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Cloud Precipitation

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours saturates Perth, Western Australia

Record rainfall in Perth
© 9 News Perth
Record rainfall lashed Perth overnight.
The remains of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce has dumped more than four months' worth of rain on Perth in less than 24 hours, leading to power blackouts, flooding and causing havoc for planes trying to land at the city's airport.

The conditions were caused by the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce, which pummelled Perth with heavy rain for much of Monday.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services received more than 330 calls for help, and Western Power said on Tuesday morning blackouts had affected about 1300 homes, with crews working throughout the night to repair damage to its network.

A spokesman for RAC said the insurer had already received more than 670 claims as a result of the weather event.

The city officially recorded 96 millimetres of rain - the wettest January day since 104mm fell on the city on January 22, 2000.

The total is equal to the average rainfall for the city for December, January, February and March combined.

It was also the the second-highest January daily rainfall ever recorded.

Cloud Precipitation

11 dead after floods and landslides in the Philippines

© Philippine Daily Inquirer
Heavy rain in the Philippines since 12 January has caused flooding and landslides in Eastern Visayas and Davao Region. Authorities say that at least 11 people have died and around 8,000 have been displaced.

Eastern Visayas

At least seven people died in Eastern Visayas due to flooding and landslide caused by heavy rains in the past four days, the Office the Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Tuesday, 16 January.

The fatalities occurred in Tacloban City (4), Mondragon (1) and Catarman, Northern Samar province, and also in Jaro, Leyte province (1).

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding hits parts of Fiji

Flash flooding in Western division due to heavy rain
© FBC News
Flash flooding in Western division due to heavy rain
Rain water flooded the streets of Lautoka City and most parts of the Western Division, forcing authorities to issue an advisory for the traveling public.

Reports of flash flooding were recorded in Rakiraki, Tavua, Ba, Nadi and Lautoka during yesterday's heavy downpour.

The Sugar City had drains clogged up, causing water to spill on to main streets.

Yesterday, motorists had to manoeuvre their vehicles through floodwaters during the pouring rain.

Lautoka City Council CEO Jone Nakauvadra said drainage was an issue for the city.

"The problem with us is we are located downstream so all of the water flows through our drainage systems in town towards the sea," he said.

Road Cone

California Mudslides, a Sign of Worse to Come?

oprah mudflow

Oprah Winfrey surveys the damage from the mudflow on her property in Montecito, southern California
13 years to the day since the La Conchita landslide killed 10 people following a deluge, the same stretch of southern California between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles was hit with another deluge that produced instant and devastating mudflows. With the area torched by the Thomas Wildfire the preceding month, the heavy rain that fell on 9-10 January produced instant run-off from higher ground that washed away everything in its path, all the way down to the ocean.

As more dead bodies are found in the disaster zone, local authorities have gradually increased the death toll - which currently stands at 20 - while they report that another 8 people remain missing. The surge also injured about 200 people and destroyed or damaged about 500 homes in Montecito, Santa Barbara County - located just a few kilometers from La Conchita - and washed out a 30-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway.

From above, the debris flow appears to have converted the wealthy neighborhood - which is home to mega-stars like Oprah and Ellen - into a brown swamp.

Ice Cube

Record-cold wave recedes, but now ice jams are causing flooding in US northeast

River ice
Winter weather conditions continue to plague the Northeast.

The combination of melting snow, mild temperatures, and heavy rain have caused numerous ice jams to form in several Northeast states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. The ice jams have caused some evacuations in areas near rising creeks and rivers. The ice jams are also responsible for shutting down parts of roadways.

Despite much colder temperatures than the end of last week, the threat of ice jam-related flooding will remain on Sunday across much of the Northeast. Runoff from heavy rain in area waterways, combined with chunks of ice will continue to cause water levels to change. Some parts of the region have flood watches and advisories through Sunday. Some waterways will begin to refreeze on Sunday.


