“Turkey is bracing for the first hurricane in its modern history, expected to hit its western coasts on Sept. 30.
“A tropical storm formed in the Central Mediterranean is expected to gain strength and move east in the coming days, the state-run Meteorological General Directorate said in a statement on Sept. 27.
“Dr. Murat Gündüz, an academic from Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) in the western Turkish province of İzmir told local media the storm is expected to turn into a hurricane on Sept. 28 before hitting Greece and Turkey on the weekend…
““It will arrive in İzmir on Sept. 30 evening or the morning of Oct. 1. Our predictive models suggest Turkish coasts from the south of İzmir to Antalya will be affected,” Gündüz said, stressing that a Mediterranean hurricane is “a very rare phenomenon.”
“European countries around the Mediterranean have no official agencies to monitor hurricanes. It is expected we will see more of them in the future due to climate change and we need centers to monitor them,” said Gündüz.”
“Nearly 200 people have died in flooding caused by heavy seasonal rains across 12 states in Nigeria. The National Emergency Management Agency said on Thursday that 199 people were killed after the main Niger and Benue rivers burst their banks. A national disaster was declared in several central and southern states… more than 3,000 recorded cases of cholera… more than 286,000 people homeless. Numbers were expected to rise and more rain is expected in the coming weeks… Flooding has not only devastated towns and villages along the rivers but also destroyed crops and killed livestock.”
“Hours of heavy rainfall across the Coast region [of Kenya] have led to flash flooding. This has sparked fears of displacement, landslides and disease.. Most parts of the Coast experienced storms rarely seen locally…
“There were also claims that burst sewers emptied debris and raw sewage into some city streets.”
“On Thursday, a severe rain and thunderstorm hit Saudi Arabia’s Mecca, flooding the holy city’s streets.
“Earlier this week, the kingdom’s General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned the region’s residents about the unstable weather conditions. In a post uploaded to Twitter late on Thursday, the authority’s officials said they expect the rain to continue until late Friday.”
“Iraqi agriculture has been especially hard hit by drought this year, resulting in an official ban on the growing of rice and cereals which require a lot of water and the deaths of thousands of animals.”
“A large, very strong typhoon churned towards Japan Friday, with the weather agency warning the storm would rip through the nation over the weekend, bringing violent winds and torrential rain…. If the forecast holds, it will be the latest in a series of extreme natural events to strike Japan. Western parts of Japan are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century… Deadly record rains also hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through the hottest summer on record.”
“Maui got drenched by heavy rain Thursday, which led to flooding in and around Lahaina.
“A flash flood warning was in effect Thursday morning with thunderstorms in the area. Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour were recorded in the heaviest downpours.”
“Hurricane Rosa intensified into a major storm in the Pacific Ocean, with maximum sustained winds near 145 miles per hour (230 kph) and little change in strength was expected overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late on Thursday.”
“The presence of hurricane Rosa on Mexican coasts caused flooding in different streets and avenues of at least four Mexican States. On the National Highway in Estanzuela, Monterrey, Nuevo León , some cars were stranded due to flooding.
“For this reason, the governor of the state, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón , warned about the situation and invited the population not to leave their homes if possible, through a message on their twitter account.”
“Tropical Storm Kirk dropped heavy rain and unleashed flooding as it passed through the eastern Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
“The NHC 8 p.m. advisory said Kirk is approaching St. Lucia and heavy showers and thunderstorms are beginning to spread across Barbados.”
“The Rio Grande is again looking mighty puny where it crosses through Albuquerque as persistent drought continues to afflict the Southwest. Flows on Thursday afternoon were at 133 cubic feet per second, below the historical Sept. 27 average of 410 cubic feet per second.”
“This year has been a tale of feast or famine in terms of rainfall across the Lower 48 where some have had historic 1-in-1,000-year rainfall events and others have had little to no rain. At least five extreme rainfall events, defined by the 1,000-year rainfall metric, have occurred east of the Rockies in the first nine months.”
“We caught up with Hamilton County Emergency Management crews today as they worked with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to assess damage that happened from flash flooding in Soddy-Daisy Wednesday.
“One woman died during the flash flooding.”
“The summer-like heat is continuing across the Lowcountry [South Carolina] and reinforcing the already broken record. This month’s average high is currently at 81.4 degrees, passing all other previous averages.”
“Britain’s record heatwave this summer triggered a sharp surge in hospital admissions for sunstroke and heat-related issues…
“This summer was the UK’s longest heatwave in four decades and prompted regular health warnings from the Met Office.”
“The heavy rains recorded yesterday in Benidorm [Spain] left up to 60 liters of water per square meter in some areas of the city in just ten minutes…
“…and caused floods.”
“Scientists say that parts of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, containing roughly half of Earth’s freshwater, is especially vulnerable to rising temperatures.
“Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts have warned.”
“Half of the world’s killer whale populations could be wiped out in a few decades because of toxic chemicals in the oceans, researchers say. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were previously used to make electrical components and plastics, but despite efforts to ban the pollutants they remain in high levels in some areas.”
“The close-up truth is that people are rapidly depleting the Earth with ever more efficient methods of extraction and harvesting, resulting in pollution that threatens a new mass extinction potentially worse than the Ice Age.”