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Torrential rain brings flooding to Charleston, South Carolina

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Paul Banker, left, paddles a kayak and his wife Wink Banker, as they takes photos on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
Torrential rains that brought flooding to much of the historic peninsula district of Charleston, S.C., on Saturday lashed huge parts of the Southeast, giving the region little consolation from the fading threat of Hurricane Joaquin as it moved to the northeast away from the East Coast.

Police shut down traffic onto the low-lying area of Charleston between the Ashley and Cooper rivers where the historic downtown area is located. Abandoned cars dotted many of the roads as cars stalled out.

Retail stores along King Street, a main shopping area in the port city, lined sand bags along the sidewalk as protection from the threat of rising water.

As rain totals by early morning quickly eclipsed the 21-year-old record of 3.28 inches for Oct. 3, forecasters predicted several more inches for Saturday and extended a flash flood warning until late afternoon.

Officials warned residents to avoid driving in the afternoon during high tide. Heavy rain was forecast for the area into Sunday.

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Violent storms and flash floods in French resort towns kill 13


Paradise lost: More than 10 per cent of the annual average rainfall in the Alpes-Maritimes department (Biot pictured) fell in just two days
Violent storms and flash floods in the south of France have killed 13 people and left hundreds of holidaymakers stranded.

Heavy rain in the Cote d'Azur - forecast to have sunny skies and temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius today - caused the River Brague to burst its banks near Antibes, which lies between Cannes and Nice in the French Riviera.

Three people drowned in an Antibes retirement home, a 60-year-old woman died on a submerged road in the popular resort town of Cannes and at least five were killed as they sought shelter under cars in Nice.

There are fears the death toll could be even hire because fire crews and ambulances have struggled to reach the worst-affected areas, where 35,000 homes are without power.

Disturbing images of the aftermath showed entire roads worn away and hundreds of badly-damaged cars piled on top of each other.

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Lightning strikes kill 26 people in 24 hours in Maharashtra, India

In Maharashtra, At least 26 people were killed in different incidents of lightning across the state from last 24 hours. Heavy rains accompanied by thunder storms and lightning have been lashing since past three days in the state and it will result in increasing the level of water storage across the state.

At least 13 people were killed when struck by lightning in Marathwada region. In Vidarbha, lightning claimed 8 including 4 in Nagpur district, three in Yavatmal and one from Wardha district. Most of those killed were farmers and farm labourers. Hailstorm lashed Chandur bazaar in Amravati district and damaged the standing crop.

In Nashik, district lightning killed 2 while three of a family were killed when a bolt of lightning struck temple in Devdaithan in Jamkhed taluka of Ahamadnagar district.

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Golf ball-sized hail hits Las Cruces, New Mexico

For about 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon, it sounded like the end of the world in Las Cruces. A massive hailstorm pounded roofs and cars on the East Mesa and in other parts of Las Cruces. The National Weather Service reported hail of about 1.25 inches.

But some areas of Las Cruces reported golf ball-sized hail. And the resulting damage was devastating: some homes reported every skylight broken; cars were dented; even car windshields were shattered. Many life-long residents of the city said it was the worst hailstorm they had ever witnessed.

Green lawns turned into a sea of white hail stones, while streets were flooded from the heavy rains. Official rain totals were less than a half-inch, but some areas of the city reported more than one inch of rain.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area through at least Tuesday. Saturday's storm was the result of a cold front. It has dropped high temperatures from the mid 80's to the mid 70's for the next week.


Chile shaken by two earthquakes of magnitudes 6.0 and 6.1

Two earthquakes, magnitude 6.0 and 6.1, hit northern and southern Chile today, but caused no known injuries or significant damage, the government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said.

A series of smaller quakes also shook parts of the South American country today.

The 6.1-magnitude quake occurred at 3:03 am (0603 GMT) 10 kilometers (6 miles) northwest of the town of Lebu, in southern Chile, at a depth of 20 kilometers.

The second quake occurred at 3:26 am 17 kilometers southeast of the northern town of Tongoy, at a depth of 33 kilometers.

Chile last month was hit by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that left 15 dead and over 16,000 homeless.


Large sinkhole appears on The Villages golf course, Florida


The sinkhole near Jebber Loop at the seventh hole of the Truman Executive Golf Course
Golfers may find an extra hole on one of the courses at The Villages.

The sinkhole can be found near Jebber Loop at the seventh hole of the Truman Executive Golf Course.

Officials say it's about 50 feet across and is the result of a broken water pipe.

While there are homes that sit just feet away, officials say residents shouldn't be worried.