Death toll climbs to 17 as devastating mudslides hit southern California (VIDEOS, UPDATES)

Comment: Update 11 Jan 2018, 15:00 EST

The death toll has climbed to 17. 8 people remain missing. Up to 500 homes were damaged in the mudslide, dozens of which were completely destroyed.

Update 10 Jan 2018, 13:00 EST

Latest figure is 15 dead, all at Montecito, Santa Barbara County.

Update 10 Jan 2018, 06:00 EST

The death toll is up to 13 now, and is expected to rise further. Rescue operations are underway in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the very counties torched by California's worst-ever wildfires (and which this record rainfall just put out). This incident is already deadlier than the 2005 La Conchita landslide in southern California, which took place only 20 miles from yesterday's disaster.

mudslide california
© Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press
Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from a collapsed house after a mudslide.
A fire official says five people have been killed by mudslides that swept Southern California homes from their foundations as a powerful storm drenched recent wildfire burn areas.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the bodies were found in mud and debris during rescue operations Tuesday in Montecito northwest of Los Angeles.

Heavy rains were triggering dangerous flooding Tuesday morning in Southern California, with rivers of mud and debris destroying at least three homes and pooling water forcing police to close parts of the coastal US Route 101, officials said.

Near the coastal community of Montecito, at least three homes have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris," and emergency workers were scrambling to rescue people from vehicles and buildings, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food riots in Sudan - Snowmageddon in Switzerland - 200 year floods in France again (VIDEO)

France Avalanche warnings Jan 2018
As predicted in the grand solar minimum there will be food shortages. The forecast was for the shortages to begin in more impoverished nations as these areas people spend up to 50% of their wages on food. Even slight increases will have an effect, now in Sudan protesters killed over high grain and bread prices. France sees its second once in a 200 year flood in 2 years, Swiss snowmageddon as 13K+ tourists are trapped in 9 feet of snow. We are indeed repeating patterns. New type of cloud classifies geoengineering as a cloud type. Look up.

Comment: France: Avalanche warnings extended due to 'once in a lifetime snow storms' - heavy snow blanketing vast swathes of the planet (PHOTOS)

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding in Singapore due to unusually heavy rainfall

A flash flood in Upper Changi Road on Jan 8.
A flash flood in Upper Changi Road on Jan 8.
Heavy rain fell across Singapore early on Monday morning (Jan 8), causing flash floods in at least nine areas in the eastern part of the island which stranded cars and stopped traffic.

National water agency PUB attributed the floods to intense rainfall from the prevailing north-east monsoon.

The rain was exacerbated by a Sumatra squall - lines of thunderstorms characterised by a sudden onset of strong gusty surface winds and heavy rain lasting one to two hours - that developed over the Strait of Malacca and moved eastwards, affecting Singapore.

Cloud Lightning

First major rainstorm in nearly a year prompts evacuations in Southern California burn areas

flood prep Los angeles wildfires
© Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Residents from Kagel Canyon in the Sunland area fill sand bags at a fire station on Sunday, before a storm hits the areas burned in the Creek fire. In Santa Barbara County burn areas, evacuations are underway.
The first major rainstorm in nearly a year moved into Southern California on Monday, bringing light showers that will intensify in the afternoon.

The rain is of greatest concern in areas burned in the massive Thomas Fire, where officials said mudslides are possible.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of Santa Barbara County neighborhoods that sit below areas recently burned by wildfires.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain, floods and landslides leave at least 37 dead in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flooding in Kinshasa

Flooding in Kinshasa
Heavy rain from 03 January has caused flooding and landslides in and around the city of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At least 37 people are thought to have died, and it is feared that this figure could rise as further assessments are carried out.

Local media said that the fatalities occurred in several areas around the city, including in Ngaliema, Selembao, Bandalungwa, Limete and Barumbu.

The provincial minister for health and social affairs, Dominique Weloli, told AFP that the district of Ngaliema, a poor hillside community, was particularly hit. Other affected areas include Kingabwa, Mombele and Ndjili.