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US: Tropical Storm Lee Spawns Tornadoes on Gulf Coast

© ReutersWaters flood the streets near a gas station as Tropical Storm Lee slowly makes landfall in Lafitte, Louisiana September 4, 2011
Mobile, Alabama - Tropical Storm Lee spawned tornado sightings and alerts from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to the Florida panhandle on Sunday, and at least one death was reported from a traffic accident related to the storm.

More than a dozen tornado sightings were reported, and tornado warnings were in effect Sunday afternoon for portions of Baldwin and Mobile counties in southwest Alabama and Greene, Jasper, Perry and Wayne counties in southern Mississippi, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather officials had not confirmed any tornadoes touching down in the area on Sunday afternoon, but were tracking at least three twisters and funnel clouds near Mobile, Alabama, and central Mississippi near Hattiesburg.

Tornado watches stretched from southeast Mississippi, through a dozen counties in southwest Alabama and several more in the Florida Panhandle. Tornado watches also reached into southwest Georgia on Sunday afternoon, set to expire late in the evening, as rain from Lee edged eastward.

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Japan hit by powerful typhoon

© APPart of the railway bridge over the Nachi river in Nachikatsuura town was swept away by river torrents as typhoon Talas unleashed heavy rains across Japan.
Heavy rains and landslides leave 20 dead and many missing as flooded rivers and collapsed bridges hamper rescue operations

At least 20 people have been killed and 50 others missing in Japan after the country's western coast was hit by typhoon Talas on Sunday.

The typhoon has unleashed heavy rains, triggering landslides, and is slowly moving north. The government has ordered evacuation of 460,000 people in western and central Japan. Hundreds of people are still stranded as the rescue efforts are being hampered by flooded rivers and collapsed bridges, local agencies report.

The typhoon has caused record amount of rainfall in some areas, making it the worst storm to hit the country since 2004.

Talas has damaged Nijojo castle, designated as an important cultural treasure and a popular tourist attraction in the ancient city of Kyoto.

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Typhoon Talas leaves deaths and landslides in Japan

Typhoon Talas has triggered flooding and landslides across Japan leaving at least 17 people dead over the weekend with more than 40 still missing.

In some areas a record 18 cm of rain fell in just 24 hours after the tropical storm hit the island of Shikoku in western Japan at around 01:00 GMT and was moving north at a slow pace, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

The agency expects the storm to finish passing through Japan later on Sunday and continue heading north into the Sea of Japan.

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Best of the Web: Disasters in US: An Extreme and Exhausting Year

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Nature is pummeling the United States this year with extremes.

Unprecedented triple-digit heat and devastating drought. Deadly tornadoes leveling towns. Massive rivers overflowing. A billion-dollar blizzard. And now, unusual hurricane-caused flooding in Vermont.

If what's falling from the sky isn't enough, the ground shook in places that normally seem stable: Colorado and the entire East Coast. On Friday, a strong quake triggered brief tsunami warnings in Alaska. Arizona and New Mexico have broken records for wildfires.

Total weather losses top $35 billion, and that's not counting Hurricane Irene, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths, most from the tornado outbreaks this spring.

Last year, the world seemed to go wild with natural disasters in the deadliest year in a generation. But 2010 was bad globally, and the United States mostly was spared.

This year, while there have been devastating events elsewhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia's flooding and a drought in Africa, it's our turn to get smacked. Repeatedly.

Comment: Notice the Global Warming - you have to get used to it - propaganda: "The idea is that these events keep happening, and with global warming they should occur more often, so society has to learn to adapt, said former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA's deputy chief."

What they don't mention is that global warming inevitably leads to global cooling, as in the Ice Age Cometh! An Ice Age means the deaths of millions if not billions of human beings because there simply will be no food with the disruption of growing cycles and destruction of agricultural land. Even without an Ice Age, the Earth has long since passed its carrying capacity. See Lierre Keith's The Vegetarian Myth for details.

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US, Indiana: Storm Causing Flood Delays Second Half of Notre Dame Game

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Notre Dame and South Florida returned to the field Saturday after a halftime delay of more than two hours caused by storms that prompted officials to ask fans to evacuate Notre Dame Stadium.

