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Man swallowed by sinkhole in Apple Valley, California

Authorities, neighbors help rescue 75-year-old man from sinkhole in Apple Valley
Dennis Love of Apple Valley says he was just walking across the front yard to check on his Ocotillo tree when it happened.

"I was just standing like I am now, and the next thing I know I'm underwater," said 75-year-old Love.

It was a sinkhole that was more than 15-feet deep, just a few steps from his front door
on the 21000 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley. It happened on Sunday around 2 p.m.

"I'm down two or three feet from the top, so I can't reach the top," said Love. He grabbed some exposed tree roots to keep from falling any farther down the hole. "I'm just hanging onto roots with water up to my chest and hollering for help."

His wife Sandy heard his cries for help, but at first she didn't know where they were coming from.

Bizarro Earth

Hurricane Ophelia is weird according to meteorologists

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Post-tropical storm Ophelia is currently ravaging Ireland, and has already killed three people. Ophelia isn't just unusual for this year, it's unusual for this century. It's been more than 50 years since a storm of Ophelia's magnitude has hit Ireland with Hurricane Debbie, in 1961.

Whenever storms are as powerful and unusual as Ophelia, hurricane forecasts are crucially important.

The US government's National Hurricane Center's (NHC) "Atlantic Ops" tweeted a forecast image of Ophelia, showing the chances for various wind speeds over a five-day period. The most recent forecasts say wind speeds could top at 110 miles per hour.

But on Sunday at 5AM, the NHC forecast jarringly severed at 60°North and 0° longitude. This made it unclear what Ophelia does after it passes England and approaches Norway.

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Three men killed in crocodile attacks in Zimbabwe

ZimEye was yesterday given more details on the crocodile menace in President Robert Mugabe's village in Zvimba since last Wednesday.

This comes following the killing of the huge croc which last Wednesday killed a Mugabe village-man, the victim whose body was later found on Friday.

The family of Mr. Gabriel Maruza who is the deceased, reveals that to date 3 villagers have been taken alive.

Mr Maruza's mutilated body was found around Friday last week after disappearing for 2 days.

The croc was finally killed but after being let loose by the Department of National Parks for over a year as the same water beast killed a total of three people. The identities of the other two could not be established.

Bizarro Earth

Sandstorm blocks sun in UK, 50% orange crop losses & rice flooded in USA

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Behind a veil of dust, the sun shines red at London Bridge.
Hurricane Ophelia somehow has pulled Saharan dust from the western edges of the African continent in a strange N-S wind pattern. The flow is usually from west Africa to eastern coast of N. America. 80mph winds and dust turn day to night, literally where drivers needed to turn on headlights during the day. This is in London and across the UK. 50% of the orange crop in the US is gone, lowest yield since world war two, USA rice crop collapsing, wheat prices up and somehow the main stream media still refuses to discuss the Sun as driving climate on our planet in multi century cycles.


Signs and Portents: Two-headed snake photographed in the Netherlands

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BIZARRE: A photographer has captured the unusual photos of a snake with two heads
The condition of growing two heads, polycephaly, is rare in nature, but can occur through the same process that creates conjoined twins in humans.

Both of the animal's heads seek food independently of the other and this can sometimes lead to the separate heads fighting over prey.

But these snakes don't live in the wild for a very long time as they live for as long as 20 years in captivity.


Pack of stray dogs kill six-year-old boy in Kenya

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A nursery school boy was mauled by stray dogs at the border of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties on Monday morning.

A resident rescued the six-year-old who was heading to school and rushed him to Iten County Referral Hospital.

Good Samaritan Ben Kipchumba from Kapsimbol village said Brian Kibet was pronounced dead on arrival.

Kipchumba said the boy had been sent home to collect school fees but was attacked as he returned at about 8.30am.

Regarding the rescue, he said: "I saw a large number of dogs and decided to move closer to see what they were doing.


Deadly wildfires sweep across Portugal and northern Spain killing at least 39 (UPDATE)

A firefighter tries to extinguish a forest fire in Zamanes area, in Vigo, Galicia, northwestern Spain

Hurricane Ophelia's strong winds are blamed for fanning flames of deadly forest fires in Portugal and Spain

At least six people have been killed and around 25 others injured - mainly firefighters - during Portugal's worst day of the year for forest fires.

