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Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba hit by 2nd heavy snowstorm in 2 weeks

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It only took a matter of hours before power was knocked out and highways were closed, as a snowstorm rolled in to the Riding Mountain National Park area Saturday night.

The parkland area was hit hard with a second Colorado low in just two weeks. It brought strong wind gusts and thick heavy snow.

Electricity at the Elkhorn Resort was out when guests woke up Sunday morning, a disappointment for Toni Hayes.

"A lot of us came and thought, okay we're going to have a storm and it's going to melt or whatever," Hayes told Global News.

The weather had other plans for her, as she planned to head home to Minitonas on Sunday.


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Late April blizzard could leave North Dakotans without power for days

Broken power poles
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Broken power poles
A combination of ugly weather has left at least 19,000 people in western North Dakota facing days without power and thousands of residents along the Red River that separates that state from Minnesota dealing with flash flooding.

A blizzard over the weekend that included a mixture of snow, rain, ice and strong winds snapped hundreds or thousands of power poles in the western part of the state, leaving damage that a spokesman for a 100-year-old utility company called the worst ever in its system.

At the same time, Minnesota sent National Guard members to help sandbag in Crookston, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the North Dakota border, due to heavy rains. The National Weather Service originally warned of a record crest on the Red Lake River but the river peaked Monday at about 27 feet. The record high water mark was 28.4 feet in 1997.


Fire

Deadly fires continue out west, early in wildfire season

This image provided by the Nebraska State Patrol shows smoke from a wildfire, Saturday, April 23, 2022 near Cambridge, Neb.
© Nebraska State Patrol
This image provided by the Nebraska State Patrol shows smoke from a wildfire, Saturday, April 23, 2022 near Cambridge, Neb.
Multiple wildfires continue to tear through several states across the west in an early start to fire season. The flames turned deadly with Nebraska authorities announcing a retired fire chief was killed and at least 15 others injured while battling the blaze.


Cloud Precipitation

Residents evacuated and roads closed as floods hit Saudi Arabia

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Flash floods hit Saudi Arabia on April 25th 2022.

Heavy rain caused flooding in rural areas, as the ground was unable to cope with the volume of water.

Roads closed as floods made driving conditions unsafe in the North and East of the country.

Residents were evacuated as flood waters threatened homes, with possessions destroyed as water levels rose.

Authorities are monitoring the situation, with damage being assessed as flood waters subside.


Attention

Four-metre great white shark attacks family's tiny boat off Western Australia

David Tuckfield was out on the water off the coast of Mandurah south of Perth last Friday with his wife Kunya and 14-year-old son when they spotted the shark lurking beneath the surface

David Tuckfield was out on the water off the coast of Mandurah south of Perth last Friday with his wife Kunya and 14-year-old son when they spotted the shark lurking beneath the surface
A family has captured the terrifying moment a 'four-metre' great white shark monstered their boat while out on a fishing trip.

David Tuckfield was out on the water off the coast of Mandurah, south of Perth, last Friday with his wife Kunya and 14-year-old son when they spotted the shark lurking beneath the surface.

The great white, which Mr Tuckfield estimated to be about four metres long, swam right up to the side of the boat, opening its mouth up wide and using its razor sharp teeth to chomp down on the boat's outboard motor.

The shark continued circling the family for an hour, giving them a Good Friday they'll never forget.


Cloud Precipitation

Colombia - Emergency declared after deadly landslides and floods in Cundinamarca

Civil Defense carry out search and rescue operations after a landslide in Cachipay, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2022.
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Civil Defense carry out search and rescue operations after a landslide in Cachipay, Cundinamarca, Colombia, April 2022.
At least 8 people have died and 4 are missing after heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in parts of Cundinamarca department in central Colombia . Meanwhile national authorities report severe weather has affected over 20,000 people across the country since the start of the recent rainy season.

Cundinamarca

The Governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás Garcia, announced the declaration of public calamity for the whole of the Department in order to quickly respond to the effects of severe weather in recent days. In his statement of 23 April 2022, the governor said 85 municipalities out of 116 have been affected by severe weather since the start of the current rainy season.

The governor said, "We have decided to decree the public calamity in order to be able to attend immediately and provide faster technical support to each of the municipalities." The governor said that money will be provided to repair more than 90 roads.


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Rare waterspout seen on the coast of Spain's Torrevieja

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A rare sighting of a waterspout has surprised the inhabitants of Torrevieja today, Wednesday,20, April as a result of the storm that is sweeping across Spain and has already left snowfall in several parts of the country, as reported by 20minutos.

"Wednesday has started off rainy, even leaving us with a waterspout. The moment was captured by one of our most faithful followers", read the tweet posted by TorreviejaOn.

The waterspout which was of a significant size lasted between 15 and 20 minutes, following a swat swell which began to appear at about eight o'clock in the morning and has covered practically the entire coast of Orihuela and Torrevieja. The rare phenomenon did not reach land, meaning that no person nor property was damaged.


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Waterspout filmed on Lake Samish, Washington

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The National Weather Service is looking into reports of a waterspout on Lake Samish.

The waterspout happened sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Monday evening on the lake near Bellingham.

Officials say a video showed the waterspout quickly dissipated as it moved onshore.

Although the NWS said it did not cause significant damage, it did move two small boats and patio furniture along the shore.


Fire

This week in volcano news - Mount Rainier earthquake swarm, large eruption at Karymsky

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Karymsky volcano
In the last week, several major volcano related news stories broke. In Washington state, the dangerous volcano known as Mount Rainier produced a swarm of earthquakes directly underneath its glacier covered peak. Meanwhile in Alaska, part of the Aleutians received large volumes of sulfur dioxide which originated from a very large eruption of the Karymsky volcano in Russia. And, in New Zealand, the Ruapehu volcano is continuing to show signs of unrest as it has been producing its longest period of volcanic tremor since 2002.


Attention

Man killed, girl hurt in sloth bear attack in Rajasthan, India

Sloth bear

Sloth bear
An 80-year-old man was killed and a 19-year-old girl was hurt in an attack by a sloth bear at Biliya village here on Wednesday. Devaram was going towards a field with his daughter Savita when suddenly a bear hiding behind the bushes attacked him.

Sources said the bear attacked Devaram's face with its paw and gorged out his eye. His jaw also broke in the attack. The bear caught Devaram from the head and started dragging him towards the jungle. When his daughter started shouting, the bear left Devaram and pounced on her. Hearing her shout, villagers rushed towards them which forced the bear to run away in the forest, sources said.

Comment: A day later in another state: 3 killed in 2 days by bear in Jharkhand, India