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Gonzalo: First hand account in Bermuda, next stop: The United Kingdom

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© 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.
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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

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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

Location
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.

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Flood situation in Nicaragua deepens - 24 dead, 32,000 displaced

© E. Lopez / La Prensa
The neighborhood Chorizo, Leon, was one of the most affected by the rains of the weekend. One hundred and sixty homes were flooded.
The flooding in Nicaragua that we first reported here has continued to affect the country, leaving 24 dead and 32,000 homeless. All 17 of Nicaragua's departments have been affected.

Over the last few days the flooding has affected parts of the capital Managua, where at least 9 people died after 4 houses collapsed in one of the city's poor communities.

The rain has been so relentless there is simply no place for the water to go. A report in Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa said "There is no end to the rain and the ground is saturated".

Local authorities say that over 4,500 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Over 5,000 are living in relief camps after being evacuated.
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6 dead due to floods in Guerrero, Mexico with 4,000 evacuated

© Efrain Montero
Flood damaged roads in Ometepec, Mexico.
Heavy rainfall in the wake of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused flooding and mudslides in Guerrero and Oaxaca states in southern Mexico. Over 4,000 people have been evacuated and a state of emergency has been declared in 36 municipalities.

Four died in a mudslide in the municipality of Ometepec. In the same area one man was swept away by a swollen river. The other death occurred in Tlacoachistlahuaca.
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Extreme hail sparks state of emergency in Lages, Brazil

Last Monday, an apocalyptic hail storm swept through Lages, a small town situated in the central part of the state of Santa Catarina. After looking at the extreme pictures below you will understand why a state of emergency was decreed after this intense and rare hailstorm in Lages. According to officials, more than 60% of the city has been hit by the terrible storm. This extreme weather event injured many people. The large hail - the size of golf balls - destroyed roofs, windows, cars and trees. A real hail apocalypse!

Comment: We know extreme weather is the new normal, but the frequency of intense hail storms (among many other anomalous weather phenomena) hitting places that rarely see traces of milder variables, is hopefully enough to make more sit up straight and snap out of their normalcy bias. Our weather system seems to be heading towards an ice age, and these freakish hail storms are indicative of such a transition, see why: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection

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Evidence of historical 'monster tsunami' prompts Honolulu officials to revise their emergency strategy

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Hawaii's evacuation maps are based in part on the 1946 tsunami, the most destructive tsunami in Hawaii's recent history. But new research shows that mammoth tsunamis, many times the size of the 1946 event, have struck the island in the past, and may again in the future.

A mass of marine debris discovered in a giant sinkhole in the Hawaiian islands provides evidence that at least one mammoth tsunami, larger than any in Hawaii's recorded history, has struck the islands, and that a similar disaster could happen again, new research finds. Scientists are reporting that a wall of water up to nine meters (30 feet) high surged onto Hawaiian shores about 500 years ago. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of the Aleutian Islands triggered the mighty wave, which left behind up to nine shipping containers worth of ocean sediment in a sinkhole on the island of Kauai.

The tsunami was at least three times the size of a 1946 tsunami that was the most destructive in Hawaii's recent history, according to the new study that examined deposits believed to have come from the extreme event and used models to show how it might have occurred. Tsunamis of this magnitude are rare events. An earthquake in the eastern Aleutian Trench big enough to generate a massive tsunami like the one in the study is expected to occur once every thousand years, meaning that there is a 0.1 percent chance of it happening in any given year - the same probability as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake that struck Japan, according to Gerald Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
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Starving and desperate: Man repelled Siberian bear attack with computer

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich
A man in a Siberian village was suddenly confronted by a bear apparently looking for food. The man, however, kept his cool and repelled the attack by throwing a computer component at the animal.

The incident happened in a village near the city of Tomsk in Western Siberia, Russia. A local man decided to walk to a dump apparently in search of non-ferrous metals when he suddenly saw a bear, the district's regional game commissioner told RT.

A medium-sized bear rushed, or maybe just moved, towards the man. But the man kept his head and shouted at the bear, furiously. He picked what was near at hand at the dump - a computer part - and threw it right at the predator. The move evidently confused the bear.

"The bear rushed to one side, the man to the other," added Sergey Yelnikov who arrived at the scene to investigate the incident and later tracked the animal.

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