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323 reindeer killed by lightning in Norway

The reindeer were found dead in an area of 50m radius
If the chances of getting struck by lightning are slim, the chances of 323 reindeer getting struck by lightning must be miniscule, but that's exactly what seems to have happened on a mountain plateau in Norway.

When Knut Nylend, an official from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (Statens naturoppsyn - NNI) went out on a routine inspection near Hardangervidda National Park on Friday, he wasn't expecting to see hundreds of dead reindeer lying across a field.

"They were lying there dead in a fairly concentrated area. Reindeer are pack animals and are often close together. During a heavy thunderstorm, they may have gathered even closer together out of fear," NNI spokesman Knut Nylend told Norwegian news outlet NTB, as cited by The Local.

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Flash floods, lightning and golf ball sized hailstones hit UK

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A massive lightning storm broke out across the country yesterday
Extreme weather wreaked havoc across parts of the UK yesterday as golf ball sized hail stones rained down and the country was hit by a massive lightning storm.

Emergency crews have spent the day pumping out water from homes after a number of incidents were caused by a massive storm which rolled through the middle of England even taking down a supermarket roof.

Flash floods bringing rainfall of up to 50mm hit parts of the country as a ferocious lightning storm crossed the mid section and headed eastwards in the late afternoon.

The village of Kirkton was deluged in water as golf ball sized hail stones slammed down in the streets of Deeping in Lincolnshire.

They also pelted the ground from morning till afternoon in Oxford.


Weather bomb: The rare, deep-Earth tremor that shook the planet

The storm that caused the deep-Earth tremor was a 'weather bomb' that struck over the North Atlantic. This is a small but potent storm in which pressure quickly builds, creating a more vigorous storm

A rare deep-Earth tremor has been detected for the first time on the ocean floor in Japan.

Using seismic equipment, researchers have managed to trace its location to a distant and powerful storm between Greenland and Iceland.

The findings could help experts learn more about the Earth's inner structure and improve the detection of earthquakes and oceanic storms.

The storm that caused the deep-Earth tremor was a 'weather bomb' that struck over the North Atlantic.

This is a small but potent storm in which pressure quickly builds, creating a more vigorous storm.

As the storm hit, groups of waves pounded the ocean floor between Greenland and Iceland.

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Woman killed by lightning strike in Grenada Lake, Mississippi; total lightning fatalities for U.S. in 2016 now 32

A Yalobusha County woman is dead after she and her boyfriend were struck by lightning Friday while searching for arrowheads at Grenada Lake.

The Yalobusha County Coroner's Office identifies the victim as 51-year-old Donna Hendrix of Coffeeville.

Sheriff Lance Humphreys told WTVA-TV that the lighting struck Hendrix near the Bryant boat landing, in the southern part of the county.

Hendrix's boyfriend was taken to a hospital. There's no word on his condition.

An autopsy will be performed on Hendrix to determine an official cause of death.

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Lightning bolt kills three in Gujarat, India

Three persons, including a woman and her son, were killed and as many were injured when the lightning struck at Ishwariya Park, a picnic spot, here this evening, police said.

A large number of people had gathered at the park, which is on the city outskirts, for picnic this evening when the weather suddenly worsened.

"A lightning struck near gate number 2, where there was a group of six persons. It killed three of them and injured the other three," Pradhyumnagar police stations inspector R Y Raval said.

The deceased were identified as Aarti, her son Bhargav and Ajay.

Source: PTI


Powerful storm blasts Grozny, Chechen Republic

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A severe windstorm with heavy rain swept through the Chechen capital of Grozny on Saturday night, ripping off trees, roofs, advertising boards and turning streets into rivers. A young woman died in the storm and a man was injured.

A state of emergency has been invoked in the city as community services are dealing with the aftermath of the boisterous weather, which knocked down over hundred trees and power lines.

Roofs of over two dozen buildings, including schools, hospitals, culture facilities, administrative buildings, a sports center and an office of a local TV channel were damaged.

"In connection with the accidental situation on housing and utilities objects, the decision to declare an emergency situation in Grozny was made," the city's mayor Muslim Khuchiev said, RIA Novosti reported.

A slab ripped off the building by a strong wind crashed onto a 21-year-old woman, killing her on the spot. A middle-aged man, a watchman of a local brickyard, was injured during a routine tour.

Comment: In May of this year, an incredible localized rainfall event was filmed in Grozny.


Waterspout filmed on Lake Superior

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The National Weather Service in Marquette reported that a water spout was spotted between Marquette and Big Bay off Eagles Nest Road around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

It was relatively small in size in comparison to the water spout seen on the lake last October. No more water spouts have been identified, but today's cool air and warm lake water create favorable conditions for more similar activity.

The weather service says there is no risk for people on land, but boaters around Granite Island should keep an eye on the area.


Multiple waterspouts form off coast near Russian resort city Sochi where tornadoes are very rare occurrence (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

© Дмитрий Ульянов / vk.com
The Russian resort city of Sochi woke to see what looked like tornados gathering over its beaches and roofs.

Images on social media show waterspouts over the resort on Saturday morning. The local emergencies agency has urged the locals to take care.

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Lightning bolt kills 3 and injures 30 in Madhya Pradesh, India

Three people were killed and 30 others injured after being hit by lightning in this district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

Kripal Singh, 60, Garud Singh, 55, and Trilok Singh, 50, were among a large gathering taking part on Friday night in a religious function at a house in Silthar village when lightning struck amid strong wind and rain, Shahpura police station in-charge Anil Patel told IANS.

The three men were killed; 30 other people were injured and taken to primary health centre at Shahpura, he said.

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Woman killed by lightning strike in Sarasota, Florida; total lightning fatalities for U.S. in 2016 now 31

Fierce storms rolled through the Bay Area Friday evening and took a woman's life when she was stuck by lightning.

The Sarasota County Fire Department said crews went to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park in the 2500 block of Cocoanut Avenue Friday around 5:30 p.m. for reports of a lightning strike that caused a small fire. When they got there, they found a 50-year-old woman had been struck by lightning.

Officials said she died near a gazebo. The think she was walking from one gazebo over to another, taking shelter from the rain. Before she could make it to the next spot for cover, she was struck by lightning.