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US: Athens Ohio Tornado Damage Report

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The tornado that blasted through Athens, Ohio with devastating winds and massive hail left destruction at an Athens high school, flipped over mobile homes and injured several people. Residents from Athens reported violent wind, rain and hail around 5 p.m. when the storm struck. Tornado warnings were issued for many of the neighboring counties. Six tornadoes were reported yesterday. Four of them hit Athens County.

About 500 people were directy affected by the tornadoes. Eight people were sent to O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. Two more were sent to Doctor's Hospital of Nelsonville. This morning the sheriff's office confirmed that thirteen people were admitted to the area hospitals due to the storms.

The violent winds caused several road closures. The Pine-Air Villate Trailer Park in the Plains area suffered significant damage. Multiple trailers were overturned and several trees were knocked down. The trailer park is currently without gas due to a leak in the gas line.

Athens High School was also hit by the storm. The students present were safely sheltered during the storm.

There was a girl's soccer game at Basil Rutter Field when the storm hit. The players ran for cover and there are no reports of injury. The bleachers were knocked over and the press box was destroyed.


Early Winter Approaches As UK Temperatures Plunge Towards Zero

It's time to dig out the winter duvet, hunt for your thermals and think about putting the central heating back on.

For after a pleasant week, forecasters say the weather will take a chilly turn for the worse this weekend.

Millions are expected to wake up to a frost this morning, while the Scottish highlands could see a dusting of September snow.

Although the cold snap won't last, the first frost of the autumn for many is an unwelcome sign that winter is just around the corner.

The mercury fell to 3c (37f) last night for much of the UK, with forecasters saying there was a 'slight chance' temperatures could sink to minus 2c (28f) in Aberdeen. 'It's pretty cold at the moment, particularly at night,' said the Met Office's spokesman Barry Grommet.

'Generally we are looking at temperatures of 3c and 4c at the lowest and people who are out and about early in sheltered rural areas may see some ground frost.'

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New Zealand: Severe Weather Batters The Country

Severe NZ Weather
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Storm damage on the Auckland waterfront yesterday.
Severe weather battered many parts of New Zealand on Friday, closing roads and causing power outages for thousands of customers.

People are being warned to stay away from downed power lines, while roads in both islands have been shut due to heavy snow and debris falling on roads.

At least 14,000 customers are without electricity in the greater Auckland region on Friday night which has been battered by heavy rain and winds gusting over 100km/h in some places.

Electricity lines company Vector says crews are trying to restore power to pockets of affected residents in the Auckland region and parts of Waiheke Island.

A spokesperson says branches coming down from trees onto powerlines, as well as a large lightening strike, has caused the outages.

Emergency services have been inundated with weather related callouts, dealing with downed trees, powerlines and roofs blowing off houses.

The Coastguard says hurricane-force winds of more than 140km/h have been recorded at the Manukau Heads as the storm lashes the region.

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Hindu Kush Region - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Afghanistan

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Earthquake Location
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 19:21:13 UTC

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 11:51:13 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

36.488°N, 70.826°E

199.7 km (124.1 miles)


75 km (45 miles) SSE of Faizabad, Afghanistan

115 km (70 miles) NW of Chitral, Pakistan

130 km (80 miles) SSW of Khorugh, Tajikistan

265 km (165 miles) NE of KABUL, Afghanistan


Missing Sailor's Remains Found Inside Giant Shark Caught and Killed Off "Jaws Beach"

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The 12ft tiger shark which was found to contain the body of Judson Newton, 43, who had tried to swim to Jaws Beach in The Bahamas after his boat's engine failed
A boater who disappeared off Jaws Beach - on an island where one of the Jaws movies was filmed - is likely the person whose remains were found in the belly of a shark, police say.

Authorities used fingerprints to identify Judson Newton, although they are still waiting for DNA test results, Assistant Police Commissioner Hulan Hanna said late Tuesday.

It is unclear if the 43-year-old Newton was alive when he was eaten.

Newton went on a boating trip with friends off Jaws Beach on New Providence Island on Aug. 29 and encountered engine trouble. Rescuers who responded to a call for help found three men aboard who said that Newton and a friend jumped into the water to try to swim back to shore. Officials launched a search for them, but neither was found.

On Sept. 4, a local investment banker caught the 12-foot (3.6-meter) tiger shark while on a deep-sea fishing trip and he said a left leg popped out of its mouth as they hauled it in.

