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Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida

A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
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A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida.

"Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."


Seismograph

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes east of South Sandwich Islands region

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck east of the South Sandwich Islands region, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said on Thursday.

The quake was at a depth of 2 km (1.24 miles), EMSC added.

(Reporting by Jose Joseph in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

Source: Reuters

Cloud Lightning

Hurricane Ian ranks 'top 5' to ever reach landfall in US, according to Gov. DeSantis

Hurricane Ian
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday provided an update on Hurricane Ian hours after it made landfall in Southwest Florida as a Category 4 storm.

DeSantis said the storm surge has likely peaked but has done a lot of damage and is going to continue moving through Florida.

"You're going to see hurricane force winds in places in central Florida, perhaps," he said. "It's clearly a very strong tropical storm all the way until it exits the Florida peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean."

Comment: You can follow live coverage of Hurricane Ian here.


Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as Typhoon Noru makes landfall in Vietnam's Da Nang

Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain and strong
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Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain and strong winds as it hits Da Nang, Vietnam on September 28, 2022.
Typhoon Noru made landfall near Vietnam's popular beach resort city of Da Nang on Wednesday morning, bringing powerful winds and heavy rain as hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated.

Noru hit Vietnam at 5 a.m. Wednesday local time, according to CNN Weather, less than 36 hours hours after it left a trail of destruction in the Philippines - where it was known as Karding.

The typhoon weakened a little prior to making landfall, but was still equivalent to a high-end Category 2 hurricane with winds near 175 kph, or about 109 mph.

Winds eased and the storm weakened to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane just before noon, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. But the province of Quang Nam, home to the historic city of Hoi An and beach resort hotspot of Da Nang suffered from floods.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills four 4 in Karnataka, India

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Four people, including a woman and her two children, were killed on the spot and one injured after being struck by lightning in S. Hosalli village in Yadgir district on Wednesday.

The deceased have been identified as 17-year-old Sabanna, a native of S. Hosalli village, 25-year-old Monamma and her children four-year-old Banu and two-year-old Srinivas from Gajarkot village in Gurmitkal taluk.

The injured identified as 32-year-old Bhimashankar, brother of Monamma's husband.

Monamma, Bhimashankar, Banu and Srinivas were taking shelter under a tree while Sabanna was working in the field when lightning stuck. An injured Bhimashankar has been shifted to the District General Hospital.

Arrow Down

Man has extremely lucky escape as motorbike sucked into sinkhole in Rajasthan, India

The little scooter was stuck inside the hole
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The little scooter was stuck inside the hole in the road
A motorcyclist had a lucky escape when a huge sinkhole suddenly opened up in the road in front of him.

Shocking footage shows the silver scooter riding along when the tarmac caved in beneath its wheels, leaving the driver - named as Bhopal Singh Medu - out of control.

The rear of the scooter fell into the pit first, before the rest of the scooter - and its hapless rider - followed.

Luckily for the man several people stopped to come to his aid, dragging Bhopal out of the pit by his hands.

Bhopal had been riding on Bhagat's Kothi-Basni road in Rajasthan, India, at the time of the accident.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole nearly swallows pickup truck in Cyprus

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A large sinkhole swallowed a pickup truck in a rural area of Paphos on Tuesday, with reports pointing to water erosion caused by a pipeline months after a historic overflow at the country's fourth largest dam.

Local media said a pickup truck fell into a sinkhole on Tuesday on a dirt road near Agia Varvara, Paphos district, with a video online later showing a single cab submerged in water and mud.

The sinkhole was estimated to be about 10 meters long, with media speculating it was caused by erosion from a pipeline that passes through the exact location.

In March 2022 overflow was reported at the Asprogia dam, colloquially known as Asprogia-Kannaviou due to an unresolved name war in the area, with additonal overflow or near-overflow incidents recorded over the years.

Reports said the driver of the vehicle was not injured when the ground gave way.


Snowflake

Beaufort and Mackenzie Deltas in Canada blanketed as snowfall warnings issued

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A panorama of Inuvik taken earlier today showing how quickly the snow moved in.
Winter is here.

Snowfall began falling Monday evening, with snowfall warnings issued by Environment Canada for Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic on Sept. 26 and for Inuvik on Sept. 28.

"Snow will continue this evening before tapering off near midnight," said the notice from Environment Canada. " Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.

"Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to NTstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports using #NTStorm."


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Crazy amount of waterspouts spotted across New York - 46 seen in 48 hours

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The weather has been crazy over the last 48 hours and that has caused an abnormal amount of water spouts on lakes across New York State.

We are still dealing with Lake Effect rain today and parts of the state are under a flood watch but the swirling of the weather system here in New York has caused numerous water spouts on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

According to Mike Chejka from WIVB, there were 46 confirmed waterspout sightings along the two lakes since Sunday afternoon. 46!!


Fire

This week in volcano news; Mauna Loa earthquake swarm, alert level raised at Taupo

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano (La Réunion):

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano (La Réunion)
This week, the alert level at the Taupo supervolcano in New Zealand was raised for the first time. Meanwhile at Mauna Loa in Hawaii, a new shallow earthquake swarm began during the volcano's continued yellow alert level. And, on Reunion Island, a new volcanic eruption began at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, sending flows of molten rock down the volcano's edifice. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.