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Sierra Leone – Torrential rains starting from 2 August have led to flooding in Freetown. Despite the normal peak of the rainy season in August, the soil was previously saturated by rains in July. At least 6 people are reported dead and some 5,000 people are believed to have lost their shelter. Informal settlements, including impoverished slum communities, scattered around the city and mostly built in flood or landslide prone areas, are the most affected.

Saudi Arabia – Parts of Taif were lashed by heavy rains on Thursday, prompting the civil defence agency to warn people in the governorate to shun flood-hit valleys and pooled water. Rescue teams saved two families, who had been trapped by flash floods in the western Saudi region, media reported on Friday.

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Cuba – A tornado on 27 January 2019 was registered as an EF4 with a speed of winds that reached 300 km/h, higher than a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Four people are reported dead and a total of 195 injured.1,238 homes affected, of which 123 are total landslides and 224 completely lost the roof. Eleven health institutions, 46 schools with different levels of damage and 21 day care centers have been affected. 220,000 people remain affected in the electric service.

Midwest USA – A life-threatening deep freeze gripped the American Midwest on Wednesday as weather colder than Antarctica grounded flights, disrupted travel and brought life to a standstill for tens of millions. Mail deliveries were suspended, schools and business closed, and residents encouraged to stay home in nearly a dozen states where temperatures overnight sank into the negative double digits, the worst cold to grip the region in a generation with all-time records still under threat. America’s third city Chicago, where the morning temperature was -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius), which felt like -50 degrees (-46 Celsius) with wind chill, was colder than Alaska’s state capital and even colder than parts of Antarctica.

Saudi Arabia – At least 12 people have been killed as heavy rain wreaked havoc in Saudi Arabia this week, according to the kingdom’s civil defense authority. The heavy downpours hit mainly the western and northwestern parts of the country close to the border with Jordan. Ten people died in the northwestern city of Tabuk and one each in the holy city of Medina and the northern border areas.

Indonesia – A series of floods struck four areas in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, on Tuesday evening. “The floods were caused by an overflow of the Bukit Gading Raya Boulevard River Some areas were inundated with floodwater as high as 40 centimeters.

Australia – A Queensland driver has caught the wild moment a 3.5m crocodile walked in front of his car after unprecedented flooding in the north of the state near Cairns.

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 05p (Owen), located approximately 563 nm east of Cairns, Australia, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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Saudi Arabia – The Civil Defense has said four people were dead and many others trapped in Madinah due to heavy rain. It said a number of houses in the east of Madinah were submerged and rescue teams were still searching for people entrapped by water. 40 people who were besieged by water in Rabigh were rescued and evacuated to safety.

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Typhoon 33w (Usagi), located approximately 143 nm east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

Typhoon 34w (Man-Yi), located approximately 508 nm southwest of Iwo To, Japan, is tracking north-northwestward at 03 knots.

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Iraq – At least seven people, including children, have been killed and thousands have been forced to flee their homes after heavy rains triggered flash floods in northern Iraq. The seven people were killed when floods hit the al-Houreya village in Salahuddin province.

Saudi Arabia – Security Aviation helicopters in cooperation with the Civil Defense in Makkah have started rescuing motorists marooned by the floods in Makkah Province. Meanwhile, the Civil Defense closed four mountain passes to traffic as a precautionary measure due to the rainfall in the region.

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Egypt – Unstable weather is being witness across Egypt, with Cairo expected to witness heavy rainfall and a significant decline in temperature by 4-5 degrees Celsius until Saturday. Cairo and other governorates have seen heavy rainfall during the early hours of Friday, and the official forecast authority warned that some areas in North and South Sinai are expected to see floods.

Australia – Strong winds across Australia’s southeast coast also caused commuter chaos at Sydney and Melbourne airports, the country’s two busiest, with thousands of air travellers stranded after dozens of flights were cancelled. Winds gusting up to 70 kmph (44 mph) fanned major bushfires on Australia’s east coast on Friday (November 23), threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 140 nm south-east of Chennai, India, is tracking west-southwestward at 10 knots.

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Saudi Arabia – Saudi Civil Defense urged residents in Jeddah to stay indoors as a deadly storm bringing heavy rain is expected in the Red Coast City over the weekend. Thirty people have been killed because of the weather in Saudi Arabia in recent days, the country’s Civil Defence said. Ten people died in Makkah, five in Al Baha, three each in Aseer and the Eastern regions, two each in Hayel, Jazan and Tabouk and one in Riyadh, Al Jouf and Najran. Another 3,865 people were evacuated from areas in danger of floods from the heavy downpour expected in the coming days.

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In the Western Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Xavier is located about 195 mi…315 km ssw of Manzanillo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…n or 5 degrees at 6 mph…9 km/h.

