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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.

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Evacuation order affects thousands of Californians as flood threats continue, death toll of recent storms climbs to 17

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© Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty
Drivers in San Francisco barrel into standing water on Interstate 101 on Wednesday January 10, 2023
Thousands of Californians remained under evacuation orders as heavy rainfall continued in parts of the state, threatening more flooding as part of a series of storms that have left at least 17 dead in recent weeks.

Thunderstorms were drenching northern California Tuesday afternoon with more rain expected Wednesday and Thursday. Across the state, more than 20 million people are under flood alerts as the risk of mudslides also spreads to the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.

"Scattered to widespread instances of flash flooding will be possible, especially near steep terrain and burn scars," the Weather Prediction Center said Tuesday afternoon.

Roughly 34,000 remained under evacuation orders statewide, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.


Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California closed due to too much snow - 13 FEET in just 9 DAYS since start of year

© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Thanks to continued snowfall, Mammoth Mountain, CA, has reported 40 - 54 inches from this current storm with an expected snow accumulation of 22 -28 inches today.

Mammoth Mountain has surpassed last year's season snowfall total and, with 419″ of fresh snow at the summit, is now officially the snowiest ski area on Earth. 310 inches have dropped at the Main Lodge, including 13 feet since January 1. The resort also has the deepest base in the country.

Mammoth has been closed today due to the intense snowfall conditions and very dangerous travel in the area. Roads have been heavily impacted and are not plowed. The resort will focus on avalanche mitigation work today and protecting our equipment. They plan to reopen tomorrow, January 11.

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California storm death toll rises to 17 amid unrelenting rains

This aerial view shows a flooded neighborhood in Merced, California on January 10, 2023.
© Josh Edelson
This aerial view shows a flooded neighborhood in Merced, California on January 10, 2023. Power outages, school closures, mudslides, flooding, evacuations — the fifth in a parade of deadly storms driven by atmospheric rivers is hitting California, and residents and officials are struggling to cope with the deluge of water.
The California storm death toll has reached at least 17 as relentless rain forces evacuations in places like Montecito and Santa Cruz due to flooding and mudslides.

Full story: https://abc7chicago.com/california-we...

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Colombia - Massive landslide destroys homes, cuts major road in Cauca

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© Municipality of Rosas
Landslide in Rosas Cauca, Colombia, January 2023.
Long-term heavy rainfall caused a massive landslide in the department of Cauca, southwestern Colombia, on 09 January 2023. Homes were destroyed and hundreds of victims were displaced.

The landslide occurred during the early hours of 09 January 2023 in the municipality of Rosas, Cauca Department. Disaster authorities said huge volumes of debris fell from slopes onto part of Highway 25 below, covering a 900-metre stretch of the road. Highway 25 is an important transport route between the cities of Pasto (Nariño department) and Popayán (Cauca department). The road is likely to remain closed for the next 2 weeks.

Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) said several villages in the area are isolated. The Colombian Air Force was deployed to rescue victims by helicopter.

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Indonesia - Deadly flash floods on Java Island

Disaster authorities in Indonesia report at least 2 people have died after flash floods in Central Java Province on the island of Java. Flooding has also affected parts of Banten Province over the last few days.

Central Java Province

Flooding struck in Tembalang District, Semarang City, on 06 January 2023 after heavy rain caused an embankment along the Pengkol River to break, folding a housing complex. Semarang City Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said teams worked diligently to rescue one person from a flooded house. Unfortunately, the victim sustained injuries and passed away, authorities said.

A total of 147 residents were affected by the floods, which have since receded but left behind large amounts of debris, garbage and mud carried by the currents.

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Flash flooding chaos in downtown Porto, Portugal following 20 minutes of intense rain

Absolute chaos was unleashed yesterday in downtown Porto following little more than 20 minutes of intense rain.

Meteorologists estimate that 25 litres of water per square metre fell in this small time period, transforming parts of the city into a raging river.

Considering northern areas have up till now avoided the kind of flooding horrors experienced in urban areas of Lisbon just before Christmas, Saturday's deluge has seriously worried city authorities.

Deputy mayor Filipe Araújo admitted that "for the first time" water rose 'up' to the surface and did not drain into the underground river.

"We have a river that passes below that normally transports (rain) water. If we don't detect ways of correcting (the problem), it could happen again..." he said.

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Dangers to life, property remain high in California as storm onslaught continues

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© Accuweather
AccuWeather meteorologists warn that a moisture-packed system set to arrive early next week could be the strongest in a Pacific storm train that has been rolling since the end of 2022.

Another atmospheric river will bring heavy rain and mountain snow to California and neighboring states into early next week.

California has faced a frenzy of storms that have unleashed deadly impacts since the end of 2022, and AccuWeather meteorologists say the onslaught is far from over. One storm in the bunch is poised to aim a firehose of moisture at the Golden State early in the new week, potentially leading to "catastrophic" flooding, in addition to widespread mudslides and road closures, forecasters say.

"The impacts from this storm cannot be understated," AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Bauer said.

Comment: A summary and good storm preparation advice from a local station:


Two feet of snow in Rawlins, Wyoming takes days to remove

In some areas the snow banks in the middle
© City Of Rawlins
In some areas the snow banks in the middle of the road are five feet high. Normally, these banks are not much higher than one-foot.
A snow storm that shutdown much of I-80 earlier this week left the south central city of Rawlins with an unusual amount of snow.

About two feet of snow fell in Rawlins between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, and the snow drifts were several feet deep. Even people with four-wheel drive were getting stuck in roadways.

Michael O'Brien, the utilities supervisor for the City of Rawlins, and his crew helped remove much of the snow. He said typically the area gets only a couple inches of snow in a storm.

"With this amount of snow though, it was very difficult," he said. "I mean, we had everybody from all different departments, different vehicles, every department had a vehicle out there, backhoe skid steer somewhat, trying to remove snow in places."