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Ship aground as wild weather lashes Australia

Wild weather brought chaos to Australia's east coast Friday, driving a huge freighter aground in tumultuous seas, sweeping cars into flooded rivers, disrupting flights and cutting power lines.

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Idaho storm: Quicker than a lightning bolt

A storm that rolled through North Idaho Monday night sank a sailboat, blew a hole in a concrete wall and knocked out power to thousands of homes.

Climatologist Cliff Harris said he counted more than 100 hundred lightning strikes during the storm, which lasted two and half hours.

"It was one of the top five thunderstorms since 1990 because of its duration," Harris said. "It was like a war zone."

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Multiple bolts of lightning strike the mountains surrounding Coeur d'Alene on Monday night.

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Hong Kong winters may vanish in 50 years

Hong Kong's winters could vanish within 50 years, with the number of cold days declining virtually to zero due to global warming and urbanization, the head of the city's weather observatory warned on Friday.

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Strong winds hit Chicago

High winds swept across the Chicago area Thursday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph downed trees and power lines and triggered tornado watches across the region.

The winds caused dangerous conditions on the water. In Waukegan a man died while trying to rescue somebody in Lake Michigan. 19-year-old Joshua Simpson of Zion died after pushing a woman and a man to safety.

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Wis. schools cancel classes before storm - 'granddaddy of all supercells'

Two central Wisconsin school districts canceled classes Thursday as a sheriff warned that violent storms and tornadoes forecast for the state could be the "granddaddy of all super cells." Other schools let out early.

The National Weather Service predicted very windy and warm conditions, with possible severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes, starting in the afternoon and continuing into the night.

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Heavy snow falls in mountains of southwestern Montana

A spring snowstorm yesterday dumped up to 21 inches of snow in the Philipsburg area.

And the kids got a day off from school due to a power outage.

Nearly two feet of wet, heavy snow caused a transmission outage that left the rural community in the dark from late Monday night through 12:30 p-m Tuesday.

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Calgary: Snow woes melt

Wednesday night's dump of snow won't last long as the mercury returns to above zero.

Broken branches, downed power lines, a thick blanket of slush and a wind chill that made temperatures feel like minus six welcomed Calgarians as they trudged into work this morning.

"The 23rd is the beginning of our usual frost-free period. Normally we're into no more snow, no more freezing temperatures," said Global TV weather expert Paul Dunphy. "But we do still get the occasional big blast of snow into May."


Wyoming: Snow in June!

Snow, heavy rain and strong wind caused travel problems in parts of Wyoming today.

Up to 8 inches of snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and forced highway officials to close a section of U.S. 14A between Burgess Junction and Lovell.

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Calgarians cope with severe storm

As residents and city crews begin the cleanup in earnest, the City of Calgary has served notice it will seek provincial cash to deal with the estimated $10 million in damage in the wake of Tuesday's rainstorm and floods.

Wednesday revealed the first clear signs of the storm's impact -- flooded basements, clogged pathways and even rolled-up pavement.

The city, anticipating millions in repair costs for damage to roads, homes and other infrastructure, will look to the Alberta government for a financial bailout.

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Colorado: Mountain winds reach 100 mph, topple trees

100 mile an hour winds toppled trees

SUMMIT COUNTY - While wind gusts were blustery on the Front Range, in the high country they were devastating as they swept through mixing with snow fall.