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Severe summer storms leave damage across Minnesota

Deer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
© Jenny HillDeer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
Many Minnesotans will be cleaning up Thursday from a storm system that brought sizable hail, heavy winds and possible tornado touchdowns.

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Severe hailstorm hits central and northern Bulgaria

A severe hailstorm combined with torrential rain on Wednesday evening flooded streets and homes in central and northern Bulgaria, damaging agricultural crops and snapping trees. Among the most affected were the regions of Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Shumen, Lovech, Yambol and Sliven. The Interior Ministry said that a total of 41 reports of accidents were received at the Fire Safety and Protection units in the affected regions, with no injuries reported.

The hailstorm caused material damage to buildings and cars in Veliko Tarnovo and surrounding settlements. Mayor Daniel Panov reported numerous reports of fallen trees, cars hit by trees and damage to the roof of a school, which caused Thursday to be declared a non-school day at the affected school.

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Sinkhole swallows 2 cars in El Paso, Texas

Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
A sinkhole displaced close to 20 residents early Wednesday morning, June 12 in Central El Paso, according to the El Paso Fire Department.

The Fire Department says they responded to a water main break at the 3700 block of Tularosa Avenue at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.

At around midnight, residents were being evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Sun Metro is assisting families with transportation. Red Cross also assisted at the scene, according to the Fire Department.

KTSM spoke with a spokesperson with El Paso Water who said the water main break is 24 inches, and the sinkhole has swallowed two cars.

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Lightning strikes kill 12 over 2 days in West Bengal, India

Twelve persons were killed by lightning in different locations in East Burdwan and Bankura in the last two days.

Four others suffered shocks from lightning and were admitted to hospitals. The heavily parched districts have been witnessing multiple flashes of lightning and thunderclaps being heard during late afternoon since Monday.

East Burdwan recorded eight lightning deaths in the last two days and four deaths were reported from Bankura. Most of the casualties occurred while villagers were tending to cattle either in their farmlands or at their courtyards. Bijoy Ghosh (55) and Ajit Ghosh (59), brothers from Kanaidanga village and Jillal Molla (62) of Thyangapara village, both within Mongalkote PS limits in East Burdwan, died instantly after being struck by lightning. At Sakona village in Mongalkote, a housewife Robina Biwi (37) also died of lightning. Sasti Singh (46) of Gagra village in Nadanghat PS area, Kalna, a fisherman by profession also died instantly when lightning struck his boat.

At Bankura, Mejia and Joypur PS areas in Bankura, three persons, identified as Purnima Bauri (33) of Akurabaid village, Tripti Sarkar (61) of Tarapur village and Jony Sheikh (25) of Jujura village died due to thunderbolt, yesterday. Rameswar Murmu (64) of Ramgarh in Simlapal PS area also died when lightning struck him at his farmland on Monday.

Comment: In addition on the 10th of June a bolt in Assam killed 10 cattle:
A lightning strike during a fierce thunderstorm at Bokakhatin Golaghat district left 10 cows dead on Sunday night. The incident occurred at the residence of Jiban Sarma and Druna Sarma of Bamungaon Bilaniyain Dhansirimukh Chapri at Bokakhat. In the early hours of Monday morning, the householder went to the cowshed and was shocked to see 10 cows lying dead. Several calves have been left motherless, leaving a question mark about their survival.

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Floods in many parts of Chile displace hundreds

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding in many parts of Chile, leaving hundreds of homes damaged and residents stranded.

Authorities have issued a yellow alert and asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

An early warning has also been issued for the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

They anticipate up to 65 millimeters of rain in the next two days and winds with gusts of up to 50 kilometers per hour.

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June flooding hits the province of Brescia, Italy

Bad weather in the Brescia area caused rivers of water and mud to hit Gussago. The western part of the province was badly affected, cars were submerged in water in Chiari, inconvenience also in Franciacorta.

The situation was critical at night in Lombardy, where strong currents flooded Rodengo Saiano, Roads were submerged in water between Chiari, Rovato and Gussago.

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Torrential rain floods Majorca airport in Spain

Majorca's airport had to be closed on Tuesday after torrential rain flooded the runways.

A heavy storm brought the airport on the largest of the Balearic Islands to a standstill as flights were grounded and water poured through the roof of the terminal.

Videos posted to social media showed one airport worker, dressed in shorts and a high-visibility yellow jacket, gleefully plunging backwards into the water on a flooded runway.

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Huge landslide drags vehicles and carport into Thai river

Home security cameras captured the dramatic moment a sudden landslide in Chai Nat, Thailand, dragged several vehicles and a carport into the Chao Phraya River on June 10.

The shocking footage captured the riverbank giving way and collapsing, swallowing the structure and the stored vehicles into the water.


Big summer snowfall in the Alps

Winter has returned to the high Alps with ski areas reporting up to 20cm (8″) of snowfall above 2,500m in the last 24 hours.

Resorts benefiting from the snow include Hintertux in Austria's Tirol region which is open for skiing year round, pictured this morning.

Other centres still open since last autumn include Zermatt in Switzerland (ski area also accessible from Cervinia in Italy), Les 2 Alpes in France and a second Austrian ski area, Molltal, which closes this coming weekend after an 8 month season.

Two other centres have opened for summer skiing in the past week, Val d'Isere in France and Passo Stelvio in Italy. Tignes is expected to open for summer skiing later this month.

The latest snowfall; comes a fortnight after a similar accumulation a fortnight ago at the end of may and there have been lighter snow showers in between. The snow is lying up to 5 metres deep in the Alps making this currently looking likely to be one of the best summer ski seasons of recent years.


Odd-looking fish, largest of its kind, washes up on beach in Gearhart, Oregon, stumps experts: 'Remarkable'

The stunning fish measured more than 7 feet long, aquatic experts say.
© Tiffany Boothe/Seaside AquariumThe stunning fish measured more than 7 feet long, aquatic experts say.
A stunning fish recently washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest, and experts say it belongs to a newly discovered species.

In a June 6 Facebook post, the Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, announced that the unusual aquatic creature was found at a beach in Gearhart on June 3. Experts say that the fish - a hoodwinker sunfish - measured 7.3 feet long.

The hoodwinker sunfish has only been identified as a unique species in the past 10 years. Its sighting is so unusual that Seaside Aquarium said locals flocked to see the fish themselves.

"Initially, this large, strange looking fish was creating quite a stir on social media and, though it was stormy, folks were flocking to the beach to see this unusual fish," the aquarium wrote. "It wasn't long before news of this fish reached Marianne Nyegaard, a researcher based in New Zealand."