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Freak storm carpets Crete motorway with hail

Hail in Crete
Thunderstorms and torrential hail hit the popular tourist island of Crete of Tuesday as a storm swept through southern areas of Greece in the early hours.

People in Heraklion and Chania, the island's biggest cities, woke to the sounds of the pounding rain after midnight. Greek media showed images of a main motorway on the island blanketed white by a heavy coating of hail and workers shovelling piled up hail from streets in the coastal town of Malia.

Police have not reported any serious damage from the storm.


Cloud Lightning

Two shepherds, 20 sheep killed by lightning bolt in Karnataka, India

lightning

Picture for representational purpose only
Two shepherds died after they were struck by lightning in Chikka Ulligeri village near Saundatti in Belagavi district on Tuesday.

The two were identified as Bhagavva Kadakol (50) and Yallamma Inchal (35). They died on the spot.

Another shepherd, Renavva Appanna, who suffered burns in the incident, is admitted to a local hospital.

They had gone to a field near the Naviluteertha dam to graze sheep. They were standing under a tree when they were struck by lightning, the police said. As many as 20 sheep too died in the incident, the police said.

Comment: Two women were also killed by a strike on the same day elsewhere in the state.


Boat

India floods: More rain forecast for Hyderabad, battling deluge - with 60 now reported dead

floods
Hyderabad Rain: After two spells of massive downpour in Hyderabad last week that killed 60, breached at least three major lakes, causing heavy flooding and havoc in many parts of the city, the administration is now gearing up for more rain.

The weather office has warned of heavy rain for the next three to days too.

Several cities on the Old City area continue to be flooded, with the police, the disaster response force, municipality and police stretched thin and working round the clock.


Fire

Massive Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate

fire
In Boulder County, the CalWood fire exploded to nearly 9,000 acres leaving whole neighborhoods in ruin and forcing nearly 3,000 people to flee their homes. In Northern Colorado firefighters are scrambling to contain the Cameron Peak fire—the largest wildfire in state history.


Comment: Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history


Snowflake

Parts of central Iowa walloped by up to 9 inches of early snow Monday

Heavy snow fell across parts of Iowa on October 19th.
© WSFA 12 News/Ryan York
Heavy snow fell across parts of Iowa on October 19th.
What was supposed to be a dusting of snow Monday morning turned into a full-blown central Iowa snowstorm.

Forecasts called for flurries and about an inch of snow in the metro, one day after the season's first measurable snowfall. Instead, an intense snow squall dropped up to nine inches in northern Polk County.

"Things just came together in the right fashion to produce the heavy snow that we're seeing across central Iowa right now," National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Zogg said early Monday afternoon.


Cloud Precipitation

155 dead, 25,000 displaced after weeks of flooding in Nigeria

floods
The Red Cross reports that over 150 people have died and around 25,000 are displaced as a result of flooding in Nigeria that began in September.

In a report of 19 October, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that torrential rainfall, river floods and flash floods since September have cumulatively impacted 192,594 people across 22 states in Nigeria. Furthermore, around 826 injuries and 155 fatalities have so far been recorded and 24,134 people are reported to be displaced.


Doberman

Woman killed by a pack of dogs in Nauvoo, Alabama

dog attack
A 36-year-old woman was killed after being attacked by a pack of dogs on Jagger Road in Nauvoo on Monday.

Ruthie Mae Brown of Boldo was pronounced dead at the scene at 3 p.m. by Walker County Coroner Joey Vick.

Vick said her body has been sent to forensics for an official cause of death but confirmed that there was severe trauma caused by an attack by dogs.



Doberman

Woman mauled to death by family pit bull in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

SAVAGE ATTACK A Port Elizabeth woman has died after being attacked by a pit bull.
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SAVAGE ATTACK A Port Elizabeth woman has died after being attacked by a pit bull.
An elderly man tried in vain to tear their pit bull from his wife as it mauled her to death in Port Elizabeth on Monday night.

Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said an inquest docket has since been opened.

Belinda Jonker, 64, died on the scene.

According to Janse van Rensburg, at about 9.30pm on Monday, as Jonker and her husband were leaving their house in Summerville Street, Morningside, the family dog attacked.

Seismograph

Powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Alaska, tsunami warning issued

Earthquake
© Associated Press
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska Monday local time, prompting a tsunami warning to go into effect.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake occurred 94 kilometers southeast of Sand Point, Alaska, and was initially recorded as a magnitude 7.4 quake.


No injuries or structural damages have been reported so far.

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll due to floods, landslides rises to 102 in central Vietnam with 26 still missing

A flooded street in Ha Tinh Town, Ha Tinh Province on October 19, 2020.
© VnExpress/Le Hoang.
A flooded street in Ha Tinh Town, Ha Tinh Province on October 19, 2020.
The number of deaths caused by flooding and landslides in central Vietnam rose to 102 Monday night, with 26 still missing.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says the three provinces with the highest loss of lives are Quang Tri with 48 people, Thua Thien-Hue with 27 and Quang Nam with 11.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces had 166,780 households submerged in floodwaters, and 28,900 households with 90,900 residents had been evacuated.

Water levels were rising fast in rivers flowing through Ha Tinh. At 3 p.m., the water level had gone past the highest danger Level 3 by 0.5 m at Ngan Sau River near Chu Le Train Station. Water levels at the Ngan Pho and La rivers had reached danger Level 1.