"It's far enough away and again it was created by the water pipe," said Lt. John Longacre with The Villages Public Safety Dept. "So it's not underground where the actual rock is disintegrating or collapsing, then it sinks. There's no concern for that."

The course will remain open as crews fix the issue.


Thousands of dead fish wash up on British Virgin Islands


Dead fish
On Friday morning, thousands of dead fish lay in the sun along Handsome Bay, Virgin Gorda, as frigate birds circled overhead and pelicans and seagulls perched on nearby rocks.

Other dead sea creatures on the shoreline included eels, a six-foot-long shark, lobsters, parrot fish and blowfish, to name a few.

Environmental officials believe the culprit was sargassum seaweed, which covered much of the bay on Friday and which has also been blamed for VG's water shut-off this week.

In recent months, Handsome Bay has been among the areas hardest hit by the seaweed, and residents have held several cleanups there in part to battle the sulfur smell emitted by the decaying vegetation.

On Friday, the dead fish were in larger numbers along the southwest side of the bay near the Taddy Bay Airport. On the other side, near the Handsome Bay Desalination Plant, the sulfur smell wasn't as strong, but a 14-foot-wide barrier of sargassum lined the beach.

Several bloated sea creatures with bulging eyes were entangled in the thick mat of seaweed.

Comment: A day before this event the region was hit by an earthquake. See also: 4.8. Magnitude earthquake rattles St Lucia

Perhaps outgassing from the sea bed caused by this seismic activity had more to do with these deaths than the seaweed that had been lying about on the shore for some time prior to the mass fish kill event?

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Lightning strikes kill six in West Bengal, India

Six persons were killed in lightning strike in three places of Birbhum district Friday evening.

Seikh Aktar (32), Seikh Sabir (42) and Seikh Abraj (34) were killed as lightning struck them when they were working in a quarry at Bahdurpur village under Nalhati police station area, police said.

13-year-old Dashami Let of Ebai village under Nalhati police station area was struck by lightning when she was going home, police said.

At Saithia, Dhalu Murdi (48) and Matal Murdi (55) were also killed in lightning strike.

Source: PTI

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Mudslide in Guatemala kills at least 25; up to 600 people missing

© AP Photo/Moises Castillo
Rescue workers and residents respond after a landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Recent rainfall provoked the landslide, affecting dozens of homes.

Santa Catarina Pinula - The collapse of a hillside onto a town on the edge of Guatemala City killed at least 25 people and left hundreds missing on Friday, as rescue crews searched for survivors in homes buried by dirt and sludge.

Loosened by heavy rains, tons of dirt and trees tumbled onto Santa Catarina Pinula in a valley on the southeastern flank of the capital late on Thursday, flattening dozens of flimsy houses when many residents had gone home for the night.

An aerial video broadcast in Guatemalan media showed the tree-lined hillside laid bare above a huge mound of earth, foliage and debris that completely covered part of the town, which hugs the side of a river in a deep ravine.

Scores of rescue workers laboured until nightfall to recover bodies from the tangle of mangled walls, beds and furniture churned up in the landslide. A Reuters photo showed the face of one person who had apparently been buried alive.

Alejandro Maldonado, head of Guatemalan disaster agency CONRED, told a news conference that as many as 600 people could still be missing after the disaster, which he said hit 125 homes.


Quake-like mystery boom shakes Kennebunk, Maine area homes

Kennebunkport, Maine.
Residents in areas of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel have reported hearing, and feeling, a mystery boom this morning, but no one can seem to pinpoint the cause.

Word of the rumbling, which happened around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, is abuzz on Facebook, with residents in areas of the three towns asking "what was that?" Some have said it sounded like a tree coming down in their yard, others wondered about blasting from area construction, or a clap of thunder.

Kennebunk Police Lt. Eric O'Brien said the department received a number of calls, but police have not determined the source. A dispatcher at the Kennebunkport Police Department also said they did not know where the boom came from, but she likened it to an earthquake.

A representative of the U.S. Geological Survey said that there is no record of any earthquake activity in Kennebunk or southern Maine Thursday morning.

Kate Mastrangelo, who was working in Arundel, said "I don't know how else to explain it other than a boom.

"I could tell it was in the distance somewhere but I could hear it and at the same time the ground shook. It wasn't like an earthquake shake, it just bumped," she said.

Mastrangelo said she immediately thought of the furnace turning on for the first time this year or other equipment in the building, but then thought "no, that was too loud."

Comment: Space rocks exploding in the atmosphere are a possiblity.

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