Welcome to Sott.net
Sat, 13 Feb 2016
The World for People who Think



3 tropical cyclones form at the same time in the Southern Hemisphere

© Google Maps
3 tropical storms
Three tropical cyclones formed almost simultaneously in the Southern Hemisphere.

Daya was born in the Indian Ocean, whereas Eleven and Tatiana formed in the Pacific Ocean.

The tropical cyclone Daya formed east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and is moving in a south-easterly direction. In the eye of the storm, wind speeds were measured at 72 km / h, with gusts reaching 97 km / h.

Tropical cyclone Daya

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike sparks a huge explosion at steelworks in Port Talbot, Wales

Fire crews from Mid and West Wales Fire Service were called to the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, Wales, around 8am, after a blaze ripped through the site
Steelworkers escaped with their lives after a huge explosion ripped through Britain's biggest steelworks plant this morning.

The massive blast - believed to have been caused by a lightning strike - rocked the Tata steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales, shortly after a shift change at 8am.

Flames could be seen for miles around - and parts of the plant were evacuated as emergency services rushed to the scene.

Onlooker Mike O'Neill said: 'My car shook with the explosion as I drove past. I can see massive 100ft flames.

'There was also a huge plume of black smoke.'

Cloud Precipitation

Ship faced with terrifying 100-foot waves during North Sea storm caught on film

Rocking: Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm
This dramatic footage captures exactly what it was like to be on board a ship being battered by strong waves as Storm Gertrude caused chaos across Britain last month.

The intense video was filmed by a man standing on the bridge of the ship stranded in the North Sea around 100 miles from land on January 29.

The clip shows powerful waves - some estimated to be around 100-foot high - crashing against the vessel, brutally rocking it from side to side and soaking the entire deck.

Worryingly the ship can even be heard creaking under the sheer weight of the devastating storm.

Video from inside the large vessel creates more sea-sickening viewing as the waves throw it around and encapsulate it in water.

Comment: See also: Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm will return to port


Raging storm Imogen covers French town with foam

© brytho9y / YouTube
Like scenes from an old-school horror flick, a freaky blanket of foam has emerged menacingly from the Atlantic Ocean, eating up stretches of road in a coastal town in Brittany.

Strong winds have sent heaps of thick foam over the flood walls of Saint Guenole Port and onto the streets of Penmarch.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 in Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia

A 36-year-old woman and her two children aged 18 and six have died after being struck by lightning in Kapiri Mposhi, Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi has said.

Ms Kamukoshi said in an interview yesterday that this happened on Saturday in Mukonchi around 15:00 hours while the family was working in a maize field during a downpour.

"We received a report from Emmanuel Kangwa, 46, at Kapiri Mposhi Police Station that three people had died in a field after being struck by lightning," Ms Kamukoshi said.

She identified the deceased as Lillian Nanyangwe, 36, and her two daughters, Bertha Nawakwi, 18, and Blessings Mwape, six.

Ms Kamukoshi said Ms Nanyangwe's one-year-old son identified as Paul Siwakwi, who was strapped to her back, sustained a swollen face and is admitted to Mukonchi clinic in Kapiri Mposhi.

Cloud Precipitation

Southern England, Wales hit by Storm Imogen

© Roger Askew/REX/Shutterstock
Storm Imogen hits Clevedon, near Bristol
A heavy storm has swept some parts of the UK leaving thousands of properties severely battered.

Storm Imogen sent 100 mile per hour winds and 60-foot waves hurtled towards the British coastline, hitting much of southern England and Wales. The damage was more serious for the residents of one apartment building in Bristol, where tree branches had actually come hurtling through their walls and ceilings.

Along the coast, waves hit with such force that locals were forced to take shelter in whatever way they could.

There were severe delays and cancellations on roads and railways and on ferry crossings. Though the storm has passed, forecasters warn that high tides and large waves are expected to continue along the south coast.

The Environment Agency has more than 50 flood warnings in place, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action is required.


Waterfall doubles back from gale force winds

Gale-Force winds blow water back up waterfall
The wind is so strong in Scotland that water is getting blown back up waterfalls, seemingly against the laws of gravity.

Footage shared by a cottage rental firm based in Mull, Scotland shows 90 mile per hour winds stopping a waterfall on the Isle of Mull dead in its tracks earlier this week.


Strong tornado rips through Tennessee High School

In a matter of minutes, a mighty twister rips through a high school, sweeping everything out of its way.

Raw security camera footage from an EF-1 tornado that hit Crockett County High School on Tuesday. The tornado's path was 100 yards wide and spanned just more than two and a half miles, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong storms hit southern states in the US on Tuesday, demolishing hundreds of homes, as well as a prison facility. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

Cloud Precipitation

More flooding hits Queensland, Australia

© Queensland Police
Flooding in Dajarra, Queensland
More flooding hit Queensland earlier today, 03 February, this time in the the state's remote north west. Last week, one man died and several were rescued after floods in the Bundaberg area on 31 January.

More heavy rain this week affected communities in the Mount Isa area. On 03 February, Urandangi recorded 162mm of rain in 24 hours, with most of it falling in around 3 hours. This is just short of its highest ever of 164mm, recorded in December 1984. Surrounding areas also received large amounts of rain.

Local police reported that flooding in the township of Dajarra has led to several people being evacuated from homes this morning. Police also reported that a number of vehicles in the area have been impacted by flood waters. At least person had to be rescued after he was stranded in his car by floodwater. Several roads across the region were closed.


Several tornadoes hit the American South, heavy snow in the Midwest

© Paula Merritt, AP
Debris lies on the ground near First Baptist Church of Collinsville in Lauderdale County, Miss., after it was severely damaged during a storm Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016
Several tornadoes ripped across parts of eastern Mississippi and western Alabama Tuesday, while a brutal winter storm paralyzed parts of the Midwest with more than a foot of snow.

The southern tornadoes left behind devastation but no deaths. The storms took down trees and power poles and damaged structures, the Weather Channel reported. More than 14,000 Alabama Power customers were without power, mostly in Birmingham, the utility reported.

In Alabama, the National Weather Service in Birmingham reported a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" on the ground near the city of Aliceville, about 45 miles west of Tuscaloosa, according to the Associated Press.

"We have trees down along with live power lines," said Belinda Tilley, Aliceville's emergency 911 director, after the tornado had passed. "We've had some houses hit and minor injuries reported," she added.