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Pit bull kills man who climbed through family home's window in New Orleans

A 66-year-old man has died after being attacked by a dog when he climbed through the window of a home in Louisiana.

The New Orleans Police Department said the victim, who has not been identified, was found at the address in the 8700 block of S. Claiborne Avenue on Sunday, July 18 around 6:41 p.m., reported WVUE.

After climbing through the window of the house, police believe he was then attacked and killed by the family's pit bull.

Police said the man was a relative of the people who lived at the home and was authorized to be there.


Canada's B.C. declares provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

Smoke billows from a wildfire near Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada
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Smoke billows from a wildfire near Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada July 19, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media
British Columbia is once again under a provincial state of emergency.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth declared a state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon in response to ongoing wildfires burning across the province.

It will take effect at midnight, Tuesday, July 20.

The forecast in parts of the province calls for shifts in winds and weather, raising concerns that property evacuations could rise to a level not yet seen this fire season, the government said.

The province previously declared states of emergencies linked to fires in 2003, 2017 and 2018.

On July 1, 2021, B.C. concluded a 16-month state of emergency, by far the longest in the province's history, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days once issued and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.


Perth in Western Australia smashes 20-year rain record for July

Storm clouds off the Perth coast at the beginning of July
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Storm clouds off the Perth coast at the beginning of July.
Perth has smashed its 20-year rain record for July with more wet weather on the way while Australia's south-east shivers through even more hazardous wind conditions over the coming days.

The Western Australian capital city has copped 184.2mm of rain so far this month after 18 straight days of downpour - eclipsing the previous record of 182.6mm in 2001.

The city is expected to be drenched with up to 200mm this month in total, with more than a week still to go of July.

Meanwhile, a cold front is sweeping across the south-east with hazardous wind conditions to hit New South Wales on Wednesday while Victoria and Tasmania will see icy cold temperatures and even hail.

Cloud Precipitation

Chinese subway passengers trapped by rising floodwaters as torrential rain pounds Henan province - 8 inches of rainfall in an hour

Zhengzhou city in central China, Henan province Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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Zhengzhou city in central China, Henan province Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
Subway riders in Zhengzhou in China's Henan province found themselves trapped by rising floodwaters on Tuesday as rivers burst their banks, pouring into streets and disrupting train services after 200mm of rain fell in one hour.

Footage circulating online shows subway passengers in murky, near shoulder-deep water inside a train carriage, as railway services were suspended amid the chaos caused by the deluge.

While no deaths or injuries have been reported, transport infrastructure in the province has been seriously affected by severe storms and heavy rain since the weekend. Henan is a major regional transport hub, but roads and tunnels have become extremely waterlogged, with cars and buses seen floating in the murky floodwater in some areas, while torrents of water were seen spreading throughout the streets.

Arrow Down

German officials left dams full for weeks even with heavy rains forecasted

Officials left dams full to the brim at least 3 weeks long during a rainy period and then failed to undertake a controlled release even when 150 mm of rain were forecast 4 days before the floods.
Dam in Germany
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Now they want to hide their gross incompetence and blame climate change.

Yesterday I posted how Germany's flood disaster could have been prevented in large part, especially in terms of lives lost. The latest death toll has risen to over 150.

Although the heavy rains had been forecast days in advance, nothing was done to avert the inevitable destruction. Instead of taking responsibility, politicians are blaming climate change in a bid to shift attention away from their incompetence and gross negligence.


Series of rare waterspouts filmed over the Baltic Sea off Poland

Waterspouts series were spotted in Poland in various places (Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot, Mechelinki, Wladyslawowo, Jastarnia, Chalupy) on 19 July 2021.


Pack of dogs maul woman to death in Newport, Tennessee - 2nd such fatality along same road in 3 months

dog attack
A 29-year-old woman named Amber Miller was mauled to death by a pack of dogs, according to her friend Brittany Reese.

Steve Mayes said he found Miller up against a tree following the attack and described taking her to the hospital in his truck. "I just hate to walk up and see her that way. I'm glad that we was there to get her to the hospital but I'm just sorry that we had to see it."

The Cocke County Sheriff's Office reported it was investigating the July 12 case and a similar incident from four months earlier along the same road in Cocke County. Jimtown Road is just outside of Newport.

"A similar incident occurred on the same road on April 1, 2021, that resulted in the death of Tony Ahrens," the Cocke County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post.


Pit bulls attack, kill 59-year-old woman at home in West El Paso, Texas

A 59-year-old woman was mauled and killed by her family's two pit bulls Sunday evening at a West El Paso home, police said.

Detectives are investigating the death, but "all indications are that the two pit bull dogs killed the woman," a police news release stated.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday, patrol officers responded to a call of a death after a woman arrived home to find her mother being mauled by the family's two dogs inside a home in the 7200 block of Royal Arms Drive, a police spokesman said.


'Historic rainfall': Explosion at aluminum plant in China caused by severe flooding

china factory explosion Dengfeng
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These screen grabs from social media videos captured on July 20, 2021, reportedly show an aluminum alloy plant in Dengfeng, Henan, China, exploding after being breached by floodwaters.
Dramatic footage from central China reportedly captured the moment an aluminum alloy plant exploded in a giant fireball on Tuesday after severe flooding in the region caused a breach of the factory walls.

In a statement released online, the municipal government of Dengfeng, a city in Henan province, said no casualties or missing persons had been reported as of 10 a.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Monday), following the blast at a local aluminum alloy company owned by Dengfeng Power Group Co. Ltd.

Comment: As a sign of how extreme this weather system was, it's likely that it also caused the collapse of two dams in the country.

However, explosions and fires at industrial sites have been in the news with an increasing frequency, although, notably, unlike the incident mentioned above, not all of them can be as easily explained; it's also likely that not all of them are related to Earth Changes: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions


Moonfish from the tropics found dead on Oregon beach

A giant, 100-pound opah fish was found dead on a beach in Seaside, Oregon

A giant, 100-pound opah fish was found dead on a beach in Seaside, Oregon
A strange-looking fish has washed up on the Oregon coast, a stunning sight for beach walkers and an unusual discovery for the local aquarium.

The 3.5-foot, 100-pound opah fish was discovered on Sunset Beach north of Seaside on Wednesday morning, and was quickly reported to the Seaside Aquarium, which placed it the fish in a freezer to preserve it for future educational opportunities, the aquarium said.

Also known as a moonfish, the opah is typically found in warmer, tropical waters, though it's not unheard of to find them along the Oregon coast. In 2009, a Milwaukie man caught a 97-pound opah while fishing for tuna off the mouth of the Columbia River.

Opah are discoid fish, meaning they are shaped like large discs. Their average weight is about 100 pounds, according to the National Oceania and Atmospheric Association, though some larger species can grow to be longer than six feet and weigh up to 600 pounds. The fish have distinct coloration, with bright red-orange fins.

The Seaside Aquarium said one lucky school group will get the opportunity to dissect the large fish this upcoming school year.