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Northwest Iowa residents evacuated because of flooding - Gov. Kim Reynolds declares disaster

Days of heavy rainfall have pushed rivers to record levels across northwest Iowa, shutting down utilities in several cities and forcing evacuations.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster declaration Saturday for 21 counties in the region, and the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa 511 warned against travel there because of flooded roads.

The most dramatic situation may have been in Rock Valley, where as much as 15 inches of upstream rain over the previous 72 hours sent the Rock River surging to a record depth of more than 27 feet. That was 5 feet over the previous record and 8 feet above major flood stage, 19 feet, according to the National Water Prediction Service.

A levee failed and the city sounded warning sirens early Saturday, telling residents north of Highway 18 to evacuate. State troopers blocked roads into the city to all but local residents, and the city said on its Facebook page that people were being brought out by boat because "the water current and height" had rendered the use of vehicles impossible.


Enormous hailstorm slams Lake Powell, Utah

Friday ended up bringing severe weather to the Beehive State, which included hail, heavy rain, high winds, and thunderstorms.

Over at Lake Powell, golf-sized hail balls slammed people in the waters. The videos, which were shared with KUTV by Jessica Hughes and Brad & Kandra Mills, show people screaming as huge hail balls crashed down into the reservoir. One person reported some bruises, but it sounds like no major injuries occurred.

The main lesson is to be mindful of the weather when you go outside because you never know what you might experience.


Taal volcano in the Philippines belches 2,400-meter plume on June 22

Taal Volcano had a degassing activity at its main crater early morning on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Based on Phivolcs' visual monitor of the Agoncillo Observation Station, the degassing activity happened from 1:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. and produced thick plumes that rose 2,400 meters high before drifting northwestward.

Philvolcs noted that Taal has been degassing "significant volumes" of volcanic gas since March 2021.

Saturday's advisory likewise indicated that the volcano released 4,641 tons (4, 210 metric tons) of sulfur dioxide last Thursday, June 20.

Phivolcs added that Alert Level 1 remains in effect over the volcano.

The state seismologist repeated its reminder that entering its island, especially the Main Crater and Daang Kastila fissures, as well as occupancy and boating on Taal Lake, and flying any aircraft close to the volcano are still prohibited.


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake near the coast of Venezuela

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Venezuela late in the evening of Saturday, Jun 22, 2024 at 11.58 pm local time (America/Caracas GMT -4).

The quake had a moderate depth of 87 km (54 mi) and was felt over a large region.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Three top atmospheric scientists say Net Zero will prevent almost zero warming

William Happer atmosperic scientist
© Gage Skidmore/flickrWilliam Happer is a Princeton atmospheric scientist who is doubtful of the dangers of climate change
Recent calculations by the distinguished atmospheric scientists Richard Lindzen, William Happer and William van Wijngaarden suggest that if the entire world eliminated net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 it would avert warming of an almost unmeasurable 0.07°C. Even assuming the climate modelled feedbacks and temperature opinions of the politicised Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the rise would be only 0.28°C. Year Zero would have been achieved along with the destruction of economic and social life for eight billion people on Planet Earth. "It would be hard to find a better example of a policy of all pain and no gain," note the scientists.

In the U.K., the current General Election is almost certain to be won by a party that is committed to outright warfare on hydrocarbons. The Labour party will attempt to 'decarbonise' the electricity grid by the end of the decade without any realistic instant backup for unreliable wind and solar except oil and gas. Britain is sitting on huge reserves of hydrocarbons but new exploration is to be banned. It is hard to think of a more ruinous energy policy, but the Conservative governing party is little better. Led by the hapless May, a woman over-promoted since her time running the education committee on Merton Council, through to Buffo Boris and Washed-Out Rishi, its leaders have drunk the eco Kool-Aid fed to them by the likes of Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion and the Swedish Doom Goblin. Adding to the mix in the new Parliament will be a likely 200 new 'Labour' recruits with university degrees in buggerallology and CVs full of parasitical non-jobs in the public sector.



