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DeSantis declares state of emergency as more than 25 inches of rain slam South Florida

A person uses a kayak to float through a
© Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA person uses a kayak to float through a flooded street, June 12, 2024, in Hollywood, Fla.

Over 2 feet of torrential rain is inundating South Florida, flooding neighborhoods, canceling flights, shutting down roads and forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

Rain totals have reached 25 inches in Collier County, 20 inches in North Miami and 19 inches in Hollywood.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for Broward, Collier, Lee, Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties.

In Broward County, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said high-water vehicles have been deployed throughout the city to respond as needed, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will be sending boats and buggies, but urged people to stay off the roads if possible.

Better Earth

Best of the Web: Earth's inner core has slowed since 2010, new study confirms

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© University of Southern CaliforniaThe inner core began to decrease its speed around 2010, moving slower than the Earth’s surface.
University of Southern California scientists have proven that the Earth's inner core is backtracking — slowing down — in relation to the planet's surface, as shown in new research published in Nature.

Movement of the inner core has been debated by the scientific community for two decades, with some research indicating that the inner core rotates faster than the planet's surface. The new USC study provides unambiguous evidence that the inner core began to decrease its speed around 2010, moving slower than the Earth's surface.

"When I first saw the seismograms that hinted at this change, I was stumped," said John Vidale, Dean's Professor of Earth Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. "But when we found two dozen more observations signaling the same pattern, the result was inescapable. The inner core had slowed down for the first time in many decades. Other scientists have recently argued for similar and different models, but our latest study provides the most convincing resolution."

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Fonna ski resort in Norway sees over 3 feet of fresh summer snow

Not all Norwegian summer ski areas are created equal, and while Fonna near the Hardangerfjord is having a fantastic season with record snowfalls, Stryn Sommer Ski has announced the resort will be closing early. Stryn's last day for the 2024 season will be this Sunday, June 16, as the warm temperatures have melted too much of the resort's snow.
"The last day for the 2024 season will be Sunday 16 June. After a long and gloomy spring, the fresh snow and cold came a bit late. We hope that many will still have the opportunity to take a trip to Stryn. We still have good terrain park offerings and freeride areas in the resort."

— Stryn Facebook

Cloud Precipitation

Severe summer storms leave damage across Minnesota

Deer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
© Jenny HillDeer River Hail compared to a golf ball.
Many Minnesotans will be cleaning up Thursday from a storm system that brought sizable hail, heavy winds and possible tornado touchdowns.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits central and northern Bulgaria

A severe hailstorm combined with torrential rain on Wednesday evening flooded streets and homes in central and northern Bulgaria, damaging agricultural crops and snapping trees. Among the most affected were the regions of Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Shumen, Lovech, Yambol and Sliven. The Interior Ministry said that a total of 41 reports of accidents were received at the Fire Safety and Protection units in the affected regions, with no injuries reported.

The hailstorm caused material damage to buildings and cars in Veliko Tarnovo and surrounding settlements. Mayor Daniel Panov reported numerous reports of fallen trees, cars hit by trees and damage to the roof of a school, which caused Thursday to be declared a non-school day at the affected school.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole swallows 2 cars in El Paso, Texas

Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
Sinkhole displaces 20 residents in Central El Paso
A sinkhole displaced close to 20 residents early Wednesday morning, June 12 in Central El Paso, according to the El Paso Fire Department.

The Fire Department says they responded to a water main break at the 3700 block of Tularosa Avenue at around 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 12.

At around midnight, residents were being evacuated from the area. No injuries have been reported.

Sun Metro is assisting families with transportation. Red Cross also assisted at the scene, according to the Fire Department.

KTSM spoke with a spokesperson with El Paso Water who said the water main break is 24 inches, and the sinkhole has swallowed two cars.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 12 over 2 days in West Bengal, India

Twelve persons were killed by lightning in different locations in East Burdwan and Bankura in the last two days.

Four others suffered shocks from lightning and were admitted to hospitals. The heavily parched districts have been witnessing multiple flashes of lightning and thunderclaps being heard during late afternoon since Monday.

East Burdwan recorded eight lightning deaths in the last two days and four deaths were reported from Bankura. Most of the casualties occurred while villagers were tending to cattle either in their farmlands or at their courtyards. Bijoy Ghosh (55) and Ajit Ghosh (59), brothers from Kanaidanga village and Jillal Molla (62) of Thyangapara village, both within Mongalkote PS limits in East Burdwan, died instantly after being struck by lightning. At Sakona village in Mongalkote, a housewife Robina Biwi (37) also died of lightning. Sasti Singh (46) of Gagra village in Nadanghat PS area, Kalna, a fisherman by profession also died instantly when lightning struck his boat.

At Bankura, Mejia and Joypur PS areas in Bankura, three persons, identified as Purnima Bauri (33) of Akurabaid village, Tripti Sarkar (61) of Tarapur village and Jony Sheikh (25) of Jujura village died due to thunderbolt, yesterday. Rameswar Murmu (64) of Ramgarh in Simlapal PS area also died when lightning struck him at his farmland on Monday.

Comment: In addition on the 10th of June a bolt in Assam killed 10 cattle:
A lightning strike during a fierce thunderstorm at Bokakhatin Golaghat district left 10 cows dead on Sunday night. The incident occurred at the residence of Jiban Sarma and Druna Sarma of Bamungaon Bilaniyain Dhansirimukh Chapri at Bokakhat. In the early hours of Monday morning, the householder went to the cowshed and was shocked to see 10 cows lying dead. Several calves have been left motherless, leaving a question mark about their survival.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in many parts of Chile displace hundreds

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding in many parts of Chile, leaving hundreds of homes damaged and residents stranded.

Authorities have issued a yellow alert and asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.

An early warning has also been issued for the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

They anticipate up to 65 millimeters of rain in the next two days and winds with gusts of up to 50 kilometers per hour.

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June flooding hits the province of Brescia, Italy

Bad weather in the Brescia area caused rivers of water and mud to hit Gussago. The western part of the province was badly affected, cars were submerged in water in Chiari, inconvenience also in Franciacorta.

The situation was critical at night in Lombardy, where strong currents flooded Rodengo Saiano, Roads were submerged in water between Chiari, Rovato and Gussago.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain floods Majorca airport in Spain

Majorca's airport had to be closed on Tuesday after torrential rain flooded the runways.

A heavy storm brought the airport on the largest of the Balearic Islands to a standstill as flights were grounded and water poured through the roof of the terminal.

Videos posted to social media showed one airport worker, dressed in shorts and a high-visibility yellow jacket, gleefully plunging backwards into the water on a flooded runway.