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Snowflake Cold

Thousands rescued, more remain stranded on snow-hit Turkish highway - 20 inches of snow overnight

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It is winter at its worst for Turkey this week as snowfall and blizzards set in, spelling trouble for the population in most of the country's 81 provinces. Traffic disruption and difficulty in accessing remote locations are among the major woes of the public.

Thousands of people were stranded on a highway connecting the country's southern provinces as heavy snowfall and a blizzard hit the region late Tuesday and Wednesday. Some 2,800 people trapped in their cars in motionless traffic were evacuated by crews.

Gaziantep Governor Davut Gül said that the stranded people were motorists and passengers on Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep Motorway (TAG), which was closed to traffic on Tuesday night. Gül told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they prioritized the sick among the stranded and each of them was taken to the nearest hospitals. Around 186 people in need of medical care were evacuated to hospitals. He said the crews also distributed food to some 7,000 people on the highway where the vehicles could not move to low visibility and thick snow.

Gül said crews helped 1,780 vehicles stuck on the road but "at least 2,800 more people" were still stranded. Social media was flooded with messages about people waiting for help for hours on Tuesday night and early hours of Wednesday.



Comment: Less than 2 weeks ago: At least 22 dead as heavy snow traps THOUSANDS of vehicles in Pakistan - 4 FEET of snowfall overnight


Ice Cube

Waterfalls freeze as 2 feet of snow piles up in Ontario, Canada

Freezing weather in Canada that brought blizzards to the Great Lakes region has created the spectacle of frozen waterfalls.

Freezing weather in Canada that brought blizzards to the Great Lakes region has created the spectacle of frozen waterfalls.
Social media footage showed waterfalls in the province of Ontario in Canada had turned to ice. A winter storm dumped nearly 60 centimeters of snow on parts of Ontario between January 16 and January 17.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 3 in Malawi

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Lightning on Sunday killed two people while three others have sustained various degrees of injuries in Mchinji.

The Station Officer (SO) for Mchinji Police Station, Charles James Mpezeni, confirmed the development, saying the injured are currently receiving treatment at Kapiri Mission Hospital.

Mpezeni said the victims who include a 24-year old woman and children below the age of 13.

"They were in the house of their grandmother shelling groundnuts while it was raining heavily with thunderstorms," he explained, adding that lightning struck the five of them and all collapsed before they were taken to Kapiri Mission Hospital where the two died upon arrival.

According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), over 30 people have lost their lives to lightning since the onset of this rainy season.

Source: Nyasa Times

Cloud Precipitation

Montevideo in Uruguay under water following unprecedented heavy rains, a month's worth of rain in 2 hours - nearly 6 inches in just an HOUR

Social media users had been reporting all night that the situation was getting critical in different areas

Social media users had been reporting all night that the situation was getting critical in different areas
Some areas in the city of Montevideo dawned Monday literally under water following unprecedented heavy rains which caused damages to various homes and a traffic chaos, in addition to power outages, which reportedly affected some 12,000 users.

The storm reached its fiercest moment at around 6am, although social media users had been reporting all night that the situation was getting critical in different areas.

Sources from Uruguay's weather agency Inumet quoted by local media reported unofficially that in two hours more than 100 millimeters of rain had fallen in Montevideo. In two hours Montevideo experienced what usually takes a whole month to fall, it was reported.


Comment: Floodlist reports on January 18:
Uruguay - Floods in Montevideo After 150mm of Rain in 1 Hour

Residents evacuated their homes and cars were swept along city streets in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, after torrential rain caused flash floods on 17 January 2022.

Flood rescue Uruguay January 2022.
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Flood rescue Uruguay January 2022.
Interim mayor of Montevideo, Federico Graña, said the flooding was the result of "an extraordinary meteorological event" with between 90 and 150 mm of rain falling in just 1 hour early on 17 January. The city's average monthly rainfall for January is 92 mm.

The heavy rain was accompanied by strong winds which downed trees and power lines, leaving 20,000 without electricity across the region. Traffic and public transport were severely disrupted. The neighbourhoods of Malvín, Carrasco, Buceo, Punta Gorda and Punta de Rieles were particularly badly affected. Areas of the department of Canelones were also affected.

