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Snownado videoed swirling amid Chicago snowstorm

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A snowstorm brought more than just 7 inches of snow to Chicago -- it caused a rare snownado caught on camera by a local woman.

Amber Connor captured video Friday of the snownado, a winter whirlwind also known as a snow devil, swirling at the side of a Chicago road.

The video shows the mini tornado spinning snow through the air next to a line of parked cars.

The footage was filmed amid a snowstorm that dropped more than 7 inches of snow on the area.


Apple Green

One-two punch of disease and Hurricane Irma has left Florida citrus reeling

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In the hours after Hurricane Irma raked up Florida's spine, warm sunshine revealed thousands upon thousands of pieces of citrus fruit bobbing in muddied, stagnant water.

Millions of dollars worth of oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines were ripped from their branches by fierce winds, never to reach their intended destination of breakfast plates and juice glasses.

It was the nightmare many sleepless farmers prayed they wouldn't see.

"I remember ... heading out to the fields as soon as it was safe to get out on the roads and being taken back at how much fruit was blown on the ground ... and how many trees had just been blown over," said one citrus farmer, William Roe III, 35, known as Gee.

"We were literally blown away by the severity of the damage," said Roe's uncle, Quentin Roe, 59, the chief executive of Wm. G. Roe & Sons, a longtime grower and distributor.

Attention

Tennis ball sized hail, severe thunderstorms and a heatwave hit Queensland, Australia (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Lightning strikes the Q1 tower on the Gold Coast during Sunday night's storm.
© Bryce Forrest/Severe Weather Australia
Lightning strikes the Q1 tower on the Gold Coast during Sunday night's storm.
A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home.

Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 °C (18 °F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 °C (100.4 °F) to 28 °C (82.4 °F).

The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.

Comment: And some additional footage; check out the frighteningly close lightning strike:




See Also: Hail larger than softballs pummeled Cordoba, Argentina (PHOTO, VIDEO)


Windsock

Cyclone Gita: Tonga devastated by worst storm in 60 years

The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku’alofa, Tonga
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The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.
Winds of more than 230km/h recorded as parliament building flattened and power lines brought down

The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom.

Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between 11pm and 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island's livelihood.

At its peak, winds reached 233km/h - far stronger than predicted, despite Gita not reaching a category five storm as anticipated.

According to the British Met office, Gita is the worst cyclone to pass so close to Tonga's main islands in 60 years, and communications were lost overnight as Gita ripped the roof off the Tonga meteorological office as well as taking the national broadcaster off air for a time.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 4, injure many - hailstorms damage crops in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Four persons died and half-a-dozen were injured when lightning struck them in the state on Sunday. Hailstorms accompanied by rainfall lashed many parts of the state damaging rabi crops, including wheat, mustard and masoor.

Caught unawares as the local office of Indian meteorological department had not issued any warning of inclement weather, Baniya Kushwah ,Chiddi Kushwah, both from Morena, Inder Singh Jatav (Bhind) and Moti Kushwah from Dabra in Gwalior died after the lightning struck them in the morning.

Talking to TOI, family of Chiddi said, "He was irrigating the farm when suddenly the weather turned bad. A thunderstorm was followed by lightning, hailstorm and rainfall." Atleast half-a-dozen people sustained injuries in Tikamgarh, Damoh and Dewas districts. All the injured have been admitted to hospital.

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Tonga declares state of emergency as Cyclone Gita threatens to become Category 5 superstorm

projected path of Cyclone Gita
© NIWA
A map showing the projected path of Cyclone Gita
The category four storm has already caused widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa and is due to hit Tonga at night

The island nation of Tonga has declared a state of emergency as it braces for the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is bearing down on the island nation after causing widespread damage in neighbouring Samoa and American Samoa.

The Tongan government declared a state of emergency on Monday morning to allow its 100,000 inhabitants to prepare for the category four storm. Gita is expected to intensify into a category five storm in the coming hours, and is heading for Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia later in the week.

