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Flood, Storm, Flash flood Heaviest rainfall in a century devastates parts of Western Europe

In ONE DISTRICT ALONE, 1300 PEOPLE ARE ASSUMED MISSING AND FLASH FLOODS. 55 DEAD ACROSS WESTERN GERMANY AND BELGIUM HIT HARD. SOME REGIONS RECEIVING MORE THAN A MONTH’S WORTH OF RAIN. In 24 HOURS. ITALY, FRANCE, SENDING TEAMS TO HELP WITH THE CLEANUP. EXPERTS SAY IT IS BECOMING MUCH MORE COMMON. As THE PLANET GETS. Warmer. gtgt NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS.. It IS INCREDIBLE.. Frankly, I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE IT IN BELGIUM. gtgt. We ARE AFRAID.. We ARE PANICKING., MADONNA ARE SUPPOSED TO COME HOME TODAY, IT’S, STRESSFUL AND ANXIETY.. We CAME HOME FROM WORK BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SAFE AND IT’S. Scary. WE’VE, NEVER KNOWN ANYTHING LIKE THIS., gtgt, CNN, IT’LL, CENTRAL STREAMING, US LIVE FROM LONDON. gtgt. Thank YOU SO MUCH. THESE DRAMATIC SCENES UNFOLDING IN GERMANY, THE NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG. THESE COUNTRIES WHERE RIVERS HAVE BURST THEIR BANKS THANKS TO A LOW PRESSURE WEATHER SYSTEM LINGERING OVER THIS PART OF EUROPE FOR SOME TIME. DUMPING. As YOU SAID, HEAVY RAINFALL. WE TOOK 2000 MILLIMETERS AND 9 HOURS HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO OBSERVE THAT BIG BURST WITH TRAGIC CONSEQUENCES.. In FACT, JUST TO POINT OUT, THE MOST POPULOUS PARTS OF GERMANY IS ONE OF THE 2 REGIONS WHERE THE DEATH TOLL IS THE HIGHEST. 2 REGIONS OF GERMANY, IN PARTICULAR, AFFECTED, PROMPTING THE LOSS OF NEARLY 5000 LIVE SO FAR. But, AS YOU POINTED OUT, SCHOOLS OF MISSING PEOPLE AT THIS POINT AUTHORITIES JUST CAN’T REACH, BECAUSE MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS ARE DOWN., I DID THE REALTIME.

These ARE THE SCENES AGREE TO GERMANY AND THOSE OTHER COUNTRIES.. One SET ANGELA MERKEL, THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, WAS WATCHING FROM AFAR.. At THE MOMENT SHE FINDS HERSELF IN WASHINGTON ON A STATE VISIT. gtgt, TORRENTIAL RAIN, SEVERE FLOODING ACROSS EUROPE., LEAVING DOZENS DEAD, AN EXTENSIVE DAMAGE IN THEIR WAKE. RIVERS OVERFLOWING THEIR BANKS, HOUSES COLLAPSED, ROADS WERE WASHED AWAY AND A MUDDY MESS LEFT BEHIND. PARTS OF GERMANY RECEIVING OVER 200 MILLIMETERS OF RAIN IN JUST 9 HOURS. 2 FIREFIGHTERS AMONG THE DEAD, THERE. OTHERS LEFT WITH NOTHING. gtgt. Are THESE PEOPLE LIVING HERE? I KNOW THEM WELL., I FEEL SO SORRY FOR THEM. THEY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. ALL THEY HAVE AS WHAT THEY HAD AUTUMN. IT’S GONE AFFIRMED. Had A WORKSHOP OVER THERE, NOTHING STANDING. THE BAKERY, THE BUTCHER, IT IS ALL GONE., IT’S, SCARY, UNIMAGINABLE., THIS DRAMATIC SCENE AND WESTERN GERMANY, AS SOME PEOPLE LIVE STRANDED ON THE ROOFTOPS, WERE RESCUED BY HELICOPTERS. ACROSS THE BORDER IN BELGIUM, THIS MAN BRAVED THE WATER TO CHECK ON His NEIGHBORS. ALMOST REACHING THEIR WINDOWS., THIS VILLAGE DEVASTATED. HOMES, ARE COLLAPSED, SWALLOWED UP BY THE RISING WATER. ONE MAN SAYS HE IS WORRIED ABOUT HIS FAMILY. gtgt, MY MOTHER, STUCK IN A HOUSE OVER THERE WITH MY BROTHERS AND MY SISTERS., THE WALLS OF THE HOUSE, STARTING TO Crack. THE HOUSE AT RISK OF COLLAPSE. gtgt IN THE NETHERLANDS, A CARE HOME WAS EVACUATED DURING THE STORM.. They HOPE TO GET OVERLY RESIDENTS TO SAFETY DURING THE FACILITY WITH ELECTRICITY WITH OTHER SUPPLIES.

