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Tropical storm Trudy forms off Mexico's Pacific coast; flash floods and mudslides forecasted

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Tropical storm Trudy formed off Mexico's Pacific coast late on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a statement forecasting life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in southern regions of the country.

The storm, which was headed north at about 5 miles (7 km) per hour, was about 85 miles (140 km) southeast of the beach resort of Acapulco on Friday evening and expected to make landfall in southern Mexico on Saturday.

With sustained winds of nearly 40 mph (65 km/h), Trudy is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) of rain on the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca over the next few days.

The storm could strengthen before making landfall, when it is expected to weaken.
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Flooding in Galicia, Spain - Vigo under 40cm of water

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The city of Vigo in Galicia, Spain, is still under water after heavy rain has battered the region since 16 October 2014. WMO reports that the city saw 81 mm of rain fall in 24 hours between 16 and 17 October 2014.

Emergency teams from Protección Civil were called out on at least 20 occasions. The worst affected areas were the central parts of the city and also around the Balaídos football stadium. Numerous roads around the coty have been blocked by flood water around 40 cm deep. Not only did he flooding stop traffic, it also stopped car production in the city's Citroen car plant. Trains and ferry services have also been affected.

The storm has left over 9,000 without power.

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NASA satellites sees a question mark in Tropical Storm Ana as it approaches Hawaii

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NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Ana approaching Hawaii in the Central Pacific Ocean on Oct. 17 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT).
NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Ana that showed the outer clouds were already reaching the big island by 11 a.m. EDT and the storm resembled a giant question mark.

Tropical Storm Ana was nearing hurricane strength mid-day on Oct. 17 and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) expects the storm to become a hurricane before reaching the big island of Hawaii.

NOAA's GOES-West satellite took an infrared picture of Tropical Storm Ana as it was approaching Hawaii on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. EDT (5 a.m. HST). Ana looked like a giant question mark in the infrared image, as a large band of thunderstorms wrapped into the center from the eastern side of the storm and extended south of the storm.

Despite the storm looking like a question mark from space, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said that there is no question the storm has been intensifying.

Cox Hospital Springfield sees increase in dog attacks, Missouri

Most serious cases involve children.

They're called man's best friend, but dogs also have the potential to be dangerous. Cox Hospital has seen an alarming rise in serious dog bites this year - most of them involving children.

It's not unusual for the Cox South Emergency Room to treat dog bites, but doctors say they've seen an increase in life threatening dog attacks. More children have been admitted to the hospital than usual, and some were even placed in critical condition.

Here's a look at the numbers:

Comment: See also: Dog attacks surging in Yarra Ranges, Australia

Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India

Nine people killed by feral dog attacks in Rumbek, Sudan

Modesto, California: Vicious dogs roaming streets, chasing people and trapping them inside homes


Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India

About 50 to 60 persons are bitten by dog every day in city. In first seven months of this year, 11,826 incidents of dog bites have been reported, said Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in its additional reply filed before Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday.

In 2012, nearly 10,100 people were affected by dog bites from April to December. Number went up to 16,000 in 2013. IMC reply was based only on figures received from Lal Hospital. Actual number of people bitten by dog in city during the corresponding periods, however, could be more as records of people treated at private hospitals are not available with the civic body.

According to latest survey of IMC, the city has around 29,000 stray dogs. This was the fourth reply filed by IMC before double bench of Justices PK Jaiswal and DK Paliwal in a PIL against increasing number of dog bites filed in December 2013.

Snowfall predicted for Moscow this weekend

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The warm season seems to be over in Moscow, as the Russian capital is expecting a snowfall this weekend, a weather center Fobos reports.
The warm season seems to be over in Moscow, as the Russian capital is expecting a snowfall this weekend, a weather center Fobos reports.

Meteorologists are diligently observing a powerful cyclone intensifying in South-Eastern Europe, which eventually will move north. The cyclone will bring rain to Europe, however since Moscow is located further north, Russians would have to deal with a series of snowfalls, reported newspaper Gazeta.

