and her child are swept away as she tries to push a buggy through raging floodwaters that have swallowed a street in Spain.

Roads in parts of the country have been turned into rivers, after record hot weather on the Iberian peninsula moved to the UK, replaced by torrential rains, breaking a prolonged drought.

The floods have hit areas along the Mediterranean coast the hardest, with as much as 40 litres of rain per square metre falling in one hour in parts of Murcia yesterday.

Homes and businesses in tourist areas like Alicante have been flooded and cars swept away, with stranded people and dogs needing to be rescued.

The Emergency Coordination Center of Murcia described it as the worst weather front in history for the area, with storms wreaking havoc there as well as in Valenica and Andalusia in recent days.