Extinction Report: Extreme Weather: 5/12-18/12, 2018

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Extreme Weather events are becoming more frequent and getting worse. This data was compiled for the Extinction Rebellion newsletter hivemind by Ann Narkeh.

DECEMBER 2018

December 5th – 5 people were rescued from cars trapped by flooding in Carmarthenshire

December 7th More flooding hit south and west Wales, closing roads and flooding homes. A man died after his car crashed on the M4

December 10th – Winter snowstorm Diego killed at least three people in N Carolina, left hundreds of thousands without power for days and stranded hundreds of motorists in their cars

December 11th – Localised flooding caused widespread traffic disruption across B.C.’s South Coast.

December 13th – Flash Flooding killed at least 13 people in Vietnam. 12,000 hectares of crops were destroyed and 160,000 animals were killed

More flash flooding trapped 100 motorists on the Hume freeway, Victoria. Floods hit Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat and across Australia’s East Coast as Tropical Cyclone Owen approached.

In the US, streets were closed by flooding in Charlestown

December 14th – Heavy rain collapsed an embankment, flooding a housing complex in Bekasi, Jakarta

December 15th Storm Deirdre brought heavy snow, ‘freezing rain’ and gales to the UK, causing widespread disruption, road closures and left thousands without power across Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Roads were also flooded and trees uprooted in Plymouth, Dorchester, across Sussex, and Cumbria where 9000 people were left without power and Devon & Cornwall where flooding temporarily closed the Eden project. The storm caused multiple car accidents around the country including 4 people who were hospitalised in a serious collision near Moffat.

A Sun City resort in Johannesburg SA was evacuated after a severe hailstorm brought flash flooding

In the US, flooding closed roads across Fairfax county, Maryland, Virginia as rainfall in the DC area broke a 100 year record

Antalya Province in Turkey was flooded after heavy rain, stranding motorists and pedestrians.

December 16th -. A woman was rescued after driving into flood water in Florence, SC, where the water is 3ft high and still rising.

At least one person was killed after being swept away by flash floods which swept away cars in Queensland, Australia, as a second front of severe weather followed in the wake of Cyclone Owen. A crocodile warning was issued after the large reptiles were spotted in the floodwaters

Parts of Semenyhi, Malaysia were struck by flash floods

December 17th – Almost 50% less rainfall during the northeast monsoon has led to drought affecting at least 120 out of the 176 talukas in Karnataka, India

The Met office issued another yellow warning for severe rain and possible flooding in the UK. Roads flooded across Cornwall. Fire crews were called to multiple homes flooded across Sussex.

Severe weather slammed the East and West coasts of the US, causing high waves and flooding.

December 18thExtreme weather toppled 6 lorries on a P&O ferry between Scotland and Northern Ireland and ran a Russian cargo ship aground off the coast of Cornwall. 6000 homes without power in Ireland, where roads were flooded and trees uprooted. The river Ardle burst its banks in Perthshire, causing major flooding which closed a school and left roads impassable.

A teenager was found dead two days after being swept away by flashflooding in Cha-uat district, Thailand.

For context, you can read the Extinction Reports for the last few months, here.

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