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Some roads turned into rivers in parts of Boston, Massachusetts

Flash flooding traps vehicles
Flash floods turned streets into rivers, inundated basements, and left dozens of cars waterlogged in East Boston, Lynn, Winthrop, and other North Shore communities early Saturday.

By late morning the waters receded, and sunny fall weather was forecast for Sunday into the middle part of the week, according to the National Weather Service. But some area residents will be dealing with the damage done by Saturday's rains for months and possibly even years to come.

In East Boston, Nicolas Miranda returned to his Ashley Street home Saturday morning to find a nearby drain blocked and his driveway strewn with debris that apparently had flowed downhill from Orient Heights.

"I have a lot of damage in my house," said Miranda, 46, who estimated he had 8 to 9 feet of water in the basement of the three-family home, covering the steps down from the first floor.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 fishermen in Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Three fishermen were killed in lightning strike during storm at Baghmara upazila of Rajshahi this noon.

The deceased Abul Hossain, 40, Jalal Uddin, 38 and Khorshed Alam, 50, were residents of Barabihanali village of the upazila, our Rajshahi staff correspondent reports quoting Nasir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Baghmara Police Station.

Mahbubur Rahman, chairman of Barabihanali union said a thunderbolt struck the trio while they were fishing in a water body around 12:30pm, leaving them dead on the spot.

On information, Fire Service and Civil Defence divers rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies, the chairman said.


Two people have close encounters with a San Antonio,Texas sinkhole

The San Antonio Water System says a water main break that resulted in a sinkhole on the city's Southeast side was most likely caused by all this rain.

"The adrenalin was like Jeanette you need to get out, you need to do whatever you can," said San Antonio resident Jeanette Berlanga.

Jeanette Berlanga says she runs with her boyfriend every morning at Lion's park. Friday, she says that run turned into a very scary one. She says while running she fell into the edge of a large hole.

"My full body went in and I didn't touch the ground, so I didn't know how deep that was," said Berlanga.


Eruption of mud volcano on Trinidad

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it received a report last Wedneday of water and mud bubbling from a hole in the ground in the vicinity of LP 22 Macaya Trace, Munroe Road, Cunupia. 

An initial assessment conducted by the EMA on the same evening revealed that in addition to water and mud bubbling from the ground, heat/ steam and unknown pungent gas were being emitted. Further, there was no pipeline or associated infrastructure in the vicinity of the site.

 The EMA in keeping with its coordinating role notified several agencies to assist with the further assessment of this phenomenon namely, ODPM, MEEA, UWI Seismic Research Unit, NGC, Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Young Professionals Trinidad and Tobago Chapter. 

Christmas Tree

Beetles, fungus and old age: The days of LA's palm trees are numbered

© Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images
‘The iconic association of palm trees with Los Angeles is a positive, but we’re now in a period where we have a better understanding of what’s needed,’ says a climate expert.
They are the sultry, swaying backdrop to countless films, posters and music videos, an effective way to announce: this is Los Angeles.

Palm trees greet you outside the LAX airport, they line Hollywood Boulevard, stand guard over the Pacific and crisscross neighbourhoods poor and rich, a botanical army of stems and fronds which symbolise the world's entertainment capital.

Apparently not for much longer. LA's palm trees are dying. And most won't be replaced.

A beetle known as the South American palm weevil and a fungus called Fusarium are killing palm trees across southern California. Others are dying of old age. "It'll change the overall aesthetic because palm trees are so distinctive. It's the look and feel of Los Angeles," said Carol Bornstein, director of the nature gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

A city tally in 1990 estimated the number of palms on city streets at 75,000, a number which has not been updated but is destined to plunge in coming decades, the Los Angeles Times reported this week, citing officials.

No one knows how many will die, or how fast. For palm lovers, the even worse news is that they won't be replaced, perhaps not even mourned.


Microburst caused storm damage in Ottawa, weather agency confirms

A tree felled during a severe storm in Ottawa on Sept. 27 landed on a car at Woodlawn Avenue and Monk Street in the Glebe. (Submitted by Carolyn Brule)

Britannia Yacht Club recorded wind gust of about 160 km/h at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday

A rapidly moving column of sinking air called a microburst is likely to blame for the damage caused when a powerful storm moved through the National Capital Region Wednesday afternoon, Environment Canada says.

