Tropical low devastates Western Australia’s north, drops massive rain


Tropical low devastates Western Australia's north, drops massive rainEx-tropical cyclones Hilda and Joyce both hit Kimberly coast, Western Australia’s sparsely populated northern region in the past 35 days but an unnamed tropical low that hit the region this week exceeded both named storms in terms of rain and wind. It brought record-breaking 5-day rainfall to the region, making this January its wettest month in history. Weather authorities said the event serves as a lesson for media and residents to heed to severe weather warnings.

BOM’s meteorologist Steph Bond said the conditions produced by this storm had been similar to a category one tropical cyclone. However, this weather event did not meet the criteria to be labeled a tropical cyclone.

Typically, a tropical cyclone is formed over water with sustained winds of over 120 km/h (74 mph) in the system’s center. Because this tropical low did not form over water and its severe wind and rain were not in the center of the system, it did not receive a formal name…. more

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Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy


Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, ItalySeveral days of heavy rain caused several major rivers, including Enza and Parma, to burst its banks on December 12, 2017, producing widespread flooding in Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy.

A critical situation is underway in Emilia-Romagna today, after several days of heavy rain caused major flooding and forced authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 1 000 people early Monday morning. Several people who were trapped were rescued, local media reports.

All the main rivers of the Parmenese, Enza, Taro and Parma, have exceeded level 3, the maximum. In addition, strong winds downed numerous trees and caused heavy infrastructural damage…. more

South Asia Flooding Death Toll 20 Times Higher Than Harvey; Christians Helping as Diseases Spread


Christian groups are serving as the “hands and feet of Christ” as the death toll from the rains and flooding of South Asia’s monsoon season has risen to 1,400 people, which is nearly 20 times higher than Hurricane Harvey’s death toll of 70.

Affected countries include India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Reuters reporting on Wednesday that besides the 1,400 people killed, thousands of others have been hit by outbreaks of diarrhea, malaria and dengue.

Tens of thousands have been left living in tents, while more than 5.9 millions acres of cropland has been destroyed…. read more

Hurricane Harvey’s Men, Women, and Children


In crisis, strong men are no longer ‘toxic,’ women protect children, and children are innocent.

On Sunday, as images from Hurricane Harvey stunned the nation, one particular image stuck out for many Americans as indicative of the heroism of Texans in the face of disaster: a picture of a man in a baseball cap carefully carrying a woman through the water; the woman, in turn, holds close a baby curled up on her chest.

The picture struck a chord with many people because it seems so instinctively right: the woman protecting her child, the man protecting the woman, carrying them all through danger.

This is the vision of humanity that carries us through our darkest trials: men as protectors, women as guardians, children as innocents…. read more

Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, Japan


Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, JapanSome 120 000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate on Sunday, July 23, 2017 after record-breaking rain hit Japan’s Akita Prefecture, causing floods and landslides.

According to The Japan Times, there have been no injuries reported so far, but JMA warned of more flooding as ‘an active rain front that brought record rain to parts of Akita decided to park itself over the Tohoku region.’

24 000 people from the cities of Yurihonjo, Daisen and Senboku, as well as the town of Misato were ordered to evacuate after it was reported that houses had been flooded and landslides had struck various parts of the prefecture. The storm caused flooding along stretches of the Omono River, while several other rivers were deemed at risk of overflowing their banks. Another 96 000 people in six cities and three towns were advised to evacuate and urged to prepare for floods and landslides… read more

Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plant


Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plantBrutal amounts of rainfall hit northern Taiwan today, June 2, 2017, killing at least 1 person, leaving 2 missing and injuring more than 20. Heavy rain toppled electricity pylon near New Taipei’s Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the automatic shutdown of the plant. The rains have since moved toward the center and south of the island and are expected to continue through the weekend.

Some areas of the affected region saw water surging into cars, homes and businesses after more than 600 mm (23.6 inches) of rain fell in under 11 hours. Channel News Asia reported the body of a female motorcyclist was found after being washed into a ditch in New Taipei City, one of the worst hit areas.

According to the National Fire Agency, two people, one from New Taipei City and the other from the city of Keelung are missing after being swept off, while a road bridge in the area was smashed in half by a swollen river. At least 20 people were hurt in the deluge, including a driver injured when his truck overturned and another man hurt after being buried in a mudslide…. read more

Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the way


Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the wayParts of Missouri and Arkansas are experiencing historic flooding after a powerful storm produced deadly tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rain, leaving at least 20 people dead and dozens injured. Although flooding in some areas already reached historic levels, this event is still not over as another storm is set to drop heavy rain on already soaked Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana through the rest of the week.

Hundreds of roads were closed in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois over the weekend as dangerous weather system rolled in with strong winds and heavy rain. Some areas saw as much as 280 mm (11 inches). The rain caused a sudden rise in rivers, some of which already reached historic levels before the next round of heavy rain hits the region. The nation’s biggest rivers are flooding, too… read more

Video Shows Strangers Rescue Babies From Watery Grave in Texas


It was a scene out of a watery hell: A vehicle flipped over by a flooded Texas highway, good Samaritans trying desperately to pull two trapped babies out, a blaring horn, the crackle of thunder, the desperate cries of rescuers racing against time.

Jaime Martinez, who was heading to a party with a pal on Saturday when he came across the rescue-in-progress, knew just what to do. Thirty years ago, he had been a firefighter in Guatemala, and he never dreamed he would need to tap that training again.

“It was something that I can’t believe happened,” Martinez, 58 and overcome with emotion, told NBC News on Monday. “People were crying, there was a lot of confusion. The parents were still in the car at the time. Everyone was trying to do as much as they could do.”… read more