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More rain forecast in 24 hours than for the whole of July in the UK; fears that the whole month will be a washout

Visitors and residents in St Ives scramble for cover from the rain as 'Awful August' gets off to a wet start
Britain could face more rain in some areas in the next 24 hours than fell during the whole of July, forecasters have warned.

August will get off to a chilly, bright start in the North with rain over parts of the South feeding into a changeable seven days, the Met Office said.

Today will be mostly cloudy in the South with rain moving in from the West, which will turn heavy and persistent this afternoon.

It will be predominantly cloudy tomorrow across the UK with outbreaks of rain extending north and some sunny intervals possible in the South.

Southern areas will be mostly dry on Wednesday with sunny spells and the odd shower, although there will be widespread showers in the North.


500 families told to flee raging wildfire near Hamilton, Montana

The Roaring Lion Fire burns near Hamilton, Montana, on July 31, 2016.
The residents of at least 500 homes are under orders to evacuate because of a fast-moving wildfire southwest of Hamilton that has already claimed a number of structures.

"We're just trying to get people out of the way now," Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay told the Missoulian newspaper. "We can rebuild homes. We need to get people out of this area."

The wildfire -- dubbed the "Roaring Lion Fire" -- Sunday afternoon is at least a half square mile and is heading up Roaring Lion Road in the Bitterroot National Forest and down the canyon, officials said.

CBS Helena affiliate KXLH-TV reports more than 2,000 acres have burned so far.

The speed of the has left locals in shock, KXLH reports. By conservative estimates, the fire was growing at a rate of 200 acres per hour after it started early Sunday afternoon. Driven by gusty downslope winds funneled right down the valley, the fire was racing through the foothills southwest of Hamilton.

Structures in the Judd Creek area have been lost to the wildfire southwest of Hamilton, Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman told the Missoulian.


Wildfires continue to spread in California over San Francisco-sized area, 1000s of homes at risk

© Michael Fiala / Reuters
A destroyed home is seen after the Soberanes Fire burned through the Palo Colorado area, north of Big Sur, California, U.S. July 31, 2016.
A large blaze near Big Sur on California's Central Coast spread even further on Sunday, destroying 57 homes and forcing the evacuation of another 300, as 5,000 firefighters struggled to slow down the wildfire.

The blaze is currently threatening thousands of homes. Overnight it grew to an area of 59 square miles (153 square kilometers), about the size of San Francisco, according to the California department of forestry and fire protection. Authorities have ordered 300 more homes to be evacuated.

Firefighters were able to contain only 15 percent of the blaze by Sunday morning. Overnight, it destroyed 57 homes and eleven outbuildings. Officials warned that it could be another month before the blaze is completely extinguished.

Comment: See also: State of emergency declared for Southern California wildfires


Dashcam footage shows Vietnam town ripped to shreds by tornado

A tornado swept through a town in Vietnam, flattening everything in its wake in an epic video that has to be seen to be believed.

The twister struck the Yen Phong District of the northern Bac Ninh Province on Thursday, causing buildings to collapse, trees to fall and parasols to go flying.

The shocking footage was captured by a dashcam as the driver slowly reverses out of the tornado's dangerous path.

While no one was killed in the wild winds, they left the town looking like an Ikea flatpack wasteland.

Quang Tung, an engineer working close by, told local media the tornado could be seen from 2.5 miles (4km) away.


6.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in Mid Indian Ridge

© Dimas Ardian, Getty Images
6.1 magnitude earthquake

2016-08-01 07:42:50 UTC

UTC time: Monday, August 01, 2016 07:42 AM

Your time: 2016-08-01T07:42:50Z

Magnitude Type: mb

USGS page: M 6.1 - South Indian Ocean

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people


Bald eagle attacks hiker in Unalaska, Alaska

An eagle tore a Coast Guard officer's hoodie and chased him down a mountain with multiple aerial attacks as he ran faster than he'd ever run, causing him to stumble and lose his cellphone.

The big bird then pecked at the phone a few times, then flew off with the device, which hasn't been seen since and was probably dumped in the ocean, according to the victim, Lt. Andres Ayure.

"That was my 'welcome to Dutch Harbor' story," said Ayure, supervisor of the Marine Safety Detachment in Unalaska, who'd only arrived three days earlier. Three days later, on a Saturday, he decided to enjoy his day off by hiking Ballyhoo Mountain and climbed to the top of the 1,634-foot peak, which overlooks the airport.

The hike to the top was pleasant enough, and Ayure saw other people as he climbed. He was wearing shorts and an American Eagle-brand hooded sweatshirt. When he was about a quarter-way down, an eagle swooped him three times, only missing him because he managed to duck, but made contact on the fourth attack.


Mass 'die-off' discovered at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Texas

© George P. Schmahl
Flower Garden Banks
A mass die-off of coral and other sea animals was discovered this week on a reef in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, federal officials said Friday.

Sports divers discovered the damage Monday on the East Flower Garden Bank, about 100 miles southeast of Galveston, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a report.

Divers from the motor vessel Fling "were stunned to find green, hazy water, huge patches of ugly white mats coating corals and sponges, and dead animals littering the bottom of the East Flower Garden Bank, a reef normally filled with color and marine life," wrote Steve Gittings, chief scientist in NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Agency scientists were not immediately available for comment Friday evening.

Cloud Lightning

Update: Lightning death toll rises to 47 over two days in Odisha, India

© MGN Online
With six more deaths, the toll due to lightning rose to 47 in the State on Sunday. While Dhenkanal reported four deaths, two persons died in Nabarangpur district. In Nabarangpur district, Usha Soura (30) of Turunji village in Nandahandi block and Ramsingh Gond (60) of Mangarapalli village in Raighar block died when they were struck by lightning while they were working in their paddy fields.

Seven women of Turunji village of Nandahandi block, who were injured in the incident, were admitted to District Headquarters Hospital and Tentulikhunti Community Health Centre. Their condition is stated to be stable. In Dhenkanal district, four persons died and eight others sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning. The victims belonged to Ganjeidihi, Saurali Santhasara and Kalamati villages. All of them were working in their agricultural fields when the incident occurred. The injured have been admitted in different hospitals.

Cloud Lightning

Man killed by lightning while mowing lawn in Tillsonburg, Canada

© MGN Online
Police say a 52-year-old Tillsonburg, Ont., man has died after being struck by lightning.

OPP say Dave Johnson was mowing his lawn on Sunday afternoon when he was struck as a violent storm hit the area.

Police say emergency personnel attempted to revive him.

Johnson was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Source: The Canadian Press

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills boy on beach in Carova, North Carolina

© MGN Online
Authorities say a 5-year-old boy on vacation with his family died after being struck by lightning on a North Carolina beach.

According to WTVD-TV, authorities say the family was on the beach Sunday in Carova at about 4 p.m. when the child was struck.

The family put the boy in their SUV and met EMS part way. He was then taken to a hospital where he died.

Authorities did not identify the family.

Source: AP