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World weather news, September 2021

Tropical Storm Nicholas slowed to a crawl over the Houston area after making landfall as a hurricane, knocking out power to a half-million homes and businesses and dumping more than a foot of rain along an area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Nicholas made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm. It was about 10 miles south-east of Houston, with maximum winds of 45 mph as of 10 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Scientists say damaging storms are becoming more frequent and more intense as part of human-caused climate change. According to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach, only four other years since 1966 have had 14 or more named storms by 12 September: 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2020. Galveston, Texas, saw nearly 14 inches of rain from Nicholas, while Houston reported more than 6 inches.
More than 1.2 million people have been affected after heavy rains over the past couple of days caused rivers to overflow and embankments to fail in the Indian state of West Bengal. The situation worsened after dam releases in the neighbouring state of Jharkhand. At least 10 people have lost their lives and 1300 were forced to evacuate, state authorities said on the 20th. The worst-hit areas are the districts of Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur.
Torrential downpours hit parts of southern Spain, causing severe flash flooding in the province of Huelva. The floods inundated homes and swept away vehicles in the cities of Huelva and Lepe, and caused more than 600 emergency interventions. According to the Andalusian Meteorological Agency, parts of the province received as much as 100 mm of rain in a 12-hour period today. According to AEMET, the town of Cartaya recorded 118 mm in 24 hours, with 112.4 mm in just 1 hour.
Five climbers have died after a blizzard on Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, Russia's emergencies ministry has said. The incident happened when a group of 19 climbers were at an altitude of over 5,000 metres. Elbrus, located in Russia's North Caucasus, is the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 m. The remaining 14 were taken down to the Azau valley below and the rescue was carried out in "the most difficult conditions" with strong winds, low visibility and subzero temperatures, it said.

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Last updated 27 September 2021.

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