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World Thunderstorms, flooding to soak central US again as 'critical' fire conditions threaten West

18:30  15 may  2021
18:30  15 may  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

Thunderstorms: Twelve Southwest Departments in Vigilance Orange

 Thunderstorms: Twelve Southwest Departments in Vigilance Orange © Julian Stähle / DPA / AFP Twelve departments, mainly in the southwest, are placed in orange storm vigilance, says Weather-France. Hail falls should accompany the stormy episode. Locally, wind gusts could reach up to 120 km / h. After the enlightening of this weekend, the time is covered this Sunday on a major part of France. Weather France place twelve departments, all located in the southwest, in orange vigilance with thunderstorms. Vigilance takes effect from 16 hours this afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms and flooding will drench the central United States through next week as windy, warm weather escalates fire danger in the West.

As a front moves over the middle Mississippi Valley, central and southern High Plains and Great Basin, the National Weather Service on Saturday forecast showers and thunderstorms in the regions through the weekend.

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Severe weather is also set to plague the northern and central Rockies and the central and southern High Plains on Saturday.

The NWS Weather Prediction Center said threats from the thunderstorms include lightning, damaging wind gusts, hail and "a few tornadoes."

Wild weather continues on the east coast, as SA farmers miss rain again

  Wild weather continues on the east coast, as SA farmers miss rain again Severe weather warnings are in place for parts of Victoria and south-east New South Wales as rain continues to drench those regions. Meanwhile, storms are set to kick off again in south-east Queensland and northern NSW.As of Tuesday afternoon, there are warnings out for East and West Gippsland and the Otways in Victoria along with the South Coast and alpine regions of New South Wales.

Central and southern states have been pummeled by rounds of severe storms in recent weeks, with baseball-sized hail breaking windows in Texas and floodwaters forcing evacuations in Alabama.

New Orleans experienced record flash flooding and a tornado over the last week.

According to Accuweather, there were reports of strong wind and hail across Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas.

The Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are all also forecast to see rain, with upper-level energy producing rain over the Upper Midwest and developing over the Great Lakes and Northeast on Saturday, and light rain expanding over parts of the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday.

California will see scattered rain as an upper-level low develops over the Golden State on Saturday and into Sunday, before moving into the Southwest and Great Basin.

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However, arid conditions and gusty winds are slated to continue in parts of the Great Basin and Southwest through Sunday,  creating a "critical" wildfire risk, officials said.

Firefighters control main front of forest fire near Athens .
Hundreds of Greek firefighters battled a forest fire near Athens for a third day on Saturday, but brought the main front of the blaze under control as weather conditions improved. Better weather conditions allowed firefighters to bring the main front of the outbreak under control late on Friday, but there remain "several active and scattered" blazes, Kolokouris said.The fire, on the Geraneia mountain range, some 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the capital, is "one of the biggest in the past 20 to 30 years, and has come early in the season," fire chief Stefanos Kolokouris told ANT1 television.

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