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Signs and Portents: Two-headed turtle found on South Carolina beach

Two-headed turtle

The two-headed turtle
Two heads are better than one.

A state park in South Carolina posted pictures of a rare find made on one of its beaches: a two-headed baby turtle.

According to the park, the anomaly is likely the result of a genetic mutation.

The rare turtle was found at Edisto Beach State Park by one of the park's sea turtle patrols, according to a Facebook post from the South Carolina State Parks account. While this actually isn't the first two-headed turtle found in South Carolina, it was for this particular crew.


Arrow Up

Stuff happens: Sewage spouts 100ft into the air over Hammersmith Bridge in London as storm drain erupts

SPOUT
A Hammersmith resident was left stunned as a sewage-laden geyser shot 20 metres into the air outside of his home - for the second time in 13 days.

Heavy rainfall battered the capital yesterday afternoon, causing a storm drain to burst open, spewing water and sewage into the air 100ft over Hammersmith Bridge.

Architect Peter Brill had witnessed the sight for the first time just two week earlier.

The Queens Wharf resident is now worried children are at risk of playing in the sewage if nothing is done to fix the issue.

Mr Brill said: "There was a rumbling sound before it exploded. Then it kept on exploding.

"It was like a geyser at Yellowstone National Park. It was very surprising. I was told 90 per cent is clear water but 10 per cent is sewage."


Comment: London hit with flash floods after torrential rain


Cloud Precipitation

'The sky has fallen': Chinese farmers see livelihoods washed away by floods - Over a million animals killed

Pig carcasses tied to trees are seen in floodwaters next to a farmland following heavy rainfall in Wangfan village of Xinxiang, Henan province, China July 25, 2021.
© REUTERS/Aly Song
Pig carcasses tied to trees are seen in floodwaters next to a farmland following heavy rainfall in Wangfan village of Xinxiang, Henan province, China July 25, 2021.
Chinese farmer Cheng wades through knee-deep water, pulling dead pigs behind him one-by-one by a rope tied around their ankles as he lines up the bloated carcasses for disposal. More than 100 of Cheng's pigs drowned in floods that paralyzed China's central Henan province last week, and the outlook for those left alive is bleak.

"I'm waiting for the water levels to go down to see what to do with the remaining pigs," said the 47-year-old farmer from Wangfan village, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of provincial capital Zhengzhou.

"They've been in the water for a few days now and can't eat at all. I don't think even one pig will be left."

Cheng's farm is one of thousands in Henan, famous for agriculture, and pork production in particular. The province was struck by heavy rains last week that sparked the worst flash flooding in centuries, catching many by surprise.

"In an instant, we now have no way of surviving. We have no other skills. We have no more money to raise pigs again," Cheng, who has raised pigs all his life, told Reuters at his farm on Sunday.

"This is as if the sky has fallen."


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt strikes multiple people on beach in Naples, Florida

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A lightning strike leaves one person with moderate injuries and others with minor injuries after being hit by the bolt on Clam Pass beach.

Witnesses say the lightning strike happened around 6 p.m. on Monday. First responders arrived at the Clam Pass State Park in Naples for the call.

A worker at a nearby hotel said he was carrying a chair cushion to keep him from getting wet from the incoming storm when the bolt hit so close to him his hat fell off and he hit the sand.

Monday's lightning strike makes three separate incidents of people getting hit by lightning in the past ten days.


Seismograph

Shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Sulawesi island

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An earthquake of 6.2-magnitude on Richter Scale struck near Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said. The earthquake hit offshore Sulawasi island at around 5.39 PM but there is no tsunami warning as of now, news agency AFP reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage or loss of life. The epicenter of the quake was at a depth of 10 kilometres and at 97 km west-northwest of Luwuk, according to USGS. Tremors from the strong earthquake were also felt about 200 kilometres from the epicentre at Palu.

Indonesia falls under the 'Ring of Fire' arc on the Pacific ocean that has an intense seismic activity throughout the year. Also Read - Powerful Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Jolts Panama and Costa Rica

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake, followed by tsunami in Palu had left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

Windsock

At least eight killed in 20-car pileup in Utah sandstorm

The 20-car pileup in Utah
© Utah Highway Patrol
The 20-car pileup in Utah in which at least eight people were killed.
At least eight people have been killed in a 20-vehicle pileup during a sandstorm in Utah, the highway patrol said.

The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh on Sunday, the agency said in a news release. Several people were reportedly taken to hospitals in critical condition. Ground and air ambulances were used to transport crash victims.

The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said.

Five of the eight people killed were in one vehicle, while two others were in another vehicle, according to a news release. Another fatality was in a third vehicle.


Attention

Violent hailstorm destroys hundreds of cars on highway in northern Italy

Northern Italy hailstorm
© YouTube/Angkor Insider (screen capture)
A violent hailstorm has brought traffic to a halt on one of Italy's main highways, injuring a number of people and smashing car windows.

The storm hit part of the northern stretch of the road between Milan and Naples, which runs for almost 500 miles.

Hundreds of cars were pelted with hail, forcing drivers to pull up by the roadside and causing authorities to close part of the road for a short time.

Footage broadcast by Italian weather channel Meteo Weather 24, showed vehicles with smashed windscreens, stopped on the road as the storm passed.


Comment: Look at the size of those things! They're practically the size of megacryometeors:


RT further reports that:
The hailstorm not only battered people's homes and property, but also devastated fields, vineyards, and orchards in the area, with the damage to agriculture estimated in the millions.
Crop failures due to natural disasters this year are unprecedented.


Fire

Hundreds evacuated from Italian island of Sardinia amid massive wildfires

Sardinia wildfires
© Reuters / Cronache Nuoresi
Massive wildfires have ravaged tens of thousands of hectares on the Italian island of Sardinia. Firefighters are struggling to contain the blaze as it rages for a third day straight, with Rome asking the EU for help.

More than 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forest and land have been devastated on Sardinia as wildfires raged through the Montiferru region in the island's west. The outbreaks also stretched east to the province of Ogliastra.

Videos published on social media showed walls of fire moving along the mountain slopes in Sardinia and closing in on some settlements, as plumes of black smoke blotted out the skies overhead. Firefighting aircraft water-bombed the blaze just meters away from homes, the footage showed.


Fire

Thousands evacuated as US wildfires burn across California and Nevada

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Fire crews are battling extreme temperatures as they try to control wildfires in California and Nevada. Hundreds of people have been evacuated.

In Washington DC, the moon turned a bright orange colour due to the smoke from the fires.


Comment: Wildfire smoke now covers much of the United States


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands evacuated in flood-hit Philippines

A man on a bicycle wades through a flooded
© REUTERS
A man on a bicycle wades through a flooded street in Manila, Philippines on July 24, 2021.
Typhoon In-Fa left the Philippines last Friday but continues to enhance the southwest monsoon.

Heavy rains over the weekend flooded different parts of the capital Manila and other provinces in Luzon and Visayas region. The disaster agency reported that 44,563 individuals were evacuated and are staying in 81 evacuation sites across the country.

Mary Jay Versoza and her whole family were evacuated from the coastal neighborhood of Baseco Compound in Manila City. Her house was flooded waist-deep and she was worried for the safety of her young children. Her family is staying at the Baseco Evacuation Center along with 277 other families.

Each family was provided with a modular tent, food and other necessities. But Versoza's worries are not yet over.