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Storm Aurore blasts parts of Western Europe leaving 250,000 French homes without power - 109 mph winds recorded

A picture shows a fallen tree after the Aurore storm on October 21, 2021 in Plozevet, Brittany.
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A picture shows a fallen tree after the Aurore storm on October 21, 2021 in Plozevet, Brittany.
A powerful autumn storm, named Aurore, blasted parts of western Europe on Thursday, knocking out power to a quarter of a million French homes and damaging buildings in at least four countries.

Train services were disrupted by uprooted trees littering tracks in France, Germany and the Netherlands and roofs were ripped off many buildings, including at part of the stadium used by the professional soccer club in the Belgian port city of Antwerp.

A tornado early Thursday caused damage in Schwentinental, a town near the German Baltic Sea port city of Kiel. Fire service official Kai Laessig told German news agency dpa that it destroyed greenhouses and brought down trees, which hit cars, but no one was injured. Several houses were damaged.


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Manam Island volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea

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The Manam Island volcano has been active for the last two months but remained at peace until Tuesday when it exploded into action, belching thick smoke, plume, lava and fire in a spectacular show.

Dugulava ward seven councillor of Manam Island Paul Maburau told The National yesterday that it erupted at about 10pm and the islanders who had gone back there from the care centre at Bogia were afraid and calling for help constantly.

Maburau, who is in Bogia, said he had texted Madang Governor Peter Yama and Bogia MP Robert Naguri on the situation on the island and Naguri responded saying there would be help coming for the people.

"Our MP said he will arrange for fuel to bring our people to a safe area and we will move them if there is a huge eruption," he said.


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At least 13 people dead due to heavy snowfall in Uttarakhand, India

Rescue workers taking an injured trekker rescued from Lamkhaga Pass to hospital on Thursday

Rescue workers taking an injured trekker rescued from Lamkhaga Pass to hospital on Thursday
At least 13 people, including 10 trekkers, have died at separate places in Uttarakhand after getting trapped due to snowfall in the mountainous region, officials said on Thursday. The dead include three porters working for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), posted along the India-China border in Uttarkashi district. Five people have been rescued while six remain missing.

One of the trekkers' groups went missing en route to Lamkhaga Pass near Harsil in Uttarkashi district, 230 km from Dehradun, on October 14. Of the nine porters accompanying them, six managed to return safely. They informed the authorities about the three missing porters and eight trekkers.

District disaster management officer (Uttarkashi) Devendra Patwal said the rescuers compromising State Disaster Response Force and air force personnel spotted five of the bodies near Lamkhaga Pass on Thursday morning. "The bodies will soon be airlifted from the spot," he said. "The rescue workers managed to rescue one of the trekkers who was found alive there. He has been shifted to the army hospital in the district." Seven of these eight missing trekkers were from West Bengal while one was from Delhi.


Comment: Also relevant: Flood death toll rises to 46 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)


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Floods, landslides kill at least 88 in Nepal - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.

At least 43 people have died and another 30 are missing after three days of heavy rainfall triggered landslides and flash floods in Nepal, police said on Wednesday.
At least 48 people have been killed and 31 others gone missing in floods and landslides caused by unseasonal rainfalls over the last three days in Nepal.

The unexpected rainfalls, after the monsoon season receded two weeks ago, flooded rivers and streams and sparked landslides across the country.

"In addition to 48 deaths and 31 missing, 23 people have been reported injured by Wednesday afternoon," Phanindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "The casualties might increase."

Besides, 20 houses have been fully destroyed in rain-induced disasters along with paddy ready for harvest on hundreds of acres of land, and 20 of the 77 districts in the country have been highly affected by the disasters, said Pokharel.


Comment: Update: India.com reported on October 21:
At Least 88 Dead as Heavy Rains Trigger Flash Floods, Landslides in Nepal

At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
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At least 88 people lost their lives in the recent incidents of flood, landslides and inundation that hit different parts of Nepal.
At least 88 people have died across Nepal over the past three days due to flash floods and landslides triggered by incessant heavy rains, health ministry officials said. The death toll rose to 88 on Thursday after 11 more fatalities were reported from various parts of the country, officials said. As many as 63 people died on Wednesday, while the death toll was 14 on Tuesday, they said.

Thirty people have gone missing in the recent incidents of flood, landslides, and inundation so far, according to the latest data published by the ministry's Disaster Management Division.

Panchthar, a district in eastern Nepal, recorded the highest number of deaths at 27, followed by 13 each in Ilam and Doti districts. Fatalities were also reported from 15 other districts, including Kalikot, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Bajhang, Humla, Solukhumbu, Pyuthan, Dhankuta, Morang, Sunsari and Udayapur.

The natural disaster hit 20 districts of Nepal. In Bajhang district, 21 people have gone missing. However, weather conditions have started improving from Thursday, the officials said.
Update2: Floodlist reported:
Disaster authorities in Nepal report that dozens of people have died or are missing after heavy rain caused floods and landslides over the last few days.

The country's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) reported heavy rain from around 16 October. In 24 hours to 18 October, Jogbudha in Dadeldhura district recorded 168.8 mm of rain. In the following 24 hours Sahu Khark in Dadeldhura district saw 361.0 mm and a total of 502.2 mm across a 48 hour period. Over the last 24 hour period to 20 October Tarahara in Sunsari district recorded 398.2 mm of rain. Nepal's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) said the rain was falling on slopes already saturated by higher than average 2021 monsoon rain.



