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Giant cracks appear in road in Tianjin, China

Giant cracks in a road have sparked chaos in China as thousands of residents are evacuated over fears that their teetering skyscrapers will come tumbling down.

Cracks as wide as a fist broke through the road surfaces near a residential complex in the city of Tianjin in northern China, causing panic on social media.

Some 3899 residents in at least three 25-floor buildings had been evacuated to nearby hotels as of Saturday, the district media said in a social media post.


Tornado in Budapest, Hungary settlements washed away by heavy rain - 1.7 inches in half an hour

The tornado in Óbuda, Budapest on 6 June.

The tornado in Óbuda, Budapest on 6 June.
By Tuesday evening, a wave of thunderstorms reached the region of Budapest.

On Aranyhegy in Óbuda, at around 8:15 PM, a non-mesocyclonic tornado formed from one of the thunderstorm clouds.

Meanwhile, there was heavy rainfall in several other settlements in Hungary, with minor flooding in several places.

Cloud Precipitation

'Dragon boat water' lashes southwest China, shatters rainfall record - 24.2 inches in 24 hours

Rescue workers evacuate stranded residents on a flooded street following heavy rainfall in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, Jun 8, 2023.
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Rescue workers evacuate stranded residents on a flooded street following heavy rainfall in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, Jun 8, 2023.
Non-stop heavy rain lashed parts of southwest China on Friday, triggering floods in some cities, engulfing roads and partially submerging buildings, with precipitation at a major port city shattering a national record.

A particularly harsh first bout of summer rains known locally as "dragon boat water" saw Beihai in the Guangxi region log 614.7 millimetres (24.2 inches) of precipitation over 24 hours as of 5:00 a.m. (2100 GMT) on Friday, according to the region's weather bureau.

That was more than a third of the rainfall seen in a typical year by the port city, and surpassed the national record of 552.5 mm seen by Zhengzhou in central China in a single day in 2021.

In Beihai, cars were half underwater in flooded streets, and at one multi-storey building water cascaded down a staircase as firefighters raced to rescue its residents, videos circulating on social media showed.


Tornado with up to 100 mph winds touched down in Central Florida, damaging homes, NWS confirms

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down Wednesday evening in Central Florida, traveling roughly a mile, damaging up to 50 homes in its path.

After surveying the damage on Thursday, the NWS said the tornado touched down close to the Lighthouse Landing subdivision in South Patrick Shores, a coastal community in Brevard County, and traveled east-northeast for nearly a mile, before moving offshore and eventually out to the Atlantic Ocean.

The tornado touched down at 5:19 p.m. and was on the ground for approximately five minutes, the NWS said, citing preliminary information. At its peak, its estimated that the tornado had maximum sustained winds between 90 and 100 mph and was up to 300-yards wide.

Cloud Precipitation

Iran - Severe weather ravages multiple provinces resulting in fatalities and damage

Iranian Red Crescent teams carried out rescues
© Iranian Red Crescent.
Iranian Red Crescent teams carried out rescues and evacuations in flooded areas of Iran in June 2023.
A period of severe weather has caused fatalities and damage to homes, infrastructure and livestock in various regions of Iran over the last few days, with floods reported in several provinces.

The Iranian Red Crescent has been actively assisting flood-affected communities in 13 provinces throughout the country, focusing on Isfahan, Tehran, Semnan, Zanjan, Qazvin, and East Azerbaijan.

The Ardestan district in Isfahan Province witnessed devastating floods that claimed the lives of at least four individuals. Additionally, 9 people sustained injuries, 2 were reported missing and at least 15 houses were destroyed due to the deluge.


Russian citizen killed in shark attack in Egypt's Hurghada - 6th fatality globally so far in 2023

A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada
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A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada
A Russian citizen was killed in a shark attack near a beach at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Russia's Consulate General in the city and two Egyptian security sources said on Thursday.

Egypt's Environment Ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook that a tiger shark was responsible for the death of a beachgoer, without giving details of the victim.

A team from the ministry and other authorities was able to capture the shark, the statement said, adding that local authorities had issued a ban on swimming, snorkelling and other water sports activities on several beaches near the attack site.


Comment: This was the 6th fatal attack so far in 2023, the others: See also: Shark attacks rose worldwide in 2021 - and 64% of bites occurred in the U.S.


Philippines evacuates people near Mayon Volcano, where more unrest indicates an eruption is coming

Philippines Mayon Volcano
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Philippines Mayon Volcano
Philippine troops, police and rescue workers began forcibly evacuating residents near Mayon Volcano on Friday as its increasing unrest indicated a violent eruption of one of the country's most active volcanoes is possible within weeks or days.

The area within a 6-kilometer (3.7-mile) radius of Mayon's crater is supposed to be off-limits due to possible volcanic emissions, lava flows, rockfalls and other hazards. But many poor villagers have built houses and tended farms in Mayon's danger zone over the years.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said an evacuation of residents from the permanent danger zone was underway and promised to provide aid to the displaced until the crisis ended.

"Right now, what we are doing is preparing and moving people away from the area so that, should the time come, I hope it doesn't happen...we're ready," Marcos told reporters. "But unfortunately science tells us that may happen because the lid or the cap on top of the lava is slowly rising."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 5 in Tripura, India


A lightning strike. (File)
Two farmers were killed and five others injured after being hit by lightning as several districts of Tripura witnessed heavy rains on Thursday, officials said.

Officials said that Shailendra Reang, 33 and Badal Dey, 60 were killed at Devipur in south Tripura and at Golaghati in Sepahijala district, respectively, after being hit by lightning while working in their paddy fields.

Five other farmers were also injured in Golaghati and taken to hospital.



Tornado touches down east of Fort Stockton, Texas - 6/2/2023


Raw footage of the tornado east of Fort Stockton, Texas today.

Comment: More footage:

Tornado with flying debris just east of Fort Stockton, Texas. Wide and close views of tornado with flying debris

Shot Description

00:00 - Wide shot of the tornado on the ground.
00:09 - Close up shot of the tornado on the ground.
00:18 - Pull back shot of the tornado from the tight shot to show how large it is with foreground scenes.
00:31 - Tight shot of the tornado on the ground with a huge debris collar around it with debris in the air.
00:45 - Ultra wide shot of the tornado on the ground.
01:10 - Medium shot of the tornado on the ground.


Wild elephant kills two in Jharkhand, India

Two died while one sustained injuries after a wild elephant attacked them while picking mango in an orchard.

The incident took place at Pakut, a village about 80km from Jharkhand state capital under the Kamdara police station area of Gumla district.

The deceased were identified as Motro Singh and Juhi Kumari while the injured as Bandhana Swansi.

The Forest department team reached the spot. Injured were referred to the Khunti Hospital.

A local resident informed that an elephant suddenly reached the orchard and before everyone could run, the wild elephant attacked them.

"Singh was killed on the spot. Juhi Kumari sustained injuries in the attack and was declared dead when taken to Primary Health Centre. Swasi, a resident of Pakut village, has been referred to Khunti Hospital in critical condition, where she is being treated," the villager said.