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#Indonesia’s #floods: Death toll rises to 63, dozens missing

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Chaos in #Czech Republic amid heavy #snowfall and #blackouts

Snow Alert

Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power.

Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported in some locations, forcing highways to close and disrupting flights into and out of Vaclav Havel, Prague’s international airport. A number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.

Strong winds accompanied the snow, with a gust of 145 kilometres per hour reported in Pribyslav, about 120km southeast of the capital, Prague.

The storm pulled down numerous trees, which resulted in the closure of roads and train lines.

The city of Kladno, just to the west of Prague, declared a state of emergency, according to Czech television.

The snowstorm also affected neighbouring Germany, where organisers were forced to cancel the last World Cup skiing race before the world championships.

A men’s giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen was called off amid relentless snow, a day after a downhill race had to be cancelled for the same reason.

Skiing’s governing body was looking to reschedule the events after the February 5-17 world championships, which begin on Tuesday in Are, Sweden.

The storm has now cleared away from the region and temperatures are expected to slowly rise during the coming week.

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#UK #Adverse #Snow #Weather #Updates

Cold Weather Alert

  • Official Met Office figures for snowfall on Tuesday showed the worst-hit areas were Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire, with 11cm, and Spadeadam, Cumbria, with 10cm.
  • The airports urged people to check the status of their flight before travelling after the Met Office said Britain was facing “very significant” snowfall this week.
  • Manchester and Liverpool airports have temporarily halted flights due to the severe weather, with images posted to social media showing both runways blanketed in snow.
  • Schools in Manchester and Liverpool have reported closures today as the freezing temperatures set in.
  • Parts of Wales have been affected by the wintry conditions, especially as more than 100 schools have been forced to close.
  • The Met Office has issued an updated yellow weather warning for snow and ice on Thursday and Friday.
  • The forecaster is now warning of more snow and ice between 1pm on Thursday and 9pm on Friday across much of England and Wales.
  • Around 2,400 soldiers are said to be poised to assist following warnings “dangerous weather” will cut power supplies and leave people in rural communities snowed in.

#Trees and #Powerlines Down As #Storms Batter #Devon and #Cornwall, #UK

Storm Alert

Trees down on A379, A38, A380, B3344, B3417, A3052, B3391, Shaldon Road Newton Abbot near Centrax

#BritishTelecom lines down in #Plymouth.

Disruption to #ferries

More #trees down across #Devon and #Plymouth.

#PowerOutages across many parts of #Devon and #Plymouth

Roof blown off shop Charter Way Liskeard
Tree blocking Rd Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs

#Snow Brings Parts Of #Europe To Standstill

Children walk along a snow covered road in Gerold, Germany, 11 January 2019

Some of the heaviest snow was in Bavaria where some villages were cut off – Photo By EPA

Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut.

The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria and a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree.

The front of a Swiss hotel was hit by an avalanche and a winter storm made roads impassable in Sweden and Norway.

Austrian rescuers had to battle through chest-deep snow to reach a snowboarder.

The 41-year-old Pole had lost his way after going off piste at the resort of Schlossalmbahn.

Rescuers climb through deep snow to reach a Polish snowboarder
Rescuers said the Polish snowboarder was stuck on an icy rock covered in two metres of snow – Photo By BERGRETTUNG BAD HOFGASTEIN

There was some respite in Austria on Friday, after three metres of snow fell in some parts in previous days. Seven people have died in the past week and two hikers have been missing since Saturday.

“Such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years,” said Alexander Radlherr from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics.

The Austrian military sent helicopters to blow snow off treetops to reduce the risk of trees falling on roads and rails.

In Sweden wintry storms ravaged parts of the north. One area recorded winds of 49.7m per second (111mph) as Storm Jan ravaged Stekenjokk near the Norwegian border.

A track vehicle of the German armed forces Bundeswehr drives through the snow to supply the cut off Buchenhoehe settlement area in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, on January 10, 2019
The armed forces were sent in when hundreds of people were cut off near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria – Photo By AFP

In northern Norway, a lorry driver described on Friday morning how he and other drivers had been stuck on a mountain road since 17:00 (16:00 GMT) on Thursday. Magnar Nicolaisen told public broadcaster NRK that he had slept in his cabin overnight while others had had to stay in their cars.

Conditions on Friday were particularly treacherous in Bavaria, where the local broadcaster said snowfalls were paralysing public life.

Rail services were worst hit in the south and east of the state and roads were cut off by drifts and falling trees.

A boy of nine was killed near Munich when a tree collapsed under the weight of snow. It was 40 minutes before he was found and emergency services were unable to revive him.

Two sections of the big A8 autobahn were closed in the south-east, as drivers spent Thursday night at a standstill near Rosenheim. The Bavarian Red Cross and a government agency came to the aid of the drivers.

A boy runs through the snow-covered town centre of Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, 10 January 2019
Hundreds of people around the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden were cut off by heavy snow – Photo By EPA

Roads in the Berchtesgaden area close to the Austrian border were blocked and the army sent up to 200 soldiers to help hundreds of people caught up in the snow.

There was a let-up in the weather on Friday ahead of expected of further snowfalls on Saturday night. However, some 90 flights were cancelled in Munich while some flights in Frankfurt were also hit.

In Switzerland, an avalanche hit a hotel restaurant, injuring three people. Local reports said the avalanche had been 300m in width when it came down the Schwägalp.

The snow is seen at the Säntis hotel after an avalanche hit it in Schwägalp, Switzerland
Hotel guests were stunned when the avalanche crashed into the back of the restaurant – Photo By REUTERS

Rescuers searched the area on Friday in case anyone near the Hotel Säntis had been caught up in the avalanche.

Cars were left buried in the snow and even a bus was left partly submerged.

One guest in the hotel restaurant said that initially he thought snow was falling from the roof.

“There there was a gigantic noise, and the back area of the restaurant was engulfed in masses of snow,” the guest told Tagblatt.

Snow covers a building door at Santis-Schwaegalp mountain area after an avalanche, in Switzerland January 10, 2019.
The outside of the hotel showed some of the damage caused by the avalanche – Photo By REUTERS

Courtesy of BBC News

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MAJOR QUAKE IN ALASKA CAUSES SEVERE DAMAGE

Earthquake Alert

MAJOR EARTHQUAKE 7.0 MAGNITUDE HAS CAUSED SEVERE DAMAGE TO ROADS, BUILDINGS ALONG WITH POWER OUTAGES IN AND AROUND ALASKA’S ANCHORAGE AREA