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4 killed by lightning strikes in Nepal

Four persons were killed in lightning in separate parts of the country on Monday.

According to police, Dhankala Khadka, 60, of Narikot-7 and Bina GC, 26, of Badikot-7, Mulpani of Pyuthan district were killed in lightning. They were seriously injured in the lightning and breathed their last while undergoing treatment at Pyuthan District Hospital, Bijuwar.

Police said that Madhu Thapa, 25, and Akash Thapa, 14, were injured in the incident.

Likewise, Amit Mangbo, 5, was killed when lightning hit Memet-8 of Panchthar district.

Similarly, Nirmala Khadka, 13, died after being hit by the thunderbolt in Tilanla-2 in Solukhumbu district. Sovit Maya Khadka, 45, and Tola Khadka, 23, were injured in the incident, according to police. They are receiving treatment at Phalfu Hospital.

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Lightning bolt kills 2 siblings in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Two siblings were killed when they were struck by lightning at Bhurwani village last evening, police said.

Roop Singh (15) and his sister Durga (12) died on the spot following the mishap while their uncle Hema sustained burns. His condition was stated to be out of danger.

In a separate incident, a boy, who was grazing cattle, sustained burn injuries after being struck by lightning at Valan village. His two cows and as many buffaloes were killed in the incident. The boy's condition was stated to be stable.


Fears of Teide volcano eruption after 'abnormal' earthquake swarm hits Tenerife

92 microquakes were recorded in Adeje and Vilaflor in the space of four hours on Sunday October 2

FEARS are mounting that a huge volcano on the island of Tenerife could erupt after nearly 100 mini earthquakes were reported in FOUR HOURS in the region

The Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) reported a significant spike in seismic activity on Sunday afternoon.

Some 92 microquakes were recorded in Adeje and Vilaflor in the space of four hours, with one measuring more than 1.5 on the Richter scale.

The majority of the quakes took place between 7 and 13km below ground sparking fears Mount Teide could be about to blow.

Involcan has sent teams to the area to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere following the quakes, which they described as a "seismic swarm" which is "abnormal" for the region.

An increase in carbon dioxide is said to be an early indicator of volcanic earthquake activity that can precede an eruption.

Involcan said in a statement: "We are registering an important seismic rally on the island of Tenerife.

"In principle, these earthquakes are very low magnitude, consistent with those that occur in active volcanoes.

"The number of earthquakes is provisional pending the analysis of the signals more closely, but we can qualify this activity as a seismic swarm whose pattern is an alignment with prevailing direction northeast to southwest ".


Unusual Atlantic storm: Matthew may hit US as Category 5 Hurricane next week

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The unprecedented South Caribbean Hurricane remains on path for a direct hit with Kingston in the next 48 hours in what would be Jamaica's worst natural disaster in history before menacing the East Coast of the United States.

Matthew continues to intensify in the Southern Caribbean with the 8pm EDT advisory showing the storm with winds of 150 MPH and pressure at 940 millibars (MB).

The system is nearly stationary near a critical turning point adding tremendous unpredictability to its path. Everyone in the storm's potential path are advised to prepare with Hurricane warnings issued for Haiti and Jamaica.

Hurricane Matthew's path is further uncertain due to mechanical issues of the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters reconnaissance aircraft preventing a full update during the 8pm EDT advisory.

Additionally, the National Hurricane Center's satellite and radar systems over the Caribbean are suffering technical issues and have been down for nearly one hour. Despite this lag, those in the Caribbean should prepare.

UPDATE: The forecast track has Matthew splitting between Jamaica and Haiti before taking a Northwestern turn into the East Coast of the United States after the tropical system made a full 360 degree circle during a major intensification phase.

Comment: In other words, they don't know how bad this is going to be, but it's bad right now.

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4 killed as Hurricane Matthew begins whipping into Haiti, Jamaica

Heavy rains from the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew drenched Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, flooding streets and sending many people to emergency shelters as the Category 4 storm approached the two countries. Two deaths were reported in Haiti, bringing the total for the storm to at least four.

Matthew had sustained winds of 140 mph as it moved north, up from 130 mph earlier in the day. The center was expected to pass just east of Jamaica and near or over the southwestern tip of Haiti early Tuesday before heading to eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

"We are looking at a dangerous hurricane that is heading into the vicinity of western Haiti and eastern Cuba," said Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist with the center. "People who are impacted by things like flooding and mudslides hopefully would get out and relocate because that's where we have seen loss of life in the past."

