ABC News(NEW YORK) — In the last 36 hours, 4 to 5 inches of rain fell from New Mexico all the way to Michigan producing areas of localized flash flooding. Des Moines had a rainfall record Tuesday of more than 3.5 inches of rain while flash flooding was reported in parts of the city and elsewhere in Iowa as well. Additionally, three tornados were reported in Iowa but no major damage was reported at any of those locations.On Wednesday, the heaviest rain will continue from the Plains into the Great Lakes where Flood Watches will be in effect.An additional 3 inches of rain is possible from Illinois to western Texas over the next 48 hours and more flooding is expected. Elsewhere, record heat will be affecting much of the Southeast United States Wednesday.In fact, parts of 18 states broke record highs Tuesday. At least 52 all-time October record highs were tied or broken Tuesday from the South into the Midwest. Some of the all-time October record highs Tuesday included: Cleveland 93, Columbus OH 95. Syracuse NY 88, Erie PA 89, Atlanta GA 95, Louisville KY 97, Pensacola FL 96. More record heat is expected Wednesday, and with humidity it will feel like 100 Fahrenheit or even more in some areas.If New York City or Philadelphia reach 90 degrees Wednesday this would not only tie a record for the day but would be the first 90-degree day in the city in October in 78 years. Additionally, if Washington, D.C. reaches 96 degrees, it would tie for the hottest temperature ever recorded in the city in the month of October.However, a major cool down is expected throughout the Northeast by the end of the week after many of these record highs.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The offered blocks are said to have potential in gas and crude oil. (Credit: John R Perry from Pixabay) Colombia’s Agencia Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ANH) said that it will sign contracts for offering four onshore blocks in the country to Canadian oil and gas firms Parex Resources and CNE Oil & Gas.According to the national hydrocarbons agency, the associated investments for the blocks are estimated to be around $40m.The offered blocks are VIM 43, VIM 44, VMM 47, and LLA 134, which are said to have potential in gas and crude oil. They were offered under the Nation – Territory Coordination and Concurrence Procedure.The contracts with the Canadian firms will be signed on or after 30 November as no counteroffers were made during Colombia’s third cycle of the Permanent Process for the Assignment of Areas (PPAA).ANH said that the investments will cover the two phases of the exploration period, which are minimum exploration programme and additional exploration programme.Colombian Minister of Mines and Energy Diego Mesa Puyo said: “The results of the third cycle of the Permanent Process of Allocation of Areas demonstrate the progress of the reactivation of the hydrocarbons sector in Colombia that we have promoted since the National Government.“This sector will continue to be the linchpin of sustainable revival as the gateway to investment and employment generation, as well as the fundamental axis of our energy self-sufficiency.”ANH also announced that 16 companies have qualified for the fourth round of the PPAA, which will be launched on 20 November 2020 at the 3rd Oil and Gas Summit.Recently, CPVEN has provided a binding commercial offer to NGX Energy for gas drilling and services to develop SN-9 in Colombia.SN-9’s wells are NGX Energy’s 311,353 acre project in the Lower Magdalena Basin of Colombia, which is a prolific hydrocarbon producing region near the Caribbean coast. The associated investments for the blocks are estimated to be nearly $40m