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World weather news, November 2015

At least three people have died and hundreds of thousands were without power on Tuesday as a severe storm packing high winds unleashed across the north-west USA. Police said a woman in her 50s was killed when a tree toppled taking down power lines as it fell in Spokane on Tuesday afternoon. Fire crews were unable to resuscitate the woman. Puget Sound Energy reported nearly 178,000 customers without power in its western Washington region Tuesday night as trees toppled onto roadways and power lines.
Four people have died in bushfires burning out of control near the West Australian town of Esperance. The fires were started by lightning strikes. There are also severe and extreme fire danger warnings for South Australia over coming days. Temperatures were expected to exceed 40C in parts of the state on Wednesday, with a total fire ban in place across 12 districts. A total fire ban is in place for the second straight day in the Mallee region in north-western Victoria, with severe fire risk and temperatures into the low 40s expected on Wednesday.
Another powerful tropical low has renewed flooding and caused widespread disruption across southern India. The slow movement of this storm will result in several days of tropical downpours for parts of India, further elevating the risk for flooding. Areas from Nagapattinam northward to Nellore have already received 100-200 mm with localized amounts over 300 mm (12 inches) causing widespread flooding. In Chennai, rainfall for the month of November has already reached more than 635 mm, which is more than double the normal rainfall of the entire month. The flooding has closed schools and roadways and cancelled train service across Chennai, according to the Times of India.
Thousands of people are without power in the Republic of Ireland as the effects of Storm Barney take hold. RTÉ reports that a number of flights have been cancelled at Cork airport and weather warnings are in place. A number of power outages have also been reported with about 25,000 customers affected. Aer Lingus regional flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have been cancelled. This is also the case with some City Jet flights to and from London City Airport.
Up to 150 homes which had electricity cut off after winds of up to 85mph battered Wales have had power restored. At its height, ScottishPower said 6,000 customers were off supply in north Wales while Western Power Distribution said 1,600 properties were affected. But on Wednesday evening, ScottishPower said power had been restored, as did Western Power Distribution. There were reports of roofs being damaged and trees blocking some roads. Wrexham council said there were more than 20 incidents in the county, mainly trees blown over, in Gresford, Rossett, Ruabon, Erddig and Overton. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service received about 20 calls from people across Pembrokeshire and four calls from Swansea about trees down and parts of roofs being blown away. Irish Ferries reports disruption between Pembroke and Rosslare due to adverse weather conditions. There were peak gusts of 85 mph in Aberdaron, 84 mph in Capel Curig, 83 mph in Lake Vyrnwy and 80 mph in Pembrey.
Highs of more than 30C have been forecast across most of Australia for Thursday, bringing an extreme risk of fire. Many states were experiencing a heatwave on Thursday, with severe to extreme conditions continuing in the Top End of Australia and low intensity in much of New South Wales, the northern parts of Western Australia, northern Victoria and southern Queensland. Sydney was forecast to reach 32C, with temperatures expected to reach 41C in the city's west on Friday. Brisbane and Canberra were expecting peaks of 33C and 34C on Thursday, while Darwin and Adelaide were forecast to reach 35C. With the hot weather expected to continue into the weekend, the Bureau of Meterology has issued fire danger warnings for several states in a bid to prevent bushfires.

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Last updated 20 November 2015.

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