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Winter storm due in South Island, New Zealand

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A winter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and snow to parts of the South Island over the next three days.
 
The New Zealand Transport Agency said motorists should take extra care on South Island roads, particularly in Canterbury and the West Coast.
 
Canterbury West Coast Journey Manager Lee Wright said, despite a recent spell of warm days in Canterbury with temperatures above 20°C, winter was not over yet.
Courtesy of radionz.co.nz

‘Monster’ hail, wild winds lash parts of Darling Downs, Australia

Trees were brought down during storms at Yarraman, north of Toowoomba.
Photo by Melanie Doheny
LARGE hailstones and damaging winds have smashed into parts of the Darling Downs after severe thunderstorms swept over the region.
 
“Monster” hailstones and heavy rainfall was reported at Leyburn, Clifton and Allora about 4pm yesterday.
 
Car windows were smashed and properties damaged during the storm.
 
Up to 45mm fell in just half an hour in parts south of Toowoomba.
Large hailstones fell near Leyburn during wild storms yesterday afternoon.
Photo by Maurean Brand/Higgins Storm Chasing
Strong winds brought down trees at Yarraman and areas north-west of Toowoomba.
 
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain for Toowoomba and the Darling Downs today with the chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon.
Courtesy of The Chronicle

Catamaran boat capsizes killing 3 in Costa Rica

The catamaran was ferrying 99 tourists to Tortuga Island when it was overturned by a combination of strong winds and powerful waves
A British man was among three tourists killed when a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized in rough seas off Costa Rica.
 
The other victims were two women, one from Canada and one from the United States.
 
The catamaran was ferrying tourists to Tortuga Island, off the country’s Pacific Coast, when it was overturned by a combination of strong winds and powerful waves.
 
Survivors said they were handed lifejackets shortly before the boat sank.
 
One woman told local TV: “We were floating in the ocean.
 
“Many people were crying, screaming, asking for help.”
 
The vessel, the Pura Vida Princess was carrying 99 tourists and 10 crew when it capsized about nine miles offshore.
 
The accident happened at around 9am local time (3pm UK time).
 
Todd Olson, a tourist from Kansas, USA, aid: “The captain started to turn the wheel to the left.
 
“There were pretty heavy seas and we started to take water on, apparently on the right side.
 
“Within a minute it was flipped – very fast, shocking.”
 
The country’s vice-president Ana Helena Chacon said 106 people had been rescued and praised the work of lifeguards, the security ministry and the Red Cross.
 
She added: “It’s a sad day for our country, that receives so many tourists.”
 
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are aware of an incident on a boat off the coast of Costa Rica involving British nationals.
 
“We are in close contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance.”
 
Around 2.4 million foreign tourists – most from America – visited Costa Rica in 2013, according to the country’s tourist board.
 
Courtesy of The Mirror Newspaper

***ALERT*** UK – Squall line wind heavy rain and strong winds

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Squall line wind heavy rain and strong winds from the NW direction due approx 30 mins in London.

 

This will cause havoc for only a very short period.

Flood alert issued for East Yorkshire coast, UK

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A FLOOD alert has been issued for the East Yorkshire coast.
 
The Environment Agency says strong winds could lead to today’s high tide overtopping between Bridlington and Barmston.
 
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “A flood alert has been issued for the North Sea coast at Bridlington for the high tide at 1.45pm on Thursday, January 1.
 
“The main area of concern is the South Pier.
 
“Strong winds may lead to wave overtopping between 11.30am and 4.30pm.
 
“The flood alert has also been issued for the high tide at 1.45am on Friday 2nd January, also impacting the most at the South Pier.
 
“Strong winds may lead to wave overtopping between 12.15am and 5.15am.”
Courtesy of Hull Daily Mail

Severe snow storm unleashes more than 6 foot of snow causing mayhem in Japan

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Up to 11 people are now reported to have died in a winter snow storm gripping much of Japan, as forecasters warn bad weather will continue.
 
Northern and central parts of Japan have been lashed by strong winds that have dumped huge quantities of snow over the last few days, disrupting travel and cutting off isolated communities.
 
