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The Netherlands: Coastal provinces take action ahead of Tuesday night's storm

Winds of up to storm force nine are expected to batter coastal parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday evening, as the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo hits mainland Europe.

Heavy showers will move across the country from the west, bringing strong gusts and thunder and lightning at times, the KNMI weather bureau said. The KNMI has issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country.

Some sea sluices in the far north of the country have been closed because of the likely impact of the strong winds and high tide. Water levels in the far north are expected to reach up to 3.6 metres above their normal level, making localised flooding likely.

Comment: The storm hit the Netherlands right after a 'historically hot' weekend.


Strange-looking "elephant" pig born in China

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Despite the apparent trunk and floppy ears, that is not a picture of a baby elephant, but a very unfortunate (and maybe a little bit cute?) piglet born in northeastern China last week.

The piglet was the second to be born out of eight siblings. He really stood out from his brothers and sisters as the only one with grey skin, big ears, and a trunk. Unfortunately, he was also the only one to be born without a mouth.

Mouths are pretty essential, so the piglet sadly died just two hours after its birth. The farmer has since frozen the carcass so that he can prove to his friends that the pictures he took are totally not photoshopped.

We've seen pigs with two mouths and two noses, we've seen pigs with two heads and three eyes, but we've never quite seen something like this.

All hail the glorious "elephant" pig!
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Extremely rare white rhino dies in Kenya - his kind nearly extinct

The 34-year-old Suni was one of two breeding males of his subspecies left on Earth.

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Suni, seen here at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy in November 2010, died at age 34.
The northern white rhinoceros is one step closer to extinction with the death of Suni, one of only two breeding males left of his kind.

The 34-year-old animal was found dead October 17 in his enclosure in Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy, possibly from natural causes, the reserve said in a statement. White rhinos are thought to be able to live up to 40 or 50 years. An autopsy is under way, but officials are certain poachers did not kill Suni, as the animal was monitored around the clock.

The death of the rare creature, which had not fathered any offspring, leaves only six northern white rhinos left on Earth, including just one male of that subspecies. The southern white rhino, a related subspecies, is considered near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Born at the Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, Suni had been an emblem of hope: He was one of four of the world's eight remaining northern rhinos sent to the Kenyan conservancy in 2009 as part of a last-ditch effort to save the critically endangered subspecies.

Vicious dog attack by her own pet leaves woman with horrendous injuries in Lichfield, UK

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Air Ambulance at Whittington Barracks where woman attacked by dog.
Air Ambulance called to horrific scene at Whittington Barracks

A woman was airlifted to hospital with horrific injuries after being attacked by her of Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog.

The dog owner, believed to be in her 20s, sustained serious arm injuries after the daylight attack outside Whittington Barracks in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

After hearing her terrified screams, cadets at the barracks, who were training outside, scaled the 12 foot high perimeter fence to rush to the woman's aid.

With the help of army medics, they tended to her wounds before an air ambulance rushed the badly injured victim to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

In the wake of the incident the Midland Air Ambulance tweeted: "HMed09 have airlifted a patient from near Lichfield. Thanks to the men & women from Whittington Barracks for their help."
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NASA's satellite sees Tropical Storm Ana over Hawaii

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NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Ana blanketing the Hawaiian Islands on Oct. 19 at 21:45 UTC (5:45 p.m. EDT).
Tropical Storm Ana made a slow track west of the Hawaiian islands over the last couple of days, and by Oct. 20 was moving westward away from the main Hawaiian islands and heading toward the northwest Hawaiian islands. NASA's Terra satellite caught Ana on a flyby on Oct. 19 that showed the storm's clouds blanketing the chain of islands.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible picture of Tropical Storm Ana blanketing the Hawaiian Islands on Oct. 19 at 21:45 UTC (5:45 p.m. EDT). At the time, the strongest thunderstorms appeared to be in the eastern and western quadrants of the storm.

On Monday, Oct. 20, a tropical storm warning was in effect for portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, from Nihoa to French Frigate Shoals. A hurricane watch was in effect for portions of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, from Nihoa to Maro Reef.

