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India: Two die as flood situation worsens in Bihar

Flood Bihar, India
© PTIPeople walk through a flooded road, after increase in the water level of Ganga and Yamuna rivers, in Allahabad on Monday.
Alert was sounded after two persons died as the overall flood situation aggravated on Monday in Bihar's Gopalganj, Sitamarhi and Muzaffarpur districts with rivers maintaining rising trends.

"We have sounded alert across the state with aggravation of flood threat with heavy rains in the catchment areas of major rivers," Bihar Water Resource Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary told reporters.

Two youths drowned while crossing the swollen Budhi Gandak river at a place under Bachhbaria police station in West Champaran district, Choudhary said, adding the state government would provide a compensation of Rs. one lakh to bereaved families of each of the deceased.

Swirling flood waters have inundated several villages under Bagha sub-division in the district, officials said.

The flood waters also entered a portion of Balmiknagar Tiger Reserve in the district, they said, adding the flash floods occurred because of heavy discharge of water in Balmikinagar barrage.

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Denmark floods: Scenes of chaos in Copenhagen

Heavy rains have caused flooding in the Danish capital Copenhagen, damaging homes and sparking travel chaos in parts of the city.

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US: Heavy rains swamp crops near Harwood, North Dakota

Landowners living along the Rush River say its running faster and 18 feet deeper. Typically it runs only a couple of feet deep. Farmers in the area also say much of their soybean crop has been ruined by the water. And never have they dealt with this much flooding this late in the year.

Lowell Siebells - Lives on Rush River: "And you know all the water sitting in the fields, vector control will be able to control the mosquitoes just think what the mosquito population is going to be in a week, ya know."

The Rush River is expected to go down later this week.


US: Wisconsin storms leave 1 dead, 39 injured

Emergency officials sifted through damage and debris scattered across roadways Saturday after a line of fast-moving storms and high winds swept through northwestern Wisconsin the night before, leaving at least one person dead and 39 others injured.

Three people were critically injured and a second person died, though not as a result of the storm, Burnett County spokeswoman Dawn Sargent said.

The storms also contributed to "widespread power outages" in a county with a population that normally swells to more than 80,000 people during the Fourth of July weekend.

Burnett County's typical population is about 17,000.

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India: Monsoon rains 89 pc above normal in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh got a break from five days of continuous heavy rains on Friday. Though light to moderate intermittent rains were reported from many parts of the state, the intensity has decreased. While total rains in the monsoon so far have been 89 per cent above normal, incessant rains have also claimed 18 lives so far, including three more deaths in a house collapse incident in Kanpur on Friday. The weatherman has predicted low rainfall activity for the next 2-3 days. The monsoon, however, will revive again from July 4-5.

According to the monsoon assessment report of UP MET department, the monsoon arrived in UP on June 17, two days behind schedule, but has given ample rains so far. The per district average rainfall in the state between June 1-30 was 170 mm against the normal of 89.8 mm, which was 89 per cent above normal. The west UP received more rains in comparison to the east. The average per district rainfall in west UP was 168.1 mm against the normal of 58.1 mm, which was 147 per cent above normal. In east UP, the average per district rainfall was 117.2 mm, 64 per cent higher than normal 104.1 mm. In Lucknow, the rainfall in the same period was 47 per cent.

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Tropical Storm Arlene deluges Mexico

NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday at 1:45 a.m. ET
Veracruz, Mexico - The Atlantic season's first tropical storm hit Mexico's Central Gulf Coast yesterday, hurling heavy rains over a wide swath.

The heart of Tropical Storm Arlene struck land near Cabo Rojo, a cape just off the mainland between the cities of Tampico and Tuxpan. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving inland at 8 miles per hour, said the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Coastal towns appear to have escaped serious damage from the initial storm. Tree branches fell, water accumulated on some streets, and a neighborhood of Tuxpan lost electricity, civil protection authorities reported.

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Bangladesh: More rains ahead

Heavy rains, caused by the active monsoon at different parts of the country, may prolong for one or two days more.

Bazlur Rashid, an official at the Met Office, told on Friday that the active southwestern monsoon had created deep clouds over the North Bay.

The country's coastal areas, he said, might be affected by heavy winds due to the deep clouds.

The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla were advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3.

Fishing boats and trawlers plying the North Bay were also advised to move cautiously until further instructions.

It is feared that tidal waves, surging 1-3 feet higher than usual ones due to the southwestern monsoon and the appearance of the new moon, could flood the coastal areas of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Feni, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Comilla, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira, and adjacent islands and chars, Rashid said.

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U.S.: Storm pounds Chicago area with hail, causes power outages

Violent storms pelted the area with rain and golf ball-sized hail Thursday night, leaving more than 100,000 ComEd customers without power.

The "supercell" storm hit shortly after 9 p.m. The south suburbs had about 56,000 ComEd customers without electricity. About 16,000 customers did not have power in Chicago and near west suburbs.

The severe storm collapsed part of the roof at the conference center at Illinios Beach State Park and felled trees and snapped utility poles, knocking out power in Waukegan, Beach Park, Zion and Winthrop Harbor and as far north as Racine.

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US: Falling Tree Kills Wisconsin Man in Severe Hail Storm

© Abel Uribe/Chicago TribuneGolf ball-sized hail that fell in the Little Village neighborhood (Chicago) Thursday evening.
A powerful storm system raced through the upper Midwest Thursday night, killing a Wisconsin man when a tree collapsed onto his motorcycle, pelting Chicago skyscrapers with golf ball-sized hail and packing winds so strong they spun a grounded military cargo plane.

Several injuries were reported in Kenosha, Wis., where winds between 70 and 80 mph downed or damaged hundreds of trees and knocked out power to some 22,000 homes and businesses by early Friday, authorities said.

The 31-year-old man who died was riding his motorcycle on a local road at 8:12 p.m. CDT when he was struck by the tree, according to a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Two other residents were injured when they touched live electrical wires, and a woman was treated for a broken hip after she was struck by debris from a shed, authorities said.

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South Carolina, US: Heavy Rains Hit Beaufort, Lowcounty

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In case you missed it, the skies opened up late yesterday throughout Beaufort, the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire.

We don't have specific rain totals for Beaufort, but reports from the surrounding areas show we indeed got hammered.

The National Weather Service in Charleston is reporting rain totals of 2+ inches all around Jasper, but seems Savannah got the worst of it with 5.6 inches at Fort Pulaski and almost 5 inches at Savannah airport.

Today's forecast shows a 30% of more thunderstorms late today and tonight.