Cloud Lightning

2 of family killed in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.
Two members of a family were killed after lightning struck them in West Bengal's Malda district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place in Alal gram-panchayat area under the Gajol Police Station limits on Wednesday when the two were working in a paddy field, an officer said.

Manirujjaman (36) and his nephew Amir Hossain (14) died on the spot, he said. The bodies have been sent to Malda Medical College for post-mortem examinations, the officer added.

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6.0-magnitude quake hits south of Fiji Islands: USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 08:10:43 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 497.22 km, was initially determined to be at 25.2396 degrees south latitude and 179.644 degrees east longitude.

Cloud Lightning

Lighting kills 11 cows simultaneously in Cambodia

The dead cows in the barn.
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The dead cows in the barn.
At least 11 cows were killed by lightning at the same time.

The incident is said to have happened at about 09:30 October 20, in a rice field in Boeung Tim village, Ta Pon commune, Sangke district, Battambang province.

The cows were killed by lightning as their owners chased them to graze together the fields while others while others were killed while tied up in the barn.

There was heavy thunderstorm in the early hours of Wednesday in some districts in Battambang province.

Cloud Precipitation

5.33 million rai (2.1 mill. acres) of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1 in Thailand

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15.

5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615," said the ministry's Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. "Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household."

Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.


Comment: Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 people in Ghana

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.

Two people have died after they were struck by lightning at Manoaha, a village near Agotime Kpetoe.
According to information gathered from sources, the two deceased were on the farm with five other people on Monday, October 18, 2021, when storms brought in heavy rains.

Around 15:30 when the thunderstorms became immense, it is reported that all seven farmhands run for shelter to ensure their safety.

Unfortunately, in the process, the two men yet to be identified were struck by lightning and sadly lost their lives instantly.


With a report filed to the Kpetoe District Police in the Volta region, the bodies of the deceased were conveyed from the farm and have been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy so it can be preserved and processed for burial.

Meanwhile, the police are conducting investigations into the matter to be sure the two indeed died from the strike of the lightning.

Hardhat

Storms bring giant hail to suburbs north of Mackay, Australia - Record hailstones for country at 16cm (UPDATE)

Yalboroo local Gerard Collins found this massive hailstone after the storm on Tuesday.
© Gerard Collins
Yalboroo local Gerard Collins found this massive hailstone after the storm on Tuesday.
Giant hailstones have fallen north of Mackay in Queensland, damaging vehicles and structures.

The hail storm hit the Bloomsbury and Yalboroo areas on Tuesday afternoon, with locals reporting cricket ball sized stones and larger.

"That's some big ice falling down ... I'm gonna have some dints in the car after this" said one man in video he took after being caught in the storm at Yalboroo.

The State Emergency Service has responded to at least one call for assistance in Yalboroo.

The incident was part of a series of severe weather events hitting Queensland on Tuesday.


Comment: Update:The Australian reports on October 20:
Australian record set as giant 16cm hailstones hammer North Queensland

Queensland: Tornadoes one day, 16cm hailstones the next.

A new Australian hail record is believed to have been set after giant ice stones pelted Yalboroo, north of Mackay, on Tuesday afternoon, smashing windshields and drawing the attention of international weather watchers.

The Bureau of Meteorology said it had seen credible footage of hail measuring 16cm in diameter, which would top the previous record of 14cm set in Brisbane's southwestern suburbs about the same time last year.

"It's very impressive - obviously not for the residents underneath it - but some very impressive hail," senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

"We saw some photos of hail next to a tape measure, the team will be looking at that to see if we can verify it."


Social media was flooded with images of hailstones, some clearly bigger than an adult's hand.

"That's not hail. That's more like a glacier," Karen Gillick wrote on the Higgins Storm Chaser Facebook page.

Giant hail pelted the Yalboroo community north of Mackay.

Giant hail pelted the Yalboroo community north of Mackay.
"Hail this size should be called "Widowmaker" hail," said Patrick Schubert.

"Holt sh*tballs. Looks more like an iceberg. It's true. Everything in Australia is trying to kill us," said Kerrie Murphy

"An insurance company's nightmare," added Bret Dalziel.

Footage posted by Christopher Harvey showed severe damage to his car, with the windscreen smashed in.

Christopher Harvey was caught in the hail north of Mackay.

Christopher Harvey was caught in the hail north of Mackay.
"That is some big ice. Jesus. I'm going to have some dints after this," Mr Harvey said.

Storms are expected to linger over the southeast and central Queensland coasts on Wednesday, with large to giant hail a possibility,

Elsewhere, showers are tipped for the Illawarra and a storm could hit Sydney.

A large weather front and low pressure system over Western Australia had winds of up to 108km an hour battering Rottnest Island and bringing heavy rain. The BoM said this was likely to move into South Australia, pushing hot and damaging winds across the state's north and western regions.

Severe to extreme heatwave conditions are expected to continue across the top end after several Northern Territory towns set October temperature records.

Tennant Creek soared to 42.4 degrees on Tuesday.