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"Thunder snow" hits Buffalo area as monster storm grips region

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A dangerous lake-effect snowstorm paralyzed parts of western and northern New York, with more than a foot of snow already on the ground Friday morning in places and a driving ban keeping people off the roads in the Buffalo area.

The heaviest snowfall was expected in Buffalo, where the National Weather Service said up to 4 feet might fall in some spots through Sunday, with periods of near-zero visibility. Other areas could get a foot or less of the lake-effect snow, which is caused by frigid air picking up copious amounts of moisture from the warmer lakes.

Reports to the weather service early Friday exceeded a foot of snow along the eastern end of Lake Erie, with totals as high as 20 inches in Hamburg, N.Y., about 12 miles from Buffalo.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Thursday for parts of western New York, including communities along the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a driving ban beginning Thursday night, shortly after heavy snow punctuated by thunder and lightning -- known as "thunder snow" -- moved into Buffalo, quickly covering the ground and roads. The most intense snowfall was expected to last through Friday evening, with more falling on Saturday into Sunday.


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First snow of the year in Portugal

Serra da Estrela

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The images of Serra da Estrela, captured today (18 November), were shared on Twitter by the Meteo Trás-os-Montes group.

In the video, the highest point of mainland Portugal can be seen covered in snow.

To view the full video click here.

In addition to the snow, according to Meteo Trás-os-Montes, strong wind is also being felt in Serra da Estrela.


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Snow dumping on Jackson Hole ski resorts in Wyoming, 3 feet in some locations

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Jackson Hole is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders from around the world. With winter weather pummeling the region, the increasing amount of fresh powder on the slopes is music to the ears of staff at the three ski resorts in Jackson - Snow King, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee.

Jake Zatz with Hoback Mountain Sports in Jackson said some parts of the mountain have already received 3 feet of snow.

"It's been a great start to the season," he told Cowboy State Daily. "Obviously, the resorts aren't really open yet, but the stoke is definitely high."


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Utility truck swallowed by sinkhole in South Fulton, Georgia

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A large sinkhole opened up on a roadway in Georgia on Thursday morning, causing a utility truck to fall around 10 feet into the ground.

The incident happened on November 17th in a neighborhood in South Fulton, Georgia.

A witness says they saw the truck driving down Loch Lomond Drive when the road suddenly buckled, taking the utility truck with it.

The approximately 10 foot deep, 22 foot wide hole caused the truck to fall sideways. The driver was not hurt in the incident.


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Lightning kills father, daughter in Zimbabwe

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VILLAGERS in the Ndimimbili area under Chief Mabhikwa in Lupane, Matabeleland North province were left shocked after a bolt of lightning fatally struck a man and his daughter leaving his wife with serious burns.

The incident happened on 13 November while the now deceased Evans Moyo (22), his wife Nomatter Moyo (23) and their three-year-old daughter were in the kitchen having supper.

A source said Moyo's daughter was sitting next to him when a bolt of lightning struck him.

His daughter died a few moments after the attack.

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West Texas hit with rare 5.3 magnitude earthquake

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5.3m earthquake hits west Texas November 16, 2022
A rare magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck west Texas near Mentone on Wednesday around 3:30 pm central. This is the third strongest quake to ever strike Texas.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the Texas quake was about 30 miles west of Toyah. Shaking was felt as far as Alpine, NewsWest9 reported.

The quake was followed by a few aftershocks. No reports of damage or injuries so far.

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Huge thunderbolt 'six times more powerful than normal' in London echoes across south east

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The huge bolt was recorded as being six times stronger than usual in Mitcham. (Picture: Lightningstrik.es )
If your evening was disturbed by a massive clap of thunder last night, it's because an of an epic lightning bolt.

The energy created by the 'positive strike' was around six times more powerful than a normal clap of thunder.

It echoed across most of South London and into Surrey yesterday evening at around 9.30pm.

Huge downpours rained down with parts of London left flooded by the bad weather.

Drivers even abandoned their cars as some roads were submerged due to the heavy rain.

At around 9pm people in both north and south London said they heard the massive crack, with it reported to have been around 90 kiloamps (kA).

The usual voltage of lightning strikes is said to be around 15kA.

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Flood-affected New South Wales farmers are facing significant losses in Australia

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A survey of the state's flood-affected farmers has found significant losses across many regions, leading to massive costs as most of the damage is uninsurable.

More than two-thirds of respondents to the NSW Farmers Flood Impacts survey were experiencing flooding for their second year in a row, with more than three-quarters saying they had planted less than half of their usual winter crop this season in response to the wet weather.

NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin said the financial impact was set to be enormous, with harvesting efforts delayed by several weeks as floodwater continued to wreak havoc on roads and paddocks.

"Farmers are saying they're a bit over it, frankly, and it's not hard to see why," Mr Martin said.


Comment: Hundreds rescued, towns isolated after more floods in New South Wales, Australia


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2 feet of snow falls near Silver Bay, Minnesota

David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
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David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
Snow continued to fall across parts of the Northland on Wednesday morning as a three-day snow event continued to add up, with two feet already fallen in parts of the Arrowhead region.

The heaviest snow totals came from the higher hills above Lake Superior's North Shore, including a report of 24 inches of snow since Monday at Lax Lake a few miles outside Silver Bay, 21 inches in Finland, 20 inches on the Gunflint Trail and 19.7 inches near Grand Marais.

The National Weather Service in Duluth posted a winter storm warning for Lake County's portion of the North Shore, where up to 8 additional inches were possible Wednesday, and a winter weather advisory for the Cook County's portion of the North Shore for another 1-3 inches of additional snow.

Light snow could continue into Thursday for much of the Northland before skies begin to clear and temperatures drop for the weekend.


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Double waterspouts form near cruise ship in the Bahamas

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Passengers aboard a cruise ship spotted a pair of waterspouts off the Berry Islands in the Bahamas on Monday, November 14.

Chris Hornick, who was on board for a travel agency conference, recorded this footage of the striking sight.

"There's something you don't see every day," he said. Credit: Christopher Hornick via Storyful.