Galveston, Texas beachgoers watch enormous waterspout soar to the sky

Joshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.   Joshua Nørregaard
© Joshua NørregaardJoshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.
Gigantic, whirling columns of air and water mist were spotted off the coast near Galveston on Monday morning, alarming some Texas beachgoers.

The waterspouts, as they are officially called, could be seen from San Luis Pass Bridge and Freeport.

While local residents said the eerie columns of rotating air are not uncommon, Joan O'Connell, who spotted the giant waterspout from Pointe West Bayside, said it's the largest waterspout she's ever seen.

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Severe flooding hits Laos capital Vientiane after heavy rains

Laos capital Vientian was left grappling with sudden flooding following two days of heavy rain from Sunday, inundating many areas.

Photos shared on Facebook reveal knee-level flooding in Dongdok village, Xaythany district, causing severe traffic congestion. Residents, frustrated and angered, blame poor drainage management.

"I think the problem is not just the rain itself but also the arrangement of drainage pipes," commented one Facebook user. "It always floods in this area whenever there's a little heavy rain."

"Drainage pipes should be installed at a standardized level and cleaned annually," another user remarked.

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Hailstorm causes major damage to nose, cockpit windows of Austrian Airlines plane

Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
An Austrian Airlines flight suffered significant damage from hail, which took off part of the airplane's nose on Sunday, the airline said.

Flight OS434 was flying from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Vienna, Austria, when it hit a "thunderstorm cell," Austrian Airlines said in a statement to ABC News. The hail caused damage to the cockpit windows, some coverings and the nose, which photos showed appeared to have broken off.

"I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the turbulence started," Emmeley Oakley, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News via text message.

Oakley said that inside the cabin, they could hear the hail as it hit their aircraft.

"We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and ofc super rocky for a minute," Oakley wrote.

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Major flood due to heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, India

The city of Pune is facing heavy rainfall that has caused waterlogging in several areas, prompting alerts for the next three hours. The weather department has predicted rainfall in different regions of Maharashtra, and the India Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for various districts in the Konkan and Ghats regions due to expected heavy rainfall.

Shivajinagar has seen the highest rainfall with 67.4 mm, followed by Pashan with 56.8 mm. The heavy downpour has resulted in floods and traffic congestion in some parts of the city. This is only the pre-monsoon period, and rainfall in urban areas is expected to continue, along with suggested actions to minimize risks.

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Lightning strike kills 2, injures 12 students in Uganda

A lightning strike killed two pupils of Akorikeya primary school and injured 12 others in Abiliyep sub-county, Amudat district in northern Uganda.

The pupils aged between 13 and 15 were struck on Friday while playing in the school compound during the heavy downpour at around 5:30 pm according to George Owanyi, Amudat resident district commissioner (RDC).

Owanyi said that the injured pupils are currently admitted and are responding to treatment. This incident comes nearly two months after lightning struck a nurse and a cleaner at Kaabong hospital in Kaabong district.

Comment: A day earlier: Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda

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Heavy downpours flood streets in provinces of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, Vietnam - rainfall intensity of almost 10 inches per hour

In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
Many areas in Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province were under 0.5-1 meter of water on Sunday following prolonged downpours lasting from early morning until noon.

Da Nang Street in northern Hai Phong City became inundated after rainfall persisted from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m., significantly impeding commuting.

The port city had seen a rainfall intensity of 250 mm per hour that morning, according to the Hai Phong Sewerage & Drainage Company.

Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, and many northern provinces have been experiencing heavy rainfall in the last several days due to the influence of a low-pressure trough passing through the region.

Weather forecasters predict that the downpour will persist until Monday with rainfall of 30-80 mm on average and over 150 mm in some areas.

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Heavy downpours lash south China's Guangxi, flooding roads, triggering landslides, trapping residents

Heavy downpours have lashed several areas in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the past few days, flooding roads, triggering landslides and trapping residents there.

The mountainous Napo County in Baise City experienced multiple landslides triggered by heavy rainfall on Saturday morning which damaged roads and disrupted traffic. The local road maintenance center immediately organized repair work. As of 17:00, two sections of the damaged roads reopened to traffic with a limited traffic flow.


Strong June storms trigger flooding in Austria

Apart from southern Germany, elements of Austria are additionally presently being hit by storms. In some cities the middle can solely be reached by boat.

Heavy rain prompted flooding in lots of elements of Austria on Saturday night. Images on social media present, for instance, how within the city of Deutschfeistritz, north of Graz, many vehicles are piled on high of one another or thrown in opposition to the partitions of homes as a consequence of flooding.

The nationwide warning middle is alleged to have beforehand issued a extreme climate warning, ORF reported.

Comment: Related: Austria closes river Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

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Lightning strike kills 2 Azerbaijani servicemen

On June 9, a lightning strike killed two servicemen of the Azerbaijan State Border Service (SBS), Trend reports.

"Major Bakhishli Bakhish and soldier Nagiyev Ali died as a result of being struck by lightning while performing their duties for the protection of the state border in the service territory of the "Lankaran" border detachment of the State Border Service.

An investigation is being conducted. The SBS expresses deep condolences to the families and relatives of our deceased servicemen," the Azerbaijan State Border Service said.

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Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda

Three children who are members of the same family in Kangai Sub County, Dokolo District were this afternoon struck dead by lightning.

The deceased are; Adongo Robina 14, daughter to Okello Jonathan, Amen Jadox 7, son to Oketi Jasper and Acen Marion 5, daughter to Apio Jenifer, who are all residents of Ocikikot B, Angwenya parish, Kangia Sub County, Dokolo District.

Adongo Robina and Amen Jadox were pupils of Angwenya primary school.

Rev Gorge Omia the Parish Priest Agoronyut Church of Uganda, who visited the deceased home said the children were struck by lightning at around 3pm as they took shelter at their grandfather, Amen Moses' house.

Omia said the children were rushed to Kwera Health III but they did not make it

Moses Amen who survived the lightning said the bodies of the children have been returned back home, awaiting burial.