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New weather warning as eastern Spain braces for worst 'cold drop' in 10 years

Iberian Peninsular on October 18, 2018
Iberian Peninsula on October 18, 2018

The phenomenon, caused by the arrival of very cold polar air, is expected to bring 180 millimeters of rain in 12 hours, affecting Catalonia, Aragón, Valencia, Andalusia, Balearics and Murcia

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead in Mallorca, including a British couple and two German nationals.

Spain's national weather service AEMET has issued a special warning for "rain and intense, generalized and persistent storms" for the eastern side of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. The extreme weather is expected to hit on Thursday and last until Sunday.

While the gota fría - or "cold drop," a term used to describe a sudden fall in temperatures along the east coast caused by the arrival of very cold polar air - is "typical" of Spanish falls in the Mediterranean, AEMET spokesperson Rubén del Campo says a drop of this intensity has not occurred since October 2008.

Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and Murcia will be the worst-hit regions in Spain and a red alert - the highest on the scale - has been issued for Castellón on Thursday and Friday.

According to Del Campo, the extreme weather is due to two low pressure areas. "The first will move to the south of the Peninsula this Thursday while the other will be in the Mediterranean and near the Balearic Islands," he explains.

Both low-pressure zones can bring torrential rain but by "interacting and joining together" they cause "instability" in the upper layers of the atmosphere and lead to storms and "humid wind along the length of the Mediterranean Sea," says Del Campo. These ingredients create "a cocktail of strong, persistent and intense rain," he says.

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Two killed by flash floods in Tunisia

Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

The drownings came less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northwestern region of Cap Bon.

The child died in the Sidi Bouzid region, while a 40-year-old man drowned in a flooded wadi in the neighbouring province of Kasserine, interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric compression snow and rain events Autumn 2018-2019

Atmospheric Compression snow & rain events have begun to intensify in numbers and intensity in the last month as the Suns magnetic fields move further out of phase, ushering in more more extreme weather.

Six months worth of rain in a day events in dozens of locations across the planet and this is now turning into all time record monthly snow totals in the first week of a month.


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Floods prompt disaster declarations in Texas after 13 inches of rain falls in 48 hours

Llano River at Llano, Texas, October 2018.
Llano River at Llano, Texas, October 2018.
Severe flooding in Central and South Texas has prompted Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a state of disaster in 18 counties.

Some areas recorded more than 13 inches (330.2mm) of rain in 48 hours to 16 October, causing river levels to jump dramatically. The Llano River at Llano rose by around 35 feet in just 24 hours to reach near-record levels.

"Texas is taking immediate action to respond to the threat of recent severe weather and flooding across the state," said Governor Abbott. "We have made available all necessary resources to respond as quickly and effectively as possible to this disaster, and to assist those in harm's way. I thank all our first responders and local officials on the ground in these communities for their efforts to assist fellow Texans during this dangerous event."

Counties included in the disaster declaration are: Bastrop, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Hood, Jim Wells, Kerr, Kimble, La Salle, Live Oak, Llano, Mason, McMullen, Nueces, Real, San Patricio, Travis, and Williamson.

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Streets flood as heavy rains, hail lash the United Arab Emirates

The NCM had issued weather warnings over the past few days.

Weather reports regarding rain and hail have been pouring in from all over the country.

Flood waters and hail stones have overtaken parts of Wadi Qur in the eastern areas of the UAE.

Heavy rain was sighted in Al Ain near Khatm al Shakla, Ajman and Fujairah.

Comment: Elsewhere in the Middle East: Flash floods triggered by tropical storm Luban continue to hit eastern Yemen

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Flash floods triggered by tropical storm Luban continue to hit eastern Yemen

Tropical Cyclone
Tropical Cyclone "Luban" on October 14, 2018.

Flash floods and landslides triggered by the tropical storm Luban continued to hit Yemen's eastern province of Al-Mahra on Monday, official sources told Xinhua.