"On October 17, cold air will flow into the capital region with north-east winds, reducing the thermometer: up to four degrees in the capital and minus four in the Moscow region. North and north-east of the region might see some wet snow", said news agency Moskva.

After the weekend, temperatures will continue to drop.
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Heavy rain floods Toronto streets, snarls transit

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A car is stuck in water on Ossington Ave. at the CP Rail underpass.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms wreaked havoc on Toronto streets Thursday night, leaving cars stuck in water at several flooded intersections and lengthening the commute for many Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) riders trying to get home.

Subway service was suspended both ways between York Mills and Eglinton stations due to flooding at Lawrence Station, which was to remain closed until the morning, according to the TTC.

Hundreds of people were lining up to catch one of the 28 shuttle buses running between York Mills and Eglinton stations. On social media, commuters were posting photos of the long lines, water on subway tracks, as well as flooding on buses.

A number of other TTC service alerts were issued as well, and they can be seen here. Regular service was restored on some of the previously disrupted routes.

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Abandoned mines in southern Arizona spill orange sludge caused by heavy rainfall from Hurricane Odile

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This undated photo shows orange sludge leaking from the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Ariz. Heavy rain from Hurricane Odile has caused the two abandoned mines to spill orange sludge into waterways that lead to the popular Patagonia Lake in southern Arizona.
A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia. The Trench Camp and Lead Queen mines overflowed late last month because of heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Odile.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to an Asarco trust that owns the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Arizona. "We've talked to our consultants, and we're gonna do what the state requires us to do," Jay Steinberg, who runs the trust, said Wednesday.

A resident near the town of Patagonia noticed the sludge at the end of September, first at the Lead Queen Mine and later at the Trench Camp one, said Wendy Russell, coordinator for the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance. Both waterways lead to Sonoita Creek, which runs off into Patagonia Lake, the site of the state park.

"This is an ongoing hazard to our community's water supply," Russell said, adding that Patagonia Lake State Park is a tourist attraction. "Folks fish and swim there."

Wild boar and pig attacks in Vietnam - 2 in hospital in same week

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People in the central province of Nghe An tie up a feral pig that attacked a group of locals on August 3, 2013.
Pigs sent two people in the central province of Quang Binh to the hospital in the same week.

Nguyen Thi Hoai, 54, was given emergency surgery and a blood transfusion at the Vietnam-Cuba Dong Hoi hospital after a feral pig she was raising mauled her while she was feeding it.

The woman suffered deep injuries to her thigh and buttocks that led to the heavy blood loss.

She said the hog was a hybrid between a wild hog and a domesticated pig.

Ho Van Thay, 52, suffered injuries to both arms and legs when a different wild boar attacked him while he was working in a field on the edge of the jungle.

Wild boars, bison and elephants have been attacking people and damaging fields in the area, recently, raising questions about the extent of human encroachment into their jungle habitats.
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Hurricane Gonzalo pounds the Bermuda coast with high waves, driving rain and gusting winds- expected to be a 'dangerous hurricane'

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Hurricane Gonzalo is seen over the Atlantic Ocean in this NASA image taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station October 17, 2014.
Hurricane Gonzalo began pounding the Bermuda coast with high waves, driving rain and gusting winds on Friday as one of the strongest storms to hit the tiny Atlantic island chain, forecasters said.

Gonzalo was swirling about 100 miles (165 km) south-southwest of the British island chain and had weakened slightly, with sustained winds dropping to 125 miles per hour (205 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The eye of the Category 3 storm was forecast to pass within 30 miles of Bermuda on Friday evening, with hurricane force winds extending up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center.

By mid-afternoon streets were empty as the high winds reaching tropical storm force of 40 mph (64 kph) bent back palm trees on Harrington Sound in the middle of the islands, prompting the government to close a major causeway bridge linking the main island to the east end.