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Typhoon Goni strengthens, heads toward Japan

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Goni has strengthened back into a powerful typhoon as it bears down on Japan's Ryukyu Islands with mainland Japan the next target.

The eye of Goni was crossing the Yaeyama Islands, the southwestern most Ryukyu Islands, on Sunday evening local time (Sunday morning EDT) with destructive winds and torrential rainfall.

Typhoon Goni Lashes Northern Philippines

After weakening as it lashed the northern Philippines, Goni has since strengthened with its intensity now equal to that of a major hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans. Goni left 15 people dead, mainly due to landslides, in the Philippines, the Associated Press reports.

Within the eyewall of Goni, Ishigakijima recorded sustained winds of 162 kph (101 mph) and a gust to 255 kph (159 mph).

Life-threatening destructive winds in excess of 160 kph (100 mph) will persist across the Yaeyama Islands and nearby Miyako Islands through early Monday morning. Flooding rainfall will top 250 mm (10 inches) as an inundating storm surge further endangers residents.

Goni and the worst of its fury should track just to the west of the rest of the Ryukyu Islands on Monday, but the powerful typhoon will still pass close enough to produce damaging winds of 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph) and rainfall of 75 to 150 mm (3 to 6 inches).


Red Flag

Beach still closed after shark attack in Port Macquarie, Australia

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Jaws
Beaches in NSW's mid-north coast remain closed after a bodyboarder was attacked by a shark.

A 38-year-old man, named in media reports as Dale Carr, remains in a stable condition at a Port Macquarie hospital after being mauled while bodyboarding with a friend at Lighthouse Beach on Saturday evening.

He suffered leg, back and stomach injuries while escaping the suspected three-metre bull shark.

Mr Carr is reportedly a father-of-two and a former rugby league player for the Port Macquarie Sharks.

"Our healing and loving thoughts go to one of our friends and ex players Dale Carr and his family," the club said in a statement on Facebook.

"We are here for any support we can give, you mean a lot to your buddies Dale."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike on Alabama coast claims the life of 12-year-old Arkansas girl

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Megan Nickell, a 7th grader at Central Arkansas Christian School, reportedly died after she was struck by lightning at Fort Morgan in Alabama, on Sunday, July 5, 2015.
A 12-year-old girl injured in a lightning strike on the Fort Morgan peninsula Sunday has died, officials with Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, confirmed Tuesday.

Mike Burke, director of marketing and public relations for the hospital, identified the girl as Megan Nickell.

On social media, school officials said Megan was a 7th grader at Central Arkansas Christian School in North Little Rock. On Monday night, the school held a prayer service for Megan and her family.

On Sunday afternoon, Megan was playing volleyball on the beach at the west end of Fort Morgan Road when a lightning bolt struck her, Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glenn Stevens told AL.com.

She was transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley and later to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3, injures 4 in Bihar, India

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Three persons were killed and four others injured in a lightning strike in a village under Manihari police station in Katihar district.

Block Development Officer (BDO) Ashutosh Kumar said three persons died on the spot and four sustained burn injuries in the incident that took place in Milik Phokhar village.

The deceased were identified as Prakash Yadav, Badal Yadav and Anjesh Yadav, he said, adding that their bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

The injured persons were admitted to a government hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be critical.

Source: Press Trust of India

Cloud Precipitation

Downpour pummels İstanbul, leads to flash floods

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People in Üsküdar, which was inundated with water, had difficulty walking in the streets.
A continuous downpour that began late on Saturday in Istanbul caused flash floods and disrupted traffic and daily life in some parts of the city up until Sunday afternoon.

The downpour started on Saturday evening, and the rain continued throughout the night, after which the temperature in the city returned to the seasonal norm. While some parts of Istanbul witnessed light rain, others were heavily affected by the showers.

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People who were caught out in the rain without umbrellas in Taksim took shelter under shop canopies.

Heavy rain paralyzed traffic and daily life in some areas. One of the districts hardest hit by the rain was Üsküdar on the Asian side of Istanbul. People in the district, which was inundated with water, had difficulty walking in the streets and in moving their vehicles.


