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Alligator attacks 75-year-old woman in Okatie, South Carolina

A 75-year-old Callawassie Island woman is recovering in an area hospital after being attacked Friday night by a 10-foot alligator, officials say.

The woman was trimming plants near the edge of the gated community's pond when the gator latched onto her leg and pulled her into the water, S.C. Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Lucas said Sunday.

A man passing by on a golf cart was unaware a gator was involved but saw the woman in obvious distress in the pond.

"He ran to the pond and jumped in," Lucas said. "He got his arms around her and pulled. He felt resistance at first but thought that was her weight."

Eye 2

Body found minus hands after crocodile attack in Sabah, Malaysia - 7th for the state in 2020

croc attack
A frantic search for a man who went missing while swimming in a river ended after the search party found his body, minus both his hands, today.

Sukrien Yusoff, 24, is believed to be the latest victim of crocodile attacks, bringing the number of casualties to seven across the state this year.

His body was found at around 11.05am by villagers about 2kms downstream from where he was attacked by a crocodile at about 1.45pm on Friday.

The latest crocodile attack occurred at Kg Kalabakan in Tawau.


Spearfisher killed in shark attack off Fraser Island, Australia

Shark attacks
A 36-year-old spearfisher has died after being bitten by a shark in waters near Fraser Island, off the Queensland coast, on Saturday afternoon.

The Sunshine Coast man had been swimming in waters off Indian Head, on the island's north-east, when the attack occurred.

Paramedics and an RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter rushed to the site just after 2pm on Saturday.

An off-duty doctor and nurse gave the man first aid after he made it to the nearby rocky shore at the base of the large headland.

Cloud Lightning

Winter thunderstorm unleashes 313,000 lightning strikes around the south west coast of Western Australia

Perth photographer Steve Yanev's shot of lightning over Scarborough, titled 'Glorious Nature at its Best'.
© Steve Yanev
Perth photographer Steve Yanev's shot of lightning over Scarborough, titled 'Glorious Nature at its Best'.
Perth residents witnessed an amazing display from 22,000 lightning strikes off the coast as the weekend drew to a close, but those in the South West saw a cracking 313,000 strikes across all of Sunday.

Steve Yanev saw the impending storm and wasted no time grabbing his camera and heading for the coast.

The Perth photographer and avid thunderstorm chaser eyed the Scarborough car park as the best vantage point and wasn't disappointed.

"There were many lightning strikes but it took an hour so to capture this shot," he said.

"I particularly like the lightning rods breaking through the clouds and others being seemingly cut in half by parts of the clouds. Beautiful and powerful."

The end result was a photo Yanev decided to title 'Glorious Nature at its Best' - a vista of dark skies over a churning ocean, eerily illuminated by arcs of lightning streaking down from the clouds while Scarborough's foreshore looms in the foreground.

Ice Cube

Sea ice extent in Antarctica greater now than in 1980


Also larger concentration of sea ice than in 1980.

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980
Sea ice extent now is 700,000 sq km (270,272 sq miles) greater than in 1980.

In case you're having a hard time reading the numbers, here they are:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 9-year-old girl in Moultrie, Georgia

Representative image

Representative image
Her older sister is still recovering in the hospital

A nine-year-old girl has died and her older sister is in the hospital after a lightning strike in Moultrie.

Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock told ABC 27 Nicol Mateo Pedro was walking with her mom and 15-year-old sister when a storm passed through Tom White Linear Park Friday.

Brock said the three of them gathered under a wooden shelter to avoid the rain when the lightning struck a pine tree adjacent to them. Brock said the girl was transported to Colquitt Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

Her sister is recovering at a burn center in Augusta. Their mom was not hurt.

Stock Down

Ireland's total grain output in 2020 to drop by 100 million euros after driest spring since 1847

Crop harvest
Outputs from the cereal sector in Ireland are expected to reduce by at least €100 million this year, following the effects of the prolonged drought.

That's according to Teagasc, which forecasts that total grain output this year will "drop from the normal 2.3 million tonnes to under 1.9 million tonnes".

Teagasc says that the drought has "severely affected crops in the eastern half of the country".

Straw yields are also predicted to reduce - by nearly 25%. Teagasc says that 1.6 million fewer (straw) bales will be available in the country this year.

The drought is also affecting livestock farmers, with grass growth severely affected in these areas.

Teagasc says that many of these farmers are already feeding some of their winter forage stocks - to supplement grazed grass and concentrates. Consequently, it says, there will likely be a higher demand for forages this autumn with knock-on effects for prices for feedstocks such as straw.

Comment: Meanwhile across the Atlantic this year's cold and wet spring sinks US wheat acreage to its lowest levels since USDA records began in 1919, with corn and potatoes down too.

Cloud Precipitation

Mumbai records its second-highest single day July rain in 5 years

Waterlogging at Andheri subway due to heavy rain in Mumbai
© Satyabrata Tripathy/ht
Waterlogging at Andheri subway due to heavy rain in Mumbai.
Incessant downpour over the weekend allowed Mumbai to record its second-highest 24-hour rain in the month of July in over the past five years.

The weather bureau had issued a yellow alert for Sunday but only light to moderate rain alert had been issued for Monday.

"Models have indicated heavy rain to continue on Sunday but the intensity of rain is likely to be lesser than Friday and Saturday," KS Hosalikar, deputy director general of IMD's western region, said.

On Sunday, the suburbs woke up to intense heavy rain with 95.4mm over a span of three hours from 8.30am to 11.30am, while south Mumbai recorded intermittent light showers of 9.4mm.

The Santacruz weather observatory, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai, recorded 200.8 mm rain between 8.30am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday, falling under the 'very heavy' rain category.

Snowflake Cold

Temperatures drop below freezing in Queensland as snow blankets parts of Australia

A kangaroo (pictured) shivered through  freezing conditions in Wadbiliga National Park near Nimmitabel in the NSW region of Monaro on Saturday
A kangaroo (pictured) shivered through freezing conditions in Wadbiliga National Park near Nimmitabel in the NSW region of Monaro on Saturday
Parts of Australia have shivered through their coldest night of the year so far as temperatures plummeted below 0C.

It was a chilly start to the working week, with most capital cities across the nation still in the single digit temperatures at 8am on Monday.

South-east Queensland shivered through a second consecutive morning of freezing temperatures after 30 towns across the region recorded their coldest temperatures of the year on Sunday.

Residents in the state's Southern Downs region felt the the biggest brunt of the winter chill on Monday, where Applethorpe woke up to a frosty -2.1C while Warwick recorded -1.1C.

Wellcamp Airport recorded -1.4C at 5.20am, while further north the mercury dropped to 0.5C in Kingaroy.

Brisbane airport dropped to a low of 7C, while the CBD was slightly warmer at 8.1C, two degrees lower than average.

Cloud Lightning

US woman struck by lightning while inside her home

© ABC News
Shelby Klopf, 23, recounted the moments leading up to and immediately after getting struck by lightning in her home to ABC reporters.
A woman in Bellingham, Massachusetts, is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning inside her own home during a thunderstorm on July 1.

A simple on switch of a lamp nearly proved fatal for a Massachusetts woman on Wednesday when a jolt of electricity from a nearby lightning strike came through the house's wiring.

"I'm just very happy to be alive and I'm happy to be coming home to my children tonight, because it could have gone a very different way," Shelby Klopf said after returning home the night of the accident.