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Torrential downpours have pounded the Mid-Atlantic, with more than 7 inches of rain falling in one day on parts of North Carolina and Virginia, putting residents at risk of flash floods and dam failure.

“More than 13 million people were under flash-flood watches Thursday, with rivers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan and Illinois at flood stage.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/torrential-rains-pummel-mid-atlantic-13-million-risk-flash-floods-n1211926


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On May 17, 2020, heavy rain began pouring over the Tri-Cities region of central Michigan and, after two days, it provoked significant flooding in Midland County.

“The accumulating rainfall led to catastrophic dam failures that swelled rivers and streams and inundated several nearby communities.”

Satellite images

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146752/muddy-flooding-in-michigan


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Aging dams will increasingly fail as climate change makes extreme precipitation and storms more frequent and intense, scientists warn.

““A lot of the country’s infrastructure systems were built during a time when these kind of weather events were considered rare and didn’t present a significant threat,” said Hiba Baroud, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/more-dams-will-collapse-as-aging-infrastructure-cant-keep-up-with-climate-change.html


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“On Wednesday, there was a high temperature of 104 which tied a previous record set back in 1927 on the same day. Tuesday had a record high of 108 degrees and broke the previous record of 105 set in 2003.

Kearney said San Angelo is warmer this time of year, compared to previous years.”

https://eu.gosanangelo.com/story/weather/2020/05/21/san-angelo-breaks-record-high-temperatures-storms-still-store-weather/5235404002/


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A raging wildfire in a remote area east of Prince Albert has grown to more 400 square kilometres — a 10 per cent increase from Tuesday.

“The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) says ground crews and aircraft are fighting the blaze.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-fire-grows-400-square-kilometres-1.5578525


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Following the five-day heatwave that broke records for mid-May, Thessaloniki [Greece] was hit with heavy rain and wild weather on Thursday.

“The fire service received at least 50 calls to pump water out of basement homes and businesses in the port of Thessaloniki.”

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/05/22/flooding-reported-in-thessaloniki-due-to-heavy-rain/


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At least eight people were confirmed dead after River Lhubiriha in Kasese District in western Uganda burst its banks, according to the Uganda Red Cross Society

“A family of five people is still unaccounted for according to a report by the national broadcaster, UBC TV. The heavy flooding also resulted in the destruction of property and some roads being cut off.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/05/21/at-least-eight-people-killed-in-flooding-in-western-uganda/


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The World Bank on Thursday approved a record $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of crops and rangelands.

“Four of the hardest-hit countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – will receive $160 million immediately…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-bank-locusts/world-bank-approves-record-500-million-to-battle-locust-swarms-idUSKBN22X1XW


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““The largest rainfall accumulation had fallen over the Bay of Bengal on May 18 while Amphan was at category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale,” said Owen Kelley, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who created a rainfall image.

GPM data revealed Amphan generated over 914 mm or 36 inches of rainfall…”

https://blogs.nasa.gov/hurricanes/2020/05/21/amphan-northern-indian-ocean-5/


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Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade

“…killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-deadly-cyclone-destructive-path-india.html


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The main airport feeding the city of Calcutta has been completely inundated with flood water and showed severe structural damage.”

https://news.sky.com/video/cyclone-calcutta-airport-devastated-by-flooding-11992433


Sky News suggests that loss of global dimming from pollution contributed to Amphan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI_EuVPUjiE


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Because of cyclone Amphan, all the moisture is concentrated around it while dry, north-westerly winds are blowing over the rest of the country which causes temperatures to peak gradually,” said Sunita Devi, who is in-charge of cyclones at IMD.

“Not just the rest of May but even June could be very hot in many parts of India.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/heat-wave-in-northwest-central-and-south-india-as-cyclone-amphan-exits/story-mrULcjv11dfTWl2my43vMO.html


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“Disasters wreak havoc on fighting the pandemic,” said Bhuputra Panda, associate professor of Public Health Foundation of India.“

“The possibility of increasing the rate of transmission rises sharply” as it becomes almost impossible to maintain social distancing, personal hygiene, wearing mask and even quarantine centers are converted into cyclone shelters.””

https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/millions-face-risk-of-virus-contagion-in-storm-hit-south-asia


Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) today (May 22) issued heavy to torrential rain advisories for 20 out of Taiwan’s 22 cities and counties, while school and office closures have been announced in Miaoli, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, and Pingtung due to a stationary front which could bring “disastrous rainfall” to those areas.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3938571


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The [Australian] Bureau of Meteorology has said the violent storm that tore through the Geelong suburb of Waurn Ponds early Wednesday morning was a tornado, marking a rare weather event for Victoria

“There are around 60 tornadoes every year in Australia, most of them in NSW and Queensland, with only one or two recorded in Victoria each year.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-22/weather-event-that-tore-through-geelong-was-a-tornado/12277512


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Globally, 2020 is turning into one of the warmest years on record.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) and Europe’s Copernicus Programme all agree that April 2020 is now the second warmest month of April seen since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. In all, only 2016 saw a January through April with warmer temperatures around the globe.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/second-warmest-on-record-2020-still-on-track-to-be-warmest


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