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Heavy Downpours Leave 12 Dead, 4 Missing in South Korea

Heavy downpours drenched South Korea 's southern and central areas over the weekend, leaving at least 12 people dead and four others missing, said the disaster control center on Sunday.

The latest round of seasonal rains started on Friday. According to Seoul's weather agency, more than 400 millimeters of rain pounded South Jeolla Province, especially the Qunsan area, with 300 millimeters rainfall on Sunday alone.

Several rain-triggered landslides took place in South Jeolla, North Jeolla and South Gyeongsang Provinces, leaving four elders and two children dead.

A 68-year-old woman and two of her grandchildren were killed on Sunday when a landslide destroyed their home in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province. The landslide also killed two other old women, aged 92 and 86, who lived in a mountain hermitage.

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British Columbia, Canada: Flood warning issued in Peace Region

A flood warning has been issued for B.C.'s Central and Southern Peace Region as persistent rainfall causes the area's rivers to rise steadily.
A flood warning has been issued for B.C.'s Central and Southern Peace Region as persistent rainfall causes the area's rivers to rise steadily.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre upgraded the region from a "flood watch" to a "flood warning" Saturday afternoon, after 36 hours of torrential rain pummelled the area in northeastern B.C.

A flood warning is also in effect for the Upper Fraser River at Prince George, where showers are expected again on Sunday.

Saturday's downpour caused extensive damage to parts of Peace Region, an area flanked by the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west and the Alberta plains to the east.

Several major routes in the area were washed out and eventually closed, the B.C. Transportation Ministry confirmed Saturday.

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US, Florida: Heavy Rains in Pinellas County Caused Flooding Which Forced Nearly 150 People to Evacuate

Hours of torrential rain in Pinellas County began to take its toll Friday afternoon. One canal along Ulmerton Road in Largo began spilling into the Mariner's Cove mobile home park, and when it did, the water rose quickly.

Largo Police and Fire issued mandatory evacuation orders for the community of nearly 150 people. By the time the last few residents made it out, the water had already risen waist-deep in some places. People filled backpacks, grocery bags, whatever they could find, to take a few valuables with them.

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Alberta, Canada: Heavy Rains Cause Flooding Near Slave Lake, Highways Face Closure

© Deanna WakefieldHeavy rainfall has caused high water levels in Slave Lake on July 8, 2011.
Heavy rainfall in Slave Lake has caused flooding to some highways in northern Alberta, and as a result, certain highways have been closed.

As of Friday afternoon, Highway 2 re-opened both east and west of Slave Lake, but the province says the following highways are still closed until further notice.
  • Highway 88 remains closed four kilometres north of the junction with Highway 2 north of Slave Lake. A detour is available in the northeast corner of the Town of Slave Lake from 12th Avenue to Tamarack Road.
  • Klondyke Ferry remains shut down, which carries Highway 661 traffic across the Athabasca River east of Fort Assiniboine.
  • Highway 33 north of Swan Hills is now closed from the junction with Highway 32 to the junction with Highway 2.
One car was stuck on the flooded highway Friday after water levels began to rise overnight.

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India: Heavy rains cool city of New Delhi, jams raise tempers

Several parts of the city and NCR, notably east and west areas, received heavy showers on Friday morning. The remaining parts of the city had to make do with light drizzle but pleasant temperatures of 28-32 degrees made up for the lack of rain.

The Safdarjung observatory recorded 2.8mm of rainfall till 5.30pm on Friday. The past 24 hour rainfall recorded at 8.30am was 5.2mm. There were reports of heavy showers in Gurgaon and short spells of heavy rain in South Extension, Maharani Bagh, Ashram and Pragati Maidan. The Lodhi Road and Ridge observatories recorded 0.6mm and 0.3mm of rainfall respectively.

