“More than 100 people have died in floods after Nigeria’s two major rivers burst their banks, authorities say.
“The National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) says heavy rains caused the Niger River and Benue River to overflow.
“It has resulted in a series of floods across the country over two weeks, with rural areas most vulnerable.
“The government is urging residents along waterways to relocate to safe places.
“Thousands of people have been displaced and vast swathes of farmlands have been destroyed by the floods in central and southern Nigeria, says the BBC’s Is’haq Khalid in the capital, Abuja.”
“At least five persons were killed, including four of a family in rain-related incidents in NW Pakistan on Sunday, an official said… Many mud and brick homes were partially or completely damaged in the rain and thunderstorm in the province.”
“At least 100 sheep and goats were killed on Saturday afternoon as lightning struck border town Uri in Baramulla district [Srinagar, India].
“Flood waters inundated many parts of Medan [Sumatra, Indonesia] on Sunday after torrential rain swept across North Sumatra’s provincial capital over the weekend… According to the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), the rain had caused water levels in basin areas to rise rapidly, while the drainage system was overwhelmed.”
Even though it did not hit Hong Kong directly this was their most powerful storm since 1979. You may recall that Jebi was Japan’s strongest since 1993.
“Tropical storm Mangkhut continued on its destructive path on Sunday as it hit the southern coast of China, killing two, after leaving at least 64 dead in the Philippines amid landslides and flooding… In Guangdong, more than 2.4 million people have been evacuated.”
“Forty-three record high temperatures have occurred in the past ten days around Southcentral and Southwest Alaska. Every day between Sept. 5 and Sept. 14 has seen at least one record high temperature. Anchorage hit record high temperatures for half of those ten days, with record highs on Sept. 7 (69F), Sept. 8 (70F), Sept. 12 (68F tie), Sept. 13 (70F), and Sept. 14 (70F).”
“It was the second day of record-setting heat in Daytona Beach. On Saturday, the temperature in Daytona — 94 — tied a record set in 1990. Daytona Beach broke a record high Sunday when the mercury hit 94 degrees. It breaks a record for the date — 93 — set in 2004, 1999 and 1934, the National Weather Service said. The Weather Service warned that in Volusia and Flagler counties the combination of above normal temperatures and high humidity was producing peak heat index readings between 102 and 107…”
“Toasty temperatures in northern and north central Minnesota broke records Sunday, including one set nearly a century ago. In Brainerd, the mercury climbed to 89 Sunday, beating a record of 82 set in 2015. It reached 87 in International Falls, beating a record high of 85 set in 1922, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Duluth.”
“”Catastrophic and historic river flooding will continue for days across portions of the Carolinas,” the National Weather Service said. By the storm’s end, up to 40 inches will fall in southeastern North Carolina and the northeastern tip of South Carolina, the NWS said. Other parts of the Carolinas will be left with up to 20 inches of rain.”
“Officials are planning to airlift food and water to Wilmington after the city of nearly 120,000 people became cut off… by rising flood water… The US’s highest emergency official said other states were in the path of Florence. “Not only are you going to see more impact across North Carolina this week … but we’re also anticipating you are about to see a lot of damage going through West Virginia, all the way up to Ohio as the system exits out,” said Brock Long of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”
“Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast… contaminated runoff likely flowed into the plant’s cooling pond. The company has not yet determined whether the weir that drains the lake was open or if contamination may have flowed into the Cape Fear River. That’s enough ash to roughly fill 180 dump trucks.”
“The intense thunderstorm that swept through Maple Ridge [Vancouver] on Friday caused major damage to a local homeless tent and a daycare centre. Julia Foy reports.” video:
“Met Éireann has warned of “high intensity” rainfall on Monday as Storm Helene crosses Ireland’s path. The national forecaster has issued a status yellow rainfall warning that is due to come into force at midday tomorrow. Galway and Mayo are the counties affected, and have been warned of a risk of flooding…”
“Hundreds of extra deaths were recorded in England as a result of a heatwave during spring and early summer, official statistics show. In the last week of June, when temperatures rose above 30C, 382 more deaths occurred than the average. During an earlier period of unseasonably warm spring temperatures in April, 243 more deaths were observed than the five-year average.”
“A container ship has become the first to navigate an Arctic sea route that Russia hopes will slash sea transport times from Asia to Europe. The achievement marks the latest development in the expansion of Russia’s Northern Sea Route, which is becoming more accessible to ships as climate change shrinks the Arctic ice sheet. Arctic sea ice was at record low levels for January this year, and in March the Bering Sea’s ice levels were the lowest on record as temperatures soared to 30C above average.”
“Polar bears have increasingly become vegetarian. They feed themselves with more plants because they have difficulty hunting their usual food — seals… Arctic ice is melting at a critical speed… Not only trash from fishing vessels but also other household garbage like water bottles, lubricant oil bottles and so forth were spotted in the Arctic…
“Jellyfish are not supposed to be found in the Arctic. But on every dive we made, we found a lot of jellyfish. This is a sign of rising temperatures where such marine life can survive,” said Suchana. Higher underwater temperature also affects kelp, large brown algae seaweed. “We did not expect to see so much kelp underwater. But this time we saw a forest of kelp,” she added.”