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Early snowfall hits parts of Alberta, Canada

Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Parts of the province woke up to snow this morning.

Photos posted on Twitter show snowfall in several areas of the province including Pincher Creek, Caroline, and Cochrane.

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Typhoon Haishen lashes South Korea after battering Japanese islands

A coastal road is damaged in Ulsan, South Korea,
© Kim Yong-tai/Yonhap
A coastal road is damaged in Ulsan, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan and injuring dozens of people.
A powerful typhoon damaged buildings, flooded roads and knocked out power to thousands of homes in South Korea on Monday after battering islands in southern Japan, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, before weakening as it passed North Korea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration downgraded Typhoon Haishen to a tropical storm Monday night as it made landfall near the North Korean coastal city of Hamhung. During its period as a typhoon, Haishen packed maximum winds of about 80 miles per hour as it barreled through South Korea's southern and eastern regions in the morning.

Japanese disaster management officials in Kagoshima said a woman in her 70s died of a head injury after falling into a roadside ditch while evacuating from a coastal town as Haishen lashed southwestern Japan over the weekend with strong winds and rain. Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said at least 38 other people were injured, five of them seriously. Schools and department stores were closed in Hiroshima and other cities in the country's southwest.

Damage caused by the typhoon was less than feared because it took a path farther from the coast and weakened more quickly than expected, officials said.

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Severe hailstorm leaves behind thick crust of ice in Narok North, Kenya

Part of the ground that is covered in ice some 12 hours after the storm.
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Part of the ground that is covered in ice some 12 hours after the storm.
Residents of Olokurto, Melili, Enaibelbel and Kisiriri in Narok North woke up to ice-covered grounds after heavy hailstorm hit the area Sunday night and left a trail of destruction.

The hailstones that are yet to melt away almost 12 hours later destroyed wheat, potatoes and maize crops subjecting the farmers to huge losses.

"It started as normal rains around 6pm Sunday but hailstorms started hitting our roof at night. We were shocked in the morning to find ice all over the place," said John ole Pesi, a resident of Olokurto Ward.

He said he was more devastated when he toured his 10-acre potato farm only to find that the entire crop had been destroyed.


Wildfires burn over two million acres in California so far in 2020 - a state record

A wildfire burns in Yucaipa, California.
© AP Ringo H.W. Chiu
A wildfire burns in Yucaipa, California.
More than two million acres have burned so far this year in California - a record.

Wildfires continue to rage across the state, and officials issued a new state of emergency in five counties.

Authorities say over 12,000 firefighters are battling more than 20 major fires in California.

Officials warn conditions could get even worse due to record-breaking heat. Los Angeles County on Sunday hit 121 degrees.

Adding to that were high winds in many areas, which forecasters say could make the fight more difficult.

Comment: Further east a record situation was also noted in another state recently: Pine Gulch fire becomes largest in Colorado history as firefighters near full containment

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Flooding and storms hit Taif, Saudi Arabia

Flooding and storms in Taif, Saudi Arabia. September 6, 2020.


Waterspout filmed churning off Florida's Big Pine Key

Florida resident Wendy Wagner captured video of a waterspout off the coast of Big Pine Key as gusty winds moved through the Florida Keys on September 5.

The NWS issued a special marine warning for the region, with forecasters predicting winds over 35 mph and steep waves.

Credit: Wendy Wagner via Storyful

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Lightning bolt kills 27 cattle in Sri Lanka

© T. L. Jaufer Khan
At least 27 head of cattle had died when lightning hit a livestock farm in Mawadiodai in Vakarai during the early hours of yesterday.

The owner of the farm said heavy rain and lightning was experienced in the area from midnight. He said he had several milch cows among the cattle that died and that it would incur a heavy loss. The navy had taken step to bury the carcasses.

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Lightning bolt kills 34 cattle in Chhattisgarh, India

dead cattle
In a freak incident, 34 cattle met heartbreaking end in terrifying lightning strike at village Ugetara under Arang Police Station on the night of Saturday. Villagers informed the Administration, on whose order Arang Police and Veterinary Department had reached the spot. Sarpanch Satish Kumar Dhruw told about the incident that the incident happened at around 7 pm on Saturday, when lightning struck the Gauthan with a thunderous sound and 34 cattle fell lifeless in an instant.

The carcass of cattle were buried after post-mortem by Veterinary Department and in the presence of Arang Police. Social worker Chaon Kumar Sahu informed Gaon Vikas Samiti operates the Gothan, where cattle are kept so as to protect the crops. The Samiti is running the gothan for past two years. Samiti is looks after the arrangement of fodder and maintenance. There was a wide-spread grief and panic in the village after the incident as a big crowd had gathered to see the dead cattle. Entire village was plunged into deep mourn.


State of Emergency activated after deadly floods in Senegal - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

Authorities have activated a state of emergency in Senegal, West Africa, in the face of ongoing floods in several parts of the country.

President Macky Sall activated the Plan Orsec - Organisation de la Réponse de Sécurité Civile - after heavy rainfall from 05 September 2020 caused widespread flooding, including in the capital, Dakar.

Senegal's National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology (Anacim) said that the areas of Joal, Khombole, Sokone, Passy, Thiare and Toubacouta all recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 05 September. Parts of the capital recorded more than 100mm of rain on 05 September.

Local media reported that at least 6 people have died as result of flooding in several parts of the country on 05 and 06 September. Fatalities were reported in the regions of Dakar (1), Kaolack (2) and Sédhiou (3).


Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Vanuatu - 2nd of such strength in 28 hours

Two strong earthquakes, within 20 minutes of each other, rocked the Vanuatu capital Port Vila this afternoon.

According to the United States Geological Survey website the first quake, which struck at 6:12pm, measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres with its epicentre about 73 kms north north east of Port Vila.

The second measured 5.7 and hit at 6:29pm it was also at a depth of 10kms but its epicentre was a little closer at 75kms north north east of Vila.

Residents in Port Vila were shaken by quakes but so far there have been no reports of any serious damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported there was no threat of a Tsunami from either quake.

Comment: Additionally this latest quake was the second magnitude 6.2 to strike near the island within 28 hours, see: Pacific 6.2M earthquake strikes off Vanuatu

It was also the fifth of magnitude 6 + recorded within 2 days across the planet: Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines - 4th such strong quake within 24 hours globally