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Lightning kills one, 200 injured after downpour in Ghana

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One person is dead with hundreds wounded at Ngleshie Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality following thunder and rainstorms that accompanied the heavy downpour on Tuesday, 20 February 2018.

A lightning that struck during the rains killed a 38-year-old man and the storm ripped the roofs of a cluster of schools as well as some houses at Ngleshie Amanfrom.

Accra FM's Evans Darko reported that the sheets wounded scores of individuals.


In other instances the roof caved-in and fell on some school children who were having lessons at the time.

Attention

Dead whale washes ashore in Karnataka, India

a dead whale washed ashore in a decomposed state on the Doddakopla beach in Surathkal

The dead whale that washed ashore in a decomposed state on the Doddakopla beach in Surathkal
In a rare phenomenon, a dead whale washed ashore in a decomposed state on the Doddakopla beach in Surathkal. "This is the first such incident in the last 15-20 years in the coastal belt of Karnataka," Yathish Baikampady, CEO, Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project, told TOI.

The approximately 40-feet whale washed ashore on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, because of high tide. Fishermen, who saw the carcass early on Wednesday, informed the authorities.

The body was so severely decomposed that experts haven't been able to determine its characteristics such as its breed, weight or age. Yathish predicted the whale may have died because of old age.

Cloud Precipitation

2 dead, 1 missing as rivers overflow in Midwest and Ontario (VIDEOS)

Rivers above flood stages in Midwest USA, as of 22 February, 2018. Purple – major flood stage; Red – moderate flood stage; Orange – minor flood stage.
© NOAA / NWS
Rivers above flood stages in Midwest USA, as of 22 February, 2018.
Purple – major flood stage; Red – moderate flood stage; Orange – minor flood stage.
Days of rain combined with snowmelt have pushed rivers and streams out of their banks in several US Midwest states and southern Ontario, Canada.

In the Midwest, NWS reported rivers above major flood stage in 19 locations, 54 above moderate flood stage and 131 above minor flood stage.

In the USA, 2 people have reportedly died as a result of the flooding. A young child is missing after a vehicle was swept away by flood water in Ontario.

Further heavy rain brought by a winter storm from Wednesday 21 February has also affected areas further south. Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Shreveport in Louisiana recorded 95 mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 February.

Comment: See also: Rescuers use boats to evacuate victims as 'worst floods in 45 years' hit US Midwest


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Three tornadoes hit North Texas during winter

A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
© Associated Press
A mobile home is seen destroyed after a tornado struck an area outside Joshua, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
The National Weather Service now says it was three tornadoes that hit North Texas.

It says two of the twisters struck early Tuesday in a rural area near Joshua, destroying at least two mobile homes and severely damaging several others. A mother and her disabled daughter were injured when one tornado demolished their mobile home.

The third tornado struck a short time later in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto. No injuries were reported there.

The weather service says all three tornadoes were weak EF0 ones with winds ranging from 65 to 85 mph (105 to 137 kph).

After the tornadoes came the rain. Up to 4½ inches of it fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 8 p.m. Tuesday, causing some flooding.

Source: Associated Press

Boat

Rescuers use boats to evacuate victims as 'worst floods in 45 years' hit US Midwest

Elkhart flooding
© Becky Malewitz /South Bend Tribune via AP
Emergency crews help evacuate residents, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. Crews are using boats to help northern Indiana residents amid flooding from melting snow and heavy rain moving across the Midwest.
Crews used boats to help residents evacuate their homes in northern Indiana after rainstorms sweeping across the Midwest on Wednesday combined with melting snow to flood rivers, roads and other low-lying areas in several states.

The storm system starting pushed heavy rain, snow and ice into the region this week, and the weather has already been blamed for hundreds of car crashes and several fatalities, including the deaths of four people in a crash along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.

About 19 people had been evacuated from homes in Elkhart, a town just east of South Bend, by early Wednesday, said Mayor Tim Neese. Local schools were closed because of the flooding and an emergency shelter was set up to help evacuees overnight, The Elkhart Truth newspaper reported.

"This city has not seen flooding like this in the last 45 years," Neese said. "We also had record snowfall in addition to consistent rain."

Homes and streets also were flooded in the South Bend area, and forecasters predicted that the swollen St. Joseph River wouldn't crest until Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of several states in the central and southern U.S., spanning from Texas to Illinois and Ohio to Arkansas, where strong winds topped power lines and damages buildings. Winter weather advisories also were issued, including in for Oklahoma and Kansas.

