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A powerful cyclone that formed in the Bay of Bengal is headed directly for the India-Bangladesh border, bringing with it the potential for major destruction and upheaval in two countries that are still battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Cyclone Amphan has strengthened to the equivalent of a strong Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, or a super typhoon in the West Pacific.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/18/asia/cyclone-amphan-india-bangladesh-intl-hnk/index.html


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The mayor of the small town of Jipapad in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province that was severely devastated by Typhoon Vongfong raised frantic appeals for help on Saturday, saying his constituents had no more food and clean water.

“Floodwaters rose as high as a two-story house and most of the town’s 13 villages remained underwater on Saturday morning, he said.”

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/310836/ambo-leaves-samarenos-crying-for-help-4-dead


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In the midst of economic shocks and border closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific region has yet again been ravaged by a Category 5 cyclone [Harold]

“…that left a trail of destruction across four Pacific island countries in a span of four days from April 5 to 8.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/moment-reckoning-coronavirus-meets-climate-change-200423105300035.html


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A day full of showers and thunderstorms culminated in significant flooding Sunday evening as rain overflowed the Chicago River and rendered some local roadways impassable

““The water is only going to continue to rise even after the rain stops because the ground is so heavily saturated — the water has nowhere to go,” weather service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/17/21261850/flash-flood-warning-chicago-weather-rain


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A tornado touched down Friday evening in Saratoga County, New York, the National Weather Service confirmed on Saturday.

“The tornado touched down in Wilton, New York at 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Nichols Road and Woodard Road and tracked easy for about two miles…”

https://www.masslive.com/weather/2020/05/tornado-confirmed-in-new-york-state-during-friday-night-storm.html


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Tropical Storm Arthur crawled closer to the North Carolina coast Sunday evening, amid threats of some minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves off the Southeast seaboard.

“Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-storm-arthur-inching-closer-to-north-carolina-latest-path-track-forecast-today-2020-05-17/


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More than 500 calls were made about gorse fires in Northern Ireland in April, four times the volume the Fire and Rescue Service normally anticipates.

“And this weekend 48 fire fighters and support teams have been in Co Down tackling a wildfire that is burning underground as well as destroying all in its path above ground.”

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/castlewellan-fire-48-firefighters-support-18262651


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Crews have been tackling flames which have ravaged through a forest in East Sussex.

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue, along with crews from West Sussex and Kent, raced to the Ashdown Forest overnight as sections of the open space had been engulfed by fire.”

https://www.kentlive.news/news/sussex-news/gallery/dramatic-pictures-show-crews-battling-4140326


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The prolonged period of dry weather in the Czech Republic has resulted in what experts are calling the ‘worst drought in 500 years.’

“Scientists are using ESA satellite data to monitor the drought that’s gripped the country. Recent maps, produced by the Dutch company VanderSat, show the extent of the recent drought in the Czech Republic.”

https://www.praguemorning.cz/czech-republic-drought-visible-from-space/


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Beaches across Greece have flooded with people again on Sunday, on the third day of the heatwave that had meteorologists perplexed over how early in the season temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some areas.”

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/17/greeks-return-to-the-beaches-amidst-record-high-temperatures/


Cyprus is experiencing the hottest May on record as an extreme heatwave grips the island pushing temperatures past 40° Celsius for the fourth consecutive day.”

https://www.financialmirror.com/2020/05/18/cyprus-wilts-under-hottest-may-on-record/


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Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

“The director of the 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology, Latif Gültekin, said the temperatures Saturday and Sunday set all-time record highs for May in Antalya, Muğla, Burdur and Isparta.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/cities-across-turkey-see-highest-may-temperatures-ever-breaking-75-year-old-records/news


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The extreme heatwave in Israel will continue until the end of the week, with no let-up from sweltering temperatures even at night, according to a warning by the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) on Sunday, amidst one of the most severe heatwaves in Israel in decades…

“Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services are on high alert as the threat of wildfires remains high due to the combining factors of high temperatures, low humidity levels and fierce winds.”

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1861345/death-by-heatstroke-record-breaking-electricity-use-fires-amid-worst-heatwave-in-israel-in-decades.html


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Zimbabwe’s second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week on Friday as reservoir levels fall to dangerously low levels amid the country’s worst drought in years.

“After a devastating drought in 2019 and patchy rains this year, water shortages have worsened in Bulawayo…”

https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/bulawayo-limits-water-drought/5423706.html


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“…heavy rains in the area of western Uganda swept away homes, schools, submerged farms, cut off bridges and left several roads inaccessible

“…affecting 24,760 houses and an estimated 173,000 people, according to a disaster committee interim assessment report.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/16/people-are-desperate-floods-and-rock-slides-devastate-western-uganda


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Already navigating the coronavirus pandemic and the worst invasion of desert locusts for more than 25 years, parts of East Africa are now being devastated by flooding.

“Heavy rains over the last month have led to overflowing rivers and lakes and mudslides, with Kenya particularly impacted.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-floods-and-locusts-kenyas-triple-whammy-of-crises.html


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Dozens of Tajiks affected by some of the worst flooding and mudslides in years have blocked a key road in a rare instance of public protest in the authoritarian Central Asian nation.

“The protesters halted traffic on May 17 along the Bokhtar-Dushanbe road, which connects the nation’s capital with the center of Khatlon Province.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/tajik-villagers-block-road-to-protest-lack-of-government-aid-following-floods/30617168.html


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Spring wildfires across Siberia have Russian authorities on alert for a potentially devastating summer season of blazes after an unusually warm and dry winter in one of the world’s climate-change hot spots.

“Some of the April fires in eastern Russia have already dwarfed the infernos from this time last year…”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/wildfires-ravaged-siberia-last-year-this-spring-the-blazes-are-starting-even-bigger/ar-BB14aKYp


Scientists found that the magnetic north is experiencing some kind of shift, making its way towards Siberia. For a while, it was unexplained, until today as they believe that conflicting magnetic blobs may have caused the shift.”

https://www.econotimes.com/Scientists-believe-the-shift-in-magnetic-north-is-caused-by-conflicting-magnetic-blobs-1582746


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Using a combination of satellite sensors, scientists recently found that Denman Glacier has been retreating both above and below the water line. That one glacier in East Antarctica holds as much ice as half of West Antarctica, so scientists are concerned about its stability.”

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-concerned-as-denman-glacier-retreats-both-above-and-below-the-water-line/


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