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US: Deadly storm hits northern Wisconsin

A man has died after the trailer he was in was flipped by a strong storm that hit Marinette County earlier Friday evening.

Dozens of trees and power lines are down after the storm tore through the area. Officials say they believe it was an apparent tornado.


US: 3 dead, 1 missing in Pittsburgh flash flooding

© The Associated Press / Tribune Review, Chris Langer Pittsburgh emergency responders throw a life vest to Robert Bailey, 80, who climbed onto the roof of his car after being caught in a flash flood, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Pittsburgh. Three people died in a flash flood on Friday after heavy rains submerged cars in the area around Washington Boulevard, which runs parallel to the Allegheny River in the city's Highland Park neighborhood, after thunderstorms dropped up to 3 inches of rain in an hour.
A pair of storms that pounded Pittsburgh on Friday cut electricity to hospitals and universities and submerged more than a dozen vehicles in a flash flood that killed a woman and two children and left another person missing and presumed dead.

Officials said drivers were overwhelmed as water rose up to 9 feet in some places along Washington Boulevard, a main road that parallels the Allegheny River in the city's Highland Park section.

Rescue crews used inflatable boats to reach marooned drivers, though some swam to safety on their own. Rhodearland "Bob" Bailey of Penn Hills, who is about 80, was rescued from the roof of his car.

"I can swim a little bit and was looking at a tree branch," Bailey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I heard one woman yelling for help, but the water was coming down so fast, I couldn't see. ... I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Lord have mercy."

The area received 2.1 inches of rain in an hour, said Rihaan Gangat, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. But an earlier storm meant the region was drenched by 3 to 4 inches of rain overall on Friday.

The three victims, whose names were not released, were unable to escape their vehicle, which was completely submerged and pinned to a tree, Pittsburgh public safety director Michael Huss said at a news conference.

Rescuers floated over the car without knowing it was below.

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Five Dead as Stage Collapses at Storm-Hit Belgium Festival

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© Pino Misuraca, AFP / Getty ImagesA man climbs a ladder beside a tree that fell on a promotions booth during a storm at the Pukkelpop music festival in Kiewit Hasselt on August 18, 2011. A violent storm hit an outdoor rock music festival Thursday in northern Belgium, leaving at least two person dead and 40 others seriously injured, firefighters said. Two stages collapsed, one falling on the concert-goers. Some giant screens also fell down and trees were uprooted by the fierce storm, the Belga news agency reported.
Hasselt - A violent storm that lashed an outdoor rock music festival in northern Belgium killed five people, Hasselt mayor Hilde Claes said Friday.

Ten more were seriously injured with three in critical condition, police said, as two stages collapsed, trees were uprooted and hailstones "the size of golf balls" rained down on petrified youths, witnesses said.

Organizers, who had drawn capacity crowds of 65,000 fans for each of the three days the event was due to run, called a halt to planned performances by global names such as Eminem and the Foo Fighters.

The storm "cost the lives of five people," Claes told a press conference, adding that all five victims were Belgian citizens and that in total 140 people had received medical treatment.

She said initial checks on emergency planning measures, which staff told AFP included "checking trees for their resistance to high winds, and testing the drainage system," left officials confident they had done everything that could be expected of them given such freak conditions.

Youngsters among the thousands of muddy-legged, sorrow-stained figures traipsing away from the campsite after sleepless nights late on Friday morning said no blame could be attached to the authorities.

Tens of thousands of people were attending the outdoor Pukkelpop festival when the storm broke Thursday, toppling one stage on concert-goers at the annual event - already marked by tragedy in recent years.

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US: Overnight storms, hail pound northwestern Minnesota

Severe weather pounded northwestern Minnesota and the Bemidji area with hail and rain early this morning, leaving behind various reports of damage, the National Weather Service said.

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The storms began around midnight, rattling Red Lake Falls with hail as large as 1-inch in diameter.

Trained weather spotters, media and members of the public reported to the weather service that the hail also pounded the communities of Mentor, Erskine, McIntosh, Fosston and Pinewood as the line of storms moved eastward.

Several of the reports said the hail was generally about the size of a dime or nickel, but with some pellets reaching the size of a quarter or larger.

By 2 a.m., the storms rolled into Bemidji with a fierce combination of hail, wind and rain.

The weather service received reports of ping-pong ball-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph in the southeast part of town.

