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Lightning strike kills 3 farmers in Jharkhand, India

Three farmers lost their lives on Thursday as lightning struck in Lotaniya village under Hussainabad block of Palamu district in Jharkhand.

The deceased have been identified as Raghunandan Yadav (55), Surendra Yadav (50) and Pramod Yadav (35). A Buffalo also died in the incident.

As per information after grazing their cattle the farmers were returning back when suddenly it started raining heavily. Before they could find a shelter lighting fell on them due to which they died on the spot.

Upon receiving information people rushed to the spot and took the trio to sub divisional hospital where they were declared brought dead by the doctors.

Soon a police team also reached on the spot and sent the bodies for postmortem. Post the incident
a pal of gloom has descended upon the village.


Floods, landslides, traffic: Tropical wave wreaks havoc across Trinidad and Tobago

looding in Trinidad courtesy the ODPM (L), car drives through floods near UWI St Augustine's Campus (R).
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looding in Trinidad courtesy the ODPM (L), car drives through floods near UWI St Augustine's Campus (R).
Residents of Tobago and north-east Trinidad are facing the full brunt of thundershowers associated with a fast-approaching tropical wave.

Violent rainfall started at midnight, five hours earlier than was previously advised by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) when its Adverse Weather Alert - Yellow Level was issued.

As the system moves over the islands, gusty winds are also being reported.

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Massive hail falls on southern, eastern Utah

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Residents in some parts of southwestern and central-eastern Utah were pelted with massive hailstones Sunday afternoon.

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Hurricane Orlene strikes Mexico's Pacific coast with 80mph winds

Hurricane Orlene has made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast near the tourist town of Mazatlán, with winds of more than 80mph (130km/h).

Electrical cables swayed and sent off showers of sparks in the town of El Rosario, about 40 miles (65km) south of Mazatlán, close to where the hurricane hit.

Orlene lost some strength after roaring over the Islas Marías, a former prison colony being developed as a tourist draw. The main island is sparsely populated, mainly by government employees, and most buildings there are made of brick or concrete.

The hurricane's winds slipped back to 85mph as it hit land about 45 miles (75km) south-east of Mazatlán on Monday morning, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

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Heavy rain swells rivers, worsening floods in much of Thailand

Flooding submerges central Chiang Mai

Flooding submerges central Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Heavy rain in northern, northeastern and central Thailand worsened severe flooding in many parts of the country on Monday, as authorities ordered the release of water into already overflowing rivers from dams that were filled to capacity.

Many areas were already flooded from seasonal monsoon rains when the remnants of Tropical Storm Noru, which earlier tore through the Philippines and Vietnam, swept through parts of the country last week.

Among the areas hit by flooding were Chiang Mai, a large city and tourist center in the north, and Sukhothai, an ancient capital and archaeological site that draws many visitors.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported that floods had impacted at least 45,000 households in 35 provinces.


Hurricane Ian knocks out power to 2 million on destructive path across Florida - at least 101 dead (UPDATED)

A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
A flooded street in Fort Myers, Florida
Ian was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of rain on much of central and northeast Florida, with some locations being hit with as much as 2 feet of rain.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, lashing the region with torrential rain and winds of 150 mph and knocking out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses.

The "catastrophic" system, one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the U.S. in decades, came ashore near Cayo Costa, just west of Fort Myers, around 3 p.m. after strengthening to a powerful Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hours after landfall, top sustained winds had dropped to 105 mph, making it a Category 2 hurricane. Still, storm surges as high as 6 feet were expected on the opposite side of the state, in northeast Florida.

"Our streets are pretty much underwater," said Mike McNees, the city manager on Marco Island. "The streets, at this point, are indistinguishable from the canals."

Comment: Update September 30

CNN reports:
Hurricane Ian starts lashing South Carolina after leaving at least 21 reported dead and millions without power across Florida

Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, FL.
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Damaged homes and debris are shown in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, FL.
As much of Florida takes stock Friday of apocalyptic damage - with searchers still checking for people in need and millions without power - deadly Hurricane Ian has begun lashing South Carolina, where an expected afternoon landfall threatens more lethal flooding and enough force to alter the coastal landscape.

With at least 21 deaths reported in Florida, Ian restrengthened to a Category 1 storm in the Atlantic and was barreling toward South Carolina with sustained core winds of 85 mph as of 8 a.m. ET Friday. Its center was due to move onto land between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, forecasters said, with winds up to 73 mph already hitting much of the Carolinas' coast and life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions expected within hours.

"This is a dangerous storm that will bring high winds and a lot of water," South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted. "Be smart, make good decisions, check on your loved ones, and stay safe."

Meanwhile, Florida confronts the dizzying destruction Ian wrought through much of the peninsula Wednesday and Thursday after it smashed into the southwest coast as a Category 4 storm and plowed through central and northeastern areas. Homes on the coast were washed out to sea, buildings were smashed throughout the state, and floodwater ruined homes and businesses and trapped residents, even inland in places like the Orlando area.

Hundreds of rescues have taken place by land, air and sea, with residents stuck in homes or stranded on rooftops, and searchers have made many wellness checks, especially in the Fort Myers and Naples areas, where feet of storm surge inundated streets and homes.

And now, the storm's aftermath poses new, deadly dangers of its own. Some standing water is electrified, officials warned, while maneuvering through debris-strewn buildings and streets - many without working traffic signals - risks injury. Lack of air conditioning can lead to heat illness, and improper generator use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

In North Port between Fort Myers and Sarasota, Rosanna Walker stood Thursday in the flood-damaged home where she rode out the storm. Part of her drywall ceiling was hanging down.