At 8 a.m. EDT (2 a.m. HST/1200 UTC) Tropical Storm Ana was just below hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds near 70 mph (110 kph). NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) expects weakening today, but intensification on Oct. 20. The center of tropical storm Ana was located near latitude 20.6 north and longitude 162.6 west. That puts the center of Ana about 225 miles (360 km) west-southwest of Lihue Hawaii and about 325 miles (525 km) southeast of French Frigate Shoals. Ana is moving toward the west near 9 mph (15 kph) and is expected to gradually turn to the northwest.
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Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom

Fallen trees
© Camille Haley
This image shows fallen trees littler the grounds at Fort Scaur, an historical landmark in Bermuda. Fort Scaur was built in 1870 and is located in Somerset, at the western end of Bermuda.
Hurricane Gonzalo departed from Bermuda leaving power outages, downed trees, and damaged homes and buildings. An on-the ground account of the storm indicated the eye passed over the island. By Oct. 20, post-tropical storm Gonzalo was approaching the United Kindgom, sparking severe weather warnings.

By Sunday, Oct. 19 Gonzalo was affecting eastern Canada. Forecasters expect Gonzalo to hold together over while traveling east across the North Atlantic where it will affect Scotland as an extra-tropical storm on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Camille Haley was former NASA intern and is now a resident of Bermuda. She provided an account of her experience as Hurricane Gonzalo struck the island on Oct. 17.

"Light rain and wind slowly strengthened during the mid-afternoon, as Gonzalo approached Bermuda," she said. "At around 4:00 p.m. local time the wind and rain intensified by the minute. On a typical day, we can see the ocean from the veranda but there was no visibility within 100 feet at this point. I saw an electric wire fall in the neighbors' backyard; it continued to spark for hours. Trees were bending, branches were snapping and leaves were blowing everywhere. We were surrounded in darkness as the electricity in the area had gone out. Candles, flashlights and occasional strikes of lightning were our only light source.

Man killed in tusker attack in Nepal - 5th fatality in 2 months

An elderly man was killed in an elephant attack in Parsa district on Friday.

Bash Tamang, 55, of Ram Nagar, Nirmal Basti-1 died in the tusker attack in the Parsa Wildlife Reserve.

His body was found on Saturday morning, police said

He was returning home while he was attacked.

Since Tamang did not arrive home till the late evening, a police team had started the search operation from Saturday morning.

Comment: See also: Maoist leader killed by elephant in Nepal

Elephant kills man in Bara, Nepal


Rats invade ground outside Wal-Mart & McDonalds in Baton Rouge

Share this video so something can be done!! An army of rats are living between a Walmart and Mcdonalds in Baton Rouge. Both businesses are located near the intersection of Old Hammond hwy and Airline hwy in Baton Rouge, LA. Numerous rat holes are visible and tons of rats were roaming around before we and other people noticed them. After that, they began to scatter into the holes. View and be grossed out!

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 9km S of San Gabriel, Ecuador

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Event Time
2014-10-20 19:33:21 UTC
2014-10-20 14:33:21 UTC-05:00 at epicenter

0.511°N 77.825°W depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
9km (6mi) S of San Gabriel, Ecuador
37km (23mi) ENE of Ibarra, Ecuador
40km (25mi) SSW of Ipiales, Colombia
47km (29mi) ENE of Atuntaqui, Ecuador
113km (70mi) NE of Quito, Ecuador

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Buildings hit and trees toppled as hailstorm pummels Turf City, Singapore

A heavy thunderstorm pelted Turf City with hailstones yesterday afternoon, felling trees and causing damage that could prove costly for some businesses there.

The owner of All Star Golf Range, Mr Tendy Tsai, told Channel NewsAsia that the severe thunderstorm happened at around 2.30pm and caused some structural damage to the facility, but no one was injured.

Mr Tsai said he was waiting for the surveyor to assess the damage.

"The golf range will be closed for approximately two to three months and we will incur a loss of about S$300,000," he added.