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World weather news, June 2016

The storms that hit New Jersey in the morning brought heavy rains and strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines. No injuries were reported. But the storm knocked the roof off a Camden County College building and caused a partial roof collapse at an Atlantic City apartment building. Rides at the Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson were briefly shuttered after the park lost power. And Camden Riverline service was briefly suspended between the Pennsauken Transit Center and Route 73 in Pennsauken due to a downed tree blocking the tracks. Roughly 30,000 people had no power as of late Wednesday afternoon.
A very wet spring season continued for parts of the central United States this week resulting in swollen rivers, evacuations, traffic problems and several fatalities. In southeastern Texas, the Brazos River in Richmond reached a record flood stage of 54 feet. Elsewhere along the river, about 150 people had to be evacuated in Rosenberg, Texas. Unprecedented water levels were observed in the northern part of the town. Nine soldiers were killed after their vehicle overturned at a low-water crossing near Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday. The bodies of four missing soldiers were recovered on Friday, according to the Fort Hood Press Center.
At least five people died in flooding across France and Germany, authorities say. Search teams in the Bavarian town of Simbach am Inn found the bodies of three people who had been trapped in a house and a woman was found dead by a nearby stream. In central France an 86-year-old woman lost her life. Dozens of towns have been inundated and people have been saved by helicopter. Forecasters say waters are expected to keep rising for several days. The floods are thought to have caused substantial damage. The worst affected area in southern Germany is the district of Rottal Inn, where a disaster centre has been established. In the town of Triftern, rivers and streams burst their banks. Floodwaters dragged along cars, trees and furniture from flooded homes. In many places the water reached several metres above street level. The inhabitants, surprised by the sudden flooding, had to be rescued by helicopter. However, 250 children who had been trapped in a school in Triftern over Tuesday night were able to leave the building on Wednesday evening, officials said. A further 350 pupils in Simbach am Inn were also brought to safety and a refugee shelter in the town was evacuated. The floods were also declared an emergency in the historic town of Passau, on the border with Austria, the scene of massive flooding three years ago. In nearby Pfarrkirchen more than 35 mm fell in the space of six hours on Wednesday, according to DWD. In France, the town of Nemours, near Paris, had to be evacuated. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said emergency workers had carried out more than 8,000 rescue operations over two days between the Belgian border and the Burgundy region. Central France has seen some of its worst flooding in 100 years. The Loiret area received the average rainfall of six weeks in three days. The high level of the Seine in Paris led to the closure of many promenades, amid fears the water could rise another metre in coming days. Some 10,000 emergency call-outs have been made by fire services nationwide in France since Sunday.
The death toll from a powerful storm which lashed Australia's east coast and left homes hanging over the edge of the sea rose to four Tuesday, with three people still missing. Torrential rains caused flooding across New South Wales over the weekend, with three people dying after their vehicles were swept away in rising waters. In Sydney, high winds and huge seas caused coastal erosion which washed away beachfront lawns and damaged homes. The storm then swept south to Victoria and the island state of Tasmania, where one woman died after her house was inundated and where two other people are still missing after being swept away by floodwaters. In New South Wales, where the rain has eased, waves which on the weekend punched holes into surfside buildings and in one case swept an in-ground swimming pool onto the beach, caused further damage. In the northern Sydney suburb of Collaroy, up to 50 metres of the beach had been lost, coastal engineer Ian Turner told AFP, with officials concerned about the safety of seven waterfront homes. The Insurance Council of Australia said as of early Tuesday, insurers had received 14,500 claims across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, with estimated insured losses of Aus$56 million (US$41.6 million).
Organisers of Rock Am Ring in Mendig pulled the plug on the weekend event on Sunday morning (05Jun16) "out of responsibility for the welfare" of almost 90,000 festival-goers. Lightning struck the site on Friday night, leaving at least 80 people injured, and the casualty list increased over the weekend, as heavy rain storms hit Rock Am Ring. The festival was briefly suspended on Saturday, but reopened for evening performers. Lightning also hit the festival site in 2015, injuring 33 people.
Tropical Storm Colin made landfall near Deckle Beach in Taylor County, Florida, on Monday night. The storm then raced across northern Florida early Tuesday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday in preparation for the storm. Scott also activated the state's national guard, with more than 6,000 guardsmen ready for deployment. Portions of the Florida Panhandle received up to 10 inches of rain in under 12 hours on Monday. As Colin rolled ashore, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking houseboat in Bradenton Beach, Florida, according to a local news outlet.
