Hello everyone! We’re back for another look at wild weather around the world.
Fiona criticizes Puerto Rico
The big story this week is Hurricane Fiona which just hit Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria which hit the island in 2017 as a Category 4 storm.
As The Associated Press reports, the storm knocked out power throughout Puerto Rico, causing damage the governor called “catastrophic.” Many people were left without water service. No deaths were reported, but authorities in the US territory said it was too early to know the extent of the damage caused by an expansive storm that was still expected to unleash torrential rains on Puerto Rico on Monday. Up to 22 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Puerto Rico and forecasters said another 4 to 8 inches could fall – possibly as much as 15 inches in some places – even if the storm moves away.
See video of a bridge washed out over the Guaonica River in Utuado on Sunday. A video filmed by Jean Carlos Velez Roman, resident of Utuado, shows the metal bridge deforming under the pressure of the rover and flying away. The temporary bridge was installed after the previous bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria in 2017, according The American delegate Roberto Lefranc Fortuño.
Fiona whips the Dominican Republic as travelers capture images of wind and rain
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic in the early hours of Monday, bringing maximum sustained winds of around 90 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
Video below shows high winds and rain hitting the area where Melanie LR Nichols stayed in Punta Cana.
The NHC warned heavy rains from the storm could cause “life-threatening and catastrophic” flooding in parts of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
An earthquake shakes Taiwan
Video posted to Twitter by @ohayotaiwan and shown below via Storyful shows fish splashing around their aquarium in Taipei City, Taiwan, as earthquake of magnitude 6.8 hit the country on Sunday.
According to Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Administration, the earthquake struck in the early afternoon and was 7 km deep. The worst affected areas were in the southeast of the island nation. Previously, Saturday, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake was recorded near Yujing. More aftershocks have continued to hit Taiwan since the quake, the administration said.
local police said one person died and 43 people were injured due to the earthquake in Hualien County, the most affected in the region.
Alaska flooded by Typhoon Merbok
The remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused coastal flooding in parts of Alaska’s west coast on September 17, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.
Twitter user @AK907sierra posted the images below and was described as showing “children being evacuated to higher ground”.
Spain flooded after heavy rain
Vehicles floated on a flooded roadway in Mataró, Spain, as Meteorological Service of Catalonia reported more than 3.9 inches of precipitation in the area on Friday.
Firefighters reported rescuing people from vehicles flooded by flood waters.
Video posted by @pinxoipanxo on Friday shows cars submerged in water on flooded roads in Mataró, Spain.
Officials disabled the flood alert, saying the incidents in Mataró were “virtually resolved” on Saturday.
Several people killed, historic buildings underwater in Italy
At least six people have been killed and three are missing after heavy rain caused intense flooding in central Italy, according to local media reports citing authorities.
The footage shown below – filmed by Stefano Bartolucci – shows water flooding the streets of Senigallia, in Italy’s Marche region, early last Friday morning.
Back here in Southeast Texas, the heat is our main story as of Tuesday. An anticyclone will dominate the forecast keeping us dry and warm. High temperatures will soar with highs approaching 100° by Thursday.
See you next week for another severe weather update!
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