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World weather news, October 2014

Cars were swallowed by rushing floodwaters that diced through streets in the Canary Islands, Spain, over the weekend. A bout of rattling thunderstorms and torrential rain pushed over the region due to a low pressure system spinning to the west of the islands. Rainfall averaged 50 to 100 mm across the islands, most of which fell within a six-hour time frame on Sunday. According to local reports, as many as five people died during the flooding. One woman reportedly died after being trapped under a parked car, unable to escape as flood waters rushed through local streets. Schools in Tenerife, one of the most devastated areas, are set to open on Tuesday after being closed for cleanup efforts on Monday, according to local government.
Strong winds have buffeted the UK as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo hit. Planes wobbled at they came in to land at Manchester Airport, while about 10,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations at Heathrow. A woman died and four people were taken to hospital after winds felled trees and caused widespread disruption. Gusts of up to 88mph - the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo - hit Oban in western Scotland, while most of the UK saw strong winds. The woman died in central London, with a man hurt in a nearby incident and three people injured in West Sussex. The strongest winds in the UK were recorded mainly in northern parts of the country and in Wales. Ferry services were cancelled, roads closed and hundreds left without power in parts of Scotland At one stage 400 people were left without electricity as gusts of up to 70mph caused travel disruption and power cuts in Wales
After slamming areas from the United Kingdom and Ireland into central Europe with damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall earlier this week, a powerful storm storm system containing the remnants of former Hurricane Gonzalo hit other parts of Europe Rainfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday totalled 50-100 mm from southern Austria and western Hungary into Slovenia and northern Croatia. Flooding of homes and streets was reported in Slovenia, especially around the capital of Ljubljana where 137 mm of rain fell in under six hours. Wednesday night into Thursday, the heaviest rain fell across southwest Romania, Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. While rainfall averaged 25-50 mm, some areas received as much as 100 mm.
A nor'easter storm battered New England on Wednesday night as widespread damage was reported. Tens of thousands of customers were without power across Connecticut, New York, Maine and Massachusetts. At one point, 44,000 customers throughout the area were without power. Strong winds sent trees crashing throughout the region, blocking roadways across Massachusetts according to local fire departments and trained National Weather Service spotters. Winds gusted close to 60 mph at Blue Hill Observatory. LaGuardia Airport and Philadelphia International Airport experienced over 500 flight delays each as the storm created hazardous conditions. Boston's Logan International Airport and New York's JFK International Airport both suffered extensive delays as well. Some flooding was reported in New Jersey and Massachusetts, closing area roadways.
A "running-mate" is being sought for a top job in the Lake District. Two fell-top assessors take turns at making the daily climb to Helvellyn's 950m summit to report on conditions for the Weatherline service. The Lake District National Park Authority said conditions could change rapidly on the fells so the service was "almost beyond value" in helping to keep visitors and locals safe. One of the posts, which run from December to Easter, is now vacant. Jon Bennett, who has been a fell-top assessor for eight years, described it as a "dream job", even though he often has to brave snow drifts and wind chill temperatures down to -16C.

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Last updated 24 October 2014.

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