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World weather news, November 2019

Cyclone Bulbul has ripped through coastal areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13 people while more than two million others were forced to spend a night in storm shelters. The storm packed winds of up to 120 km/h, injuring dozens and destroying thousands of homes. Officials say that further casualties were avoided because people were evacuated in time. Seven people were killed in the Indian state of West Bengal, the state's minister for disaster management told reporters. The five victims hit by trees in Bangladesh included a 52-year old woman who died when a tree dropped onto her house. A 60-year-old fisherman also lost his life after ignoring evacuation warnings. Around 1,200 tourists, most of them Bangladeshi, were stuck on St Martin's Island, part of Cox's Bazar district, an official told the Reuters news agency. Bangladesh's two biggest ports, Mongla and Chittagong, were closed and flights into Chittagong airport were stopped.
Across New South Wales more than 575 schools were closed today, while aged care homes remained on high alert and animal shelters scrambled to re-home pets as much of the state prepares for catastrophic fire conditions. The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, declared a week-long state of emergency on Monday in the wake of devastating fires on the state's mid-north coast in which three people died and at least 150 homes were destroyed. While favourable conditions helped ease the bushfire threat on Monday, more than 60 bushfires continue to ravage the state and the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast "hot, dry and gusty winds" on Tuesday which "will generate very dangerous fire conditions across large parts of the state". More than 1,300 firefighters have been mobilised and the chief of the defence force has ordered defence bases to provide any assistance requested by local firefighters. The severe fire danger prompted the Rural Fire Service to declare a catastrophic fire danger warning for large chunks of the state, including in the greater Sydney area, the Hunter, Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. It is the first time the warning has been issued in greater Sydney and the first state of emergency since October 2013, when major bushfires killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the state's Blue Mountains region.
Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says. The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years will leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. The waters in Venice peaked at 1.87 m, according to the tide monitoring centre. Only once since official records began in 1923 has the tide been higher, reaching 1.94 m in 1966. Images showed popular tourist sites left completely flooded and people wading through the streets as Venice was hit by a storm. St Mark's Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas. St Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, according to church records. Pierpaolo Campostrini, a member of St Mark's council, said four of those floods had now occurred within the past 20 years. The city of Venice is made up of more than 100 islands inside a lagoon off the north-east coast of Italy. Two people died on the island of Pellestrina, a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. A man was electrocuted as he tried to start a pump in his home and a second person was found dead elsewhere.
An Arctic air mass has brought record-breaking low temperatures to several places in the US. The Arctic blast, which began in Siberia, has brought heavy snow and ice to many areas. Daily records have been set in states including Kansas and Illinois. Four traffic deaths have been linked to the bad weather and more than 1,000 flights have been cancelled. Schools have also been closed in some areas. The National Weather Service (NSW) said the air mass was continuing to spread from the Plains towards the East Coast. Several cities in Kansas set record low temperatures on Tuesday, when compared to the same date in previous years. The lowest temperature was recorded in Garden City, where it dropped to -1F (-18C), breaking the record of 7F set last year. Chicago recorded a low of 7F, breaking the previous record of 8F set in 1986, the NWS said. The city also set a daily record for snowfall on Monday. A temperature of 8F in Indianapolis marked the city's earliest recorded autumn temperature in single digits (F).

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Last updated 13 November 2019

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