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Footage shows severe windstorm toppling tower crane in Astana, Kazakhstan

Astana wind storm

Violent winds caused damage to the Palace of Peace and Accord in Astana, Kazakhstan, on May 22nd, 2018.
A severe windstorm struck Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, on May 22nd, 2018. Gusts of up to 90 kph (about 56 mph) toppled a tower crane and caused damage to cars and some buildings including the iconic Palace of Peace and Accord, a 62-metre high pyramid.

The violent winds were accompanied by a strong hailstorm. The mayor's office said 13 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the storm but warned that winds of a similar strength were expected today.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, landslides kill 5 in Sri Lanka, while Cyclone Sagar kills 15 in Somaliland

Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed five people, prompting authorities to warn against landslides and floods in low-lying areas after spill gates had to be opened across the Indian Ocean island.

Lightning killed three people, a landslide a fourth, and the fifth death was the result of a fallen tree, said officials at the country's Disaster Management Centre.

The centre's spokesman, Pradeep Kodippili, said flooding has forced the evacuation of people in areas where several rivers are overflowing, while four districts are on "red alert" for possible landslides.

People in those four districts have been cautioned to be vigilant," Kodippili told Reuters.

The army has sent more than 100 soldiers with more than 25 boats to tackle the emergency, its spokesman, Sumith Atapattu, told Reuters.

Comment: Rare cyclone in Gulf of Aden brings flooding to Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti

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Lightning strikes have killed at least 50 people and 52 cattle across Cambodia so far in 2018

A dead cow after being hit by lightning.
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A dead cow after being hit by lightning.
Lightning strikes have killed at least 50 people thus far this year, a government official said on Friday.

Keo Vy, spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management, said in a statement that since January, 50 people have been killed and another 37 injured, while 52 cattle were killed and more than ten houses were damaged.

"Everyone must be careful during rainstorms and beware of lightning," he said. "Most will occur in April, May and June. It is a dangerous period for natural disasters."

Shortly after Mr Vy's statement was issued, two more people were killed as they slept after being struck with lightning at their home in Ratanakkiri province's Veun Sai district.

Cloud Precipitation

Ice Age Farmer Report: Kilauea's explosive eruption, biblical hail kills people, crops

Explosive eruption at Kilauea this morning after increased seismic activity overnight. More massive hail storms around the world are damaging people, homes, animals, and crops alike, much as records from the previous Grand Solar Minima indicate happened in the past as well. Are you growing your own food yet?


Comment: See in addition for some more historical perspective: Baseball-sized hail: How severe hailstorms have caused devastation and killed people


Viewer films "landspout" tornado near Pearl, Illinois

Rex Kindheart captured a fantastic look at a
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Rex Kindheart captured a fantastic look at a "landpspout" tornado.
Rex Kindheart captured a fantastic look at a "landspout" tornado near Pearl, Illinois Tuesday evening.

So what exactly is a "landspout" tornado?

They are called "landspout" tornadoes because they form on the surface of the ground then stretch up into the thunderstorm cloud. They are usually very weak and don't live very long. This is the complete opposite of how classic strong tornadoes develop.

Classic tornadoes form with rotation aloft that tightens down toward the ground.


Waterspout captured on camera off Fort Morgan, Alabama

FOX10 News viewer Sam Sumlin provides these images of a waterspout seen from the beach at Fort Morgan.

FOX10 News viewer Sam Sumlin provides these images of a waterspout seen from the beach at Fort Morgan.
FOX10 News viewer Sam Sumlin shared these pictures and a video clip with us after he encountered a waterspout while he was on the beach on the Fort Morgan peninsula Saturday morning.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rains flood city of New Orleans - over 4 inches in hour and a half

3600 Block of Dumaine Street in Mid-City.
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3600 Block of Dumaine Street in Mid-City.
A series of summertime storms once again brought the city of New Orleans to its knees as flooded streets brought the evening commute to a screeching halt.

Up to four and a half inches of rain fell over parts of the city in as little as an hour and a half, clogging catch basins and causing flooding in areas that were also hard hit last August.

Mayor Latoya Cantrell lifted the parking restrictions on the neutral grounds across the city and encouraged citizens to get their cars to higher ground.

Cloud Precipitation

Western Kansas wheat fields hit by severe hailstorm

Hail damaged field at Rich and Glenda Randall's near Scott City, Kansas.
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Hail damaged field at Rich and Glenda Randall's near Scott City, Kansas.
Storms ripped through western Kansas from Wallace County to Ness County in a swath 10 to 15 miles wide on May 14. Wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour and hail from pea-sized to baseball-sized broke out windows, dented cars and tore siding off of houses.

Wheat fields in the area weren't spared either. Fields that were already suffering from drought stress were completely destroyed by the "great white combine."

In Scott County, Glenda and Rich Randall estimate that they lost about 300 acres of wheat near their home. Within ten minutes, marble sized hail paired with 70 mile per hour winds tore through their irrigated wheat field. The wheat was just beginning to head out, but after the storm, it appeared as though it had been mowed off by a dull blade. Glenda said, "You looked outside, and it just looked like winter." Rich estimated that field, which was planted late after corn, would have made 40 bushels per acre, but now was a total loss. A field to the west also suffered severe damage, but Rich estimated it was only a 50 percent loss. On the upside, the Randalls did have multi-peril and hail insurance, as hail is common in their area.

Cloud Precipitation

Massive hailstorm damages crops, wreaks havoc in many areas of Kashmir

hail damaged
Hail Storm wreaked havoc in several areas of Karnah Tangdarh in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, causing damage to crops and walnut trees.

The hailstorm on Friday afternoon caused extensive damage to orchards and crop fields in many areas of Tangdarh Karnh including Tangdar, Gumal, Nowpora, Hajinar, Bagbela, Shamspora, Badwan, Tangdar Naar, Shatkula and Lootha.

The hailstorm which continued for at least four minutes damaged crops and walnut trees as well, causing huge damage to the farmers and growers.

Comment: Across Asia this spring severe hailstorms have caused extensive damage to crops and orchards in Pakistan, several areas of India, Bhutan and Nepal.


Rare cyclone in Gulf of Aden brings flooding to Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti

gulf aden cyclone sagar
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The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors in this infrared satellite image. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.

Tropical Cyclone Sagar is making a rare journey into the western Gulf of Aden between the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa, and is expected to unleash dangerous flash flooding in parts of Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti into the weekend.

Tropical Depression 1A was named Sagar by the Indian Meteorological Department, the agency with primary responsibility for tropical cyclone forecasting in the North Indian Ocean, including the Arabian Sea. Locally, it is known as Cyclonic Storm Sagar.

As of Friday evening, local time (Yemen is 7 hours ahead of U.S. EDT), Sagar is a small, compact tropical cyclone with winds estimated at tropical storm force, according to both the Indian Meteorological Department and the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

At least one elderly woman was killed near Aden, Yemen when her house caught on fire caused by Sagar, according to the Associated Press.