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More flash floods in Jordan kill 11 - Two weeks after flooding killed 21(UPDATE)

Jordan has once again been hit by heavy floods.
© Ahmad Atwah Jordanian tour guide
Jordan has once again been hit by heavy floods.
Seven people were killed on Friday in Jordan after torrential rains swept across several parts of the country, according to Al Arabiya news channel correspondent.

The Jordanian civil defense rescued a young girl and recovered the body of her sister after heavy flash floods swept their father's vehicle in the Malih area of the governorate of Madaba, while 11 others were injured in different areas of the country.

A spokesman for the Civil Defense Iyad al-Amro, told Al Arabiya that members of the Civil Defense were searching for three other missing members of the surviving child's family.



Comment: Update: The Guardian on the 10th November reports:
The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 11, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.

Saturday's reports came a day after floods struck in several areas of Jordan, including Petra, and the searches for missing people continue.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghuneimat and civil defence officials say the death toll rose early on Saturday, after another body was found in the Madaba region south of the capital of Amman.

Hundreds of Petra visitors ran for higher ground on Friday as water surged through a narrow canyon leading to the Treasury, Petra's main attraction.

Jordanian civil protection services work on a road damaged by flash floods, near Madaba, some 30 kilometres south of Amman. Photograph: Petra News Agency Handout/EPA
© Petra News Agency Handout/EPA
Jordanian civil protection services work on a road damaged by flash floods, near Madaba, some 30 kilometres south of Amman.
See also: 18 children and teachers dead, 22 more injured in flash flooding in Jordan


Fire

California wildfires: Nine dead in most destructive inferno in a century - Celebrities flee Malibu mansions - UPDATES

Fire
© Reuters / Stephen Lam
A structure engulfed by fire in Paradise, California
Raging wildfires across California have forced 157,000 people from their homes, and have led to at least one death in the north of the state, officials say. A blaze is also approaching LA Zoo.

Fanned by high overnight winds, multiple fires have ripped through the state of California in recent days. In Northern California, a blaze visible by satellite consumed the town of Paradise on Thursday and had burned nearly 110 square miles by Friday morning.

The director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services told AP that the fire has claimed lives, but that the number of deaths is still unknown. The blaze sent residents fleeing, and currently threatens the city of Chico, home to 90,000 people.

Parts of the city have been evacuated, as firefighters struggle to contain the inferno at the city limits.


Comment: Update 10 November

The Telegraph reports:
Nine people have been burned to death as California's most destructive fire in at least a century engulfed the town of Paradise, while celebrities fled fast-moving fires in the south of the state.

Only a day after it began the so-called "Camp Fire" spread to over 140 square miles in size and levelled the town, which has a population of 30,000. More than 2,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, which destroyed more than 6,700 homes and businesses.

Captain Scott McLean, of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said: "Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed. It's that kind of devastation.

"There was really no firefight involved, these firefighters were in the rescue mode all day yesterday."

He said thousands of buildings had been lost in Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Jody Jones, the mayor of Paradise, said the hospital, a McDonald's restaurant, and many other businesses had been engulfed.

She said: "I think we lost a high school and at least one of the elementary schools."

Residents evacuated in panic with some crashing their cars.

Mark Bass, a police officer, said the evacuation was "just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road".

California wildfires
© Peter Dasilva/EPA
A CalFire firefighter attempts to cool down the side of a home in Magalia, California, near Paradise as the wildfire continues to burn out of control.
Officials said all the victims were found in Paradise, including four who died inside their vehicles. Another 35 people had been reported missing and three firefighters had been injured.

With fires burning in both Northern and Southern California 157,000 people have been evacuated, including much of the city of Malibu.

Among the evacuees was Kim Kardashian West, the reality television star, who was forced to flee her Southern California home in Calabasas, near Los Angeles.

Kardashian West posted on social media a video from an aircraft window showing fires raging below.

She shared another video along with the caption: "Pray for Calabasas. Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe."

She also posted a clip from the ground showing fire fighters driving past.


Smoke from the fire could be seen from the site of a mass shooting in nearby Thousand Oaks that left 12 people dead on Wednesday night.

