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2 Florida shark attacks in 90 minutes critically injure woman, teen girl; 3rd in stable condition

Great white shark
Two shark attacks on swimmers in the Florida Panhandle -- both in Walton County -- on Friday left a woman and teenage girl in critical condition and a third teen injured.

The two attacks were about four miles apart in a span of about 90 minutes. It was not clear what type of shark attacked the three victims.

The first, according to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, involved a woman near Watersound, a private beach. Officials were notified of the attack just after 1:20 p.m.

South Walton Fire District Fire Chief Ryan Crawford said a 45-year-old woman was swimming with her husband when she lost her left hand in the attack and suffered "significant trauma" to her midsection and pelvis. She is in critical condition.

The sheriff's office said deputies and firefighters responded to the scene and the woman was transported to an area hospital by the fire department.

Comment: On the same day a woman was seriously injured in another shark attack off Hawaii.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours flood streets in provinces of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, Vietnam - rainfall intensity of almost 10 inches per hour

In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
Many areas in Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province were under 0.5-1 meter of water on Sunday following prolonged downpours lasting from early morning until noon.

Da Nang Street in northern Hai Phong City became inundated after rainfall persisted from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m., significantly impeding commuting.

The port city had seen a rainfall intensity of 250 mm per hour that morning, according to the Hai Phong Sewerage & Drainage Company.

Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, and many northern provinces have been experiencing heavy rainfall in the last several days due to the influence of a low-pressure trough passing through the region.

Weather forecasters predict that the downpour will persist until Monday with rainfall of 30-80 mm on average and over 150 mm in some areas.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours lash south China's Guangxi, flooding roads, triggering landslides, trapping residents

Heavy downpours have lashed several areas in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the past few days, flooding roads, triggering landslides and trapping residents there.

The mountainous Napo County in Baise City experienced multiple landslides triggered by heavy rainfall on Saturday morning which damaged roads and disrupted traffic. The local road maintenance center immediately organized repair work. As of 17:00, two sections of the damaged roads reopened to traffic with a limited traffic flow.


Strong June storms trigger flooding in Austria

Apart from southern Germany, elements of Austria are additionally presently being hit by storms. In some cities the middle can solely be reached by boat.

Heavy rain prompted flooding in lots of elements of Austria on Saturday night. Images on social media present, for instance, how within the city of Deutschfeistritz, north of Graz, many vehicles are piled on high of one another or thrown in opposition to the partitions of homes as a consequence of flooding.

The nationwide warning middle is alleged to have beforehand issued a extreme climate warning, ORF reported.

Comment: Related: Austria closes river Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 Azerbaijani servicemen

On June 9, a lightning strike killed two servicemen of the Azerbaijan State Border Service (SBS), Trend reports.

"Major Bakhishli Bakhish and soldier Nagiyev Ali died as a result of being struck by lightning while performing their duties for the protection of the state border in the service territory of the "Lankaran" border detachment of the State Border Service.

An investigation is being conducted. The SBS expresses deep condolences to the families and relatives of our deceased servicemen," the Azerbaijan State Border Service said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda

Three children who are members of the same family in Kangai Sub County, Dokolo District were this afternoon struck dead by lightning.

The deceased are; Adongo Robina 14, daughter to Okello Jonathan, Amen Jadox 7, son to Oketi Jasper and Acen Marion 5, daughter to Apio Jenifer, who are all residents of Ocikikot B, Angwenya parish, Kangia Sub County, Dokolo District.

Adongo Robina and Amen Jadox were pupils of Angwenya primary school.

Rev Gorge Omia the Parish Priest Agoronyut Church of Uganda, who visited the deceased home said the children were struck by lightning at around 3pm as they took shelter at their grandfather, Amen Moses' house.

Omia said the children were rushed to Kwera Health III but they did not make it

Moses Amen who survived the lightning said the bodies of the children have been returned back home, awaiting burial.


Flash flooding leads to emergency rescues, evacuations in Sydney, Australia - 2nd major flood event in a week

Australia’s largest city experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.
Australia’s largest city experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.
Australia's largest city, Sydney, experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to rescues and evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.

Emergency services reported conducting 13 rescues and receiving 297 assistance requests from Sydney residents, the capital of New South Wales, within the 24 hours leading up to 5 a.m. local time, due to flooding caused by the intense rainfall.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES), announced on Saturday morning that ten emergency evacuation orders were issued for suburbs in the city's northwest.

The country's weather service warned that severe flooding could happen later on Saturday in the northwest part of Sydney, a city with around 5 million residents.

Comment: Just a week prior: More than a month's worth of rain (6.7 inches) pummels Sydney, Australia in less than 24 hours

Snowflake Cold

Fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, India brings February chill in June

Higher reaches of Kashmir on Friday experienced fresh snowfall while the plains received rains, bringing down the mercury in the Valley. Met predicted light wet spell till Saturday.

Kashmir mountains today turned white after the higher reaches of the valley including Afferwat area of Gulmarg, Razdan Top, Zojilla, Sadhna Top and Sinthan Top experienced fresh snowfall, which resulted dip in mercury. As per reports, few inches of fresh snow has been recorded in upper reaches of Kashmir valley while plains had rainfall on third continues day.

The mercury dipped below normal in Kashmir valley giving a feel of February in June month.

Pertinently, the Monsoon season commenced in Kashmir on June 01 while under its influence the rainfall continued to occur intermittently across the Valley in the last couple of days.


Woman dead in California was victim of state's first known fatal black bear attack

A 71-year-old woman found dead in her small mountain community in the Sierra Nevada was the victim of California's first-ever known fatal black bear attack, wildlife officials said this week.

When Patrice Miller was found dead in Downieville in November, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office said it believed a bear went into the woman's home after she died. But an autopsy recently confirmed the bear killed her, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

"This incident is the first known, documented fatal attack by a black bear in California history," the department said in a statement.

Miller was found Nov. 8 in Downieville, which has a population of around 290 and is about 50 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe, after sheriff's deputies conducted a welfare check.

A preliminary investigation indicated she died before the bear went to the home, the sheriff's office said at the time.


Best of the Web: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

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Winter has returned to Iceland!

Officially, summer should have already started in Iceland in late April - at least according to the old Icelandic calendar. But since the beginning of the week, a low-pressure front has brought back the Arctic winter in full force - in June.

Yesterday, Art and Alina travelled to Akureyri to witness an unusual summer storm that unexpectedly hit the North and East of Iceland, blanketing the landscapes with snow and ice just as they were eagerly awaiting summer.

Comment: See also: Snow in June on Scotland's mountains as Arctic air sweeps in