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Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir, California

Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir over the weekend
Man dies after being struck by lightning at Stampede Reservoir over the weekend
A 47-year-old man is dead after he was struck by lightning over the weekend.

According to officials, Eugene Arao and his son were on a jet ski on Saturday, July 25 when lightning struck them at Stampede Reservoir west of Reno.

Authorities say the Arao's son was also injured as a result of the strike.

The National Weather Service in Reno would like to remind you, "when thunder rolls, get indoors."

Arao's death marks the 9th lightning-related fatality in the United States this year.

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German tourist dies after being struck by lightning in Romania's Rodnei Mountains

A German tourist died after being struck by lightning while hiking in Romania's Rodnei Mountains, Stiri.tvr.ro reported.

He was part of a larger group of German tourists, who descended from the mountains this morning, July 28.

Mountain rescuers from two counties were dispatched to help save the tourists, who were caught in a storm, in an area without any shelters. They had set out on a hike on Saturday, July 25.

A doctor who was part of the group tried to help the 32-year old German tourist hit by lightning but could not save him.

The body of the victim was brought to the Bistrița morgue.


Seismologists register magnitude 6.1 earthquake off Alaskan coast

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has been registered off the coast of the US state of Alaska, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed on Tuesday.

The earthquake was detected by the USGS at 08:03 GMT on Tuesday, with its epicentre 41 miles to the southwest of Sand Point, a town with roughly 1,000 residents.

There have been no tsunami warnings or advisories posted in the region following the earthquake, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's tsunami warning system.

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Symbolism: Washington DC lightning display astonishes onlookers - 'Never seen an electrical storm like this'

One of many lightning flashes in Washington last night
© Kevin Ambrose
One of many lightning flashes in Washington last night.
Powerful thunderstorms consolidated over the D.C. area Thursday evening, releasing a dramatic and memorable outburst of thunder and lightning while also dispensing tremendous rainfall. Energized by stifling heat and humidity, it was the fourth day in a row of vigorous summer storms in some locations.

On social media, eyewitnesses described the jarring claps of thunder and the strobe-light-like lightning display as among the most extreme they had seen:

"[T]hat was some of the loudest, sustained thunder and lightning I've ever been through," tweeted Jim Groves in Hyattsville.

"I've never seen an electrical storm like this," tweeted The Weather Channel's Justin Michaels.

"I'm not prone to hyperbole but this takes the cake for the most intense lightning event since the derecho," tweeted WTOP's Dave Dildine.

Comment: Meanwhile from earlier this week: Symbolism: Dramatic video shows moment lightning strikes behind Statue of Liberty

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Mexico flooding: Tropical depression Hanna drenches north, floods streets

In Saltillo, a van was dragged into the waters
In Saltillo, a van was dragged into the waters
Streets in Monterrey in northern Mexico were flooded by heavy rains from tropical depression Hanna on Sunday.

The US National Hurricane Center has warned that continued rains could trigger flash flooding and mudslides in the the northern states of Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas on Monday.

Hanna became the first hurricane of the North Atlantic hurricane season before it was downgraded to a tropical storm.


Hurricane Douglas nears Hawaii, brings high winds and rain - Update: Islands dodge direct hit

Hurricane Douglas Hawaii satellite
Hurricane Douglas approximately 500 miles east of Hawaii at 4:10 a.m. HST on July 25, 2020.
Hawaii prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, with predictions of high winds, rain and storm surge.

"It's definitely going to be a triple threat," said National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said.

Rainfall from the storm can be anywhere from 5-15 inches. It's "probably not a good day to go to the beach," Almanza said.

Douglas weakened Saturday to a Category 1 hurricane as it approached Hawaii, but officials warned people should not be lulled into complacency. The National Weather Service said Douglas should remain a hurricane as it moves through the islands Sunday.

Comment: Hawaii avoided direct landfall:

But residents of Oahu & Kauai will still have to be vigilant:

Hawaii residents post to Twitter:


Five more killed as heavy rain plays havoc in Karachi, Pakistan for second day

As many as 10 people, including a child, have died in the last two days of rainfall in the city

At least five more people were killed due to electrocution and structural collapse as the ongoing monsoon spell turned many roads in Karachi into rivers of filthy rainwater and left many houses and shops flooded on Monday. The Sindh government, though, insisted that the situation "could have been worse."

Two labourers were electrocuted to death at a marble factory in Mowach Goth. According to Mochko SHO Waseem, four workers were trying to drain rainwater from the factory with a suction pump when they were electrocuted. Two of them, identified as Muhammad Moosa, 45, and Waheed, 30, died on the spot.

Separately, a man received an electric shock and died while turning on a water pumping machine in Orangi Town. According to Pakistan Bazaar SHO Iqbal Tunio, the deceased, identified as Muhammad Rafiq, 45, was handed over to the family after the completion of medico-legal formalities.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Worms in Korean water, summer frosts and sky message

A worm-like organism that was discovered in Seoul
© Yonhap
A worm-like organism that was discovered in tap water at an apartment in Seoul’s Jung Ward at around 11 p.m. on July 19, 2020, is seen in this photo provided by the resident.
Worms appear in chlorinated water in many large cities across South Korea leaving experts baffled. Summer frosts across the UK and Ireland. Skywriters leave the message OBEY above Kentucky skies as a cryptic message.

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Four dead, 4 missing, property destroyed as flood wreak havoc in Abuja, Nigeria

Photos of the extent of damage suffered
© Abayomi Adeshida
Photo of the extent of damage suffered by residents of Police Estate, Dakwa, Deidei, as an heavy downpour wreaked havoc and caused a flood that destroyed properties estimated to worth hundreds of millions of naira across the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It was a tale of woes for some residents of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja on Saturday following hours of heavy downpour which led to flooding in several parts of the territory.

At the end of the downpour which lasted for between six to eight hours, five residents had been swept away and several houses and cars destroyed while six people who were rescued from the rampaging flood are currently hospitalized. Of the five swept away, one of the bodies has been recovered while four are still missing as of press time.

Areas mostly affected were the Police Estate in Dei-Dei, Gwagwalada, Dawaki, Zuba and Giri. In all the areas, houses and cars were submerged in the flood.

In Zuba where the rain started around 2am, several houses were washed away while the flood also cut the bridge linking Ikwa, Yimi and other villages in Zuba.

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Flood death toll tops 100 in Assam, India

An aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Assam on Friday.
An aerial view of the flood-affected areas of Assam on Friday.
Floods continue to wreak havoc in eastern parts of the country. On Sunday, three more people died in Assam taking the toll past 100, while seven people lost their lives in Bihar.

PM Modi in his monthly Mann ki Baat expressed his solidarity with all those affected by floods and heavy rainfall in Assam and Bihar. "A large part of the country is grappling with floods. Many areas of states such as Bihar and Assam are having to deal with a series of difficulties due to the floods. ... all governments, NDRF teams, disaster response teams and self-help groups are working in tandem to provide relief and rescue in all possible ways," Modi said.

According to the daily flood bulletin by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 23 districts are still affected, impacting nearly 25 lakh people, about 1.5 lakh less than Saturday. Almost 46,000 people have taken shelter in 269 government relief camps. The overall flood situation, however, improved on Sunday as water levels of all major rivers started receding.