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This City Just Got Way Too Wet
This City Just Got
Way Too Wet

This City Just Got Way Too Wet

Businesses, attractions in downtown Atlanta closed due to water main breaks

(Newser) - Downtown Atlanta businesses and attractions were closed Saturday as the city tried to repair water main breaks that led to water outages and low pressure. Water gushed into the street where three large water mains intersect, causing water problems at two downtown hospitals, a city jail, a county jail, and...

After Heavy Rains, 300-Plus Dead Amid 'Extensive Devastation'

Flash floods swept through Afghanistan after unusually heavy deluges

(Newser) - Flash floods from unusually heavy seasonal rains in Afghanistan have killed more than 300 people and destroyed upward of 1,000 houses, the UN food agency said Saturday. The World Food Program said it was distributing fortified biscuits to the survivors of one of the many floods that hit Afghanistan...

Family Thought They Could Handle Flood, Got Swept Away

Lucas Warren's parents survived ordeal near Burleson, Texas, but the 4-year-old didn't

(Newser) - A couple miraculously survived after being swept away by rushing floodwaters in Texas over the weekend, but their 4-year-old son did not. According to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call came in around 2am local time on Sunday to report a vehicle with three people inside, stuck...

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas
Floodwaters Keep
Rising in Texas

Floodwaters Keep Rising in Texas

Flooding rescues top 400, with more rain expected Sunday

(Newser) - High waters flooded neighborhoods around Houston on Saturday following heavy rains that have already resulted in crews rescuing more than 400 people from homes, rooftops, and roads engulfed in murky water. Floodwaters inundated a wide region Saturday, from Houston to rural East Texas, where game wardens rode airboats through waist-high...

Rescues, Evacuations Follow Texas Floods

"It is not your typical river flood,' official warns

(Newser) - Officials in Houston are urging residents to prepare for worsening flooding after heavy rains that have led to high-water rescues and mandatory evacuation orders. "This threat is ongoing, and it's going to get worse. It is not your typical river flood," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the...

At Least 45 Dead in Kenya Flash Flood
Dozens Dead in
Kenya Flash Flood

Dozens Dead in Kenya Flash Flood

Wall of water cut off major road

(Newser) - Flash floods and a landslide swept through houses and cut off a major road in Kenya, killing at least 45 people and leaving dozens missing on Monday, the Interior Ministry said. Police official Stephen Kirui initially told the AP that the Old Kijabe Dam, located in the Mai Mahiu area...

On 4th Day, a Break for Family Stuck in Flooded Outback

Rescuers reach group of 7, including a celebrated artist and member of nomadic family

(Newser) - "Bush savvy" though they are, fears for a family of seven lost in the Australian outback had mounted Wednesday with what was initially no sign of the group for a fourth day. Three elderly people and four children ages 7 to 17 had set out in two vehicles around...

Crazy New Storm Is Coming for California

Forecasters warn of winter storm that could also cause hail, high winds—even tornadoes

(Newser) - The latest in a series of wet winter storms gained strength in California early Monday, with forecasters warning of possible flooding, hail, strong winds, and even brief tornadoes as the system moves south over the next few days. Gusts topped 30mph in Oakland and San Jose as a mild cold...

Los Angeles Getting a Month's Worth of Rain in a Few Hours

Flash flood warning issued near Grammy Awards venue

(Newser) - California was being battered by the second of two back-to-back atmospheric rivers Sunday, with Los Angeles expected to get a month's worth of rain in just a few hours. A flash flood warning was issued for the city Sunday night as the Grammy Awards were taking place—and the...

Woman Rescued After 15 Hours on Overturned Car

California woman had tried to cross flooded road in remote area

(Newser) - A California woman was stranded on top of her overturned vehicle for around 15 hours before a dramatic rescue, authorities say. The Alameda County Fire Department says the woman tried to drive her small truck across a remote, flooded road in Livermore Monday night, but she misjudged the depth of...