The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper says 11 people are known to have died, including two people – a 79-year-old man and a 29-year-old firefighter – who fell into ditches while clearing snow.
 
Several other, mainly elderly people have been killed on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido and in regions near the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in mainland Honshu, reports and officials have said on Friday.
 
There have also been deaths on the roads, with hazardous driving conditions resulting in hundreds of accidents that have left dozens injured.
 
Public transport networks have also been hit, with several hundred flights grounded, most of them domestic, and bullet trains suffering delays.
 
More than 270 people were stranded in mountainous areas of Niigata and Nagano after the only road linking them with the outside world was blocked by an avalanche.
 
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is warning of the risk of further avalanches across much of the country.
 
Strong winds gusting at up to 140km/h have also caused tidal surges and people in coastal areas are being warned of the danger of high waves.
 
The storm, which was caused by a powerful area of low pressure “has now peaked, but snow is continuing in regions by the Sea of Japan”, the JMA said.
 
More than 200 centimetres of snow is already lying in some areas, with more forecast.
Nagoya Castle is seen covered with snow in Nagoya, central Japan (Reuters)

‘Haboob’ Storm System Covers Palm Springs, California with Dust

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Strong winds blasted dust and sand through the Southern California skies, including Palm Springs, creating a dust storm, known as a haboob.

The dust, whipped around by 40-mph winds, brought down trees and left drivers with low visibility.

Scott Pam was driving in the area Thursday night on his way home when he said he saw a “huge wall of sand and storm” approach and the storm strike. The wind ripped the door straps off his Jeep.

Pam, a photographer, pulled over on his drive between San Bernardino and Bermuda Dunes, California, and started taking pictures of the phenomenon.

ABC News meteorologist Dan Peck said, “The winds came from strong thunderstorms moving through the area Thursday night, which were more intense and numerous due to the ongoing monsoon season.You get an outflow of strong winds ahead of the storm and those winds whip up the dust and create the dust storm phenomenon.”

Haboobs are giant walls of dust resulting from the combination of strong winds and dry conditions. They are common in dry, desert areas, including Southern California and the Southwest, and are often seen in areas of the Middle East, where the name of the phenomenon originates.

“Haboob” comes from the Arabic word habb, meaning “wind.”

“The perfect combination of an ongoing drought, monsoon season and numerous severe storms in the region created the conditions for a dust storm in the area,” Peck explained.

The storm also bent trees across California’s Coachella Valley, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

A Palm Springs man was sent to the hospital after he was hit by an uprooted tree, ABC News affiliate KESQ reported.

Typhoon Nakri pounds South Korea with heavy downpours and strong winds

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A typhoon bringing heavy downpours and strong winds pounded South Korea’s southern regions on Saturday, grounding flights and causing property damage, weather officials said.

Typhoon Nakri, positioned about 190 kilometers west-southwest of Seogwipo on the country’s southern resort island of Jeju as of noon, was traveling northward at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA).

Grapefruit-Sized Hail Pounds Plains as Storm Slides East of USA

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The powerful thunderstorm that pounded the Plains with grapefruit-sized hail is sliding east on Sunday, bringing the threat of damaging winds and the potential for tornadoes.

Saturday was the 12th consecutive day that severe weather was reported nationwide, according to meteorologists.

Winds of up to 90 miles per hour battered parts of Kansas overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

It said the severe storms are expected to weaken slightly but still produce strong winds and nasty weather for the Kansas City area.

With thunderstorms moving east, swathes of the country from southern Wisconsin through to Illinois and central Missouri will be hit on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel.

It said that large hail and damaging winds pose the greatest threat, but an isolated tornado or two can’t be ruled out.

The Weather Channel warned winds could reach up to 80 miles per hour in Nebraska’s capital, saying that tree damage is likely.

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Dust storm causes 9-car collision on I-90, South Dakota, USA

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It was zero visibility from blowing dust that caused a nine-vehicle pile-up just west of New Underwood Friday evening.
 
Strong winds from nearby thunderstorms stirred up the dust.
The eastbound lanes of I90 were shut down for most of Friday night while the wreckage of two semi-trucks and seven other vehicles was cleaned up and authorities investigated the accident.
An unknown number of people were injured but the SD Highway patrol says no one was killed.