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Weatherwatch: rare atmospheric river caused UK flooding

Floods in Wales were brought by an unusual front that moved from south to north, sucking in moist air from tropical Atlantic

A most extraordinary weekend of weather has just passed. The eastern side of the UK woke on Saturday to a stiff southerly wind and temperatures more akin to what can be expected in mid-August. By the afternoon, temperatures had widely risen to 25-26C across parts of the Wash and East Anglia.

Weatherwatch: how winds brought the Norman Conquest

Battle of Hastings was delayed by unusual northerly winds for a month in the summer of 1066

It’s the one date everyone can remember, even appearing in the title of the spoof history book 1066 And All That. But the battle that changed the course of English – and world – history almost didn’t happen at all, because of the weather.

Wind gusts up to 60 mph forecast for Aroostook County

Officials at the National Weather Service in Caribou warned Monday that high winds could cause damage across northern Maine late Monday evening into Tuesday.

A high wind watch is in effect for Aroostook and Piscataquis counties, as well as northern Penobscot and northern Somerset counties.

Mal Walker, meteorologist with the weather service in Caribou, said Monday that a frontal system will cross through the area Monday night, and there are “pretty strong winds behind it.”

Florida officials fear Michael’s death toll will rise

MEXICO BEACH, Florida — Search and rescue personnel are continuing to comb through the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which has left hundreds thousands without power and without easy access to supplies.

So far, one body has been found in Mexico Beach, but authorities say there is little doubt the death toll will rise.

Frost warning issued for Saturday night in parts of Maine

Overnight temperatures hovering above and around freezing this weekend have prompted a frost warning across parts of Maine.

The chilly air could damage sensitive plants and vegetation, according to the National Weather Service.

“Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold,” the service warned in a Saturday advisory that covers much of the southern half of Maine.

Storm Callum expected to bring more heavy rain and flooding to UK

People in western parts of UK warned to expect more heavy rain and strong winds

Storm Callum is expected to cause further disruption on Saturday as the UK continues to be battered by heavy downpours.

An amber warning for rain remains in place for parts of south Wales until 6pm, with further flooding and power cuts likely.

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Hurricane Michael leaves death and destruction in its wake

Hurricane Michael, which ripped through the Southeast, leaving a trail of death and destruction from Florida to Virginia, finally moved off the coast, over the Atlantic Ocean overnight.

Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane — the strongest on record to hit the area — wreaking havoc and causing emergencies. In the storm’s wake lay crushed and flooded buildings, shattered lives and at least 11 deaths, a number that officials worry could rise.

Storm Callum batters Britain with gale-force winds and heavy rain

Bad weather causes travel disruption and leaves more than 1,000 homes without electricity

Storm Callum has begun to batter parts of the UK with winds of up to 76mph and torrential rain, leaving more than 1,000 homes without power or electricity.

The Isles of Scilly recorded the most ferocious winds, as the third named storm of the season passed through south-west England, Wales and north-west England, while 60mph gales were recorded in Camborne in Cornwall and Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire.

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