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Lightning bolt kills woman, hurts man on beach in Thailand

A woman was killed and a man injured after they were struck by lightning at Cha-Am Beach on May 25, 2017
A woman was killed and her male companion injured by a lightning strike at Cha-Am beach in Petchaburi, south of Bangkok on Wednesday (May 25).

Police said they believed that both people were on their mobile phones, which could have been a factor in them being struck.

CCTV footage showed a flash and the two, who were sitting on a mat under a pine tree, were knocked over.

The 27-year-old woman, later identified as Supranee Khuenkankong, was found lying unconscious with burns to the right of her head and blood coming from her nose, mouth and ear. The unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 30s, was in a dazed state with burns on his left leg.

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Lightning strikes kill woman, 70 sheep in Andhra Pradesh, India

Dasari Narsamma, 50, was killed when lightning struck her at Narsapuram village in Rudravaram mandal on Friday night.

The woman belonging to Yadawada village had came to Narsapuram and was returning with her daughter Pedda Obulamma and son-in-law Pedda Venkateswarlu after plucking weeds in their field when lightning struck her.

About 70 sheep belonging to shepherds Golla Subbanna, Venkatesh and Maddaiah died at Pinnapuram village in Panyam mandal on being struck by lightning during gale and rainfall on Friday night. The dhwaja stambham in the Sri Rama temple at Besta Colony in Rudravaram mandal was damaged when lightning struck it.


Massive whirlpool filmed on the coast of Corfu, Greece

Kieran Dickson had just arrived to the seaside village of Kassiopi, Corfu, when he saw the powerful whirlpool several metres in diameter, pictured
A Scottish holidaymaker filmed the incredible moment a huge whirlpool was whipped up by strong winds on the Corfu coast just metres from the balcony of his getaway home.

Kieran Dickson had just arrived to the seaside village of Kassiopi, Corfu, when he saw the powerful winds causing the waves to spin around, creating a whirlpool several metres in diameter.

A short clip of the phenomenon, which Mr Dickson said lasted for five minutes, shows the dangerous spiral of water off the northeast point of the Greek island.

Although hoping for a holiday filled with sun, sea, and sand, the Scot soon realised he might have had better weather if he had stayed in the UK.

The rotating mass of water in the Adriatic Sea looked to be gaining speed as the wind picked up around the cameraman.

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Lightning bolt kills 3 and injures 9 others in Uttarakhand, India

At least three people were killed and nine others injured after being hit by lightning in Uttarkashi.

The villagers informed OSD Dhirendra Pawar about the accident, who informed the district magistrate of Uttarakhand about the casualties.

The deceased have been identified as Amar Singh (52), Lokesh (22) and Meher Singh (50), residents of Mori tehsil of Uttarkashi.

The nine injured were identified as Dinesh, Janak Singh, Jagdish, Kishan, Jitendra Singh, Chaman, Sanju, Akhilesh and Parmanand.

Source: Asian News International

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Lightning strikes claim 3 lives in Telangana, India

Lightning took the lives of three people of the district on Friday. The deceased were identified as Nannuri Krishna Reddy of Narsingbatla of Nalgonda mandal, Tanneru Raja of Koppolu of Gurrampodu mandal and Osman of Tummadam of Nidmnoor mandal.

Reddy and Raja were hit by lightning while taking shelter under trees, Osman was hit while working in his field. Meanwhile, the untimely rains coupled with strong gales damaged fruit orchards, especially mango and sweet lime.

The rains threw public life out of gear in several parts of Nalgonda, Suryapet and Yadadri districts. Power supply was snapped in many places. However, the showers brought respite to many who were struggling due to rising temperatures.

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Lightning bolt kills 2 in Saptari, Nepal

Two persons have been killed by a bolt of lightning in Saptari district on Friday, police said.

Police identified the deceased as 25-year-old woman Rubina Chaudhary of Surunga Municipality-4 and 40-year-old man Surendra Mukhiya of Hanumannagar Kankalini Municipality-4 in the district.

Both of them died on the spot, according to police.

It has been learned that both of them were struck by a thunder bolt while working in their field.

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Lightning strikes kill 6 people in West Bengal, India

Six people were killed in lightning in three West Bengal districts on Friday evening as a thunderstorm swept across the state's north-western part triggering rain, police said.

While three people lost their lives in Purulia district, two others were killed in Birbhum and one in North Dinajpur district.

In Purulia district's Arsha area, three people were killed and at least nine injured when they were struck by lightning.

"These people had gathered in front of a mosque for their weekly religious rituals when the storm hit. Three people were instantly killed in lightning while nine others got injured and were shifted to the nearby hospital," an officer from Arsha police station told IANS.

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Lightning strikes take 5 lives in 2 separate events in Bihar, India

Five people were killed and two others injured today in separate incidents of lightning in Bihar's Katihar district, officials said.

Among the killed were three farmers.

A 62-year-old farmer and his brother in-law were killed by lightning while they were working in a maize field at Laxmipur Bundh tola, circle inspector Sadanand Mandal said.

A 30-year-old woman suffered burn injuries in another incident of lightning in the same locality, he said.

Another 52-year-old farmer was struck by lightning at Jaja village and was declared brought dead when rushed to the hospital, Kadwa police station in-charge Ajit Kumar said.

Yet another man was killed by lightning at Riwaganj village and a 14-year-old boy was struck at Azampur tola.

A 16-year-old youth was also injured at Azampur tola.

Source: Press Trust of India

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6 women die as lightning bolt hits chimney in Tamil Nadu, India

Six women workers were killed in Chengam in Tiruvannamalai district when lightning struck a chimney at a rice mill on Friday.

There was heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning in Chengam and adjoining areas.

At least seven workers from Sorpanandal village were working in the mill at Dhalavai Naickanpettai in the town.

When the lightning struck, they were in the building located adjacent to the mill.

The building collapsed in the impact and the workers were caught underneath.


NOAA sez: Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year

'Weak or non-existent' El Nino is a factor

Forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year.

For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.

"As a Florida resident, I am particularly proud of the important work NOAA does in weather forecasting and hurricane prediction," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. "These forecasts are important for both public safety and business planning, and are a crucial function of the federal government."