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Incredible waterspout is caught on camera in the Isle of Wight, UK

A look at the freak weather phenomenonrential rain near the Isle of Wight

A look at the freak weather phenomenon near the Isle of Wight.
An enormous waterspout caused by a freak weather effect was spotted near the Isle of Wight.

Torrential rain over the bank holiday weekend in the UK created the rare phenomenon.

The Met Office said the sea plume appeared on Saturday after a period of heavy rain.

Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes but differ slightly as they can only ever be seen over a body of water.

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Mammatus clouds in China video: Meteorological marvel create captivating sky display in Hubei Province

A captivating and unusual meteorological phenomenon, known as Mammatus clouds, recently graced the skies of China's Hubei province.

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Large hailstones cause extensive damage in small German town as storm hits Bavaria

A storm with large hailstones damaged four-fifths of the buildings in a small town in the southern German state of Bavaria, local authorities said Sunday.

The storm swept across the southern part of Bavaria on Saturday. In Kissing, just outside Augsburg, police said 12 people were injured when a beer tent that they were trying to put up was blown over.

Also in Kissing, the wind ripped wooden slats off the roof of a home for the elderly, while hail caused visible damage to the facade of a residential building, German news agency dpa reported.


Tennessee zoo says it has welcomed a rare spotless giraffe

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A rare spotless giraffe has been born at Brights Zoo in Limestone, TN
A zoo in Tennessee says it has welcomed a rare giraffe that does not have any spots. The spotless giraffe was born at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee, on July 31 and the zoo says experts believe she is the only solid-colored reticulated giraffe on the planet.

On Sunday, the zoo announced a naming contest for the baby giraffe, which visitors can now see at the zoo.

In an email to CBS News, the zoo's director David Bright said the last recorded spotless giraffe was in 1972 in Tokyo. That giraffe, named Toshiko, was born at Ueno Zoo, according to archival photos.

A Tennessee zoo says it has welcomed a rare spotless giraffe. The zoo has opened a naming contest for the baby, which was born in late July.


Peru death toll rises to five in forest fire in Apurimac, Peru

The death toll in the forest fire raging in the southern Peruvian department of Apurimac has risen to five following the discovery of two new bodies, according to the latest official toll.

The head of the Social Health Insurance (EsSalud) network in Aymaraes province, Augusto Maldonado, told national media that the bodies found by rescue units correspond to a villager identified as Juan Romero Ayquipa, 22, and Daniel Coicca Benítez, 63.

Maldonado added that five of the six injured who were hospitalized in the Chalhuanca emergency hospital have already been discharged. One remains hospitalized with minor burns, but with a favorable prognosis.


Dead humpback whale washes up on Atlantic Beach - 17th in the New York-New Jersey region

Marine biologists and New York City parks officials are working to secure a dead humpback whale that washed ashore near Rockaway Inlet, west of Atlantic Beach.

The 30-foot whale was reported Friday afternoon and parks officials were working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to secure the remains and prepare it for a necropsy, said Robert DiGiovanni, chief scientist for the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.

Crews were guarding the whale's carcass on shore and protecting the area from beachgoers approaching it in the surf, DiGiovanni said.


Surfer attacked in Australia by suspected great white shark hospitalized, clinging to life

Great white shark
A surfer is in the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a suspected great white shark attack off Australia's east coast Friday, police said.

The attack took place just before 10:15 a.m. local time on the Mid North Coast, the New South Wales Police Force reported in a statement Friday.

Emergency crews responded to Lighthouse Beach, at Port Macquarie, after receiving reports about the attack. Officers found a 44-year-old man who suffered major injuries to at least one of his legs and had been helped to shore by witnesses.

Police said witnesses applied a tourniquet to the man's leg before first-responders arrived.


Wildfire rages in Turkey forcing evacuations


Efforts to contain a wildfire in Turkey's northwestern Canakkale province continue on Wednesday, as several villages are evacuated. (August 23).

Comment: In adjacent country: At least 18 new deaths reported in Greece wildfires

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Travel disruption as summer storms hit southern Germany

Storm clouds over Stuttgart on Thursday.
© Christoph Schmidt
Storm clouds over Stuttgart on Thursday.
After a hot spell across the country, torrential rain and thunderstorms moved into the southern half of Germany on Thursday night, injuring at least 16 people.

Several trees came down at a campsite in Lindau on Lake Constance, resulting in six people getting injured, one of them seriously.

For security reasons the authorities cleared the site and around 900 campers spent the night in a public hall.

A campsite in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance was also evacuated, with around 300 people having to spend the night in a gym hall. No injuries were reported.


At least 18 new deaths reported in Greece wildfires

A house is shown burning during a wildfire in Avanta, near Alexandroupolis, in northern Greece. Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country.
© Sakis Mitrolidis
A house is shown burning during a wildfire in Avanta, near Alexandroupolis, in northern Greece. Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country.
Greek firefighters found the bodies of 18 people in an area of northeastern Greece ravaged by a major wildfire burning for days, authorities said Tuesday.

Greek police activated the country's Disaster Victim Identification Team to identify the bodies, which were found near a shack in the Avanta area in the northeastern Alexandroupolis region, Ioannis Artopios, a spokesperson for the fire department, said in a televised statement.

Given no reports of missing people had been filed in the area, authorities were examining the possibility the casualties were migrants who had entered the country from the nearby border with Turkey, Artopios said.

Hot, dry and windy conditions have seen dozens of wildfires break out across the country. On Monday, two people died and two firefighters were injured in separate fires in northern and central Greece.