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Heavy rains, floods kill 233, affect 5.5 million in Pakistan

© AFP/Getty ImagesCommuters on a flooded street following rains in Karachi on September 10.
Islamabad, Pakistan -- Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 233 people in Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Wednesday, as a weather forecast calls for more rain over deluged parts of the country.

Seven people have died in the past 24 hours, said Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority.

At least 5.5 million people have been affected by the flooding since August, said Zafar Iqbal Qadir, chairman of the disaster authority.

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Hurricane Katia whips up the surf as Britain is battered for a second day by high winds

At first glance it looks like a scene from a winter postcard but this is in fact the surf whipped up by Hurricane Katia.

These cars were photographed driving along North Promenade at Cleveleys near Blackpool, Lancashire, where high winds have caused the surf from the sea to almost close the promenade because of the danger it poses to motorists.

© Cavendesh PressWinter wonderland? Motorists battle their way through the surf at North Promenade at Cleveleys near Blackpool, Lancashire, where the high winds from Hurricane Katia have caused it to flood the road
The tail end of the hurricane battered Britain yesterday, bringing winds of up to 80mph and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

A motorist died and an 11-year-old boy was taken to hospital after the remnants of the worst storm in 15 years hit the UK's shores.

But although further blustery conditions were expected, today's winds were not as strong as they were yesterday, forecasters said.

Thousands were left without power last night as gusty weather caused damage to buildings and resulted in travel disruption around the UK.

In County Durham, a driver died when a tree hit a car on the A688 at Dunhouse Quarry, between Staindrop and Barnard Castle.

Durham Police said a passenger in the car was taken to hospital in Darlington with injuries which are not thought to be life threatening following the incident at about 3pm.

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Severe Flooding in Santa Catarina, Brazil

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© RecreationThe city of Blumenau, in the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil.
Ten towns in the state of Santa Catarina in the South of Brazil are in an official state of emergency and a further 25 are on high alert, following several days of heavy rain and flooding. The situation looks likely to get worse, with more rain forecast for the coming days.

According to CIRAM (the Information Centre for Environmental Resources and Hydrometeorology in Santa Catarina), an average of more than 100mm of rain has fallen across the region in the last three days, causing rivers to rise dangerously and provoking landslides in several locations.

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Stormy Weather Across the UK as Remnants of Hurricane Katia Hit

As forecast, a deep area of low pressure which contains post-tropical storm Katia is bringing gales and heavy rain to parts of the UK.

All parts of the UK will see gusty conditions through the start of the week, with the highest wind speeds of 75 to 80 miles per hour expected over northern and western regions of the country.

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Ireland braced for extreme weather

The UK and Ireland will face extreme weather conditions in the coming days as the tailend of Hurricane Katia sweeps across the Atlantic.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for most of the UK, advising those in the North as well as Scotland, to expect winds of up to 75mph.

© UnknownNorthern Irish motorists have been warned about exposed roads
In Ireland, MET Éireann has also forecast strong southwest winds reaching speeds of 50 to 80 km/hr, gusting 90 to 130 km/hr, with the most severe winds affecting exposed regions of Connacht and Ulster on Monday morning.

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Eastern Caribbean Prepares for Heavy Rain, Winds as Tropical Storm Maria Approaches

© AP Photo/Weather UndergroundThis NOAA satellite image taken Friday, September 9, 2011 at 1:45 PM EDT shows Hurricane Katia located about 385 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Tropical Storm Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean on Friday, threatening to unleash heavy rain and wind on islands still struggling to recover from a recent hurricane.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) Friday afternoon, with some slight strengthening possible, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. It was centered about 215 miles (345 kilometers) east-southeast of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and moving northwest at about 16 mph (26 kph).

Tropical force winds will start lashing the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday morning, where the storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain, said Walter Snell with the National Weather Service office in Puerto Rico.

"Residents should be prepared for whatever the worst this storm can do," he said.

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Hurricane Katia heading for Irish and Scottish coasts

© GettyHurricane Katia is heading to Britain
A hurricane is on a collision course with Britain, bringing 90mph winds and killer waves.

The sheer force of Hurricane Katia may hit western Ireland and north-west Scotland next Monday and Tuesday, US forecasters predict.

Winds of up to 90mph could cause a risk to shipping off the west coast of Ireland on Monday.

Katia will then reach Scotland and the Orkney Islands by Tuesday, according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Forecasters expect little change in its strength as the Gulf Stream propels the storm across the Atlantic.

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US: More than 100,000 told to flee Northeast flooding

Hershey, Pennsylvania - More than 100,000 residents were ordered to flee the rising Susquehanna River on Thursday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped more rain across the Northeast, socking areas still recovering from Hurricane Irene and closing major highways at the morning rush.

The Susquehanna is projected to crest in northeastern Pennsylvania between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at 41 feet - the same height as the levee system protecting riverfront communities including Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, officials said. Residents were ordered to leave by 4 p.m.

"There is no need to panic," Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said. "This is a precautionary evacuation and the safety of our residents is our biggest concern. We have prepared for this type of emergency and we are ready to respond to whatever comes our way over the next 72 hours."


US: Pennsylvania Orders 65,000 to Evacuate Flood Zone

Susquehanna River is expected to crest at 41 feet later on Thursday

As the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dump heavy rain on the Northeast, officials in northeastern Pennsylvania are calling for a mandatory evacuation of communities along the Susquehanna River - an area that was inundated in the historic Agnes flood of 1972.

The order affects roughly 65,000 residents.

Luzerne County Management Agency official Frank Lasiewicki told The Associated Press Thursday the river is projected to crest at nearly 41 feet between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET Thursday - the same height as the levee system protecting riverfront communities including Wilkes-Barre and Kingston.

Residents were ordered to leave by 4 p.m. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton said residents should prepare for an extended evacuation of 72 hours and advised them to take clothing, food and prescription medicine. He also asked city businesses to close their doors by noon.

The evacuations come as Lee's remnants caused havoc around the Northeast on Thursday, bringing floods that cut off major highways and caused some schools to open late or not at all.

At least three people have died.

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US: Rain, Strong Winds Sweep North Georgia

State emergency officials say nearly 100 homes were damaged in north Georgia's Cherokee County from severe weather that moved through Monday.
© Duane TateAreas of north Georgia were hit with heavy rain, winds, and possible tornadoes on Tuesday.
Twisters and heavy rains were the result of slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Lee that pushed through the northern portion of Georgia. Across parts of the region, there were flooded roads reported with downed power lines. Schools are closed in Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia because of flooding.

Forecasters say there's a flood warning in effect for the northwest corner of the state, with a flash flood watch extending until noon Tuesday through far north Georgia down to a line from Rome to Gainesville.

There were incidents and damage in other parts of the state due to the rough weather.

In Monroe County, Georgia emergency officials say an 18-car pile-up just north of Macon was due to the bad weather.

Officials at Fort Stewart said a lightning strike sent about 22 soldiers to the hospital on Monday, with at least three kept overnight.

Fort Stewart spokesman Pat Young said the soldiers were on the post's Donovan Field in a large, mobile tent that may have been directly hit by lightning.