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Lightning kills father, daughter in Zambia

A man and his daughter have died in Kitwe's Chantete Ward while his wife and two other children escaped with minor burns after they were struck by lightning.

The incident is reported to have happened after the family sought refuge in their home when it started raining.

The three survivors have since been discharged after being examined at the Kitwe Teaching hospital.

Kitwe Teaching Hospital Public Relations Officer Phoebe Chileya and Chantete ward Councilor David Phiri confirmed that the incident occurred on November 4, 2022.

Chileya disclosed that the two died on the spot. "I can confirm that two people were reported to have died on the spot while three who were admitted after sustaining minor burns as a result.


One killed, two injured in wild boar attack in Malaysia

IPOH: A man was killed after being attacked by a wild boar near Jalan Kampung Paya Ara in Pantai Remis, about 90km from here.

A Perak Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the victim, identified as Syaiful Anuar Abdul Wahab, 46, died on the spot following the incident on Sunday (Nov 6) evening.

"We received a call about the incident around 7.05pm.

"The man was on his way to his farm prior to the incident," he said in a statement.

Bizarro Earth

Unexpected solar flare caused radio blackouts in Australia and New Zealand

The flare was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection that missed Earth.
Solar Flare
© NASA Goddard
A past solar flare seen erupting from the sun on June 20, 2013
A surprise solar flare has burst from an area of dense magnetism on the sun's surface, causing a temporary radio blackout in parts of Australia and all of New Zealand.

The M5-class, medium-strength solar flare was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory as it erupted from the sunspot AR3141 at 7:11 p.m. ET on Sunday (Nov. 6). The flare created a rush of radiation that ionized Earth's atmosphere, according to spaceweather.com.

Sunspots are dark regions on the sun's surface where powerful magnetic fields, created by the flow of electrical charges, knot into kinks before suddenly snapping. The resulting release of energy launches bursts of radiation called solar flares and explosive jets of solar material called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). A CME did accompany this flare, but it was not aimed at Earth.

The solar flare erupted unexpectedly and took scientists by surprise. "Our apologies there was no alert for this event. The flare was impulsive," the solar activity tracking website SpaceWeatherLive wrote on Twitter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) classifies solar flares in five categories — A, B, C M and X — based on the intensity of the X-rays they release, with each level having 10 times the intensity of the last. TK

Snowflake Cold

Alberta clipper leaves Saskatchewan residents digging themselves out of the snow - 8 feet high snowdrifts reported

Tisdale resident Doug Tkachuk digs his cars out of the snow after the area received about 25cm of snow overnight on Saturday.

Tisdale resident Doug Tkachuk digs his cars out of the snow after the area received about 25cm of snow overnight on Saturday.
This weekend's snowstorm caused quite the ruckus in Central Saskatchewan communities, affecting businesses, sporting events and city streets.

According to online weather reports, North Battleford saw white-out like conditions where visibility was next to zero with 12-16 centimeters of snow and winds gusting up to 65 kilometers per hour. Elsewhere like La Ronge saw 19 cm with 54 km/h winds, while the west central part of the province experienced 16-20 cm with winds exceeding 60 km/h.

Melfort and surround areas saw nearly 25 cm of snow where winds gusted up to 60 km/h. In Tisdale, the wind and snow left people like Doug Tkachuk digging out eight-feet high snow drifts. His wife, Val said he has been working non-stop clearing snow since Saturday afternoon.

"There was probably two feet of snow on top of his vehicle," she said. "He went out a couple of times last night and when he came back in, he said, 'I'm going to wait til morning and I'll go out again' and when we woke up this morning we couldn't believe it. The snow was up to my waist."

Cloud Lightning

Greece battered by heavy rainfall,18,000 lightning strikes during Storm "Eva"

The first winter storms of the season have been battering Greece since Saturday, causing streets to flood on Sunday as a result of the heavy rainfall.

The National Meteorological Service of Greece (EMY) renewed its emergency notice issued on Thursday as a severe weather system called "Eva" is causing hazardous weather conditions across most of Greece.

The severe weather is expected to last until Monday morning.

Until then, Civil Protection strongly recommends that citizens avoid unnecessary travel, and advises against attempting to cross any torrents, streams, or flooded roads, either on foot or in a vehicle.


Flood crisis grows across Australia

Residents of Forbes are facing a monster

Residents of Forbes are facing a monster clean-up bill after the town was devastated by its worst floods in 70 years, as the body of a man swept away in the Central West last week was found.
Dozens of towns across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are facing the threat of inundation as flood peaks move downstream.

The flood crisis is expected to worsen in some areas and flooding along the Murray River could last until at least the new year.


Saint Lucia experiences massive flooding - people reported trapped in their homes

© Philip J Pierre
The North of Saint Lucia has experienced massive flooding.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) disclosed on Sunday that it had received reports of individuals trapped in their homes in the Assou Canal area.

NEMO's Acting Director Maria Medard told St Lucia Times on Sunday afternoon that emergency responders were trying to assist in evacuating the distressed residents.

She said the responders included the police, the Saint Lucia Fire Service, the Gros Islet District Disaster Committee, and the National Transportation Committee.


Strong winds knock down trees all over Chicago area, leaving thousands without power

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago
Thousands of Chicago-area residents were without power on Saturday as a strong storm barreled through.

The wind gusts were up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

ComEd said that as of about 4 p.m., there were 1,354 outages affecting 28,535 customers.

There were trees down in many places, including Chicago, Elgin, and Griffith, Indiana.


Wild winds knock out power to 300K in western Washington state


Driving back to his North Everett home from Lynnwood on Friday night, Dan Laurence was reminded of a hurricane he experienced years before in Bermuda.

All the lights were out, leaves were swirling, and branches were flying through the air. When he and his wife got inside, it felt like the entire house was vibrating. On the bluff below, cedar trees were dancing around like "bed knobs and broomsticks," he said. "It was really pretty wild."

Peering into the darkness, they realized the wind had uprooted an 80-year-old elm tree in their neighbor's front yard.

"This huge root ball was sticking up and you could see that it was just gone," he said. "It was the healthiest and biggest elm in the neighborhood."

Similar scenes played out across Western Washington as fierce winds from the season's first major storm ripped through the region, cutting power to more than 300,000 customers from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascade foothills.

Cloud Precipitation

Dominican Republic: Heavy rainfall causes flooding, power outages in Santo Domingo


Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding and power outages in Santo Domingo, as of late Nov. 4. Reports suggest that flooding has affected several homes, educational institutions, as well as public buildings. Juan Bosch metro station is reportedly flooded.

Several roads are impassable, and severe road transport disruptions are ongoing. Power outages have also been reported across the city. Emergency crews are responding to the situation.