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At least 15,000 hectares of North Korean farmland flooded

Heavy rains have affected western areas of North Korea. Serious damage was caused to agricultural areas.


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Video Captures Terrifying Power of South Korea Landslide

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© YouTube / ILiveLeakA still from the amateur video.
In rain-soaked South Korea, residents are still digging through the aftermath of two days of torrential downpours, which brought floods and landslides to Seoul and surrounding towns, killing dozens of people, stranding countless others, and destroying property and homes.

The terrifying speed and power of a landslide was caught on video from a high-rise apartment building overlooking one of the collapsing slopes in the capital city.

The death toll from both flooding and landslides now stands at 57, The Los Angeles Times reported.


UFO or Ball Lightning Seen in Australia?

A luminous floating sphere of what could be electricity was spotted near Brisbane, Australia, according to a video posted on YouTube.

The cameraman filmed the UFO at a distance in January last year, and believes it was ball lightning.

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US: Record rainfall in Grand Rapids

© Cory Olsen, The Grand Rapids PressJonas Bouma, 2, of Grand Rapids, looks out at the rain while being carried by his mother, Mindy, Wednesday at the Holland Farmer's Market.
The 3.49 inches of rain that fell in Grand Rapids Wednesday sets a new record for July 27, splashing away the old record of 2.96 inches for the day set in 2006.

But the Rockford area, which got 5.08 inches, is the center of the heaviest rainfall reports so far, the National Weather Service said.

Update: Lowell is the new top spot in Kent County, with a 5.33 inch rainfall reading.

Totals ranged from 3 to 5 inches throughout much of the region, with other top spots including 6.8 inches in Barry County's Nashville and 5.45 inches in Eaton Rapids.

Here are some of the 24-hour rainfall reports coming in from weather spotters in or near these communities:

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South Korea: Seoul officials under fire for allegedly "man-made" disasters as "freakishly heavy downpour" toll hits 59

© AFP, Jang Seung-YoonSouth Korean men take pictures of a mass of mud after a landslide hit a street in southern Seoul
Authorities came under fire Friday for allegedly "man-made" disasters in South Korea as the toll from this week's record rainfall rose to 59 dead and 10 missing.

Among the dead were 16 killed when mudslides hit southern parts of Seoul on Wednesday and 13 who perished in a landslide in the Chuncheon region, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital.

Three others died in a landslide at Paju north of Seoul.

Experts and news media attacked Seoul city authorities, accusing them of making the situation worse through an allegedly reckless development of hills near residential areas in the south of the capital.

Some hillsides were redeveloped into public parks and hiking tracks, meaning rainwater could not be absorbed so easily, and natural waterways were changed to make artificial lakes, critics said.

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US: Pennsylvania girl, 11, hit by lightning on sunny afternoon

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania - An 11-year-old western Pennsylvania girl is recovering after she was struck by a bolt from the blue.

Lisa Wehrle tells the Observer-Reporter newspaper of Washington, Pa., that the sun was shining when her daughter, Britney, was struck by lightning Friday, apparently from a storm several miles away.

Lisa Wehrle says, "There was no rain. It was a beautiful day. All she heard was some thunder."

The lightning hit Britney as she was walking down a hill in North Strabane Township with a friend about 2:30 p.m. that day. The bolt hit her on the left shoulder, leaving a burn-like mark and exited her wrist, where it left another mark.

She was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital. Doctors discovered her arm was broken, but otherwise she's OK.

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US, Iowa: Record rainfall, flash flooding and fires in Dubuque

10.92 inches of rain fell in Dubuque overnight and rain continues to fall over eastern Iowa. That's a record for the day in Dubuque, and the most of any July day in history. There were unofficial reports of 12 inches in Galena and Peosta.

The rain caused widespread flash flooding, which covered parts of Highway 20 and forced officials to shut down both directions of traffic. Highway 20 was closed between Epworth and Peosta and also from mile marker 313 to the Illinois border. Highway 52 was closed from mile marker 51 to 52.

There were tornado warnings earlier in the evening Wednesday, but there have been no confirmed reports of tornado touchdowns or damage.

Dubuque County emergency responders were busy all night long helping people stranded in vehicles and putting out fires started as a result of the weather.


US: Unusual Lightning Strike Sparks Three Minnesota Fires

Lightning hitting a tree caused three fires on East Ninth Street in Duluth this morning, extensively damaging one house.

The fires were reported at 4:10 a.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the front of the house at 21 E. Ninth St. fully involved. That fire was causing the siding on the house at 19 E. Ninth St. to melt and burn.

Three people living at 21 E. Ninth St. escaped the burning building.

The exterior fire at 21 E. Ninth St. was knocked down but could not be completely extinguished due to a gas-line break at ground level under the deck at the front of the house. Interior operations were delayed until it was determined that there was not a danger of an explosion. After that, firefighters entered the building to attack the blaze. The burning gas under the deck burned for more than an hour after the main fire was extinguished while city crews worked to find valves to stop the flow of gas to the building.

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US: Tropical Storm Don Moving Across the Gulf of Mexico Toward Southeastern Texas

Miami - Tropical Storm Don is over the central Gulf of Mexico but the system is not expected to become a hurricane as it moves toward southeastern Texas.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Don's maximum sustained winds Thursday were 45 mph (75 kph) with gradual strengthening forecast in the next 36 hours.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday or Saturday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast from Port Mansfield to San Luis Pass.

The storm is centered about 425 miles (684 kilometers) east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, and is moving northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).

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Philippines: Tropical storm 'Juaning' triggers floods, landslides, accidents

© Manny MarceloA passenger bus lies on the service road after it crashed and fell from the Skyway in Sucat, Parañaque yesterday. The driver and two passengers were killed.
At least 10 people died and four others were reported missing as tropical storm "Juaning" (international codename Nock-Ten) intensified further and moved closer to the country yesterday, officials said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said storm warning signal no. 2 was hoisted over

Camarines provinces; Albay; Catanduanes; Pangasinan; Nueva Ecija; Zambales; Pampanga; Tarlac; Bulacan; Bataan; Rizal; Cavite; Laguna; Batangas; Quezon; Polillo Island and Metro Manila as of 5 p.m. yesterday.

Signal no. 1, meanwhile, was up in Ilocos Norte; Ilocos Sur; Apayao; Cagayan; Abra; Kalinga; Isabela; Mountain Province; Ifugao; La Union; Benguet; Nueva Vizcaya; Quirino; Aurora; Mindoro provinces; Lubang Island; Marinduque; Romblon; Burias Island; Masbate; Ticao Island and Sorsogon.

Citing field reports, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos said all the fatalities were residents of the Bicol region.

Raffy Alejandro, civil defense director for Bicol, said seven of the fatalities were from Albay province. He said two persons were reported killed in Catanduanes while one died in Camarines Sur.