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Western New York state slammed with more than 6 feet of snow, triggering road closures and flight cancellations (UPDATE)

Heather Ahmed uses a shovel to dig a path next to a vehicle after an intense lake-effect snowstorm impacted the area Friday in Hamburg, New York.
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Heather Ahmed uses a shovel to dig a path next to a vehicle after an intense lake-effect snowstorm impacted the area Friday in Hamburg, New York.

New Yorkers in the western part of the state are still being slammed with a massive snowstorm that has shut down roads, triggered driving bans and canceled flights the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday.

By Friday evening, 5.5 feet of snow had covered streets in the town of Orchard Park, New York, near Buffalo in hard-hit Erie County, according to the National Weather Service. As the snowfall intensified, two county residents died from cardiac complications related to shoveling and attempting to clear the grounds, said County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

"We send our deepest sympathies and remind all that this snow is very heavy and dangerous," Poloncarz said.


Comment: Update

ABC7ny.com reports:
Snow totals across the Buffalo area and northern New York from lake-effect snow in November 2022

The Buffalo metro area was hit particularly hard by historic lake effect snow, with some areas south of the city receiving more than 5 feet by early Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, the suburb of Orchard Park, home to the NFL's Buffalo Bills, reported 77 inches (196 centimeters) by early Saturday. About 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of the city, the town of Natural Bridge, near the Fort Drum Army base, reported just under 6 feet.


The top 5 snowfall locations as of early Saturday afternoon are:

ORCHARD PARK in Erie County with 77 inches

HAMBURG in Erie County with 73.7 inches

NATURAL BRIDGE in Jefferson County with 72.3 inches

BLASDELL in Erie County with 65 inches

ELMA in Erie County with 58.2 inches



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Two huge waterspouts swirl off Auckland's coast after thunderstorms in New Zealand

Aucklanders were stunned by the waterspout near Takapuna.
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Aucklanders were stunned by the waterspout near Takapuna.
After a day of thunderstorms, two massive waterspouts were spotted off Auckland's coastline near Takapuna and also Piha.

Local Aisling Doyle was shocked when she saw one of the waterspouts arching towards land on Sunday afternoon.

"Suddenly, there was a massive funnel coming to the ground between it all. We'd just finished watching a documentary on storms - so we were like, woah! There's one in real life," she said.

"It went for about four seconds after I spotted it. I was at Birkenhead point looking out towards Takapuna."


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Another child attacked and killed by a pit bull in the Free State, South Africa

PIT BULL ATTACK
Another child was attacked and killed by a pit bull on Sunday 20 November 2022 in the Free State.

Police spokesperson, Mahlomola Kareli, confirmed to OFM News that a pit bull attacked a child in Hennenman, but says they are still gathering facts about the circumstances.

The attack comes a few days after Roseview Primary School pupil, 8-year-old Olebogeng Mosime, was attacked by their neighbour's pit bull in Vista Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday 12 November 2022.


This pit bull attack has since caused an uproar across the country and in the Mangaung metro.

Deputy Mayor, Mapaseka-Nkoane-Mothibi, has since revealed that strict measures lie ahead for pet owners in the Mangaung municipality as the metro moves to implement certain municipal by-laws for dog owners.

Nkoane-Mothibi, who spoke at length during the funeral of Mosime on Friday 18 November 2022, said as of January 2023, the city would require dog owners to have a licence and also to have some form of training to be the owners of any type of dog.

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'Snownado' funnel spotted over Lake Erie during record-breaking storm

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A cloud of snow is seen crossing Lake Erie as extreme winter weather hits Buffalo.
The weather in upstate New York is twisted!

A rare "snownado" was spotted over Lake Erie Friday as the Buffalo region continues to be bombarded with lake-effect snow in what could become a record-setting storm.

The weather phenomena, similar to a waterspout, but with frozen precipitation, was spotted just after 8:30 a.m. by storm chaser Simon Brewer, who estimated it was about a mile off the coast of downtown Buffalo.

"Was close enough & clear enough can confirm it was a waterspout by definition," Brewer tweeted, adding that he watched it rotate from the Erie Basin marina.

