US: Floods Hit Bridgeport Ohio

Pounding rains shut down roads in Bridgeport on Friday.

Heavy rains pounded the Ohio Valley Friday. Water rushed down through the streets of Bridgeport, tearing up roads, crippling cars, and creeping into the basements of the people who live there.

Crews were called in around 4 p.m. Friday. Bridgeport Mayor, John Callarik, says that the heavy rain was just too much for the sewers to handle

"What happened up above, is our main sewer line is all clogged up and it came over the top", he says. Authorities say all that water than came rushing into town, closed a number of roads in the Kerwood section for about four hours and backed up traffic during rush hour. The Bridgeport Fire Department says that aside from flooding, the biggest issue was making sure people were able to get around..

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US: Flash flooding; State of Emergency in Wellsville

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Buffalo, New York - A flash flood watch is posted for Southern Erie, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties from Noon Saturday through the evening.

Heavy rains caused flash flooding for portions of the Southern Tier Friday.

A state of emergency is in effect in the Village of Wellsville in Allegany County. Roads were damaged and flooded in Wellsville, Belmont and Scio.

Emergency crews evacuated some of the residents.

Wellsville Police say dozens of streets and roadways are impassable and are closed. Some of the roads could be closed for the next several days.

Officials are asking residents to avoid any unnecessary travel in areas affected by the flash floods.

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US: Fort Worth lightning strikes create fireball explosions

Dramatic explosions lighting up the Fort Worth night sky on Tuesday provided a multi-colored display that left residents in awe and thousands without power, thanks to an intense thunderstorm system that moved through the area.

The explosions resulted from lightning strikes hitting feeder lines used for electricity transmission throughout the neighborhoods. The explosions included intense blue, orange, purple and red colors, ranging over what appeared to be a multiple-block area.

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Made In Taiwan: Footage Of Taipei Tornado

This is a video shot by a Taipei resident as a tornado affected part of the Taiwanese capital on May 12th. The twister lasted around two minutes, flipping an SUV on top of some motorcycles, though there were no reports of casualties.

There was a stationary front lying over the area at the time, with an extremely humid airmass to its south. The 00Z Taipei sounding shows enhanced low-level moisture and some windshear, which both contributed to vigorous convection and updraft rotation.

The event, however, will not be recorded on Central Weather Bureau's list of natural disasters as it was not recorded by their weather station. This may have implications for the owners of the vehicles, as the local insurance industry normally relies on the CWB record for claims purposes.

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26 dead as Tropical storm leaves Philippines

© AFP/FilePeople watch as waves slam into the seawall in Manila. Tropical storm Aere left the Philippines on Wednesday
The latest tally showed that Aere affected 71,267 families or 376,888 people in 464 villages, 65 municipalities, five cities, and 12 provinces in six regions nationwide.

Manila: Tropical Storm Aere left northern Luzon on Wednesday, but not before battering the Bicol region and leaving at least 26 people dead, a disaster official told Gulf News.

Most of the newly listed fatalities came from central Philippines and Metro Manila, not in central Luzon which Aure drenched and hit with rough winds from Monday to Tuesday, said Ronald Flores, acting officer in charge of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)


Hurricane Hits China Food Factory, 4 Killed

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© AFP/File, XinhuaThe Li river runs through China's southwestern city of Guilin which has been hit by a landslide after heavy rain
A hurricane struck the Foshan City in Guangdong Province in southern China for the second time in a month on Friday, killing 4 people and injuring 17 others.

The storm was located in a 2,000-square meter food factory in the Foshan City, which has damaged walls and sheds, besides killing many workers, said reports.

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Tropical Storm Hits Philippines, 9 Dead

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© Bullit MarquezDeadly storm: An officer directs traffic as motorists negotiate a flooded highway in the Philippines. Tropical storm Aere has killed nine and forced thousands from their homes.
Tropical storm Aere slammed into the eastern Philippine coast on Sunday, bringing heavy rains and landslides that have so far killed nine people and forced thousands to leave their homes.

The Philippines' state weather bureau said Aere made landfall over the island of Catanduanes before noon and moved northwest over the main island of Luzon.


US: Mother's Day Gift? Winter Storm Warnings Issued for Billings Region, Montana

A strong storm system is expected to move across the region late Sunday, bringing rain to lower elevations and lots of snow to the mountains through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from midnight Sunday to 6 p.m Tuesday.

From 1 to 2 feet of snow may fall in the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, Bighorn Mountains and Crazy Mountains.

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Hawaii: Heavy Downpours Cause Problems On Oahu

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Heavy rain not only put a damper on some outdoor activities this weekend in Hawaii, on Oahu it also caused problems on the roads Saturday morning.

When the heavy rain came down on the windward side -- problems popped up. Kamehameha Highway near Waikane became waterlogged under several inches of runoff.

When the driver of an SUV came across it, he said he slid out of control and slammed into a guardrail before flipping over.

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Thailand: Warnings of Heavy Rains in 8 Provinces

The Meteorological Department on Sunday issued an announcement warning people living in risk areas of eight provinces in the East and the South to brace for heavy rain and possible flash flood from May 8 to 11.