Army Base Faces 'Marathon of Recovery' After Rogue Waves

Repairs on Roi-Namur in Marshall Islands 'may last months or even years,' says Army rep

(Newser) - Powerful rogue waves slammed into a remote Pacific island that's home to a major US military installation on Saturday, causing extensive damage that could take months to repair, according to an Army statement. The Army said multiple areas of Roi-Namur "are underwater ," per CNN . Lying about 2,...

In San Diego, It's Raining Cars and Trucks

Streets turn to rivers, cars float away, homes are destroyed in disastrous rain event

(Newser) - Flash floods inundated homes and overturned cars in San Diego on Monday as torrential rain swept through a large swath of California. The weather system unleashed a severe punch on the south end of the state in the second major rain event of the winter. Several feet of water inundated...

'EVERY State in US' Under NWS' Watchful Eye This Weekend

Brutal cold, storms threaten Iowa caucus, NFL playoffs in Buffalo and Kansas City

(Newser) - Brutally cold weather could prove a deadly challenge Saturday amid a continuing wave of Arctic storms that have hammered much of the country with blinding snow, freezing rain, and whipping winds. Governors from New York to Louisiana declared states of emergency ahead of predicted snow and bone-chilling temperatures. In St....

Elite Eton Delays Opening Due to Overflowing Toilets
Elite Boys School
Has a Potty Problem

Elite Boys School Has a Potty Problem

UK's Eton College delays semester start after Thames sewers overflow, flooding toilets

(Newser) - Students at Eton College started their next semester remotely on Wednesday—not because of COVID or any other contagion, but due to a lavatory issue. Thanks to recent heavy rains in the UK, the Thames has overflowed, which in turn has flooded sewers in Berkshire, where the elite boys boarding...

Cruise Passengers Disembark to Find Their Cars Flooded

Carnival passengers are upset after storm raged through Charleston while they were at sea

(Newser) - No one ever wants their vacation to end, but for a group of recent Carnival passengers, their arrival back on terra firma served up an extra dollop of angst. Charleston City Paper reports that a nor'easter swept through downtown Charleston on Sunday, flooding the parking lot owned by South...

Possible Remedy for Urban Floods: 'Sponge Cities'

Movement in landscape architecture ditches idea of trying to repel water with concrete

(Newser) - He is sometimes called the Frederick Law Olmsted of China, notes NPR . Meaning landscape architect Yu Kongjian is compared to the famous American who put Central Park amid the skyscrapers. As the NPR story explains, the modern movement Yu is spearheading goes well beyond aesthetics. It's summed up in...

It Was a Disaster Foretold in India. More Will Follow

A glacial lake overflowed in India's northeast, causing death and destruction

(Newser) - The dam had been contentious from the start. It was the largest to be built in India's far northeastern Sikkim state, and had been operating since 2017 as part of the country's effort to use hydroelectric power. Early Wednesday, Lhonak Lake overflowed and tore through the Teesta 3...

Amid NYC Flooding, Sea Lion Makes a Break for It

Creature was able to swim out of her enclosure as pool overflowed at Central Park Zoo

(Newser) - The governor of New York and mayor of New York City urged everyone to stay home Friday amid chaotic flooding caused by heavy rains, but one party didn't get the message, or chose to ignore it. ABC News reports that a sea lion at the Central Park Zoo made...

NYC Local: 'Never Seen Anything Like This in My Life'

Gov. Hochul declares state of emergency in New York metropolitan area due to heavy rain, floods

(Newser) - New York's governor has declared a state of emergency for the New York City area, as heavy rains brought flash floods Friday that were "shutting down entire subway lines, turning major roadways into lakes, and sending children to the upper floors of flooding schoolhouses," per the New ...

North Carolina Takes First Hit From Ophelia
Ophelia Lands
on North Carolina

Ophelia Lands on North Carolina

Tropical storm made landfall Saturday, with high winds, flooding expected there, Virginia, Maryland

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall on the North Carolina coast early Saturday, and it's expected to bring damaging winds and dangerous surges of water, the US National Hurricane Center said, per the AP . The storm touched down near Emerald Isle at around 6:20am ET, with maximum sustained winds...

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