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Woman killed by her own dogs in Clearcreek Township, Ohio

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The Chief Investigator for the Warren County Coroner's office says a woman was found dead in her home after she was attacked by her own dogs.

49-year-old Mary Matthews' body was found Friday in the 7400 block of Waterway Drive in Clearcreek Township.

According to the incident report, an officer was dispatched to the home around 2:30 p.m. for a possible drug overdose.

Dispatch told the officer that the caller was refusing CPR and indicated "she was beyond any help," the report said.


Sun

Severe drought plaguing east China affecting over 1 million people

china drought
A severe drought is plaguing east China's Anhui Province, leaving crops damaged and drinking water supplies disrupted in some of the hardest-hit regions, local authorities said on Friday.

From Aug. 12 to Oct. 28, the province received an average rainfall of 83.9 milliliters, 60 percent less than the amount in normal years and hitting the second-lowest level since 1961, according to the provincial meteorological department.

A total of 45 cities and counties have been ravaged, with regions in three cities along the Yangtze River suffering from the worst drought in up to 50 years, said the provincial emergency management department.

The drought has affected over 1 million residents and damaged 400,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 1.6 billion yuan (227 million U.S. dollars), it said.


Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Tonga

Tonga earthquake
© USGS
A strong earthquake has struck off Tonga, just 130km from Neiafu - the second-largest town.

The magnitude 6.6 quake happened at a depth of just over 10km on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey agency reports.

"A strong earthquake with shallow depth source location occurred 289km NNW from Nuku'alofa, Tonga," Seismology Fiji tweeted.

"However, it does not pose any immediate tsunami threat to the Fiji region."


Comment: This quake occurred less than an hour after Chile was rocked by magnitude 6.0 earthquake.


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Chile rocked by magnitude 6.0 earthquake

Chile earthquake Nov 2019
© Twitter/CucutaDenuncia
Large crowds of Chilean anti-austerity protesters received a shock after the magnitude 6.0 quake struck.

A magnitude-6.0 quake has struck near the coastal city of Coquimbo in central Chile, the US Geological Survey says, causing building to shake in capital city Santiago but no damage.

The quake, reported earlier by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) as a magnitude of 6.0, struck near the coast some 143 km northeast of port city Valparaiso, at a depth of 49km on Monday, the USGS said.

Chile's national emergency office said there were no preliminary reports of injuries to people or damage to property or infrastructure.

The quake, which struck on land, was not strong enough to produce a tsunami along Chile's coast, the nation's navy said.

Mining firm Antofagasta Plc, whose Pelambres copper mine is near the epicenter of the quake, said the mine was operating normally.


Snowflake

Historical amounts of snow fall in Norway with more on the way

Snowfall in Norway
© nordlys.no
More snow on the way, and temperatures down to minus 29 degrees.

Snow

56 cm (almost 2 ft) of snow in Tromsø on Sunday morning.

Only once in the last 97 years has there been more snow on November 3 in Tromsø, says state meteorologist Sjur Wergeland.

The snow amounts are historical for November. In 2006, 67 cm of snow was measured on November 3.

The next top listing was in 1922. At that time 59 cm were measured on November 3.


Comment: See also: It's dumping snow in the Alps and Pyrenees


Windsock

Tens of thousands still without power in Quebec, Canada after devastating wind storms

Quebec wind storm
© Montreal Gazette/YouTube
Three days after devastating wind storms battered much of the province's power grid network and left nearly one million customers without electricity, Hydro-Québec reported on Monday that power has been restored to 94 per cent of its clientele.

"And 1,400 workers are on the ground to reconnect those 56,000 clients still without service," the utility announced on its Twitter account. "Our teams will continue to work until all Quebecers are reconnected."

As of 7 a.m. Monday, 56,781 customers remained in the dark, most of them in the Eastern Townships, the Montérégie and Chaudière-Appalaches regions and the Laurentians.

On Sunday, Hydro-Québec president Eric Martel warned that some areas would not be back on the grid before Tuesday or even Wednesday.

Martel said 70 per cent of the outages that had yet to be repaired affected no more than 20 clients each. He said power would be cut to some customers to allow repair crews to safely carry out their tasks.

The regions that remained without power Monday were those where high winds caused extensive damage to trees, which in turn fell on power lines. Repair crews in those areas prioritized the parts of the grid serving hospitals or water treatment plants.

About 50 schools remained closed on Monday because of the outages.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy flooding devastates lives and economies in Horn of Africa

RESCUE
United Nations and private agencies are scaling up life-saving humanitarian operations in response to severe flooding across large parts of the Horn of Africa.

Massive flooding following months of unusually heavy rainfall is wreaking havoc in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The United Nations reports hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, tens of thousands of livestock have been killed, property has been destroyed and livelihoods shattered.

Jens Laerke, the spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says an estimated 220,000 of the more than half a million flood-affected people in Ethiopia are homeless.


Comment: Throughout much of Africa in recent months (from the end of August to October) exceptional rainfall and flooding has been widely reported in multiple countries as evidenced by the following headlines: All pointers to a trend of global cooling maybe?


Cloud Precipitation

Video of camp floating down flooded West Canada Creek as rivers overflow in Central New York state

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Rivers, lakes and streams are overflowing from the heavy rains in central New York. It's so bad a camp was seen floating down West Canada Creek.

The camp sat on property owned by Richard Goodney in Poland on Route 28 between Gravesville and Beecher Road. The owners are from the south and weren't there at the time. "Luckily the owners just headed home for the winter," said his son Skyler.

Jessica Johnson Rowland captured the camp floating by her home just before she had to evacuate. "Prayers are needed," she said.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall and flooding hits Liguria, Italy - 2 inches of rain in 1 hour

Mayor of Sestri Levante, Valentina Ghio has issued a warning to all people instructing them to remain in their homes to avoid the flooding.
© ANSA
Mayor of Sestri Levante, Valentina Ghio has issued a warning to all people instructing them to remain in their homes to avoid the flooding.
The region of Liguria has been hit by extreme winds and rain, with many streets and piazzas flooded.

The Italian Riviera area is facing a red alert, with the town of Sestri Levante the most badly affected zone.

Sestri Levante was hit by 57.6 millimetres of rain in one hour.

These extreme levels of rain have caused the rivers to flood, with both the Vara and Petronio rivers rising to dangerous levels.


Snowflake

It's dumping snow in the Alps and Pyrenees

Val Thorens

Val Thorens
A major storm system that's hitting the Western side of Europe is bringing heavy snow to the Alps and Pyrenees.

Snow forecasting agencies have been going big on what they're forecasting the storm to dump on ski slopes by the time it blows through on Tuesday/Wednesday, with some resorts predicted to get more than a metre of snow in total up high.

So far there aren't many pretty images, but here's what Courmayeur looked like this afternoon.