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California, USA – Torrential downpours were inundating Southern California on Friday, flooding streets and prompting water rescues. Officials said at least four people had died in the storm. One was found in a vehicle that was under water. It was snowing heavily at higher elevations. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties were under a similar watch.

Java, Indonesia – Flooding has struck several areas in Central Java over recent days, displacing thousands of local residents and cutting off access via main roads. For the last two days, the overflowing Pemali, Cisaranggung and Babakan rivers have damaged embankments, causing flooding in several areas, including Brebes, Wanasari, Banjarharjo, Losari and Jatibarang. Flooding struck 10 villages in Brebes regency, forcing 4,930 people to be evacuated from the area.

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Saudi Arabia – A Saudi train derailed near the eastern city of Dammam on Friday, injuring 18 people, after flooding from heavy rains caused the rail line to drift, the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) said in a statement. The 193 passengers and six crew members were transferred to another train and taken to Dammam after the incident that occurred at about 1 a.m., it said, adding that all injuries were minor.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo) has dissipated as it moved in over Mozambique and eastern South Africa, although heavy rains and winds associated with its remnants remain hazardous.

The storm has killed seven people in Mozambique and already displaced 130,000 people and 20,000 houses, as well as clinics and schools, have been destroyed. It’s now made landfall in South Africa, in parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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Israel – Winter storm buffets Israel with freezing rain, floods. Snow falls on Golan but not expected to reach Jerusalem, where temperatures forecast to hover above freezing. Flood warnings were issued for the Judean Desert and Dead Sea regions, and Israeli rescue units have warned citizens against approaching rivers in those areas either by car or foot. The Sea of Galilee rose one centimetre on Wednesday.

British Columbia, Canada – High temperatures in Prince George broke a weather record more than 100 years old this week, flooding homes and streets as ice from a recent deep freeze clogged up storm drains.

Saudi Arabia – Saudi authorities have reported the death of one person on Wednesday and the rescue of hundreds of others after severe flooding in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region. Flooding in the region caused road closures and the launch of warning sirens in Abha dam area.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo), located approximately 136 nm west-southwest of Europa island, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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Western Australia – Update – The deadly floods in Western Australia have claimed another life after heavy rain fell across the state. Large parts of WA remain on alert after ongoing downpours swamped the state. As authorities assess the damage, a second man was killed in the floods.

Indonesia – Flash floods that took place in several parts of Sambelia district in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, over the weekend have inundated residential areas and displaced around 500 people. High-intensity rainfall on Lombok Island from Friday to Saturday caused floods that cut access to some locations. Floods had also caused a bridge to collapse in Sambelia village, while in Sugian village, a section of an embankment in the Kokok Pendek River collapsed, preventing road access, damaging an elementary school building and causing minor damages to at least 75 houses.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo), located approximately 78 nm west of Europa island, is tracking southwestward at 03 knots.

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Wyoming, USA – Residents along the Bighorn River in northern Wyoming are battling major flooding with the help of National Guard troops and others. The flooding began over the weekend when warm temperatures melted snow and ice jams caused water to back up. More than 100 homes were evacuated in Worland.

Western Australia – Update – Most of Western Australia – an area the size of Western Europe – has been declared a natural disaster area following flooding that has killed at least one person. The flooding that has lashed the state is the worst in 30 years in some areas and is estimated to have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage with roads, bridges and farms affected.

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California, USA – Nearly 200,000 people were ordered to be evacuated as California authorities try to fix America’s tallest dam that could unleash uncontrollable floods if it fails. Civilians were told to get in their cars and leave the area surrounding the Oroville Dam in Northern California because of its damaged spillway. Heavy rainfall meant water in Lake Oroville reached a 50-year high and a gaping chasm in the main spillway disrupted the flow of the water, prompting fears a 30-foot wall of water would be unleashed in flash floods akin to a tsunami. The extra water meant the dam’s emergency spillway was called into action for the first time in half a century. Experts estimated the dam would be breached at 4.45pm yesterday, but dropping huge rocks into the 170-foot by 250-foot hole appears to have relieved the problem temporarily.

Western Australia – Grape growers are facing multimillion-dollar losses after floods inundated vineyards across the Swan Valley today. Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) Carlos continues to weaken and is expected to dissipate as it moves southeast at 19 mph into the southern Indian Ocean.

