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Floods and landslides leave 4 dead, thousands affected in Indonesia

Search and rescue operations at the site of a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Bogor Regency in West Java Province, Indonesia, May 2022
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Search and rescue operations at the site of a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Bogor Regency in West Java Province, Indonesia, May 2022
Heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in Indonesia where authorities say at least 4 people have died in and thousands have been affected.

A landslide triggered by heavy rain destroyed homes in Cipelang Village, Cijeruk District, Bogor Regency in West Java Province on 21 May 2022. Indonesia's disaster management agency said 4 people died and 5 were left homeless.


Meanwhile flooding in Kendal and Pemalang Regencies in Central Java Province on 22 May damaged around 2,500 homes and affected around 12,000 residents.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after more flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - 9 inches of rain in 24 hours

Heavy rain and flood damage in Umdloti, KZN, South Africa, May 2022.
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Heavy rain and flood damage in Umdloti, KZN, South Africa, May 2022.
More heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in parts of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Areas of the province saw devastating flooding last month which left over 400 dead and 40,000 displaced.

KwaZulu-Natal Prime Minister Sihle Zikalala said at a press conference, "Overnight on 21 and 22 May 2022, the province yet again underwent some of the worst storms that have been accompanied by floods resulting in destruction that comes with such situations.

"These heavy rainfalls have resulted into flooding of roads, human settlements, and damage properties. We understand that some areas are inaccessible and have become islands at this stage."

Around 240 mm of rain fell in Mount Edgecombe in 24 hours to 22 May 2022. The city of Durban saw 202 mm during this time and Sezela 151 mm.


Fire

This week in volcano news - A new eruption is possible in Iceland, plume at Ruapehu

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In the last week, there was significant seismic activity in Iceland adjacent to the town of Grindavik due to a new intrusion of magma. This intrusion generated several thousand earthquakes, and may result in the peninsula's 2nd volcanic eruption since 2021. Also, in New Zealand, the Ruapehu volcano is continuing to show signs of unrest as its crater lake produced a sustained steam plume for several hours. And, in the Philippines, the Taal volcano has been producing an unusual level of gas emissions, suggesting a change in the amount of magma under the volcano.

This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


Attention

Wisconsin couple attacked by bear after it charged through window and bit both of them

The bear was fatally shot to death inside the family's home and was believed to be a female adult. Her cub was seen running away while the attack broke out

The bear was fatally shot to death inside the family's home and was believed to be a female adult. Her cub was seen running away while the attack broke out
A Wisconsin couple said they were left with no other choice than to kill a bear that attacked them inside their home with a large kitchen knife and a gun after charging at them and breaking their window in the process.

The Taylor County Sheriff's office said the attack happened around 11 p.m. Friday at a home near Medford in north-central Wisconsin. The couple told authorities that the bear charged at them after it was spotted eating from a bird feeder

They told authorities that they yelled at the animal to go away - but that it did the exact opposite.

'The bear immediately turned and charged at the house, breaking through the window and into the house and immediately attacked,' the local sheriff's office said in a press release.

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Ohio River waterspout caught on camera during severe storms around Tri-State

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A man on the Ohio River caught sight of what seems like a waterspout during storms across the Tri-State on Saturday.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 50 sheep in Kashmir, India

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At least fifty sheep were killed after lightning struck a pasture at Haknar village of Gund tehsil in central Kashmirs Ganderbal district on Sunday evening.

Reports said that the sheep belonging to Abdul Salam Chopan son of Mohd Ramzan resident of Haknar got killed when the lightning struck the area during heavy rains during grazing.

Tehsildar Gund Javid Iqbal told Greater Kashmir that as per the owner of the sheep at least fourty nine animals were killed in the lightning struck.

He said a team of police, Animal Husbandry and revenue department have been sent to the place where the incident happened to take stock of the situation.


Cloud Precipitation

Tornado, huge hailstones and floods in France weather chaos

Massive hailstones seen in Vercel-Villedieu-le-Camp in Doubs,
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Massive hailstones seen in Vercel-Villedieu-le-Camp in Doubs, captured by Météo Franc-Comtoise
A tornado, hailstones the size of tennis balls, and roads looking more like rivers are among the phenomena seen this weekend, as thunderstorm alerts remain in place

A mini-tornado, rain, and giant hailstones have wreaked havoc across France this weekend, with a church spire destroyed in Indre-et-Loire, cars smashed in Doubs, and flooding in Essonne and Reims.

The church in the Indre-et-Loire village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil was damaged by a tornado, with strong gusts of wind toppling the spire. The falling stonework damaged cars underneath.

The commune's salle des fêtes was also damaged, as were surrounding vines in the village's wine-growing areas. No human injuries have been reported.


Comment: For context, these are probably among the largest hailstones recorded in France in the modern era.


Cloud Lightning

5 dead after severe thunderstorms in Ontario and Quebec; hundreds of thousands without power

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Power lines and utility poles were downed by the storms.

Five people are reported dead after severe thunderstorms raced through parts of Canada on Saturday, according to Environment Canada.

"There were five fatalities reported and a few others injured as a result of the strong winds with this line of thunderstorms," read a weather summary for Ontario and the National Capital Region. "There was also extensive damage to trees, power lines and buildings. There were also overturned cars reported as well as widespread power outages."

The line of thunderstorms developed near Sarnia, a city in Ontario, late Saturday morning and tracked over southern Ontario towards Ottawa Saturday afternoon, according to Environment Canada.

The storm left more than 350,000 customers without power, and "many power outages continue today," the agency said Sunday.

Storms also swept through central Quebec on Saturday, resulting in broken tree limbs, uprooted trees, damage to buildings and "more than 500,000 homes without power," Environment Canada said.

Hydro Quebec said on its website that restoration of service progressed overnight and Sunday morning, and close to 500 crews were mobilized on Sunday.

Seismograph

Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake off Japan

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6.0 magnitude earthquake 235 km from Katsuura, Chiba, Japan

UTC time: Sunday, May 22, 2022 15:17 PM
Your time: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 4:17 PM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - 235 km SSE of Katsuura, Japan

16 km depth

Snowflake

Parts of South Africa experience early winter heavy snowfall

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A few posts by Snow Report SA shows KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho blanketed with heavy snowfall

As temperatures plummet and bitter cold conditions grips several provinces, South Africa has recorded its first winter snowfall for 2022.

A few posts by Snow Report SA shows KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho blanketed with heavy snowfall.

"Nare and Polo from Sani Mountain Escape at the top of Sani Pass took these photos earlier. It appears that the snow is quite far down the pass but we can't tell how far yet. More snow is expected today and tomorrow so the conditions on the pass will likely make it impossible to drive in any vehicle for a little while."