Flood-hit Brazil braces for more; nearly 2 million people affected

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Important Takeaways:

  • People in southern Brazil, already reeling from deadly floods, are bracing for more disruption as meteorologists warned of 12 straight hours of heavy rain Friday and more throughout the weekend.
  • The storms have affected more than 1.9 million people in Brazil, and displaced hundreds of thousands, many of whom are staying in temporary shelters. Over 140 people are still missing.
  • Scenes of the devastating weather event have been beamed all over the world, including video footage of a horse that had to be rescued after being stranded for several days on a rooftop.
  • Uruguay has also been flooded by the storms. More than 1,300 people there have been displaced there, while thousands more are without electricity

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Texas storms spawn tornadoes and send rivers surging to Hurricane Harvey levels

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Important Takeaways:

  • Powerful storms unloaded flooding rainfall that swept away vehicles and triggered evacuations, delivered hail the size of softballs and spun up at least one damaging tornado in Texas Thursday.
  • Dozens of tornadoes have hit from the Panhandle to the Gulf coast and months of rain has fallen in East Texas in intense spurts, causing rivers to rise to levels not seen since the devastating floods of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
  • Mandatory evacuations were ordered Thursday in parts of Harris County
  • “We want you out of this area… this is a life-threatening situation,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said at a news conference.
  • Mandatory evacuations due to flooding were also ordered for parts of San Jacinto County and Polk County, with voluntary evacuations for Montgomery County.
  • Several more sites are forecast to experience major flooding by the weekend and could meet or exceed record levels set during Harvey.
  • A “large and extremely dangerous” tornado impacted the towns of Hodges and Hawley – about 10 miles north of Abilene – Thursday evening.

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Unusual Storm dumps rain across the UAE

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Important Takeaways:

  • Storm dumps heaviest rain ever recorded in desert nation of UAE, flooding roads and Dubai’s airport
  • Heavy thunderstorms lashed the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, dumping the heaviest rain ever recorded in the country in the span of hours as it flooded out portions of major highways and Dubai’s international airport.
  • The state-run WAM news agency called the rain “a historic weather event” that surpassed “anything documented since the start of data collection in 1949.” That’s before the discovery of crude oil in this energy-rich nation then part of a British protectorate known as the Trucial States.
  • The rains began late Monday, soaking the sands and roadways of Dubai with some 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) of rain, according to meteorological data collected at Dubai International Airport. The storms intensified around 9 a.m. local Tuesday and continued throughout the day, dumping more rain and hail onto the overwhelmed city.
  • By the end of Tuesday, more than 142 millimeters (5.59 inches) of rainfall had soaked Dubai over 24 hours. An average year sees 94.7 millimeters (3.73 inches) of rain at Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel and a hub for the long-haul carrier Emirates.
  • At the airport, standing water lapped on taxiways as aircraft landed. The airport ended up halting arrivals Tuesday night and passengers struggled to reach terminals through the floodwater covering surrounding roads.
  • Dubai International Airport acknowledged Wednesday morning that the flooding had left “limited transportation options” and affected flights as aircraft crews couldn’t reach the airfield.
  • “Recovery will take some time,” the airport said on the social platform X. “We thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through these challenges
  • Rain is unusual in the UAE, an arid, Arabian Peninsula nation, but occurs periodically during the cooler winter month

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Atmospheric River continues to inundate Southern California with “High Risk” flooding conditions

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Important Takeaways:

  • Catastrophic flooding swamps Los Angeles area as deadly atmospheric river slams California
  • NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center has placed about 14 million people in Southern California, including Los Angeles, under a rare “high risk” of flash flooding as the storm has already dumped several inches of rain, with much more to come.
  • The “high risk” is the highest rung on NOAA’s flash flood threat scale and is only issued under the most dire of flooding forecasts. “Life-threatening flash and urban flash flooding possible in the high risk area,” the WPC said.
  • Los Angeles picked up 4.10 inches of rain on Sunday, which far exceeded the daily rainfall record for that date set in 1927, which was 2.55 inches.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for several counties in California to help support storm response and recovery efforts.
  • The state had mobilized and prepositioned a record 8,500 emergency responders ready to respond to flooding, landslides and travel emergencies, according to the governor’s office.
  • The State of Emergency included Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
  • The atmospheric river storm had also prompted emergency officials in several areas to order evacuations and open emergency shelters for residents.
  • Several schools in the area were also closed because of the extreme weather event

