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Man dies after being mauled by his pet dog in Oldham, UK

Jonny Halstead, left, and his dog

Jonny Halstead, left, and his dog
Jonny Halstead 'bitten multiple times' at house in Oldham

A 35-year-old man has been found dead after being mauled by his pet dog.

The body of Jonny Halstead was discovered after emergency services were called to a house in Oldham.

Greater Manchester Police said that they had received a report a man had been "bitten multiple times by a dog" at the property in Duckworth Street, Shaw.

Attention

Sperm whale dies after three-day struggle in Thames estuary, UK

Rescuers monitored 'distressed and confused' animal off coast of Whitstable

DEAD WHALE
A sperm whale has died after becoming stranded in the Thames estuary in Kent.

The mammal was first spotted in the river around 100 metres from the coastline near Whitstable on Thursday.

It was later seen moving up and down the channel between north Kent and the Isle of Sheppey.

The whale was monitored by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), which described it as appearing "distressed and confused".

Comment: Globally in the past 6 days dead whales have also turned up off the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia and North Carolina.

Officials from a marine and coastal resources research centre examine the dead Bruda whale washed ashore in the mangrove forest at Bang Poo, Samut Prakan.
© Sutthiwit Chayutworakan
Officials from a marine and coastal resources research centre examine the dead Bruda whale washed ashore in the mangrove forest at Bang Poo, Samut Prakan.

Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency personnel and Tasilo village residents working together to remove a sperm whale carcass from mangroves on the Tasilo Beach shoreline
© The Jakarta Post/ANN
Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency personnel and Tasilo village residents working together to remove a sperm whale carcass from mangroves on the Tasilo Beach shoreline

A dead humpback whale was found on an Outer Banks beach on Thursday, rescuers say.
© OUTER BANKS MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING NETWORK
A dead humpback whale was found on an Outer Banks beach on Thursday, rescuers say.



Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain kills at least 3 in Rwanda

FLOODS
Heavy rains which hit several parts across Rwanda on Tuesday night had killed at least three people before destroying farms and sweeping away five homes, a senior government official said on Wednesday.The Permanent Secretary in the Rwandan ministry of Disaster management and Refugees Affairs, Olivier Kayumba explained that among the most affected districts are Karongi and Rusizi in Western Province and Nyarugenge in Kigali city.

Reports indicated that in Nyarugenge district heavy rains triggered a landslide which destroyed a house, killing one occupant while in Rusizi and Karongi districts two of the victims died after a house they were sleeping in collapsed.


Question

Mysterious boom shakes homes in parts of southern Mississippi

Mystery boom in MS
News 5 received multiple calls about shaking and a loud boom from the Springhill area of Mobile to Lucedale, Mississippi.

Callers say they felt a brief rattling in their homes, even one reported their doors were shaking. This is video and audio one viewer sent us. You can hear a noise-we're not sure exactly what it is.


Freddie Holloway lives in the Timberland North subdivision in Wilmer.

"I said, 'What was that?'" Holloway told News 5's Devon Walsh.

It is between Georgetown and Williams Road. His whole house was shaking. He first thought the washing machine had gotten off balance. His wife who is pregnant said she "freaked out" for a second.

Tornado2

Rare snow devil filmed in mountains of Troms, Norway

rare snow devil

Rare snow devil
A rare snow devil was spotted swirling in the mountains of Troms, Norway, on January 28.

Evald Andersen captured footage of the event from his balcony.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, this phenomenon occurs when "surface wind shear acts to generate a vortex over snow cover, resulting in a whirling column of snow particles being raised from the ground."

The spinning columns tend to appear for brief moments and are therefore quite elusive and difficult to capture on camera.

"There was strong wind from the south/southwest being pushed over and down the mountain, creating this snow devil," said Magnus Andersen, Evald's son.


Credit: Magnus Andersen via Storyful

Snowflake

Record snowfall on Taiwan's Yushan peak - nearly 10 inches in 17 hours

Yushan
© Yushan Weather Station
25 cm of snow on Taiwan's highest peak the heaviest snowfall in two decades, 'orange' alert for more cold weather

A punishing cold front has seen record snowfall on Taiwan's highest peak of Yushan (玉山), and an "orange" cold alert issued for the counties of Hsinchu, Miaoli, and Taoyuan.

This means that temperatures could well drop below 6 degrees Celsius in these areas, from Saturday night to early Sunday morning, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

In addition, there was a "yellow" alert for Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi (city and county), Tainan, Kaohsiung, Yilan, Hualien and Kinmen - meaning temperatures could drop below 10 C in these cities and counties.

Yushan, the nation's highest mountain at 3,952 meters (12,966 feet) above sea level, had experienced intermittent snow over a 17-hour period. This saw snowfalls of up to 25 centimeters, a record amount, stretching back to 20 years ago.


Question

Video: Dead birds mysteriously line the roadway in Macclenny, Florida

dead birds
*** Warning: The video in the story may be disturbing to some viewers due to the presence of dead animals.


(CREDIT: Mitchell Benton)

Snowflake

Shimla in India receives highest January snowfall in 8 years

The famous tourist spot received 89.4 cm snowfall this year.

The famous tourist spot received 89.4 cm snowfall this year.
Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla received the highest snowfall this January in eight years, the meteorological department said.

The famous tourist spot received 89.4 cm snowfall this year. The figure was 95 cm in the same month in 2012, Shimla Met centre director Manmohan Singh said.

Shimla received 96.6 cm snowfall in January in 2004 and 109.4 cm in 1993, he added.

In Shimla district this year, Jubbal got 38.5 cm snowfall, Theog 82 cm, Khadrala 160.5 cm, Sarahan 81 cm, Kotkhai 32 cm and Mashobra 47.5 cm.


Snowflake

U.P. city working on 18 feet of snow so far, see snow totals around Michigan

Snowbanks on January 31, 2020 at Toivola in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
© Christina Huhta
Snowbanks on January 31, 2020 at Toivola in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Here's a look at how much snow various parts of Michigan have had already this winter.

The general theme of the snowfall this winter is amounts vary greatly compared to normal amounts of snow. Much of southeast Lower Michigan has near normal snowfall so far. Southwest Lower is significantly below normal in the snow department. Northern Lower Michigan has a mixed snow tally now, and the western U.P. has snow really piling up.

The Keweenaw Road Commission reports 215 inches of snow so far this winter. The normal amount to this date at Houghton in the Keweenaw Peninsula is 184 inches.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods rip through Floridablanca, Santander, Colombia

Flood damage in Floridablanca, Santander,
© Government Santander
Flood damage in Floridablanca, Santander, Colombia, January 2020.
Heavy rain and overflowing creeks caused raging flash floods in Floridablanca municipality in the department of Santander, Colombia, on 28 January 2020.

Local media reported that around 130 families were evacuated from their homes. Images showed cars piled up along streets covered in mud and flood debris. Around 100 vehicles were damaged in the flooding, along with at least 30 houses.