Uruguay's Ministry of Interior reported 164 people had evacuated their homes. Firefighters attended 248 interventions across affected areas, including 67 incidents of fallen trees and 9 downed power poles.

The storms and heavy rain follow a period of extreme high temperatures in the country. The country's meteorological agency Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología (INUMET) reported temperatures of 44°C in Florida on 14 January, thought to be an all-time high.



Snowflake Cold

Greater Toronto Area digs out as over a foot of snow hits overnight

A photo of cars stuck along Highway 401 west of Keele Street on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
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A photo of cars stuck along Highway 401 west of Keele Street on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
A major winter storm is creating havoc with cars, trucks and buses getting stuck in the snow all around the Greater Toronto Area.

The snow came down quickly overnight with vehicles no match against the storm.

It's estimated that over 30 cm of snow fell overnight and during the morning commute forcing police to shut down major highways.

But as Marianne Dimain reports, the kindness of strangers is helping people keep moving as their cars get stuck in one of the biggest snow storms to hit southern Ontario in years.


Snowflake Cold

Winter snow storm batters US south-east as more than 250,000 lose power

People go for a walk as snow falls Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Nolensville, Tennessee.
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People go for a walk as snow falls Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Nolensville, Tennessee.
A winter storm combining high winds and ice was sweeping through parts of the south-east of the US, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and creating treacherous driving conditions.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. More than an inch of snow fell per hour in some parts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Centre.

The storm was making air travel extremely difficult in some parts of the south of the country.

The nation's hardest-hit airport - Charlotte Douglas International - remained open around dawn on Sunday, the airport said in a weather briefing.

But more than 1,000 Sunday flights in Charlotte were cancelled - more than 80 per cent of the airport's Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com.


Boat

Heavy rainfall causes floods, cars washed away in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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The heavy downpour in Uberlândia (Minas Gerais) on Sunday, January 16, flooded homes and businesses in the city.

The city of Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, registered floods in several areas after heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon, January 16.

Videos show the damage caused by the waters, which swept away cars and flooded homes and stores.

The Uberlândia City Hall said on social networks that an emergency task force was set up to mitigate the impacts of the rain.


Snowflake Cold

Winter storm leaves more than 25,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity

A powerful storm has left thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday.
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A powerful storm has left thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday.
A powerful nor'easter working its way across the province left more than 25,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday and has cancelled many flights at the Halifax airport.

As of 4:30 p.m. AT, the utility said 25,244 customers did not have power.

The outages covered the entire mainland, with a few hundred people in Cape Breton without power.

In a news release issued Saturday morning, Nova Scotia Power said the company had more than 500 people in the field working to restore power.

Speaking to CBC News on Saturday afternoon, Lia MacDonald, vice-president of transmission, distribution and delivery for Nova Scotia Power, said crews were working to restore power to most parts of the province by Saturday evening subject to weather conditions.


Tornado1

Multiple tornadoes spawned by winter storm damage homes in Florida

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Tornadoes spawned by a powerful winter storm moving across the South damaged several homes in southwest Florida Sunday morning.

Video on social media showed multiple waterspouts roaring ashore in Lee County. Waterspouts are just tornadoes over water. When they reach land they are considered tornadoes.

Those tornadoes caused damage across the Fort Myers metro area, the Lee County Sheriff's office confirmed, and injured at least one person.

Fire Department officials in Lee County said 20 homes were destroyed at an RV park in the Fort Myers area, the Associated Press reported. Up to 200 people were forced out of their homes due to the damage, WINK news reports.


Snowflake Cold

6 die due to heavy snowfall in Japan - 21 inches in just 12 hours, bad weather expected to continue

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Six people have died as a strong winter pressure pattern around Japan on Jan. 13 has led to heavy snowfall concentrated on the Sea of Japan side of the northern to western parts of the country.

Amid concerns that heavy snow will continue to fall into Jan. 14, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is urging vigilance against high waves in the Sea of Japan side of the eastern to western parts of the country, and of blizzards and other conditions causing traffic disruptions in northern Japan.

According to the JMA, snow is expected to settle on the plains of the country's Pacific Ocean side through Jan. 14. Due to the effects of an atmospheric pressure trough, there are fears of localized heavy snowfall primarily in parts of central Japan's Hokuriku region.