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Villagers record 'almost apocalyptic tornado' in central France

A tornado hits the Creuse

A tornado hits Pontarion
A tornado swept through a village in Creuse, central France, on Thursday (March 9), causing damage to infrastructure and buildings.

The violent weather left a number of houses in Pontarion with roofs and windows, while telephone lines were also damaged.

Despite the damage from the tornado, no one was injured in the village, confirmed its mayor on Friday (March 10).

The tornado was caused by the strong winds that led to weather warnings across France, with some regions seeing winds of up to 100km/h.

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Mozambique: 117 dead in storms and floods - Cyclone Freddy dropped nearly 3 FEET of rain in 24 hours - returns to hit country again

Cyclone Freddy

Cyclone Freddy
The storms and floods that have hit Mozambique since February have taken the lives of 117 people, according to Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane.

Giving information on the floods on Wednesday to the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, Maleiane said that, up to 5 March, 272,000 people had been affected.

Cyclone Freddy was responsible for much of the damage. When it hit parts of the southern provinces of Inhambane and Gaza in late February, it dropped between 300 and 900 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.

Instead of dissipating, this cyclone has returned to the Mozambique Channel and is now heading northwards towards Zambezia province, where it is expected to make landfall on Friday.


Father charged after 3-year-old child critically injured by pack of pit bulls in Memphis

Police say a child was attacked by a pack of pit bulls in Tennessee Monday night.

The Memphis Police Department reports officers were called to a neighborhood regarding a person being bitten by a dog around 5 p.m.

Police said they found that five pit bulls attacked a 3-year-old named Lorenzo, who suffered critical injuries.

WMC reports the child was taken to the hospital in critical condition where the staff was able to stabilize the toddler's vital signs.


First Nation mourns 5-year-old boy killed in dog attack in northern Alberta

dog attack
A First Nation in northern Alberta is mourning the death of a five-year-old boy who was killed by his family's dogs on Sunday.

The child died after being attacked by his family's dogs on Whitefish Lake First Nation on Sunday, Const. Kelsey Davidge said Thursday.

"He did die from a dog attack/mauling," she said. "They were family-owned pets. There is no public safety concerns or other concerns to the public."

Davidge said the family killed the dogs themselves following the attack. She was unable to say how many dogs were involved in the attack.

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Brazil - 1 dead, homes and roads damaged after floods in Rio Grande Do Sul

Floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, March 2023.
© Luciano Boeira / Defesa Civil
Floods in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, March 2023.
Severe flooding struck in northern parts of Rio Grande do Sul State in Brazil after heavy rain that began around 05 March 2023.

The hardest hit municipalities were Maquiné, Três Forquilhas, Três Cachoeiras, Itati, Terra de Areia, Dom Pedro de Alcântara and Morrinhos do Sul. One person died after a vehicle was swept away by the flooding of the Três Forquilhas river in Terra de Areia.

Homes, roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed. Classes have been suspended. The Civil Defence has been operating in the region since 06 March in support of residents and to carry out full damage assessments. Civil Defence has distributed relief supplies such as clothing, food and hygiene items.


'Snownado' appears in Shetland Islands, Scotland

The snow devil is an rare sight,
© Michael Peterson.
The snow devil is an rare sight.
A Shetland farmer has captured a rare "snow devil' on video whilst out feeding his sheep.

Michael Peterson from Sandness on the west of Shetland's mainland spotted the weather phenomenon on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite usually appearing in mountainous areas, Mr Peterson sighted it while out in his van with his wife Frances.

Comment: Usually?! Or 'very rare'? Which is it?!

According to the World Meteorological Organisation a snow devil occurs when snow is raised from the group in a whirling column.

Comment: Raised from the what?? From the dead?!

It describes the phenomenon as "very rare", and explains it is otherwise known as a "snownado".

Comment: So much for the 'cyclonic-events-are-formed-when-hot-air-meets-cold' theory.

Chalk this up to more unusual electrical activity taking place in and on the planet.


Death toll rises in Southern California mountains after blizzards, at least 11 people dead

As mountain communities in Southern California gradually emerge from piles of snow, officials are starting the difficult task of assessing the damage and the number of people who have died.

At least four people were found dead in their homes in the Big Bear area of San Bernardino County, the first one on March 2, said Shannon Dicus, the county sheriff and coroner, on Wednesday.

But the total number of dead could climb. Sheriff Dicus said that at least 11 people had died in the region since Feb. 23, including those who were receiving care at Bear Valley Community Hospital. How many of those deaths are directly related to the snowstorms, however, is unclear because his office has not provided more information on the circumstances involved and is still reviewing the cases.

Sheriff Dicus's office so far has only attributed to the storm the death of a 39-year-old woman who was killed in a hit-and-run traffic collision on Feb. 26.

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Eight dead, thousands displaced as flood ravages Zambian capital

At least eight people have been confirmed dead following floods caused by days of heavy rainfall in the Zambian capital, Lusaka.

Lusaka District Commissioner, Christa Kalulu, who addressed journalists at press conference on Tuesday, said the torrential rains that caused serious flooding in the city also affected thousands of residents whose houses were destroyed by the floods.

Kalulu said the heavy rains started in February and caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding tens of thousands of homes and forcing people to live in makeshift shelters."

She added that the floods also caused a cholera outbreak in the city with about 14 people currently receiving treatment in hospitals.

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Ghana - Accra floods cause damage and fatalities

A heavy downpour lasting several hours caused flooding in parts of Accra, the capital of Ghana, on 07 March 2023.

Ghana Meteorological Agency wanted that, "Southeastern Ghana has been engulfed by a rain-bearing cloud. This is producing rain of varying intensity within the Volta region. Areas within the Greater Accra and Eastern will be affected before drifting to the Central, Western and parts of the Ashanti."

Roads were swamped severely disrupting traffic in a city regularly impacted by flooding. State broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporations said the floods had dumped large amounts of garbage on streets around Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

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Ecuador - Fatalities after floods and landslides in Manabí Province

Flood damage in Chone, Manabí Province, Ecuador, 07 March 2023.
© SGR Ecuador
Flood damage in Chone, Manabí Province, Ecuador, 07 March 2023.
At least 3 people died after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in the Manabí Province of Ecuador on 07 March 2023.

The worst of the flooding struck in Chone city and areas of Chone canton after several small rivers and streams - tributaries of the Chone River - broke their banks.

Flood water, mud and debris swept through parts of Chone city and the parishes of Santa Rita, Canuto, Ricaurte and San Antonio. Dozens of homes were severely damaged or destroyed. Teams from the Fire Department, National Police and the Secretary of Risk Management (SGR) helped families evacuate to safer areas. SGR reported around 2,000 families were affected and one person died. A hospital was also damaged.