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College student struck by lightning in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina has died

A Columbia University student from Northern Virginia has died, weeks after being struck by lightning in Kitty Hawk.

Matt Summerill, 23, was swimming with friends Aug. 23 when he was struck in the back by a lightning bolt, according to police and a GoFundMe account set up to cover medical costs.

Summerill had been hospitalized at a trauma center in Greenville since the accident and in a medically-induced coma, the GoFundMe page said.

"He was in the water near shore, throwing a frisbee with two friends, when a lightning bolt came out of the clear blue sky and struck him in the lower back," organizer Cameron Blount wrote. "His two friends collected themselves and realized Matthew was facedown in the water. They took him to shore and started performing CPR, and the lifeguard rushed an oxygen tank to him right away. Medical services took over soon after and after over an hour of more CPR got him to where they could move him, but not in a HelEvac because by that point the storm had moved in."

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Lightning bolt kills 4 people, severely injures 2 in Uganda

Lightning has struck dead four people at Kyashamiro Trading Centre, Rutenga Sub County in Kanungu District, leaving two others with severe injuries.

Mr Moses Atuheire, an eyewitness, said the incident occurred on Wednesday evening at around 05.00pm during a heavy downpour that lasted for about three hours.

Mr Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson confirmed the incident, identifying the deceased as; Hebert Kanyonyi,38, Byamukama Binyonyi,40, Avitus Niwamanya,20, and Fred Akandwanaho, 13.

Comment: Elsewhere in Africa recently lightning killed 2 in Kenya on September 7.

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Floods kill at least 14 in southern Laos, hundreds of thousands displaced

At least 14 people have died and at least one is missing as floods ravage Laos' six southern provinces, stretching government relief capacity, authorities and residents said Wednesday.

Tropical storm Podul and tropical depression Kajiki slammed into the area one after the other last week, dumping and estimated 40 centimeters of rain in parts of southern Laos.

Flooding has affected the lives of 572,000 people and caused considerable damage to buildings and farmland, according to estimates by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance.

Hundreds of schools have been closed as 102,000 people have been displaced and 150,000 hectares of farmland have been lost. Many roads are inaccessible and at least 37 houses have been damaged as well.

Comment: Many provinces in Laos suffering after severe widespread flooding


Early snow covers Wyoming's high country

Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson is a winter wonderland after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson is a winter wonderland after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
It's still officially summer according to the Farmer's Almanac , but you wouldn't know it looking at pictures from some of Wyoming's higher elevations.

The National Weather Service in Riverton posted a still from a WYDOT webcam showing a good amount of snow at Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson on Wednesday afternoon.

In Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort gleefully posted video and photos on social media of the first snow of the season, which started on Wednesday morning.

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West Africa: Flood death toll rises in Niger, homes destroyed in Nigeria, hundreds displaced in Chad

Flooding in Borno state, Nigeria, affected displacement camps, August 2019.
© Norwegian Refugee Council
Flooding in Borno state, Nigeria, affected displacement camps, August 2019.
Further flooding has been reported in parts of Nigeria, adding to the long list of flood events that have affected countries in west and north west Africa over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile the death toll from flooding in Niger has increased, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report that flooding in Chad has displaced hundreds of families.

Other countries of the region have also seen major flooding over the last few weeks, including in Mali and Mauritania, along with Central African Republic and further north, Algeria and Morocco.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: More government preparedness warnings & deep snow in Europe

Grab bag
© Police Scotland Control Rooms/Twitter
UK government using BBC Morning to cover three separate segments on getting a grab bag ready and keeping it handy, which puts this along with the US, Switzerland and Sweden to tell its citizens to get ready for emergencies. Deep summer snow for Italy, France and Switzerland of 1-3 feet and massive hails blanket beaches in Italy. Huge hail stones Algeria along with a grain loading port strike.

Comment: It is always best to be prepared. See also: And do have a listen to the SOTT Talk Radio show that was devoted to this subject:

Surviving the End of the World (as we Know it)


Moronic Contradiction: How can we all switch to solar power if Bill Gates blocks the sun with pollution?

The crazy Left never seems to think anything through before announcing schemes for the "greater good" or to "save the planet" from global warming. Take for instance the "Green New Deal." We are all supposed to believe that somehow we can replace every fuel-burning machine in America in 10 years, including every factory, machine plant, automobile, farm tractor, and tractor trailer truck, with solar-powered and wind-powered alternatives. We do this or we all burn alive two years later. That's the soap box speech dominating the leading Democrats' tour of every staged and soldout "town hall" meeting preparing for the 2020 Presidential race.

Yet, as absurd as that all sounds, the entire plan is plain-as-day CONTRADICTED by their own other plan to stop global warming (now renamed climate change) in its tracks - called ScoPEx - or Bill Gates' stratosphere corporate pollution extreme scheme to block out the sun with "particulate matter." So, then Bill, please inform all us stupid humans how solar-powered anything will run all the machines? That's what we thought. It won't. It's just another moronic contradiction they either didn't think about themselves or figure nobody else will.


September snow descends on Mt. Rose Highway in Nevada

Mt. Rose Highway on September 10

Mt. Rose Highway on September 10
It's still technically summer, but it sure felt like winter for a fleeting moment in the high country on Tuesday.

Video taken along the Mt. Rose Highway between Incline Village and Reno showed the road covered in a fresh layer of snow.

The video was taken at about the 8550' level after a couple of small showers and thunderstorms moved through the area.

Many people were wondering if the deluge was something other than snow, like sleet. However, according to NWS Reno, Tuesday's incident was definitely snow or snow pellets known as "graupel" - snowflakes that are covered with ice.


Tirol Glacier ski areas in Austria opening Friday after 22 inches of September snowfall


The Stubai glacier in Austria's Tirol region will open this Friday, 13th September, after a 55cm (22 inch) snowfall over the weekend. Solden say they will also open their glacier skiing this Friday.

Heavy snowfall across the Alps saw most areas with slopes above 1500 metres see fresh snow, with accumulations above 3,000 metres adding up to at least 50cm at resorts in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Only four glacier areas are currently open in the Alps, Hintertux in Austria (pictured below), Passo Stelvio in Italy and Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland. All report great conditions now the skies have cleared after the fresh snowfall.

Comment: Early snowfall piles up in the Alps - up to 20 inches deep

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7 dead as floods worsen in Cambodia

Farm owner Nornn Vanny lost more than 700 pigs due to flash floods in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district on Monday

Farm owner Nornn Vanny lost more than 700 pigs due to flash floods in Preah Vihear province’s Tbeng Meanchey district on Monday
The flood situation in Cambodia has worsened since rivers levels began to rise in early September. Flooding has now affected 11 provinces and displaced thousands. Further heavy rain is expected over the coming days.

Quoting the country's National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM), the Phnom Penh Post said that 7 people have died in the recent floods, which have displaced 6,893 families and inundated thousands of homes. Flooding has also caused severe damage to crops and livestock.

Steung Treng, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Preah Vihear and Tbong Khmum are thought to be among the worst affected areas.