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Huge wildfire breaks out in Saudi Arabia's Taif region

Emergency crews responded to a wildfire on the Amad mountain in Saudi Arabia's Taif region on September 16 and 17.

The fire broke out on September 16 and no deaths or casualties were reported, the Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya reported.

Footage shared by Taif News, a local news account, shows the fire in Amad mountain. Saudi Civil Defense tweeted on the afternoon of September 17 that fire suppression and control operation were continuing.


Aussie town lashed with a month's worth of rain in just 15 minutes

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.
Residents of Broken Hill have celebrated as a thunderstorm dumped more than a month's worth of rainfall in 15 minutes, drenching the far west NSW town.

Happy locals desperate for rain shared photos of flooded streets on social media after the outback town copped 33mm of rainfall on Saturday, more than it received over six months last year.

"It's a good day for a flood in Argent Street. Sandbagging the shop and still smiling," clothing store Sitting Bull shared on Instagram.


One missing as severe floods hit southern France after torrential rain - up to 17.7 inches in just 12 hours

Mobile home floats away in France floods

Mobile home floats away in France floods
One person was reported missing on Saturday and dozens faced evacuation from their homes after torrential rain hit southern France, authorities said.

The Gard region, where firefighters reported the missing person, was on red alert after as much as 350 millimetres (13.5 inches) of rain fell in parts of the Cevennes mountain range on the edge of the Massif Central.

A similar amount cut off 10 departmental roads in the Gard, among them one in the Pont-d'Herault municipality, with prefectural sources indicating one village was isolated as a result.

Helicopters carried out two rescue missions and some 650 rescue personnel were mobilised for three further operations as some 200 people were led to safety in two villages.


More dead sea lions, turtles found on Baja Sur beach in Mexico

dead sea ions
183 sea lions have been found dead this month in Comondú

More dead sea lions have turned up in the same area where 137 sea lions washed up on the beach earlier this month in Baja California Sur.

In San Juanico, Comondú, the bodies of 21 sea lions were discovered last week, some clinging to life before bleeding out from their snouts.

This brings the number of dead sea lions to 183 this month alone, BCS Noticias reports.

Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Nile river signals a massive global rainfall shift

Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Red Crescent
Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
The Blue and White Nile crest at the highest levels ever recorded, the strongest Medicane with highest wind speeds ever recorded and the USA wildfires release the most smoke and CO2 ever recorded all while the U.N begins what it calls "Planetary Monitoring."

Comment: At least 84 dead and 380,000 affected as floods worsen in Sudan - Blue Nile at record level


Southern California is rocked by a 4.5-magnitude earthquake - with tremors felt from Los Angeles to San Diego

California quake map
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California, with tremors felt from Los Angeles down to San Diego.

The quake hit 10 miles west of L.A. at 11.39 pm local time on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.

It occurred at a depth of nearly 11 miles, and lasted for 30 seconds. It was reported to be one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the L.A. area in years.

There have been no reports of injuries or damage to property, but authorities warned locals to prepare for aftershocks.

The Los Angeles Fire Department posted a tweet shortly after the quake, which read: 'If Inside When Shaking Starts: DROP, COVER, HOLD ON! Protect Your Head & Neck While Taking Cover Under Sturdy Furniture or Near a Sturdy Interior Wall, Away From Windows and Doorways Until Shaking Stops.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 4 killed in floods and landslides in Myanmar - 6.6 inches of rain in 24 hours - Tropical Cyclone Noul also slams Vietnam

Tropical Cyclone Noul
Tropical Cyclone Noul
At least 4 people died in flash flooding and landslides after heavy monsoon rainfall in Myanmar.

According to local media reports heavy rainfall early on 16 September caused flooding and landslides in Mandalay Region.

At least four people died in Mogok Township (also known as Moekok) in Pyin Oo Lwin district, after a creek broke its banks triggering landslides in the surrounding hillsides. Around 24 houses were damaged or destroyed and 56 people were evacuated.

Cloud Lightning

Burning rubber: Lightning strike kills couple on bike in Maharashtra, India

In a freak incident, a couple was electrocuted after being struck by lightning while returning to Paradgaon village on a bike from Bramhapuri on Friday evening.

The victims have been identified as Pintu Raut, 30, and his wife Gunjan, 26. The duo had gone to Bramhapuri for some work and was returning when lightning struck them near Bhagwati Rice Mill in Udapur village. The duo was thrown from the bike after the impact and died on the spot.

Pintu's body was found near the bike by the roadside, while his Gunjan's body was lying on road.

The police have registered a case and are investigating.

Comment: Also in India 2 woman were killed by a bolt in Tamil Nadu on Sept.17 while a total of 5 individuals were also fatally hit by strikes on the same day in Jharkhand.


Deadly storm Ionas washes away entire beach on Greek island of Kefalonia

greek beach washed away Ionas kefalonia
© Twitter / @ScottDuncanWX
Jerusalem Beach on the Greek island of Kefalonia
Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction.

The Mediterranean hurricane ('Medicane') hit Kefalonia on Friday. Footage posted to Twitter shows the once-beautiful Jerusalem Beach being entirely washed away by the catastrophic flooding.

Comment: Unusual Mediterranean cyclone 'Ianos' hits Western Greece


Necropsy of massive dead whale under way on Jersey Shore beach

The necropsy of a whale that died at sea is under way Friday on a Brigantine beach.
© Marine Mammal Stranding Center
The necropsy of a whale that died at sea is under way Friday on a Brigantine beach.
A video shows a humpback whale that died at sea and ended up in a Jersey Shore inlet being towed to shore Thursday.

A necropsy of the 30-foot mammal was scheduled to begin on the beach at Seaside Road in Brigantine, Friday morning, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

The whale may have been entangled at some point and was tracked Wednesday to under the Brigantine Bridge, according to the organization's founder and director, Robert Schoelkopf.