After two storms passed, but with lightning strikes still visible away from the stadium, the teams came back on the field for a 12 1-2 minute warmup period before resuming play. The total delay was 2 hours, 10 minutes. South Florida led 16-0 against a sloppy Irish team that was hurt by turnovers.

Notre Dame made one big change during the long delay. They replaced struggling starting quarterback Dayne Crist with Tommy Rees. Crist, starting for the first time since he suffered the second knee injury of his career last Oct. 30, was just 7-for-15 for 85 yards with an interception in the first half.

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Tropical Storm Lee Begins Pelting Gulf Coast

© AP Photo/Gerald HerbertA hotel is reflected in puddles of rain from approaching Tropical Storm Lee at a streetcar track, as a streetcar passes through Lee Circle, in New Orleans, Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.
Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee were falling in southern Louisiana and pelting the Gulf Coast on Saturday as the storm's center trudged slowly toward land, where businesses were already beginning to suffer on what would normally be a bustling holiday weekend. The storm could drop as much as 20 inches of rain in some areas.

Tropical storm warning flags were flying from Mississippi to Texas and flash flood warnings extended along the Alabama coast into the Florida Panhandle. The storm's slow forward movement means that its rain clouds should have more time to disgorge themselves on any cities in their path.

The National Hurricane Center said the center of Lee was about 45 miles (72 km) south of New Iberia and moving north-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph). It was expected to cross the Louisiana coast Saturday and meander through the state's southern parishes through Sunday.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say that Lee's maximum sustained winds had increased to 60 miles per hour (95 kph) Saturday morning.

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Death Toll From Thailand Floods Climbs To 54

Tropical Storm Nock-Ten
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The death toll as a result of flooding in various parts of Thailand reached 54 on Tuesday, the government said. Most of the casualties are a result of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten.

The remains of Nock-Ten, which is also known as Tropical Storm Juaning, made landfall in Thailand in late July, causing serious flooding and flash floods in parts of the country. Many regions remain flooded, both because of the storm and monsoon.

On Tuesday, the Thai government said the death toll as a result of the flooding had risen to 54. In addition, some 1.13 million households or about 3.87 million people in 36 provinces have suffered from flash floods and mudslides caused by monsoon and Nock-Ten.


Uganda: Govt Calls Crisis Meeting As Floods Swamp Country

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© AP / Stephen WanderaSurvivors of recent mud slides stand next to a body in the debris at Sisiyi Sub County in Bulambuli district, Uganda, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011.
The government will tomorrow host a special meeting with humanitarian agencies in Kampala to structure a sustainable response to different disasters ravaging the country, a minister said last night.

Separately, the Uganda Red Cross Society reported that mudslides and floods - which killed more than 50 people last month alone - have put the lives of 160,240 Ugandans at risk.

Up to 32,048 households across the country lack food and shelter, the humanitarian agency's spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde said.

She added: "The assessments indicate the current disasters include hailstorms, floods, landslides, food shortage, population movement and health related emergencies."

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US: 20 inches of rain? Gulf coast warned for weekend

New Orleans initiated emergency procedures on Thursday after forecasters warned that a weather system in the Gulf could dump up to 10 inches on the flood-prone city over the next five days, and up to 20 inches elsewhere across the Gulf.

"High wind, a lot of rain and it's going slow," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in describing the system. "That's not a good prescription for New Orleans."

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The system is likely to be come a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday, but even if it doesn't grow it will bring heavy rain.

"We've got a huge area of moisture, we've got a developing wind field ... we're probably going to see some tremendous rain amounts and the corresponding flooding that goes with that," NHC Director Bill Read told reporters in Miami.

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A bolt from the bleu... Dramatic moment thunderbolt lights up Eiffel Tower

Illuminated in vivid blue and dwarfing neighbouring ­buildings, the Eiffel Tower's impact on the Paris skyline was already dramatic.

But Mother Nature clearly felt she could lend the scene a little added pizzazz.

This remarkable shot of a forked lightning bolt streaking through the sky behind the 1,063ft iron tower was ­captured by amateur photo­grapher ­Bertrand Kulik.

The 31-year-old from Paris - which is known as the City of Light - said: 'The weather was dry and the sky appeared to be completely clear, but suddenly it started to thunder.

'I quickly grabbed my ­camera and put it on a tripod by the window in the hope I could get an action picture - but I never thought I would get such a ­magnificent shot.'