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Greece battered by heavy rainfall,18,000 lightning strikes during Storm "Eva"

The first winter storms of the season have been battering Greece since Saturday, causing streets to flood on Sunday as a result of the heavy rainfall.

The National Meteorological Service of Greece (EMY) renewed its emergency notice issued on Thursday as a severe weather system called "Eva" is causing hazardous weather conditions across most of Greece.

The severe weather is expected to last until Monday morning.

Until then, Civil Protection strongly recommends that citizens avoid unnecessary travel, and advises against attempting to cross any torrents, streams, or flooded roads, either on foot or in a vehicle.


Flood crisis grows across Australia

Residents of Forbes are facing a monster

Residents of Forbes are facing a monster clean-up bill after the town was devastated by its worst floods in 70 years, as the body of a man swept away in the Central West last week was found.
Dozens of towns across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are facing the threat of inundation as flood peaks move downstream.

The flood crisis is expected to worsen in some areas and flooding along the Murray River could last until at least the new year.


Saint Lucia experiences massive flooding - people reported trapped in their homes

© Philip J Pierre
The North of Saint Lucia has experienced massive flooding.

The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) disclosed on Sunday that it had received reports of individuals trapped in their homes in the Assou Canal area.

NEMO's Acting Director Maria Medard told St Lucia Times on Sunday afternoon that emergency responders were trying to assist in evacuating the distressed residents.

She said the responders included the police, the Saint Lucia Fire Service, the Gros Islet District Disaster Committee, and the National Transportation Committee.


Strong winds knock down trees all over Chicago area, leaving thousands without power

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago
Thousands of Chicago-area residents were without power on Saturday as a strong storm barreled through.

The wind gusts were up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

ComEd said that as of about 4 p.m., there were 1,354 outages affecting 28,535 customers.

There were trees down in many places, including Chicago, Elgin, and Griffith, Indiana.


Wild winds knock out power to 300K in western Washington state


Driving back to his North Everett home from Lynnwood on Friday night, Dan Laurence was reminded of a hurricane he experienced years before in Bermuda.

All the lights were out, leaves were swirling, and branches were flying through the air. When he and his wife got inside, it felt like the entire house was vibrating. On the bluff below, cedar trees were dancing around like "bed knobs and broomsticks," he said. "It was really pretty wild."

Peering into the darkness, they realized the wind had uprooted an 80-year-old elm tree in their neighbor's front yard.

"This huge root ball was sticking up and you could see that it was just gone," he said. "It was the healthiest and biggest elm in the neighborhood."

Similar scenes played out across Western Washington as fierce winds from the season's first major storm ripped through the region, cutting power to more than 300,000 customers from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascade foothills.

Cloud Precipitation

Dominican Republic: Heavy rainfall causes flooding, power outages in Santo Domingo


Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding and power outages in Santo Domingo, as of late Nov. 4. Reports suggest that flooding has affected several homes, educational institutions, as well as public buildings. Juan Bosch metro station is reportedly flooded.

Several roads are impassable, and severe road transport disruptions are ongoing. Power outages have also been reported across the city. Emergency crews are responding to the situation.


Child killed in dog attack near Springdale, Arkansas

dog attack
The Washington County Prosecutor's Office confirmed a child was mauled by a dog.

The incident happened early afternoon Thursday, November 4 in the 20,000 block of Ballerina Rd in the Nob Hill area.

According to the Washington County Coroner's Office, a toddler's body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Washington County Prosecutor's Office said the dog accused of the attack is being held at a secure location. The prosecutor's office said there is no danger to the public.

Arrow Down

At least 7 people dead after landslide caused by heavy rains in Anzoátegui, Venezuela

Landslides and floods kill seven in eastern Venezuela.

Landslides and floods kill seven in eastern Venezuela.
At least seven people have died as a result of a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Venezuelan town of Puerto la Cruz, in the northern state of Anzoátegui.

Specifically, the bodies of six people were found in Puerto La Cruz, while that of a child was found in the nearby town of Guanta, as detailed by the governor of Anzoátegui, Luis Marcano, in a statement.

"As a result of the heavy rains of yesterday, Thursday, three more people have been found dead in the Valle Verde sector of Puerto La Cruz, which brings to seven the number of people who have lost their lives in our state due to the damages between Sotillo and Guanta", Marcano stated in his Twitter account.


Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person and injuring dozens

Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions
© Jeff Forward/AP
Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions along Lamar County Road 35940, west of State Highway 271, after a massive tornado hit the area, causing extensive damage and destroying an unknown number of homes, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 in Powderly, Texas.
Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring two dozens others and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins.

Tornadoes hit hard in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, in the southeastern corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county's emergency manager, confirmed one death although he didn't immediately provide details.

The small town of Idabel saw a church, medical center and a school torn apart.

"There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel," Steven Carter, an emergency management coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette.

Better Earth

Mysterious & unexplained blue auroral phenomenon photographed over Sweden

blue aurora
© Claudio Comi
The blue ribbon over Lake Tornetrask.
Yesterday in Sweden, sky watchers were puzzled when a strange ribbon of blue light appeared during a geomagnetic storm. "It didn't look like any auroras I have ever seen before," says Chad Blakley, the director of Lights over Lapland. One of his tour guides, Miquel Such, video-recorded the phenomenon.

A G1-class geomagnetic storm was underway on Nov. 3rd when the blue ribbon appeared. Webcams saw it first at 1615 UT (5:15 p.m. local Abisko time). It rapidly brightened to naked-eye visibility, then sank below the horizon 30 minutes later. The whole time, regular green auroras danced around and seemingly in front of it: movie [video can be found below]

But what was it?

Comment: A variety of unusual and unexplained phenomena has been appearing in our skies in recent years, with other, formerly rare, activity increasing in both frequency and intensity. Taken together, it's clear that there is a great shift afoot on our planet, part of which is reflected in our changing, cooling, atmosphere: Also check out SOTT radio's: