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Flash floods and storms cause travel chaos in London

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Ankle deep: commuters remove shoes and trudge through the rain water at Ruislip Manor Station
Firefighters have rescued people trapped in their homes and cars following flash flooding in west London this morning.

The Met Office recorded more than 42.6mm of rainfall in Northolt at 8am, causing train stations and roads to be closed off in the Hillingdon area.

In some areas, more than two weeks' worth of rain fell in an hour.

Fire crews rescued two women who became stuck in a car engulfed in floodwater close to South Ruislip Station. The women escaped uninjured but they were forced to leave the car in situ.

50 properties were reported to have been flooded on Bedford Road in Ruislip. Tube lines were also hit with the Metropolitan Line suspended between Ruislip and Rayners Lane.

The A40 Western Avenue in Uxbridge was closed because of flooding and the AA's Special Operations Response Team said six cars were stuck in floodwater in the surrounding area.

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UK freak lightning & hail plunge commuters into 'Zombie Apocalypse'

As is usually the case, Britain has paid for its blast of summery weather with lashings of hail, lightning strikes and flooding.

Storms hit the Hove, Brighton and Worthing areas of Sussex during Monday morning rush hour.

A lightning strike caused electrical supply problems for rail passengers while some commuters were forced to struggle through a hail storm in an experience described by one as a "zombie apocalypse".

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Lighting strikes at Hove, Sussex
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Lightning Strikes 14 People In California

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A lifeguard works to resuscitate a person struck by lightning Sunday on the beach in Venice in an image captured by a surfer and shared on social media.
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.

Confirmation of the cause of death was pending an autopsy. Dietz said he can't confirm whether the man was a swimmer who was pulled from the water and given CPR.

Twelve other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were examined after the strike on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said they had effects ranging from anxiety to needing CPR, although not all may actually have been struck. Nine went to hospitals.

Steve Christensen said his friend had been body-surfing and was sitting on the beach when lifeguards began searching for a missing swimmer.

"He (Christensen's friend) went out to the water to find him and walked right into him," Christensen said. "He was face down on the bottom."

Christensen said his friend pulled the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, from the water, and lifeguards began CPR before taking him away on a truck.
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Severe Russian hail storm tears roof off building

The deadly hail storm that pelted beach-goers near the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk on July 14, 2014 caused major damage in the city as well.

Dramatic video uploaded to YouTube shows fierce winds ripping the roof off a building.

The freak storm was a rare occurrence in Russia.

Two young girls, ages 3 and 4, died during the storm when a tree fell on a tent they were seeking shelter under.

According to the Associated Press, weather has been "unusually extreme" across Russia this summer.

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Tornado kills 3 in Virginia campground

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A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of US Route 13 in Cheriton, Va. while a fire engine responds to a nearby campground after a severe storm passed through the area, Thursday.
Three people died after a tornado touched down Thursday in an Eastern Shore campground, Virginia emergency officials said.

More than two dozen people were injured and were transported to area hospitals, said emergency officials responding to Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort.

More than 1,300 vacationers were at the campground when the storm hit. The tow of Cape Charles, just south of the campground, has about the same number of year-round residents.

The area around the campground where the twister touched down was under a tornado warning at the time, according to the National Weather Service. Weather service radar had shown a waterspout over Chesapeake Bay a little before 9 a.m. ET that prompted the alert.
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Typhoon Matmo wallops Taiwan - First typhoon to make landfall in Taiwan this year

Typhoon warnings have been issued for most of Taiwan as Typhoon Matmo (Philippines name: Henry) bears down on the island. Matmo is the third typhoon to threaten the western Pacific Basin in less than three weeks.
Typhoon Matmo is the first typhoon to make landfall in Taiwan this year. As of Tuesday morning (U.S. time), the center of Matmo was about 150 miles south-southeast of Taipei, which is on the far northern part of Taiwan. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has issued a typhoon warning for the entire main island of Taiwan and the offshore islands of Ludao and Lanyu, southeast of Taiwan.

Taiwan authorities ordered all schools and businesses closed on its east coast Tuesday night, according to Bloomberg.com. The National Fire Agency says 8,000 military personnel have been readied for any needed typhoon-related rescue effort.

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Severe hailstorm in July in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

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Ping pong ball-sized hailstorm hit Ust-Kamenogorsk city in eastern Kazakhstan on July 15, Tengrinews reports citing Yk-news.kz.

People were looking for shelters to hide from the hailstones the size of a quail eggs.

"We built a homemade greenhouse from our old windows, but hailstorm destroyed it," a resident of Mirniy village said looking slightly shocked, "The garden was covered with a 5 cm layer of ice. All our seedling died."

The emergency services are estimating the damage caused by hail that lasted for 7 minutes. The department received around 50 calls during these 7 minutes. People were mostly complaining about damaged cars, metal bodies and windows of more than 30 vehicles were damaged. Several trees fell that day, but fortunately no one was hurt.


Source: Yk-news.kz
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Florida motorist captures parting of the storm

Joe Zuniga's stunning image reveals rain curtains parting on Florida roadway; motorists 'looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm'.

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Motorist captures parting of the storm.
As stormy skies cleared over Florida earlier this week, Joe Zuniga experienced an extraordinary moment he described as spiritual, and unforgettable. The parting of the storm.

As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason.

"They looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm, and the Lord has got your back," Zuniga told the Weather Channel.
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Typhoon Matmo threatens Taiwan and China - damaging wind, flooding rain expected

Typhoon Matmo is expected to strengthen and threaten Taiwan and China during the middle of the week.

Thunderstorm activity will continue to flourish around Matmo, but the typhoon is still having trouble strengthening and developing an eye.

However, Matmo remains in a region conducive to tropical development. As a result, AccuWeather.com meteorologists still feel that significant strengthening is still likely through Tuesday, local time.

While Matmo will be across open water of the Philippines Sea through the beginning of the week and will not cross the Philippines, northern parts of the country will still feel some effects from the storm as it enhances a tropical southwesterly flow from the South China Sea.

This will lead to the threat for heavy rain and subsequent flooding across Mindoro and western Luzon.
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Hailstorm causes huge damage to fruit and vegetable farms in Kashmir, India

A hailstorm and strong winds, besides heavy rains caused huge damage to crops and vegetable farms in Kashmir, leaving farmers in distress over expected losses.

Farmers in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir were worried as their crops have suffered massive damaged due to the hailstorm.

Expressing their sorrow, farmers said that they invested huge amount of money for sowing high yielding vegetable seeds, but the hailstorm destroyed their entire fields.

"I had sown high breed seeds for which we spent 8-9,000. The moment the crops got ready, hailstorm destroyed them. This is my only source of income. I am dependent on it. It's been two weeks. Nobody from the administration (government) has come here. Therefore, we request them to come and see the damage and government should provide us some support," said a farmer, Shabbir Hussain.

Agriculture officer Rafiq Choudhary said that farmers must avail the benefit of number of schemes introduced by the provincial government for the growers who are faced with such problems due to natural calamity. "We can't help it. This destruction has been caused by nature. But it would have been better if they had avail 'Kisan (farmer) credit card' scheme and had got their crops insured on time, because then they wouldn't face this problem," said Choudhary.
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