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Bosnia – Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia’s main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town of Kakanj, creating the lake. The lake overflowed Saturday morning following heavy rain overnight, forcing the closure of a busy highway connecting the capital of Sarajevo with the central town of Zenica. The town of Kakanj is 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Sarajevo.

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South Africa – Three people have been killed during heavy rains in the North West province, the provincial government said on Thursday. A primary school boy drowned in Leporung, near Makgobistad, while attempting to cross a stream, and two others died in Phokeng, near Rustenburg, after their vehicle was swept away by water while trying to cross a flooded bridge.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 08p (Eight), located approximately 388 nm south-southwest of Tonga, is tracking southeastward at 35 knots.

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California, USA – Flooding in San Jose, Calif., has prompted the evacuation of at least 14,000 residents. The mandatory evacuation orders began overnight, and will remain in effect for at least another day. Flooding along Coyote Creek came after a series of heavy rainstorms combined with water rushing down the spillway of nearby Anderson Reservoir, which is now filled to capacity. In addition to the 14,000 mandatory evacuations, some 22,000 people were encouraged to leave their homes.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 07p (Bart), located approximately 617 nm southwest of Papeete, Tahiti, is tracking southeastward at 37 knots.

Tropical cyclone 08p (Eight), located approximately 431 nm south-southwest of Pago Pago, is tracking east-southeastward at 30 knots.

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California – Creeks and rivers are topping their banks and hundreds of homes were evacuated as heavy rains from a winter storm soak much of California. The “atmospheric river” walloping California with drenching rains and gale-force winds prompted daring water rescues Tuesday and kept thousands of residents from flooded or threatened homes. Hundreds were rescued from their flooded homes in San Jose by crews steering boats full of people, some with babies and pets, in chest-deep water. The city had declared a local emergency Tuesday afternoon. The storms even battered portions of Nevada. The weather service issued a flash flood warning for Dayton, Nev., on Tuesday, where authorities said they feared a dam might break and send 2 to 4 feet of water into low-lying areas.

Environment

‘Atmospheric Rivers’ Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

An “atmospheric river” is a colorful term for a sinuous plume of moisture that travels up from the tropics — a single plume can carry more water than the Mississippi River at its mouth. But new research shows that atmospheric rivers are also among the most damaging weather systems around.

The atmospheric rivers that soaked California this winter did some good — they ended an epic drought in the state.

Waliser studied two decades of storms around the globe at mid-latitudes — that is, outside the tropics. When he focused on the very windiest — the top 2 percent — he found that “atmospheric rivers are typically associated with 30 and even up to 50 percent of those very extreme cases.” Atmospheric rivers were also responsible for almost that percentage of the very wettest storms, too.

Atmospheric rivers are famously wet. But atmospheric scientist Duane Waliser has done some new research that shows they’re also remarkably windy. Waliser found that winds during an atmospheric river are typically twice the speed of the average storm.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone (tc) 07p (Seven), located approximately 190 nm east of Niue, is tracking southeastward at 13 knots over the past six hours.

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes. The disaster mitigation agency says more than 50 areas are flooded in Jakarta with waters up to 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) high in East Jakarta. It said the city’s drains couldn’t accommodate the runoff and rivers also overflowed. The city, which has about 30 million people in its greater metropolitan area, says it has reduced the number of flood prone areas since then by dredging rivers and other measures.

Texas, USA – Residents in San Antonio were picking up the pieces Monday after severe overnight storms ripped through south-central Texas, damaging more than 150 homes. The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that at least four six tornadoes hit San Antonio. Five minor injuries were reported, the Associated Press said.

La Niña Ends

The La Niña ocean cooling in tropical Pacific has ended, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Centre (CPC). Climate experts there also say a fresh El Niño warming may soon return. La Niña appeared last year for the first time since 2012, but was among the weakest and shortest on record. “Even though it was fairly weak and short-lived … it did leave impacts,” said CPC Deputy Director Mike Halpert, pointing to unusual cold in Alaska, western Canada and the U.S. Northern Plains in December and January.

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In the South Pacific: Tropical cyclone 06p (Alfred), located approximately 396 nm east-southeast of Darwin, Australia, is tracking east-southeastward at 03 knots.

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Malaga, Spain – Malaga, the city on Spain’s Costa del Sol is suffering from the effects of flash flooding – after a storm brought torrential rain to the area. Roads collapsed, buildings flooded and cars were washed away as the storm lashed the tourist resort last night, according to local media. There were also a number of landslides as heavy rain – and hail – struck the city.

Zimbabwe – The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Dineo have brought welcome relief to the drought stricken Bulawayo area. The city’s dams, which were almost empty are starting to overflow.

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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.