Storms and Floods

Floods caused by days of non-stop rain in southwest France forced the closing of the Catholic sanctuary of Lourdes and the evacuation of more than 450 pilgrims. The Gave de Pau, the river passing through Lourdes, France, floods parts of the city in front of the Grotto and Basilica.


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A powerful storm has caused flooding in Spain’s northeastern region, one woman was found dead and another two people are missing.

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High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to towns in the south-west England as more warnings are issued to coastal areas.

11 people have been killed and 10 are still missing after a village in Peru was hit by a mudslide.

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Tropical storm Rafael was located about 135 mi [215 km] E of Bermuda and is expected to miss the island, although strong winds and rain are expected.

Tropical Storm Paul weakens near Mexico.


Venice, Italy sees its first ‘acqua alta’ of the season on October 15, 2012. The ‘acqua alta’ is a convergence of high tides and a strong sirocco. Tourists walk with plastic bags to protect their shoes on a flooded St Mark’s square. Venice is particularly vulnerable to rising ocean levels due to climate change.




September’s average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 degrees Celsius) worldwide, which is 1.2 degrees above normal. This year matched the hottest September on record which was 2005, with the heat most intense in South America, Japan, Russia, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the third time since 2000 that the world set or tied a heat record for September. In addition to 2012 and 2005, previous hot September records were set in 2003. These records go back to 1880.

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Rafael strengthens into a hurricane, with a tropical storm warning issued for Bermuda. Rafael is expected to bring rain to Atlantic Canada by mid-week.

Hurricane Paul is strengthening in the Pacific off Mexico and a tropical storm watch has been issued for a portion of Baja California.

Tropical storm Maria was located about 45 nm north-west of Iwo To, Japan.

The first tornado in decades has hit Rogers, Arkansas, USA.

A small tornado hit Mayfield, Kentucky, on Sunday evening.

Flood conditions continued in Nigeria in early October 2012. The country’s National Emergency Management Agency reported that floods had killed 431 people and displaced 1.3 million more. Floods had also wiped out 152,575 hectares (377,020 acres) of farmland, and Nigerians could expect rapidly rising food prices as a result.

 Satellite View Before the Floods:


Before Nigeria Floods


Satellite View Of the Floods:

After Nigeria Floods


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The outer bands of Tropical Storm Rafael have drenched the Caribbean’s Northern Leeward Islands, as its centre steadily moves over open ocean on a possible track toward Bermuda. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Culebra, Vieques, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua and Montserrat, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maartin, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and Desirade les Saintes.

Cyclone Cleopatra to bring heavy storms over northern Italy – ‘Cleopatra’, a Mediterranean cyclone, will usher autumn into Italy.

An unusually cold storm in southern Australia has dished out the first October snow in a century.

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Tropical Storm Rafael hits the US Virgin Islands and threatens Puerto Rico.

Tropical Storm Paul has formed in the eastern Pacific, 660 miles (1062 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California.

Typhoon Prapiroon is located approximately 325 nm south-southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

In the Indian Ocean, Tropical cyclone Anais is located approximately 395 nm southwest of Diego Garcia. It is the first tropical cyclone of southern Indian Ocean season.

Super Typhoon Megi is battering communities in the north of the Philippines with heavy rains and powerful winds of 225 km/h. The category 5 storm is the strongest to hit the Philippines in four years. Numerous communities have been cut off by floods.

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Tropical Storm Rafael forms over eastern Caribbean, the 17th storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.

Heavy rain and flooding hit large swathes of Scotland, bursting riverbanks, turning roads into torrents and stranding people in their homes.

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Tropical Storm Patty has formed in the Atlantic east of the Bahamas, but forecasters expect the storm to be short-lived.

A violent tropical storm pounded coastal districts in southeast Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least 26 people. More than 1,500 fishermen who were fishing in the deep sea are still missing. At least 1500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms, leaving more than 100 000 people in need of aid.




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Heavy rains have caused flooding in Russia’s southern region of Dagestan, near the Caspian Sea, leaving seven people dead.

Typhoon Prapiroon has intensified and is located approximately 240 nm south of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan. Typhoon Prapiroon is the twenty-second tropical cyclone of the western North Pacific Ocean, making for a very active season.




Prapiroon formed as a tropical depression over the western Pacific Ocean on October 7, 2012. It strengthened into a tropical storm the following day, and on October 9, it became a typhoon.

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Over 100 villages are submerged by rampaging floodwaters from the overflowing Orashi and Sombrero Rivers in north-west areas of Ohaji/Egbema/Ndoni and Ahoada, River State, Nigeria.

Flash floods and forest run-off caused by tropical depression Gaemi have ravaged several areas in Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi provinces, Thailand, affecting thousands of residents and damaging vast agricultural areas. Several hours of heavy downpours on Monday night resulted in flash floods hitting three districts of the central part of Kanchanaburi province. Tambon Nong Phai in Dan Makhamtei district was the worst hit, with floodwaters rising to 1-2 metres. Tropical Storm Gaemi has weakened to a tropical depression.

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Tropical Storm Prapiroon, which spawned overnight Sunday, is lurking nearly 800 miles south-southeast of Okinawa, drifting slowly west.

Tropical Storm Nadine finally broke up after tying the record for longest-lived storm. The storm grew into a hurricane three times, lost its tropical status once, made two loops and brushed the Azores twice on a twisting path around the central Atlantic as the basin’s 14th storm of the 2012 season.

Tropical Storm Olivia is strengthening over open waters in the eastern Pacific but poses no threat to land.

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Tropical Storm Olivia forms in eastern Pacific but poses no threat to land.

Another band of rain hits South West Britain and has swept across Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and southern England. More floods are expected.

Tropical storm Gaemi is forecast to slam into Vietnam’s central coast over the weekend, dumping heavy rains and strong winds in the Central Highlands coffee belt. The storm is however, then forecast to dissipate due to the frictional effects of land.

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While being stalled near the Philippines, Tropical Storm Gaemi caused flooding in the north and west Philippines, including the capital city of Manilla where more than 4 inches of rain fell earlier this week.

El Salvador has been hit by floods and mudslides after days of heavy rains. More than 120 people are dead and thousands of people have been left homeless.