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Hungry brown bear breaks into house, devours man and his dog in Irkutsk, Siberia

A hungry brown bear ate a grandfather and his pet dog after breaking into the victim's house in a Russian village.

Only one arm and a leg were left intact from 66-year-old Sergey Fadeyev's ravaged body, according to reports.

The 16st beast - which had failed to hibernate for the cold winter - covered the man's ravaged remains with a blanket after its gruesome feast, evidently aiming to come back later, according to locals.

The bear broke in by smashing a window in his house in Irkutsk region of Siberia where temperatures were as low as -45C.

The predator was later found and shot by local hunters, say reports.

Comment: Bear sightings, attacks spike due to food shortages in Niigata Prefecture, Japan


Giant waterspout filmed off Loiza, Puerto Rico

A towering waterspout was spotted off the coast of Loiza, Puerto Rico, on November 30.

San Juan native Pablo Collazo Cortes captured this footage of the weather event, which was spotted by other locals on the same date.

Collazo Cortes told Storyful he took the video as he was walking along the beach. "A waterspout began to form west of where I was, off the coast of the Pinones sector in the municipality of Loiza," he said.

He initially spotted a "first waterspout" that "did not have a complete formation, falling apart in a short time." However, soon after, "the second, much more defined waterspout" was formed, Collazo Cortes told Storyful.

Credit: Pablo Collazo Cortés via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Floods, landslides kill at least 132 in Kenya

Families are evacuated after their houses were flooded in Kisumu, Kenya
© Casmir Oduor/AFP via Getty Images
Families are evacuated after their houses were flooded in Kisumu, Kenya on Dec. 3.
At least 132 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by unusually heavy rainfall in Kenya.

Around 17,000 were displaced and 11,000 livestock swept away by strong waters, government's spokesman Cyrus Oguna said. More than half of the country has been affected, according to Oguna.

The rains have helped alleviate the drought conditions across the country that caused a food shortage and added to inflationary pressures, but have damaged infrastructure and farmland. Authorities are assessing the extent of destruction as they plan repairs, according to Oguna.

The rains are above the average amounts recorded in past years, with some areas receiving as much as three their historical average, Kenya Meteorological Department Deputy Director Bernard Chanzu said by phone. The rains are expected to continue through December.


Typhoon Kammuri slams into Philippines, half-million people in evacuation centers, 17 killed - UPDATE

Typhoon Kammuri
© Zalrian Sayat/EPA
200,000 people in coastal and mountainous areas have been evacuated
Typhoon Kammuri has made landfall in the central Philippines, at the southern end of Luzon island.

At least 200,000 residents have been evacuated from coastal and mountainous areas over fears of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Some events at the Southeast Asian Games, which opened on Saturday, have been cancelled or re-scheduled.

Operations at Manila airport were suspended for 12 hours starting 11:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT).

One Canadian traveller who arrived in Manila from the central island of Cebu on Monday said it was "the most turbulent flight" she ever took.

"I just discovered what airsickness is," Constance Benoit, 23, told the AFP news agency.

Typhoon Kammuri, locally named Tisoy, made landfall in Sorsogon province, and is said to have sustained winds of up to 155km/h (96mph), with gusts of up to 235km/h.

Storm surges of up to three metres (nearly 10ft) are expected, the weather service said


Update: NYT reports:
Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least 17 people were killed.

Manila's international airport was closed for 12 hours during the storm, resulting in the cancellation of nearly 500 flights. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day.

By early Wednesday the storm had weakened slightly, officials said, but heavy rainfall was expected to continue. Officials had feared that flooding could deluge Manila, the capital, and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people.

In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said fierce winds had caused more damage than the rain.

"Right now there's no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it's calm now," he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.

The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping to clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense.


2 feet of new snow in Sierra, 6 feet in a week above Tahoe

Sierra snowpack

Sierra snowpack
More than 2 feet of new snow has fallen in the Sierra, where more than 6 feet has been recorded the past seven days at the top of some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A winter storm warning that was in place most of the holiday weekend expired at 10 a.m. Monday. But chain controls remained in effect on most mountain passes, including U.S. Inter-state 80 from Truckee to Kingvale, California.

The weather service reported 29 inches of snow fell at Northstar California ski resort near Truckee over the past 24 hours for a total of 73 inches in a week. Squaw Valley near Tahoe City recorded 28 inches of new snow for a seven-day total of 75 inches.


Ice Age Farmer Report: ONE-TWO PUNCH: 2020 Spring floods - #NoPlant20? - Farmers under surveillance

The NWS has warned that a still-waterlogged Midwest can expect a wet winter and likely Spring flooding in 2020.

Christian breaks down what the 2019 flooding has already implied, and asks -- what can we expect from #NoPlant20 ?

Also, farmers are taking tractors into the streets around the world -- but why not in the US? The war on food continues, as banks/credit cards start breaking down your grocery bill by carbon footprint. Are you growing your own food yet? It's time.


Cloud Precipitation

27 dead in Tamil Nadu, India after days of heavy rain

The wall collapsed on houses, killing 17 people in Nadur in Mettupalayam
© J. Manoharan
The wall collapsed on houses, killing 17 people in Nadur in Mettupalayam
Days of heavy rain have caused havoc in parts of South India, claiming the lives of at least 27 people.

The worst affected areas are in the state of Tamil Nadu. Neighbouring Pudducherry and parts of Karnataka state including Bangalore (Bengaluru) have also seen heavy rain. India's Meteorological Department has forecast further rain over the coming days.

In Tamil Nadu, 17 people died after a wall collapsed on a row of houses in Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district late on 01 December, 2019. Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority said 180.3mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 02 December in Mettupalayam.


Snow cover reaches early-December record in Lower 48 U.S. states after back-to-back storms

Albany digs out from heavy snowfall

Albany digs out from heavy snowfall
The two powerhouse storms that swept across the nation over the past week have left behind the most extensive early-December snow cover in at least 16 years.

Snow covered the ground on nearly half of the real estate in the Lower 48 — 46.2 percent of land area — on Monday morning, the largest area on Dec. 2 since snow cover records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began in 2003. Normally, a little more than a quarter of the nation has snow on the ground at this time of year.

The back-to-back storms instigated miserable pre- and post-Thanksgiving travel conditions, resulting in hundreds of flight cancellations and delays, and scores of highway accidents.

Last Monday and Tuesday, the first of the two storms dumped double-digit snowfall totals from the Rockies to the northern Great Lakes, including 22.3 inches of snow in Boulder, Colo., and 9.2 inches in Minneapolis.

Arrow Down

Three people missing after giant 100ft sinkhole swallows up lorry and scooter in Guangzhou, China

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway

Water started to fill up the sinkhole while the rescue work was underway
Three people including a father and a son are missing after a giant sinkhole swallowed a street sweeper and an electric bike before filling with water.

CCTV footage from captured the moment a sanitation lorry carrying a driver, 51, and his son, 26, disappeared into the ground in Guangzhou, southeast China.

Witnesses are screaming as they walk around the sinkhole when more ground collapses, making it increases in a size of 100 feet across.

Municipal officials say the freak accident happened at the junction of Guangzhou Avenue and Yodong West Road at around 9.30am local time on December 1.


Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile around 5.45am Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile around 5.45am Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of damage
A magnitude 6 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck in the sea, 20 miles southwest of the port city of Arica at around 5.45am local time, at a depth of 20 miles, the USGS said.

Half a million people are estimated to live within a 60-mile radius of the quake and are likely to have felt it.

However, there were no immediate reports of damage and the USGS said the likelihood of casualties was low.