Wolf

Wolf spotted in the Dutch province of Gelderland as sightings increase

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While Belgian farmers spotted a wolf near the Belgian town of Meerhout in January this year, its first wolf sighting in 100 years, a wolf was spotted in the Dutch eastern province of Gelderland on Wednesday morning. The wolf was seen in several places, and was photographed and filmed.

Experts from the Dutch Wolven in Nederland and the German Lupus Institut - organisations specialized in wolves - confirmed the sighting. It's the third wolf sighting in the Netherlands so far this year.

The wolf was first spotted in the early hours of the morning. A driver used the headlamps of his car to shine light on the animal before he filmed it in the Betuwe, an area in Gelderland. Several hours later, a wolf was spotted 10 kilometers to the west, along the Nether Rhine. Later, a wolf was seen on the other side of the Nether Rhine. Wolven in Nederland suggests the sightings are all of the same wolf.

In addition, this wolf could have been the same animal that was spotted across the border in the German town of Rees a couple of days earlier, on February 19th.

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Woman suffers horrifying wounds after an attack by a rampaging buffalo in Cambodia

Fiona Childs, 47, had been walking through a forest, heading for the beach on Cambodian island Koh Rong Samloem, yesterday morning when she stumbled upon the beast

Fiona Childs, 47, had been walking through a forest, heading for the beach on Cambodian island Koh Rong Samloem, yesterday morning when she stumbled upon the beast
This is the moment a British teacher was left with blood gushing from her legs after being viciously attacked by a rampaging buffalo.

Fiona Childs, 47, had been walking through a forest, heading for the beach while holidaying on the Cambodian island of Koh Rong Samloem yesterday morning, when she suddenly came face-to-face with the angry beast.

The enraged animal immediately started butting her with his head, and is believed to have gored her legs with his sharp horns as she lay screaming for help on the ground.
The creature then fled back into the jungle.

As the buffalo's owner shouted at army officials to 'kill, kill, kill' the beast, local villagers rushed to Fiona's aid, trying to stem the blood before paramedics arrived and loaded her into an ambulance.

Fiona was rushed to hospital in Sihanoukville, a coastal city on the mainland.

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Ex-Cyclone Gita turns New Zealand's Terrible Gully into river of rock

gravel river erosion new zealand
© Donna Field
The shingle river sounded like when a "gravel truck tips all its load".
A river of shingle rock flowing down Terrible Gully has left eight farms cut off from town in Rakaia, near Canterbury's Mt Hutt.

Incredible video of the "rocky river" was captured by Donna Field of Cleardale Station as she surveyed the damage from former Cyclone Gita on Wednesday.

The flow of careering shingles closed Double Hill Run Rd which services the farms in the South Island region. It's an event that has become a regular occurrence for the farmers in the area.

"But it's never been this bad before," Field said.

"For a long time it was quite stable, but the last 2.5 - 3 years it has become a lot more active."

Windsock

Wild, weird weather: Record cold West, record warm East, and flooding in central US

snow covered flowers
© Nam Y. Huh, AP
Winter garden flowers are covered by snow on Feb. 11, 2018, in Chicago.
Wild, weird weather is coming to the U.S. this week with snow and record cold in the West, record warmth in the East, and a threat of heavy flooding rain in the central part of the USA.

Wintry West

Widespread snow will persist through late Tuesday across parts of the western mountains and into the High Plains as a strong cold front slides through the Rockies and into the central U.S., the National Weather Service said. Accumulations will be heavy at times, especially for the central Rockies, where more than 18 inches of snow is possible.

The weather service issued winter storm warnings for much of the higher elevations of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, and for parts of the Plains from western South Dakota to northwestern Nebraska, the Weather Channel said.

Dangerous winter weather conditions, including blowing snow and high winds, are expected in these areas.

Snowflake Cold

Denver experiences a 72 degree temperature drop within 40 hours

man standing in cold
© CBS
Sitting at a mile above sea level and in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is known for having an extreme climate. But the most recent temperature swing ranked as one of the biggest ever observed.

According to the National Weather Service in Boulder, after a high of 69°F at 2:27 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 18) Denver's official low hit -3°F just over 40 hours later at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 20).

The 72 degree drop tied for the 8th biggest swing ever noted in a period of two days or less. It also landed in the top 20 biggest temperature swing events for Denver since records began in 1872.