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Flood death toll hits 21 with heavy downpours affecting over 286,000 in Hubei, China - Almost 20 inches of rain in just 12 hours

Rescuers evacuate a child from a flooded area after heavy rains in Suizhou, in China's central Hubei province
Rescuers evacuate a child from a flooded area after heavy rains in Suizhou, in China's central Hubei province
21 killed and four reported missing after heavy downpours hit a township in central China's Hubei where Wuhan is the provincial capital city.

More than 8,000 residents have been affected and over 2,700 houses damaged.

Bad weather also destroyed 11.3 kilometers of roads, 63 bridges and 725 power and communication poles.

The township saw total precipitation reaching 503 millimeters in 12 hours causing an average waterlogging depth of 3.5 meters.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike caught on camera in Silver Spring, Maryland

A lightning strike in Silver Spring was caught on camera Wednesday as severe weather hammered the D.C. area.

A Penwood Road resident provided FOX 5 with the video from her Nest camera.

Severe thunderstorms have pummeled the D.C. region throughout the week - felling tree, sparking fires, and prompting power outages in some areas.

Cloud Lightning

21 goats struck dead by lightning in Tamil Nadu, India

Twenty one goats were struck dead by lightning in a pen at Gopalapuram near T. Kallupatti on Wednesday evening.

Police said that C. Marichamy and K. Selvam had put up the pen for the goats on the farm of one Karuppasamy. When it started raining on Wednesday evening, lightning struck and all the 21 goats were electrocuted and died on the spot.


6.2 magnitude earthquake off South Sandwich Islands

6.2 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 19:44 PM

Your time: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 8:44 PM GMT+1

Magnitude Type: mww

USGS page: M 6.2 - South Sandwich Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people


6.0 magnitude earthquake in South Sandwich Islands region

6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Thursday, August 12, 2021 19:43 PM

Your time: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 8:43 PM GMT+1

Magnitude Type: mb

USGS page: M 6.0 - South Sandwich Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people


Major magnitude 7.5 earthquake - South Sandwich Islands Region

Major magnitude 7.5 earthquake at 63 km depth

Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 12 Aug 2021 4:32 pm (GMT -2)

Magnitude: 7.5

Depth: 63.3 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 57.5959°S / 25.1874°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

Nearest volcano: Michael (107 km / 66 mi)

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 6 and injures dozens in 2 incidents in Yemen

Dozens of women were killed and injured when lightning struck a women's wedding in Dhamar governorate, south of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, transforming the wedding party in a funeral.

Local sources reported that lightning struck a house in the village of Al-Aqmar, Isolat Asbeel, in the district of Mayfa'a Ans, east of the city of Dhamar, during a women's wedding, killing and injuring dozens of women.

The sources added, according to the Yemeni agency "Khabar", that three women died, while another 30 women were injured, their injuries ranged from fractures and burns, as they were gathering. in home to attend the wedding party.

According to sources, another lightning struck the village of Maram in the same district, killing 3 women.

Most Yemeni governorates are experiencing heavy rains, accompanied by storms and thunderstorms. Some governorates have reported fatalities and injuries, due to thunderstorms or torrential torrents.


Spanish tourist resort Santa Pola hit with freak flooding ahead of heatwave

Flooding in the town area of the resort
© Policía Local de Santa Pola
Flooding in the town area of the resort
A resort in the popular Spanish tourist area of Alicante has been hit by a "meteotsunami" which left streets and beaches flooded and boats adrift.

Santa Pola was hit on Wednesday night by the freak weather incident, which caused tsunami-like waves to hit the coastal area.

Waves of water splashed onto land, damaging fishing fleets and flooding coastal walks.

Called a rissaga in Catalan Spanish, a meteotsunami is triggered by drastic changes in atmosphere. They are often caused by weather events such as a heatwave.

Policía Local de Santa Pola said on their social media pages: "An unexpected meteorological phenomenon has surprised us tonight, with a sudden "rise in tide" that has caused many problems for the moored fishing fleet, even causing several boats to drift.


Wildfire death toll rises to 4 as Italy battles over 500 infernos across the country

wildfire italy sardinia
© Reuters / Vigili del Fuoco
A fire is seen burning a forest near the town of Mandas on the south of the island of Sardinia, Italy, August 12, 2021
Italy's emergency services fought more than 500 fires across the country throughout the night, officials said on Thursday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to four amid intense heat waves across Europe.

With Italy recording a record high temperature of 48.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, the nation's firefighters have spent days battling hundreds of raging wildfires throughout the south of the country, including in Calabria and Sicily.

Emergency services were deployed overnight to try and control more than 500 blazes, as Italy and its European neighbours contend with extreme dry summer weather, which experts warn will get worse due to the effects of climate change.


Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis says wildfires a 'major ecological catastrophe'

greece wildfires
© AP Photo/Michael Varaklas
A burnt forest in Agia Anna village on Evia island, about 181 kilometers (113 miles) north of Athens, Greece, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday described the devastating wildfires that burned across the country for more than a week as the greatest ecological catastrophe Greece had seen in decades.

The fires broke out as the country roasted during the most intense and protracted heat wave experienced since 1987. Hundreds of wildfires erupted across the country, stretching Greece's firefighting capabilities to the limit and leading the government to appeal for help from abroad. Hundreds of firefighters, along with planes, helicopters and vehicles, arrived from 24 European and Middle Eastern countries to assist.

"We managed to save lives, but we lost forests and property," Mitsotakis said, describing the wildfires as "the greatest ecological catastrophe of the last few decades."