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Peru death toll rises to five in forest fire in Apurimac, Peru

The death toll in the forest fire raging in the southern Peruvian department of Apurimac has risen to five following the discovery of two new bodies, according to the latest official toll.

The head of the Social Health Insurance (EsSalud) network in Aymaraes province, Augusto Maldonado, told national media that the bodies found by rescue units correspond to a villager identified as Juan Romero Ayquipa, 22, and Daniel Coicca Benítez, 63.

Maldonado added that five of the six injured who were hospitalized in the Chalhuanca emergency hospital have already been discharged. One remains hospitalized with minor burns, but with a favorable prognosis.


Dead humpback whale washes up on Atlantic Beach - 17th in the New York-New Jersey region

Marine biologists and New York City parks officials are working to secure a dead humpback whale that washed ashore near Rockaway Inlet, west of Atlantic Beach.

The 30-foot whale was reported Friday afternoon and parks officials were working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to secure the remains and prepare it for a necropsy, said Robert DiGiovanni, chief scientist for the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.

Crews were guarding the whale's carcass on shore and protecting the area from beachgoers approaching it in the surf, DiGiovanni said.


Surfer attacked in Australia by suspected great white shark hospitalized, clinging to life

Great white shark
A surfer is in the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a suspected great white shark attack off Australia's east coast Friday, police said.

The attack took place just before 10:15 a.m. local time on the Mid North Coast, the New South Wales Police Force reported in a statement Friday.

Emergency crews responded to Lighthouse Beach, at Port Macquarie, after receiving reports about the attack. Officers found a 44-year-old man who suffered major injuries to at least one of his legs and had been helped to shore by witnesses.

Police said witnesses applied a tourniquet to the man's leg before first-responders arrived.


Wildfire rages in Turkey forcing evacuations


Efforts to contain a wildfire in Turkey's northwestern Canakkale province continue on Wednesday, as several villages are evacuated. (August 23).

Comment: In adjacent country: At least 18 new deaths reported in Greece wildfires

Cloud Precipitation

Travel disruption as summer storms hit southern Germany

Storm clouds over Stuttgart on Thursday.
© Christoph Schmidt
Storm clouds over Stuttgart on Thursday.
After a hot spell across the country, torrential rain and thunderstorms moved into the southern half of Germany on Thursday night, injuring at least 16 people.

Several trees came down at a campsite in Lindau on Lake Constance, resulting in six people getting injured, one of them seriously.

For security reasons the authorities cleared the site and around 900 campers spent the night in a public hall.

A campsite in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance was also evacuated, with around 300 people having to spend the night in a gym hall. No injuries were reported.


At least 18 new deaths reported in Greece wildfires

A house is shown burning during a wildfire in Avanta, near Alexandroupolis, in northern Greece. Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country.
© Sakis Mitrolidis
A house is shown burning during a wildfire in Avanta, near Alexandroupolis, in northern Greece. Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country.
Greek firefighters found the bodies of 18 people in an area of northeastern Greece ravaged by a major wildfire burning for days, authorities said Tuesday.

Greek police activated the country's Disaster Victim Identification Team to identify the bodies, which were found near a shack in the Avanta area in the northeastern Alexandroupolis region, Ioannis Artopios, a spokesperson for the fire department, said in a televised statement.

Given no reports of missing people had been filed in the area, authorities were examining the possibility the casualties were migrants who had entered the country from the nearby border with Turkey, Artopios said.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country. On Monday, two people died and two firefighters were injured in separate fires in northern and central Greece.

Cloud Lightning

Severe summer storms leave nearly 700,000 without power across Michigan and Ohio

A tree was downed in storms in Lansing, Michigan, on Friday, August 25.
A tree was downed in storms in Lansing, Michigan, on Friday, August 25.
Just under 700,000 homes and businesses are without power in parts of Michigan and Ohio early Friday as a forceful round of severe thunderstorms has brought heavy rains, strong winds and at least one confirmed tornado to the region.

The storms marched from southern Michigan into Ohio overnight, threatening powerful wind gusts of up to 85 mph, hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter and possible tornadoes. Northern portions of Ohio are under flood watches until 8 a.m. ET Friday due to excessive rainfall.

A large and "extremely dangerous" tornado was confirmed near Williamston, Michigan, in Ingham County at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service Offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids.


Man in critical condition after attack by pack of 5 dogs in Berry, Alabama

dog attack
A Fayette County man is in critical condition after his family says he was attacked by a pack of dogs this week. It happened in Berry.

The mere thought of what happened to 52-year-old William Traweek horrifies his niece Angel Traweek. It was on Crow Avenue, not even a mile from downtown Berry, where five dogs attacked Traweek on Monday, August 21.

"I can't imagine him getting drugged down here by multiple dogs," said Angel Traweek.

And that is precisely what happened, according to the police department. Police Chief Gerald Dedeaux says William Traweek had car trouble and decided to walk the half-mile or so to his brother's house. That's when it happened; a vicious attack, bloody and scary. The dogs pulled the man some 25 yards from the original point of attack.


Las Leñas Resort, Argentina, reports storm snowfall total of over 11 FEET in 4 days

Las Leñas base area on the morning of August 23rd, 2023. Captured by PowderQuest.

Las Leñas base area on the morning of August 23rd, 2023.
In the latest SnowBrains Forecast, we knew it was going to be a busy week for South America. A powerful storm was coming in with the possibility of many resorts seeing 3-6 feet of snow with some seeing as much as 9-12 feet or more.

The forecast may have materialized the most at Las Leñas Resort in Argentina when it reported over 11 feet of new snow at mid-mountain over the last four days. You can tell they were excited when they posted on their Instagram page earlier this week with the caption "This is how we are today August 22. It's the moment!"

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 73-year-old walking across parking lot to her condo, Florida cops say

An unresponsive 73-year-old woman found outside a Florida condominium building is the nation's 10th lightning fatality of 2023, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.

It happened late Wednesday, Aug. 23, on Sand Key in Clearwater, just west of Tampa.

"She was found dead on a sidewalk in her condominium complex," police said in a news release.

A passerby at Bayside Gardens IV discovered Kathleen M. Carrick's body around 7:45 p.m. "after storms rolled through the area," WTVT reports.