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At least 11 dead as Tropical Storm Laura causes severe damage in Haiti and Dominican Republic - nearly foot of rain in 24 hours

Volunteers from Dominican Republic Red Cross carry out evacuations after floods from Tropical Storm Laura, August 2020.
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Volunteers from Dominican Republic Red Cross carry out evacuations after floods from Tropical Storm Laura, August 2020.
Strong winds of up to 85 km/h and heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Laura have caused severe damage in Haiti and Dominican Republic, with at least 11 fatalities reported.

Some areas of the Dominican Republic recorded almost 300mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 August. Several rivers broke their banks. Some of the worst of the flooding was reported in the provinces of Santo Domingo and Distrito Nacional (Greater Santo Domingo).

Four fatalities were reported as a result of either flood or wind damage. Around 1,000 people have evacuated their homes. Power and fresh water supply to more than 100,000 people was interrupted.

In the neighbouring country of Haiti, authorities reported 5 fatalities in Sud-Est and Ouest departments. Later 2 further fatalities were reported.

Snowflake

Australia coated in rare snow as 'Antarctic blob' settles over nation

A wallaby is seen in the snow on August 23, 2020 in Adaminaby, Australia
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A wallaby is seen in the snow on August 23, 2020 in Adaminaby, Australia
Parts of Australia have seen a rare covering of snow after Antarctic winds reached the nation's southeast coast.

Snowfall was recorded across New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory and the island state of Tasmania as locals ventured out to make the most of the spring weather.

"We've seen light snow make it to Canberra today, and yes even heard a few rogue flakes landed on Parliament House," in the nation's capital, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a Twitter post.

The bureau added that more than one metre (3.3 feet) of snow had fallen in a number of alpine regions, and the cold weather would likely remain for several days.

"It's awesome," Raj Kumar told the Seven Network after he had travelled from Sydney with his family to see the weather phenomenon in the town of Oberon in NSW's Blue Mountains.


Comment: Huge snowfalls at ski resorts in Australia - over 2 feet in 3 days


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3, injures 3 others in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Three persons died and as many others were injured after being struck by lightning in Salon area of the district on Sunday, officials said.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Salon, Ashish Singh, said some people in Gothia Tiwaripur village were grazing animals when lightning accompanied by rain occurred in the evening.

Anjali (17), who had taken shelter under a tree, was electrocuted.

Deepanshi (12) and Kamla (55) got injured and were sent to the district hospital, where they succumbed, the SDM said.

Comment: Elsewhere in India on the same day a strike killed 3 young men in Rajasthan and a farmer was fatally struck in Odisha.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain lashes parts of Madhya Pradesh, India - Indore records 10 inches

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Madhya Pradesh received heavy rainfall in the western parts on Friday and Saturday, said IMD forecast. Indore recorded highest 263 mm rain, the highest in the state whereas as Bhopal received 211 mm and Dhar 104 mm.

Taking to Twitter, IMD said, ''Heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy falls have been reported in west Madhya Pradesh. Some of the rainfall observations (0830 hrs IST of yesterday to 0830 hrs IST of today) (in mm) are Dhar-104, Indore-263, Bhopal- 211, Khandwa-93.''


Cow

Signs and Portents: Mutant two-headed calf stuns farmers after being born in a Chinese village

The unusual baby cow has two heads, two ears, two mouths and four eyes. It was born on August 15 on a farm in a village in Dejiang County, south-western China's Guizhou Province

The unusual baby cow has two heads, two ears, two mouths and four eyes. It was born on August 15 on a farm in a village in Dejiang County, south-western China's Guizhou Province
A calf born with two heads has shocked farmers in south-eastern China.

Video footage of the cow in a village in Dejiang County, Guizhou Province, shows the mutant baby animal with two heads, two ears, two mouths and four eyes.

The calf's mother gave birth to it last Saturday after a difficult seven-hour labour, according to their owner known as auntie Zhang.

The clip, filmed one day after the calf's birth, shows the baby animal lying on the ground.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in northern Turkey kill five, 12 missing

Giresun
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Giresun, Turkey on August 23.
Five people were killed in flash floods in Turkey's northern Black Sea region and 12 others are missing, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, adding that search and rescue efforts were still underway.

Footage from the northern province of Giresun showed floodwaters caused by unusually heavy rainfall dragging debris and vehicles along a road, leaving them buried in mud. Residents were seen clearing streets, as construction machines lifted the debris and cleared roads.

Speaking in Istanbul, Erdogan said the floods had spread to neighbouring provinces as well, causing injuries in Rize and Trabzon.


Snowflake Cold

South Brazil witnesses rare snowfall brought by polar air mass

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Cities in Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil recorded snow and frozen rain early on Thursday afternoon, August 20th.

According to SOMAR Meteorology, in the Rio Grande do Sul mountain range, there were snow and freezing rain simultaneously.

Check out this video for footage of this event.


Attention

Sinabung Volcano in Indonesia spews new burst of hot ash

Mount Sinabung volcano spews volcanic material as seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra province in Indonesia on Sunday.
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Mount Sinabung volcano spews volcanic material as seen from Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra province in Indonesia on Sunday.
A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia on Sunday unleashed an avalanche of scorching clouds down its slopes.

Authorities are closely monitoring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, one of Indonesia's main islands, after sensors picked up increasing activity in past weeks.

The volcano in North Sumatra province was shooting smoke and ash more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) into the air on Sunday morning, and hot ash clouds traveled 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) southeast, Indonesias Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said.

Villagers were advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the craters mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava, the agency said. Air travel was not impacted by the ash so far, the Transport Ministry said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2, injures 28 in Nwoya, Uganda

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Two people have died and 28 others were injured after they were struck by lightning on Saturday afternoon at Patira West Village, Purongo Sub County in Nwoya District during a funeral service.

The deceased Okello Lamemba, 50, a produce dealer at Olwiyo trading centre and one other male adult whose identity could not be established by press time, died from Anaka Hospital where they had been rushed.

According to Mr Ben Okot, LCIII Chairperson of Purongo Sub County who was at the burial ground, the victims were under a tent at the funeral.

Mr Okot said those that sustained injuries are currently receiving medication at Anaka Hospital.

Comment: Also recently a strike killed 2 teenagers in Karachi, Pakistan on August 21.


Fire

California wildfires: Lightning-sparked blazes explode in size to become some of the largest in state history

California wildfires 2020
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Firefighters take refuge in their trucks in a cleared field as a wildfire also known as the Hennessey Fire jumped Knoxville Berryessa Road, west of Sacramento
Lightning-sparked wildfires in California have exploded in size to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes.

More than 12,000 firefighters assisted by helicopters and air tankers continue to battle wildfires throughout northern California.

Three groups of fires, called complexes, are burning north, east and south of San Francisco and have together scorched 991 square miles, destroyed more than 500 structures and killed five people.

At least 100,000 people are under evacuation orders.

The number of firefighters assigned to the sprawling LNU Complex - a cluster of blazes burning in the heart of wine country north of San Francisco - doubled to more than 1,000 firefighters Friday, Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said.


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