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Town of Ermelo in South Africa left snow white after heavy hailstorm

Hail covers the lawn in Ermelo after hailstorm on 1 October.

Hail covers the lawn in Ermelo after hailstorm on 1 October.
Hail paved the roads in Ermelo snow white on 1 October.

The hail was paired with heavy rain fall and winds that scattered leaves throughout town.

A resident said hail stones bulleted through their chimney and popped out of their fireplace into their living room area.


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Temperature extremes: Late snow falls in Victoria, Australia just a day after 37C heatwave

Snow at Snake Gully at Mt Hotham on Monday.
© Hotham Snow Cams
Snow at Snake Gully at Mt Hotham on Monday.
Snow has fallen in Victoria just a day after a spring heatwave saw parts of the state reach almost 40C.

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek in the state's northeast ranges saw enough snow on Monday for a blanket to settle on the ground as a cold front crossed the state.

There has also been widespread rain with the city and suburbs recording 13mm up to 9am on Monday.

It comes after a spring scorcher saw some Melburnians flout coronavirus restrictions and flock to bayside beaches over the weekend to try and escape the heat.

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Waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes sets world record of 232 for a 7 day period

Two fishermen watched as a waterspout developed before their eyes over Lake Erie

Two fishermen watched as a waterspout developed before their eyes over Lake Erie
According to the International Centre for Waterspout Research, the highest number of waterspouts/funnels ever recorded took place recently over the Great Lakes during a seven-day period. The ICWR posted the details on Twitter and Facebook.

The outbreak took place from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.

The ICWR says "we have confirmed an unbelievable 232 waterspouts / funnels during this period. This breaks the old record of 88 spouts that took place from August 16-18, 2020."

According to the ICWR the events were reported over every Great Lake with the majority over Lake Erie.

Comment: Related: Dozens of waterspouts spotted over Great Lakes in Ontario this week, with at least 29 on Wednesday alone


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Countdown to a Record: Hurricane Delta the 25th storm in 2020 Atlantic hurricane season - 3 shy of all-time mark

the 2020 hurricane season could be record-breaking.

The 2020 hurricane season could be record-breaking.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is nearing an all-time record for the number of storms, boosted by two recent Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico storms.

With the formation of Tropical Storm Gamma and now Hurricane Delta, we've seen 25 named storms so far this season.

Only the 2005 season - with 27 named storms and one unnamed storm - remains above 2020 on the list of seasons with the most storms.

2020 may be three storms behind 2005's total, but it's on a record pace. Through Oct. 5, the 2005 hurricane season generated 20 storms - five fewer than 2020, so far.

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Flash floods and storms strike Saudi Arabia

Saudi children play in the Nimar valley.
© AFP
Saudi children play in the Nimar valley.
Flash floods sparked by torrential rain in Saudi Arabia have killed four people and left 10 missing over the past two days.


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Lightning bolt kills 2 fishermen, injures 10 others in Chhattisgarh, India

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Two fishermen were killed and 10 others injured after lightning struck them when they had gone fishing in a reservoir in Chhattisgarhs Rajnandgaon district on Tuesday, police said.

The incident took place at around 1,30 pm under Chichola police station area, where 19 fishermen from two villages of Chhuirya had gone to Lal Mati reservoir, said Ajaykant Tiwari, station house officer of Chichola police station.

Owing to heavy rainfall, they were inside their temporary camps erected on the banks of the reservoir where the lightning struck, he said.

While two of them, identified as Rohit Nishad (50) and Bharosa Nishad (55), died on the spot, 10 others sustained minor burn injuries in the incident, he said.

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Lightning strikes kill 2 people during thunderstorms in Gauteng, South Africa

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At least two people have died after being struck by lightning during the severe thunderstorms which ravaged parts of the country on Monday, 5 October 2020.

A woman was killed by lightning in the late afternoon in Melville, Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) confirmed the news to The South African, saying the incident occurred at approximately 16h30.

"The City of Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services (EMS) received a call yesterday afternoon about an incident that occurred in Melville. On arrival we found a middle-aged female who was declared dead at the scene", said spokesperson Nana Radebe.

Comment: Related: Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Johannesburg, South Africa


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Rare tornado hits Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp tornado
© YouTube/Storyful Rights Management (screen capture)
Residents in the suburbs of Antwerp in Belgium witnessed a rare tornado on October 5, according to local media.

Among the local residents to document the meteorological phenomenon was Dennis De Clercq, who recorded this video in the Antwerp suburb of Hoevenen.

The news site HLN said some trees were uprooted and a house reported damaged. Credit: Dennis De Clercq via Storyful


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Flash floods hit several low-lying areas in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Giling at Jalan Telipok-Tuaran is inundated by floodwater.
© Borneo Post Online
Giling at Jalan Telipok-Tuaran is inundated by floodwater.
Several low-lying areas, especially in Jalan Tuaran and Telipok, were hit by flash floods following a heavy downpour here.

Kampung Rampayan in Menggatal was hit by rising floodwater, which was inching closer and closer to factories located nearby.

A resident said the flash floods were triggered by heavy rain that lasted all night, which showed no sign of ceasing anytime soon as of 9.30am today.


Cloud Precipitation

Roads closed, bridges hit by flash flooding as storm strikes Johannesburg, South Africa

Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
© SAWS
Bridges have been hit by flash flooding in Gauteng, leading to traffic jams as a thunderstorm rocks the province.
Motorists in Gauteng have been urged to drive with extreme caution as heavy rain in the province led to flash flooding on Monday 5 October.

A large thunderstorm and "large hail" currently making affecting Johannesburg is causing drivers major headaches, with bridges hit by flooding causing peak traffic to grind to a standstill.

STORM ROLLING OVER GAUTENG

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) warned on Monday that a "yellow thunderstorm warning" is in place, meaning that residents can expect localised flooding in low lying areas due to heavy rain and large hail and large amounts of small hail which can damage vehicles and property.