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Storm Haima wreaks havoc in North Vietnam

Contrary to previous predictions, tropical storm Haima landed in Thai Binh province yesterday evening. At least 10 people were killed, 14 were missing and hundreds of others were injured in some northern provinces, Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Central Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Center, said.

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Previously, the storm was expected to make landfall in the Vietnam-China border area, he said.

In the past few days, the storm has caused heavy rains in many Northern Vietnam provinces, with rainfalls measuring 50 mm to over 150 mm. In the central area of Hanoi, the rainfall reached 120 mm.

The coastal areas of Quang Ninh-Thai Binh province are experiencing winds of force 7-8.

After landing in Thai Binh with force of 6-7, the storm has weakened to a depression and continued moving west. It will fade away when it reaches Northern Laos this evening, he added.

The heavy rains are expected to continue in the next few days, Hai said.

So far the coastal city of Hai Phong suffered the most from the storm, with 6 people dead, including four by lightning, in four districts Thuy Nguyen, An Duong, Tien Lang and An Lao.

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US - New York - Solutions needed in storm's wake

© Vincent DiSalvio/The Journal NewsA pickup truck drives past an abandoned vehicle on a flooded South Pascack Road in Chestnut Ridge on Thursday.
Thursday's was an imperfect storm, especially in hard-hit Rockland County. It dumped huge amounts of rain, much of it when large numbers of motorists were in transit. On top of that, the heavy rain fell upon ground already saturated, making for more runoff than might have been expected. Ongoing construction projects added to the congestion and the runoff; delays with other projects make it even harder to cope with inordinately heavy rains.

Such heavy rains have been an especially vexing problem for Rockland. Twice in March the area got hit hard, with rains causing spot flooding. On March 6 and 7, five communities - Valley Cottage, West Nyack, Hillburn, Nanuet and Thiells - all recorded rainfalls of 4 inches or more; Thiells registered 5.28 inches. This time there was less rain and more flooding. New City, with 3.4 inches, was treading water; Nyack had a river running through it; West Nyack was awash, as were several other communities.


US - Minot, North Dakota Floods: Threat of Rain Looms as Residents Brace for Flooding

Residents and officials in Minot, North Dakota, are bracing for record flooding from the swollen Souris River as the threat of more rain looms later today.

"A rain event right now would change everything. That's the scariest," Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman told The Associated Press.

Some 4,500 homes are expected to be damaged from the expected surge of the river.

The flooding is due to the combination of excessive snow melt from an above normal winter snow pack, and above normal rainfall this past spring from the northern Rocky Mountain states through the Plains and Midwest.


Montreal - Heavy rains wash out roads in Gatineau region

© Drew Gragg, The Ottawa CitizenWater flowing from the Gatineau River (top) into the Ottawa River (foreground) appears muddier after the heavy rains Friday.
Ottawa - Residents of Gatineau and the surrounding regions were struggling to cope Saturday after heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms washed out stretches of highway and reportedly resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of homes.

At 4:26 p.m. Friday, Environment Canada's weather watchers issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Ottawa, Pontiac and Upper Gatineau. About 100 millimetres of rain fell over the next several hours. Authorities reported that numerous streets, many of them residential, flooded in Aylmer, Gatineau and Hull.

The Gatineau region appears to have been hardest hit by the storm. Highway 148 in Pontiac was closed in and around Eardley and Masham, with some of the four lanes on the highway near Luskville washed away. Notch Road in Chelsea was also reportedly washed out.


Heavy rains continue to disrupt flights in Philippines

Manilla, Philippines - Bad weather continued to disrupt flights in and out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Saturday as Topical Storm Falcon (Meari) exited the country.

As of 2:30 p.m., one international flight had been cancelled and another was delayed by nearly six hours while at least two domestic flights were cancelled because of continued heavy monsoon rains aggravated by the storm.

An advisory from the Manila International Airport Authority Media Affairs Division said Philippine Airlines flight PR 438 for Nagoya, Japan, at 2:30 p.m. was cancelled because of bad weather.


US - Heavy rains flood Omaha streets

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Several streets north of TD Ameritrade Park are flooded after heavy rains fell early Saturday morning.

Water gushed, storm drains overflowed and water flooded some businesses in the area.

At least a foot of water surrounded Hot Shops Art Center at 13th and Nicholas Streets, said the building's managing partner Tim Barry.

He said there was also about a foot of water in the building's boiler room. Pumps were installed to dry out the bottom floor, Barry said.

"We hope and pray we don't get a three inch rain in the next couple days," he said.
Hot Shops Art Center is closed on weekends and open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barry was unsure if the shop would be open Monday.


US - Montana - Hail, heavy rain move through Billings area

© Bob Zellar/Gazette StaffFans huddle under an umbrella during the rain at the Scarlets-Royals game at Dehler Park on Friday. A brief thunderstorm moved through the city Friday evening.
Heavy rain and thunder cleared the way for a short burst of hail in parts of south-central Montana on Friday night, although no significant damage was reported.

The National Weather Service's Billings office issued an advisory for Stillwater and Yellowstone counties before 9 p.m. warning of strong rains, hail, lightning, thunder and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

A short, heavy downpour started in Billings just after 9 p.m., although little hail was reported east of the West End, said Vickie Stephenson, an NWS hydrometeorologic technician.

It dropped a 0.26 inches of rain on Billings in less than an hour before moving out of the area before 10 p.m., according to the weather service.

Trained weather spotters reported hail 0.88 and 0.75 inches in diameter about four miles northwest of Laurel and three miles southwest of Billings, respectively.

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Storm warning announced in Crimea

Rain with hail, accompanied by strong gusts of wind have caused damage to many regions of Ukraine.

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Heavy Rains Continue to Flood Midwestern USA

Thousands of residents in North Dakota are forced to leave their homes after the Souris River bursts its banks and levees are breached.

Heavy rains and melting snow have raised water levels in Canadian reservoirs in the Souris River basin over the past few weeks, which has caused unprecedented water releases further south in North Dakota.

More than 12,000 residents have been ordered out of flood-threatened areas after levee defenses failed.

The Souris River is expected to hit nearly 1,563 ft above sea level by the weekend, beating the previous flood record set in 1881.

With forecasters predicting more rain, record flooding is expected to continue throughout August, affecting Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

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Tropical storm in Philippines kills 11, forces 40,000 out of homes

Children pedal their bicycle down a flooded street after heavy rains in Valenzuela City, north of Manila on June 23, 2011.
Heavy rains and high winds from Tropical Storm Meari lashed the Philippines Friday, killing at least 11 people and displacing 40,000 people, an emergency management agency said.

The storm has been menacing the Philippines since Tuesday, when 11 fishermen went missing along the coast of Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The storm was forecasted to move Saturday toward Basco, Batanes, the smallest of the Philippine provinces, the council said. By Sunday, the storm was expected to be 370 kilometers (229.9 miles) west northwest of Okinawa, Japan, the agency said.

Flash floods were reported in a number of Philippine communities, including Ligao City where one woman was reportedly washed away by floodwaters, the council said in a statement posted on its website.