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Irma's storm water causes massive washout in Apopka, Florida

Storm water from Hurricane Irma has caused a massive washout situation in Apopka.

It happened behind Apopka Memorial Middle School, eating up a section of the West Orange Trail. It is located north of Votaw Road and south of McCoy Village Court.

Residents are urged to stay away from the immediate area.

Arrow Down

Large sinkholes open in The Villages, Florida in wake of Hurricane Irma

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This sinkhole opened up on the Jacaranda Nine at Cane Garden Country Club.
Two large sinkholes opened up in The Villages in the wake of a brutal pounding from Hurricane Irma.

One of the sinkholes opened up off Markridge Loop by Hole #3 of the Jacaranda nine at Cane Garden Country Club.

A second sinkhole, estimated to be 30-feet wide and 12-feet deep opened up in the Villages of Santiago.
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This sinkhole opened up in the Village of Santiago.


Dead whale found on beach in Keta, Ghana

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The Tettekope beach in Keta in the Volta Region is the site of a rare scene as a dead whale washed ashore on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

It is unclear what might have led to the death of the whale, but a Chief fisherman in the locality, Seth Kedey, told Cififmonlin.com that the mammal could have been hit by a large vessel.

Reports indicate that a Wildlife Officer in the Keta Municipality, Abdul Karim Fuseini, said the whale was about 39 feet long and 16 feet in height.

"The residents who were amazed at the sight of the dead whale, employed various means to draw much closer to catch a glimpse of it," reports news portal Citifmonline.com


Enormous dead turtle found washed up on Spanish beach

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A giant sea turtle measuring up to two meters (6ft 7in) in length washed up dead on a Spanish beach, Tuesday. The leatherback - the largest of all living turtles - was found in Calella on the Costa del Maresme in the province of Barcelona.

Video footage shows an excavator being used to remove the huge creature.

This is the second such find within a month on the Catalan coast, according to La Vanguardia.

In August fishermen came across a leatherback, also known as a lute turtle, tangled in their nets. Authorities say the species, which can weigh up to 700kg (1,500lb), is rare in Catalonia.

Department of Agriculture officials said this particular creature was in an advanced state of decomposition, reports Radio Calella.


'Astounding' increase in dolphin strandings in 2016 observed for Cornwall, UK; 20 times more than in 2015

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Common dolphin found on Polkirt beach
A worrying increase in dolphin deaths has been observed in Cornwall in the last year, a report has revealed.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust's 2016 Marine Strandings Network (MSN) report, which has been released today, shows an 'astounding' 50% increase in cetacean deaths in 2016 compared with 2015.

Cetaceans include dolphins, porpoises and whales.

The report shows that a total of 205 animals stranded in Cornwall in 2016, compared with only 10 in 2015, which is more than 20 times more from one year to the other.

Amongst the 205 recorded, 113 were short-beaked common dolphins and 61 were harbour porpoises.


Dead humpback whale found floating off Anchorage, Alaska

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A dead humpback whale was spotted near the Port of Anchorage in Cook Inlet on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
With a dead humpback whale floating near the Port of Anchorage, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday the agency will "let nature take its course."

NOAA has received reports about the whale's body every day since Saturday evening, said Julie Speegle, of NOAA's Alaska regional office.

"So we are well aware of this dead humpback whale," she said.

Speegle said biologists don't know the age of the whale or its cause of death or its exact size, but they do know it was a male.

Eye 2

Cobra found with smaller snake stuck in its nostril in Belagavi, India

A snake rescuer called to remove a cobra from a businessman's property in India made an unusual discovery -- a smaller snake stuck in the serpent's nostril.

Anand Chitti, a snake rescuer in the city of Belagavi, said a local businessman summoned him Sept. 11 to some industrial land, where a cobra had been sighted.

Chitti filmed the rescue as he dug through a pile of bricks to reach the snake.

The cobra, once extracted from its hiding place, was found to have a blind worm snake -- the smallest species of snake in India -- stuck inside its nose.

"I have caught 14,000 snakes till now and had never seen anything strange like that," Chitti said.

Cloud Lightning

New York family witness rare ball lightning pass through their home

A Tioga County family says they had an incredible and mysterious encounter with a rare form of lightning in a recent thunderstorm.

"I saw light whiz past my head and my grandmother looked up and saw this giant ball just explode over the fan blades," said 11-year-old Alannah Reeves, who experienced the ball lightning first hand.

"Something comes past us and goes up to the ceiling fan and I look up and there's this ball of yellow lightning," said Jane Wright, Alannah's grandmother who also witnessed the phenomena.

They say they saw lightning that looked like a yellow, soccer ball sized orb called Ball Lightning.

Comment: Just two days prior to this report, ball lightning passed through the home of UK pensioner.

See also: A new theory in the ball lightning mystery

Cloud Lightning

Puerto Rico braces for Hurricane Maria, potentially the most catastrophic storm to strike the country in a century

As residents of Puerto Rico brace for Hurricane Maria -- which slammed into the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm Monday night -- Puerto Rico's governor is calling the storm "the biggest and potentially most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century."

Maria, which has left at least two dead in the Caribbean, is forecast to "remain an extremely dangerous Category 4 or 5 hurricane" as it approaches Puerto Rico early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Maria could bring life-threatening flooding and mudslides, as well as a 6- to 9-foot storm surge, to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Dangerous flash flooding and mudslides are also possible, especially in mountainous regions in Puerto Rico.

As of 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Maria's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 160 mph, but it remained a Category 5 storm. Maria's maximum sustained winds had been as high as 175 mph during the day Tuesday. It was located 35 miles west of St. Croix and 70 miles southeast of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. The storm is expected to reach the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning.

Better Earth

Current Arctic sea ice extent is the eighth lowest on record

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I called the Arctic sea-ice turn upwards a few days ago here. From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER and the "you could also say 31st highest on record" department.

End-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent is eighth lowest on record.

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder have reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC and NASA showed that at 1.79 million square miles (4.64 million square kilometers), this year's Arctic sea ice minimum extent is the eighth lowest in the consistent long-term satellite record, which began in 1978.