World weather news

World weather news, October 2017

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At least seven people died, five of them in their vehicles, and the public was warned to stay indoors as gale force winds and rain swept across northern Germany. Public transport was also severely disrupted. Category 3 storm warnings, on a scale that goes up to 4, were issued for much of northern and eastern Germany due to storm Xavier. Storm Xavier, which reached speeds of up to 115 km/h, killed at least seven people. Bus services began to run again in Berlin on Thursday evening but a spokesman for BVG Berlin transport said the service may not be fully restored until after Friday morning and checks on the network had been made. Hundreds of people were stranded as their trains were cancelled in the capital. Deutsche Bahn canceled long-distance trains to and from Berlin as well as services in Lower Saxony, Schleswig Holstein and Bremen and commuter trains in Hamburg. Bremen and Hanover airports cancelled some international flights. Passengers arriving in Berlin remained on board their aircraft as the storm swept over Tegel and Schoenefeld airports and authorities temporarily suspended operations.
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Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the US Gulf coast before weakening rapidly on Sunday. Nate was the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005. It quickly lost power, diminishing to a tropical depression as it pushed north into Alabama and towards Georgia with heavy rain. It was a category 1 hurricane when it came ashore outside Biloxi early on Sunday, its second landfall after initially hitting south-eastern Louisiana on Saturday evening. The storm surge from the Mississippi Sound littered Biloxi’s main beachfront highway with debris and flooded a casino lobby and parking structure overnight. By dawn, however, receding floodwaters did not reveal any obvious signs of widespread damage in a city where Katrina had leveled thousands of beachfront homes and businesses. No storm-related deaths or injuries were immediately reported. More than 100,000 residents in Mississippi and Alabama were without power on Sunday morning, although some were starting to get electricity restored. About 6,800 customers lost power in Florida, Governor Rick Scott said.
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At least nine people are dead after dangerous conditions unfolded from Durban to Johannesburg, South Africa, stranding vehicles and toppling trees. One police officer of Durban was pronounced dead, when a container fell on his car on Tuesday morning, according to Times LIVE of Johannesburg. Two other people died when a wall collapsed at the Umlazi hospital, while eThekiwini officials report that another man died when attempting to cross a flooded river. Others travelling in and around the Durban area found themselves trapped by rising floodwaters and blown-over trees. As of Tuesday afternoon, local time, areas south of Durban, including Paddock, had more than 140 mm of rainfall from the storm. Rising water levels nearby rivers flooded both of the roadways and homes, prompting the closure of some local schools. Garrith Jamieson, a Rescue Care spokesperson for the area, said there were dozens of water rescues in the cities of Pietermaritzburg, Isipingo and Umlazi.
11th
Some parts of Cumbria (UK) saw more than 206 mm of rain fall in less than 24 hours, according to provisional figures from the Environment Agency. Honister, Seathwaite and Ennerdale were the worst hit areas as torrential downpours closed schools and disrupted road and rail travel. The agency issued 18 flood alerts and eight flood warnings, while a Met Office yellow warning for rain was in place for much of Wednesday. No serious injuries were reported.
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Vietnamese authorities say 37 people have died from floods and landslides caused by heavy rain. Another 40 are missing, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes, as a tropical depression sweeps across northern and central Vietnam. The South East Asian country often experiences severe storms, and sees several deaths every year from floods. The latest bout began on Monday, and weather officials have warned that the tropical depression may intensify into a more powerful storm in coming days. The death toll was one of the highest ever recorded in the country that was caused by flooding, Reuters reported Vietnam's disaster prevention agency as saying. Officials say at least 16,000 homes have been submerged. The northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh provinces have been particularly hard hit, with reports of widespread inundation and deadly landslides, and homes washed away.

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Last updated 12 October 2017.

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