Climate Change Hits The World

Dozen killed, over 120 injured in Moscow

The death toll from a powerful thunderstorm in Moscow and its suburbs has reached 16 as dozens still remain in hospital, Russian officials said on Tuesday.

The Investigative Committee said in a statement that 11 people in Moscow and five others in the suburbs were killed as high winds and rain ripped through the Russian capital on Monday, felling trees, tearing off roofs and damaging over 2,000 cars. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said 108 people remain in the hospital.

Train services around the region were disrupted and dozens of flights from Moscow’s airports delayed.

Near hurricane-strong winds reached up to 67 miles per hour, tearing off roofs from more than 200 houses and felling 14,000 trees. The Moscow Meteorological referred to the storm as a hurricane and said the winds were the strongest ever recorded in the capital.

The storm knocked down several pine trees at the residence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday afternoon, temporary blocking the entrance to the compound.

Over 30,000 municipal workers were still dealing with the aftermath on Tuesday afternoon, Sobyanin said.



Bangladesh raises storm danger to highest level as Cyclone Mora batters coastline

Bangladesh was still picking up the pieces after flash floods in April affected millions of people when a cyclone hit. Cyclone Mora just struck the country’s southeastern coast with rain and winds hours ago, and the BBC reports five people have died. Hundreds of homes have been devastated.

As Cyclone Mora approached yesterday, the country increased its storm danger signal up to 10, the highest level, with warnings some coastal areas were “likely to inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet” higher than normal. The country’s Disaster Ministry told authorities to evacuate people along the coast. Hours ago the cyclone finally struck and is already damaging a country that grapples with cyclones every year.

Bangladesh is home to around 160 million people, and around 10 million reside in coastal areas. The BBC and Reuters report that one of the areas that’s already been hit the hardest in Bangladesh is Cox’s Bazaar, where hundreds of thousands of refugees reside. Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar came to Bangladesh fleeing violence, but now many of their temporary homes have been destroyed. Community leader Shamsul Alam told Reuters in the Balukhali and Kutupalong camps nearly all the 10,000 thatched huts were flattened.

Cyclone Mora started to form after recent monsoon rains which led to landslides and flooding in nearby Sri Lanka. According to authorities around 180 perished as a result. In Sri Lanka, around 75,000 people have had to leave their homes. Reuters described the Sri Lankan floods as the most widespread disaster the country has seen since the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

Bangladeshi weather officials still said the cyclone wasn’t as bad as they anticipated. It’s supposed to weaken and become a tropical storm as it moves towards India, where officials have already warned of heavy rains in five northern states.


Storms hit North Carolina and it injures at least 12

Another round of nasty weather is forecast for parts of the Northeast later Tuesday after severe storms slammed the Southeast into the early morning hours.

Strong storms are predicted to fire up Tuesday afternoon and evening over parts of Pennsylvania and New York state, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Eddie Walker. Cities such as Rochester, Syracuse, and Scranton, Pa., are at greatest risk for strong winds and large hail.

“A tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” the Storm Prediction Center said.

As many as a dozen people were hurt late Monday in North Carolina after storms struck Sampson County, about 30 miles east of Fayetteville, the Associated Press reported.

At least three people were taken to hospitals, but none of the injuries were serious. There were also more than a dozen reports of flipped homes, the AP reported. Some farm buildings were also destroyed.

Also on Monday, trees were downed across portions of northern Georgia, South Carolina and western North Carolina due to strong thunderstorm wind gusts, reported.

Unusual heat will be the main story in the northwestern U.S. on Tuesday, as temperatures will once again soar into the 90s across the interior Northwest and northern Great Basin, the National Weather Service said. Boise should hit 92 degrees, which is 16 degrees above average.

Looking ahead to Wednesday and Thursday, the southern Plains should see the biggest threat from heavy rain. Drenching thunderstorms will spread from eastern New Mexico and West Texas on Wednesday, and to central and eastern portions of Texas on Thursday, AccuWeather predicts.