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Hailstorm downs trees, power lines, causes flooding around Madison, Wisconsin

Law enforcement agencies are advising that Dane County motorists use caution during rush hour as water recedes from a late afternoon deluge Monday.

Madison police said a severe thunderstorm that passed through the metro area around 4 p.m. downed power lines and caused flash flooding as storm drains failed to keep up in some areas.

Police and trained weather spotters reported hail ranging from 1 to 2 inches across the Madison area. The largest hail was spotted in Middleton, according to reports published on the National Weather Service's website for its Sullivan office.

Most of the roadway flooding was concentrated on the city's South and West sides, said Sgt. Eugene Woehrly.

The Madison Fire Department reported that three cars attempted to drive through flood waters at the intersection of University Avenue at Rose Place and firefighters assisted one victim out of her passenger window and onto dry land.

© Wisconsin State Journal
Large hail fell on Madison's Far West Side Monday.


Dead juvenile humpback whale found in the Quatsino Narrows, British Columbia

Stock image
According to resident Gwen Hansen, a mother and calf had been spending a lot of time feeding just off Coal Harbour lately.

According to Hansen, her husband Andrew saw the calf Saturday morning at the east end of the Quatsino Narrows.

"He thought the calf could have been around over 20 feet long and was floating on its back," Hansen said. There were no visible signs of injury.

"DFO working with Quatsino First Nations secured the animal Monday," said DFO Marine Mammal Coordinator Paul Cottrell.

Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Malakas causes widespread flooding in Japan, two reported missing

© Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News
This aerial photo shows a submerged area in Nobeoka, Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. A powerful typhoon brought heavy rainfall in southern Japan.
Typhoon Malakas ripped through southern Japan on Tuesday, dumping torrential rain and causing widespread flooding.

After clipping Taiwan, the typhoon made landfall in Kyushu shortly after midnight local time, packing winds of up to 100 miles per hour.

According to the Japan Times, houses and rice fields were overcome with flood water, particularly in Miyazaki Prefecture, where six people had to be rescued by boat.

More that 600,000 were evacuated prior to the storm's arrival, Reuters reports.


Enormous 'jellyfish' sprite photographed over the Caribbean Sea

© Vimeo/Frankie Lucena (screen capture)
Huge jellyfish sprite in the skies over the Caribbean Sea
On September 18, 2016, Frankie Lucena of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, photographed an enormous 'A-bomb' sprite over the Caribbean Sea. These rank as the largest type of sprite in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. And for a split-second, the sky lit up like this:

© Frankie Lucena
This type of sprite is often called 'jellyfish' or 'A-bomb,' and ranks as the largest type of sprite in both horizontal and vertical dimensions.

It consists of a bright halo approximately 85 km above Earth's surface surrounding sprite elements with long tendrils reaching down as low as ~30 km above ground level.

This kind of sprite tends to be triggered by a very impulsive positive cloud-to-ground flash.

But curiously, Lucena did not observe an instigating lightning bolt, but, Instead, just before the sprite appeared, he recorded a bright point-like flash of light. Was it a cosmic ray hitting the camera?.

Comment: Rare red sprites have been photographed this year over Texas and Arizona.


3 surfers recovering after shark attacks all within 3 hours at New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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Three surfers were attacked by sharks on New Smyrna Beach during a two-hour period, Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue said.

Of the three bitten Sunday, one person had to undergo surgery, officials said.

The first attack happened at about 10:45 a.m. when a 43-year-old Longwood man was bitten on his lower leg near the ankle, Senior Capt. Tamra Marris said.

He was surfing just south of a jetty, she said.

The next attack was reported at about 11 a.m., when a 36-year-old Miami man was bitten on both hands while surfing in the same area, Marris said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 11 across Bangladesh

At least 10 people including a woman and at least three children have been killed and two more injured in lightning strikes during thunderstorms in three districts.

Rain and thunderstorms took place in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country on Tuesday morning.

The casualties occurred in Sunamganj, Tangail and Kishoreganj between the early hours and afternoon.

On Monday, seven more people, including three in Kishoreganj, had died from lightning strikes in three districts.

Reports from bdnews24.com district correspondents:


Dead minke whale discovered on marsh in Wachapreague, Virginia

© Jay C. Ford
The body of a minke whale was discovered beached in the marsh near channel marker WR6 off the coast of Wachapreague, Va. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's Stranding Response team performed a necropsy to determine the whale's cause of death on Sunday.

A mature minke whale washed up onto a mud flat near channel marker WR6 outside Wachapreague on September 17.

According to Jay C. Ford, the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper, there was nothing obvious about its injuries or cause of death following a necropsy on September 18, but the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's stranding team will send tissue and blood samples to a pathologist in Washington, D.C. The pathology reports will take several weeks to be processed.

"The body was pretty beaten up," said Ford. "The lead scientist cautioned that more than likely the cause of death won't be determined."

According to Ford, the whale was 24 feet long. It's heart weighed approximately 15 to 20 pounds and uterine scarring indicated that it had been pregnant at some point.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 children, injures 2 others in Nepal

Three children died after being struck by lightning near Baghjhoda in Koshi Haraincha Municipality-1 of Morang district on Monday.

Three out of five children breathed their last while undergoing treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan said police.

The deceased are Chirak Khulal, Rahul Subba and Sandesh Urau of Koshi Haraincha-1, police told Republica Online.

Meanwhile, Roshan Bhattarai and Ananda Bhattarai are undergoing treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.

Those children were playing near a bamboo grove when lightning struck them at 12:45 pm today.


Tourist trampled to death by elephant after provoking it by moving too near to takes pictures in Kenya

He suffered serious injuries to his left leg and died after the elephant (stock) charged at him
A 66-year-old Italian tourist was trampled to death by an elephant after 'provoking' the animal when he moved too close to get a better photo, police said.

Ferdinando Mocciola had been having breakfast with his wife in their tent when he left to photograph the elephant at a waterhole in Kenya's coastal region on Sunday.

The businessman suffered serious injuries to his left leg and died after the elephant charged at him outside luxury Swara Camp in Kulalu Ranch, according to officials.

Malindi Police chief Muchangi Mutava said the elephant attacked the tourist when he provoked it by moving closer to take photographs.

'He excused him while taking breakfast with the wife and proceeded to water point and started taking pictures, provoking the elephant that charged towards him and attacked him seriously wounding him,' Mr Mutava said.


Kamchatka volcano Shiveluch spewed a 7-km column of ash in the air

Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The Shiveluch volcano (3,283m) is the northernmost active volcano in the Eastern Range on the Kamchatka Peninsula

The northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka, Shiveluch, has spewed a seven-kilometer ash column in the air, the local department of the Geophysical Service at the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Monday.

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