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Two pit bulls kill 72-year-old owner in Mandeville, Louisiana

PIT BULL ATTACK
A 72-year-old woman was attacked by her two pit bulls on Thursday at her home near Mandeville. She died later from her injuries.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the call at around 2: 15 p.m. in the 600 block of Chereuil Street.

"This is very sad," Sheriff Randy Smith said. "My thoughts and prayers go out the victim's family and to the neighbor who was injured trying to help her. I also thank the deputies who responded and provided medical care in an effort to try and save this woman's life."

After neighbors reported the attack, police arrived on the scene, where the attack was still happening.

Cloud Precipitation

Summer hailstorm blankets Colorado, creates "hail river"

hail river
A summer hailstorm rolled through Colorado Friday (June 26) causing cars to slide off the road, flooding streets and creating a "river of hail."

A stormy Friday afternoon led to some amazing footage of a road flooding with hail in Castle Rock. The footage, caught by Stan Gilliland and shared by Denver 7 was right outside Gilliland's front door. The intense storm set off national weather alerts, caused damage and sent cars sliding off the road.


Windsock

Saharan dust cloud cloaks U.S. Gulf Coast in choking haze

HOUSTON DUST
What's been called the most significant dust cloud in 50 years has now shrouded the U.S. Gulf Coast in a thick, dusty haze. The dust layer, which originated in the Sahara desert and drifted across the Atlantic, is forecast to continue moving north and east through the weekend, impacting areas from Texas and Florida all the way up to as far north as the Canadian border.

For most people, the dust will merely be a nuisance, but for many who have breathing issues the extra particulates in the atmosphere can cause complications. The timing couldn't be much worse, considering that a recent Harvard study shows that long-term exposure to fine particles of pollution in the air, much like dust, may be linked to higher rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.


Health

Boy recovering from shark attack off Homestead, Florida

When 7-year-old Jacob was bitten by what his mother believes was a bull shark, he didn’t shed a tear, despite wounds that required 19 stitches.
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When 7-year-old Jacob was bitten by what his mother believes was a bull shark, he didn’t shed a tear, despite wounds that required 19 stitches.
A 7-year-old Florida boy received 19 stitches after he was bitten in the leg by what his mother believes may have been a bull shark on a trip to the beach.

The 7-year-old, only identified as Jacob, sustained three wounds to his leg Monday after he says he went into the water at Homestead Bayfront Park in Homestead, Florida, and an animal bit him.

"All we saw was the blood coming down," said Jacob's mother, only identified as Ethel.

Ethel says when Jacob was attacked, he didn't shed a tear. Lifeguards quickly gave him medical attention, and he was then taken to the hospital, where he got 19 stitches.

"He was cool, calm and collect[ed]. I, on the other hand, was a mess," Ethel said.

Attention

Rare Right Whale found dead off New Jersey coast

Federal authorities say the carcass of a critically endangered species of whale was found floating off the coast of New Jersey.

A dead North Atlantic right whale is seen off the coast of Long Island, New York in Sept. 2019.
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A dead North Atlantic right whale is seen off the coast of Long Island, New York in Sept. 2019.
The whale was a North Atlantic right whale and it was found on Thursday.

The whales number only about 400, and have suffered high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the whale was found floating off the coast of Elberon, N.J.

The agency and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center are working on performing a necropsy of the animal to determine how it died.

Source: AP

Question

Bearded seal from the Arctic is the Montreal area's latest unusual visitor

A bearded seal is the latest marine mammal to be spotted in the St-Lawrence River

A bearded seal is the latest marine mammal to be spotted in the St-Lawrence River
Just a few weeks after the death of the stray humpback whale who enchanted Montrealers, a bearded seal has made its way to the area.

Originally from the arctic, the mammal was spotted Tuesday at the Bo-Bi-No marina in Laval, the city directly north of Montreal.

"We see them every year in Trois-Rivières but in Montreal, not for this species," said Marie-Ève Muller from the province's marine mammal research group (GREMM). "This is the first time."


Tornado2

2 tornadoes hit East Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The vehicle that went missing from a parking lot along One Calais Avenue was found in the middle of I-10 following severe storms Wednesday morning.

The vehicle that went missing from a parking lot along One Calais Avenue was found in the middle of I-10 following severe storms Wednesday morning.
The National Weather Service says two confirmed twisters touched down in East Baton Rouge Wednesday.

Along I-10 near Essen Lane, the National Weather Service found damage consistent with high end EF-1 with estimated winds at 110 mph. The path length is believed to have been 3.5 miles in length and 100 yards wide.

The most significant damage was in the vicinity of Ammon Staffing Building along I-10, where there was partial roof collapse and a vehicle tossed onto the interstate.


Windsock

Sahara dust storm hits Torreón, Mexico

dust storm
Sahara dust storm hits Torreón, Coahuila - Mexico, June 24, 2020.


Comment: Related: Most intense Saharan dust cloud in 50 years hits the Caribbean


Boat

At least 5 killed by more floods in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire - 9 inches of rainfall in 5 hours

Floods in Abidjan District, Cote D’Ivoire, 25 June 2020.
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Floods in Abidjan District, Cote D’Ivoire, 25 June 2020.
At least 5 people have died and one is missing after flash flooding in Abidjan District, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), 25 June 2020 after 240mm of rain fell in a few hours. More heavy rain is forecast over the next 2 days.

Civil Protection said several roads have been cut and houses damaged. Images shared on Social Media showed upturned cars that had been dragged through streets and residents taking refuge on roofs or clinging to walls and trees.

Firefighters responded to several calls for assistance, mostly in the suburb of Cocody which was among the worst hit areas. Police reported they rescued or evacuated 36 people in several areas of the Abidjan district.

According to figures from the country's meteorological office SODEXAM, Cocody recorded 240.8 mm of rain and Abobo 146.4 in a period 24 to 25 June.


Cloud Lightning

World record longest lightning flash of 440 miles confirmed

Lightning rips through the night sky above Boulder, Colorado, in this file photo. New world records for lightning length and duration have been confirmed, the World Meteorological Organization said on June 25, 2020.

Lightning rips through the night sky above Boulder, Colorado, in this file photo. New world records for lightning length and duration have been confirmed, the World Meteorological Organization said on June 25, 2020.
A new world record lightning strike of 440 miles has been confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, according to a Thursday announcement.

The "megaflash" traveled that distance over parts of southern Brazil on Oct. 31, 2018, the WMO said. This is equivalent to the distance between Washington, DC, and Boston.

In addition to the longest flash in terms of distance, a world record for longest lightning strike in terms of time was also announced: A single flash lasted 16.73 seconds over northern Argentina on March 4, 2019.

"These are extraordinary records from single lightning flash events," said Arizona State University Professor Randall Cerveny, chief rapporteur of Weather and Climate Extremes for the WMO, in a statement. "Environmental extremes are living measurements of what nature is capable, as well as scientific progress in being able to make such assessments.

"It is likely that even greater extremes still exist, and that we will be able to observe them as lightning detection technology improves," he said.