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New Zealand: Some of Canterbury's May floods labelled a 'one-in-200-year event'

Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury
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Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury.
Some parts of the Canterbury floods were so extreme it was only expected to happen once every 200 years, scientists says.

During the floods, at the end of May, an Environment Canterbury rain gauge in Mt Somers recorded its largest 48-hour rainfall ever, with 526mm. Another rain gauge about 10km away recorded 310mm in the same period.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate scientist Dr Trevor Carey-Smith said the long duration of the rainfall, not the short-term intensity of it, was exceptional.

"Most extreme rainfall only occurred in a relatively thin strip along the Canterbury foothills," Carey-Smith said.

The rainfall recorded at Mt Somers, Geraldine and Snowdon was on average only expected once every 200 years. Those rain gauges span an inland 100km stretch of the South Island.

Comment: New Zealand - Emergency declared after floods in Canterbury - up to 11 inches of rain in 21 hours


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Kohlu, Pakistan

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A woman and two children were killed after lightning struck them during a thunderstorm in Balochistan's Kohlu Sunday.

The province received its first spell of monsoon rains on Saturday night.

Two others were injured and they are being treated at a hospital.

During the heavy showers, the wall of Kohlu assistant commissioner's house collapsed and roof collapses were reported in different parts of the district.

Many crops have been damaged too.

Comment: Three other people were also killed by separate lightning strikes a day earlier in Pakistan.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills teen swimming off Tybee Island, Georgia officials say

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A swimmer has died after she was hit by lightning in Georgia on Saturday, officials say.

The 15-year-old Alabama girl was in the water near 17th Street on Tybee Island around 2:45 p.m. when she was struck, according to a news release from the City of Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Fire Department and Police Department responded and performed CPR on the swimmer before she was taken to a hospital by ambulance, the city says.

The city said Sunday that the teen, who has not been identified, died.

"The City of Tybee Island is deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman," the city wrote. "Our hearts remain with her family and friends."

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Waterspouts spotted moving across British Columbia waters

A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead on June 9, 2021.
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A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead on June 9, 2021.
A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead.

Locals took to social media to share images of the waterspout as it moved through the Strait of Georgia on Wednesday (June 9) morning. Some people said that there were more than one of the whirling columns of air and water mist moving across the region, too.

In a Facebook post on the Powell River Message Board, Julie Leon wrote that there were "lots of water spouts out there this morning." She also shared three images of waterspouts and one of them features a vibrant rainbow.


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Floods in Shaoxing, China on June 10

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Heavy rain fills the streets with water in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. June 10th 2021.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm slams the city of Berga, Spain

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A big storm of cold and rain hit the city of Berga, Spain


Cloud Precipitation

60 mm of rain in an hour floods Mumbai - 94% of its June rain so far

Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
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Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
Mumbai received about 60 millimetres of rainfall in an hour on Wednesday, leading to waterlogging in several places including Hindmata, Milan Subway and Sion. The flooding of the railway tracks led to brief suspension of suburban rail services.

Mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Kishori Pednekar blamed the railways for the flooding of the tracks and the adjoining areas. Pednekar said the Central Railway did not cooperate with the BMC, and therefore, the BMC could not conduct cleaning works in the nullahs and the adjoining areas that fall under the railways' jurisdiction.

However, the Central Railway refuted her claim. Its spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said they have been in touch with the BMC officials to deliver the best possible services to the passengers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the BMC's disaster management room to take stock of the situation. BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal and Pednekar visited Hindmata.


Comment: Another video report for June 10 states:
The wet spell that began with the onset of monsoons on Wednesday has given Mumbai 94% of its June rain so far. The showers continued, albeit way more moderately, on Thursday in the city even as the southwest monsoon covered the entire state.

The IMD has forecast heavy rain (orange alert) at isolated places in the city for the weekend. An alert for extremely heavy rain has been issued for Monday.




Arrow Down

Mount Everest avalanche almost hits stunned climbers as it crashes towards them

The visitors escaped being buried
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The visitors escaped being buried by the avalanche as it hit some rocks and slowed down
Frightening footage captures the moment an avalanche narrowly misses a group of visitors on Mount Everest as it crashed down and headed right towards them.

The dramatic video shows how part of the trail on the Himalayan peak collapsed, creating a snow slide headed straight towards the group of tourists.

The group were setting up camp when they narrowly escaped being buried by the avalanche in Nepal on June 1.

Footage shows the massive cloud of ice tumbling down the white mountain before it luckily slowed after hitting rocky parts.

No one was hurt in the incident. The group inspected the area for safety after the avalanche.


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Toddler falls from home window, mauled to death by family's 2 pit bulls in New Jersey

PIT BULL ATTACK
A 3-year-old boy has died after falling out of a window at his family home and being mauled to death by the family's two pit bulls when he landed in the backyard.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in Elizabeth, New Jersey -- about 6 miles south of Newark -- when police say the boy somehow managed to fall out of a window, landed in the backyard of the family home and was subsequently and savagely attacked by the family's two dogs, according to New York City ABC station WABC.

Neighbors say that the mother immediately reacted and went to rescue her son but that it was a horrendous scene as she tried to pull the dogs off of the little boy.

"I saw the mother, she was full of blood in her hands, her shirt," neighbor Maria Rocha told WABC in an interview after the attack. "And I was like, 'what happened?' so I came here because it was full of police and she told me, 'My baby, my baby, I went to the bathroom and my baby fell out the window.'"


Attention

Lobster diver survives being swallowed whole and spat out by Humpback whale off Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Michael Packard got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale for 30-40 seconds before escaping (Photo Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images)
© Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images
Michael Packard got caught in the mouth of a humpback whale for 30-40 seconds before escaping
A US lobster diver thought he was going to die after getting caught in the mouth of a humpback whale before it surfaced and spat him out.

Michael Packard, 56, was diving off Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Friday and about 45ft below the surface when he found himself inside the closed mouth of the giant creature.

He spent 30-40 seconds inside it before escaping "very bruised" but otherwise unharmed.

Describing the terrifying ordeal the diver said he "felt this huge bump, and everything went dark" and initially thought he'd been attacked by a shark but then realised he couldn't feel teeth.

It then dawned on him he was in a whale's mouth. He told the Cape Cod Times: "I was completely inside; it was completely black.