The cyclone was expected to hit Tonga at around 8pm local time. Evacuation centres had instructed people to be inside by 6pm.

Polikalepo Kefu, Tonga's Red Cross communications manager, said the majority of Tongans were "very fearful".

"We have not had a category five cyclone strike the main island before and everyone is wondering how strong is will be," he said.

"Tourists have mostly evacuated or they are staying in their hotels and being looked after by their heads of mission."

The Tongan National Emergency Management Committee said that at its peak Gita was expected to pack winds of up to 200kph, and people living in flood-prone or low-lying areas should evacuate.

Comment: Roads turned into rivers, mass blackouts and hundreds of islanders are evacuated as Cyclone Gita slams Samoa (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 17 goats at farm in Namibia

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Rain is always welcome in the hot and dry Karas region, but this natural phenomenon sometimes brings with it troubles and loss to farmers and residents alike.

A strong bout of the late rains of the current season caused one such farmer, Abraham Thomas, to lose a sizeable amount of his livestock at farm Regina, situated four kilometres outside Helmeringhausen in the Bethanie district.

Lightning killed 17 of Thomas' goats at around 17h00 on Thursday.

Seventeen goats were killed on Thursday by lightning on farm Regina near Helmeringhausen in the Karas region.

Seventeen goats were killed on Thursday by lightning on farm Regina near Helmeringhausen in the Karas region.

Ambulance

Timelapse video captures 70 vehicles piling into each other during blizzard in Ames, Iowa

Some cars manage to swerve to avoid getting caught up in the dangerous scenes and many motorists can be seen fleeing from their vehicles in a bid to avoid any oncoming traffic

Some cars manage to swerve to avoid getting caught up in the dangerous scenes and many motorists can be seen fleeing from their vehicles in a bid to avoid any oncoming traffic
Footage has emerged that captures a timelapse of the terrifying moment when more than 50 vehicles - including a Dancing with the Stars tour bus - piled into each other during a blizzard.

A traffic camera shows how motorists on a busy Iowa highway battled against horrific driving conditions before colliding into one another.

The accident, which killed one person and left at least five people in critical condition, happened on interstate 35 in Ames where temperatures on the road had plummeted to below -18C.

The Iowa Department of Transportation released the clip - which shows dozens of vehicles, including trucks, slide into the large pileup on Monday.


Cloud Precipitation

Roads turned into rivers, mass blackouts and hundreds of islanders are evacuated as Cyclone Gita slams Samoa (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Power has been cut, main roads flooded and more than 200 people have been evacuated from their homes in Samoa

Power has been cut, main roads flooded and more than 200 people have been evacuated from their homes in Samoa
Residents in Samoa hope the worst is over as tropical cyclone Gita moves away from the island nation after wreaking havoc.

Power has been cut and more than 200 people have been evacuated from their homes after major flooding, which include main roads in the capital city of Apia.

A category 2 cyclone warning on Saturday morning has since been cancelled.

'Tropical cyclone warning category 1 (39-54mph) remains in force for all of Samoa,' Samoa Meteorological Service's Facebook page states.

'Heavy rain warning remain in effect for Samoa; flooding and landslide is possible for vulnerable areas. Flood advisory remains in effect for low-lying coastal areas due to high surf.'


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Hail larger than softballs pummeled Cordoba, Argentina (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Hail larger than softballs pummeled an Argentina city Thursday

Hail larger than softballs pummeled an Argentina city Thursday
The hail started around 4:30 in the afternoon in Cordoba, Argentina. At first, it was "tiny and fun," but then it changed. Hailstones larger than tennis balls began to fall from the sky, eventually growing to mammoth size.

Victoria Druetta hurriedly snagged one giant stone that fell in her neighborhood of Carlos Paz, snapped a photo of it and placed it in her freezer.

"The hail lasted 20 minutes. It was kind of scary," Druetta recalled. "It hit and then exploded and then melted some. It was probably even bigger."