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May snowstorm delivers over 2 feet of Californian snowfall in 24 hours

The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
The Palisades, Sunday 5 May, 2024
A massive May snowfall has delivered over two feet of snowfall in 24 hours to the Lake Tahoe region.

A winter storm warning has been in force and some key roads in the region were closed for a time or required vehicles to have snow chains as a result of one of the heaviest snowstorms of the season.

The Palisades, one of the ski areas still open in California, reported 26" (65cm) of fresh snowfall in 24 hours at the weekend.

The snowfall was driven in on gale force winds, but resulted in deep snow conditions for skiers and riders on Sunday.


Fin whale washes up along beach in Delaware near Indian River Inlet

Beached fin whale at Delaware Seashore State Park
A whale washed up along the beach in Delaware near the Indian River Inlet on Sunday, the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute said.

The MERR Institute said the mammal is a "fin whale," which is the second-largest whale species on earth, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The mammal is about 50 feet long, the MERR Institute said.

According to the MERR Institute, the whale was "extremely emaciated," which means it was suffering from a "long-term underlying condition."

Fin whales are an off-shore species, according to the MERR Institute, and "would not normally come near shore unless they are becoming so weak that they can no longer surface to breathe."

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30-foot deep sinkhole opens up in Dallas County, Texas

deep sinkhole opens up in Dallas County
Deep sinkhole opens up in Dallas County
Dallas County Sheriff's Traffic Deputies have been called to a massive sinkhole in the southern part of the county.

The department responded to a traffic hazard call on Malloy Bridge Road, about a half mile east of I-45.

Crews said a 10-foot portion of the road had fallen, leaving a massive hole in the ground.

The Sheriff's Office says the hole is 30-feet deep.

SKY 4 spotted another hole off the side of the road nearby.

Crews are currently in the area and blocked off.

There is a detour in the area.

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Lightning kills mother and daughter duo in Assam, India

In a tragic incident, a mother-daughter duo were killed when a lightning struck them in Assam's Barpeta district on Sunday.

The deceased were identified as Momiron Nessa(60) and her daughter Joshna Khatun (20).

According to locals, they were sitting outside their home in Saorachara village of Barpeta when the lightning struck.

They were immediately rushed to the nearby medical facility in serious condition, but the duo succumbed to their injuries.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.2 jolts Indonesia

A magnitude 6.2 quake struck off Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said.

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the Ceram Sea near the coast of Maluku, Indonesia, in the early morning of Monday, May 6, 2024 at 3.33 am local time (Asia/Jayapura GMT +9). The quake had a very shallow depth of 29 km (18 mi) and was reported felt by some people near the epicenter.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Manipur in India struck by massive hailstorm

Manipur: Hail storm causes extensive damage in Imphal
Manipur: Hail storm causes extensive damage in Imphal
A heavy downpour accompanied by a cyclonic hailstorm struck Manipur at around 1.30 pm on Sunday (May 5), leaving behind a trail of destruction in the Northeast state.

The hailstorm that lasted for nearly 15 minutes caused extensive damage to homes and uprooted trees in the Imphal valley. The hailstorm was so intense that it left parts of the valley covered with 4-5 inches of hail.

The downpour led to several roads in the Imphal city being waterlogged. An uprooted tree fell on an auto rickshaw damaging it partially.

Dozens of birds were seen lying dead on the streets due to the impact of the hailstorm.

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Heavy hailstorms hit some regions of Armenia

Heavy hailstorms were observed today in Nor Artagers and a number of other villages in Armavir Marz. Gagik Surenyan, Deputy Director of the "Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Centre" SNCO of the Ministry of Environment of Armenia reported and published a video.

Users published photos and videos in comments, in which they reported that strong hailstorms were also observed in the villages of Tandzut, Katnakhpyur, Vanand, Talin, and others.

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Flooding in Iran affects 21 provinces

Recent flooding in Iran
Recent flooding in Iran
Heavy rainfalls have led to significant flooding across 21 regions in Iran, affecting residential areas and agricultural lands.

According to the Red Crescent's emergency response organization, the floods have sparked a crisis that spans much of the country.

The Meteorological Organization of Iran warned of a new wave of precipitation starting Sunday and spreading to multiple regions.

The latest natural tragedy comes after mid-April's rainfall which caused severe flooding and waterlogging in Sistan-Baluchestan province, destroying dozens of villages and disrupting utilities for at least 300 others.

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Landslides, floods sweep Indonesia's South Sulawesi, killing 15 people

Indonesia's disaster management agency says 115 people were evacuated to mosques or relatives' homes and more than 1,300 families were affected by the latest floods and landslides
© Wajo Regional Disaster Management AgencyIndonesia's disaster management agency says 115 people were evacuated to mosques or relatives' homes and more than 1,300 families were affected by the latest floods and landslides
Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province have killed at least 15 people after dozens of homes were swept away and roads damaged, the country's disaster management agency said.

Indonesia is prone to landslides during the rainy season, which began in January, with the problem aggravated in some areas by deforestation, and prolonged downpours caused floods in parts of the country that comprises 17,000 islands.

The landslides struck Luwu regency in South Sulawesi on Friday, said Abdul Muhari, spokesperson of Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), in a statement on Saturday.


21-tonne giant whale shark washes up on shore in Kerala, India

Beachgoers were left amazed after a giant whale washed up on a beach in India's Kerala, a video of which went viral on social media.

The video, shared on Instagram by an account titled Vlogettan, showed people gathered around a giant whale shark carcass that washed up on the shore.

The sea creature reportedly weighed around 21 tonnes as two heavy machinery were used to move it back to the sea.

In the viral video, the whale appeared to be alive at first, however, it was later pronounced dead as the rescue workers struggled to relocate the carcass.