Red Flag

Report: Extreme weather could cause huge food shortages

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Freeway sign in Los Angeles. No end in sight for California drought.
An international team of researchers has quantified the biggest problems with Earth's food. In a nutshell, it's getting harder to grow enough to feed everyone.

Droughts, heat waves and floods likely brought on by climate change are getting more frequent, as is their suppressive effect on the global food supply.

Researchers with the U.K. Global Food Security program found food shortages caused by extreme weather will be three times more likely over the next few decades.

The researchers stress their numbers are predictions based on limited data but nonetheless suggest "the risk of a 1-in-100 year production shock is likely to increase to 1-in-30 or more by 2040."

Their models suggest by 2070, such shocks could be happening in seven out of every 10 years. The changing climate is one of three major stress points on food reserves.

Comment: In another report published earlier this year researchers warned that society could collapse by 2040 due to the "unprecedented epidemic of food riots". Around the world drinking water is becoming increasing scarce and toxic exacerbating global stresses on humanity.

A social and economic collapse could certainly happen sooner than 2040 if the dollar collapses and the U.S. experiences an economic meltdown, like many commentators have been predicting could happen soon:


Arrow Down

Huge sinkhole snarls traffic in Lynn, Massachusetts

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An extremely large sinkhole in Lynn, Massachusetts, has tied up traffic for the Friday afternoon and evening commutes.

The sinkhole is located at Shepard and South Common Streets. It is about 12 feet in diameter.

The problems are mounting after a sewer line broke Friday afternoon. Crews on the scene Friday night were working to shut off the water.

The concern is if the water line breaks, and it's already leaking, it could cause a gas main to rupture, which could then lead to an explosion.

City officials say the sewer line that ruptured is made of brick and dates back to the 1800's.

The broken sewer line caused the street to give way. It happened moments after a driver drove over the same section.

Cloud Precipitation

Up to 5 inches of rain floods Bel Air, Maryland

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A swift water rescue team from the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company prepares to help a motorist stranded in high water during Thursday evening's massive rainstorm that caused an unusually heavy amount of street flooding in the Bel Air area.
A massive rainstorm that hit Harford County during the evening rush hour Thursday led to multiple rescues of motorists caught in high water at intersections in Bel Air and the surrounding areas.

More than 20 swift water rescue calls were reported around the area between 5 and 9:30 p.m.

Luis Rosa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Friday that the heaviest rainfall was over Bel Air, which received nearly 5 inches.

He said 3 to 4 inches fell in areas such as Fallston, Darlington, Hickory and Pleasant Hill.

Rosa said radar images at the NWS' Baltimore-Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. showed much of the rain falling north of I-95 between Fallston and the east bank of the Susquehanna River.


Attention

Boy attacked by shark on South Carolina coast; 11th attack in the region this summer

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Officials say a 15-year-old boy is being treated for injuries to his hand and leg after being bitten by a shark on the South Carolina coast near Myrtle Beach.

Assistant Chief J.R. Haney of the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District says the youth was bitten off Garden City Beach on Thursday and taken to a hospital.

In a statement, the hospital says an emergency room physician confirmed that the injuries were shark bites. The boy was expected to be released from the emergency room later Thursday.

At least 11 people have been reported attacked by sharks while swimming on the beaches of the Carolinas this summer. Two of the victims had limbs amputated.

Source: AP

Arrow Down

Fracking likely induced a "world record" 4.6-magnitude earthquake in British Columbia

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Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into the earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction.
The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission is investigating the cause of a 4.6 magnitude earthquake earlier this week that triggered the shutdown of a major fracking operation just a few kilometres away.

The earthquake struck on Monday afternoon, some 110 kilometres north of Fort St. John, and was felt in Charlie Lake, Fort St. John and Wonowon.

The earthquake's epicentre was just three kilometres from Progress Energy's fracking site, which the company immediately shut down, even though their activities have not been linked to the quake.

After shutting down, Progress Energy notified the commission of the quake, as it is required to do under B.C. regulations.

Those rules also say fracking must halt if an operation triggers an earthquake greater than magnitude 4.0, and cannot resume until a mitigation plan is put in place.

The company has since resumed operations, telling CBC News it has complied with all the regulations.