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Brazil: Damaging hail pummels parts of Rio Grande do Sul

The impressive hailstorm in southern Brazil. City of Bage.
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The impressive hailstorm in southern Brazil. City of Bage.
A damaging hailstorm pummeled Bagé, southern Rio Grande do Sul early Saturday, September 23.

Medium to large hail was also reported in other cities in the state such as Pelotas, Morro Redondo, and Arroio do Padre.

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Six children evacuated, 3 people missing as rain, flooding hit Western Cape, South Africa

The Western Cape Department of Mobility has urged motorists not to leave their locations because of road closures due to the severe storm that hit the province over the weekend.

And those already travelling on affected routes should either consider turning back or finding alternative accommodation Monday evening.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Western Cape Mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie said the severe rainfall and flooding has caused significant disruptions to the roads across the Western Cape.

Mackenzie said there have been closures on all major roadways, including the N1, N2, R60 and R62.

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Baseball-sized hail wreaks havoc in Central Texas

A severe thunderstorm with embedded baseball sized hail slammed parts of Central Texas Sunday night causing major damage.

The hardest hit areas appear to be in Williamson County -- with several reports of windshields being destroyed in Georgetown and Round Rock.

Round Rock Police tell CBS Austin there is significant property damage and isolated power outages in the city.

State Representative Caroline Harris posted on X, formerly Twitter, heavy hail damage to vehicles at Round Rock Kia on I-35.

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Tropical depression causes heavy rains, flooding in central Vietnam

Motorcyclists ride on a flooded road in Da Nang under heavy rain at 7 a.m. on September 25, 2023.
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Motorcyclists ride on a flooded road in Da Nang under heavy rain at 7 a.m. on September 25, 2023.
A tropical depression off the coast of Da Nang has started causing heavy rains for central Vietnam regions, which are expected to last until Wednesday.

Impacts from the depression have led to downpours with rainfall measuring 197 mm in Da Nang, 171 mm in Hoi An of Quang Nam, and 283 mm in Thua Thien Hue's Huong Phu District from midnight to 1 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The north-central and mid-central regions received an average rainfall of 50-80 mm during the period.

Many streets in Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam were flooded by 0-.3 - 0.7 meters as a result, paralyzing traffic.


Woman killed in Florida alligator attack is identified


The bloodied alligator was carrying a human body when it was captured.
Florida authorities have identified a woman whose body was pulled from a waterway following an alligator attack.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said that 41-year-old Sabrina Peckham was the victim of Friday's attack involving a 13-foot alligator. Peckham was pulled from a canal in Largo after witnesses reported the gator had a corpse in its mouth.

The animal was "humanely killed" and pulled from the canal, authorities previously said.

The sheriff's office said in a statement on Sunday that the coroner's office will perform an autopsy to determine Peckham's official manner and cause of death. It is suspected that Peckham was killed by the gator, according to the agency.


Ophelia's remnants continue to batter US coast with storm surges, strong winds from mid-Atlantic to Northeast

storm surge delaware ophelia
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An angry ocean is seen on the Delaware coast on Saturday morning following Tropical Storm Ophelias landfall in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Ophelia made landfall in North Carolina early Saturday morning as a strong tropical storm, battering the mid-Atlantic states with ferocious winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge that led to widespread flooding across the region.

Large waves continue to batter the coast, and some areas have started to see strong winds and heavy rain again as the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Ophelia continue to make their way from the mid-Atlantic into the Northeast, causing widespread flooding and tens of thousands of power outages along its journey.

High tide occurs around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Manasquan, New Jersey, and FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar says waves are getting larger and water is flowing higher as conditions worsen.

"We have 9-12 foot breakers right now, and you can just see how choppy the seas are," Minar said. "Typically, on a nice summer day, this is where you have dozens of surfboards in the water. Not one today. And that's a smart decision because it is so dangerous. These waters, there is so much energy."


Super tornado hit Rho and Pregnana Milanese, Italy

A strong tornado struck in the afternoon in the Milan region, between the municipalities of Rho, Canegrate, Nerviano and Pregnana Milanese. The damage was extensive, with many trees uprooted and uprooted, roofs exposed and flooding reported.

The bad weather which started in the morning, worsened at around 16.00, many tall trees fell, causing damage, most of which occurred to parked cars. Damage also occurred at Canegrate and Rho and Vittuone stations.

In Rho, parts of Corso Europa are closed. There were entire roads with fallen trees occupying the highway. It would take weeks to clean it all up.


A meter of spring snow in 24 hours at Ohau-Ski-Fields, New Zealand

Mighty Ohau Snowfields, nestled within New Zealand's striking Mackenzie High Country just got a huge fresh shot of wintery life.

The family owned and operated mountain hideaway, received 1 Meter of powder snow, in 1 day - and we were there. Yeehaw, what a difference 24hrs can make!

We're amping for plenty of epic skiing still to be chased so, for now, enjoy this photo gallery of the eye-popping good times going down at Ohau.



North American birds 'blown across Atlantic' to Pembrokeshire, Wales

Magnolia Warbler
© Lee Fuller
Magnolia Warbler at St Govan's Head, Pembrokeshire.

Dozens of birdwatchers gathered around the coastal path at St Govan's today after two extremely rare visitors to our shores were spotted.

The Magnolia Warbler made only its third recorded visit to our shores, while a Canada Warbler was spotted for the first time.

The birds are both native to North America and are likely to have been blown to the UK by the strong winds that were the remains of Hurricane Lee.

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2 killed, 3 injured as lightning strikes football match spectators in Jharkhand, India

Two spectators were killed and three others were injured after a local football match was struck by lightning at a playground in Jharkhand's Dumka district, police said as reported by PTI.

The condition of two of the injured was stated to be serious. As per report, the incident occurred when several spectators took shelter under a tent beside the playground in Hansdiha area after heavy rain accompanied by a thunderstorm started on Saturday evening.

The lightning hit the tent killing two persons - Shivlal Soren (32) and Santlal Hembram (20) - and injuring three others, Hansdiha police station Officer in Charge Jitendra Kumar Sahu said.

All the injured were taken to Saraiyahat Community Health Centre. District Civil Surgeon Bachcha Prasad Singh said one of them was discharged after administering first-aid, while the two others were referred to a hospital.