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Waterspout destroys homes on small Maryland island

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The waterspout was caught on camera destroying homes on Smith Island, Maryland
Waterspout touches down on small Maryland island, destroying several homes

A shocking waterspout devastated a small Maryland island on Thursday evening.

Videos show the tornado rapidly swirling over the Chesapeake Bay toward Smith Island.

Residents Katherine Donaway and Tiffanie Woutila, who took the videos, can be heard repeatedly shouting "Oh no!" as they watch the violent scene unfold in front of them. As the waterspout reached the island, debris can be seen flying up into the air as it made contact with a building.

Houses were pulverized and debris littered front lawns after the waterspout passed through the unassuming island.

No serious injuries have been reported yet.

Comment: Fox News reports:
Maryland governor Larry Hogan warned residents to stay inside in a statement on Twitter.

"Please stay off the roads in affected areas - especially anywhere tree-clearing crews need to work," he said.

Governor Hogan also noted that there were more than 50,000 power outages reported in Maryland.

The National Weather Service had issued a statement warning of 45 mile per hour winds and possible hail.

Smith Island - which makes up the communities of Tylerton, Rhodes Point, and Ewell - has a population of less than 300 people. It is the only island without a bridge connected to the mainland.




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More deadly floods hit Yemen

Flash floods in Ma’rib, Yemen, July to August 2022.
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Flash floods in Ma’rib, Yemen, July to August 2022.
More severe flooding has caused damage and fatalities in parts of Yemen, in particular in Hajjah and Al Jawf governorates over the last few days.

Heavy rain and flooding struck in several districts of Hajjah Governorate from 03 August 2022. The city of Hajjah recorded 24.6 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 August, 2022.

The districts of Al Mahabishah, Ash Shahil, Qafl Shamer, Khayran Al Muharraq and Aslem were all affected. Homes and farms were damaged and several roads were cut, leaving villages isolated. News reports quoting local officials said 9 people died in floods in Hajjah. Severe weather in the neighbouring Saada Governorate also took its toll and 2 people lost their lives in lightning strikes.


Cloud Precipitation

Up to a foot of rain in less than 12 hours slams Illinois, another exceptional deluge

Illinois gets a foot of rain

Illinois gets a foot of rain
If it seems like a barrage of extreme rain events has been wreaking havoc across the country over the past week, you're not imagining things. The latest resulted from an overnight deluge in central and southeastern Illinois, with some areas registering 8 to 12 inches of rain in less than 12 hours.

It's the third 1-in-1,000-year rain event in the Lower 48 states in about a week.

The National Weather Service office in Lincoln, Ill., has received about 20 reports of flooding, mostly due to water inundating roads and intersections. Television affiliate WAND in Decatur, which is about 35 miles east of Springfield, reported cars submerged in high water with emergency crews involved in rescues. Minor flooding of several rivers has also occurred.

Flash-flood warnings have affected a large swath of central and southern Illinois from around Springfield to southeast of Effingham. That's where months' worth of rain has fallen because of a parade of thunderstorms. Many of them were "training" or repeatedly moving over the same neighborhoods.


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Mexico City records 19% increase in attacks by dogs

Federal data shows there were 5,665 dog attacks in the capital between January and July, 920 more incidents than in the same period of 2021.

Federal data shows there were 5,665 dog attacks in the capital between January and July, 920 more incidents than in the same period of 2021.
Dog attacks have increased over 19% in Mexico City this year, with well over 100 victims seeking treatment for their injuries in public hospitals.

Federal data shows there were 5,665 dog attacks in the capital between January and July, an increase of 19.4%, or 920 incidents, compared to the same period of 2021.

Data obtained by the Milenio newspaper showed that 141 people have arrived at the emergency departments of public hospitals to seek treatment for dog bites this year. The number of people who sought hospital treatment for such injuries surged 40.7% last year to 280 from 199 in 2020, when COVID-related restrictions were at their peak in many cities, which seemed to explain a marked decrease in dog attacks across Mexico in that year.

Health

'I heard a scream': Alligator bites Florida man's face in rare attack

Representative image

Representative image
A Florida man was heard screaming after being bitten by an alligator in a rare incident.

