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Flooding hits areas of Metro Manila, Philippines

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Some areas in Metro Manila experienced flooding Friday morning due to heavy rains.

In a video by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago, the Quirino Avenue extension could be seen experiencing gutter-level flooding.

Maria Paz Mendoza in Guazon Manila is also flooded, as seen by a photo from Pialago.

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Large sinkhole nearly swallows car in Brooklyn, New York

A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car Thursday in
© Jenna DeAngelis/CBS2
A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car Thursday in Brooklyn
A sinkhole nearly swallowed a car with a driver and her kids inside Thursday in Brooklyn.

Some neighbors were shocked, others say they'd raised concerns before.

The ground suddenly gave way at Evergreen Avenue and Decatur Street in Bushwick.

The crater it left behind appeared to be about 10 feet deep, CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reported.

"Looking at maybe the biggest sinkhole I've ever seen in my life," Bushwick resident Evan Murray said.

Eye 2

Crocodiles enter the flooded city of Vadodara, India

The crocodile extremely close to the dogs.

Crocodile extremely close to the dogs.
Vadodara and other cities of Gujarat have received torrential rain causing water-logging in various areas. Pictures and videos circulating online show the scary state caused by the rain. One rather terrifying video shared online shows a crocodile swimming near a residential area and attacking a dog.

The video posted on Twitter shows two dogs standing in water next to a building. People inside the building can be seen holding ropes probably trying to help the dogs out of the water. Seconds into the video a crocodile can be seen swimming towards them. At one point, it reaches extremely close to one of the dogs and even attacks it. The dog, luckily, manages to get away.

Take a look at the video that captures the incident and also how flood affected the city:

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Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain hit south west Norway

Landslide in Jølster, Norway, 30 July 2019.
© HRS Sør-Norge
Landslide in Jølster, Norway, 30 July 2019.
At least 1 person is missing and over 150 have been evacuated after heavy rain triggered landslides, floods and debris flows in south-western Norway on 30 July, 2019.

The municipalities of Jølster and Førde in Sogn og Fjordane county were the worst affected. Norway's weather warning service, Varom, said that 33mm of rain fell in 1 hour in Vassenden in Jølster and 92mm of rain fell in 1 day in Botnen in Førde. Varom said it is likely rainfall totals were even higher in the mountains in this area.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 6 children in Guinea

Six children aged between four and 10 died after they were struck by lightning while making tea under a mango tree in north-eastern Guinea on Wednesday, a witness said.

The storm began shortly before 7:00 pm (1900 GMT) in the town of Siguiri, close to the border with Mali, witness Mamadi Doumbouya, a local resident, told AFP.

He said eight children in total, accompanied by two of their mothers, were under a mango tree at the back of his house.

"I invited everyone to take shelter in my living room. The ladies rushed under my roof but the children stayed behind to make the last cups of tea," he added.

Cloud Lightning

Record lightning strikes in Iceland

Record lightning Iceland
© Icelandic Meteorological Office
Once an uncommon phenomenon, Iceland has been inundated with lightning strikes since last weekend, and the reported strikes have reached an all new level.

Austurfrétt reports that these lightning strikes were especially prominent in the east, with a greater concentration in the southeast. The site of the Icelandic Met Office shows an incredible concentration of thunder and lightning in the early morning hours of Tuesday in particular.

In all, there were a whopping 1,818 lightning strikes in just the 24 hours following early Tuesday morning. This marks the greatest recorded number of strikes since measurements of them began in earnest in 1998.

The strikes occurring in the east is telling. While thunder and lightning require cold air meeting warm air to happen, unusually high temperatures have covered the country this summer, and the east is traditionally the warmest in the summer.

Comment: There has been a sharp rise in deaths by lightning strikes across Bangladesh recently, with at least 126 people killed in May and June.

In March this year an anomalous lightning storm hit Southern California producing more than 1,200 bursts in five minutes. In December 2018 the sky over New York City lit up with mysterious blue light.

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Microburst confirmed in Boston as severe storms trigger flash flooding in US Northeast

Boston microburst
© Jonathan Berk

Major cities from Philadelphia to New York City to Boston found themselves flooded on Wednesday evening thanks to a series of thunderstorms that rolled through the Northeast.

In Natick, Massachusetts, a pregnant mother and her 3-year-old son were trapped in their car when the vehicle stalled.

"I saw a few other cars going, so I just thought 'I'm next,' but then it almost felt like a boat as I was floating," the mother, identified as Michelle Lopes said. "I'm eight months pregnant, so I just thought I would sit and wait."

Elsewhere in Natick, trains were halted by flooding on tracks.

The strongest winds were reported at Boston Logan International Airport, where a microburst with 74-mph gusts wrecked travel plans, and in Winthrop, Massachusetts, where a South Boston yacht club was rocked.


Town evacuated as dam threatens to collapse following heavy rains in Toddbrook, UK

Whaley Bridge dam
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The clay under the slipway has been undermined
Thousands of people are being evacuated from a town because part of a reservoir wall has collapsed in floods.

Engineers are pumping water from the 300-million-gallon Toddbrook Reservoir amid fears it could burst and swamp Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire.

Police have told the town's 6,500 residents to gather at a school, taking pets and medication with them.

A severe flood warning, which means a threat to life, has been issued for the River Goyt, below the reservoir.

Comment: Thousands evacuated after more floods in Amur and Irkutsk, Russia


6.8 earthquake strikes central Chile, interrupting speech by President Sebastian Pinera

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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile around 2:30 pm local time on Thursday. The epicenter was at the depth of about 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The tremors were strong enough to be felt in the capital Santiago, some 167 kilometers to the northeast.

Footage on social media showed light fixtures and furniture swaying in apartments.

No tsunami warning was issued, and there were no reports of damage or casualties.


Up to 20 inches of snow dumped on ski slopes in New Zealand

Strong winds and snow drifts forced Mt Dobson skifield to close its access road on Thursday.

Strong winds and snow drifts forced Mt Dobson skifield to close its access road on Thursday.
It was a "frustrating" morning for Mt Dobson ski field on Thursday after the excitement of 40 centimetres of snow in 36 hours was dampened by strong winds and snow drifts forced the closure of its access road.

"I felt so bad because we did that Facebook post yesterday [saying the snow had arrived] and so many people were sending messages saying 'I'm invoking my powder clause and taking the day off work'," sales and marketing manager Mike Smith said.

"It's defeated us today but that's just life in the mountains unfortunately."