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Lightning kills 73-year-old walking across parking lot to her condo, Florida cops say

An unresponsive 73-year-old woman found outside a Florida condominium building is the nation's 10th lightning fatality of 2023, according to the National Lightning Safety Council.

It happened late Wednesday, Aug. 23, on Sand Key in Clearwater, just west of Tampa.

"She was found dead on a sidewalk in her condominium complex," police said in a news release.

A passerby at Bayside Gardens IV discovered Kathleen M. Carrick's body around 7:45 p.m. "after storms rolled through the area," WTVT reports.

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7 buildings collapse in massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh, India

7 buildings collapsed after heavy rain triggered landslide in Himachal's Kullu district.

7 buildings collapsed after heavy rain triggered landslide in Himachal's Kullu district.
Scary visuals from Himachal Pradesh surfaced on social media on Thursday which showcased multiple buildings collapsing like a deck of cards in Anni town of Kullu district. Kullu buildings collapse took place due to a landslide which left a massive trail of dust and debris.

As per reports, emergency response teams, such as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), have been deployed to rescue those who are feared trapped in the landslide. Now, the Kullu buildings collapse video is spreading like wildfire on social media with netizens shocked and slamming the government over unplanned infrastructure in the hilly areas.

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All eight members of tour party confirmed dead in floods in Moscow

A tour guide and all seven members of their party have been found dead after being trapped underground by flood waters in Moscow's sewer system, Russian media say.

Sunday's floods, caused by heavy rain, were so rapid people could not escape.

The group was exploring the underground Neglinka, a tributary of the city's main river, the Moskva.

The search operation had ended and efforts were being made to formally identify the dead, investigators said.

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Tropical Storm Franklin strikes Dominican Republic, killing 1

T​ropical Storm Franklin dumped torrential rain on the Dominican Republic, where at least one person died and two others were reported missing.

The Civil Defense said a man identified as Carlos Marino Martínez died in the city of San Cristobal after being swept away by floodwaters. The agency initially said he was one of its volunteers, but later corrected the information saying it misidentified a uniform he was wearing. They did not provide further details. Two women in that city also were injured following a landslide, officials said.

"Franklin is now located north of the Dominican Republic, but outer bands from the system could bring some localized additional heavy rain Thursday," said weather.com senior meteorologist Chris Dolce. "That might cause isolated flooding in areas that are vulnerable because of Wednesday's soaking."

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Extreme weather brings winds, fierce rains to Saudi Arabia's Mecca

Saudi Arabia's Mecca, home to Islam's holiest sites, has seen extreme storms and rain that affected pilgrims, shuttered schools and caused chaotic scenes.

Videos online on Tuesday showed pilgrims who were doing the tawaf - circling the Kaaba - getting soaked and slipping on the floor as heavy rains thrashed and carried objects around.

As the rare scenes were unfolding at the giant black cube towards which all Muslims pray, another video showed a bolt of lightning striking the iconic Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower hotel, illuminating the night sky on Tuesday.

Hussain al-Qahtani, spokesman for the National Center for Meteorology, posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter that the storm brought gale-force winds exceeding 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour.


Watch video of waterspout spinning in front of massive Canadian wildfire

A waterspout is seen spinning in front of a massive wildfire in Canada.

A waterspout is seen spinning in front of a massive wildfire in Canada.
A dramatic video recorded in British Columbia, Canada shows a swirling waterspout spinning across the water while a massive wildfire scorches the landscape in the background.

According to the FOX Forecast Center, a cold front swept through the Lillooet, Canada, area last week, following several days of hot and dry weather.

The waterspout was filmed in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 18 in the Gun Lake area by firefighters working on the Downton Lake fire.

With the intense heat from the wildfire as an added component to the lift of the cold front, wind in the atmosphere began to twist and led to the development of the waterspout.


Bear attack hospitalizes 7-year-old boy in North Castle, New York

A 7-year-old boy was attacked by a bear in Westchester County this morning - a rare occurrence that left the animal shot dead by authorities and the child injured.

The incident happened at 75 Hickory Kingdom Road in Bedford at around 11 a.m. North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen says the child was playing in his backyard with a sibling just before the attack.

The sibling was unharmed, and the child's parent rendered aid as the bear stayed close by.

"That's extremely brave," said Simonsen. "...That's what good parents do."

The child was taken to Northern Westchester Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Argentina

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck deep underground in northern Argentina on Wednesday, and there were no immediate reports of damages.

The quake occurred at a depth of 353 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was in the province of Santiago del Estero, in northern Argentina, about 80 miles northeast of the provincial capital.

The earthquake took place a few minutes after a magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck at a depth of 55 miles in northern neighboring Chile, 35 miles east of the town of La Tirana.

Neither Argentine nor Chilean authorities reported any damages.


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Tropical storm Hilary: Drone footage shows people rescued by bulldozers, flood damage in California

Video taken by a drone shows the extent of damage from flash flooding in Palm Springs and Cathedral City after Tropical Storm Hilary swept through southern California, the first tropical storm to hit the area in 84 years.

So far no deaths, serious injuries or extreme damage has been reported in California though officials warn that risks remain, especially in the mountainous regions where wet hillsides could unleash mudslides.

Rescue officials in Cathedral City, drove bulldozers through the mud-swamped streets to rescue residents trapped by the floodwaters.

Some 46 rescues were performed in the city between late Sunday night and Monday afternoon as mud and water reached up to 1.5 metres in some areas.

For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/9909049/tr...

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Harold: Second US tropical storm in a week drenches Texas

Tropical Storm Harold made landfall on the south-east coast of Texas on Tuesday, bringing more heavy rain and high winds to the southern US.

The storm has dumped up to 7in (17.7cm) of rain in some parts of the state.

By late Tuesday afternoon, the storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression, but heavy rains continued.

More than 23,000 people were without power in the Lone Star state on Tuesday night.

The Texas deluge arrived a day after historic amounts of rain flooded parts of the south-western US.