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Power outage for 400,000 as evacuation orders are in effect for Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura and Monterey

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Important Takeaways:

  • A winter storm brought intense downpours and strong winds to California on Sunday, leaving hundreds of thousands without power and flooding roadways across the state.
  • According to Accuweather, up to 37 million people, or about 94% of the state’s population, were at risk for life-threatening floods from the storm.
  • The National Weather Service issued a rare hurricane-force wind warning for the central coast on Sunday as wind gusts up to 92 mph were possible from the Monterey Peninsula to the northern section of San Luis Obispo County.
  • The atmospheric river was the second to hit the state in just a few days, although forecasters said Sunday’s storm would be the season’s most potent, particularly in Southern California.
  • Evacuation warnings and orders were in effect for Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura and Monterey counties

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National Weather Service warning people to get prepared: Two atmospheric rivers targeting California

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Important Takeaways:

  • California gets slammed: More than 22 million risk flooding as Pineapple Express blasts the state with up to 10 inches of rain and 70 mph gusts: Water-covered roads snarl traffic in Los Angeles, San Diego
  • All lanes of the 710 Freeway at Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach have been closed, with numerous streets and highways inundated Thursday morning
  • The Golden State is expected to receive as much as ten inches of rain and upper-elevation mountain snow, coupled with winds of up to 70 mph
  • A Pineapple Express system is hitting the state, with a second wave expected over the weekend

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‘Brace for the worst’ blizzards, flooding, tornadoes, oh my

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Important Takeaways:

  • Storm Finn set to sweep across the US bringing blizzards, flooding, tornadoes and freezing temperatures reaching -50 as 70million Americans brace for the worst
  • Around 70 million Americans are in the eye of Storm Finn, a massive weather system that will bring blizzards, tornadoes and frigid temperatures.
  • This new system comes with many still recovering from the effects of Storm Ember, which dumped over a foot of snow in parts of the north east.
  • The National Weather Service has warned that Finn could bring record-breaking Arctic conditions across the Plains and throughout the western part of the country with blizzards expected in Chicago and St. Louis.
  • Tornadoes are expected through the central Gulf, close to New Orleans and into the Florida Panhandle on Monday night, with warnings lasting until Tuesday morning. Heavy winds and hail are also expected in that region.

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Storm hits Florida with torrential downpour and 74mph winds knocking out power for 120,000

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Important Takeaways:

  • ‘Hurricane equivalent’ winds and torrential rains leave more than 120,000 without power in Florida as more than 7million are under flood watch
  • Nearly 120,000 homes in Florida are without power after ‘hurricane’ level winds and torrential rain hit the state overnight.
  • Thousands of people have woken up in the dark across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach amid hurricane-force winds, with over 7 million people under flood watch.
  • The National Weather Service has called the wind speeds recorded in some of these areas ‘hurricane equivalent’, as they topped 74mph.
  • In an advisory, they said: ‘Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected.’
  • Forecasters have said that rainfall today will likely reach five to eight inches across Miami and the Fort Lauderdale areas of South Florida, with some areas being hit with 12 inches, according to Fox Weather.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had to declare a state of emergency as storms caused mass flooding, after they dumped two feet of rain in a matter of hours.

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Recovery teams assess losses after Libya’s catastrophic floods

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Important Takeaways:

  • As Storm Daniel pounded the area with torrential rains, dams above the Wadi Derna river valley collapsed, sweeping away entire neighborhoods and the families who lived in them.
  • The floods have left thousands dead, missing and displaced.
  • 16,000 children are among the displaced and warned that many more lack access to basic services such as health and schooling.
  • International and local search and rescue teams and survivors continued the work of recovery

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State of Emergency issued for NYC from heavy rain, flooding

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Important Takeaways:

  • Heavy rain and flooding on Friday making for an extremely challenging and dangerous Friday morning commute and led to subway and rail service suspensions and the closure of a terminal at LaGuardia Airport.
  • Parts of New York City have already seen five inches of rain as of 11 a.m.
  • Flash flood warnings were issued for much of NYC and surrounding counties in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and into Connecticut into the early afternoon, and were likely to be extended further.
  • Flooding is possible for much of the tri-state area as a result of the heavy rain, which comes as the ground is already water-logged due to the remnants of Ophelia that drenched the region last weekend.

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