Flooding threatens U.S. Mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians(Reuters) – Heavy rains will drench the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians on Saturday after flooding overnight closed roadways and forced water rescues across the region, forecasters said.A swathe of land from eastern North Carolina up through Washington D.C. and southern Pennsylvania could expect an additional 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 cm) on Saturday after more than 4 inches (10 cm) fell in parts of the region, the National Weather Service said in advisories.”Flash flooding from heavy rain will cause a potentially life threatening situation overnight,” the National Weather Service said early on Saturday morning in flash flood warnings and watches it issued for the region.Numerous people were rescued from vehicles stuck in flooded roadways across the region in southwestern Pennsylvania including Pittsburgh and in the Washington D.C. metro area on Friday night, according to Accuweather.com.The storm system will bring gusty winds of up to 45 mph (70 kph) to the region, causing rough surf, beach erosion and strong rip current, Accuweather said in its forecast.(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)
A freak thunderstorm in Istanbul last night came straight out of a sci-fi movie Suzanne Ciechalski •View photos An unusually fierce thunderstorm hit Istanbul on Thursday night, transforming city streets into rivers and pounding the area with hail so large it damaged parked aircraft at the international airport. The summer storm led to downed trees, a partially destroyed stone wall, and a port explosion, according to The Associated Press. SEE ALSO: IBM is trying to forecast the weather on every block, worldwideHail pelted the ground as the rain intensified, and even cracked car windows, according to social media posts. Followsevere-weather.EU @severeweatherEU BRUTAL bombardment with very large hail yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey! Hail up to 9 cm in diameter reported! Video: Meteor Turkey Other users shared video and images of the streets being overwhelmed by flash flooding, while some images depicted widespread tree damage due to the storm’s strong winds. Additionally, the AP reported that part of a stone wall surrounding a Christian-Armenian cemetery was destroyed. It led to two injuries.View image on Twitter But perhaps the scariest bit of footage shared online was video of an explosion caused by the storm, which was likely caused by strong winds sweeping in off the water. Ragıp Soylu @ragipsoyluReplying to @ragipsoylu Crazy footage from İstanbul pic.twitter.com/FcAqNysfde According to the AP, a crane fell onto oil barrels at a port, leading to the explosion and subsequent fire. It led to at least one injury.The storm brought the Turkish metropolis to a standstill at rush hour, even closing the Eurasia Tunnel, which connects Asia with Europe under the Bosporus strait. It’s the second time in a little more than a week that a violent deluge has disrupted the city. While severe thunderstorms are local events subject to natural variability, climate change is already increasing the odds of heavy downpours around the world. This trend is expected to continue during the next few decades, with more rain falling in shorter, heavier bursts in many parts of the world. This will challenge the capacity of cities like Istanbul to adapt to more frequent flash flood events.Mashable science editor Andrew Freedman contributed reporting. WATCH: These unconventional dome homes can withstand natural disasters.
France wildfire: Two teenagers in custody over expected arson•France wildfire: Two teenagers in custody over expected arsonThe unnamed 16-year-olds spent the night in police cells in Martigues, between Marseille and Montpellier, and will be questioned again tomorrow. They are thought to have set fire to parched scrubland on Tuesday causing one of the blazes that have engulfed more than 15sq miles of the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region.Renaud Muselier, president of the Provence regional council, said that many of the fires were of “criminal origin” and that the “activity of arsonists” had to be stopped.RELATED ARTICLES‘Apocalypse’ fires RAGE across France and Corsica sparking evacuationFrance fire map: Wildfires mapped – French Riviera, Corsica, LubéronTwo teenagers are in custody suspected of starting some of the fires in the South of FranceSomeone is certainly responsibleMarion ManentMarion Manent, whose trailer home was among some 200 burned in nearby La Londe-les-Maures, said: “Someone is certainly responsible,” and added that she viewed arsonists as “potential killers”.The fires that led to the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight near the village of Bormesles-Mimosas have largely been extinguished although the emergency services remain vigilant.“The fires are not completely under control but we are winning the fight,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Michel Bernier, who is leading the emergency effort.“Things are going in the right direction but new fires are starting caused by gusts of wind.”French Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe visited a shelter in Bormes-les-Mimosas on Wednesday and paid tribute to the bravery of the firefighters.More than 6,000 troops, soldiers and civil security officials have been fighting the fires, backed up by 19 planes that have made more than 500 water drops on the inferno Mr Philippe announced plans to buy six new aircraft to combat future fires.People at the beach as a fire burns a forest behind them in Bormes-les-MimosasItaly sent two planes following an appeal for help.More than 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of forest and scrubland have so far been destroyed in France and Corsica.More than 7,000 hectares of forest and scrubland have so far been destroyed in France and CorsicaThere have also been wildfires in other parts of southern Europe which is experiencing temperatures of 40C.Fires have broken out in parts of Italy, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro and Spain.
Village ruins revealed as reservoir recedesReuters