VISITING WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY, THE GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAID THAT SHE IS THINKING OF THOSE IN HER HOMELAND. gtgt. These ARE TERRIBLE DAYS FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE FLOODED AREAS.. My THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOU CAN TRUST ALL FORCES OF OUR GOVERNMENT. Federal, REGIONAL AND COMMUNITY COLLECTIVELY WILL DO EVERYTHING UNDER MOST OF LOCAL CONDITIONS TO SAVE LIVES, ALLEVIATE DANGERS AND RELIEVED TO STRESS., gtgt SURE TO GERMANY’S MILITARY TO HELP AND SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT. Areas., A GERMAN METEOROLOGIST SAYING IN SOME AREAS THEY HAVEN’T SEEN THIS MUCH RAINFALL IN 100 YEARS. AND THE COUNTRY IS IN FOR MORE BAD NEWS. WEATHER FORECASTERS SAYING THAT ADDITIONAL RAINFALL IS EXPECTED IN SOUTHWESTERN GERMANY IN THE DAYS TO COME. gtgt. That TYPE OF HELP WILL BE NEEDED. There. 15000 GERMAN TROOPS BEING DEPLOYED TO SOME OF THESE STRICKEN AREAS TO HELP RESCUE PEOPLE FROM CRUMBLING BUILDINGS.. We HAVE ALSO, AS YOU SAID, HAD SUPPORT FROM THE ITALIAN AIR FORCE AND ALSO FRANCE AS WELL.. The UK STANDING READY TO HELP. IT’S, AS MESSAGES OF CONDOLENCES HAVE BEEN FLOODING IN FROM VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA TO POPE FRANCIS.. The REALITY, HOWEVER, IS THAT GERMANY WILL NEED AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY TO REBUILD ONCE THIS RESCUE EFFORT IS UNDERWAY.. This WILL ALSO, AS YOU POINT OUT, SEE THE CLIMATE CHANGE IN GERMANY AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE ELECTIONS IN THE 26TH OF SEPTEMBER.. Of COURSE, THIS IS ANGELA MERKEL’S LAST YEAR IN OFFICE. gtgt A LOT HAPPENING. Thank YOU.

LIVE AT THIS HOUR IN LONDON. We APPRECIATE IT. DEREK VAN DAMME WITH MORE ON THIS CASE THAT HAS BEEN RUNNING THERE FOR DAYS.. What IS THE FORECAST? Looking LIKE gtgt THE WORST OF THE RAIN STARTING TO MOVE TO THE SOUTH, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE PRECIPITATION IS DONE. JUST GOING TO PIGGYBACK ON WHAT NINA SAID A MOMENT AGO, IT’S THESE HIGH ENERGY SUDDEN TORRENTS OF SUMMER RAIN. That IS WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT TO SEE IN A WARMING CLIMATE RAPIDLY. Warming, LIKE WE EXPERIENCE, NOW. WARMER AIR, HOLDS MORE WATER VAPOR WATER VAPOR HAS A CHANCE TO UNLEASH MORE RAINFALL AND WHEN THAT INTERSECTS WITH THE POPULAR AREA THAT IS, UNFORTUNATELY WHAT TOOK PLACE. I – AND IT IS THE ATMOSPHERE IN EUROPE AND WHAT THEY DID IS THEY STARTED To MAP OFF THE FLOODED AREAS., YOU ARE LOOKING AT LEGION, BELGIUM. This IS THE RIVER THAT RUNS TO THE SOUTH AND, THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR TOWN., THIS IS LIGHT BLUE IN THE TOWN WHERE THE RIVER FLOODED. IT IS OVER FLOODING, IT’S RIVER BANKS.. You CAN SEE THE EXTENSIVE NATURE OF THE FLOODING. INJUSTICE TOWN IN BELGIUM. It IS THE LOCATION HIT HARDEST., WE WENT BACK 48 HOURS ON THE RADAR AND THIS IS THE PRECIPITATION THAT TOOK PLACE.. Look AT HOW IT TRAINS OVER THE SAME LOCATION FOR SEVERAL HOURS AT A TIME., BELGIUM, WESTERN GERMANY, LUXEMBOURG. Those ARE THE AREAS HIT HARDEST BY THIS TORRENT OF PRECIPITATION. All THANKS TO WHAT’S CALLED A CUT OFF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM.

