Flash flooding unleashed by leftovers from Tropical Cyclone Grant has derailed a freight train and cut off a major highway in the Top End of Australia.
The derailment hurt two of the crew members, and two people swept from there swamped car had to be rescued from a tree, according to multiple reports.
Dramatic video footage on websites of the BBC and Australia's ABC showed scenes of water-borne devastation. Both rail and road were cut off by stupendous flood waters of the normally docile Edith River, between Pine Creek and Katherine, Northern Territory.
The derailed train's locomotive was apparently separated from the rest of the train during the incident, which left some of the cars well off the tracks. Some of the cargo was swept against the highway bridge, just down stream.
The trigger for the flooding was extreme rainfall of 20 to nearly 40 cm (8 to more than 15 inches), of rain unleashed within 24 hours by the dissipating tropical cyclone in the drainage of the Edith and Katherine Rivers, data on the website of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) showed. One site, Edith Falls Ridge, registered 38.5 cm, or 15.2 inches.
The incident happened well before daybreak on Tuesday, local time.
Meanwhile, forecasters with the BoM advised that the former cyclone could head back out to sea over the Gulf of Carpentaria, whereupon it can regain tropical cyclone status.
Following a blustery and chilly weekend, temperatures will once again take a tumble across the northeastern United States during the first half of this week.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States this week, and Southern California will not be excluded from rainfall this time.
A strengthening tropical cyclone will unleash heavy rain and strong winds on areas from western Myanmar to northeast India and Bangladesh this week.
Flooding downpours and thunderstorms will target a part of the central United States at midweek.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
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