When officers with the island's defense force cut the shark open, they found the right leg, two severed arms and a severed torso.

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California's Dolphins Suffer Mystery Skin Lesions

Dolphin Skin Disease
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Sore skin.
Dolphins in California aren't happy. Some 90 per cent of bottlenose dolphins in Monterey Bay are suffering from an outbreak of skin lesions - and nobody knows why.

Between 2006 and 2008, a team led by Daniela Maldini of Californian research organisation Okeanis found that of 147 identifiable adult dolphins and 42 calves living in the area, 133 adults and 30 calves had skin lesions (AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, DOI: 10.1007/s13280-010-0066-8).

Five different conditions were identified, with the most common being lesions similar to those caused by poxvirus, which affected 142 dolphins. But the cause is not clear. "Our first suspicion immediately falls on contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, organochlorines and fire retardants," says Maldini. These pollutants can weaken animals' immune systems and make them more vulnerable to viruses. Maldini was aided by volunteers from international environmental charity Earthwatch.

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US: Super Cell Storm, hail, heavy rain, tornadoes hit Kansas, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Severe weather moved across parts of northern Oklahoma Wednesday night, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and even one tornado warning.

The tornado warning was issued Wednesday night for northern Osage County, but expired a short time later. As of late Wednesday night, there had been no confirmed reports of a tornado.

The storm moved through Bartlesville, bringing wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and reports of golf ball-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11:15 p.m. for the following counties: Nowata, Osage and Washington.

"These storms are going to be quite intense," said News On 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer. "Once we get through this, then we'll clear out, things will start to improve tomorrow."

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New York City Hit by a TORNADO: One Person Killed and a Trail of Destruction Left as 100mph Winds Rip Through City

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Smashed: Residents in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York circle around a car crushed by a fallen tree
At least one person has been killed after a tornado-like storm ripped through New York.

The sky turned black and tornado-like squalls torn through the city stranding ten of thousands of commuters.

Officials suspended access to overcrowded Pennsylvania Station in midtown Manhattan, where people were locked shoulder to shoulder after fallen trees forced a halt to commuter rail traffic.

Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens were hit hardest by the storm. Locals used axes to hack at trees that in some cases had crashed across stairways and front porches, trapping people inside homes.

Winds reached up to 100mph shut down roads and power lines leaving 70,000 customers without power.

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Hurricanes Julia and Igor Churn the Atlantic as Simultaneous Storms Rage for First Time in a Decade

Hurricane Igor, Tropical storm Julia
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Hurricane Igor (L) and Tropical Storm Julia in the Atlantic Ocean
Tropical storm Karl soaked the coast of Mexico as a rare duo of powerful hurricanes rolled waters far out in the Atlantic.

Hurricanes Julia and Igor were moving across the Atlantic in the first time in a decade that there have been two category four storms in the seas at the same time.

Forecasters have predicted that this year could be one of the worst on record for hurricanes.

Hurricanes Julia and Igor are not thought to pose any threat to land, but Karl, the 11th named storm of the season, dumped more rain on Mexico which is already struggling with heavy flooding in southeastern states.

Karl also threatened installations of state oil company Pemex, and was due to pass close by.


Did Earth's Magnetic Field Have a Fast Flip-Flop?

earths magnetosphere
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Had compass-toting Boy Scouts existed around fifteen million years ago, they may have had a fun time making it through the forest. New geological research questions if the Earth's magnetic field changed, at that time, at the remarkable pace of one degree per week, leading to a particularly fast magnetic pole flip.

In a paper to appear in Geophysical Research Letters, Scott Bogue and Jonathan Glen suggest that the Earth's magnetic field changed 53 degrees in one year's time, based on their study of preserved lava flows in Nevada. As the solid rock formed from cooling liquid lava, it preserved a pattern corresponding to the "super-fast" geomagnetic field reversal, the researchers believe. This is the second time that Bogue has controversially argued for the existence of such speedy flips, finding hints of a faster one in 1995.
In 1995 an ancient lava flow with an unusual magnetic pattern was discovered in Oregon. It suggested that the field at the time was moving by 6 degrees a day - at least 10,000 times faster than usual. "Not many people believed it," says Scott Bogue of Occidental College in Los Angeles. [New Scientist]