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'Tornado' damages homes and triggers flash floods in east London

Barking tornado damage
© Twitter/haar_1s
One resident filmed the trail of destruction in Barking from their bedroom window
Homes have been damaged and flash floods reported after an apparent tornado in Barking, east London — but authorities say there are no reports of casualties.

Footage shared on social media showed collapsed garden walls, bricks strewn across driveways and fallen tree branches scattered across the road.

Police said they were called at about 7.20pm to reports of damage to roofs, electrical equipment and vehicles in the area of Hulse Avenue.

However, torrential rain and hail from the storm caused flooding over a much wider area of east London.

Comment: Two days ago a tornado caused massive damage in Czechia, killing at least 5 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying THOUSANDS of homes.


Waterspout filmed off the coast of South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Natural phenomena such as tornadoes were caught on camera by residents above Tamanroya Market, Tamalatea District, Jeneponto Regency. A black cloud was seen, then a white cloud snaked out on Friday, June 25, 2021.

This event can be called a water spout (a phenomenon that is almost the same as a tornado, the only difference being where it occurs is in the waters).

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2 people killed in floods in Kumasi, Ghana

A 53-year-old mother of three has been confirmed dead after she was swept away by floodwaters at Anloga-Susuakyi in the Oforikrom Municipality of the Ashanti region.

The body of Akosua Dufie, a second-hand clothing dealer, was retrieved on Friday morning by a search party about 500 meters from the scene in the Susuan stream.

She was returning home from the market on Thursday evening when the flood swept her and others away from following the collapse of a five-meter wooden footbridge they were using.

The incident occurred at about 5 pm when the deceased was a few minutes away from home whilst returning from the market.

Madam Dufie is the second person to die in the Kumasi floods this week after a two-year-old boy, Mohammed Awal, was swept away similarly at Sawaba.


Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'

Well of Hell - Yemen
An aerial picture shows the Well of Barhout -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province
Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- is a little-understood natural wonder.

Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away, the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.

Local folklore says it was created as a prison for the demons -- a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.


Noctilucent Clouds observed from Granada, southern Spain, for first time

How low can they go? Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are usually confined inside the Arctic Circle, but this year they have been sighted at mid-latitudes and below. The 2021 record-holder, so far, is this photo from the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain, at latitude +37N:
noctilucent clouds 2021
© Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC)
Taken on June 20, 2021, at Loma de Dilar, Granada, Spain


French weather: Floods, tornados, hailstones...and now snow in June

The camera at the top of the Pic du Midi captured the snowfall, which is rarer at the end of June
© Météo Pyrénées
The camera at the top of the Pic du Midi captured the snowfall, which is rarer at the end of June
The summer snowfall in the Pyrenees is the latest in unexpected weather in recent weeks. Forecasters say it is 'not so rare' in the first half of June at high altitude, but less common now.

Snow has fallen late in the season in the Pyrenees, with snowfall reported from 2,700 metres altitude near the Pic du Midi, yesterday (June 23).

The Météo Pyrénées webcam on the famous peak - at 2,800 metres altitude - captured poor weather and considerable snowfall yesterday.

It is the latest in 'extreme' weather in France - following heatwaves, storms, flash floods and tornados across the country in recent days.

Comment: Other recent extreme weather events in the same country include:

Snowflake Cold

A record amount of snow and ice was added yesterday in Greenland - 4 gigatons in one day

So just when is all this ice going to disappear?

So just when is all this ice going to disappear?
Following a historic increase in snow and ice in late May, Greenland has seen huge gains at a time when it usually lost snow and ice.

If you look at the official figures provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), it turns out that yesterday, June 24, 4 gigatons were recorded in one day - an astonishing figure for this time of year: Greenland has never received so much snow and ice in recorded history, so late at the start of the season.

Despite decades of prophecies about the doom of glaciers that are "about" to melt due to "Global Warming", the ice sheet is currently gaining a record amount of "mass" - only for yesterday (June 24, 2021) - 4 gigatons.

There has never been such a large accumulation at this time of year - at least since DMI started recording in 1981. Growth of this magnitude would be considered normal in November-February, but not at the end of June.


Wildfires explode in the US West: At least 50 wildfires burn

An image made from video shows the Sylvan Fire burning in Eagle County, Colo., on June 22, 2021.
© Jonathan McNally
An image made from video shows the Sylvan Fire burning in Eagle County, Colo., on June 22, 2021.
As of Wednesday, more than half a million acres have burned across 11 states.

There were at least 50 large wildfires burning more than half a million acres across 11 states on Wednesday -- mostly in the West.

In Colorado, the Oil Spring and Sylvan fires in White River National Forest are the two biggest fires in the state. Firefighters are battling hot, dry and windy conditions.

Since the fire broke out on Monday, the Sylvan Fire has destroyed more than 3,000 acres in Eagle County, Colorado. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Eagle County on Tuesday evening.

In central California, a fast-moving brush fire, known as the Inyo Creek Fire, broke out on June 18 due to lightning from passing thunderstorms with mandatory evacuation orders issued in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Heavy rains cause severe flooding in Caracas and Miranda, Venezuela

Users on Twitter reported flooding in several areas of Carcas and Miranda after heavy rains on Thursday.

Through images and videos, users showed the damage caused by rainfall in the Venezuelan capital, with Macarao being the most affected parish.

River overflows and streams were also reported, as well as obstructions in important arteries of the city.

Earlier, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (INAMEH), reported in its forecast for this Thursday, that the rains could cause an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, as well as possible landslides.

Until now, official information on damage caused by the rains is unknown, however in the Macarao parish, they have reported the collapse of the streets, as a result of the waters that have covered several vehicles.


1 dead, 1 missing as floods and landslides affect thousands across Colombia

Floods El Bagre, Antioquia, 09 June 2021.

Floods El Bagre, Antioquia, 09 June 2021.
Civil Defence in Colombia recently reported that over 20,000 people have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides across the country over the last 2 weeks. Almost 2,800 homes have been damaged and over 200 destroyed. At least 1 fatality was reported in Meta Department and one person reported missing in Antioquia.


Among the hardest hit areas is the department of Putumayo, where flooding affected the municipalities of Orito, Puerto Asís, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Caicedo and San Miguel from 13 to 15 June 2021. A total of 10,000 people were affected, including 7,890 in Puerto Asís, where 230 homes were destroyed and 1,770 damaged.