Elephant tramples mahout to death in Kerala, India

A day after a female elephant trampled a mahout to death at an illegal elephant safari park at Kallar in Idukki district, the forest department on Friday ordered immediate closure of the park. Idukki ACF (Social Forestry) P K Vipindas has implemented the order and directed the owner to shift the elephant to Kottayam. Meanwhile, Forest Minister A K Saseendran directed the ACF (assistant conservator of forests) to probe the operations of illegal elephant safaris and take stringent action against them.

As per the databook, A H Jalaludeen, a resident of Erumeli in Kottayam district, is the owner of the elephant. However, the custodian of the elephant is P K Raveendran, a resident of Kanjirappally. The elephant, Lakshmi, is 53 years old and was kept at Kerala Farm in Anaviratty village of Devikulam taluk for safari. The owner of the farm is P P Bijesh, a resident of Koyilandy in Kozhikode.


Satellite shows 200-mile-long dust storm tearing across New Mexico on June 19

Parts of New Mexico and northern Mexico were enveloped by a fast moving and large haboob for several minutes on Wednesday, June 19.
Parts of New Mexico and northern Mexico were enveloped by a fast moving and large haboob for several minutes on Wednesday, June 19.
Video from the CIRA Satellite Library shows an aerial view of a roughly 200-mile-long dust storm as it blows across New Mexico.

A destructive and epically proportioned dust storm, over 200-miles-long, barreled through New Mexico on Wednesday, kicking up clouds of debris visible from space.

The extreme storm, which also extended into the north of Mexico, put 18 motorists in the hospital after its rolling opaque clouds caused multiple crashes on Interstate 25.

The storm's massive wave of dust was captured in vivid color via a satellite operated jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Colorado State's Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).

'Less than a 1/4-mile visibility southeast of Deming,' the National Weather Service's El Paso office warned residents near the state's southern border as the storm raged on.


Dog attack leaves woman dead in Monte Alto, Texas

dog attack
A woman has died following a dog attack Friday night.

At 6:01 p.m. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to the 22000 Block of Jesus Flores Road in rural Monte Alto in reference to an animal bite.

Deputies arrived at the residence and found an 85-year-old woman lying on the ground at the rear of the house. The woman was bleeding from her neck and the left side of her head, a news release stated.

Deputies, along with a family member, provided medical aid to the woman until EMS arrived. The woman was transported to the hospital where she died from her injuries.


Over 2 million people stranded due to floods in Bangladesh

An aerial view shows flooded area in Companiganj of Sylhet district.
© Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFPAn aerial view shows flooded area in Companiganj of Sylhet district.
Monsoon rains and upstream river water from India have caused widespread flooding in northeastern Bangladesh, stranding more than 2 million people, and the situation could worsen, officials said on Friday.

The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said trapped residents in the region, including more than 772,000 children, were in urgent need of assistance.

"Children are the most vulnerable, facing heightened risks of drowning, malnutrition, deadly waterborne diseases, the trauma of displacement, and potential abuse in overpopulated shelters," said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast further heavy rainfall in the next few days that could exacerbate the flooding and cause landslides in hilly areas.

At least 10 people, including eight Rohingya Muslims, were killed on Wednesday after heavy monsoon rains triggered landslides in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh.


Man killed in suspected bear attack in central Japan amid rising attack rates

A brown bear walks along a road in the town of Shari, Hokkaido, on April 22, 2023.
A 58-year-old man was killed in a suspected bear attack in Japan on Friday, according to Japanese media.

Construction worker Yasuhiro Kobayashi was found dead in a forest in Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture in central Japan, according to local police.

The man had large scratches on his face and back and police are investigating the possibility of a bear attack, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

According to local police, Mr Kobayashi was found by a colleague who had been searching for him after he had gone to a work site the day before and not returned.

Shinanomachi is a mountain-surrounded town known for its beautiful natural scenery.

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