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Flash flooding hits north Trinidad - Second such event within 3 weeks

Divali celebrations on Tuesday were again marred by heavy showers and flash flooding across parts of north Trinidad.

Viral videos showed a car which had been caught in flood waters along the Eastern Main Road in St Augustine. Heavy flooding was also reported near Pasea Road in Tunapuna.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) warned the public to stay away from the Eastern Main Road along Tunapuna and St Augustine as the roadway was impassable up until midday Tuesday.

"Citizens are kindly advised to proceed with caution on the nation's roadways, as heavy rainfall has been reported across the country."

Comment: This is the 2nd major flooding event for the island nation within the last 3 weeks and the 5th in the past 17 months, for details see: National disaster declared in Trinidad after catastrophic flooding

Flash floods ravage parts of Trinidad and Tobago

Parts of Trinidad swamped by flood waters after 24 hours of non-stop rainfall

Floodwater as high as 8 feet in Williamsville, Trinidad


Three more Colorado ski areas opening early for season - Up to 20 inches of new snow in last 3 days

Three more Colorado ski areas have announced they'll be opening early for the 2018-19 ski season, on Wednesday November 7th, after continuing heavy snowfall in the famous US ski state.

Breckenridge (pictured below yesterday) and Keystone (pictured top) were scheduled to open for the season this weekend, but have moved their opening dates forward to Wednesday. Eldora hadn't planned to open until next week and has moved its opening day forward by 9 days.

All have been reporting heavy snowfall through the latter half of October and in to November with snow still falling, giving 'mid-winter' powder conditions. Each has unofficially reported 30-50cm more snowfall in the past 72 hours.


New England forests devastated by invasive caterpillars

Gypsy moth caterpillars are having a devastating effect on southern New England forests.

The Providence Journal reports more than one million acres of forest in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been damaged by an infestation of the insects since 2015.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management estimates as much as a quarter of the state's hardwoods trees have been killed by the caterpillars, as well as other recent environmental factors, including droughts and other insects.

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Woman hospitalized after falling into sinkhole in Statesville, North Carolina

A woman had to be hospitalized after she fell into a dangerous sinkhole on South Center St. in Statesville. Crews are working to determine what caused the sinkhole to form.

Witnesses tell FOX 46 she was simply walking down the sidewalk before it gave in and she fell into a wide hold. She was taken to the hospital quickly to be looked at.

"I was actually at the door whenever it happened."

Tara, who only told us her first name, was at work on South Center St. when she heard a woman's screams.

"I stuck my head out the door because I was scared I didn't know what was going on," Tara said.

The woman fell into the sinkhole and was unable to get out.

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Truck gets stuck in massive sinkhole in Houston, Texas

A truck is seen after it fell into a sinkhole in Montrose on Nov. 5, 2018.

A truck is seen after it fell into a sinkhole in Montrose on Nov. 5, 2018.
In less than a week, an intersection in Montrose has gone from dry pavement to what resembles a small stream.

"It began to gush in the street last Wednesday," homeowner Daniel Levine said.

The scene at night may look and sound peaceful, but earlier Monday, it made for a potentially dangerous day at work for a City of Houston garbage crew.

Photos show their garbage truck stuck in a sinkhole created by the rushing water at the corner of Mandell and Harold near Westheimer and Dunlavy.

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Flash flooding as massive deluge hits Melbourne, Australia - More rain in 3 hours than in all September and October together

Thousands of Victorians were left power after a slow-moving storm caused flash flooding in Melbourne, with half of the city's November rainfall arriving in just three hours.

More than 30mm of rain fell after 9am on Melbourne Cup Day, causing train delays and soaking racegoers at Flemington.

Flooding has caused chaos along the Kingsway, at the tunnel entrance onto the CityLink, as well as in parts of Southbank, Rowville, Balwyn North, Windsor, Hawthorn, Ashburton and Narre Warren.

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Streets of Kuwait city heavily flooded

The Jordanian Embassy in Kuwait warned Jordanian citizens of extreme rainy weather conditions on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

The Embassy said in a warning through its Twitter account: "The Jordanian embassy wishes the Jordanian community to take precautions during the rainy weather and follow the instructions issued by official authorities in Kuwait, wishing all safety."

Heavy rain continued hammering across Kuwait since yesterday, accompanied by hail and occasional lightning and thunderstorms, which caused water to heavily flood the streets of Kuwait city.


Photographer captures Stable Auroral Red arc over Finland

SAR over Finland
© Matti Helin
You've heard of auroras--green and purple lights that dance in the sky during geomagnetic storms. But have you ever heard of an SAR? Stable Auroral Red arcs (SARs) were discovered in 1956 at the beginning of the Space Age and have been recorded by cameras on satellites hundreds of times since.

Most aurora watchers have never seen one, though, because they are usually invisible to the human eye. Last night in southern Finland, Matti Helin saw one.

"The SAR was visible to the naked eye for nearly 30 minutes and, after fading a bit, remained visible to my camera for another hour and a half," says Helin. "Normally we see auroras in the north, but this stable red arc appeared to our south. It was strange shooting in that direction :D"

SARs are related to auroras, but they are not the same. Regular auroras appear when high-energy particles rain down along polar magnetic field lines, hitting the atmosphere (100-200 km high) and causing it to glow like the picture tube of an old color TV. SARs form differently.

They are a sign of heat energy leaking into the upper atmosphere (~400 km high) from Earth's ring current system. Normally, SARs become visible to the naked eye only during strong geomagnetic storms. Last night's G1-storm was far from strong, but the arc appeared anyway--further proof that auroras can be full of surprises.

Comment: It would appear that the increase in sightings of unusual atmospheric phenomena point to our rapidly changing atmosphere: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Man killed in shark attack near Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to
© Getty Images
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to about 88 species of sharks.
A man has died after being attacked by a shark near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Officials said the victim was swimming near Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast on Monday when the animal struck at about 5.37pm local time.

The man, thought to be in his thirties, was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after sustaining "significant leg and wrist injuries", Central Queensland's helicopter rescue service said in a statement.

He later died in Mackay Base hospital of massive blood loss, according to the Courier Mail.

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Two children dead as flash flooding swamps Padang, Indonesia

A resident wades through floodwater in Padangbulan district in Medan, North Sumatra, on Sept. 16.
© JP/Apriadi Gunawan
A resident wades through floodwater in Padangbulan district in Medan, North Sumatra, on Sept. 16.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that at least two children were killed during floods that swamped Padang, West Sumatra over the weekend.

The children were identified as Jihat Melani, 6, and Pasilah Azhan, 10, the agency has said in a release.

The flood inundated around 1,400 houses in seven districts, including Pauh, Lubuk Kilangan, Lubuk Begalung and Koto Tangah.

"The Padang administration has declared an emergency status for seven days from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9," BNPB spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.