Comment: More on the lake-effect storm. A view of the snownado starts at 2:05:




Cloud Precipitation

Venezuela - 4 fatalities after floods in Táchira and Mérida

flood damages in Mérida State, Venezuela, November 2022.

Flood damage in Mérida State, Venezuela, November 2022.
More heavy rain, landslides and floods have caused damage and fatalities in northern Venezuela. According to government figures, almost 100 people have now lost their lives as a result of heavy rains in the country over the last few months.

Táchira State, Venezuela

The state government of Táchira in Venezuela reported heavy rain from around 11 November 2022. Táchira Civil Protection reported 49 mm of rain in 2 hours.

One person died in floods in Uribante Municipality. Flooding and landslides caused damages in the municipalities of San Cristóbal, Andrés Bello and Cárdenas. Over 400 families were left isolated in Monte Carmelo in Andrés Bello municipality.

Mérida State, Venezuela

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6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off western Indonesia

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A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off western Indonesia Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit just after 8:30 pm (1330 GMT) at a shallow depth, with an epicentre near Enggano, a small outlying island about 155 kilometres (95 miles) southwest of Sumatra's Bengkulu, the USGS said.

A magnitude 5.4 aftershock struck the same area at 9:07 pm (1407 GMT), USGS said.

"We have checked with authorities on Enggano island, the closest to epicentre and they reported the earthquake was felt weakly there, so far there has been no reports on damages or casualties, but we are still doing more assessment," spokesman of the national disaster mitigation agency Abdul Muhari told AFP.

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding shuts schools and disrupts travel after heavy rain in Scotland

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Schools have closed, roads left impassable and rail journeys heavily disrupted as heavy rain drenched parts of Scotland.

Elsewhere in the UK, rivers burst their banks, sometimes trapping drivers, after the torrential downpours on Thursday.

A Met Office amber weather warning, the second-highest, was in place until 9pm covering an area that included Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Montrose and the eastern Cairngorms.

Forecasters warned communities could be cut off, homes and businesses flooded and there was a "danger to life from fast-flowing or deep flood water". Parts of the Grampians and Cairngorms could expect to have more than 150mm of rain with areas around Inverurie, Brechin and Ballater particularly badly affected.


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Sheep walk around in a circle 'for TWELVE DAYS without stopping' on Chinese farm

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A flock of sheep has been caught walking round in a circle for a whole twelve days without stopping in northern China
A flock of sheep has been caught walking round in a circle for a whole twelve days without stopping.

The sheep can be seen ambling around in a continuous clockwise motion inside their pen in northern China in the footage taken in early November.

The perplexing spectacle has left people shocked and confused as they try to make sense of the behaviour in the viral clip.

Comment: See also: 'Wormnado': Herd of hundreds of worms captured moving in spiral baffles scientists


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"Thunder snow" hits Buffalo area as monster storm grips region

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A dangerous lake-effect snowstorm paralyzed parts of western and northern New York, with more than a foot of snow already on the ground Friday morning in places and a driving ban keeping people off the roads in the Buffalo area.

The heaviest snowfall was expected in Buffalo, where the National Weather Service said up to 4 feet might fall in some spots through Sunday, with periods of near-zero visibility. Other areas could get a foot or less of the lake-effect snow, which is caused by frigid air picking up copious amounts of moisture from the warmer lakes.

Reports to the weather service early Friday exceeded a foot of snow along the eastern end of Lake Erie, with totals as high as 20 inches in Hamburg, N.Y., about 12 miles from Buffalo.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Thursday for parts of western New York, including communities along the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a driving ban beginning Thursday night, shortly after heavy snow punctuated by thunder and lightning -- known as "thunder snow" -- moved into Buffalo, quickly covering the ground and roads. The most intense snowfall was expected to last through Friday evening, with more falling on Saturday into Sunday.


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First snow of the year in Portugal

Serra da Estrela

Serra da Estrela
The images of Serra da Estrela, captured today (18 November), were shared on Twitter by the Meteo Trás-os-Montes group.

In the video, the highest point of mainland Portugal can be seen covered in snow.

To view the full video click here.

In addition to the snow, according to Meteo Trás-os-Montes, strong wind is also being felt in Serra da Estrela.