. This IS WATER, VAPOR ENERGY, AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THE LOW SPINS IN THE SAME LOCATION., IT IS CUT OFF FROM THE GENERAL FLOW OF THE ATMOSPHERE.. It IS NOWHERE TO GO. It SITS IN THE SAME LOCATION. That IS WHAT PRODUCES THIS EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL TOTALS, AND OVER 2 AND MILLIMETERS IN 9 HOURS.. They AVERAGED NEARLY THE MONTHLY AVERAGE OF THE LOCATION. LOOK AT THAT JET STREAM CUTTING OFF THE FLOW AND IT PILES UP LIKE TOY CARS.. We DID SOME MATH HERE AND IT ONLY TAKES ROUGHLY AROUND 15 CENTIMETERS PER PERSON TO BE SWEPT OFF THEIR FEET BY MOVING WATER., BUT 60 CENTIMETERS OF MOVING WATER ACTUALLY FLOWING TO THE VEHICLE TO SEND IT COMING DOWN SOME OF THESE ROADWAYS. Turning INTO RIVERS DURING THESE FLOODING EVENTS. JOHN gtgt, WE APPRECIATE THE UPDATE. DEREK AND DOWN WITH THE LATEST. A NASA STUDY WARNING THAT COASTAL FLOODING WILL BE MUCH MORE FREQUENT BY THE MID 20 THIRTIES. THAT’S, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF RISING SEA LEVELS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE. IN THE Middle OF THE NEXT DECADE, THE LUNAR CYCLE WILL FLIP INTO A PHASE THAT AMPLIFIES TIDES.. It IS CALLED THE MOON WOBBLE.. That MEANS THAT HIGH TIDES WILL GET HIGH AND LOW TIDES WILL GET LOW. THEY’RE EXPECTING TO SEE A CLIMATE DRIVEN, RISING SEA LEVELS BY THEN, SEEING THAT SOME COASTAL CITIES WILL SEE FLOOD SEASONS LASTING A MONTH OR LONGER. DURING THIS TIME, AFFECTED AREAS COULD FLOOD EVERY COUPLE Of DAYS., THE ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTISTS TALKED ABOUT THE LUNAR CYCLE AND HOW MUCH WORSE THAT THIS COULD ALL MAKE COASTAL FLOODING.

, gtgt SEA LEVEL WILL BE A BIT HIGHER AND IT DEFINITELY IS INCREASING. IT’S ACCELERATING.. The INCREASE IS SPEEDING UP.. That WILL CONTINUE AS LONG AS WE CONTINUE TO WARM UP THE PLANET.. It IS SOMETHING THE SUPER STORM SANDY AND IT STRUCK NEW YORK CITY.. It IS THE PEAK OF A HIGH TIDE., SO IT WAS ONCE A PERFECT STORM AND IF YOU PARDON THE EXPRESSION THERE WILL BE SEA LEVEL RISE, A BIGGER, STRONGER STORM. Then WE HAVE SEEN THAT FAR NORTH, THAT LATE IN THE SEASON. – AND IT HAPPENED AT HIGH TIDE.. All OF THESE CAME TOGETHER TO GIVE US THE 14 FOOT STORM SURGE BATTERY PARK THAT LITERALLY FLOODED LARGE PARTS OF UPPER MANHATTAN.. So THIS IS SORT OF THE SAME IDEA BUT IT’S PLAYING OUT ON A LONGER TIME.. You HAVE SEA LEVEL RISE, YOU HAVE STRONGER STORMS AND BIGGER STORM SURGES AND THEN JUST BECAUSE OF THE NATURAL CYCLE, NOT THE SHORT TERM HIGH TIDE AND THE OTHER HIGH TIDE, IT WILL ADD TO ALL OF THOSE STORM SURGES. ALONG WITH SEA LEVEL, RISE.. That IS WHAT HAPPENS. IT GETS A LITTLE HIGHER EACH TIME, AND ALL IT TAKES IS A FEW EXTRA INCHES TO FLOOD LARGER AND LARGER AREAS.. In FACT, THE 12 INCHES OF SEA LEVEL IN NEW YORK CITY, THUS FAR BECAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING., A LITTLE LESS THAN 12 INCHES.. There IS 25 ADDITIONAL SQUARE MILES OF LETTING THE SUPER STORM SANDY.. Now WE TALK ABOUT THE SAME PHENOMENON BUT WRIT LARGE ALONG THE COAST, LINES OF ALL OF THE MAJOR CONTINENTS.

AND THE LOW LYING ISLAND NATIONS AS WELL.. It IS A GLOBAL EFFECT., SO COASTLINES AROUND THE WORLD COASTAL COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD AGAIN. The BIG PROBLEM HERE IS CLIMATE CHANGE, SEA LEVEL RISE, BIGGER STORM SURGES FROM LARGER, STRONGER STORMS.. This WILL GIVE IT THE EXTRA LITTLE BIT. JUST A FEW EXTRA INCHES AND JUST ENOUGH TO POTENTIALLY FLOOD FAR LARGER REGIONS..

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