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10-12 inches of rain falls on Baton Rouge, Louisiana flooding streets, forcing rescues

Siegen Calais Apartments
© John Ballance
Siegen Calais Apartments
A slow-moving, heavy rainstorm dumped 10-12 inches of water on the Baton Rouge area Monday night, flooding streets and stranding some people in their cars.

The National Weather Service declared a flash flooding emergency for Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville and Livingston.

People from around the region posted photos on social media showing streets going underwater, and some people reported water entering their homes.

St. George Fire Department crews made a number of water rescues of people who drove into high water, spokesman Eldon Ledoux said. He and other local officials urged people to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.


Rising Amazon rivers flood towns after heavy rains - 400,000 affected

An aerial view of a street flooded by water
© REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
An aerial view of a street flooded by water from the Negro river, where people walk over wooden walkways installed by the city hall in downtown of Manaus, in Amazonas State, Brazil May 17, 2021.
Heavy rains in the Amazon rainforest have caused rivers to rise to near record levels, flooding small Brazilian towns and threatening the state capital Manaus with another disaster after it was severely struck by the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the state of Amazonas, more than 400,000 people have been affected by flooding, said the state's Civil Defense service, many of whom were evacuated as water levels climbed.

The Rio Negro river was rising by about 3 centimetres (1 inch) a day and on Monday streets in the centre of Manaus were already under water, according to city hall.


Rare funnel clouds form in sky near Burnham-On-Sea, UK

funnel cloud
Funnel clouds were captured forming in the Burnham-On-Sea area on Sunday (May 16th) when heavy showers swept through Somerset.

Reader Darren Cornish shot the photo above of a funnel cloud forming out of the stormy skies.

And Andy Popham captured the video below over the village of Mark near Burnham-On-Sea.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods after dam breaks in Slovakia following heavy rainfall

Flash Floods in Žarnovica District, Slovakia, May 2021.
© HaZZ
Flash floods in Žarnovica District, Slovakia, May 2021.
Emergency authorities report that one person has died in flash flooding which struck in Žarnovica district, Banská Bystrica Region of central Slovakia.

Severe flash flooding struck the village of Rudno nad Hronom in Žarnovica district on 17 May 2021. The dam of a reservoir near the village is thought to have broken after recent heavy rainfall.

The ensuing flood waters damaged homes and dragged vehicles through streets of the village. Slovakia's Fire and Rescue Service (HaZZ) said one person was swept away and was later found without signs of life. HaZZ also carried out some evacuations.

The Ministry of the Interior said that the flooding also destroyed multiple bridges and damaged gas connections. The mayor of the village declared an emergency situation in the village.


Surfer dies after being bitten by 4.5m great white shark off New South Wales, Australia

Great white shark
A surfer has died after he was mauled by a 4.5m great white shark off Tuncurry Beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

It's the first confirmed fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year, though it's believed another man was killed by a shark off South Australia in January.

Paramedics were called to the beach, just north of Forster, about 11:20am on Tuesday, after the man in his 50s was bitten while surfing.

Police say the man suffered serious injuries to his upper thigh.

He was pulled from the water but died despite the efforts of bystanders and emergency workers to revive him.

Ice Cube

Europe's extreme May freeze is set to continue

snow cover
Near-term models don't know whether they're coming or going. This meridional jet stream flow is throwing them for a loop. And after fooling many MSM publications into running headlines such as "Intense 10 day Heatwave set to strike Europe," the models have now flipped, and are forecasting yet more Arctic cold.

Below was the scene on May 8 in northern England:

"May time blizzard makes us shiver," tweeted the YorkshireSpeherdess, who runs a successful sheep farm.

"You can't believe this is May," she says in the video.

"It's just like the middle of winter."

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At least 16 dead as India's west coast hit by Cyclone Tauktae

Cyclone Tauktae
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Cyclone Tauktae intensified into a "very severe cyclonic storm" causing rough seas along the western coast of India, the nation's Meteorological Department (IMD) reported on Monday. The cyclone has so far killed at least 16 people and left a trail of destruction as it brushed past the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, authorities said.

The financial hub of Mumbai was lashed with heavy rain and strong winds, forcing authorities to suspend operations at the city's airport and to close some main roads due to flooding. Mumbai's urban rail system, one of the world's busiest, was also affected as tracks flooded. Witnesses saw trees uprooted and stranded cars and buses in the city.

Cyclone Tauktae brought gusts of up to 210 kmph that would put it on par with a Category 3 hurricane, rating it one level below the IMD's super cyclone category. The storm also forced Mumbai and Gujarat to temporarily suspend their COVID-19 vaccination drives.

Bizarro Earth

Multiple booming sounds, 'shock waves' heard, felt in Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, NC
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There are, apparently, things that go boom in the night in Mount Airy.

Only trouble is, no one can figure out just what is causing the booms.

Glenda Mayes, who lives on Newsome Street, said she's been hearing — and feeling — the loud noises and accompanying shock waves multiple times over the past few weeks. She said the most recent one was around 2 a.m. on May 1.

"It just about knocked me out of bed," she said, admitting that while that might be a bit of an exaggeration, the noise was extremely loud and shook her house.

She's not the only one hearing and feeling the booms.

"They felt something here, I'm not sure exactly what it was," said Mount Airy Police Department Sgt. J.W. Watson. While Watson said he didn't hear or feel anything — he works day shift while others at the station who did hear it work night — he said his colleagues did hear the noise, and felt the police department shake.

"Officers rode around the south end of town because they kept getting calls, but they never found the source of what it was," he said.

Mayes said the noises have been going on for several weeks, sometimes sending both her and her neighbors scrambling from their homes searching for the source.


Cooling atmosphere: Sun halos, sun pillars spotted in sky over central Pennsylvania

Sun halos and sun pillars are created from ice crystals in the sky refracting sun light, but the both look different and can form at different times of the day.
Sun pillar in Pennsylvania
© Erin
Sun halos are created when sunlight or moonlight is reflecting off ice crystals in the sky. These crystals will then form a halo around the sun. Most of the ice crystals are found in cirrus clouds or cirrostratus clouds. It usually forms a white circle or even sometimes you will see rainbow colors in the halo.

Black Cat

35-year-old farmer killed by tiger in Maharashtra, India - 12 such deaths for region this year

A farmer was killed in tiger attack in the forest under Chichpalli range on Tuesday. This is the third incident of human kill in the area in one-and-a-half months.

There was brief tension at the spot as villagers, irked by repeated tiger attacks in the area, refused to lift the body for some time. Sources said Kirtiram Kulmethe (35) from village Janala had gone into the compartment no. 718 in Chiroli beat of the range.

A tiger moving through the area attacked and killed him on the spot. Foresters rushed to the spot upon getting information, but a large crowd of villagers had gathered by the time. Forest officials pacified them and removed the body.

Earlier, one Kalpana Wadhai from Agadi village was killed in a tiger attack on March 31 in the same area.

Later, Vanita Gedam from Janala village was injured by a tiger on May 4 while she was out to collect Mahua flowers. She died while undergoing treatment at Nagpur on Tuesday.

This is the 15th incident of human kill in predator attacks this year. Of them, 12 have been killed by tigers, two by leopards and one by elephant.