The victim had been swimming in Lake Thonotosassa, northeast of Tampa, when the attack occurred.

Speaking to Fox 13, a witness explained how it wasn't immediately clear what had happened. "I just heard a scream and I looked up, and I didn't see anything," they recalled.

The swimmer then emerged from the water with a "big gash" on his face. He wrapped his gaping wound in a towel and was rushed to a hospital.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods in Jigawa State, Nigeria

Flood damage in Jigawa State, Nigeria
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Flood damage in Jigawa State, Nigeria, August 2022
At least 7 people have lost their lives and hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed after severe flooding in parts of Jigawa State in northern Nigeria.

Heavy rain from around 01 August 2022 triggered floods in several parts of Jigawa including the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kiri Kasamma, Dutse, Hadejia, Kafin Hausa, Guri, Auyo and Jahun.

Local media reported fatalities in Kiri Kasamma and Kafin-Haus. Several other people have been injured and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed. Wide areas of farmland and crops have also suffered damage.


Attention

Beluga whale from the Arctic spotted in France's Seine river

The beluga whale was first spotted in the River Seine on Tuesday, and has since become trapped in between two locks 40 miles from Paris

The beluga whale was first spotted in the River Seine on Tuesday, and has since become trapped in between two locks 40 miles from Paris
A Beluga whale, a protected species usually found in cold Arctic waters, has been seen in France's Seine river, with authorities urging people to keep their distance to avoid distressing the animal.

Officials in the Eure department of Normandy said late Wednesday that images suggested it was a beluga separated from its pod, though they did not specify its size nor where exactly it was seen.

An adult beluga can reach up to four metres (13 feet) in length, and while they migrate away from the Arctic in the autumn to feed as ice forms, they rarely venture so far south.


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502 killed in floods across Pakistan since mid-June

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more rains in Sindh, including Karachi, from August 5 to 9.
© Reuters
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted more rains in Sindh, including Karachi, from August 5 to 9.
Heavy rains and subsequent floods have killed at least 502 people and destroyed thousands of homes across Pakistan since the monsoon rains began in mid-June.

The worst affected is the southwestern province of Balochistan, where the death toll has reached 150, with 15 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, according to disaster management authority officials.

The heavy downpour continued to batter several districts of Balochistan, destroying houses, roads and bridges, destroying crops and sweeping away livestock. The recent deaths were reported in Zhob, Qilla Saifullah, Kohlu, Naushki and Lasbela areas of Balochistan that endured flash floods.


Comment: Monsoon rains, floods kill 140 more in Pakistan in a week


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About 540,000 Japan residents told to evacuate after heavy rain floods homes and roads - nearly 11 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Houses are flooded in the town of Oe in Yamagata Prefecture on Thursday
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Houses are flooded in the town of Oe in Yamagata Prefecture on Thursday
About 540,000 people in the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions were instructed to evacuate as of Thursday morning as torrential rain swept through the Sea of Japan coast, causing floods and landslides.

The Mogami River in Nagai, Yamagata Prefecture, spilled over its banks in the early hours of Thursday, according to the land ministry. Footage from NHK and other clips shared on social media showed flooded houses along rivers, cars partially submerged and roads filled with mud in parts of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.

The Yamagata Prefectural Government also reported that a bridge on a prefectural road had collapsed.

In Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, a bridge used by East Japan Railway (JR East)'s Banetsu West Line collapsed due to heavy rain on Wednesday night.


Doberman

Man mauled to death by pack of dogs in New Zealand

dog attack
A man has been brutally mauled to death by his own dogs in New Zealand - before authorities were forced to shoot one of the animals dead.

The 69-year-old was walking through his property in a remote area in Hokianga in the country's North Island when he was set upon by his pets.

Four of his six dogs had become aggressive before attacking the elderly man.

Emergency services attended the area on Puketawa Road in Panguru where they found the dogs roaming the area.

They attempted to restrain the canines but they continued to attack, with one officer forced to shoot one dead.

The remaining three involved in the attack remain on the loose.