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Boy playing with an umbrella is almost hit by a lightning bolt in Argentina

It appeared as if the lightning was attracted to his umbrella although it was not clear exactly where it struck. The boy is reported to have survived the potentially deadly ordeal
A shocking video has emerged of a child playing outside with an umbrella during a storm when lightning struck.

The 12-year-old boy was filmed holding an umbrella under a drain as it dumped water on him during heavy rain in the city of Posadas, Argentina.

But as he skipped into the sodden garden a lightning bolt struck in a searing flash of light before the video cut out.

Mum Carolina Kotur told local media that he survived the harrowing incident.

She said: 'It was morning, I was with my daughter in the room calming her, because she is scared of lightning.

'My son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck.


Two dead as Typhoon Lan lashes Japan with 160 km/h winds and heavy rain

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One man died after scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in the city of Fukuoka and another drowned after he dived into the sea to grab a rope to secure his boat

A powerful typhoon left two dead, two missing and dozens injured in Japan Monday, moving northward off the Pacific coast after millions struggled to the polls for a national election.

Authorities advised thousands living in coastal areas or near rivers to evacuate to shelters before Typhoon Lan, described as "very large and very strong", hit Tokyo and surrounding regions early Monday morning.

The typhoon left the Japanese archipelago by about 9am after making landfall in Shizuoka southwest of Tokyo six hours before, the weather agency said.

The storm, which had already dumped torrential rain over much of the country during the weekend, packed gusts up to 162 kilometres per hour, the meteorological agency said.

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Thunderstorms create over 50,000 lightning strikes in south-west Western Australia

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The Bureau of Meteorology radar shows rain over Western Australia.
A complex low pressure system has has brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to south-west Western Australia overnight and into this morning, with storms producing more than 50,000 lightning strikes.

So far there have been widespread falls of 5-10mm over southwestern parts of the state, with the heaviest falls occurring in the Great Southern, Southern Coastal and Southwest districts.

By 8am, Wandering, in the Great Southern region, had recorded 20mm - its highest daily October total in 12 years.

In the Southern Coastal region, Jacup received 11mm - its highest daily October fall in three years.

Elsewhere, Narrogin has recorded 28mm, Margaret River 22mm, Mumballup 18mm, Newdegate 14m, Witchcliffe 11mm and Bunbury 10mm.

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Parts of Trinidad swamped by flood waters after 24 hours of non-stop rainfall

This photo, posted on social media yesterday, shows brown water covering all of Rochard Road in Barrackpore as large sections of Trinidad saw widespread flooding following heavy showers which started on Wednesday.
Large sections of Trinidad were swamped yesterday by flood waters which continued to rise in certain areas following over 24 hours of non-stop rainfall which began on Wednesday.

As a result, the Meteorological Service yesterday maintained its riverine flood alert for Trinidad especially as the Caroni River burst its banks shortly after midday. In its 9.12 am bulletin, the Met Office advised that as opposed to street and flash flooding, riverine flooding is more prolonged and widespread.

It also reported that water levels in some major rivers as well as their tributaries reached threshold levels overnight and the flood situation would be exacerbated by rainfall yesterday accompanied by gusty winds. "(With) the occurrence of high tide at 3.50 pm, the flooding situation is expected to continue for the next 12 to 24 hours in areas already affected," the bulletin said.


Typhoon Lan poised to strike Japan with intense wind & rain

Typhoon Lan, a storm with an eye 50 miles wide, is expected to lash parts of Japan with intense wind and rain, the country's meteorological office has warned. Currently west of Okinawa, the typhoon is travelling north towards mainland Japan.

According to forecasts by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the "large" storm will barrel across the nation on Sunday before subsiding on October 23.

NASA imagery reveals the huge scale of the typhoon, with pictures taken by the Suomi NPP satellite revealing powerful thunderstorms swirling around an eye 50 nautical miles in diameter.

The US space agency stated that on October 20, Lan's wind speed reached a whopping 115 miles per hour. It clarified in a later tweet that the weather system has not been designated a "super storm".

Extreme rainfall, described as "walls" of precipitation, were 3-D mapped by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland earlier this week.


