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Dead 54-foot fin whale washes up on Barnegat Light Beach, New Jersey

DEAD
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A 54-foot decomposing fin whale that washed up on Barnegat Light's 19th Street beach Sunday morning would be too large to be disposed of any other way than burying it, according to the director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center who was consulted after the whale washed up.

Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based stranding center, said a necropsy would not be performed. "The animal had been dead too long."

The definitive cause of the male whale's death was "hard to tell," Schoelkopf said, because "it had been dead for several days." The carcass showed "large shark bites."

"We think the animal may have been struck by a freighter, a large ship."


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills two girls in Nigeria

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There was confusion in Orisa Elejin community in Ikirun, Osun State, on Sunday, after two girls were allegedly struck dead by lightning.

The incident reportedly occurred during a light rain.

The Chairman of the Ifelodun Local Government Area, Ikirun, Hassan Okanlawon, who confirmed the incident, told our correspondent that the girls were found dead on the playground of an Arabic school after lightning struck.

Okanlawon said the deceased were living with their grandmother in the area.

Comment: Elsewhere in Africa and four days earlier than the above event a student was also fatally struck in Ghana.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in province of Castellón, Spain after record August rainfall - 6 inches in 24 hours

Firefighters help clear a flooded home in Benicàssim in Castellón Province, Spain, 29 August 2021.
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Firefighters help clear a flooded home in Benicàssim in Castellón Province, Spain, 29 August 2021.
Record rain fell in parts of the Province of Castellón in the region of Valencia in Spain on 29 August 2021, causing flash floods.

Flooding damaged homes and roads in the coastal town of Benicàssim. Emergency services received 167 calls for assistance. Teams responded to flooding of around 50 homes. Firefighters rescued 3 people who were trapped inside their vehicles on flooded roads. They also helped evacuated one person from a flooded home.

Traffic along the major highway N-340 was temporarily suspended near Castellón de la Plana. Flooding was also reported in the town of Sagunto.


Windsock

Hurricane Ida hits coast of Louisiana with 150 mph winds - 16 years to the day Hurricane Katrina hit the state

Hurricane Ida makes landfall as 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm in Louisiana

Hurricane Ida makes landfall as 'extremely dangerous' Category 4 storm in Louisiana
Thousands of people had already fled their homes as Hurricane Ida hit the coast of Louisiana with wind speeds of 150 mph.

More than 100,000 households had lost power in Louisiana by noon and were without electricity, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks outages nationwide.

Long lines formed at petrol stations on Saturday as people rushed to escape.

Trucks pulling saltwater fishing boats and campers streamed away from the coast on Interstate 65 in Alabama, where Ida is also predicted to hit, while traffic jams clogged Interstate 10 heading out of New Orleans.


Ice Cube

Sharp uptick in Arctic Sea ice: Extent on course to be the highest in 15 years

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent has been holding exceptionally well during the 2021 summer melt season.

Throughout August, higher volumes than usual have survived due to cold conditions and favorable wind patterns.

As a result, Arctic Sea Ice Extent is now the highest in 8 years,
and, if this year's trajectory continues for another week or two (which is expected), 2021 will achieve the 'healthiest' extent of the past 15 years (since 2006).

Only 2014, 2013, and 2009 remain in its way - though the gap is narrowing, fast:

Boat

Flood situation deteriorates in Assam, India with over 225,000 people affected

On Saturday, the flood situation in Assam took a turn for the worse with more than 2.25 lakh people from 15 districts affected.

On Saturday, the flood situation in Assam took a turn for the worse with more than 2.25 lakh people from 15 districts affected.
The overall flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Saturday as the rising Brahmaputra river and its tributaries inundated vast tracts in 15 districts and affected 2,25,501 people of the state, according to the daily bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA).

There have been, however, no loss of human or animal life so far, the bulletin said.

The current wave of flood triggered by continuous heavy rainfall in the catchment areas has hit Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts and affected 512 villages under 34 revenue circles in them, it said.


Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Nora makes landfall on Mexico's southwestern coast

A fallen tree and electricity pole are pictured as Hurricane Nora approaches Manzanillo, in Colima state, Mexico August 28, 2021.
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A fallen tree and electricity pole are pictured as Hurricane Nora approaches Manzanillo, in Colima state, Mexico August 28, 2021.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of torrential rains, life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Nora made landfall on Saturday evening on the northwest coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco.


Tornado2

'It lasted about 10-15 minutes': Waterspout filmed off Gulf Shores, Alabama

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'It lasted about 10-15 minutes': Kentucky woman captures amazing video of waterspout while on vacation

It was a waterspout spinning in the distance. Klosterman tells WHAS11 News, "it was the first one I had ever seen! It was exciting to witness!"

Klosterman and her family were on the beach at the Gulf Shores around midday Aug. 25, when she saw it.

"I turned to see the water spout and grabbed my phone," Klosterman said. "It lasted a good 10-15 minutes."

Klosterman said she's from Crestwood, just east of Louisville.


Arrow Down

11 killed in landslide in Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Search and rescue teams working at the scene of the landslide in Mogok Township, Myanmar, August 2021.
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Search and rescue teams working at the scene of the landslide in Mogok Township, Myanmar, August 2021.
A landslide struck in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar on 24 August 2021 burying 4 homes in Mogok Township.

Fourteen people were buried under the collapsed houses. Teams of search and rescue workers including personnel from Myanmar Red Cross and the Fire Department searched through the wreckage of the buildings over the last few days. As of 26 August, officials said 11 bodies had been found. Three people survived but were injured.

Local observers said the landslide was caused by recent heavy rainfall. Around 2 weeks earlier heavy rain also took its toll on the township after a landslide caused the wall of a building to collapse, killing 3 people on 12 August. More than 145 mm of rain fell in just a few hours early on 12 August.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported on 27 August that heavy monsoon rainfall since late July has affected as many as 125,000 people in Myanmar, mainly in Kachin, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan states as well as in Mandalay and Tanintharyi regions.

Tornado1

New Orleans evacuates as Hurricane Ida expected to strengthen to Category 4 with 140 mph winds

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Ida is forecast to track into the extremely warm sea waters in the Gulf of Mexico and is very likely to enter rapid intensification and become the 4th hurricane in the Atlantic Basin this year.
Ida is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday when it hits the Gulf Coast with maximum winds of 140 mph, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in Louisiana on Friday as Ida gains strength in the gulf.

The center of Ida was located over western Cuba around 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba will face heavy rains, flash flooding, and mudslides throughout Friday evening.