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North Eastern Florida Plagued By Deluge Of Wind And Rain

Heavy wind and rain deluged much of Jacksonville and north eastern Florida overnight on Monday. Up to 7 inches of rain came down over a portion of Duval County in less than 12 hours Monday.

The sudden downpour caused street flooding in downtown Jacksonville, Riverside, San Marco, and on Jacksonville's beaches and at Ponte Vedra.


Ozone hole reappears over Antarctic

The hole in the protective ozone layer over the Antarctic is forming again but should remain just below the record size it reached last year, a scientist at the UN's weather agency said Wednesday.

The gap in the ozone in the upper atmosphere, at altitudes of up to 25 kilometres (15 miles), has reached a size of about 23 million square kilometres (8.9 million square miles), said World Meteorological Organisation ozone expert Geir Braathen.


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Flood kills one in Slovenia

At least one person died Tuesday in Slovenia as storms and heavy rain caused floods, the national television TVS reported.

The victim, a 60-year-old woman, was killed when water carried her away in her vehicle. The accident occurred in Zeleznik, 40 kilometres northwest of Ljubljana.

A state of emergency was declared in the village, in which the 3,000 inhabitants were still without electricity in the evening hours.

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Environment Canada now says Manitoba tornado was strongest ever in country

Environment Canada has confirmed a tornado that blew apart homes in Elie, Manitoba this summer was an F-5 - the strongest in Canadian history.

Spokesman Dave Carlson says after reviewing videotape of the twister, Environment Canada has determined the tornado packed winds upwards of 400 klometres an hour - strong enough to toss around cars and houses and standblast the bark off trees.


Surprise strategy: Bees smother enemies

Cyprian honey bees under attack by predator hornets have evolved a grisly and lethal way of fighting back which scientists have called "asphyxia-balling," according to a study published Monday.

An intruding hornet looking for a snack in a beehive may suddenly find itself enveloped inside a buzzing ball of black-and-yellow worker drones. The bees squeeze in tightly around the abdomen -- where hornets breath -- until the would be aggressor dies of suffocation.

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Typhoon heads for China, targets Shanghai

China was evacuating tens of thousands of people from its financial hub Shanghai on Tuesday in the face of a powerful typhoon churning towards the east coast.

About 200,000 people living in exposed areas in the city of over 14 million would be moved to temporary shelters before evening when Typhoon Wipha is expected to make landfall after swiping the island of Taiwan.

Schools, offices and markets were closed on the northern part of Taiwan near the capital, Taipei, where it has been raining steadily since late Monday.


Snow Falls Early in South Iceland

Unseasonably early snowfall restricted traffic in south Iceland on Saturday, since motorists had not yet prepared their vehicles for the winter with studded tires, designed to drive on slippery roads.

According to information from the Iceland Meteorological Office, the blanket of snow measured five centimeters in Kirkjubaejarklaustur on Saturday morning, Morgunbladid reports.

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Warning Raised as Wipha surges from Tropical Storm to Category 4

Taiwan announced a sea warning alert for all the ships traveling through its northern and eastern waters as tropical storm "Wipha" approached the island and packing winds of 67 miles per hour Monday.

The Central Weather Bureau said, as of 11 a.m. local time Monday, the center of Wipha was located about 367 miles southeast of coastal Yilan county in northern Taiwan.

Typhoon Wipha

Comment: This story doesn't mention that the storm is now a Category 4 and intensified to this level from a Tropical Storm in one day.

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Moderate Earthquake Rattles Honduras

A moderate earthquake rattled Honduras on Saturday, sending panicked residents into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries but some buildings were damaged, authorities said.

The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 5.5, struck just before noon and was centered about 50 miles north of the capital of Tegucigalpa, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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Intense Thunderstorm and Hail Hit Torrevieja, Spain

Between the 16.45 and 17.15h a big thunderstorm of hail, causing damages in cars and windows of housings. The climatology this evening has surprised us. Minutes before 17:00h, the sky was darkened prelude of the thunderstorm that was approaching. A waterspout of hail, with pieces of ice the size of a chick-pea, and an intense rain that fell down on Torrevieja, did not last very long, but it was sufficient to cause damages to vehicles and generated problems of traffic.