The maximum and minimum temperatures were 30.2 degrees, six degrees below normal, and 27.4 degrees Celsius respectively. Humidity ranged between 75% and 87%. "The coming two days are expected to see widespread rain and isolated heavy showers. Monsoon showers need not be experienced similarly, with identical intensity over all parts of the city, so it is perfectly normal that some areas are getting heavier showers than the others," said the duty officer at the Met office.

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Florida, US: Heavy rains bring flooding and cancellations around Tampa Bay

© Cherie DiezTeri Bowden of St. Petersburg leaves the Target store at St. Petersburg’s Gateway Mall in the rain with her five children, from left, Chloe, 8: Jonah, 6; Jayda, 9; Layla (in the cart), 8 months; and Sydney, 2. “I was out of diapers,” Bowden explained.
The heavy rains that fell around the Tampa Bay area caused flooding Friday, and lighter showers may continue today.

Pinellas County got 3 to 5 inches falling by late Friday afternoon, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. In Hillsborough, Tampa International Airport likely broke a record 3.8 inches of rain, Kacmarik said. MacDill logged more than 6 inches at 5 p.m.

Some afternoon storms could form today, especially along the coast, Kacmarik said, but the worst is likely over.

"I don't think the rain will last as long or get as high as it did Friday," she said.

The downpour canceled events or closed them early, and brought troublesome flooding to low-lying areas.

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New Jersey, US: Salem County sees more than 2.5 inches of rain as heavy thunderstorms sweep through the area

Heavy rain fell throughout Salem County Friday.
A strong line of showers and thunderstorms swept through Salem County on Friday, dumping more than 21⁄2 inches of rain.

A flash flood watch issued for Salem County by the National Weather Service was later upgraded to a flash flood warning as the rains came. The warnings were to remain in effect through the night.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for the area most of the afternoon and into the evening.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, the storms had dropped 2.67 inches of rain in the county, according to official readings from the National Weather Service as recorded at the New Castle, Del., Airport, the closest NWS recording station to Salem.

A mid afternoon storm that brought heavy rain was followed later by another line that brought more rain that fell in torrents at times and thunder and lightning.

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US: Tornadoes reported across North Dakota

Tornadoes were reported across western North Dakota on Friday night, along with heavy rain and large hail.

One tornado was spotted on the ground a mile north of Underwood and others were seen about three miles northwest of Cannonball near the Cannon Ball River, a mile west of Beulah and reported 10 miles east of Halliday, National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Merriman said. Some of the sightings were of the same storm, he said.

The New Salem area had three-quarter-inch hail while a flash flood warning was issued for the Pingree area after more than 4 inches of rain fell there.

More than 4 inches of rain fell in several other places in short periods of time.

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US: Heavy rains flood streets, disrupt transportation, stall cars in Mid-Atlantic

Heavy rains have been wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic region, flooding streets, stalling cars, delaying rail and air travel and canceling outdoor events.

Flash flood warnings were in effect Friday evening was Washington and much of Maryland. Firefighters in Washington rescued at least two people from vehicles stalled in water in Southeast.

ABC7News reported delays of at least an hour at the area's three airports. CSX and Norfolk Southern trains were ordered to reduce speeds.

In Frederick, sections of several streets were closed because of flooding.

In Maryland and Washington, utilities, already slammed by power outages caused by late Thursday's storms, worked to restore power as Friday's weather battered the area.

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New Zealand: Tornado wreaks havoc in Kapiti

© Sam JamesA tornado and high winds north of Wellington have blown vehicles off roads and injured several people.
A small tornado and high winds north of Wellington have torn roofs off buildings, blown cars off roads and injured several people.

The twister hit 1.5km north of Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast about 4pm, police central communications Inspector Paul Jermy said.

Several people were believed to have been injured, including a woman who was taken to Wellington Hospital after an uprooted tree crushed the caravan she was in.

Another person had to be rescued from their home after a tree fell on it, trapping them inside.

Mr Jermy said a man suffered minor injuries to one hand after the tornado toppled a van on State Highway 1.

It also lifted a roof or shed of a nearby property and blew debris onto the road, he said.