Northern Tasmania is grappling with the most devastating flooding it has experienced in decades after a severe weather system that devastated Queensland and New South Wales hit the state. As night fell, police held grave concerns for two elderly people reported missing in the Tasmanian floodwaters, which continue to rise. By Monday night more than 100 people in Latrobe in Tasmania had been evacuated by helicopter and boat, including a family of three rescued from the roof of their car. Residents in St Leonards, in Launceston, had also been evacuated. A flood watch is in place for all Tasmanian river basins, with some areas experiencing in excess of 200 mm of rainfall.
A house has been struck by lightning and several others flooded during torrential downpours in parts of Scotland. The band of heavy rain also caused travel problems, flooding a number of routes in the Scottish Borders. Firefighters were called to a property in Mayfield, Midlothian, after it was hit by lightning. No-one was hurt but the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent five appliances to the scene to deal with roof damage. Three people were trapped in their cars after being submerged in flash floods in south-east London. Luton Airport warned flash flooding in the local area had hit the power supply to the airport and wider vicinity. The Environment Agency said 1.4 inches (3.5cm) of rain fell in London in one hour. Elsewhere, a man and a boy are in a critical condition and a girl is seriously ill after they were struck by lightning in Lisburn, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. Bedfordshire Police said it was currently only able to respond to life-threatening emergencies in Dunstable town centre due to floodwater. In south London, flash floods hit Mitcham, Croydon and Wallington. The road near Wallington Station was under two metres of flood water, the fire brigade said. Firefighters were called to London Road in Croydon after lightning struck several buildings. The brigade said it attended a small fire, however, it was out within 30 minutes. Trees, billboards and telephone poles were also set on fire by the lightning. Between 01:00 and 16:00 on Tuesday, the Met Office recorded 47 mm of rainfall at Kenley Airfield in Surrey, 29.6 mm in Ravensworth in north Yorkshire and 21.2 mm in Lough Fea in Northern Ireland.
After a delay of almost seven days, Southwest Monsoon on Tuesday finally hit Kerala, marking the official commencement of rainy season in the country, as heavy showers in the southern state left one person dead. It has also advanced into most parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of south interior Karnataka and remaining parts of south Bay of Bengal, according to IMD. Several parts of Kerala have been receiving heavy rains since Monday night which left a 36-year-old man dead due to landslip in Idukki district of Kerala. To declare the onset of monsoon over Kerala, the IMD has three important parameters. The 14 stations at which the rainfall is being monitored for declaring the Monsoon onset over Kerala have reported widespread rainfall for the last 48 hours with more than 60 per cent of stations recording rainfall on June 7 and 8. The Westerly/ West-southwesterly winds of the order of 30-40 kmph were observed upto 600 hPa (approximately upto 4.5 km) over the south Arabian Sea. The satellite (INSAT-3D) derived Outgoing Longwave Radiation value was less than 200 W/m2 on June 8. "All these three conditions got fulfilled for the first time today i.e. June 8 since the monitoring was started by IMD from May 10. As a result, the Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala, Tuesday, June 8, 2016." The usual date for onset of monsoon is June 1. The season is also expected to witness "above normal" rainfall after two consecutive seasons of weak monsoon.
The French Insurance Association (AFA) has released a more formal initial estimate of the insurance industry losses to be expected from the recent French flooding, saying that the final loss could be as much as EUR1.4 billion (approximately $1.6 billion). The figure from the AFA is a little lower than the estimate cited by the director general of the French mutual insurers group the MAIF, who said that the French flooding and storms could result in an insurance industry loss of EUR2 billion ($2.3 billion) or more. The difference in estimates of the industry losses that will be faced by insurance and reinsurance firms is typical of a loss that is largely flood related. Flood loss events are difficult to quantify and it can take time for claims to be filed, with damage continuing to occur after the rains stop and while flood waters remain.
In London firefighters and control staff dealt with another deluge in weather related calls yesterday afternoon as parts of London were hit with flash floods. Between 3pm and 6.15pm the Brigade took 436 calls. Of those 150 were flooding related and 10 of those calls were to people trapped in vehicles. The largest amount of calls came North and North West London with Harrow and Pinner the worst affected.
Flights have been diverted away from Bristol Airport this morning because of fog at Lulsgate. The Easyjet flight from Belfast (Easyjet EZY 444), scheduled to arrive at 9.40am, has been diverted to Cardiff Airport, while a number of other flights are currently being held overhead in the hope the fog will lift.

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Last updated 9 June 2016.

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