Many were taking that advice. In Jamaica, more than 700 people packed shelters in the eastern parish of St. Thomas and the Salvation Army said there were about 200 people at its shelters in Kingston as it put out a call for mattresses and cots.

Comment: See also: Hurricane Matthew to show horrific cost of Clinton Foundation theft from Haiti


Powerful downburst damages Florida homes in seconds

"It only took about five to ten seconds for all this to happen," said resident Ray Del Greco
The last thing Susan Selesky expected Thursday was to be awakened from a nap by a tree penetrating her roof.

So it's understandable she compared a strong afternoon storm to some of the hurricanes that have lashed her Florida Shores neighborhood.

"I've been through Charlie, Frances and Jeanne and this was worse than all three of those," Selesky said. "It scared me worse."

Selesky's home was one of at least three damaged by the strong storm as winds knocked down several large trees and took down a few power lines, according to Edgewater Fire Chief Stephen Cousins. Crews from Florida Power & Light were in the area working to restore power Thursday. And more than 100 homes in the area were without power, according to FPL's power map.

"We're not exactly sure the spacial extent of the winds, but it was definitely a downburst with straight-line winds," said Meteorologist Jessie Smith of the National Weather Service of Melbourne.


A record 23 cm snowfall starts off October in Fort St. John, BC

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Environment Canada says we've set a new record for snowfall on October 1. On Saturday, Fort St. John received 23 cm of snow with another centimetre on Friday.

The old snowfall record for October 1 was set in 1954 with 6.6 cm of snow.

Almost all the power has been restored in the region after 4,000 customers were without power during the height of the storm Saturday afternoon. Less than five customers are still waiting for Hydro to restore power near Mile 70 of the Alaska Highway.

The heavy snow damaged trees all over the community, leaving residents to clean up branches in yards and streets. There are no reports of any serious damage. If you have photos of the storm, you'd like to share, email [email protected]

The forecast calls for the temperature to improve today to plus 4 and 6 degrees on Monday. Roads in the region remain slippery with slushy sections. For the latest road reports, visit www.drivebc.ca


Sharks attack two surfers off New Smyrna Beach, Florida; 14 such incidents for the area in 2016

They don't call New Smyrna Beach the shark attack capital of the world for nothing.

Two surfers who waded into the waters off the coast of central Florida approximately 20 miles northeast of Orlando were bitten by sharks over the weekend.

The bites happened within a span of 18 hours and less than two miles from each other, according to WFTV.

A 32-year-old resident of Port Orange, Florida, was bitten on his side by a shark at around 5.30pm on Saturday. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital, according to the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.

Just before noon Sunday, a 21-year-old man was bitten on the left foot by a shark near the jetty on the same beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The man suffered cuts and was able to go to the hospital on his own power.

Comment: Just 11 days earlier came this report from the same area: 3 surfers recovering after shark attacks all within 3 hours at New Smyrna Beach, Florida


Bear kills farmer in Uttar Pradesh, India

A farmer was killed in a bear attack in Gajraula area of the district here today.

In-charge of the tiger Reserve Kailash Prakash said there that farmer Meghnath(45) of Nath village was working in his agriculture field when suddenly a bear from the nearby Mala jungle attacked him.

The farmer was criticially injured in the attack even after farmers from the nearby fields rushed to save him.

However, the farmer succumbed to his injured at the district hospital. After the incident, tension prevailed in the area while forest officials are in search of the bear.


Fifth bear attack in 2 months on the Alexander Archipelago, Alaska

A grizzly bear mauling of a deer hunter in Southeast Alaska has brought to five the number of attacks reported in the northwest corner of the Alexander Archipelago since Aug. 7.

All of the attacks appear to have involved surprise encounters with bears at close range. None of the attacks are related. There are no indications the bears are targeting people.

But what can only be called a "bear-attack cluster" has heightened questions surrounding the possibility weak salmon runs in the ABC Islands - Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof - have put the bears on edge.

The area is home to a large population of brown/grizzly bears, but five attacks in a time spawn of under two months is unprecedented.

The latest attack came near the village of Hoonah on Chichagof only about 40 miles north of the first attack. Most of the attacks appear to have involved sow grizzlies - commonly called brown bears in Alaska - protecting cubs.

Comment: See also: Wilderness guide shoots brown bear to save couple from attack in Alaska

Brown bear mauls 2 guides near Sitka, Alaska

Man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island, Alaska