An estimated 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged as the streets of Gaza City. They were flooded with water and sewage after a week of torrential downpours, prompting the UN Palestinian refugee agency to declare a state of emergency in the area.

Forced out of their homes, thousands of Palestinians are now sleeping in classrooms and makeshift shelters after a massive weeklong storm ravaged the region, reports the Ma’an News Agency. This includes the nearly 30,000 who had been staying at emergency housing after Israel’s 51-day summer offensive.

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Snowfall in the north-east of the US is subsiding, forecasters say, but there is now a threat of flooding from rain at the weekend as the snow melts.

Officials in New York state are worried buildings may collapse when the rain arrives, because it initially will add to the weight of snow lying on roofs.

The state remains paralysed by “historic” levels of snowfall.

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A Second band of lake-effect snow pounded cities and towns near Buffalo, New York, early Thursday, piling more misery on communities already paralyzed by a 5-foot blanket of snow. Authorities confirmed an eighth death blamed on the storm.

“A few areas are getting close to a foot right now, but the worst of it is the additional accumulation and that will occur today,” The Weather Channel’s Michael Palmer said. “So its just going to prolong people getting in and trying clearing the snow away — that’s just not going to happen until the weekend.”

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Many more record low temperatures were set this morning — record low minimums — as well as record low maximums this afternoon (low high temperatures). Baltimore was once such city that hit a two-fer setting both the record low and high. As records filter in over next few hours, I’ll summarize here.

Tuesday morning, America ‘as a whole’ awoke to the coldest it has been in November since 1976 — 38 years ago. The Lower-48 or CONUS spatially average temperature plummeted overnight to only 19.4°F typical of mid-winter not November 18th! Data

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An underwater train service, similar to the Channel Tunnel, should be built to link the Republic of Ireland to the UK, a think tank has suggested. Such a project would resemble the scale of High Speed Rail 2 (HS2), planned to link London to Birmingham.

The Chartered Institute of Logic and Transport (CILT) Cymru Wales estimates that such a transport link would cost around £15 billion and could be ready by the end of the century.

In its report, Vision 2035: Cymru Wales, CILT says the service would incorporate new advances in technology, adopting an automated metro-style system common in places like Singapore and Hong Kong.

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