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US West Coast wildfire death toll rises to 23; More than 500,000 Oregonians evacuate as 100 major fires devastate nearly 4.4 million acres

Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
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Hundreds of homes in Phoenix, Oregon (mobile home park pictured), have been lost due to wildfires in the state
West Coast authorities have reported that at least 23 people have died in wildfires that are raging in California, Oregon and Washington state, as more than 500,000 Oregonians are forced to evacuate due to 100 major fires that have devastated nearly 4.4 million acres across 12 states.

A Northern California wildfire became the state's deadliest of the year Thursday when authorities announced seven more deaths. Officials said the number may rise as searchers looked for 16 missing people.

Three other deaths have been confirmed in Oregon and one in Washington state, authorities said.

Authorities in Oregon said Thursday night that more than 500,000 people statewide were forced to evacuate due to wildfires. The latest figures come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That's over 10 per cent of the state's 4.2 million population.

More than 1,400 square miles have burned this week in the state. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued.


Cloud Precipitation

Violent rainstorms, flash flooding hits Cagliari, Italy

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Downpours, lightning, gales sweep flooded Sardinian capital

Two violent thunderstorms hit Cagliari in the space of a few hours on Thursday turning the streets of the Sardinian capital into rivers.

Cagliari and the surrounding area were swept by thunder, lightning, cloudbursts and a gale-force northwesterly wind.


Comment: The nearby town of Carbonia was also hit by flooding:




Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 footballers during match in Gazipur, Bangladesh

LIGHTNING
Another man killed while fishing at a water body in the district

Three people, including two school students, were killed in separate lightning incidents in Gazipur.

One of the incidents took place at the Shaheed Barkat Stadium, killing the two footballers on the spot. In the other incident, a person was killed while he was fishing at a waterbody in Bipraborta at around 12:30pm on Thursday.

The young footballers were killed in the lightning strike when a group of schoolboys were playing football in Gazipur Shaheed Barkat Stadium.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4, injures 4 others in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Four persons, including a minor boy, were killed, and four others injured when lightning struck their makeshift house on a field in Madhya Pradesh's Barwani district on Thursday, an official said.

The incident took place in the area under Varla police station limits, where the victims took shelter in the makeshift house during the rains, sub-divisional magistrate of Sendhwa Tapasya Parihar said.

Four persons were killed and as many were injured when lightning struck the house, she said.

The deceased have been identified as Shantabai (35), Leelabai (25) Neerabai (23) and Azad (5), all residents of Khapada village, the official said, adding that the injured were referred to a hospital in Sendhwa.

Source: PTI

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Jamaica

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A lightning strike in the southern parish of St. Elizabeth on Wednesday, led to the death of two people.

The police report that Ricardo Fisher, 14, from the community of Keynsham in the parish and Sheldon Caine, 30, a farmer from the neighbouring parish of Clarendon, were picking avocados when they were struck by lightning.

Fisher and Caine suffered severe burns and died on the spot, while the third man, who was wearing water boots, escaped with minor injuries.

Cow

Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed calf born in India is worshipped by villagers and given gifts

The farmer was shocked to see the unusual calf
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The farmer was shocked to see the unusual calf
A two-headed calf has enticed worshippers in India after a cow gave birth to it.

Farmer Somanlal Yadav could not believe his eyes when his pregnant cow delivered the deformed calf with its two heads blinking independently.

The two heads were joined at the neck and each one had two eyes, but shared three ears.

Local people in Rajnandgaon's Panega, Chhattisgarh, Central India, gathered in large groups to witness and worship the spectacle.

Many left cash gifts believing the abnormality to be a miracle.

The four-legged two-headed freak of nature was born on September 5 and news quickly spread.

Doberman

Horrific moment man mauled to death by dog pack in Durango, Mexico

He fell to the ground as he was being attacked, before another man rushed to help him

He fell to the ground as he was being attacked, before another man rushed to help him
This is the horrific moment a man is mauled to death by a pack of wild dogs as he tries to fight them off with rocks.

Jaime Rico Munoz, 32, was attacked in Miguel de la Madrid, Durango, Mexico on August 31.

Authorities have ordered the pack of dogs that killed him to be put down.

Chilling video shows the moment Mr Munoz picks up a rock and throws it at the five barking dogs slowly approaching him.

He continues to throw rocks but every time he bends over to pick more up, the dogs move towards him, slowly getting closer.


Boat

River overflows after torrential rain and floods Maracay, Venezuela

The torrential rains in Maracay caused the overflow of the El Limón river this Wednesday, affecting several cities of the Aragua state

The torrential rains in Maracay caused the overflow of the El Limón river this Wednesday, affecting several cities of the Aragua state in Venezuela, according to reports and videos posted on Twitter.
El Limón river overflowed and flooded in Maracay, Aragua.

Rio El Limón in full flow. This was quite literally the worst thing that could have happened to Venezuela, COVID, no gasoline and now a severe flood.


Fire

At least 23 dead as massive wildfire sweeps through US Western states - California sky turns 'apocalyptic orange'

Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California
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Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California.
The remains of three people were discovered north of Sacramento near the site of a large-scale wildfire, which has left several others seriously injured as rescuers search for 12 missing persons amid the blaze.

Two of the deceased victims were discovered in one location, while the third was found separately, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, noting they had not yet been identified.

Out of 85 missing persons reports filed in relation to the fire, 12 have not yet been located, he added. Several others were severely wounded after being trapped overnight in the inferno, dubbed the 'Bear Fire,' according to CalFire Battalion Chief Sean Norman.

"We were rescuing people most of the night. We had several critical burn injuries of civilians we were able to rescue and bring into the fire station and then get them off the hill," the fire chief said.


Comment: US media is reporting that at least 23 people have died as a result of these wildfires so far.

See also: Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former


Snowflake Cold

September snow blankets parts of 4 US states - up to 17 inches deep

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Casper Wyoming snow
Seventeen inches of snow, 70-degree temperature drops and the earliest snowfall on record were just part of a record September winter blast.

Seventeen inches of snow in Wyoming, the earliest snowfall on record for New Mexico and the earliest flakes in decades for parts of Colorado — these are just a few of the astonishing weather reports coming out of a record-setting September week.

On Wednesday morning, snow was falling over parts of Colorado and 5 million people remained under winter weather alerts across portions of the Northern and Central Rockies. Those in the Denver area woke up to 1 to 4 inches of snow coating trees and grassy surfaces.

A few more inches of snow was possible, mostly at the highest elevations, before the snow was expected to end by afternoon.