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2 dead, dozens rescued after floods and landslides in Santa Catarina, Brazil - 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil,
© Prefeitura de Camboriú 1
Floods in Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 20 December 2022.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil on 20 December 2022.

State Civil Defence reported incidents of rain damage, flooding or landslides in the 6 municipalities of Jaraguá do Sul, Ilhota, Itapema, Porto Belo, Penha and Camboriú. In total, almost 190 people have been displaced from their homes. Civil Defence said the severe weather conditions have hindered damage assessments and the numbers of affected and displaced are likely to rise. More heavy rain is expected.

The municipality of Camboriú is among the worst affected areas. About 60% of the municipality's territory is flooded, according to data from the Military Fire Brigade and the Secretariat of Civil Protection and Defence. As much as 259.3 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 20 December 2022.

Snowflake Cold

Iceland nightmare for thousands of travellers stuck at Keflavik airport during heavy snow

Thousands of airline passengers have been stuck for days at Keflavik airport in Iceland due to extreme weather.

Heavy snow and blizzards have forced the almost complete closure of the international airport serving Iceland since Saturday.

The Foreign Office warned: "There is a severe weather warning across the whole of Iceland and many roads are closed.

"Police are advising people to stay at home. High winds and dangerous icy road conditions are causing major flight disruption and affecting movement to/from Keflavik international airport due to road closures."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 18 cattle in Zimbabwe

A bolt of lightning struck and killed 18 cattle worth US$7 000 on Sunday in Chief Chireya's area in Gokwe North District.

One of the two herders who were tending the cattle in the veld was struck by lightning and thrown several metres away but survived.

The other one almost suffocated after one of the animals, which was struck by lightning fell on top of him.

Gokwe North district development co-ordinator (DDC) Martin Musakanda confirmed the incident.


Hawaii pummeled with near-blizzard conditions just a week after Mauna Loa's eruption simmers - 6 inches of snowfall

A view Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, from a Mauna Kea camera looking east.
© Hawaii.edu / FOX Weather
A view Monday afternoon, Dec. 19, from a Mauna Kea camera looking east.
The mainland isn't the only one experiencing a major winter storm. Just a week after Mauna Loa stopped erupting, Winter Storm Warnings were issued for Hawaii's Big Island.

The National Weather Service issued the alert for heavy and blowing snow on Monday, with the Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6 a.m. HST on Tuesday.

Up to 8 inches of snow and winds gusting as high as 100 mph are possible on Big Island Summits above 10,500 feet.

Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, sits at 13,680 feet above sea level, and Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano, is just over 13,800 feet. Both are expected to see near-blizzard conditions.


At least 20 people are injured on Hawaiian Airlines flight during turbulent 'mass emergency'

Injured passenger on HAL35  Honolulu
© HHHNewz
Several passengers could be seen wearing neck braces after being slammed into the ceiling of the aircraft in which they were traveling on Sunday morning
At least 20 people have been injured - with some knocked unconscious - in a mass emergency onboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight from Arizona after it encountered severe turbulence.

Passengers were nearing the end of their seven-hour flight from Phoenix to Honolulu on Sunday morning when many were thrown out of their seats.

At a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Jon Snook, the Chief Operating Officer of Hawaiian Airlines confirmed that the seatbelt sign was on at the time. He said it was the 'worst case of turbulence' that he had ever encountered during his seven years with the airline.

It was confirmed that 11 people were seriously hurt, including several children and a 14-month-old baby. Nine others suffered from minor injuries and from those seven decided to take the bus to hospital for further treatment.



Floods in southern Thailand after 21 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Thailand, 18 December 2022.
Floods in Thailand, 18 December 2022.
Areas of southern Thailand recorded more than 500 mm of rain in 24 hours on 18 December 2022.

Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) flooding in the southern provinces of Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Satun, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. A total of 49 districts and 51,543 households have been affected.

The hardest hit areas were Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songkhla Provinces.

In Narathiwat, 3 people died after being swept away by flood waters, DDPM said. Almost 30,000 households across 13 districts have been affected by flooding. Affected districts include Sukhirin, Si Sakhon, Rueso, Ra-ngae, Chanae, Mueang Narathiwat, Cho-airong, Su-ngai Padi, Bacho, Waeng, Su-ngai Kolok, Tak Bai and Yi-ngo.


Heavy snow has left thousands without power in New England and New York

© Jason E. Vines
Utility crews raced Saturday to restore power to tens of thousands of customers across New England and New York after a powerful storm dumped 2 feet of snow in some places.

More than 160,000 customers in New England were in the dark as of the afternoon and another 20,000 were without power in New York as heavy snow brought tree limbs onto power lines, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks outages across the country.

Restoration efforts were complicated by snow still falling in some places, making travel dangerous. Doug Foley, Eversource president of electric operations in New Hampshire, said snow-covered roads were making it tough for workers to reach communities in order to assess damage and make repairs.


Niigata, southern Tohoku in Japan hit by record snowfalls - 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) deep

People walk through wind and snow on Monday morning in Shibetsu, Hokkaido.
© The Yomiuri Shimbun
People walk through wind and snow on Monday morning in Shibetsu, Hokkaido.
A strong cold snap has brought record snowfalls to Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan and the southern Tohoku region. Japan's Meteorological Agency warns that more snow is coming and advises people to be on high alert for traffic disruptions and other problems.

Weather officials said that as of 5 p.m. on Monday, the snow was about 2.2 meters deep in Ohkura Village, Yamagata Prefecture, and more than 1.8 meters deep in Niigata's Uonuma City.

Tadami Town in Fukushima Prefecture had a record 1.1 meters of snow during the 24 hours through Monday morning. The town's snow accumulation reached nearly 1.6 meters as of 5 p.m. on the day.

Cloud Precipitation

Multiple stations in Madrid are forced to close due to flash flooding as Storm Efraín batters Spain

Madrid residents have filmed hundreds of

Madrid residents have filmed hundreds of videos showing how heavy rain has flooded numerous metro stations across the city.
Several metro stations in Madrid were forced to close yesterday after being flooded with waist-high water as Storm Efrain brought a sixth day of torrential rains.

Shocking video footage circulating on social media showed a pair of stations inundated by floodwater which gushed down the stairs and collected in the main concourse.

The Spanish State Meteorological agency AEMET reported on Monday that there could be up to 80 litres of rain in just 12 hours in some areas and more than 100 litres in 48 hours, after heavy rain had already battered the parts of the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Spain has seen some of its heaviest rainfall ever this year.


Holy plow! Nearly 30 inches of snow in Finland, Minnesota and 27 in western Duluth after 3-day storm

A Proctor resident uses a snowblower
© Wyatt Buckner / Duluth News Tribune
A Proctor resident uses a snowblower to clear snow in front of his garage on First Avenue on Thursday morning.
An epic, three-day winter storm was winding down Thursday afternoon after leaving more than 2 feet of snow along the North Shore's highest hills, from western Duluth to Silver Bay and Finland.

The National Weather Service in Duluth allowed the blizzard warning for the North Shore to expire but is continuing a winter weather advisory for all of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin until 6 p.m.

Only light accumulations are expected in most areas, but snow may linger into Saturday as the massive storm system continues to move slowly up north and east out of the region.

So far it's the eighth largest 48-hour snowstorm on record in Duluth and 14th largest total snowstorm.

After the snow ends, a blast of cold is expected going into the week before Christmas.