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Footage captures boulder nearly crush woman inside Honolulu home

boulder hawaii home
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No one inside the home was injured, as damage can be seen to the walls inside the residence, January 29, 2023.
Footage captures boulder nearly crush woman inside Honolulu home

A massive boulder crashed into a Hawaii home over the weekend, narrowly missing a woman inside, dramatic footage shows.

The video captures the unsuspecting woman walking down a hallway inside her hillside Honolulu house when the boulder breaks through a wall mere feet away from her, creating a trail of destruction.

Officials said the boulder, which is five feet high and wide, broke through the home's cinderblock wall, living room and then another wall before it settled in a bedroom near midnight Saturday, Hawaii News Now reported.


Ultra-rare 'rainbow clouds' light up the Arctic Circle like auroras in stunning new photos

Rare clouds that give off bright, multi-colored light like an aurora were recently spotted at multiple locations in the Arctic. But what causes them?
Rare Clouds
© Jónína Guðrún Óskarsdóttir
Bright multi-colored clouds shining in the night sky above Mount Jökultindur in Iceland on Jan. 25.
The dark skies in the Arctic Circle recently shone with ethereal multi-colored light. But this jaw-dropping spectacle was not caused by auroras. Instead, the iridescent rainbows were caused by clouds of tiny ice crystals floating higher in the atmosphere than is normally possible.

The clouds, known as polar stratospheric clouds (PSC), only form when the lower stratosphere reaches temperatures below minus 114 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 81 degrees Celsius). Normally, clouds do not form in the stratosphere because it is too dry, but at these extremely low temperatures "widely-spaced water molecules begin to coalesce into tiny ice crystals" that form into clouds, Spaceweather.com reported. This means PSCs can form much higher up than normal clouds, between 9.3 and 15.5 miles (15 to 25 kilometers) above the ground.

As sunlight shines through these crystal clouds, it gets scattered, creating multiple different wavelengths of light, which has inspired the PSCs nickname, "rainbow clouds." Due to the extreme altitude of the clouds sunlight can hit the crystals and scatter above an observer even if the sun is beyond the horizon, which is when these clouds appear brightest.


India: Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand - 496 roads closed due to heavy snow (almost 3 feet)

Under-construction house damaged due to snowfall in Bandipora’s Tulail

Under-construction house damaged due to snowfall in Bandipora’s Tulail
Fresh snowfall affected road and air traffic, snapping Kashmir valley's connection with the rest of the country on Monday, and disrupted normal life in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, too, with a number of highways and states roads shut and power supply to several areas interrupted. Avalanche warnings were issued in 10 districts of J&K and in some areas of Himachal.

As many as 68 flights to and from Srinagar were cancelled and the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed following heavy snowfall in Kashmir and the upper reaches of Jammu on Monday morning. The NH was shut due to shooting stones and mudslides at several places between Chanderkot and Banihal.

In Himachal, 496 roads were closed due to heavy snow, with the Manali-Keylong road completely blocked. Daily life was thrown out of gear in Shimla, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnur districts where 180, 158 and 73 roads, respectively, were blocked, while 908 power transformers and water supply were also affected.

Cloud Precipitation

Hawaii under flood watches as up to 25 inches of rain soak the tropical islands, near-blizzard conditions on tallest peaks

Flooding in Hawaii's Haleakalā National Park
© Hawaii Pacific Parks Association
Flooding in Hawaii's Haleakalā National Park
Hawaii is famous for its sunny and warm beaches, but Mother Nature still has something else in mind Monday as the islands continue to get hit with heavy rain and high winds to kick off the week.

Flood Watches remain in effect for most of the islands into Monday evening as a strong area of low pressure soaks the state from east to west, dropping several inches of rain on some of the islands, or in a few cases, more than 2 feet of rain.

Rainfall totals widely vary depending on terrain and whether it faces the wind, but on Maui and Molokai, some storm totals have reached 17 to 25 inches on the windward side of the mountains. Kahului and Wailuku reported 3 to 6 inches over the past 72 hours.


Storm dumps 7 FEET of snow over weekend at Snowy Range, Wyoming

© Albany Lodge
Fresh powder is a coveted commodity in the snowmobiling business, and riders in the Snowy Range are over their heads in the bounty of recent storms.

"We're hearing reports of up to 7 feet of powder up near the top of the range," Hunter Wright, director of operations at Albany Lodge, told Cowboy State Daily on Monday.

"It's gotten so deep in places, people are even getting stuck out on the flats," he said, adding that 4-5 feet of powder has been reported across most of the Snowy Range's extensive snowmobiling network.


Humpback whale washes up dead on New York beach, 10th in 2 months

male humpback whale has washed ashore Lido Beach

Male humpback whale has washed ashore Lido Beach
NOAA reports 178 humpback whale strandings across 13 Atlantic states since 2016

Another whale has washed up dead overnight, making Monday's tragic discovery the 10th loss of the large water mammals in the past two months.

Officials were out on Long Island after a male humpback whale was spotted on Lido Beach before 7 a.m. He was dead by the time he was found.

Crowds gathering to catch the whale throughout the day prompted Hempstead Town crews to erect temporary fencing around the whale. He was so large, a backhoe was needed to move it away from the shore.

