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Lightning strike kills 2 miners in Zimbabwe

TWO miners suffered a tragic end to their lives after they were struck by lightning on Tuesday at a mine in the city's outskirts.

The duo had been sheltering under a tree during a thunderstorm.

They were identified as Malvin Ncube and Prince Ncube, both 18, who worked at Thula 3 Mine at Nkenyane Settlement near Bulawayo.

"Police attended a scene where two male young adults were found dead under a tree. Indications are that they suffered lightning strikes," Bulawayo police spokesperson Abednico Ncube said.


Shallow 6.5-magnitude earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 08:58:08 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 60.6915 degrees south latitude and 154.1065 degrees east longitude.


Storm dumped up to 29 inches of snow in 48 hours in Colorado

A Purgatory Resort resident,
© Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
A Purgatory Resort resident, who did not want to give a name, digs out from 24 inches of snow on Friday.
After weeks without snow some much needed precipitation fell across Colorado with parts of the high country measuring the storm in feet over the course of 48 hours. Much lighter amounts fell in Denver, across the foothills and the northern mountains.

In Denver it was the first measurable snow of the season, falling about 7 weeks behind schedule. The city missed tying an all-time stretch without snow by just two days.

The following amounts are from CBS4 Weather Watchers, totals reported to the National Weather Service and information from area ski resorts. In many cases the snow won't make much of a dent in the drought, but we are hopeful that more storms will materialize down the road to help us out.

29.0″ - Wolf Creek (48 hour total as of 7:15 a.m. Friday)
29.0″ - Crested Butte (48 hour total as of 5:52 a.m. Friday)
27.0″ - Purgatory (48 hour total as of 5:23 a.m. Friday)
24.0″ - Grand Mesa Lodge


Storm dumped up to 29 inches of snow in some parts of Utah

Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
© Carter Williams, KSL.com
Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
A storm that slammed Utah Thursday and lingered into Friday dumped over 2 feet of snow in some of the state's mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service lifted all remaining winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings Friday afternoon, as the storm moved eastward.

Heavy snow totals were reported across the state, especially in the mountains. Alta's Collins area and Brighton Crest in Salt Lake County each recorded 29 inches of snow between Wednesday evening and Friday night, according to weather service data published Saturday morning. Snowbird was among the other reporting sites areas that received at least 2 feet of snow.

Eagle Point Resort, farther south of the Wasatch Mountains, in Beaver County, received 26 inches of snow, as well.


Record-breaking tornado outbreak hits US: At least 3-dozen tornadoes form, including monster that dragged 4 states - At least 100 killed - UPDATES

Tornado outbreak leaving path of deadly destruction

Tornado outbreak leaving path of deadly destruction
Fox News' Ashley Strohmier provides the latest update after deadly tornadoes rip through Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.

Comment: The picture isn't clear yet, but it looks like this could be the largest, most intense, 'super-outbreak' of tornadoes in US history. More information is coming in about the devastation along the storm track. Fox News reports:
Major incidents included heavy damage to an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, where two people are confirmed dead and dozens of workers were reportedly trapped inside the building, and the destruction of a nursing home in Arkansas, where at least two people were killed and five were hurt, according to reports.

The Amazon collapse - just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis - was being called a "mass casualty incident" by local emergency responders. At least 30 people were bused away from the scene to be reunited with family, officials said.

As many as 50 to 100 employees were believed to be inside the building, FOX 2 of St. Louis reported.

Police received word of the collapse around 8:30 p.m., police told FOX 2 early Saturday. Officials said the emergency response was expected to continue far into Saturday morning.


In St. Charles County, Missouri, to the west of St. Louis, at least one person was killed and three injured when a tornado struck in the town of Defiance, according to FOX 2.


In Craighead County, Arkanas, emergency responders were dealing with a tragedy at the Monette Manor Nursing Home in Monette, FOX 16 of Little Rock reported.

At least 20 people were initially trapped inside the building after a suspected tornado struck, the report said. The damage left at least two people dead and five hurt, the report said.

The nursing home's roof was ripped off and other buildings in town also were damaged, according to FOX 16.

Survivors were being directed to a local church to reunite with loved ones, the station reported.

Another fatality was reported at a Dollar General store in Leachville, according to The Weather Channel.


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear warned the commonwealth's residents Saturday that the tornado death toll there will exceed 70 after a candle factory in Mayfield with around 110 people inside was flattened.

He said a single tornado ripped across the state for more than 200 miles.

Earlier, the governor declared a state of emergency after major tornado damage was reported in the western part of the state.

Beshear called it the "most devastating tornado event in our state's history."

"It is indescribable," he continued. "The level of devastation is unlike anything I have ever seen."

"Loss of life is expected," in western Kentucky, the Kentucky State Police wrote on Twitter.

Southwest Kentucky saw "twin tornadoes" strike around 2:20 a.m. near Bowling Green, WDRB reported.