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Northern California, USA – Heavy floods continue to damage parts of Northern California Saturday. Despite seeing a break in the rain, residents continued to feel the effects of the latest storm. Evacuations have been issued in the low-lying areas of Wilton and Point Pleasant.

Western Australia – With much of the continent enduring intense heat, several small communities in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region are dealing with floodwaters. Water levels within the Avon River catchment are expected rise over the weekend with up to 70mm of rain recorded in the 24 hours to Friday night, the Bureau of Meteorology says. Flooding hit the community of Toodyay, along Stirling Terrace, and Mortlock River East at O’Driscolls Farm on Saturday morning. Moderate flooding was also expected along the river in Beverley, with water under the town’s bridge at 1.75m and rising. Residents in Northam were also told to expect minor flooding with some already deciding to head to higher ground.

Indonesia – At least 13 people have been killed and thousands more made homeless after devastating floods swept across Indonesia. The idyllic tourist hotspot of Bali was partially submerged after five days of torrential rain triggered deadly landslides. Rivers on Sumbawa Island burst their banks following rainfall of 12 to 28 inches, flooding seven sub-districts. Some 8,000 were stranded in their villages in two sub-districts which are now only accessible by boat. The agency warned more heavy rains could be on the way, bringing with it further flooding and landslides adding to the misery of remaining residents, many of whom live in stilt houses. Millions of people live in mountainous areas or on flood plains, with heavy rainfall regularly causing landslides and floods on the archipelago.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) Tropical Storm Carlos’ maximum sustained winds were near 51.7 mph (45 knots/83.3 kph). Carlos’ winds peaked on February 9. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) expects Carlos to continue weakening. Carlos was centred near 28.5 degrees south latitude and 60.8 degrees east longitude, about 502 nautical miles southeast of Port Louis, Mauritius. Carlos was moving to the southeast at 17 mph (15 knots/28 kph).

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USA – Winter storm Niko has blanketed the Northeast with between 8 and 12 inches of snow, with some areas of New England expecting up to 18 inches (46 centimetres) over the past two days. The storm canceled thousands of flights and closed numerous schools and businesses in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and smaller communities. And the snow continues to fall.

Colorado, USA -Winds on the Front Range, foothills and mountains created problems throughout the state on Friday, from delayed flights to blown over tractor-trailers on State highways. The National Weather Service in Boulder said gusts could be north of 95 mph. On Berthoud Pass, one gust was clocked at 101 mph.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) turned southwards over the south-west Indian Ocean. Its centre is located approximately 364 km south-west of La Reunion (France).

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Afghanistan – The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas. Twenty-two provinces in Afghanistan have been blanketed by days of heavy snowfall, triggering avalanches, destroying buildings and leaving many trapped in their snowbound homes. The worst-hit province is northeastern Nuristan where at least 68 people have been killed. More than 300 people have been injured while more than 500 were rescued in various parts of the country.

Idaho, USA – Much of southern Idaho is in a state of flood warnings and advisories after heavy rain. A number of houses in Elmore Country were flooded due to a swollen creek. Many homeowners resorted to sandbagging their homes. Several raids in the area were closed or blocked by floodwaters.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) continued moving west south-west over the south-west Indian Ocean, slightly weakening, but remaining a Tropical Storm. Its centre is located approximately 300 km south south-west of the south-western coast of La Reunion (France). Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue moving south-west, strengthening. Local media reported at least 4 000 people left without power, several flights cancelled and schools closed throughout La Reunion.

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Singapore – Flash floods were reported in various parts of Singapore including the Orchard Road area as heavy rains hit the island on Wednesday (Feb 8) evening.

