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Three people killed as wild storm lashes Victoria, Australia leaving thousands without power

Storm damage in Victoria, Australia
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A disastrous storm has ravaged Victoria killing three people, including a four-year-old boy, as it ripped through the state overnight.

The boy, identified as Ayan Kappoor, was killed when a gum tree fell onto him in Blackburn South.

He was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital with critical injuries, but died overnight.

Two others were killed in separate incidents in the deadly storm which left behind a trail of destruction that will take months to clean-up.

A 59-year-old man was killed when a tree crushed his car last night in Belgrave, east of Melbourne.

Victoria Police confirmed the Tecoma man had been leaving a shopping centre car park at the intersection of Terrys Avenue and Ena Road after 6pm when his vehicle was hit by the tree.


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food prices and cargo theft skyrocket

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia

Photo from 23 Aug 2020: Kurush, Dagestan, Russia
There is a direct relationship between high food prices and cargo theft. With the UK having its lowest crop yields in 40 years, summer snowdrifts in Russia, the global food landscape looks well under the rosy forecasts in the beginning of 2020. Are you ready for trucks to stop arriving at your supermarkets?


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Cloud Precipitation

Afghanistan flash floods death toll reaches at least 151

Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
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Youths sit on an overturned vehicle after flash floods triggered by heavy rainfalls affected the area in Jalalabad on August 26, 2020.
The death toll from the recent flash floods in Afghanistan has increased to 151, as search and rescue operations continued in the affected areas on Friday.

The floods hit Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces, reports TOLO News.

The worst-hit province of Parwan has so far reported 93 deaths and 110 injured.


Attention

Man killed by polar bear on Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic

Polar bear in the Svalbard Islands. File pic
A polar bear has attacked a camping site and killed a foreign national in the remote Svalbard Islands on Friday.

The man was rushed to the hospital in Longyearbyen where he was declared dead by doctors, deputy governor Soelvi Elvedah said. Longyearbyen is the main settlement in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago, which sits more than 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland.

The attack occurred just before 4am and is being investigated, the governor's office said. The victim's identity and citizenship were not immediately given. No-one else was injured, but six people were admitted to hospital with shock.

A post-mortem will be conducted at the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle.

Doberman

Attack by 2 pit bulls results in death of man in Belleville, Illinois

PIT BULL ATTACK
A 61-year-old man is dead following an attack by his stepson's pet dogs.

Stephen F. Pemberton Sr. was killed Wednesday afternoon after the two pit bulls got out of the laundry room where they were held and attacked him, according to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. It is unknown if the dogs got out or were let out by Pemberton.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene at 309 Campus Drive in unincorporated Belleville at 1:40 p.m., the release stated. There, they found 45-year-old Kelly Knaup who told them his stepfather had been mauled by his dogs.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 10 children in remote Uganda town

lightning
Ten children have been killed in a lightning strike in a remote Ugandan town near the Congo border, Ugandan police said Friday.

The children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 16, were sheltering from the rain in a grass-thatched house when the lightning struck Thursday evening. They had been playing soccer in a nearby field, said Josephine Angucia, police spokeswoman in Uganda's West Nile region.

Four other children were injured, she said.

Deadly lightning is commonly reported in the East African country during the wet seasons.

In some cases, children have been struck while in their classrooms. Many classroom blocks, especially in rural areas, are not equipped with lightning diverters.

Source: AP

Windsock

Hurricane Laura smashes parts of Louisiana and Texas, killing 6 and leaving widespread wind damage

An aerial view of a neighborhood outside Lake Charles.

An aerial view of a neighborhood outside Lake Charles.
Hurricane Laura's ferocious winds produced more damage than its storm surge as it pummeled portions of Louisiana. The storm left six people dead in Louisiana, including at least four from falling trees.

Laura came ashore as a Category 4 storm early Thursday near the Texas border, tearing off roofs while knocking out power to hundreds of thousands.

Laura, later downgraded to a tropical storm, was about 35 miles south of Little Rock, Arkansas, with sustained winds of 40 mph as of 7 p.m. CT Thursday. But it made landfall around 1 a.m. with sustained winds of 150 mph, devastating southern Louisiana communities for miles.

While there were widespread reports of wind damage, some communities were also beset by storm surge. US Coast Guard aerial video showed flooding in Cameron along the coast.

"There's a lot of damage. People are going to need a lot of help around here," Paul Heard, who survived the ordeal in Lake Charles, told CNN.

Heard left his house just as the storm was pulling part of the roof off around 1 a.m., taking shelter in his car, he said. As he watched from 25 feet away, he "could see my roof was heaving up and down several inches."


