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Waterspouts, torrential rains hit Greek Islands

A waterspout, or sea tornado, forming above the Greek island of Naxos.
© Naxos Press
A waterspout, or sea tornado, forming above the Greek island of Naxos.
Heavy rains, waterspouts and other extreme weather phenomena, including flooding on Crete, were recorded around the Greek islands in the Aegean on Wednesday as much of the country experienced severe storms.

Just past noon on Wednesday, a waterspout, also called a sea tornado, was visible hovering over the sea around the Cycladic island of Naxos. These rotating winds appear to reach down to the sea and take it up as they spiral into the air, but in reality the water inside the spout originates in the clouds above and snakes its way down to the sea.


Comment: Freak storm carpets Crete motorway with hail


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 9 people, 47 sheep in Karnataka, India

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Picture for representational purpose only
As many as nine people, including four women, were killed in lightning strikes as thunderstorm lashed parts of north Karnataka on Tuesday.

Two women were killed in the lightning strike at Bhairapur village in Siruguppa taluk, Ballari district, when they were removing weed at a chilli farm. Similarly, two shepherd women were struck dead by lightning at Chikkaulligeri in Saundatti taluk of Belagavi district. Deceased have been identified as Yellavva Inchal (30) and Bhagavva Kadakol (50). Revanna Malagi has suffered severe burns in the incident.

As many as 47 sheep belonging to Srikant Dalawai of Hukkeri were killed in a lightning strike near Naviluthirtha.

Arrow Down

Massive 23-metre deep sinkhole discovered in south Edmonton, Canada

A sinkholin south Edmonton will take at least “several months” to repair, according to EPCOR.

A sinkholin south Edmonton will take at least “several months” to repair, according to EPCOR.
A massive sinkhole has opened up in south Edmonton at the intersection of 61 Avenue and 109 Street, leading to road closures that are expected to last for months.

EPCOR said the hole in the Parkallen neighbourhood opened up on Oct. 12, as a result of an "underground void" that had been discovered on Oct. 8 during an inspection of a sewer trunk line.

The hole, which is visible from the Global 1 helicopter, is approximately three metres long, one metre wide and 23 metres — or 75 feet — deep.


Snowflake

1,100 crashes, spinouts during October snowstorm in Minnesota - largest early storm in state history with 9 inches dumped

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The Minnesota State Patrol says hundreds of crashes have happened so far during Tuesday's snowstorm, which may be one for the record books.

Between 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., there have been 493 crashes on Minnesota roads. Forty-eight of those crashes resulted in injuries, including one serious injury near Motley. There have been 614 vehicle spinouts and 22 jackknifed semi-trucks.

This storm system, which has dropped up to 9 inches of snow in parts of metro, is Minnesota's largest early season storm in recorded history. It's also the second largest October snowfall, with the historic 1991 Halloween blizzard coming in first.


Seismograph

Iceland's capital Reykjavik is rattled by powerful 5.6-magnitude earthquake

The Krysuvik geothermal area near Reykjavik

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said the quake struck at 1.43pm today and was centred near Krysuvik, about 20 miles south of the capital (Pictured: The Krysuvik geothermal area near Reykjavik)
Iceland's capital Reykjavik has been rattled by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake a week after rumblings were detected at the volcano which grounded 900 flights in 2011.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office said the quake struck at 1.43pm on Tuesday and was centred near Krysuvik, about 20 miles south of the capital. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was being interviewed on live television from her home when everything around her started shaking.

'Oh my God there's an earthquake,' she said as she grabbed hold of the desk in front of her and gasped.

'Well this is Iceland!' The 44-year-old PM said as she laughed off the bang, saying she was 'perfectly fine' and 'the house was still strong.'

Meanwhile, the parliament in Reykjavik was also rocked by the seismic movements, sending an MP addressing the house rushing for cover.


Ice Cube

Freak storm carpets Crete motorway with hail

Hail in Crete
Thunderstorms and torrential hail hit the popular tourist island of Crete of Tuesday as a storm swept through southern areas of Greece in the early hours.

People in Heraklion and Chania, the island's biggest cities, woke to the sounds of the pounding rain after midnight. Greek media showed images of a main motorway on the island blanketed white by a heavy coating of hail and workers shovelling piled up hail from streets in the coastal town of Malia.

Police have not reported any serious damage from the storm.


Boat

India floods: More rain forecast for Hyderabad, battling deluge - with 60 now reported dead

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Hyderabad Rain: After two spells of massive downpour in Hyderabad last week that killed 60, breached at least three major lakes, causing heavy flooding and havoc in many parts of the city, the administration is now gearing up for more rain.

The weather office has warned of heavy rain for the next three to days too.

Several cities on the Old City area continue to be flooded, with the police, the disaster response force, municipality and police stretched thin and working round the clock.


Fire

Massive Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate

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In Boulder County, the CalWood fire exploded to nearly 9,000 acres leaving whole neighborhoods in ruin and forcing nearly 3,000 people to flee their homes. In Northern Colorado firefighters are scrambling to contain the Cameron Peak fire—the largest wildfire in state history.


Comment: Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history


Snowflake

Parts of central Iowa walloped by up to 9 inches of early snow Monday

Heavy snow fell across parts of Iowa on October 19th.
© WSFA 12 News/Ryan York
Heavy snow fell across parts of Iowa on October 19th.
What was supposed to be a dusting of snow Monday morning turned into a full-blown central Iowa snowstorm.

Forecasts called for flurries and about an inch of snow in the metro, one day after the season's first measurable snowfall. Instead, an intense snow squall dropped up to nine inches in northern Polk County.

"Things just came together in the right fashion to produce the heavy snow that we're seeing across central Iowa right now," National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Zogg said early Monday afternoon.


Cloud Precipitation

155 dead, 25,000 displaced after weeks of flooding in Nigeria

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The Red Cross reports that over 150 people have died and around 25,000 are displaced as a result of flooding in Nigeria that began in September.

In a report of 19 October, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that torrential rainfall, river floods and flash floods since September have cumulatively impacted 192,594 people across 22 states in Nigeria. Furthermore, around 826 injuries and 155 fatalities have so far been recorded and 24,134 people are reported to be displaced.