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Lightning strikes kill 9 in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Nine persons were killed after being struck by lightning in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh which has been experiencing heavy rainfall, police said on Thursday.

Seven of the deaths occurred in two separate incidents in Chhattarpur district.

Pipat Station In-charge Mann Singh Parmar said that on Wednesday five farmers and eight others were injured when lightning struck a hut they were sheltering in. The injured were being treated at a local hospital.

A mother and her daughter were killed in Budha village while they were working in their field, police added.

According to police, two persons were also killed in Tikamgarh district after lightning struck their field.

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Lightning bolt kills two buffaloes in India

Two buffaloes of a farmer died after being struck by lightning at Mirpur village near here today.

Ravinder Singh, son of the farmer, Sukhwinder Singh, said a short rain took place during afternoon amidst lightning. They had tied their buffaloes in the yard of their house. Suddenly at about 1.30 pm, a loud sound of lightning was heard and in no time it struck their buffaloes. Two buffaloes died on the spot.

Ravinder Singh said the buffaloes were of Mura breed. One of the buffaloes provided milk and the other was yet to deliver. He said they suffered a loss of about Rs 1.5 lakh as they were dependent on selling milk for their livelihood.

Meanwhile, a Congress leader and Zila Parishad member, Harkeet Singh Bhari, Hardev Singh Meerpur, Gurcharan Singh Goslan and others demanded compensation for the farmer from the Punjab government for the unexpected loss.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding in Minnesota after record night of rainfall

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Flash flooding caught a motorist unaware near the intersection of University and 73rd Aves. NE in Fridley.

A stationary line of storms dropped heavy rain, with as much as 8 to 10 inches in some areas, paralyzing traffic and sending some cars floating down streets.

Record-setting heavy rain caused widespread flash flooding across the Twin Cities on Wednesday night — and there's more wet weather to come.

Up to 6 inches of rain fell in some northern suburbs in the space of about two hours Wednesday evening, and a flash-flood warning remained in effect for a narrow swath of the Twin Cities — from Greenfield to Hugo and south to Brooklyn Park, Blaine and Crystal — until 4 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

One observer reported 9.67 inches of rain on the night recorded by a backyard weather station in Maple Grove. And in Waseca, 8.2 inches of rain fell in six hours, the Weather Service said, leading to a flash-flood warning there and in Owatonna until 6 a.m.

Among the roads closed early Thursday by water, Interstate 90 was shut down between Exit 175 and Exit 179 near Austin, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.

A flash-flood watch covered a broad area from north of the metro area southeast to the Iowa border and eastward into Wisconsin.

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Dahanu, India receives 529mm rainfall in 24 hours, breaking 58-year record

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It's likely to be an above average year for rainfall across the country, but in the coastal town of Dahanu in neighbouring Palghar district, it may well be an extraordinary monsoon.

On Wednesday, Dahanu received 529mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 8am, breaking a nearly 60-year record by a long way. Dahanu's previous 24-hour record for September was 481 mm in 1958. A met official said the reason for "vigorous rains" was the fact that weather systems over both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal were active.

The downpour hit normal life as roads got flooded and power and phone lines snapped. School and colleges declared a holiday. Tribals in Vadvan Tigrepada said their homes were inundated and foodgrains damaged. The Gholvad-Dahanu belt was the worst affected. Railway tracks were flooded and services delayed by two to three hours. Power supply and phone lines were restored by Wednesday evening after rain subsided.

Mumbai received 142.6mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 8am on Wednesday. This is the highest rainfall recorded in a single day in September in the city in the last four years and the second highest since 2010. Weathermen have predicted intermittent rain or showers with heavy rain in one of two places on Thursday.


Tornado wreaks havoc on island of Zakynthos, Greece

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Tornado wreaks havoc on island of Zakynthos
A tornado that passed through Zakynthos in the early hours today caused great problems on the island, making immediate intervention of power technicians and Fire Brigade personnel necessary.

The main problems at the moment are located in the Alykanas area where the tornado uprooted trees and snapped power columns and raised roofs, while small shops lost lightweight materials.


Man attacked by grizzly bear in Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, British Columbia

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A man was attacked by a grizzly bear Sunday near Forum Lake in Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park in southeastern British Columbia.

The unidentified man was attacked after he surprised the bear as he was hiking in the area, which can be accessed from the Akamina Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta.

"There was an encounter between a hiker and a bear," said John Stoesser, a spokesman for Waterton. "Parks Canada responded to a request for assistance."

He said they sent three people to help, but referred any further comment to BC Parks.

The province's environment ministry declined an interview request, but sent out a statement Monday afternoon confirming that they responded after a man was attacked by "what is suspected to be a male grizzly bear" on Sunday.


Woman attacked by 2 raccoons in her backyard in Arlington, Virginia; 2nd attack in neighborhood since June

An Arlington neighborhood is on edge after a woman was attacked by a raccoon in her own backyard, and it is not the first time this type of incident has happened in recent months.

There have been several sightings of raccoons in the Fairlington area and at least two violent attacks since June. Some residents here are concerned for their safety, especially at night.

One woman living on 29th Street S was scratched and bitten by raccoons while she was in her backyard in June. The incident sparked a community meeting on how to safely interact with wildlife.

But last Sunday night, two raccoons jumped on another woman in her backyard on 28th Street while she was taking out the trash.

Bonnie Crouch told FOX 5 her husband heard the screams and came out to help. He ended up fighting the raccoons off the woman with a broom. Crouch, a nurse, helped tend to the victim's injuries afterwards.


Loud sonic boom heard, felt in Kirksville, Missouri

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An apparent sonic boom heard and felt in the Kirksville area corresponded with two separate Kirksville Fire Department investigations, but no problems were found in the city.

Kirksville Fire Department Battalion Chief James Snyder said around the time of the sonic boom, just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kirksville Fire Department personnel saw a possible smoke cloud near the fire station. That turned out to be a dust cloud.

Minutes later, employees at US Bank on McPherson Street contacted Central Dispatch regarding a strong gas odor in their building. Kirksville Fire and Police and Adair County Ambulance responded, as well as workers from local utility companies. No gas leak was detected.

"Just another day in the life of a firefighter," Snyder said.

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Footballer dies after lightning strikes metal goalposts in Rubtsovsk, Russia

Russian authorities say a young football player has been killed and three others injured after lightning struck the goalposts during a game.

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, died during a game in a local competition involving teams of students Wednesday in the Siberian town of Rubtsovsk, regional investigative authorities say in a statement.

Players from both teams were crowded in the penalty area when lightning hit a set of metal goalposts. Investigators say the 18-year-old ''died at the scene'' and three other players needed medical treatment, without giving further details of their condition.

Source: The Associated Press

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Two killed by lightning bolt in Nepal

Two persons died after they were struck by a bolt of lightning in Siddhipur VDC-2 in the district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as Chakra Bahadur Magar (55) and Jagat Bahadur Magar (50), police said.

The duo were injured when the thunderbolt had struck at a utility pole near where they were sleeping.

They were rushed to the Biratnagar-based Koshi Zonal Hospital for treatment. However, both of them breathed their last on the way.

Source: Rastriya Samachar Samiti