"People that weren't even official first responders been up all night trying to help their friends and neighbors and family," Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., told "Fox & Friends Weekend." "Just a devastating thing to go through the community and just something that you hope you never have to witness."

In Madisonville, Kentucky, a freight-train derailment was reported shortly after midnight, related to severe weather. No injuries were immediately reported, a spokeswoman for rail company CSX Corp. told Fox News.


At least two people were confirmed dead in Obion County, Tennessee, after dangerous storms tore through the area, FOX 17 of Nashville reported. No details were immediately available on how the deaths occurred.
Social media offered live updates from the affected areas as well as issuing warnings to those further up the storm track:

The fallout:

THE largest and deadliest tornado outbreak in the US occurred 10 years ago in April 2011. Yesterday's outbreak saw only about a tenth of that in terms of the number of tornadoes, but it may top it in terms of fatalities, and the intensity of particular tornadoes, like the one that appears to be the first ever to track through 4 states...


Carcass of 45-feet-long whale recovered off Puri coast in India - 5th for the state of Odisha in 13 months

A 45-feet-long critically endangered whale has washed ashore on Fatehpur beach coming under Chilika Wildlife Division in Odisha’s Puri district.
A 45-feet-long critically endangered whale has washed ashore on Fatehpur beach coming under Chilika Wildlife Division in Odisha’s Puri district.
A 45-feet-long critically endangered whale has washed ashore on Fatehpur beach coming under Chilika Wildlife Division in Odisha's Puri district.

This is the fifth whale species, which inhabited the Odisha coast, found dead in 13 months. Last time, the carcass of a 20-feet-long whale shark washed ashore on 4 October on Ramatara beach under the Kujang forest range near the Bhitarkanika forest division in the Jagatsinghpur district, said, forest officials.

The gargantuan mammal that weighed around 10 tons was spotted lying motionless on the sea coast.


Deputies investigating apparent dog attack that killed a woman in Sumter County, South Carolina

dog attack
Deputies with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating after a 60-year-old woman died of an apparent dog attack. Officials say the incident occurred inside a home in the Cherryvale area on Thursday.

Deputies say the victim, Lori Martin, was visiting family when she was attacked by her family member's dogs who were fighting each other. According to officials, Martin was found unresponsive by a family member shortly after the apparent attack. Authorities say both she and the dogs had lacerations consistent with dog bites and scratches.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.


Man attacked by 20 otters in Singapore, bitten 26 times: 'I thought I was going to die'

Mr Graham George Spencer was attacked by otters on the morning of Nov 30, 2021, and was left with injuries to his legs, buttocks and finger.
Mr Graham George Spencer was attacked by otters on the morning of Nov 30, 2021, and was left with injuries to his legs, buttocks and finger.
That otter hurt.

A Singapore resident was hospitalized after a bizarre animal attack last month in which he was accosted by a gang of otters, who reportedly bit him 26 times.

"I actually thought I was going to die - they were going to kill me," British native Graham George Spencer told the Straits Times of the otterly frightening encounter, which occurred Nov. 30 while he was strolling to the Singapore Botanic Gardens with a friend.

Spencer, who is in his 60s, was reportedly approaching the visitors center when he spotted around 20 otters crossing a dimly-lit path in front of him. He claimed it was the first time he had seen the mustelids in the area despite taking his morning walks there for five months. The animal encounter went south after a jogger ran through the pack, causing the fish-eaters to go "crazy like dogs" and try to bite the passerby, the shocked senior told Singapore's Today online newspaper.


Woman killed by sloth bear in Gujarat, India

Sloth bear

Sloth bear
A 42-year-old tribal woman from Amlipanichhotra village in Devgarh Baria taluka of Dahod district died in a sloth bear attack under the Saagtala range of the biodiversity zone of the forest department on Friday, forest department officials said.

The victim, Sanjli Mashru Rathwa, had taken her cattle to graze when she was attacked by the bear, the officials said. The forest department recovered Rathwa's body late on Friday night.

RM Parmar, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Devgarh Baria), said the incident was the first fatal conflict involving a sloth bear in the Saagtala range this year. Parmar said, "We received a call on Friday evening that a woman from a nearby village was attacked by a sloth bear when she went into the forest. Our teams went in search of the victim and found her body in a remote location within the forest. The body has been sent for post mortem."


Huge snowfalls in the Alps - up to a metre of snow in 7 days

Val Thorens

Val Thorens in France
Ski areas in the Alps are reporting exceptional early-December snowfalls and some of the best early-season conditions in years.

Centres across the region have been reporting up to a metre of snowfall in the past seven days, which in many cases comes after heavy snowfall the previous week too. Val Thorens is pictured top.

Other parts of Europe, particularly the Pyrenees, but also Eastern Europe, have been posting snowy images as well. Kopaonik in Serbia is pictured below.

Comment: Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come