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Flash flooding in Protaras, Cyprus

The fire service has recalled staff to deal with emergencies from the heavy showers, as early this morning saw dozens of calls being made by drivers trapped on flooded roads, with crews also pumping water out of homes and businesses, as well as opening up rainwater gutters that were blocked by falling leaves and garbage.

According to Philenews, the brunt of the storms occurred around four this morning in the Famagusta district and around an hour later, dozens of people were seeking urgent assistance, mostly drivers in the Paralimni-Protaras areas trapped on main roads.

The Protaras Avenue-Cape Greco remained closed from the Kapparis area to Pernera due to flooding. The Saint Panteleimon to Kammitsi lights road is also closed.


Flooding in northern Queensland, Australia - multiple rainfall records toppled

Towns are isolated and the Bruce Highway is cut in multiple places as a downpour sees multiple records toppled in Queensland's north.


At least 8 dead after tornadoes sweep southeast US

Devastation in the aftermath of severe weather in Greensboro, Alabama.
© AP
Devastation in the aftermath of severe weather in Greensboro, Alabama.
At least eight people are dead — including a 5-year-old boy — after tornadoes ripped through parts of the southeast US on Thursday.

The 5-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in Butts County, central Georgia, FOX5 Atlanta's Eric Perry reported Thursday night. The adult in the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The child is thus far the only confirmed victim of the violent storm system in Georgia, where a freight train also appeared to have been knocked off its tracks by the winds.

The remaining seven fatalities occurred in Autauga County in central Alabama.

On Friday morning, the National Weather Service was sending teams to assess damage in at least 14 counties, AL.com reported.

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Heavy flooding turns 60ft waterfall into lake in Yorkshire, UK

Hull Pot
© Eve Melia / SWNS
Hull Pot
Stunning footage shows a 60ft deep waterfall transformed into a lake after heavy flooding.

Hull Pot, one of England's largest natural holes, was swamped with surging water as storms rolled through the Yorkshire dales on Tuesday (10 January).

Runner Brian Stallwood, who filmed the clip, said he was shocked to find the cascade had disappeared, quipping: "Lake' Hull Pot this evening - who nicked the waterfall?"

Hull Pot, which measures 300ft (91m) long by 60ft (18m) wide, sits on the western side of Pen-y-ghent, one of the mountains that feature in the famed 'three peaks' challenge.

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Egypt: Streets of Alexandria flooded as fresh heavy rain hit city

Egyptian motorists drove through flooded streets on Thursday (Jan. 12), as heavy rain hit areas of Alexandria city early in the morning.

The city's sewage company deployed pumping vehicles; and workers were opening drains across the city in an attempt to lower the water levels.

More rain is expected in the coming days, with the weather due to clear up by next Tuesday.

Residents have complained about the disruption the weather has caused which included school closures. Indeed, the northern African nation was lashed by a rainstorm last week.

Every year, the port city of Alexandria sinks by three millimetres, partly weakened by the Nile dams upstream that prevent soil consolidation.


Apocalyptic video captures the startling moment giant "landspout" tornado towers over desert in Saudi Arabia

This is the startling sight of a massive "landspout" tornado towering over the Saudi Arabian desert.

The terrifying tornado began as a thin funnel, but as it grew stronger, it quickly transformed into an hourglass-shaped tornado.

A light drizzle was falling in the area in the city of Duba as the landspout was captured on ominous video sucking up dust and shooting it toward the sky.

It's the first time I've seen a tornado this big in Saudi Arabia, according to worker Angelito Luna.

"It was rotating so rapidly."


Rare waterspout captured on video off Sonoma Coast State Park, California

A waterspout forms off the Sonoma Coast near Jenner, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
© Omar Rogers
A waterspout forms off the Sonoma Coast near Jenner, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
Two hikers from Santa Rosa captured on video a rare waterspout off the Sonoma Coast this week.

Santa Rosa residents Annie Roche and Omar Rogers took the video Tuesday afternoon in the Ocean Cove area north of Jenner.

"To be honest I felt nothing but pure awe and amazement," wrote Rogers in an email about the sighting. "We just sat and wondered about the raw power and unimaginable force we were witnessing. Nature unfolding like this brings to mind thoughts of eternity."

According to the National Weather Service, waterspouts like the one in the video are called tornadic waterspouts, and are essentially tornadoes that form over water during storms like the recent atmospheric rivers that pounded Northern California, though they are rare for the region.


Day turns to night in parts of Chaco, Argentina due to dust storm


The images correspond to the town of La Leonesa and expose the front of the storm that in a matter of a few minutes broke out in the city as well as in various parts of the province. Currently, a meteorological alert is in effect throughout the territory.

The province is affected by storms of varying intensity, some locally strong. They will be accompanied by intense gusts, occasional hail, strong electrical activity and, fundamentally, abundant rainfall in short periods. Accumulated precipitation values ​​between 20 and 40 mm are expected, and may be exceeded occasionally.


Damage reported across Alabama following reports of 'large, extremely dangerous' tornado

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© A tornado as seen from Interstate 65 in Pine Level, Alabama, northwest of Montgomery, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
A tornado as seen from Interstate 65 in Pine Level, Alabama, northwest of Montgomery, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
Multiple tornadoes ripped across Alabama on Thursday, including a particularly dangerous one near Selma, causing extensive swaths of damage.

A large and destructive tornado ripped through the Selma, Alabama, area Thursday afternoon as a severe weather outbreak struck the southern United States.

Selma, located about 40 miles west of Montgomery, was in the path of a large and extremely dangerous tornado around 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday. Emergency response teams in Selma were providing assistance and cleaning roadways as of Thursday afternoon, according to an online post by the city.

Residents across Selma were told to seek shelter and avoid traveling on area roadways. Downed power lines were also reported throughout the region.


Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report another 2 feet of snow (in 24 hours) with much more on way - Nevada County declares emergency

Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
© Blake Kessler
Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
The latest snowstorm to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region dropped about 2 feet of snow in the last 24 hours which led to an emergency declaration and the closure of highways and schools on Tuesday and much more snow may be on the way.

Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 2 feet of snow, some a little more, some a little less, and the National Weather Service in Reno has a winter weather advisory in place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for more accumulation, including 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet. The evening work commute may be impacted. Strong winds are expected to gust as high as 70 mph which the service said could lead to extensive tree damage.

According to the Tahoe Snow app, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 26 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with Palisades Tahoe reporting 21 inches, Kirkwood Mountain Resort 19, Sierra-at-Tahoe 16 and Northstar California reported the most at 27 inches.