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'Unknown source of energy' cooks Tel Aviv sidewalk, residents evacuated

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Tel Aviv municipality has not determined source of the problem that led to two buildings being evacuated, but investigation of the mystery continues
The Tel Aviv municipality on Saturday informed dozens of residents of two apartment buildings in the center of the city that they may return to their homes, days after they were evacuated when the ground suddenly began heating up and emitted steam.

Experts who were called in did not detect any dangerous substances at the site or any risk to the buildings' stability, and the source of the heat was said by the municipality to be "trapped energy" from an unknown source.

The city said it would "continue to monitor the temperature of the ground, which is expected to take a long time to cool, and will continue to look into the causes of the unusual event."

Comment: It remains to be seen just what caused the heating up of the ground but, if it is related to geological phenomena, we may find clues as to what may have happened by looking at events elsewhere:

Cloud Precipitation

3 dead, 3 missing after floods in Bicol and Western Visayas, Philippines - 15,000 families affected

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported flooding in central areas of the country from 01 January 2021 following heavy rain brought by the tail end of a frontal system.

Two fatalities were reported in Bicol Region, where 3 people were also reported missing. One person died in floods in Negros Occidental Province of Western Visayas region.

In Bicol, 1 person died and 3 were missing after floods in Camarines Sur. Another fatality was reported in Sorsogon. As of 02 January, 106 incidents of flooding had been reported across Bicol, along with 24 landslides.

Meanwhile in Western Visayas region, PNA said at least one person died and almost 15,000 families were affected by flash floods caused by heavy rains in four localities in northern Negros Occidental from 01 January 2021.


Floods in Malaysia leave thousands displaced, 1 dead, 1 missing - 14 inches of rain in 72 hours

Public Works Department (JKR) in Malaysia
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Public Works Department (JKR) in Malaysia also reported severe damage to roads after flooding in Gua Musang district in southern Kelantan State.
At least 1 person has died and around 9,000 people displaced after flooding in Johor, Pahang and Terengganu states of Malaysia.

Flooding began on 01 January 2021 after a period of heavy rainfall. This is the fourth spate of flooding in the region since November 2020.

Officials reported 6,706 people across 9 districts in Johor had been rescued and evacuated to safety as of 03 January 2021, according to Malaysia's disaster agency NADMA. The state capital, Johor Bahru, is the worst affected area. The city recorded more than 360 mm of rain in 72 hours to 03 January.

State news agency Bernama reported 1 person died in floods in Johor. Another person is missing feared dead after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters.

Cloud Precipitation

Mudslides, floods across Singapore as treacherous storms bring slippery start to 2021

Mudslides captured on video at Loyang Avenue
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Mudslides captured on video at Loyang Avenue and Outram.
The new year opened with more freak weather for Singapore after nonstop rainfall led to rare landslides and floods across the country over the weekend.

The incidents occurred as weather officials reported a high of 210.6 millimeters of rainfall in Changi over the weekend, with temperatures plunging to 21 degrees Celsius in places including Newton. Mudslides were captured near expressways as well as floods in several places including the 3-kilometer nature park connecting Bishan and Ang Mo Kio.

In the east, piles of mud fell into a drain near the expressway in Loyang Avenue, destroying its railings. More mud slid off a hill next to the Furama Riverfront Hotel in Outram, disrupting its service road. In the west, a landslide in Chua Chu Kang caused a tree to fall and block an expressway.

Snowflake Cold

16.5 inches of snow falls in 24 hours on the Coquihalla Summit, British Columbia

B.C.'s Coquihalla Summit was hammered by a winter storm on Saturday night, prompting a travel advisory, avalanche control, and several motor vehicle accidents.

Environment Canada meteorologist Gary Dickinson said Highway 5 between Hope and Merritt received a whopping 42 cm of snow between Saturday and Sunday morning.

"Freezing levels were around 1,200 metres so the peaks were getting the brunt of the snowfall," he said.

Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass received 15 cm of snow, while 14 cm fell at Allison Pass.

The icy and hazardous conditions prompted B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation to issue a highway travel advisory on the Coquihalla at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The advisory was lifted at around 1 a.m.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall leads to closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Kashmir - 4,500 vehicles stranded by up to 3 feet of snow

Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway
Srinagar: Vehicles remain stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway after it was closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in the Banihal sector in the Ramban district of the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 4, 2021.
Kashmir was cut off from rest of the country on Monday as the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national highway and Mughal road were closed due to snowfall across the valley, leaving nearly 4500 vehicles stranded.

"The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel," an official of the traffic control department said.

He said snow clearance operations were in full swing and efforts were on to restore movement of stranded vehicles along the 260 kilometre road.

The official said nearly 4500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essentials to the valley, are stranded along the highway at various places.

Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for several days due to heavy snowfall in the region.


56 inches of snow at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington in last week with more on the way

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!
Over 4 feet of snow have fallen at Snoqualmie Pass in the past week, and drivers might be warily looking at the forecast that shows more is on the way for the first half of this week as Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect.

Weather spotters with the Washington State Department of Transportation measured 56.5 inches of snow had come down in the pass through Monday morning. For the entire season, the pass was at 190 inches as of Monday morning, and snowpack was running about 115% of normal in the central Cascades.

Stevens Pass wasn't too far behind at 53.5" since Tuesday evening and 219 inches for the year through Sunday morning.

The totals will continue to climb as more snow was falling Monday. A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until midnight Tuesday morning for an additional 5-15 inches of new snow. Another storm Tuesday will add even more.


Man dies after attack by pet stag in County Cork, Ireland

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag
A renowned huntsman died after being attacked and gored by a pet stag.

An investigation is now underway into the freak tragedy in north Cork which claimed the life of the married father of three.

The huntsman - named locally in Liscarroll as Gerard 'Ger' Withers (45) - suffered fatal injuries after he was apparently attacked by the pet stag on Tuesday afternoon.

The tragedy occurred at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in north Cork where the stag had been raised and kept as a pet.


'Blood everywhere': Aggressive squirrels terrorizing, attacking NYC residents for weeks

Some people living in a Queens neighborhood are afraid to leave their homes. That's because there have been several aggressive squirrel attacks over the last few weeks, CBS 2 New York's Hazel Sanchez reported Tuesday.

Micheline Frederick is still bruised. Her bite wounds are healing after she was attacked by a squirrel one week ago. "You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you're like 'Okay, you got a little nib, what's the deal?' But this was ... this was an MMA cage match! And I lost!" Frederick said.

She said the squirrel, totally unprovoked, went after her as she stood on the front stoop of her Rego Park home on 65th Drive. She shared graphic photos of the aftermath.


Boy killed by dogs at kennels in Ivanteevka, Russia

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A young boy in Russia has died in a vicious dog attack after his mother allegedly left him to go and drink vodka with a friend.

The boy's mother has been arrested by Russian police who they suspect abandoned him to see in the New Year on a drinking spree with a pal.

Reports say the unnamed mum-of-three had visited her friend who has a dog kennels in the town of Ivanteevka in the Moscow Oblast region on December 31.

Police have not publically named the mother and her child, but officers are referring to the boy only by his first name of Maxim.

A statement released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation on the Moscow region said that the mother and the owner of the kennel had left the children to feed the dogs.