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Hurricane Ian's devastating aftermath

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Water floods a damaged trailer park in Fort Myers, Florida, October 2. 2022.
A massive clean-up has begun in Florida, and North and South Carolina, after Hurricane Ian cut a swathe of destruction that left at least 21 people dead.

Ian is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland and has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage.

New images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show beach cottages and a motel building that lined the shores of Florida's Sanibel Island now wiped away by the storm surge.

The popular destination for holidaymakers and retirees was cut off when a causeway was rendered impassable.

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The death toll from Hurricane Ian has grown to 54 people, including 47 in Florida, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities also confirmed four deaths in North Carolina and three in Cuba from the Category 4 storm that brought dangerous storm surges, wind and flooding across Florida and other areas.

"It's really, really incredible the amount of flood that we're seeing," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said at a news conference on Saturday.

The storm made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, but many areas across the state saw major flooding and power outages due to Ian's large size.

More than 1.2 million people remained without power in Florida as of Saturday, with crews having already restored more than 1.4 million accounts since the storm.

DeSantis's office said law enforcement has conducted more than 1,110 rescues.

The Florida National Guard and the Coast Guard are also landing helicopters on barrier islands for search and rescue operations. Bridges to some coastal islands, including Sanibel Island, were destroyed in the storm, preventing residents from fleeing.

With many areas facing cell service and connectivity issues, DeSantis on Saturday also announced that Starlink units created by Elon Musk's SpaceX would be distributed to impacted regions to improve communications. Thirty units will be delivered to Lee and Charlotte counties, which faced the brunt of Ian's impact as it made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast near Fort Myers.



Boat

Flash flood ravages district in central Vietnam

A car is half swallowed by floodwaters.

A car is half swallowed by floodwaters.
One baby died and dozens of houses were crushed as rain water and mud gushed into Ky Son District in Nghe An Province early Sunday.

Rainfall measured at 115 millimeters caused streams to overflow and pour down Ta Ca Commune early Sunday.

Fifteen houses were swept away while others collapsed. A four-month old girl was knocked off her mother's arm. Only the mother survived.


Binoculars

Common Nighthawk from North America turns up in Oxfordshire, UK

According to ecologist and bird-watcher James Hanlon there have only been a handful of records of the North American species in the UK

According to ecologist and bird-watcher James Hanlon there have only been a handful of records of the North American species in the UK
Birdwatchers who descended on an Oxfordshire town for the chance to snap an extremely rare bird have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Photographers headed to Hallett Close in Wantage on Monday (September 26) after news broke that a Common Nighthawk was spotted snoozing on a garden fence.

The medium-sized, nocturnal bird weighs just 80g and measures 24cm in length, with a wing-span of 64cm.

The Common Nighthawk is native to North America and so there has only been around 30 sightings in the UK, many of which have been on islands rather than the mainland.


Windsock

Hurricane Ian - Maps and images showing destruction

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Hurricane Ian - one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in recent years - has caused widespread disruption after barrelling across the Caribbean into Florida.

Local reports say thousands of people are awaiting rescue and at least 20 people have died - with fears that number may rise. Satellite analysis suggests more than 80,000 properties have been affected by flood waters.

Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Florida but as it moved into the Atlantic Ocean it regained its hurricane strength and is heading for South Carolina and Georgia - where some people have fled low-lying areas for higher ground and other communities are braced for strong winds, heavy rains and flooding.

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Black Cat

Mountain lion attacks 7-year-old in California park

A cougar
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A cougar
A 7-year-old California boy walking in a park Monday was attacked by a mountain lion, which bit him on the buttocks, officials said.

Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Fish and Wildlife Department told KABC the attack took place in Pico Canyon Park outside Santa Clarita.

"The young boy ... was walking up some stairs and was attacked from behind by a mountain lion and bitten in the buttocks," he said.

The boy's injuries were reported to be non-life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.


Windsock

Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida - at least 77 dead (UPDATES)

A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
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A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida.

"Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."


Comment: Update September 30

CNN reports:
Hurricane Ian starts lashing South Carolina after leaving at least 21 reported dead and millions without power across Florida

Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, FL.
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Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, FL.
As much of Florida takes stock Friday of apocalyptic damage - with searchers still checking for people in need and millions without power - deadly Hurricane Ian has begun lashing South Carolina, where an expected afternoon landfall threatens more lethal flooding and enough force to alter the coastal landscape.

