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Sidon,Lebanon gets rare snowfall

Sidon, Lebanon: People in Sidon witnessed a rare site Friday with snow falling briefly on the southern coastal city amid a cold spell gripping most parts of the country.

Locals could see and touch the snow that covered the streets of Sidon, an uncommon phenomenon on Lebanon’s coast, leaving an unusual but all the same pleasant spectacle.

Coastal cities have not witnessed snow fall for several decades.

“Mr., snow is beautiful,” commented a domestic worker from Sri Lanka as she mopped up a strip of street that runs parallel to a gas station in Sidon.

The storm that hit the country earlier this week is expected to continue into the weekend, with snow falling throughout Friday as low as 300 meters above sea level, according to the meteorological department at Rafik Hariri International Airport.

The weather Thursday caused damage across the country including power cuts, damages to public utilities. Authorities also said a drowning may have been caused by the storm.

Flood evacuations after Sydney dam spills

  • Residents told to evacuate as Sydney dam overflows
  • “Rain records stretching back to 1886 to be broken”
  • Victorian residents on alert as more heavy rain forecast

ABOUT 1000 residents in north western Sydney have been ordered to evacuate as water gushing from the overflowing Warragamba Dam swells the Hawkesbury-Nepean River.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) says volunteers are doorknocking around the Richmond Lowlands, Pitt Town Bottoms and Grono Point on Sydney’s north-west fringes and telling residents to go to evacuation assembly points at the Windsor Baptist Church and the North Richmond Neighbourhood Centre.

The drum gates holding back Sydney’s drinking supply were opened last night, after reaching full capacity for the first time in 14 years.

Across the state, flooding has kept SES crews busy in southern NSW, with rescues carried out in Tumut, Queanbeyan and Goulburn.

The SES said some parts of NSW are being soaked by the heaviest rain in 125 years, with Canberra’s Cotter Dam even completely submerged for the first time in its 100-year history yesterday.

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March 2, 2012 Henryville, IN Tornado

At least 5 dead in Ind. during severe storms

HOLTON, Ind. – The Indiana State Police have reported at least two deaths in Ripley County during the severe storms Friday, but the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office reports four people have died.

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office says four people were killed in Holton, Ind., 9 miles west of US 50 in the western part of Ripley County at the Ripley County/Jennings County line.

The Indiana State Police report just two deaths, but with two others who have sustained life-threatening injuries during the storms.

The details surrounding the incidents that led to their deaths have not been released, and officials have not yet released their identities

A powerful storm moved through the Ripley County area, with possible tornadoes associated.

Three other people were reported dead in Jefferson County, Ind., according the Office of Homeland Security.

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A tornado on the ground in Borden, IN. (Source: Jeff Dangler)

Henryville Junior-Senior High School was destroyed by a tornado.


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Whole town ‘completely gone’ after Indiana tornado

(RNN) – An entire Indiana town may be gone after a tornado ravaged the area in the latest severe storm to strike Friday.

The Associated Press reported that the town of Marysville is “completely gone,” according to Clark County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Chuck Adams. Southern Indiana was walloped by a tornado and authorities are reporting extensive and widespread damage in Henryville, IN, about 20 miles north of Louisville, KY.

A substantial, possible multiple vortex tornado was on the ground near Henryville around 3:30 ET Friday. Affiliate WAVE 3 is reporting at least one person has died there, and that Henryville Junior-Senior High School was destroyed.

The storm is just the latest in a series of dangerous weather systems that have swept across the eastern part of the U.S. just two days after another storm system produced 35 twisters, killing 13 people in the Midwest.

Search and rescue efforts are under way in two counties in Alabama as more severe weather heads toward Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The storm system was taking aim at Lexington, KY, and Cincinnati, OH, on Friday afternoon.

There are “critical” injuries in the Chattanooga, TN, area. Hamilton County Emergency Management report six to 10 people have been transported to local hospitals and that officials set up a triage area to treat patients on-site in Ooltewah, a suburb of Chattanooga.

Rescue workers are searching for possible victims in Limestone and Madison counties in Alabama, which took hits from two tornadoes. Six people in Madison County are injured and have been transported to a local hospital, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Twenty-two tornado warnings in 47 counties are active.

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Madagascar: Deadly Cyclone Likely to Hit Again

Antananarivo (Madagascar) at sunset

By Rivonala Razafison,

Antananarivo — A powerful cyclone that hit the Madagascar is again threatening to touch down, just days after killing eight people and displacing about 40,000 others.

The eye of Cyclone Giovanna was located some 175 kilometres south-east of Tolagnaro — a town about 1,110 kilometres south of the capital Antananarivo — today at 6am, the Malagasy Meteorological Service said.

The cyclone made landfall Monday in the sugar-producing district of Brickaville in eastern Madagascar, causing massive damage there before going through the central islands and exiting in the south-west.

Humanitarian efforts have since been under way and a new storm would further complicate ongoing relief efforts being co-ordinated by the National Office for Disaster Preparedness.

Meteorologists have since issued further warnings of a second landfall.

The cyclone is said to have intensified in severity after heading towards southern Mozambique.

The island normally uses town criers to alert the public in times of anticipated major storms.

The category four storm was first sighted nine days ago at 1,650 kilometres in the Indian Ocean and was 1,000 kilometres in diameter.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall destroyed about 8,475 houses, with 4,230 completely crushed, according to official data.

Over 100 schools, hospitals, churches and offices were also damaged. Landslides ripped trees.

Damaged bridges, especially those on the road serving linking the capital city Antananarivo and the eastern port city of Toamasina, have paralysed transport.

Madagascar is one of Africa’s most exposed countries to tropical cyclones, being hit by around 60 per cent of the storms formed in the Indian Ocean basin.

An annual average of 3-4 intense tropical cyclones with winds of up to 200 kilometres have made landfall since the 1990s.

Computer modelling shows around 263 cyclones are expected to hit the island nation by 2100.

Cyclone Geralda, one of the worst to hit the island, touched down in 1994.