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Drought Followed By Heavy Rain Could Cause More Sinkholes In Florida

Constant rain after weeks of unseasonable drought in Central Florida created the perfect mix to open up sinkholes.

Inspectors examined two houses in Lake County with major cracks to determine whether or not sinkholes are to blame.

Just three weeks ago a sinkhole swallowed an entire kitchen in Apopka. Ten people were renting the home when the sinkhole forced them out.

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Heavy Storms Sweep Minnesota killing one

Torrential rains, damaging winds and large hail have swept across Minnesota, knocking out power and killing at least one person.

Rescuers have recovered the body of a 13-year-old boy who drowned last night. Police say rushing water swept him over a small concrete dam.

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Heavy rains, lightning kill 77 in three India states

Torrential rains accompanied by lightning have killed at least 77 people in India's southern and eastern states over the past four days, news reports and officials said yesterday.

The southern state of Andhra Pradesh is the worst-hit with 43 dead, officials told the Hindu newspaper. Nineteen people were hit by lightning and the others were killed when their houses collapsed or by drowning.

A low-pressure system near the coastal areas of the state brought heavy rains which led to overflowing rivers that inundated hundreds of villages and crop land in seven districts.

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Third Blue Whale Found Dead Off California Coast

Three dead blue whales have been found floating off the coast of Southern California within the past two weeks, alarming and puzzling marine mammal experts.

As many as 200 blue whales, members of the largest species on Earth, have been feeding in the Santa Barbara Channel during their annual summer migration from Mexico and Central America. About 3,000 of the world's 12,000 blue whales swim off the west coast of the Americas.

A necropsy was done on the first blue whale carcass found last week near Ventura, California.

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Heavy rain hits North Korea

Heavy rains hit a number of provinces in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this week causing enormous losses, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

Since Tuesday, up to 30 cm of rain fell in the provinces of South Phyongan, North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae, the KCNA said.

The floods have wiped out large areas of farmland, North Korean state media reported.

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100 trawlers with 1200 fisherman 'missing' in Bay of Bengal due to sudden storm

Over 100 fishing trawlers with some 1,200 fishermen aboard went missing in the Bay as high waves, triggered a by sudden storm, hit the trawlers on Thursday night.

The fishermen who returned to the shore said they saw three trawlers sinking in the rough sea.

Barguna District Trawler Owners' Association Adviser Golam Mustafa Chowdhury told the news agency that about 400 out of 500 fishing trawlers returned to the coast, but the fate of the rest 100 with 1200 fishermen could not be known.

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Fierce winds whip through Labrador towns in Canada

Winds approaching hurricane strength wreaked havoc on people and property in Labrador towns on Thursday.

Winds gusting up to 117 km/h on Thursday evening knocked down trees, fences and power lines in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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Residents in several Labrador communities woke up Friday to find many trees had been uprooted during heavy winds.

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Reported Tornado Damages Fla. Homes

EUSTIS, Fla. - Severe weather, including a possible tornado, damaged about 50 homes, shearing the entire second story off one home, authorities said Friday.

Radar indicated a tornado spun off from a storm system that crossed through central Florida before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, touching down late Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service. The system was being monitored Friday, with Gulf Coast residents and the oil industry making early preparations.

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Recent 'Extreme Weather' Trend For New York Could Span Years

Take this recent span of dry, gorgeous weather, New Yorkers, and embrace it. It certainly towels the fact that this year has been one of the wettest - and most extreme - years in weather history for the city.

Coming off both the fourth wettest spring and summer ever, New York City could actually see its second wettest year in history if this year's strange weather trends continue. Between January and August, officials measured 46.55 inches of precipitation in Central Park, according to the National Weather Service.

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Pine Beetle projected to kill 78 per cent of B.C.'s pine forest by 2015

The mountain pine beetle is projected to kill more than three-quarters of B.C.'s marketable pine forests within the next eight years, says a report released Monday by the Ministry of Forests.

The report says if the pine beetle kill continues at its current rate, it will kill the equivalent of almost 25 per cent of the province's entire volume of market timber.