"And all of a sudden, the water was coming in through the doors - the top, the bottom, the windows over here," she told CNN's John Berman. "It's all in my closets; I've got to empty out my closets."

"Everything got ruined."
Update October 1

MSNBC reports:
At least 77 killed by Hurricane Ian

Authorities say the death toll from Hurricane Ian has risen to 77 people and that number is expected to grow as rescue crews make their way through the damage. NBC News' Liz McLaughlin has the latest on the recovery effort from Florida.

Update October 3

CNN reports:
Death toll from Hurricane Ian surpasses 100 as the search for survivors continues in Florida

The number of people killed in Florida by Hurricane Ian rose to at least 101 on Monday, days after the storm made landfall at Category 4 strength, decimating coastal towns and leaving rescue crews searching for survivors while communities face the daunting task of rebuilding.

At least 54 people died in Lee County alone, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said Monday - up from the county's previously announced death toll of 42 - and officials there are facing questions about whether evacuation orders should have been issued earlier. Twenty-four deaths were recorded in Charlotte County - up from 12.

Hurricane Ian also contributed to the deaths of eight people in Collier County, five in Volusia County, three in Sarasota County, two in Manatee County and one each in Lake, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough and Polk counties, officials said. Four other people died in storm-related incidents as Ian churned into North Carolina.

More than 1,600 people have been rescued from Hurricane Ian's path in parts of southwest and central Florida since last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis' office said Sunday.

Now, as blue skies return, Floridians who took shelter while the hurricane raged have emerged - many of them still without power or clean drinking water - to find their communities unrecognizable.

More than 491,000 homes, businesses and other customers in Florida still did not have power as of Monday night, according to PowerOutage.us. In Fort Myers Beach, where search crews are going through the rubble one house at a time, power may not be restored for 30 days due its electrical infrastructure being destroyed, Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais said.

The National Guard will be flying power crews to Sanibel and Pine islands to assess the damage and start working on restoring power, DeSantis said.

Many residents are without clean tap water, with well over 100 boil-water advisories in places around the state, according to Florida Health Department data.


Hurricane Ian's devastating aftermath

fort meyers florida hurrican ian damage
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Water floods a damaged trailer park in Fort Myers, Florida, October 2. 2022.
A massive clean-up has begun in Florida, and North and South Carolina, after Hurricane Ian cut a swathe of destruction that left at least 21 people dead.

Ian is one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland and has caused tens of billions of dollars in damage.

New images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show beach cottages and a motel building that lined the shores of Florida's Sanibel Island now wiped away by the storm surge.

The popular destination for holidaymakers and retirees was cut off when a causeway was rendered impassable.

Comment: The Hill reports:
The death toll from Hurricane Ian has grown to 54 people, including 47 in Florida, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities also confirmed four deaths in North Carolina and three in Cuba from the Category 4 storm that brought dangerous storm surges, wind and flooding across Florida and other areas.

"It's really, really incredible the amount of flood that we're seeing," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said at a news conference on Saturday.

The storm made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, but many areas across the state saw major flooding and power outages due to Ian's large size.

More than 1.2 million people remained without power in Florida as of Saturday, with crews having already restored more than 1.4 million accounts since the storm.

DeSantis's office said law enforcement has conducted more than 1,110 rescues.

The Florida National Guard and the Coast Guard are also landing helicopters on barrier islands for search and rescue operations. Bridges to some coastal islands, including Sanibel Island, were destroyed in the storm, preventing residents from fleeing.

With many areas facing cell service and connectivity issues, DeSantis on Saturday also announced that Starlink units created by Elon Musk's SpaceX would be distributed to impacted regions to improve communications. Thirty units will be delivered to Lee and Charlotte counties, which faced the brunt of Ian's impact as it made landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast near Fort Myers.


Hurricane Ian - Maps and images showing destruction

hurricane Ian
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Hurricane Ian - one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in recent years - has caused widespread disruption after barrelling across the Caribbean into Florida.

Local reports say thousands of people are awaiting rescue and at least 20 people have died - with fears that number may rise. Satellite analysis suggests more than 80,000 properties have been affected by flood waters.

Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Florida but as it moved into the Atlantic Ocean it regained its hurricane strength and is heading for South Carolina and Georgia - where some people have fled low-lying areas for higher ground and other communities are braced for strong winds, heavy rains and flooding.

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3 killed in lightning strike in Chhattisgarh, India

A 60-year-old woman, her daughter and a man were killed after being struck by lightning in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place at Kesla village under Lailunga police station limits late Friday evening, a police official said.

The deceased were identified as Khulaso Sarthi (60), her daughter Kamla (30) and Sukhiram Banjara (34), all residents of Lailunga, he said.

"The victims were hit by lightning when they were trying to find shelter from rain," he said, adding that before the incident, they had gone to a nearby temple.

On being informed, police rushed to the village and sent their bodies to the Community Health Centre in Lailunga for autopsy, the official said.

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Heavy rains in Barquisimeto, Venezuela causes flooding and power failures

Civil Protection in Barquisimeto, Lara state, reported that the rains recorded during the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27, caused flooded roads, power failures and fallen trees to be recorded in several areas of the region.

The governor of the entity, Adolfo Pereira, offered on Tuesday a first report on the effects of the rains in the region.

The authority pointed out that the rain caused at least six trees to collapse on Rotary Avenue. In total, at least 25 fallen trees are counted in various sectors. He explained that crews from the Iribarren fire department are attending to the situation.