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Lightning strike kills 19 cows sheltering under a tree in Hempstead County, Arkansas

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It has been another active week of weather in Arkansas.

The latest storms on Wednesday night knocked out power for thousands, especially in southern Arkansas.

In Hempstead County, a herd of 19 cows were discovered dead after storms blew through the area.

According to The Hempstead County Office of Emergency Management, the cows were huddled under a tree when lightning struck a little after 5 p.m.

The cows were being kept on Highway 371 east of Blevins.

Below is a video of the aftermath, viewer discretion is advised:


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Lightning kills one person and seriously injures another in Pas-de-Calais, France during football training

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Lightning struck a football field during training on Thursday, May 23, in the evening, killing a man in his thirties in Courrières, near Lens (Pas-de-Calais), reported the prefecture and the relief. Another man "suffering from chest pain was transported to the hospital center in a state of absolute emergency" and a third was slightly injured, burned on the leg, according to state services.

The man killed is a coach of the amateur club AS Courrières, according to one of his younger brothers, Théo Denneulin, who rushed to the stadium after being alerted by another member of the club. Thirty-three other people involved in this episode are "shocked, but unharmed".

Lightning struck "around 8 p.m. at the Gabriel Péri stadium located in Courrières, while football training was in progress"details the prefecture. "It seems that the intense rain (...) caused people to decide to leave the field"reported the firefighters. "Lightning struck at that time and unfortunately impacted the few people who were still there."

A medical-psychological unit has been set up around the stadium. In June 2019, several teenagers, members of a football club, were struck by lightning during training in Saint-Nicolas-lez-Arras, also in Pas-de-Calais. Since November, Pas-de-Calais has been hit by a series of historic floods, which have left thousands of residents affected.

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'Almost apocalyptic': heavy rainfall floods city of Klaipėda, Lithuania

Heavy rainfall flooded Klaipėda
© Vilius Veiss, Diana BudrienėHeavy rainfall flooded Klaipėda
Exceptionally heavy rain on Tuesday evening submerged the streets of Klaipėda under water, making some of them difficult to navigate.

Videos shared by the residents of Lithuania's third biggest city on the Baltic coast show the bravest drivers trying to negotiate streets that have turned into rivers. On Mogiliovo Street, for example, cars were half-submerged in water.

The situation was no better on other streets in the port city.

"It's almost apocalyptic," is what people in Klaipėda are saying on social media after the downpour.


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Rare tornado hits Haiti, injuring more than 50 people and leaving hundreds homeless

Tornado hits Haiti
Tornado hits Haiti
A rare tornado in northern Haiti has injured more than 50 people and destroyed more than 200 homes, the U.N. said Wednesday.

The tornado hit the community of Bassin-Bleu on Tuesday, leaving more than 300 families homeless, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The office noted that at least 10 people are seriously injured, with local media reporting they were hospitalized.

The office said Haiti's civil protection agency and the Red Cross were the first responders and are evaluating the damage.

The civil protection agency said heavy rain is expected for most of Haiti, including the area hit by the tornado, warning of possible flooding and landslides.


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High winds and flash floods bring chaos to Serbia

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Strong winds, hail and flash floods caused havoc across Serbia on Tuesday, with one person killed when a tree toppled on to her car.

Interior Minister Ivica Dacic said the woman died in the northern town of Sombor. Rescuers also had to evacuate several people in the area.

Storms also hit Bosnia and Croatia.

Flash flooding inundated several neighbourhoods in the southwestern Serbian city of Novi Pazar where authorities declared a state of emergency.

Torrential rain, coupled with hail and flash flooding, was also reported in several other areas including the capital Belgrade where a part of a parking lot collapsed in a sink hole.

Hail the size of walnuts also damaged property and crops in the Kosovo town Hani i Elez, media reported.


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Waterspout capsizes boats in central Vietnam

A still image taken from a video shows a tornado on the coast of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, May 22, 2024
A still image taken from a video shows a tornado on the coast of Khanh Hoa Province in south-central Vietnam, May 22, 2024
A waterspout thousands of meters high was captured on video washing away boats in the sea off the central Khanh Hoa Province on Wednesday.

At around 3:30 p.m. the spout appeared 500 meters from the coast of Van Hung Commune.

"The water spout moved fast and lasted around 3-4 minutes," Thuy Diem, who witnessed it, said.

"It capsized several boats before making landfall and dissipating."


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Indigo Bunting from North America turns up in County Durham, UK

The bird is said to have been spotted in the UK just a handful of times
© Steven LomasThe bird is said to have been spotted in the UK just a handful of times
Bird lovers flocked to a residential street in the hope of spotting an indigo bunting as it made a rare UK appearance.

A sighting of the vibrantly blue bird inspired scores of people to descend upon a South Tyneside village over the weekend.

People reportedly slept in cars to catch a glimpse of the brightly coloured male, with some reports suggesting it has been spotted in the UK just three times previously.

Enterprising Scouts raised more than £100 by selling refreshments to the visitors to Whitburn, near Sunderland.


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Sand flood triggered by heavy rain buries cars, houses in Vietnam tourism site

Several cars, motorbikes and even homes were buried under a flood of sand as it invaded the Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site in coastal Binh Thuan Province on Tuesday.
Several cars, motorbikes and even homes were buried under a flood of sand as it invaded the Ham Tien-Mui Ne tourism site in coastal Binh Thuan Province on Tuesday.
At around 3 a.m., following heavy rain that lasted for hours in the night, floodwater rushed from the hills and reached coastal road 706, which connects Ham Tien-Mui Ne, where several tourist sites are located.

A sand flood coming down from a hill belonging to a resort also buried parts of Huynh ThucKhang Street in Mui Ne Ward of Phan Thiet City of the south central province, encroaching into two seaside restaurants.

Motorbikes parked on the streets are also buried in the sand. Authorities said there are around a dozen motorbikes in the area buried by the sand. Two trucks in the area also could not move due to the sand.


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Best of the Web: Tornado devastates Iowa town, killing multiple people as powerful storms rip through Midwest

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Multiple people died Tuesday and at least a dozen were injured when a powerful tornado tore through a small Iowa town, carving a bleak landscape of destroyed homes and businesses, shredded trees, smashed cars, and widely strewn debris.

The tornado destroyed much of Greenfield, a town of about 2,000 around 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) southwest of Des Moines, during a day that saw multiple tornadoes, giant hail and heavy rain in several states.

"We do have confirmed fatalities," Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Alex Dinkla said at a news conference Tuesday night. He said authorities were still determining the total number but thought they had accounted for all of the town's residents.

Dinkla said there were at least a dozen injuries amid widespread devastation in Greenfield, including at the community's small hospital. Patients there had to be transferred to other facilities in nearby cities.


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Major hailstorm causes damage in Yuma, Colorado

A major Colorado hailstorm pelted Yuma on May 20, 2024, causing damage around town.
© JJ UngerA major Colorado hailstorm pelted Yuma on May 20, 2024, causing damage around town.
Severe storms on Monday night pelted northeast Colorado with damaging hail that shattered windows and covered the ground like snow in the plains community of Yuma.

Volunteer firefighter JJ Unger told FOX31 there was hail damage across the area after the severe storm. And with the town already under a flash flood warning — and facing the threat of tornadoes — it had begun to flood with the hail backing up drainage flows.

"There's going to be a lot of cleaning up to do in this town," Unger said.

"Widespread" power outages were reported Monday in northern Yuma County and the eastern edge of northern Washington County, according to Y-W Electric Association, Inc. Both counties were under tornado warnings at points in the night.