More incredible wind speed events across our planet

Hold tight! The wave was so steep that the anchor pointed up at an acute angle before it plunged down the wave again in angry seas when storm Ophelia hit Ireland
Almost unheard of second hurricane about to hit the UK in a week. Forecasts are for 100 mph winds with storm Brian. Last weeks Ophelia dragged dust storms from the Sahara with it, darkening the skies over the isles. Storm Brian is dragging massive hail storms with it blanketing Spain inches deep. This is an indication of the intensification of the grand solar minimum as our jet stream begin to step further out of place. Incredible winds in Canada blowing trains off the tracks and earlier in the month 120 KPH winds blasted New Zealand. Next year will be a 4x amplification in extreme weather over the last six months of 2017. Are you ready?


Tanker battling gigantic waves off the coast of Ireland during storm Ophelia caught on camera

Hold tight! The wave was so steep that the anchor pointed up at an acute angle before it plunged down the wave again in angry seas when storm Ophelia hit Ireland
An awe-inspiring video has emerged online of a tanker battling brutal, raging seas when storm Ophelia hit Ireland on Monday.

The shocking footage was filmed from an Italian tanker in the sea outside Cork harbour in the south of Ireland.

The video, captured by Cataldo Gianluca, shows the enormous tanker dwarfed by towering mountains of surging water.

The powerful wave grows larger but the tanker ploughs on, riding so high on the steep wave that the nose of the ship points upwards at an alarmingly acute angle.

The video, shared on Twitter, then cuts out at but the tanker survived the plunge back down the wave and managed to weather the storm.

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Lightning bolt kills family of three in Rwanda; total of 18 fatalities in 2 weeks

As the rainy season sets in, entities charged with safety have called on the public to be conscious of lightning and also re-echoed extra safety precautions.

Incidents of lightning strikes have been experienced in different parts of the country, with Police recording a number of human and livestock deaths.

In the last two weeks, lightning has claimed 18 people in different parts of the country.

Recent among those was at Gitega Cell, Rurembo Sector in Nyabihu District, where lightning struck and killed a mother and her two children at their home.

The victims were identified as Albertine Nyiransengimana, 28, and her two children James Uwihirwe, 6, and Obed Habineza, 2.


Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and transport disruption

Storm Brian approaching UK
The UK is facing gale-force winds and possible flooding from Storm Brian - days after three people died in Ireland in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia.

Gusts of up to 70mph are predicted from Saturday morning, with forecasters warning of the potential for flooding, power cuts and transport disruption.

Strong wind warnings are in place across much of Britain, including Wales, south England and the Midlands.

Six flood warnings are in place across England, urging "immediate action".

It comes after three people were killed and hundreds of thousands of people - mostly in the Irish Republic - were left without power after the remnants of Ophelia battered the British Isles.

Strong winds and high seas have already reached the western coast of Ireland.

Gusts could reach 130km/h (80mph) there, Irish weather agency Met Éireann said.

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Elephant killed by lightning bolt in Kruger National Park, South Africa

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The carcass of the elephant quickly attracted a crowd.
South Africa has been hit by some unusually violent weather of late. Recent storms surged through the country claiming at least 16 lives and leaving in their wake a trail of flooded homes and damaged infrastructure. But while Durban residents battled the deluge, further north, in the Kruger National Park, the stormy weather proved fatal for one of the reserve's tusked inhabitants.

Tourists out on a morning game drive earlier this month were met with the grim sight of a mutilated elephant carcass lumped in the middle of the road near Satara rest camp. While many speculated that the animal had been killed by poachers, evidence suggested otherwise. "It is suspected that the animal was hit by lighting," Reynold Thakuli, general manager for media, public relations and stakeholder relations of South African National Parks (SANParks) told us via email. "On inspection nothing more was picked up suggesting another cause of death. This follows a violent storm the previous night."

Wildlife officials were quick to arrive on the scene and the massive carcass was hoisted onto a truck and hauled away for further investigation. "The tusks were removed, registered and stored according to the SANParks Standard Operating Procedure," explained Thakhuli.