Caitlyn Jenner's home in Malibu burned down, TMZ reported, although her publicist said that had not been confirmed. The reality TV star had already evacuated.

Actor Charlie Sheen said he had been unable to contact his Hollywood star father Martin Sheen and mother Janet.

He wrote on Twitter:
"I cannot get ahold of my parents, Martin and Janet Sheen. They are in the group, at the staging ground near Zuma Beach.

"If anyone has eyes on them, please let me know that they are safe and sound in the middle of this horrific scenario."
Cher, who said she had lived in Malibu since 1972, tweeted that the wildfire was coming close to her home, although she said she was not on the property.

"Friends' houses have burned. I can't bear the thought of there being no Malibu," the singer posted.

Lady Gaga posted a video on her Instagram account saying she had evacuated her Malibu home on Friday, and showing images of dark billowing smoke overhead.


Other celebrities evacuated included Oscar-winning film director Guillermo del Toro, who tweeted that he had abandoned his vast "Bleak House" museum collection of fantasy and horror memorabilia.

"Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains," tweeted del Toro, director of Oscar best picture winner The Shape of Water.

Orlando Bloom tweeted a photo from his street showing the wildfire.

The Paramount Ranch, a Hollywood filming location for decades that was recently used by the HBO series Westworld, was also destroyed.

The ranch served as a location for productions ranging from 1938's The Adventures of Marco Polo to TV shows The Mentalist and Weeds. The set in the mountains west of Los Angeles dates to 1927 when Paramount Pictures leased the ranch and began making films there.


Actress Alyssa Milano said her home was "in jeopardy" amid her attempts to safely evacuate her five horses. The actress ultimately got the help she needed and tweeted that her horses were safe. "My children are safe. ... Everything with a heartbeat is safe."

The singer Melissa Etheridge also evacuated.

The entire 12,000 population of Malibu, which stretches 27 miles along the Pacific Ocean, was placed under mandatory evacuation on Friday.
More footage of the devastation:







Cloud Precipitation

12 months' worth of rain in 2 days and unexpected snow hit New Zealand's South Island

Bridge collapse on South Island, New Zealand
© RNZ
Bridge collapse on main road between Christchurch and West Coast, South Island, New Zealand on October 8, 2018.

A massive dumping of spring snow hit South Canterbury today, leaving the town of Fairlie looking like a winter wonderland.

Spring lambs were also feeling the cold, caught out by the unexpected snow.

One Fairlie resident told 1 NEWS: "I think it's global warming gone mad, November the 9th and look at it, it's incredible, who would have forecast this?"

The weather made for an unexpected day off school for kids, some who were out and about on their bikes embracing the novelty.

Road snowfall warnings have been put in place for Arthur's Pass and Porters Pass (SH73).

The snow comes as NIWA says the amount of rain which fell on one West Coast glacier between 12am Wednesday and 9am today was more than Christchurch typically gets in a year.


Comment: See also: Road closures as spring snow hits South Canterbury, New Zealand

Stormy weather: Woman swept away by floodwater in New Zealand - Over half a metre of rainfall in 24 hours


Cloud Precipitation

National Guard called in to help as rains wreak havoc across Kuwait

Kuwait Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Friday called on people, especially motorists, to be careful due to unstable weather conditions.

Kuwait Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Friday called on people, especially motorists, to be careful due to unstable weather conditions.
Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Kuwait Friday, resulting in massive flooding of major highways, streets and neighborhoods. The Minister of Public Works Hussam Al Roumi resigned in the wake of the crisis, reported local Arabic newspapers and the Kuwait National Guard was called in to help as roads and homes were flooded, vehicles submerged and emergency services stretched to the limit responding to flash floods in various parts of the country.

Kuwait has received 33.70 millimeters of rain within the last 24 hours, reported Kuwait's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Meteorological Department with rain still failing as of 10pm local time. The semi-arid country typically receives around 21 millimeters of rainfall for the entire month of November.


Snowflake Cold

Central US states running 10-20 degrees below normal

Central US states are running 10 to 20 degrees below normal, as far south as Texas.

