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9 dead dolphins discovered in 3 days in Sarasota County, Florida

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Nine dead bottlenose dolphins have been found since Tuesday in Sarasota County. Red tide is suspected in their deaths.

Mote Marine staff has been working long hours responding to reports of dolphins. manatees, sea turtles and other marine life that has been killed or sickened by red tide in southwest Florida. They do not think the red tide problem is going to end anytime soon.

Mote Marine Laboratory will be conducting autopsies on the dolphins with the hope of learning what killed them.

Comment: See also these other recent reports: Worst red tide in more than a decade killing sea life along Florida coast

Dead whale shark found on Sanibel Island, Florida


At least 50 manatees die mysteriously off Mexican coast

As many as 50 manatees have died, floating to the surface of rivers and lagoons in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco, where some of the country's major oil wells have been operating for decades. Fish, reptiles, birds and other marine animals have also died suddenly, and scientists are scrambling to figure out the cause.

"It could be one of the greatest environmental emergencies we have had in recent times," Ernesto Zazueta, president of the Association of Zoos, Breeders and Aquariums of Mexico told El Universal newspaper.

On May 18, residents of the municipality of Bitzales found a lifeless manatee floating in the water. They assumed it was an isolated incident, or that the animal had been sick. But in the weeks the followed, more and more dead manatees were found in the state's waterways. Fishermen reported that suddenly they weren't catching anything, and dead fish also began floating to the surface.

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10-year-old boy captures close lightning strike on camera in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

The scare of a Davidson 10-year-old's life ended up turning into one of the coolest things he's ever seen. And he safely got it all on video for the rest of us to see.

"That's the closest lightning bolt I had ever seen in my life," Brody Lee told WBTV just hours after he shot the video.

Lee was standing right by his home's front window when - boom! - he got the scare of his life.

"I was like freaking out because it was legit, maybe a couple of meters away from our house," he said.

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Two dead, 100 evacuated following landslides in northern Italian town

File photo of Courmayeur
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File photo of Courmayeur
Two landslides close to the northern resort town of Courmayeur have killed one tourist and caused panic among many others, with over 100 people evacuated.

A couple from Milan was reported to have died after the landslides, caused by storms in the Val Ferret area close to the Swiss border at the foot of Mont Blanc.

Their car was one of several swept away by mud after one of the landslides flooded a small side valley close to the town of Planpincieux.

The body of the man, 71, was recovered on Monday evening and firefighters were on Tuesday working to recover his wife's body, which they had identified as trapped under the vehicle, Corriere della Sera reported.

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Heatwave gives way to deluges as flash-flooding forces thousands to evacuate in southern France

Flash floods hit southern France
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Rescuers stand in a flooded area of a camping as storms and heavy rains sweep across France
Helicopters, divers and hundreds of firefighters involved in rescue after torrent swept through campsite in Gard region

A German man in his 70s, who was helping supervise children at a campsite in south-east France, was missing on Thursday after being swept away by floodwaters, police said.

The 75-year-old man was accompanying a group of around 100 German children who were evacuated from a campsite in Saint-Julien-de-Peyrolas, some 60km (37 miles) north of Avignon in the Gard region.

Trapped by a muddy, fast-flowing torrent after the Ardeche river burst its banks he sought shelter inside his caravan, but the vehicle was swept away.

It was later found "empty and in pieces" near the river, police said.

He was the only person unaccounted for after a rescue operation at three campsites in the area, where a heatwave ended abruptly this week in storms that caused flash flooding.


Volcano in Chile erupts as chairlift carries skiers to mountain's peak

The Chilean volcano Nevados de Chillan spewed plumes of dark smoke near a popular skifield on Wednesday, as helpless skiers being carried to the volcano's summit watched the eruption.

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Flood, landslips kill 22 across Kerala, India

At least 20 people lost their life due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala today. The state is hit by heavy rains and the rivers are flowing above the danger mark at many dams. As part of precautionary measure the arrival operations at the Cochin International Airport have also been stopped. According to reports flood gates of 22 dams have also been opened and warning have been issued in several districts.

Here are all the live updates from Kerala:

* As many as 20 people have died across the state.10 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur and one in Wayanad district. Three persons are missing -- one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.

* Floodgates of as many as 22 dams have been opened in the state as the rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

* Idukki dam gates in Kerala were opened after 26 years today at 12:30 pm following rising water levels due to heavy rains in the district. With the water rising quickly, a high-level meeting with the CM Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to open the shutters on a trial run basis

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Flash floods cause bridges and houses to collapse, mud rivers to flow in Turkey

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Mud river
Flash floods caused by heavy rains that hit Turkey's northern Ordu province damaged 66 houses and 264 shops, the country's vice president said on Aug. 9.

Vice President Fuat Oktay and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Aug. 8 visited the Black Sea province of Ordu where torrential rains have caused massive flooding.

Oktay travelled to the Ünye and Fatsa districts of Ordu to inspect the damages the flooding caused in the towns. He also visited a hospital in Ünye to meet with people who were injured in the disaster.

"At the moment, we don't have any casualties or citizens who are in need or whose needs have not been met. The climate has been changing [...] and so we also need a change of mindset," Oktay said.


At least 100 dead birds found in Oklahoma City

Dozens of birds found dead

Dozens of birds found dead
Dozens of birds were found dead in a Piedmont neighborhood following Wednesdays' severe storms.

After severe storm's moved through early Aug. 8, residents in the Surrey Hills neighborhood near NW 121 Place and Mustang discovered at least 100 dead birds underneath a tree.

FOX 25's Jeff George speculates that the tree was struck by lightning, killing the flock of birds.


Dead whale shark found on Sanibel Island, Florida

Whale Shark necropsy performed on Sanibel Island by FWC;s Dr. Gregg Poulakis and NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro along with additional FWC staff.
Whale Shark necropsy performed on Sanibel Island by FWC;s Dr. Gregg Poulakis and NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro along with additional FWC staff.
Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists are trying to determine the cause of death of a 25-foot-long whale shark that was found on Sanibel Island.

The waterways off Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties have been heavily impacted by red tide.

FWC's Dr. Gregg Poulakis, NOAA's Dr. Jose Castro and FWC staff members performed a necropsy on the whale shark on Tuesday. The shark appeared to be newly deceased.

The necropsy was part of FWC's response to the red tide that is killing marine life in southwest Florida.