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US: Another Haboob storm envelops Phoenix, downs power lines

Crews are cleaning up after severe storms moved through the Valley Thursday night. Many are eager to see what damage has been done. "It will be interesting to see what it looks like after sunrise," said Sgt. Ryan Skedel of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

© Matt York / APLightning reveals a large layer of dust in the sky over Gilbert, Ariz., on Thursday.
Sunrise revealed quite a sight. Utility poles blown over by heavy winds snapped like toothpicks along the Hunt Highway where stranded vehicles were still on the road as of 6:20 am Friday. The storm moved through Eloy, Casa Grande, San Tan Valley and Queen Creek before it hit central Phoenix just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

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At least 2 die after storm hits Belgium music festival

Stage equipment dangles in high winds as rain-soaked concertgoers run for cover

A storm has hit an open air music festival east of the capital, killing at least two people, Belgian media reported Thursday.

Video from the Pukkelpop festival near the town of Hasselt showed stage equipment dangling in high winds as rain-soaked concertgoers ran for cover.

Winds toppled trees and blew over the Chateau tent, dining tent and several sponsor booths, said Heavy rain and hail drove the audience to seek shelter in festival tents. A collapsed metal frame blocked the main entrance, preventing many from leaving when the storm swiftly moved in and dumped up to four inches of rain, witnesses said.

The dead were described as one young man and one adult. At least 11 people with serious injuries were sent to hospitals, The Standard newspaper reported. Others with lesser wounds were treated at a nearby sports hall.

In the smallest tent, the Chateau, the support structure broke, The Standard reported. The boiler-room partly collapsed.

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Flash-flooding across southern Britain as the coast is deluged by a fortnight's rain in 30 MINUTES

A mid-summer monsoon-style downpour caused flash flooding across the South today as a fortnight's worth of rain fell in just 30 minutes leaving homes, shops and roads underwater.

The force of the rainwater caused huge cracks to open up along main roads and lifted manhole covers clean off, leading to fountains of water gushing out.

At a beach in Bournemouth - which is normally crowded with holidaymakers at this time of the year - water was flooding off the road, along the beach and into the sea.

© BNPS.CO.UKI don't like to be beside the seaside: A torrent of water swept onto the beach causing lifeguards to run for cover. If you have any pictures of the downpour, please send them to


UK: Floods hit Bournemouth

Torrential rain brings flash floods to Dorset resort, with water reaching level of car bonnets in some areas

Torrential rain has drenched residents and holidaymakers in the south coast resort of Bournemouth, causing flash floods and traffic chaos.

Dorset police have reported floodwater up to the level of car bonnets in some areas, with manhole covers lifting and, in one case, a "fountain" of water gushing upwards as a road split under the pressure. The fire brigade dealt with more than 100 incidents in the area over a two-hour period.

Bournemouth's Central Gardens and Boscombe Gardens were both underwater after heavy storms accompanied by thunder and lightning. Parts of Poole and Christchurch were also affected.

The storms hit on the first day of the Bournemouth Air Festival, with emergency calls starting to come in between 10.30am and 11am on Thursday.

Dorset police said the flooding was predominantly in central Bournemouth. Roads had to be closed and several vehicles broke down.

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Pakistan PM Declares Disaster Areas Following Monsoon Rains

Monsoon rains have resulted in serious flooding in Pakistan's southern Sindh Province. A drain breach in Badin District left residents marooned on dry spots separated by high water.

The flooding in southern Pakistan affected 100 villages and more than 200,000 people, according to news reports. Pakistan's prime minister declared parts of the region disaster areas and pledged thousands of tents to provide temporary shelter.

Pakistan typically receives most of its moisture between July and September. Despite some cloud cover, these images, acquired one month apart, show significant changes to the landscape. In mid-August, flood water sits on areas that had been dry a month earlier. Although conditions remain relatively dry around the city of Hyderabad, flooding is obvious around the city of Badin.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured these images on August 16, 2011 (top), and July 17, 2011 (bottom). The images show southern Pakistan, near the coast and near the border with India.
© NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.Both images use a combination of visible and infrared light to increase contrast between water and land. Water ranges in color from electric blue to navy. Vegetation is green, and bare ground is pink-beige. Clouds are pale blue-green.
© NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center.

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US: New York Breaks City's Rainfall Record with Nearly Eight Inches Soaking City

New York broke an all-time record for a one-day rainfall Sunday as up to 8 inches of water soaked the city, snarling trains and flooding roadways.

By 9 p.m., 7.7 inches of rain had fallen at Kennedy Airport.

It was the most recorded there in a single day since the National Weather Service began keeping records 116 years ago.