World weather news

World weather news, November 2017

A tornado tore through Indonesia's East Java province on Wednesday, injuring at least 35 people and damaging 600 homes. Dwidjo Prawito of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency told Reuters the tornado churned for roughly five minutes with speeds of 70 km/h.
Firefighters have rescued more than 70 people as torrential rain caused widespread flooding and power blackouts across north-west England and north Wales. Parts of north Lancashire, including Lancaster and the village of Galgate, were the worst affected as heavy rain fell in areas badly hit by Storm Desmond two years ago. Emergency crews received about 500 flood-related calls and attended more than 100 incidents in Lancashire overnight, evacuating 30 people from their homes and rescuing 20 horses from the rising flood water. The Met Office said about 43 mm of rain had fallen in 24 hours in parts of Lancashire, while further north in Cumbria about half a month's rain, 89 mm, was recorded in 36 hours at Shap. Hundreds of homes on Lancashire's Fylde coast, near Blackpool, were without electricity on Thursday morning as residents woke up to power blackouts, travel disruption and school closures. The Environment Agency issued 25 flood alerts and warnings across the north-west of England on Thursday morning, with a further 12 in place in north Yorkshire and the north-east of England.
Glencoe Mountain has become the first of Scotland's mountain outdoor snowsports centres to open for skiing and snowboarding for the new season. The centre said it had enough snow to make available some of its runs that are accessed by chair and ski lifts. CairnGorm Mountain, Nevis Range and Lecht hope to be able to open soon with the help of expected further falls of snow. Glenshee said it has enough snow at the moment for sledging. The first of Scotland's outdoor snowsports centres to open for the new season was Lowther Hills Ski Area in the south of Scotland. The area was able to open for snowsports on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Last season's Scottish snowsports season has been described as challenging, with mild temperatures and a lack of snow. Glencoe Mountain, which dates to 1956, said last season was its worst on record. Only 32 days of skiing was possible in poor conditions.

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Last updated 9 November 2017.

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