Inside Severe Weather Week September 19

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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.

A bridge over the Guaonica River in Utuado, Puerto Rico was washed away by rising floodwaters from Hurricane Fiona on Sunday, September 18. Credit: Jean Carlos Velez Roman via Storyful

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.

She tweeted pictures showing water leaks in his hotel room. “I can only imagine the horrors anyone living in an ordinary house here faces if this type of building cannot hold water,” she said. said.

The NHC warned heavy rains from the storm could cause “life-threatening and catastrophic” flooding in parts of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Strong wind and rain video captured by Melanie LR Nichols. She said it was filmed in Punta Cana. She tweeted images showing water leaks in her hotel room. “I can only imagine the horrors anyone living in an ordinary house here faces if this type of building cannot hold water,” she said.

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.

Fish were thrown around their aquarium in Taipei City, Taiwan, as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Sunday. Credit: @ohayotaiwan via Storyful

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.

Residents of several communities took shelter as the storm hit the state, officials say said. An airport in Golovin was under water, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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.

The remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused coastal flooding in parts of Alaska’s west coast on September 17, the National Weather Service reported.

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.

The Misa River, which runs through the town of Senigallia reached its peak early Friday morning, and began slowly backing awaythe Municipality of Senigallia said.

At least six people have been killed and three are missing after heavy rain caused intense flooding in central Italy, according to local media citing authorities. This footage, filmed by Stefano Bartolucci, shows water flooding the streets of Senigallia, in Italy’s Marche region, early last Friday.
At least six people have died and three are missing after heavy rains caused intense flooding in central Italy, according to local media citing authorities. Credit: Stefano Bartolucci/MeteoSenigallia.it via Storyful

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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