Comment: Category 4 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana with 150mph winds


Arrow Up

Kesongo mud volcano erupts with poison gas in Indonesia

Kisongo mud volcano
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"The phenomenon of the eruption of the Oro-oro Kesongo crater in Gabusan Village, Jati District, Blora, which spurted mud and gas, actually happened in 2013 ago.

Teguh Yudi Pristiyanto, Head of the ESDM Service for Central Java Province, South Kendeng, said that this phenomenon is referred to as a mud volcano.

"Mud Volcanoes is a phenomenon of liquid extrusion such as hydrocarbons and gases such as methane," Teguh Yudi said when contacted by detik.com , Thursday (27/08/2020).

Teguh said that currently the eruption at Oro-oro Kesongo had stopped. He said the point of eruption that occurred in 2013 was the same as that which occurred today. Previously it was reported that the first eruption of mud and gas was heard this morning at 05.30 WIB.

The head of the village of Gabusan, Parsidi, said there was a boom that made your ears ring when the incident occurred. As a result of the mud and gas bursts, four cattle herders around the site were poisoned.


Umbrella

Typhoon Bavi makes landfall in North Korea - damages buildings, snaps trees and floods roads

Satellite image released by NASA shows Typhoon Bavi near South Korean island of Jeju on Tuesday.
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Satellite image released by NASA shows Typhoon Bavi near South Korean island of Jeju on Tuesday.
North Korea was on high alert as typhoon Bavi made landfall early on Thursday, dumping heavy rains and uprooting trees after skirting the coast of South Korea overnight, damaging homes and other buildings, flooding roads and toppling.

Neither country immediately reported casualties as the storm passed by the North's capital.

Bavi had maximum winds of 115km/h and was passing near Pyongyang after making landfall in a western coastal region of North Korea that is a major source of farming and fishing, South Korea's weather agency said. It was forecast to weaken to a tropical storm in the next 12 hours.

The North's Korea Central TV showed footage of snapped trees and utility poles and flooded roads while also reporting damages to houses and public facilities in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces, where the typhoon made landfall. Roads were also flooded in the city of Nampo, which is closer to Pyongyang.


Attention

Dead fin whale and dead juvenile humpback wash ashore in Unalaska, Alaska

A juvenile humpback whale was spotted in Unalaska Bay on Sunday night. Alaska Sea Grant biologist Melissa Good took tissue samples, but was unable to perform a full necropsy.
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A juvenile humpback whale was spotted in Unalaska Bay on Sunday night. Alaska Sea Grant biologist Melissa Good took tissue samples, but was unable to perform a full necropsy.
Two dead whales have washed up on Unalaska's shores in the past week: an adult fin whale — which is the second largest mammal in the world — and a juvenile humpback.

And while local biologists hoped to determine the cause of deaths of both whales, because of COVID-19, they likely won't be able to.

That's because it takes a large team of individuals to do a whale necropsy — or animal autopsy — which, in order to protect public health and adhere to social distancing requirements in the wake of the pandemic, just isn't possible, according to Melissa Good, the local marine advisory agent with Alaska Sea Grant.

"Human safety is always the number one priority," Good said. "Other places have difficulties with doing necropsies, whether the animal floats into a remote area or there's bears in the area — you're always putting human safety first and then going, 'okay, can we get a sample after that?' Right now, it happens to be that COVID-19 is at the forefront of all of our minds. And it's something that we all need to be cognizant about, and continue to protect ourselves and the community. So we just can't take those risks."

Unalaska typically sees about one dead whale wash up on its shores every year, according to Good. And when that happens, a team of biologists often perform a necropsy to determine the cause of its death.

Comment: A dead minke whale was also discovered recently on the coast of Scarborough, Maine on Saturday, August 22:
A 4,000 pound minke whale was found dead off the coast of Maine Saturday. Researchers from Marine Mammals of Maine are still working to determine what killed it.
© Marine Mammals of Maine
A 4,000 pound minke whale was found dead off the coast of Maine Saturday. Researchers from Marine Mammals of Maine are still working to determine what killed it.
Researchers are hoping to find out what killed a dead minke whale that was found floating off Scarborough, Maine, Saturday.

The adult-sized male whale is 20 feet long and weighs 4,000 pounds, according to a Facebook post from Marine Mammals of Maine.

The whale was bloated and had already started to decay by the time it was first spotted floating north of Stratton Island by multiple fishermen and boaters Saturday. Lynda Doughty, executive director for Marine Mammals of Maine, said in an interview with the Globe that the whale had been dead for two or three days at that point.

Researchers from Marine Mammals of Maine found the whale stranded on a small island off Scarborough Sunday.

There were no obvious signs of what killed the whale, Doughty said, so researchers collected samples of its skin, blubber, and muscle that could be used to help determine the cause.