With at least 21 deaths reported in Florida, Ian restrengthened to a Category 1 storm in the Atlantic and was barreling toward South Carolina with sustained core winds of 85 mph as of 8 a.m. ET Friday. Its center was due to move onto land between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, forecasters said, with winds up to 73 mph already hitting much of the Carolinas' coast and life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions expected within hours.

"This is a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and a lot of water," South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. "Be smart, make good decisions, check on your loved ones, and stay safe."

Meanwhile, Florida confronts the dizzying destruction Ian wrought through much of the peninsula Wednesday and Thursday after it smashed into the southwest coast as a Category 4 storm and plowed through central and northeastern areas. Homes on the coast were washed out to sea, buildings were smashed throughout the state, and floodwater ruined homes and businesses and trapped residents, even inland in places like the Orlando area.

Hundreds of rescues have taken place by land, air and sea, with residents stuck in homes or stranded on rooftops, and searchers have made many wellness checks, especially in the Fort Myers and Naples areas, where feet of storm surge inundated streets and homes.


And now, the storm's aftermath poses new, deadly dangers of its own. Some standing water is electrified, officials warned, while maneuvering through debris-strewn buildings and streets - many without working traffic signals - risks injury. Lack of air conditioning can lead to heat illness, and improper generator use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

In North Port between Fort Myers and Sarasota, Rosanna Walker stood Thursday in the flood-damaged home where she rode out the storm. Part of her drywall ceiling was hanging down.

"And all of a sudden, the water was coming in through the doors - the top, the bottom, the windows over here," she told CNN's John Berman. "It's all in my closets; I've got to empty out my closets."

"Everything got ruined."
Update October 1

MSNBC reports:
At least 77 killed by Hurricane Ian

Authorities say the death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to 77 people and that number is expected to grow as rescue crews make their way through the damage. NBC News' Liz McLaughlin has the latest on the recovery effort from Florida.





Cloud Lightning

3 killed in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh, India

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A 60-year-old woman, her daughter and a man were killed after being struck by lightning in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place at Kesla village under Lailunga police station limits late Friday evening, a police official said.

The deceased were identified as Khulaso Sarthi (60), her daughter Kamla (30) and Sukhiram Banjara (34), all residents of Lailunga, he said.

"The victims were hit by lightning when they were trying to find shelter from rain," he said, adding that before the incident, they had gone to a nearby temple.

On being informed, police rushed to the village and sent their bodies to the Community Health Centre in Lailunga for autopsy, the official said.

Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6 earthquake in the North Atlantic Ocean

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Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time Oct 1, 2022 01:18:53 UTC
Local time at epicenter Friday, Sep 30, 2022 at 11:18 pm (GMT -2)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 53.7113°N / 35.5271°W

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains in Barquisimeto, Venezuela causes flooding and power failures

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Civil Protection in Barquisimeto, Lara state, reported that the rains recorded during the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27, caused flooded roads, power failures and fallen trees to be recorded in several areas of the region.

The governor of the entity, Adolfo Pereira, offered on Tuesday a first report on the effects of the rains in the region.

The authority pointed out that the rain caused at least six trees to collapse on Rotary Avenue. In total, at least 25 fallen trees are counted in various sectors. He explained that crews from the Iribarren fire department are attending to the situation.


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Indonesia - 6 killed in South Kalimantan landslide triggered by heavy rain

The location of the community gold mine in the Kukur area, Buluh Kuning Village, Sungai Durian District, Kotabaru Regency, South Kalimantan Province experienced a landslide, Tuesday

The location of the community gold mine in the Kukur area, Buluh Kuning Village, Sungai Durian District, Kotabaru Regency, South Kalimantan Province experienced a landslide, Tuesday.
At least 6 people died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in South Kalimantan Province in Indonesia on 26 September 2022.

Heavy rain falling on unstable ground near the site of a gold mine led to a massive landslide in Buluh Kuning village, Sei Durian District of Kotabaru Regency, South Kalimantan Province, late on 26 September 2022.

Indonesia's disaster management agency BNPB reported 6 people lost their lives in the landslide and emergency teams are searching for a further 5 people thought to be still missing. Six other were injured.

Heavy digging equipment is expected at the site to aid the search operation.