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World weather news, May 2019

A potent thunderstorm hammered areas north and east of Raleigh, North Carolina, before midday. Hail as large as quarters and golf balls pelted these areas as downpours swept through. Multiple trees were downed by strong wind gusts, including some on homes near Knightdale, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Downed trees blocked traffic near Pilot as traffic lights were knocked down by gusts. Some structures were also reportedly damaged in the area. A tornado may have touched down near Zebulon, North Carolina, but the National Weather Service has not confirmed the tornado.
The imminent impact on the health of Mexicans continues to increase as a result of the wildfires roaring out of control in and around the country's capital over the past four days. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis reported that the level of Extraordinary Atmospheric Environmental Contingency is being maintained due to dangerously high levels of ash particles and ozone in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico. Although the emergency declaration was not accompanied by customary driving restrictions, it was later ordered that most cars leave the road from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., under the "Do not Travel Today" traffic control system. A high pressure system is preventing the dispersion of pollutants, and high temperatures are prolonging the drought that has affected the country in recent months.
California and surrounding states are getting soaked by a major storm more typical of the winter months. Rain began overspreading northern portions of the state at midweek. San Francisco picked up its average rainfall for all of May on Wednesday alone as 0.47 inches fell. Venado, California, recorded 5 inches of rain as of early Thursday morning, which set a new rainfall record for any day in May. The previous record at Venado was 3.28 inches set on 18 May 2005.
North Korea has said it is suffering its worst drought in 37 years and called on its citizens to "battle" against the crop damage caused by it. It comes after the UN said that up to 10 million North Koreans were "in urgent need of food assistance". North Koreans had been surviving on just 300g (10.5 oz) of food a day so far this year, the UN report said. In the 1990s, a devastating famine is believed to have killed hundreds of thousands of North Koreans. North Korea's state media outlet KCNA said 54.4mm of rain fell throughout the country in the first five months of the year. It said this was the lowest level recorded since 1982.

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Last updated 16 May 2019.

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