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Flash floods sweep Makkah, Saudi Arabia as Jeddah braced for downpours

Weather warnings issued in both Saudi cities

Umrah pilgrims to Makkah were greeted by thunderstorms and flooding on Friday as Jeddah braced for heavy rain.

Videos on social media showed downpours flooding buildings in Makkah and washing away cars in Saudi Arabia's holiest city.


Cold weather waterspout on Lake Okanagan, British Columbia

"This is the first time seeing anything like this on the lake," said Doug Obst, who has been living at McKinley Landing for over 3 years.

"I could see this funnel cloud thing as I was looking down to the lake."

Obst shared his video with Castanet and said "it looked like there was a lot of what might be steam coming from the water maybe because it's so cold outside."


After winter storm, crews clear snow drifts up to 10 FEET high from Mauna Kea road in Hawaii

After big winter storm, crews working clear 10 feet of snow on Mauna Kea summit
© UH Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship
After big winter storm, crews working clear 10 feet of snow on Mauna Kea summit.
Hawaii is no exception to the severe winter weather.

The road to Mauna Kea's summit remains closed as crews clear piles of snow that fell during a strong winter storm that barreled over the state earlier this week.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Center for Maunakea Stewardship said the road is likely to be closed for several more days.

The recent storm brought winds of more than 100 mph, sleet, freezing rain and heavy snow to the mountain.

And once the clouds cleared, crews found snow drifts of up to 10 feet along a 1/2-mile stretch of the road.

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Arctic air mass shattering cold weather records in Alberta, Canada

As Alberta remained mired in a December deep freeze on Tuesday, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) revealed this week's cold snap has already unofficially smashed over two-dozen weather records.

"An Arctic air mass continues to bring extremely cold temperatures to Alberta," the weather agency said on its website. "On Dec. 19, temperatures plummeted over the province, leading to many daily minimum temperature records being broken in the evening hours."

Global Edmonton meteorologist Jesse Beyer noted Tuesday that "wind chill values could drop close to -50 overnight tonight in parts of the province."

"Wind chills between -40 and -47 can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in five to 10 minutes, (while at) -48 and colder it can set in as soon as two minutes," he added.

"The cold will stick around for the entire work week, improving to the -5 to -10 range through the weekend."

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Record-breaking cold, life-threatening wind chills plunge 150 million Americans into deep freeze

A bitter and potentially deadly blast of arctic air is continuing to charge its way across the U.S., dropping wind chills to as low as between negative 50 and negative 70 degrees across the northern Plains, and 30 below zero in the Midwest, triggering rare Hard Freeze Warnings along the Gulf Coast, and helping to fuel a monster blizzard that will bring those frigid temperature across the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

"Behind this storm is where it's cold," FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin said. "Look at Denver right now. A feels-like temperature of negative 34 degrees. So, if you're waking up in Chicago at 27 (degrees) and feeling like it's cold, there's a whole new reality coming your way. Behind this cold front, it gets dangerous."

The dangerously cold arctic air began its week-long journey by surging to the south out of Canada last weekend, dropping low temperatures Monday morning to negative 20 degrees and lower across northern Montana.

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Moment the dance floor at graduation party collapses and sinkhole swallows 25 dancing students in Peru

Once the dust settled and the students got to their feet they started clambering out of the hole

Once the dust settled and the students got to their feet they started clambering out of the hole
Students were celebrating their graduation in Peru when the concrete dance floor collapsed, causing 25 of them to descend into a sinkhole the size of multiple cars.

The group of boys and girls were huddled together in a tight group, jumping up and down in unison to music when the ground cracked and a crater formed.

A video of the disaster was uploaded to TikTok on December 17 with a caption, written in Spanish: 'Prom night turns to tragedy.'

The incident was covered by the Peruvian newspaper El Popular, which reported that there were no fatalities, but it is not clear if there were any severe injuries.


Family dog kills newborn baby girl in Cave Springs, Arkansas

dog attack
An investigation is ongoing in Arkansas after a baby girl was reportedly killed by the family dog on December 14.

Benton County prosecuting attorney Nathan Smith said that his office was notified that Cave Springs Police were investigating the death of a 4-day-old girl in Cave Springs.

"On Wednesday, December 14, my office was notified by the Cave Springs Police Department that they were investigating the death of a 4-day-old baby girl. Based on the statements of witnesses and the opinions of medical professionals, it was determined that the fatal injuries were inflicted on the child by the family dog," Smith told KNWA.

Newsweek has contacted Smith for comment.

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2 dead, dozens rescued after floods and landslides in Santa Catarina, Brazil - 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil,
© Prefeitura de Camboriú 1
Floods in Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 20 December 2022.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil on 20 December 2022.

State Civil Defence reported incidents of rain damage, flooding or landslides in the 6 municipalities of Jaraguá do Sul, Ilhota, Itapema, Porto Belo, Penha and Camboriú. In total, almost 190 people have been displaced from their homes. Civil Defence said the severe weather conditions have hindered damage assessments and the numbers of affected and displaced are likely to rise. More heavy rain is expected.

The municipality of Camboriú is among the worst affected areas. About 60% of the municipality's territory is flooded, according to data from the Military Fire Brigade and the Secretariat of Civil Protection and Defence. As much as 259.3 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 20 December 2022.

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Five dead, more than 70,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods - almost 10 feet deep

A family sits in a pergola surrounded by floodwaters in Pasir Mas in Malaysia’s northern Kelantan state on December 21, 2022.
A family sits in a pergola surrounded by floodwaters in Pasir Mas in Malaysia’s northern Kelantan state on December 21, 2022.
At least five people were killed and more than 70,000 rushed to evacuation centres in Malaysia after monsoon-triggered floods inundated the country's north, authorities said Wednesday.

More than 31,000 people have fled their homes in Kelantan state while more than 39,000 residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters in neighbouring Terengganu after flooding began over the weekend, the official Bernama news agency said.

Emergency services officials said a total of five people had been killed.

"The water levels reached almost three metres (10 feet)," Muhammad Ameenudin Badrul Hisyam from Kuala Krai district in Kelantan told AFP, as he cleared debris from his home after a nearby river overflowed and forced his family to flee.

Local media reported that four people died in Kelantan on Monday when three sisters were electrocuted while wading in the floodwaters and a 15-month-old boy drowned.

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Iceland nightmare for thousands of travellers stuck at Keflavik airport during heavy snow

Thousands of airline passengers have been stuck for days at Keflavik airport in Iceland due to extreme weather.

Heavy snow and blizzards have forced the almost complete closure of the international airport serving Iceland since Saturday.

The Foreign Office warned: "There is a severe weather warning across the whole of Iceland and many roads are closed.

"Police are advising people to stay at home. High winds and dangerous icy road conditions are causing major flight disruption and affecting movement to/from Keflavik international airport due to road closures."