See map:
US states running below normal temps
© intelllicast.com
The Temperature Departure image shows the next day forecast temperature departures from normal.

Attention

Three pygmy killer whales die after stranding in St Thomas, Jamaica

People attend to one of the stranded dolphins in St Thomas.
© NEPA
People attend to one of the stranded dolphins in St Thomas.
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting that three of four dolphins that were reported stranded off the coast of St Thomas over the past three days have died. This was despite valiant efforts to save them.

According to NEPA, the dolphins washed up along the White Sand Beach in Holland Bay, St Thomas between Monday and Wednesday morning. The dead dolphins were confirmed to be pygmy killer whales (Feresa attenuata) which is a smaller member of the oceanic dolphin family.

In the first incident on Monday, NEPA said it received reports that three dolphins were stranded on the beach. On their arrival, NEPA personnel discovered that two of the animals had already died. In a statement Thursday, NEPA said several attempts to refloat the third dolphin failed. It was subsequently euthanized. In the second incident on Wednesday morning, NEPA said it received reports of another stranded dolphin. A response team from NEPA, the Veterinary Services Division and the University of Technology responded. However, by the time they got to the location, it was discovered that the animal was already dead.

Comment: Other records of dead or dying cetaceans (and not previously reported on SOTT) have been noted recently on the coast of Alabama and Western Australia.


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: New greenhouse gasses discovered with heavy snow in both hemispheres

Snow

Snow in Tasmania
Discovery of five new greenhouse gasses in Norway that are thousands of times more potent than CO2, the Grand Solar Minimum continues intensifying and crop insurance payouts in Canada doubling vs 2017. At what point do insurers stop covering losses?

Snow Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand heavy for the season in both hemispheres.


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Fire

California wildfires triggers evacuation orders for Malibu, Ventura counties

Malibu Wildfire
© Associated Press/Marcio Jose Sanchez
A wildfire comes down from a hilltop Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, near Newbury Park, Calif. The Ventura County Fire Department has ordered evacuation of some communities in the path of the fire, which erupted a few miles from the site of Wednesday night's deadly mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.
The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):

7:25 a.m.

A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu.

The fire broke out Thursday northwest of Los Angeles and roared southward, jumping the U.S. 101 freeway early Friday and sweeping into the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu has about 13,000 residents and lies along 21 miles (34 kilometers) of coast at the southern foot of the mountain range.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweets that the fire is headed to the ocean, punctuating the message with the declaration: "Imminent threat!"

Arrow Down

Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans, UK

Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans

Sinkhole forces residents out of block of flats in St Albans
Residents have been evacuated from a block of flats after a sinkhole appeared next to it.

Emergency services were called to Cedar Court in Cedarwood Drive, St Albans, at 6.35am on Tuesday, after the sinkhole was discovered.

The evacuation was a precaution because of how close sinkhole is to the block in the Hertfordshire city.

Around 20 residents have been affected, a spokesman for St Albans City and District Council said.

The spokesman said: "Council officers from our Building Control and Environmental Services teams have been down on site this morning.

Comment: For more details of the 2015 event in the same area, see: Massive sinkhole near London swallows suburban street, families evacuated.


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3 Truckers feared buried by massive landslide on highway in Kashmir

3 Truckers Feared Buried In Landslide - File Pic

3 Truckers Feared Buried In Landslide - File Pic
Three truckers from Punjab are feared buried under a massive landslide on Srinagar-Jammu highway, officials said on Thursday.

Reports said three persons were on board an apple-laden trawler (registration number PB06AK 4045) when a massive landslide hit the highway at Ramban in Ramban district on Monday morning.

An official said that a rescue operation was launched on Wednesday after the relatives of the missing persons approached them with the claim that their kin might have come under the slide.

"Nothing was found yesterday. We have launched searches in the area again. So far no trace of the three persons has been found. It was a massive landslide and it has left behind huge debris," said DSP Headquarters Asgar Malik.

Reports said that the relatives claimed that the trio had called them from Qazigund on Monday saying they will reach Jammu in the evening on the same day.

They said that their last location has also been traced to Ramsoo area.