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Hurricane Lorenzo: Storm 'possibly strongest in 20 years' rips through the Azores

Residents on Portugal's Azores islands were hunkered down on Wednesday amid a deadly hurricane that has been described by local authorities as possibly the"strongest" in the last two decades.

Hurricane Lorenzo is sweeping along the western edge of the Azores, having knocked down trees and brought possibly life-threatening water currents with winds of up to 90mph.

Local authorities closed roads, schools and non-emergency public services on Wednesday as the Category 1 hurricane reached the archipelago.

It also knocked out power for those on the worst-affected island of Flores, where Portugal's metereological service predicted waves could reach up to 25 metres.

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2019 was one of the coolest years on record in the US

The past 12 months have been one of the coolest years on record in the US. The US climate is getting less extreme, even as the heatwave propaganda ramps up to record levels.

Comment: Well, let's not go too far. There may be an overall cooling trend, but we cannot say say that extreme weather is decreasing...


Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico lights up the night sky

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted overnight in a dramatic show of ash, smoke and gas. Authorities have advised locals to keep their noses and mouths covered from falling ash and gases.

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Lightning strike kills 3 family members in northern Ethiopia

A lightning strike in Ethiopia's Amhara regional state located in the northern part of the country has killed a family of three, an Ethiopian official said on Wednesday.

Dejen Wodage, Chief Police Inspector of Waghimera zone in Amhara regional state, said a lightning strike on a residential house on Monday evening left a father and his two children dead, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency.

Wodage said a four-year-old child who was badly injured in the lightning strike is currently being treated in a nearby medical facility.

Ethiopia is in the midst of a rainy season which started in July and is expected to last until early October, which occasionally causes landslides and lightning strikes in some parts of the east African country.

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7 days of Tropical Storm Narda leaves a trail of damage on Pacific coast of Mexico, killing at least 2

Washed-out bridges and mudslides cut off many communities in Guerrero.

Washed-out bridges and mudslides cut off many communities in Guerrero.
Tropical storm Narda left a trail of damage along Mexico's Pacific coast as it moved northward during the past seven days, hitting the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero particularly hard.

The storm claimed the lives of two people in Oaxaca: a 23-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy who were swept away by floodwaters while trying to cross rivers in the municipalities of San Pedro Mixtepec and San Jerónimo Coatlán respectively.

About 300 homes and at least 11 schools were damaged in the southern state as was the hospital in Tutupec, a municipality halfway between Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional.


Earthquake swarms impact Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and New Madrid fault zone

new madrid fault zone
There is a whole lotta shaking going on in America right now, and many people are concerned about what that could potentially mean. Could it be possible that the U.S. is entering a more seismically active time? This week alone, we have seen earthquake swarms in Texas, Oklahoma, San Francisco and the New Madrid fault zone. Of course earthquakes happen every day, but to see so many earthquake swarms happen in such diverse places within such a compressed period of time is definitely unusual. And what makes this even more unusual is the fact that Rosh Hashanah just ended. In fact, the earthquake swarm that we just witnessed in Texas started on Rosh Hashanah with a magnitude 4.0 quake near the town of "Snyder"...
In just over 12 hours, Texas experienced not one earthquake, but four, experts say.

Three quakes were centered near the town of Snyder — just south of the Texas panhandle — with a fourth centered near the Fort Worth area, according to the United States Geological Survey. The first and strongest of the cluster hit just after 4:45 p.m. Monday about 12 miles north of Snyder and measured magnitude 4.0.
That was the strongest earthquake in Texas so far this year, and it was followed by a magnitude 3.8 earthquake near Snyder, a magnitude 3.2 earthquake just south of Fort Worth, and a magnitude 2.5 earthquake near Snyder.

Comment: See: Five earthquakes in less than an hour rattle southeast Missouri, part of the New Madrid Seismic Zone


Man attacked by black bear 3 times in northwestern Ontario

black bear
A Winnipeg man says he is lucky to be alive after suffering severe bites from a bear that attacked him three times near his cottage in northwestern Ontario.

Dave Schwab, who is 69, says he was finishing his walk near Kenora last Thursday when he spotted a black bear about 100 metres ahead of him in some bushes.

Schwab, an experienced hiker, says he made noise and the bear seemed to walk away, but it didn't leave the area and started following him before it attacked and bit his thigh and arm.

Comment: Bear attacks increasing worldwide


Woman gored by bison at same Utah park where date had been attacked months ago

These were the only two bison attacks reported at Antelope Island State Park this year, officials said.

These were the only two bison attacks reported at Antelope Island State Park this year, officials said.
A Utah woman was attacked by a bison in the same park where her date had also been gored three months ago.

Kayleigh Davis, 22, was taking a sunset hike Friday on a trail at Antelope Island State Park when she came face-to-face with the soon-to-be rambunctious bovine.

She stepped off the path to steer clear of the animal when it suddenly charged, flipping her 15 feet in the air.

"I go around the bison, like off the trail away from him, and there's actually four bikers coming down the trail and I think they had spooked him," Davis told NBC affiliate KSL from her hospital room Monday. "That's when he flipped me up in the air."

Comment: What are the odds! Some people need really intense, repeat experiences to learn lessons!


Large eruption at Shiveluch volcano in Russia - ash to 30,000 ft and pyroclastic flow

Eruption column and pyroclastic flow at Shiveluch volcano

Eruption column and pyroclastic flow at Shiveluch volcano on Oct 2nd
A moderately large explosive eruption occurred on Shiveluch volcano earlier this morning, producing an ash plume that rose to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude and a pyroclastic flow that traveled several km to the west from the active dome.

The eruption was likely a combination of explosion at the lava dome and a partial collapse of fresh material from the active part of the dome in its upper NE sector:


Volcano erupts in Costa Rica, prompting park closure

Volcano erupts
The eruption Monday of Poás Volcano in Costa Rica has prompted officials to temporarily close the popular tourist attraction because of a "high probability" of more eruptions.

The dawn eruption, captured on video by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), sent a column of ash more than a mile above the 8,885-foot volcano.

Poás Volcano National Park, located 29 miles northwest of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, remained closed Tuesday and a reopening date had not been announced at the time of this post.