Around 500 blazes were reported in the country's central and northern regions where a state of emergency has been declared.

Soaring temperatures of up to 36 degrees celsius have been recorded - extraordinary for mid-October.

More than 100 fires were still burning late Sunday night with more than 5,000 firefighters battling the flames.

The worst outbreak of Portugal's fires in 2017 killed 64 people in June, with many dying on a road as they fled the rampant flames in their cars.

Wildfires are also ravaging north west Spain where at least three people have been reported killed and two more are missing.


Update (17 Oct.)

At least 39 people have died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and Spain. Authorities said they were still battling 60 blazes in Portugal and another 50 in Spain.

Portugal's government has asked for international help, as it still tries to recover from its deadliest fire on record in June. It has declared a state of emergency in territory north of the Tagus river, which is about half of its land mass.

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa declared a public emergency Monday, describing the fires as "devastating." He announced that all necessary means would be mobilized to fight the blazes. This has been a "dramatic year," he said, and promised action to prevent such large-scale fires in the future.

Flames ripped across countryside left tinder-dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn, fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed the Iberian coast. Officials in Portugal and Spain said arsonists had started some of the blazes.

In June, 64 people died in a huge forest fire in central Portugal. The government has been criticised for a slow, inefficient response and a lack of fire-prevention policies.


Dust from Sahara and fires in Portugal turn UK sky an eerie red

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The sky above Cardiff Castle turned orange

Unusual glow comes about as result of Storm Ophelia picking up sands from north Africa and particles from Iberian forest fires

The strange reddish sky reported over parts of the UK may appear to some a sign of impending apocalypse or a celestial Instagram filter, but experts say there is a scientific explanation.

The hue is a remnant of Storm Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara, while debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain is also playing a part, according to the BBC weather presenter Simon King.

The dust has caused shorter-wavelength blue light to be scattered, making it appear red. "Ophelia originated in the Azores, where it was a hurricane, and as it tracked its way northwards, it dragged in tropical air from the Sahara," King said.

"The dust gets picked up into the air and goes high up into the atmosphere, and that dust has been dragged high up in the atmosphere above the UK."

The Met Office said the vast majority of the dust was due to forest fires on the Iberian peninsula, which have sent debris into the air. This has been dragged north by Ophelia.


Powerful Hurricane Ophelia heads for Ireland - Updates

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A satellite image shows Hurricane Ophelia approaching the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.
Hurricane Ophelia picked up pace as it marched toward Ireland, where it's forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rains this week. Ophelia weakened from a Category 3 to a Category 2 hurricane early Sunday, with sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (105 mph).

But the storm accelerated on its way to the British Isles and was moving quickly northeast at 56 kilometers per hour (35 mph).

"Preparations to protect lives and property should be rushed to completion by this afternoon," the National Hurricane Center warned in its Sunday 5 a.m ET (10 a.m. Dublin time) advisory.

The center said Ophelia gale force winds were expected in southern Ireland by early Monday, spreading gradually north across the country during the day. Hurricane-force winds are forecast to arrive by Monday afternoon, spreading inland into Monday night.

"Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30% stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be even greater," the center said.

Ophelia is also forecast to produce 2 to 3 inches of rain with isolated totals nearing 4 inches through Tuesday across western Ireland and Scotland."

A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves," the center warned.


Update - October 16

Three people have been killed in Ireland after hurricane-force winds battered the country. The storm has wreaked havoc across the island, leaving 385,000 homes and businesses without power. Irish authorities issued a status red weather warning on Sunday night, designating Ophelia a 'national emergency' as gusts of up to 170kph (106mph) ripped through the country. Reports tell of roofs being ripped from various structures, including one football stadium in Cork City. Falling trees have also made some of the country's major roads impassable. The storm made land on the country's south coast early on Monday, before moving northwest throughout the morning, spreading east in the afternoon.

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Collapse of global warming deception triggers an avalanche of revisionism

We will see an increasing number of people changing their positions on global warming as the global warming ship sinks. It will take various forms including; articles appearing that subtly shift previously held positions; reevaluation of data; or finding new evidence that allows a change and perhaps worst of all those who say they knew the science was wrong all along but did not consider it important to speak out; dredging up a sentence or two from their writings that they claim showed they knew. The level of inventiveness will astonish as rats desert the sinking ship.