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A year of extremes: Bushfire-ravaged towns in Australia now hit by severe floods

Sussex Inlet floods
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A massive low pressure system off Australia's east coast brought 120km/h winds overnight and dumped more than 180mm of rain across several areas (pictured, Sussex Inlet on Monday)
Coastal towns ravaged by unrelenting bushfires just six months ago are now suffering severe floods after days of wild weather.

A low pressure system off Australia's east coast brought 120km/h winds overnight and dumped more than 180mm of rain across several areas of New South Wales.

Dramatic pictures captured the extent of severe flooding, which forced some residents to evacuate and left about 14,500 homes and businesses without power.

The towns in Shoalhaven, on the NSW south coast, had only just began recovering from the bushfires, which left hundreds homeless.

'It's been a shocker. It's terrible we have to go through this all over again,' Shoalhaven City Mayor Amanda Findley told Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday.

'This is actually our second flood since the bushfires.

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Continuing storms and flooding in Taif, Saudi Arabia

Continued heavy rain causes flooding in Taif, Saudi Arabia. July 27, 2020.

Comment: Just 3 days prior: Summer storm and flooding in Taif, Saudi Arabia


Snow hung on at Mount Rainier, Washington about 10 days later than a usual summer

The snow is now gone from Paradise Ranger Station
© Mt. Rainier National Park
The snow is now gone from Paradise Ranger Station
The last remnants of winter are finally gone from Paradise Ranger Station with the official "snow melt out" being declared last week on July 21.

The snowpack is considered gone when less than 2 inches of water equivalent snow are observed at the weather station, which sits at 5,400 feet along Mt. Rainier National Park.

The July 21 meltout is later than the typical date of July 11th, though the past 40 years the average meltout date was around July 13th, according to research meteorologist Mark Albright.

The snow has melted out as early as May 24th in 1941 (and it was May 27 in the ultra mild winter of 2015) and as late as August 25th in 1974.

Long range forecasts are trending toward a possible La Nina winter which would give high odds of an above-normal snowpack and that the snow will hang out at Paradise next summer beyond its usual meltout date as well.

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About 36 people dead in Pakistan as torrential rain causes flash floods

A man is stranded in a stormwater drainage flow along the Lyari River, in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 26, 2020.
© Reuters
A man is stranded in a stormwater drainage flow along the Lyari River, in Karachi, Pakistan, on July 26, 2020.
About 36 people are reported to have died after torrential rain triggered flash floods and urban flooding in Pakistan.

An emergency has been imposed at hospitals across Karachi, where paramilitary forces are helping traffic police in rescuing commuters amid traffic jams, flooding of roads and destruction of infrastructure.

"We were stuck in homes this Sunday as people shared videos of motorcycles and even cars being swept away in strong floods. Several people were injured by tiles falling from high buildings," Mansha Noor, executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan Karachi, told UCA News.

"The frontline volunteers of our disaster management committees (DMCs) continued rescue efforts during heavy rains and helped in saving people and their belongings in low-lying areas."

Cloud Lightning

Two brothers killed in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh, India

Two brothers were killed when they were struck by lightning in a village in Chhattisgarhs Jashpur district on Tuesday, police said.

The incident took place around 11 am when the victims, identified as Janku Sai (29) and his brother Janak Sai (25), were sowing paddy saplings in their field in Dumariya village under the Farsabahar police station area, a local police official said.

While they were working in the field, heavy rainfall started following which they took shelter under a nearby tree where lightning struck, killing the duo on the spot, he said.

A case has been registered and compensation will be provided to the family of the deceased as per government norms, the official added.

Source: PTI

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Tragedy on the football field as 2 female footballers killed by lightning strikes in Mexico

File Photo
© Marcos Brindicci
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A women's soccer league match in Mexico ended in tragedy as two players were killed by lightning, while three others required treatment for severe burns and other injuries.

The game, which took place in Mexico's Tlahuac municipality on Monday, was interrupted by heavy rainfall after halftime.

The players were ordered to leave the field, but five footballers returned to retrieve the ball. Tragically, lightning struck the pitch just as they stepped onto the grass.

The five women were immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where two of them died. The three others suffered second-degree burns, and were reported to be in a stable condition.

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At least 11 people die in lightning strikes in West Bengal, India

At least 11 people died and four others injured in lightning strikes in West Bengal's Bankura, Purba Bardhaman and Howrah districts on Monday, as thunderstorms affected parts of the southern areas of the state, official sources said.

Five people each died in Bankura and Purba Bardhaman, and one person in Howrah district.

In Bankura, two persons, including a woman, died in Onda and Bankura Sadar police station areas when lightning struck the fields where they were working, sources said.

Two others also died in Onda area, and another one in Gangajalghati.

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Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir, California

Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir over the weekend
Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir over the weekend
A 47-year-old man is dead after he was struck by lightning over the weekend.

According to officials, Eugene Arao and his son were on a jet ski on Saturday, July 25 when lightning struck them at Stampede Reservoir west of Reno.

Authorities say the Arao's son was also injured as a result of the strike.

The National Weather Service in Reno would like to remind you, "when thunder rolls, get indoors."

Arao's death marks the 9th lightning-related fatality in the United States this year.

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German tourist dies after being struck by lightning in Romania's Rodnei Mountains

A German tourist died after being struck by lightning while hiking in Romania's Rodnei Mountains, Stiri.tvr.ro reported.

He was part of a larger group of German tourists, who descended from the mountains this morning, July 28.

Mountain rescuers from two counties were dispatched to help save the tourists, who were caught in a storm, in an area without any shelters. They had set out on a hike on Saturday, July 25.

A doctor who was part of the group tried to help the 32-year old German tourist hit by lightning but could not save him.

The body of the victim was brought to the Bistrița morgue.


Seismologists register magnitude 6.1 earthquake off Alaskan coast

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has been registered off the coast of the US state of Alaska, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed on Tuesday.

The earthquake was detected by the USGS at 08:03 GMT on Tuesday, with its epicentre 41 miles to the southwest of Sand Point, a town with roughly 1,000 residents.

There have been no tsunami warnings or advisories posted in the region following the earthquake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tsunami warning system.