The entire province is still being threatened by Luban with many houses damaged by the flash flood and strong wind, said a source from the Al-Mahra authorities.

Thundery downpours and severe wind are still hitting many areas of the province, bringing flash floods that besieged a number of villages, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Temporary relief camps set up at schools received scores of flood-affected people, he added.

Another source from Al-Mahra's health department said four people are missing and 33 injured, while more than 350 families have been rescued from their homes and moved to schools and shelters.

Electricity power stations and other communication facilities across the province remain out of service.

Meanwhile, Rageh Bakrit, governor of Al-Mahra, said around 50 families are still trapped on the rooftops by flood waters.

Comment: Heavy rainfall from Luban also caused many waterfalls to form across the Dhofar region of Oman.

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3 workers killed in landslide triggered by heavy rain in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Rescue officials at the scene.
© Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia
Rescue officials at the scene
Three Myanmar nationals were killed after being buried in a landslide in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands on Sunday morning (Oct 14).

The victims, believed to be farm workers, were sleeping in a shed when the landslide occurred, said Cameron Highlands police chief Deputy Superintendent Ashari Abu Samah.

The landslide happened at around 3am following heavy rain which began just after midnight, said Ashari.

"The landslide occurred due to the heavy rain and buried the hut," he said in a statement. He added that the shed was illegally constructed at the bottom of a steep slope.

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Deadly floods in southwest France after staggering 244 mm (9 inches) of rain in 6 hours - UPDATE: 13 confirmed dead

At least 6 people have died in floods affecting parts of southern France after extremely heavy rainfall over night, 14 to 15 October, 2018.

The heaviest of the rain fell in Aude department. Meteo France said that in a 12 period to early 15 October, 295 mm of rain fell was recorded Trèbes, which is the equivalent of 4 months of rain. Furthermore, 244 mm of that total fell in just a 6 hour period.

Elsewhere, 211 mm of rain was recorded in Arquettes-en-Val, 178 mm in Mouthoumet, 172 mm in Les Martys and 138 mm in Carcassonne.

A red warning (highest level) for flooding Aude Department is in place. An orange level for flooding is in place for Pyrénées-Orientales department and orange level warnings for heavy rain have been issued for Tarn, Herault and Aveyron departments.

Comment: UPDATE 15:25 CET

RT reports that the death toll in the Aude region has now reached 13.

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Four killed as heavy rain triggers landslides in Chattogram, Bangladesh

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.

At least four people have been killed in landslides in Chattogram triggered by heavy rain in the region in the wake of Cyclone Titli.
According to the fire service, three members of a family die after a landslide in the Akbar Shah area's Firoz Shah Colony caused their home to collapse around 2am on Saturday.

Another person was killed in a landslide in Panchlaish's Rahman Nagar area around 1am.

Two makeshift houses at the Firoz Shah Colony were buried after rain loosened the soil and resulted in a landslide, Chattogram Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Jashim Uddin told bdnews24.com.

The fire service began rescue efforts with the help of locals after the incident was reported. They recovered three dead bodies early on Sunday morning.

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Two drownings under investigation as flash floods hit Pretoria, South Africa

Roads are flooding in Pretoria‚ Johannesburg and southern Gauteng.
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Roads are flooding in Pretoria‚ Johannesburg and southern Gauteng.
The City of Tshwane's emergency services are investigating an alert that two people may have drowned in the Apies River during a weekend of flash floods and electricity outages across the city, following heavy rains.

On Sunday afternoon, the Tshwane Emergency Services Department (EMS) said it had attended to various flooding incidents since Saturday afternoon when a thunderstorm with strong winds and hail approached Tshwane from the south.

The initial storm started in the East Rand and swept through Tshwane. The northern and western areas were the most affected from around 1pm continuing throughout the night. Storm water drains were blocked and could not handle the massive amount of water, hail and debris entering certain areas.

The most severe flash floods were observed in Hammanskraal, Temba, Pretoria West and Pretoria North.