Chad and Niger troops move to attack Boko Haram

Nigerian special forces run past Chadian troops in an hostage rescue exercise at the end of the Flintlock exercise in Mao, Chad, Saturday, March 7, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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Nigeria’s ‘Boko Haram’ militants attack Chad for first time

Screen grab from Boko Haram video

Nigeria’s Boko Haram has intensified its attacks against neighbouring countries in recent weeks

Nigerian Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chad overnight, the first such assault on Chadian soil, officials say

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Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria

In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, villagers sit on the back of a small truck as they and others flee the recent violence near the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

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Chad army vehicles head for Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

File image shows Chadian soldierson a pickup truck in the capital of the Central African Republic Bangui on April 4, 2014 (AFP Photo/Miguel Medina)

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Alabama Flash Flood – 18 April 2013

Early on Saturday, May 18, 2013, a complex of “training thunderstorms” dumped torrential rainfall in parts of central and eastern Alabama, triggering significant flash flooding.

  1. Photos, Reports

  2. Life-threatening flooding ongoing at Lake Chinnabee (base of Mt Cheaha). People in that area should move to higher ground immediately!
  3. Coldwater Creek in the parking lot at park area 78/202 Calhoun, County @spann #alwx
  4. HWY 174 closed @ Mineral Springs Rd. spann #alwx @ Casa Kearley
  5. The Weather Channel Facebook friend Ron Parson sent us the photo below from Lake Wedowee, Ala.  “This dock was two feet above the water yesterday (Friday).”
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  7. Oxford FD performing citizen water evacuation via flat bottom boat. 78/202 Calhoun, Co. @spann #alwx
  8. @weatherchannel Pell City, AL (Eden) Roberts Mill Pond Road just north of the railroad tracks looking south. #ALWX
  9. Flash #flood emergency for Oxford, Anniston, Talladega, AL. Numerous roads flooded, at least 1 rescue. Alert:
  10. How Much Rain Fell

  11. Earlier, peak rain rate of 5.03″/hour **measured** in Opelika, AL! Roads flooded in Talladega. Martin Dam gate ops may be needed. 

  12. The radar-estimated rainfall map below from NWS-Birmingham shows the swath of heaviest rain from the north side of the Birmingham metro into eastern Alabama.  An estimated 4-8 inches of rain fell in this swath.
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  14. The infrared satellite photo below shows the cluster of cold cloud tops from the thunderstorm cluster responsible for the Alabama flash flooding.  These clusters of thunderstorms, called “mesoscale convective systems”, are notorious for producing heavy rainfall not only in the Southeast, but also in the Plains and Midwest in late spring and summer.  (Image:  NOAA)