Arrow Down

2 girls killed in avalanche, snow-landslides disrupt life in Kashmir

Two girls were buried alive under an avalanche in Kargil, while air and road connectivity with the Kashmir Valley was cut off on Monday due to snowfall and landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The Kashmir Valley and higher reaches of Jammu were witnessing heavy snowfall, while the plains were having rain since last night. Train services in the valley have also been suspended.

Electricity supply in several areas was snapped due to snow and rain.

Bodies of the two girls buried under the avalanche on Sunday were recovered on Monday. The police said the bodies were recovered with the help of locals. The deceased girls have been identified as 11-year-old Kulsum and 23-year-old Bilques. They were buried under the avalanche in Tangole hamlet in Panikhar area of Kargil district of Ladakh.

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Cyclone Cheneso hits Madagascar - at least 25 dead with over 83,000 affected - roads to capital destroyed (UPDATE)

© L'Express de Madagascar
Schools are closed, traffic is difficult and sometimes impossible, even for emergency services.
Several districts of Mahajanga, in the northwest of Madagascar, have flooded as well as the roads that connect them to the capital, Antananarivo.

Cyclone Cheneso continues to hit the island with more than 15,000 people affected to date.

"I left my house because it was destroyed by the strong winds of the cyclone. The house tilted, so I ran away. My house was totally destroyed," said flood victim Bonne Fehy.

Comment: Update January 30

From the same news source:
Tropical storm in Madagascar: At least 25 dead, roads flooded and crops destroyed

Two dozen Madagascans have died and tens of thousands been left homeless since a severe tropical storm made landfall last week and swirled for days off the island's western coast, official records showed Sunday.

Cyclone Cheneso smashed into northeastern Madagascar 10 days ago, bringing heavy winds and triggering downpours that have caused extensive flooding.

Over the week it has tracked south-eastwards, extending damage to houses, schools and cutting off several national roads.

Twenty-five people are now known to have died and 21 others are still missing, according to an update from Madagascar's risk management office.

At least 83,181 people have been affected, with nearly 38,000 displaced from their homes.

Cheneso -- which temporarily intensified to a tropical cyclone in recent days with winds of 118-166 kilometres per hour (73-103 miles per hour) -- "has started to lose its purely tropical characteristic," according to the southwest Indian ocean Regional Specialist Meteorological Centre based in the French overseas island of La Reunion

Storm Cheneso made landfall on January 19, packing winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour.

It is the first tropical storm of the current cyclone season in southern Africa -- which typically runs from November to April -- to hit the cyclone-prone large Indian ocean island.


Zambia - "Catastrophic situation" after floods hit southern and central provinces

Floods in Zambia, 27 January 2023.
© DMMU Zambia
Floods in Zambia, 27 January 2023.
Wide areas of Southern and Central Provinces in Zambia are underwater after long-term rainfall caused rivers to overflow. Disaster authorities in Zambia have described it as a "catastrophic situation".

On 27 January 2023, the country's Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) conducted an aerial survey of affected communities in Bwengwa, Namwala, Monze in Southern Province, and Mumbwa district in Central Province. DDMU reported widespread damage to homes, farmland and livestock. Many communities are isolated leaving them without access to healthcare and education. Furthermore, sanitation facilities have been completely submerged, exposing the population to a high risk of waterborne diseases, DDMU said.

DDMU added that affected communities require an emergency intervention in particular delivery of both food and non-food relief items. The Government has assured that a multi-sectorial response will ensure recovery, rehabilitation and restoration.


3-meter-high flood submerges Indonesia's North Sulawesi, almost 18 inches of rain in 48 hours - 5 killed (UPDATE)

Basarnas Manado evacuated flood victims.
© ANTARA/HO-Humas Basarnas Manado
Basarnas Manado evacuated flood victims.
One people died after floods 80 to 300 cm high destroyed dozens of homes in Indonesia's North Sulawesi on Friday.

"Heavy rains in several areas of Manado City have caused the Tondano River to overflow, and flooding cannot be avoided," said Abdul Muhari, spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

At least five sub-districts have been flooded, and 33 houses in six sub-districts have experienced landslides, as the authorities continue to assess the situation on the ground.

Comment: Update January 30

Floodlist reports:
Indonesia - 5 Killed in North Sulawesi Floods and Landslides

At least five people died after flash floods swept through areas of Manado City in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 27 January 2023.

Disaster authorities in the country reported heavy rain and the overflow of the Tondano watershed inundated around 400 homes. Flood waters were up to 3 metres deep in some areas. A total of 1,021 people were displaced in the districts of Tikala, Paal 2, Tuminting, Singkil and Wanang. One person died in the floods and a bridge was severely damaged.

Furthermore heavy rain in the area caused multiple landslides in the area, severely damaging over 50 houses and public buildings. Disaster authorities reported 4 people lost their lives as a result.

The Manado City Government has declared an emergency status.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika Indonesia - BMKG) reported Sam Ratulangi International Airport, located 13 km northeast of Manado recorded 238 mm of rain in 24 hours to 27 January and 216.7 mm in the following 24 hour period.

Six people died after heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Manado City on 16 January 2021.

Two people died and at least 155 households were affected by floods and landslides in the city in March 2022.