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Huge sinkhole swallows two cars after opening up in Shanxi, China

A huge sinkhole opened up on a road in northern China's Lvliang, swallowing two cars. In the video, filmed on September 11, two cars can be seen upside-down inside a 50-metre-long and 10-metre-wide sinkhole as water poured in from the road. According to the witness, people in the two cars have been evacuated and no one was injured. The case is being investigated, reports said.

Comment: Another similar recent incident in the same country: Huge sinkhole swallows taxi after opening up on Chinese road


Hippo kills fisherman in Lake Naivasha, Kenya - 11th such death for the locality this year

A colleague managed to escape while the casualty had his body cut in half.

A fisherman was yesterday killed by a hippo in Lake Naivasha, bringing to 11, the number of those killed in similar manner this year.

Fishermen and stakeholders near the lake have expressed concerns over the rising number hippos, noting it was time their population was reduced.

In the latest case, the fisherman was in the company of a colleague in the lake when the lone animal attacked them.

During the incident near Karagita beach, the colleague managed to escape while the casualty had his body cut in half.

Road Cone

Torrential rain inundates Valencia region of Spain for second month in a row - Two dead as storm washes away hundreds of cars, spawns tornadoes

flooding valencia spain
Torrential rain that has been falling in Spain's Mediterranean area left two people dead today in Caudete, a municipality in Albacete, in the Valencia region. Although they were originally reported to be a married couple, the latest reports by government officials describe them as a brother and sister aged 61 and 51. The victims' car was dragged along by flooding, according to a tweet from the 112 emergency services.

The extreme weather has caused flooding in other parts of Valencia, as well as in Murcia and Castile-La Mancha. The Clariano river in Ontinyent, a village in Valencia, has also burst its banks, requiring 40 people to be rescued and 150 evacuated from their homes.

A small tornado formed at around three in the morning on Dénia's Raset beach, in Alicante province, damaging the municipal sports center and ripping up trees, traffic signs and roofs. Winds of 104 kilometers per hour were recorded.

Comment: Here's one of the tornadoes, which touched down outside the city of Alicante this morning:

The same front produced an equally spectacular storm over the Balearic Islands yesterday:

This happened in the same region a month ago:

Flash-floods in Valencia Region, Spain after 40mm of rain in less than 1 hour

This happened in the same region in April this year:

The worst April storm in 73 years hits Costa Blanca, Spain - Cities of Valencia and Alicante flooded


Early snowfall in Norilsk, Russia

There were videos on the network filmed by the residents of Norilsk on September 11.

Snow-covered streets are visible on frames - this is a common occurrence for a northern city in the middle of the first autumn month. However, due to the strong wind that accompanies the cooling, a storm warning was announced in Norilsk.

According to experts, the season of snowstorms here usually begins in late October.


First snow of the season falls on Colorado's highest peaks

First snow of 2019 at Loveland Ski Area
© Loveland Ski Area
First snow of 2019 at Loveland Ski Area
While Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, it's not actually fall yet — but in Colorado, the mountains appear to have jumped straight into winter.

A late-summer cold front Wednesday night was expected to bring thunderstorms and a light dusting of snow to mountains areas above 10,000 feet, CBS Denver reported. And sure enough, on Thursday, some Coloradans did wake up to snow, but only ones who were up high enough. Snow was spotted at Arapaho Basin, which shared photos of the delicate dusting.

Cloud Lightning

College student struck by lightning in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina has died

A Columbia University student from Northern Virginia has died, weeks after being struck by lightning in Kitty Hawk.

Matt Summerill, 23, was swimming with friends Aug. 23 when he was struck in the back by a lightning bolt, according to police and a GoFundMe account set up to cover medical costs.

Summerill had been hospitalized at a trauma center in Greenville since the accident and in a medically-induced coma, the GoFundMe page said.

"He was in the water near shore, throwing a frisbee with two friends, when a lightning bolt came out of the clear blue sky and struck him in the lower back," organizer Cameron Blount wrote. "His two friends collected themselves and realized Matthew was facedown in the water. They took him to shore and started performing CPR, and the lifeguard rushed an oxygen tank to him right away. Medical services took over soon after and after over an hour of more CPR got him to where they could move him, but not in a HelEvac because by that point the storm had moved in."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 people, severely injures 2 in Uganda

Lightning has struck dead four people at Kyashamiro Trading Centre, Rutenga Sub County in Kanungu District, leaving two others with severe injuries.

Mr Moses Atuheire, an eyewitness, said the incident occurred on Wednesday evening at around 05.00pm during a heavy downpour that lasted for about three hours.

Mr Elly Maate, the Kigezi regional police spokesperson confirmed the incident, identifying the deceased as; Hebert Kanyonyi,38, Byamukama Binyonyi,40, Avitus Niwamanya,20, and Fred Akandwanaho, 13.

Comment: Elsewhere in Africa recently lightning killed 2 in Kenya on September 7.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods kill at least 14 in southern Laos, hundreds of thousands displaced

At least 14 people have died and at least one is missing as floods ravage Laos' six southern provinces, stretching government relief capacity, authorities and residents said Wednesday.

Tropical storm Podul and tropical depression Kajiki slammed into the area one after the other last week, dumping and estimated 40 centimeters of rain in parts of southern Laos.

Flooding has affected the lives of 572,000 people and caused considerable damage to buildings and farmland, according to estimates by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance.

Hundreds of schools have been closed as 102,000 people have been displaced and 150,000 hectares of farmland have been lost. Many roads are inaccessible and at least 37 houses have been damaged as well.

Comment: Many provinces in Laos suffering after severe widespread flooding


Early snow covers Wyoming's high country

Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson is a winter wonderland after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson is a winter wonderland after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019.
It's still officially summer according to the Farmer's Almanac , but you wouldn't know it looking at pictures from some of Wyoming's higher elevations.

The National Weather Service in Riverton posted a still from a WYDOT webcam showing a good amount of snow at Togwotee Pass between Dubois and Jackson on Wednesday afternoon.

In Jackson Hole, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort gleefully posted video and photos on social media of the first snow of the season, which started on Wednesday morning.

Cloud Precipitation

West Africa: Flood death toll rises in Niger, homes destroyed in Nigeria, hundreds displaced in Chad

Flooding in Borno state, Nigeria, affected displacement camps, August 2019.
© Norwegian Refugee Council
Flooding in Borno state, Nigeria, affected displacement camps, August 2019.
Further flooding has been reported in parts of Nigeria, adding to the long list of flood events that have affected countries in west and north west Africa over the last few weeks.

Meanwhile the death toll from flooding in Niger has increased, while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) report that flooding in Chad has displaced hundreds of families.

Other countries of the region have also seen major flooding over the last few weeks, including in Mali and Mauritania, along with Central African Republic and further north, Algeria and Morocco.