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Malaysia – Sixty-four families at Kampung Seri Bayas were cut off after a bridge connecting their village with the trunk road was inundated with two metre deep flood water. Heavy rain from yesterday also inundated the trunk road at Kampung Besut towards Bandar Permaisuri, which was submerged under 0.4 metres of water and the road was impassable to light traffic.

Saudi Arabia – Strong floods that hit the Madinah region destroyed a large number of livestock. Flash floods surprised farmers in the region and swept away more than 160 of their goats. Many dead animals new found trapped in tree branches several kilometers away and others buried in the mud.

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California – USA – A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Yosemite National Park as heavy rains move in across the northern parts of the State. The flood watch is expected to stay in effect through Sunday. Visitors to the Park were evacuated ahead of the floods which also threaten mudslides in the wildfire ravaged wine country.

Saudi Arabia – Heavy rains and floods hit Al-Jouf Province on Friday. Some houses were submerged in water while several cars were trapped between roadblocks unable to get out.

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Saudi Arabia – Heavy rain has hit Jeddah, flooding streets and closing schools and universities in the Saudi city, and led to cars being stranded as the water level rose. Air traffic was also affected, as Saudi Airlines announced that several flights were delayed.

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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 North Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04b (Four), located approximately 822 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking northwestward at 12 knots.

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Spain – A woman was swept away during flash floods in a village 45 kilometres from the Catalan capital of Barcelona in Spain after her GPS device sent her driving across a riverbed through the village of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons.

Turkey – Unprecedented rainfall in some western towns led to small-scale floods on Monday and Tuesday while snowfall is forecast for central and northwestern Turkey on Wednesday. Balıkesir province was among the hardest-hit by flooding. A night of rainfall triggered floods in the town of Gömeç, where a bridge collapsed and flocks of sheep drowned; no other casualties were reported. Rivers breaching their banks threatened residences and shops in the small town. Ayvalık, a popular seaside town in the province, was also heavily inundated after downpours that started on Sunday increased in intensity late Monday. Schools in the town were closed Tuesday as rainfall accompanied with strong winds damaged buildings, felled trees and blocked access to several streets. Some residents were trapped in their houses for hours, long after downpours hit early Tuesday.

Canada – Crews in Thunder Bay, Ont., have remained busy as approximately 80 millimetres of rain fell across the city since Monday morning flooding parts of the city.

Saudi Arabia – At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of the Kingdom, press reports said on Tuesday. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country. The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan.

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Fantala), located approximately 488 nm north-northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius, and is tracking westward at 10 knots.

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Iran – Heavy rains in Iran’s western and southwestern provinces has resulted in flash floods that killed two people. Iran’s railway authority canceled all trains scheduled for Friday to and from the southern part of the country. Flash floods have washed away cars and blocked roads between several cities and villages in Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.

Saudi Arabia – Eighteen people have been killed during heavy rains and floods over the past week in Saudi Arabia, the civil defence agency said on Thursday. In a statement, it said the toll covered much of the country, from Riyadh to Hail, Mecca, Medina, Al-Baha, Asir, Najran and Jazan. Another 27 people in Al-Baha were injured over three days because of accidents during heavy rains. Severe downpours have struck Saudi Arabia this week, including in the desert capital Riyadh where schools closed on Wednesday after floods caused traffic chaos during a storm.

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Saudi Arabia – A huge sandstorm in Jeddah today killed two people, closing schools and rescheduling of flights. A state of emergency has been declared in Makkah, which is situated 90 km east of Jeddah. Jeddah was blanketed by dust with winds moving at 60 km/hour.

Britain – Storm Katie has battered large parts of Britain, with winds of up to 105mph forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled or diverted and major bridges shut. Passengers described “terrifying” aborted attempts to land at Gatwick Airport on Monday morning before being diverted elsewhere in the country. Several train routes were hit by long delays as the powerful storm blew trees onto the tracks. It ensured the Easter Bank Holiday weekend came to a blustery end, with gusts of more than 70mph for many areas combined with torrential rain, and thousands of families left without power.

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Tropical Storm 27w (In-Fa), located approximately 481 nm southeast of Andersen AFB, is tracking west-northwestward at 16 knots.

Tropical Depression Twenty-One-E Forms in the Eastern Pacific off the Mexican Coast.

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Saudi Arabia – The death toll in the floods has risen to twelve after heavy rains lashed western and central Saudi Arabia. Flash floods rushed through the second city of Jeddah after a line of thunderstorms turned wadis into rivers and alleyways into raging torrents. Heavy rains also lashed western, northern and central parts of Saudi Arabia, including the cities of Mecca, Medina, Hail and Arar.