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36,000 lightning strikes recorded around the UK in just 12 hours

Lightning pictured above Mow Cop in Staffordshire
Lightning pictured above Mow Cop in Staffordshire
Parts of the West Midlands have been hit by thunderstorms overnight.

Pictures show forks of lightning breaking across the sky in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Wolverhampton and Warwickshire.

BBC Weather Watchers have shared images of the dramatic scenes in their area.

The Met Office had issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms across the region between 14:00 BST on Monday and 02:00 BST on Tuesday.

It said up to 3in (8cm) of rain could fall within the area in the space of three hours.

The overnight storms came after more than 36,000 lightning strikes were recorded around the UK in just 12 hours on Sunday night.

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Colombia - Floods in Caldas leave 3 dead, thousands affected

Flood damage in Supía, Caldas, Colombia, September 2022.
© Gobernación de Caldas
Flood damage in Supía, Caldas, Colombia, September 2022.
Raging floods swept through areas of Caldas Department in Colombia leaving at least 3 people dead and damaging hundreds of homes.

Flooding struck on 03 September 2022 after heavy rain caused the Supía river and the Rapao creek to overflow. Areas of the town of Supía and surrounding villages in the the municipality of the same name were all affected. Parts of the municipality of Riosucio, situated to the west of Supía, were also severely impacted.

According to Colombia's disaster agency UNGRD, 1 person died in floods in the municipality of Supía, and 2 others in Riosucio.

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15 killed in massive landslide in Uganda

month heavy rain cause
© Uganda Red Cross
Searching through the debris at the landslide site in Rukoki, Kasese, Uganda, September 2022.
More heavy rain has fallen in Uganda's Western Region, triggering a massive landslide in Kasese District late on 06 September 2022.

Earlier this month heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Kisoro and Bundibugyo, where at least 3 people died.

Further heavy rain fell in the region from 06 September 2022, causing a landslide in Kasika village, Kigoro Parish in Rukoki Subcounty. The landslide buried homes and occupants. As many as 18 people were feared missing.

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4 dead in Nuevo León, Mexico after heavy rain triggers floods - 9.5 inches of rain in 24 hours

At least 4 people have died in flash floods after two days of heavy rainfall in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico.

The rainfall began on 03 September 2022, with the heaviest falling on 05 September when the city of Cadereyta Jiménez recorded 242.9 mm of rain in 24 hours. More rain is expected.

Flash floods struck across several municipalities in the area, damaging roads and buildings. Classes were suspended. Around 350 homes were damaged in several neighbourhoods in and around the state capital Monterrey, including Cadereyta Jiménez and Juárez municipalities. Civil Protection helped to evacuate around 200 residents from flooded homes in Cadereyta Jiménez. Firefighters and Nuevo León Civil Protection rescued 8 adults and 2 children from flooded areas along the La Silla river in Guadalupe.

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Heavy rain causes flash floods in Thessaloniki, Greece

Main streets in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, were turned into rivers by torrential rain.

Due to heavy rain, streets and big avenues began to fill with water within a few minutes.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake in South Atlantic Ocean off South Sandwich Islands


Earthquake details

Date & time Sep 6, 2022 08:32:40 UTC
Local time at epicenter Tuesday, Sep 6, 2022 at 6:32 am (GMT -2)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 56.5648°S / 25.7903°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

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Storms bring heavy rain, flooding and strong winds to North Texas

Severe Storms Knocked Down Several Townhomes Under Construction And Trees In Dallas

Severe storms knocked down several townhomes under construction and trees in Dallas
Storms brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of North Texas, causing some flooding issues and power outages Sunday.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, there are still about 90,000 North Texans impacted by power outages, according to Oncor's outage map.

Tiffany householder watched high winds take down a construction project in Old East Dallas.

"Half of it came down, the first half of it," Householder recalled. "Then, we were sitting here trying to figure out what to do and then the whole thing just fell."

Comment: Just 4 days prior: Heavy rain brings summer flooding to NW Texas


Afghanistan earthquake of magnitude 5.3 kills eight, more casualties feared

An earthquake in northeastern Afghanistan killed at least eight people early on Monday, and the toll could rise, the state news agency quoted a regional official as saying.

The quake of magnitude 5.3 struck near the eastern city of Jalalabad in the early hours, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

"Sunday night's earthquake has caused financial and human losses in Kunar province," Mawlavi Najibullah Hanif, the spokesman for the provincial governor, told the Bakhtar News Agency, adding that casualties could rise.

Initial reports put the toll from the quake at six, with nine injured, said disaster ministry spokesman Mohammad Nassim Haqqani.

Afghanistan is still recovering from a strong earthquake in June that killed more than 1,000 and wiped out villages in its east.

Reporting by Mohammad Yunus Yawar and Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Kim Coghill and Clarence Fernandez

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Lightning strike kills 2 in Kanchanpurm, Nepal

A lightning strike killed two in Kanchanpur on Sunday evening.

The Kanchanpur District Police Office informs that 22-year-old Deepak Rana and his wife Mantara Rana, 20, residents of Shantipur, Krishnapur municipality-7, died after the two got struck by lightning as they were returning home from a nearby river where they were fishing.

The two were rushed to a hospital but succumbed to injuries, informs DSP Chakra Bahadur Shah.

Their body has been taken to Seti Zonal Hospital for postmortem.

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Lightning strike kills two jet skiers in Puerto Rico

Two people aboard jet skis were killed by lightning in waters along southern Puerto Rico, police said Monday. Authorities said lightning first struck a 36-year-old man driving a jet ski and then made contact with a 26-year-old woman who was a passenger on another nearby.

The driver of the second jet ski was not injured.

Police said the man died immediately while the woman died shortly after being brought ashore.

The deaths occurred late Sunday afternoon as Tropical Storm Earl swirled northeast of the island, dropping heavy rain at times.

According to the National Lighting Safety Council, Puerto Rico's last lightning fatality occurred almost exactly five years earlier, on Sept. 5, 2017.