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Birdwatchers amazed as record numbers (49) of 'uber-rare' American birds land in UK and Ireland during Hurricane Lee

A bay-breasted warbler seen at Ramsey Island.

A bay-breasted warbler seen at Ramsey Island.
A record-breaking number of "uber-rare" North American songbirds have arrived in the UK this week, blown over the Atlantic in the aftermath of Hurricane Lee.

More than a dozen species of small songbirds - one of which has never been seen in the UK before - were sent veering off their usual migration routes by the high winds.

It was "the largest such arrival ever recorded in the British Isles", said Dr Alexander Lees, a reader at Manchester Metropolitan University and the chair of the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee.

"One species hasn't been seen before, and several have only been recorded once or twice."

Comment: Map of the sightings from Rare Bird Alert website:

With Red-eyed Vireos being found in Cornwall, Scilly, Devon, and Barra, and an American Buff-bellied Pipit on St.Kilda, it would be pretty amazing if another gem isn't discovered soon.

With Red-eyed Vireos being found in Cornwall, Scilly, Devon, and Barra, and an American Buff-bellied Pipit on St.Kilda, it would be pretty amazing if another gem isn't discovered soon.

A report from a couple of days earlier: North American birds 'blown across Atlantic' to Pembrokeshire, Wales


Woman found dead in suspected dog attack in Toledo, Ohio

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A 70-year-old woman was found dead from a suspected dog bite Tuesday in West Toledo, police said.

When responders arrived, the woman was found in her backyard with injuries that were possibly caused by her dog, which was near her in the backyard.

Toledo Fire and Rescue units were able to move the dog away from the woman and render aid, police said.

The woman, who suffered "significant injuries," was pronounced dead at the scene in the 4200 block of Grantley Road.

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Dozens displaced after massive sinkhole opens near apartment complex in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Authorities say a huge sinkhole in northeast Pennsylvania has forced nearly two-dozen people from their homes.

The ground gave way over the weekend next to an apartment complex in Luzerne County.

The fire chief said 14 of the apartments have been condemned, causing roughly 20 people to be displaced.

The department of environmental protection says the hole is about 60 to 80 feet deep.

It is believed the sinkhole was likely caused by a mine subsidence which is a technique used in underground mining and can result in the ground above sinking or in this case, develop into a large sinkhole.

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Large sinkhole opens up in Long Island homeowner's backyard

A large sinkhole is creating a mess in a Long Island backyard, and those who live at the home said it sprung up out of nowhere — leading them to question what caused it to form.

Tiffany McFadzean couldn't believe her eyes when she looked out into the backyard of her West Hempstead home Tuesday morning.

"We saw this big huge hole it caught us off guard," she said.

The sinkhole measures about six feet deep and 10 feet across, and appeared suddenly with zero warning.

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Lightning strike claims 3 lives in Odisha, India

In a tragic incident, a lightning strike killed three women from one family in Chitamunda village, under the Dharamgarh block, on Tuesday. The deceased were identified as Gainti Limgachia, her daughter-in-law Rupi, and her granddaughter Lata. The incident occurred when the trio was working in their farm field when sudden rain, accompanied by thunder, struck, killing them on the spot.

"Police reached the spot and sent the bodies for postmortem," said Dharamgarh SDPO Dhiraj Chopdar.

In a similar incident in Koraput and Jeypore, a lightning strike claimed the life of a minor girl from Chargaon village, in Borigumma. The deceased is Ambika Harijan (14). The incident took place while Ambika was alone in her thatched house when lightning struck, resulting in her immediate death and partial damage to the house.

Sources said that the lightning activities, which lasted for half an hour, affected electric conductors, household appliances, and thatched houses in various urban and rural areas of the two towns.

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Lightning strikes claim 10 lives in 24 hours in Bihar, India

At least 10 people were killed due to lightning strikes in the last 24 hours as thundershowers lashed several districts in the state. The Patna Meteorological Centre has issued a warning for such thundershowers in south Bihar on Tuesday as well.

A yellow warning for thunderstorms and lightning has been issued for the districts of Buxar, Kaimur, Rohtas, Bhojpur, Patna, Arwal, Aurangabad, Gaya, Jehanabad, Nalanda, Nawada, Sheikhpura, Begusarai, Lakhisarai, Jamui, Khagaria, Munger, Banka, Bhagalpur and Katihar.

The districts from where lightning deaths were reported in the last 24 hours included Gaya (2), Jamui (1), Aurangabad (1), Buxar (1), Katihar (1), Nalanda (1), Lakhisarai (1), Bhagalpur (1) and Banka (1).


Guard dies after attack by 5 rottweilers in Namibia

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A 44-year-old security guard, who was reportedly attacked by five dogs while on his way home from work on Sunday morning, died in the Oshakati Intermediate State Hospital, where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Oshana community affairs officer inspector Thomas Aiyambo confirmed the death of Ruben Abraham on Sunday evening.

He said Abraham, who was employed as a security guard by the Rubicon Security Company, was attacked by five Rottweilers belonging to a 42-year-old Chinese businesswoman and owner of Panama Tiles and Paint Wholesale, which operates in the Chico Building Complex at Oshakati.


Woman killed in apparent dog attack in Texarkana, Arkansas

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A woman was killed Sunday night in an apparent dog attack in Miller County, Ark.

The woman, identified by the Miller County Sheriff's Office as Brenda Witt, of Genoa, Ark., was found by a family member in an old vehicle on her property on County Road 18.

Authorities believe Witt got in the car to take shelter.

Some of the dogs have been captured by Texarkana, Ark., animal control. They are being held and examined to determine their involvement in this offense.

Witt's body has been sent to the Arkansas state crime lab for an autopsy.

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Flooding in the Mexican state of Jalisco leaves 7 people dead and 9 others missing

Flooding in the western Mexico state of Jalisco killed at least seven people and left nine others missing Monday.

Emergency personnel arrived early Monday afternoon after the Jalocote stream overflowed its banks, according to the state of Jalisco on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter. Roads and homes were also damaged by the flood, which followed heavy rain in the region.

The Jalocote runs through a small town of just over 200 residents into Autlán de Navarro, a municipality in the southern coastal region of Jalisco.

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At least 6 people are dead and 12 missing after flash flood in Guatemala sweeps homes into river

The Naranjo River moves through the
© Moises Castillo
The Naranjo River moves through the "Dios es fiel," or "God is Loyal" shanty on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, the day after homes were swept away overnight after heavy rain.
Heavy rains caused a flash flood in Guatemala's capital early Monday sweeping several humble homes into a river and leaving at least six people dead and 12 missing, including 10 minors.

Guatemala's National Disaster Reduction Coordinator said in a statement Monday that the death toll had risen to six, including a young girl, along with 12 people missing.

The 5-year-old girl was recovered by firefighters partially buried in debris and mud some 3 miles (5 kilometers) down the Naranjo river.