DR Congo – Two people died on Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa after torrential rains caused flooding in some parts of the city. The city’s wet season normally runs from October to May, and it is mostly of the impoverished districts of the capital that are hardest hit by flooding as they sit near the Ndjili and Matete tributaries of the giant Congo River.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) The centre of the system is currently located around 200km to the west of La Reunion. Here the administrative capital, Saint-Denis recorded 126mm of rain on Tuesday. That’s more than 80 per cent of the February average of 153mm. Carlos is currently packing winds of 90 gusting 120 kilometres per hour. It is expected to strengthen further in the warm open waters of the Southern Indian Ocean as it moves southwestward. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre expect the storm to reach maximum intensity on Wednesday with sustained winds of 130km/h and gusts nearer 160km/h. That would make it equivalent to a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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Nevada, USA – A major storm packing a triple threat Tuesday dumped more than a foot of new snow in the Sierra Nevada, unleashed heavy rain that triggered flooding and mudslides in the valleys around Reno and Carson City, and pushed potentially damaging winds across much of western Nevada. The National Weather Service issued avalanche, flooding and high wind warnings up and down the eastern front of the mountains. A 147-mph wind gust was reported over the ridgetop at Alpine Meadows southwest of Tahoe.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) is situated over the islands of Mauritius and Reunion. Maximum wind gusts of 98 km/h. Carlos is moving south-southwestward at 10 km/h. The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre said that Tropical Cyclone Carlos will peak at 80 knots (92 mph/148 kph) in on Feb. 9 as it begins curving to the southeast away from southeastern Madagascar in over the open ocean.

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Sydney, Australia – A sudden storm hit the city and surrounding suburbs on Tuesday leaving thousands of homes without power, more than a dozen people trapped in their cars in floodwaters, and others stuck due to closed roads. Light rail lines were suspended, flights were delayed and murder trials were interrupted when the Supreme Court building in the CBD was evacuated as water streamed down internal stairs. Almost half the average rainfall for February hit Sydney on Tuesday. There are fears a home may completely collapse following wild weather in Sydney today, which also prompted the evacuation of 100 people from an apartment block.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) is moving toward the islands of Mauritius and Reunion and is expected to bring wind gusts of 80 km/h, strengthening in some areas on Monday night. High seas are anticipated. Flood-like situation may also affect the rivers and waterways. People are advised not to venture to these locations and avoid sea excursions. Carlos is moving southward at 9 km/h.

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Fiji – Heavy rains from last night until this morning caused flash flooding with more rain forecast throughout the week.

Australia – Rain battered Victoria on Sunday and led to flash flooding, power outages and damages to homes in the Melbourne area. Only 5-10 millimetres of rain is expected on Monday, following on from a wet Sunday that saw up to 33mm in parts of Melbourne and 46mm at Arthurs Seat.

USA – The Wisconsin River has reached flood stage at Portage, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for Columbia County. The river reaches flood stage at 17 feet. As of 5:45 PM on Sunday, the river was at 17.84 feet.

USA – Ada County Highway District crews worked to clear heavy flooding in the Southfork Subdivision near South Cole and Amity roads in Boise, Idaho. Homeowners placed sandbags around their properties as ACHD trucks worked to pump water from the streets.

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In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical Cyclone “Carlos” (04S) has formed east of Madagascar on February 4, 2017 as the fourth named tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 southern hemisphere season, the fewest on record since 1928. Carlos could affect Mauritius and Réunion as a significant tropical storm. The current forecast track takes it right over Réunion on February 7.

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Malaysia – Residents from several houses in Brinchang were forced to flee their houses following flash floods yesterday. Cameron Highlands Fire and Rescue chief Mohd Haziq Hazmi said water rose to one-meter high before subsiding, leaving a thick layer of mud. He said a number of houses in Kampung Lama, Tringkap were also affected by the flash flood, but none of the residents were evacuated.

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Peru – At least 14 people have died and some 30,000 people have been affected by heavy flooding throughout Peru, the government and Operation Centre for National Emergencies (Indeci) reported on Wednesday, as a state of emergency was declared in the capital, Lima. Rain triggered floods which destroyed a bridge and blocked the Central Highway in Lima, the main route connecting the capital with the centre of the country. The intense rainfall caused the Huaycoloro River to overflow and burst its banks. This river empties into the Rimac River but the flooding spread water through the streets of Lima until it flooded the Ramiro Priale highway, causing road closures and traffic chaos. The river crosses the Lima neighbourhood San Juan de Lurigancho, where at least 18 people have been injured. Rains are expected to continue, bringing more overflowing rivers and more mudslides.

South Africa – Days of heavy rain have left parts of South Africa under water. The flooding has been at its worst across northeastern parts of the country, where one person is feared dead. The seasonal showers have been particularly heavy during the past week, many parts getting daily rainfall totals of around 50 to 70mm of rain. Located to the east of Johannesburg, Witbank and Lydenburg had 60mm and 65mm of rainfall respectively in just 24 hours at the start of the week. The subsequent floods left the main highway into Johannesburg impassable after the Mbembesi River burst its banks.