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Twin waterspouts filmed off Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Twin water spout off Hilton Head
7-21-16 Hilton Head, SC amazing twin waterspouts dance together!

Amazing video as twin waterspouts dance around each other off the coast of Hilton Head, SC!

Severe storms produced a few waterspouts in the area.

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Over 120 dead after monsoon rains cause floods and landslides in 8 Indian states; 5 million affected

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The National Disaster Management Division (NDMD) of the Ministry of Home Affairs in India reports that over 5 million people across 8 states are currently affected by flooding.

In a report dated 18 July, NDMD say that flooding in the country is affecting the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. NDMD say that 375 villages from 89 districts across the 8 states have reported flooding.

According to the report, 124 lives have been lost since the flooding began with the onset of this year's monsoon rainfall in June. Over 90 of the fatalities are believed to have occurred during the last 2 weeks. Around 200 people have also been reported as injured.

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What to do if a live electrical wire hits your car during a storm

© Jessica Remo/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
A 26-year-old Plainfield woman was electrocuted after downed wires fell on her car in Fanwood and she attempted to exit the vehicle.
If you're driving during a storm and a live electrical wire falls onto your car, experts say you should stay inside until help arrives.

New Jersey's three biggest utility companies all advise drivers and passengers to remain inside their vehicle if it comes into contact with wires, because — contrary to popular belief — tires are electrical conductors, not insulators.

"It is true that you are safe in your vehicle when a live wire falls on it. But that's because electricity always seeks the easiest path to the ground," PSE&G says on its website.

"If you remain in the vehicle, the path of the electricity will be on the outside of the vehicle, through the tires, and into the ground. As long as we do not provide a path to the ground through our body, the electricity will not enter it. So when an electrical wire falls on your vehicle, stay in your vehicle until help arrives and the power is shut off," the website says.

If a driver or passenger has to escape from a vehicle because of a fire or other life-threatening situation, PSE&G offers this advice: "Jump out with both feet together, making sure that you are not touching any part of the vehicle when your feet hit the ground." It's important to land with both feet hitting the ground at the same time, said Tricia Ingraham, a spokeswoman for First Energy, the parent company of JCP&L. When you land on the ground, keep your feet as close together as possible, then slowly hop or shuffle as far away from the electrical wires as possible, Ingraham said.

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Lightning strike kills male teenage hiker on Humphreys Peak, Arizona

A lightning strike killed a teenage hiker this week at the highest point in Arizona, police said.

The unidentified 17-year-old male hiker was fatally struck Wednesday near the summit of Humphreys Peak, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said.

Two other hikers, ages 17 and 18, were transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Their condition is unknown, but they were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them, the Sheriff's Office said.

Their injuries were apparently related to their proximity to the lightning strike.

At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the state, and with a trail that leads directly to the summit, is a popular hiking spot in the Flagstaff area.


Deluge hits Siberia's largest city - 3 'rare' tornadoes in two weeks

Tornado - first since 1954 - signals freak downpour, opening craters in roads which swallow up cars.

The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro stations, city centre streets and shops - while the water opened cracks in asphalt large enough for vehicles to fall into. A waterfall was spotted close to the central railway station, a major stopover on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

'New tourist attraction,' quipped one online joker.

A rare tornado seen over Burmaistrovo village - the first in Novosibirsk region in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks - preceded the flash flooding in and around the city with a 1.51 population, the third largest in Russia. No injuries were reported from this rare phenomenon.

Comment: To gain further understanding as to how and why these events are occurring, read:

Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.

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Violent storm peels roof off apartment building in Winnipeg, Canada

© Sean Kavanagh/CBC
The roof of an apartment on Sinclair Street in Winnipeg lifted off the building during a storm Wednesday night.
The roof of an apartment complex in Winnipeg was peeled off the building like a sardine can as a storm and violent winds forced their way through the city Wednesday night.

Police and emergency crews were called to a building in the 2000 block of Sinclair Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Insulation from the building was strewn across lawns and boulevards near Leila Avenue at the northeast edge of the Garden City neighbourhood.

The underside of the roof appeared to be flipped up and facing the sky, and a large part of the roof could be seen dangling over the edge of the top of the building.

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Hailstones the size of baseballs, tennis balls hammer Saskatchewan, Canada

© Ryan Wunsch
Ryan Wunsch posted this photo of tennis-ball-sized hail about 13 kilometres south of Tompkins, Sask., just after 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday.
It's been a summer of big hailstones in Saskatchewan, but last night people were reporting the biggest ones yet.

Photos of hail the size of baseballs were circulating on social media from places like Strongfield and Stewart Valley, but there were plenty of tennis-ball-sized hailstones, too.

Here's Environment Canada's roundup of hail in Saskatchewan from July 19, 2016:

​​Herschel: golf ball size

Carmichael: golf ball size

Tompkins area: tennis ball size

Bounty: golf ball size

Outlook: tennis ball size to softball size

Stewart Valley: baseball size

Broderick: Loonie size

Strongfield: baseball size

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Lightning bolt kills horse in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

A truck and horse trailer were struck by lightning on Turkey Pen Road Tuesday afternoon, killing one of eight horses.

Chief Rick Livingston of Mills River Fire and Rescue said a pickup truck and trailer, with eight horses tied to the trailer, were parked at the parking lot at the Turkey Pen trailhead in Pisgah National Forest just outside Mills River when a sudden, localized thunderstorm formed.

Lightning struck a large tree about 50 feet away from the horse trailer. The bolt traveled across the ground to the horses, killing one and injuring several others
, though the injured horses are expected to be fine.

Livingston said it was just a "freak accident."

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House hit twice by lightning moments apart near Bend, Oregon

They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice, but one couple who live in the Alfalfa area east of Bend said their house was hit by lightning twice Monday morning.

"It hit twice, almost simultaneously," said ersident Kathy Nash.

She said the storm started around 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, and at 8 a.m. lightning hit their home twice.

Kathy was inside and her husband Randy was in the yard when the storm hit.

"I was on the way back in through the barnyard when the first lightning hit, and it was right there above my head," Randy Nash said. "You could actually hear the crackling of the bolt and the thunder at the same time.".

Kathy said she knew something unusual was about to happen because her dog started acting up.

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2 women hit by separate lightning strikes at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Two women are hospitalized after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents on Point Pleasant Beach in Ocean County, New Jersey.

The first incident occurred just before 3 p.m. Saturday at New Jersey Avenue and the Beach.

Police say a 62-year-old woman was struck by lightning at that location.

Less than 10 minutes later, a 54-year-old woman was struck by lightning on the 300 block of Ocean Avenue.

Police say she was sitting in an enclosed vehicle when she was struck.

Both victims were taken to Ocean Medical Center and are expected to be OK.