The Britannia Yacht Club on the Ottawa River recorded a wind gust of about 160 km/h at 3:08 p.m. Wednesday, the weather agency said in a French-language notice posted on its website Friday. Staff at the club confirmed the reading to CBC Thursday.

Winds moving that fast are consistent with F1 tornadoes, but microbursts can also cause winds at speeds of more than 100 km/h.

Damage was spread over an area stretching about seven kilometres, Environment Canada said, adding that the data contained in its notice is preliminary and doesn't constitute a final report.

Ice Cube

Volcanic eruptions to cool Earth, record Arctic sea ice growth occurring

Mount Sinabung unexpectedly erupted, sparking fears over an imminent Mount Agung eruption in Bali

Vanuatu evacuates an island due to volcanic eruption, Bali evacuates villages due to volcanic eruption, Sinabung erupts, but what they dont tell you is that every Grand Solar Minimum there are massive eruptions that destroy global crop production. Now with record Arctic sea ice growth in 2017, the most ever recorded in September, the global warming crowd is just hoping for an eruption so they can blame Earths cooling temperatures on the volcano, not the Sun, which is the true driver of our climate.



Another whale shark found dead, the latest in Gujarat, India

After a 30-feet long whale was found dead last week, body of a male whale shark, about 15 feet long, was found at Madhavpur coast on September 28.

A team of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), Veraval, reached the spot to assess the reasons for its death.

Tarachand Kumawat, a scientist with Marine Bio-diversity in Veraval, said that there was a cut on the body which was probably due to a fishing propeller. "We are yet to finalize the reasons for its death. The dead shark was a sub-adult whale shark."

A whale shark, that was tagged in Gujarat, has covered a distance of about 5,500km since it was tagged. The shark has moved from Sutrapada towards the coast of Somalia, It now seems to be circling back to the Gujarat coast.

The migratory path of a female whale shark had been satellite-tagged off the Saurashtra coast in December 2016 under the Whale Shark Conservation Project run by the WTI and the Gujarat forest department.

Comment: There's been a spate of such incidents involving this species over the last 2 months, see also: Three dead beached whale sharks found in Indonesia

Whale shark found washed ashore in Tamil Nadu, India

Dead whale shark washes ashore on beach in Puri, India

Dead whale shark found in Tanza Bay, Philippines

Dead whale shark found in Tamil Nadu, India

Cloud Precipitation

Man swept away by swollen river after heavy rain hits eastern Japan; 4 inches in an hour

© Hayato Murai
National Route 127 in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, was blocked by flooding on the morning of Sept. 28.
Torrential rain in the Tokyo metropolitan area caused landslides and flooding that disrupted train services and stranded motorists on the morning of Sept. 28.

One person was reported swept away in a river in Yokohama, and nearly 2,000 residents were issued evacuation orders in Chiba Prefecture.

Although the heaviest downpours have passed, the Japan Meteorological Agency is still urging people to take precautions against possible disasters.

In the hour to 5:40 a.m., 87 millimeters of rain fell in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, a record for the city, according to the agency. Four passenger vehicles in the area were stranded on flooded roads around 5:30 a.m.

Futtsu, Isumi and other cities in Chiba Prefecture received about 100 mm of precipitation in one hour, the agency said.


61-year-old woman killed by pit bull terrier in Gilmer County, Georgia

A woman died after she was attacked by a pit bull on Thursday.

Gilmer County police said Kathy Sue Nichelson, 61, was attacked shortly after she arrived at a home on Goose Island Road.

A bystander saw Nichelson on the ground and stopped to help her. The dog then attacked the bystander before he escaped to his vehicle to call 911. He did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.

Police and emergency crews arrived and attempted to keep the animal away while EMS tried to treat Nichelson. Authorities said the dog came towards public safety personnel aggressively, and the animal was put down by deputies.

Authorities said the investigation into the animal's behavior and its owner are ongoing.

Comment: Other severe attacks recently reported are of a woman in hospital after being mauled by a pit bull in Blackfoot, Idaho and of another woman savaged by 3 dogs in Peru, New York.