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A new storm is beginning to organize along the Texas-New Mexico border, and it’s expected to deliver a first round of severe weather today from Texas to Mississippi.
Gusts of almost 60 mph and golf ball-sized hail already have been reported in west Texas this morning.
The system will head east across the southern Plains from San Antonio toward Dallas, with numerous severe storms predicted for later this afternoon.
Weather models also are showing intense local storms in northwest Louisiana and southern Arkansas over that time period.
In an enhanced risk region, there’s the greatest chance of damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes, as even outside that region, several storms will be developing from San Antonio all the way to Memphis. The main storm is expected to move north into the Midwest overnight.
Tomorrow, another system is expected to develop, delivering a second ground of severe weather across that same area — roughly San Antonio to New Orleans — as severe scattered storms spread into the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. A larger region at slight risk for severe weather on Sunday stretches from Texas to Kentucky and includes major cities such as Houston, Nashville and Louisville. The biggest risk, again, will be damaging wind, hail and potential tornadoes.
More than 4 inches of rain could be possible through Monday, especially along the Mississippi River Valley, where flash flooding from a massive or slow-moving storm remains be a concern. Fewer severe threats are expected on Monday.
An aerial view showing trees in the middle of flood in Khuzestan province
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran moved on Saturday to evacuate more towns and villages threatened by floods after continued rain in the southwest of the country, state television reported, as the nationwide toll from the flooding reached 70.
Many residents of Susangerd, with a population of about 50,000, and five other communities in the oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan were being moved to safer areas as officials released water from major dams, state TV reported.
„An evacuation order has been issued and we are recommending women and children to leave but we are asking the men and youth to stay and help us build floodwalls so we can keep the water out of these cities,” the provincial governor, Gholamreza Shariati, told state TV.
„The inflow into the Karkheh river dam has been high … and officials have had to release more water as the dam was approaching its full capacity,” Shariati said, adding the flooding was the worst in 70 years.
Rains were expected to end in Khuzestan by Monday, state TV said.
In the neighboring Lorestan province, seven villages threatened by landslides were to be evacuated, state TV said.
At least 70 people have been killed, the head of the country’s emergency services, Pirhossein Koulivand, told the state news agency IRNA.
About 1,900 cities and villages have been affected by floods after exceptionally heavy rains since March 19.
The disaster has left aid agencies struggling to cope and seen 86,000 people moved to emergency shelters.
The government has told citizens, and especially flood-affected farmers, that all losses will be compensated.
Iran’s state budget is already stretched under U.S. sanctions on energy and banking sectors that have halved its oil exports and restricted access to some revenues abroad.
President Hassan Rouhani, whom critics have accused of mismanaging the response to the disaster, said on Wednesday the sanctions were also hampering aid efforts.
As waters continue to submerge villages, the government said it had deployed more mobile medical units to the southern provinces. Around 1,000 people have been airlifted by emergency helicopters to safety in recent days.
The head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards reiterated the armed forces „were using all their power” to minimize the damage in Khuzestan. Iranian drilling companies and other energy firms have been assisting rescue efforts in flooded areas, using pumps to remove water.
(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Mark Potter)
BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
As of Friday, at least 843 people had been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. Following is an outline of the disaster, according to government and United Nations officials:
Cyclone Idai landed on the night of March 14 near the port city of Beira, bringing heavy winds and rains. Two major rivers, the Buzi and the Pungue, burst their banks, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the water.
People killed: 598
People injured: 1,641
Houses damaged or destroyed: 112,076
Crops damaged: 715,378 hectares
People affected: 1.85 million
Confirmed cholera cases: 1,428
Confirmed cholera deaths: 5
On March 16, the storm hit eastern Zimbabwe, where it flattened homes and flooded communities in the Chimanimani and Chipinge districts.
People killed: 185, according to government. The U.N. migration agency puts the death toll at 259.
People injured: 200
People displaced: 16,000 households
People affected: 250,000
Before it arrived, the storm brought heavy rains and flooding to the lower Shire River districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje, in Malawi’s south. The rains continued after the storm hit, compounding the misery of tens of thousands of people.
People killed: 60
People injured: 672
People displaced: 19,328 households
People affected: 868,895
(Reporting by Emma Rumney and Stephen Eisenhammer in Beira, Tom Miles in Geneva, MacDonald Dzirutwe in Harare and Frank Phiri in Blantyre; Writing by Alexandra Zavis, Alexander Winning and Joe Bavier; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
Follow along as ABC News’ Ginger Zee visits South America to see Iguazú Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Iguazú Falls is the subject of one of eight new episodes in a Netflix original documentary series, „Our Planet,” which is a sponsor of „Good Morning America.”
Read on as Zee takes you inside her adventure, in her own words.
Iguazú Falls, selected to be one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2011, is a towering spectacle. The falls are fueled by the great Amazon rainforest, which consists of 275 separate falls. It’s also home to human presence dating back at least 10,000 years, according to the Iguazú Falls National Park and the National Parks Administration of Argentina.
The story goes that when Eleanor Roosevelt approached the falls — she said “poor Niagara.” That’s how show-stopping Iguazú Falls are.
But beyond their majesty is the real story — a celebration of vital fresh water and the tale of one of the most threatened rainforests on the planet — that’s the reason we went to Iguazú National Park.
These falls are encased in one of the most threatened rainforests on our planet— the Atlantic Forest — currently at only about 10 percent of what it was originally thanks to deforestation.
Why should you care? Well, each tree generates water vapor, that vapor rises into clouds and makes something you’ve heard me talk about before – an atmospheric river, that drives our weather patterns. If we lose more of this and the Amazon upstream — we don’t just lose water to the falls – we lose oxygen. We lose habitats for all those unique species that live around the falls. We lose a part of our delightfully balanced planet.
They tell me the falls are even more powerful today. On average you get 1,700 millimeters of water per second — an incredible force. And now you get to see all of that hit me in one fell swoop.
Friday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. EDT
WE DID IT! Just wow! Going into the falls is beyond he surface thrill ride — we spent three days learning about them, connecting to the story of their place on our planet and the feeling I got once I was past the screaming, the overwhelming power — was the deep connection I felt with our earth. An even greater respect for the beauty of the fresh water our lives depend on!
Thursday, April 4, 5:58 p.m. EDT
Today we saw even more of Iguazú Falls from every angle. You can access almost everything by walking the footbridges and paths – we saw a glorious rainbow form over one of the falls.
But beyond that rainbow was a boat and I knew we were going on that boat to get soaked by the falls later in the day.
I also knew that beyond those falls was a team of two dozen people that were preparing to have us live from the waterfalls on a boat in Argentina on Friday morning. It’s an incredible feat every time I go on an adventure but this one posed even more challenges.
Maria Stefanopoulos leading the charge as she had for almost every great adventure I’ve been on. Cameras had to be mounted and waterproof visual and audio equipment for the live shot, there’s a backup camera with a 40-zoom lens that will be onshore, and the most spectacular images from our talented drone team.
It’s wild to think what goes into bringing you a segment on „GMA,” but also worth it once you know what we will be highlighting.