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Two people killed after being hit by lightning bolt outside church in Kenya

Two people died on Saturday evening after they were struck by lightning while sheltering from heavy rains outside a church in Lower Solai Sub-Location, Nakuru county.

According to area Assistant Chief Stanley Bett, the deceased include a 21-year-old woman and a Class Six pupil.

The woman was in the company of three children, one of them being her niece, when lightning struck them outside AIC Church, Kapkirem.

The four were rushed to a dispensary at Lower Solai hospital, where the woman succumbed to injuries.

Comment: Elsewhere in the last few days lightning strikes have also killed individuals in Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Nigeria.


Cat 5 hurricane wipes Hawaiian island off the map

hawaii island hurricane gone
The island, located about 550 miles northwest of Honolulu, is part of a chain of small island groups in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. When the chain was swept by powerful storm surges from Hurricane Walaka earlier this month, East Island was submerged.

The island was uninhabited, but scientists are worried because it was a refuge for two of the most endangered animals in the world: the Hawaiian green sea turtle and the Hawaiian monk seal.

A paradise for animals

Almost 96% of Hawaii's green turtle population travels to the island chain, known as the French Frigate Shoals, for safe nesting during their breeding season, according to Chip Fletcher, an earth science professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Comment: Nowadays it doesn't take a hurricane to alter coastlines:


Tornadoes in the US are shifting East puzzling scientists

The US tornado Alley shifts to the East.
© Nature
The US tornado Alley shifts to the East.
Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting - decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east. But scientists aren't quite certain why.

Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and parts of Ohio and Michigan. There has been a slight decrease in the Great Plains, with the biggest drop in central and eastern Texas. Even with the decline, Texas still gets the most tornadoes of any state.

The shift could be deadly because the area with increasing tornado activity is bigger and home to more people. Also more people live in vulnerable mobile homes and tornadoes are more likely to happen at night in those places.

Comment: The model of cyclonic activity based solely on heat and moisture is outdated, and the likely explanation relates to our quieting sun, increased meteor dust, and the changing behaviour of electro-magnetism on our planet.

In the book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadcyzk explain this in greater detail:
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power. Because of this similarity, we will refer to these three phenomena collectively as 'air spirals' in the following discussion.

McCanney describes the electric nature of hurricanes in these terms:
A simple model showed that these [tropical] storms formed when electrical currents connected between the ionosphere and the top of the clouds. [...] the reason hurricanes lost power when they approached land was that the powering electrical current from the ionosphere to the cloud tops and to the Earth's surface had no connection (anode) while over the ocean [...] so it drew up vast surface areas of ionized air from the ocean surface and sucked them up a central column (the spinning vortex was caused by the moist air rising 'up the drain') [...] whereas the land provided a 'ground' for the current and therefore it shunted out the storm's power source. [...] I also calculated that the warm water theory for hurricane development lacked sufficient energy to account for the energy in these massive storms. We later witnessed hurricanes on Mars where there is no water at all. Clearly, the warm water concept did not work [...]1
waterspout tornado
© Fred K. Smith, National Geographic.
A waterspout parallels a lightning strike over Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Photograph by
From this perspective, air spirals are simply the manifestation of electric discharges between the ionosphere and the Earth's surface. The image above shows a waterspout and a lightning bolt occurring in the same place at the same time, suggesting that indeed electric potential difference between the clouds at the top of the picture and the ground at the bottom is what powers both the lightning and the tornado.
And check out the companion podcast: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

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Heavy hail batters Beirut streets

Cars are damaged after a scaffold falls over from the wind, in Raoucheh

Cars are damaged after a scaffold falls over from the wind, in Raoucheh
Heavy rain and hail swept across the east coat of the Mediterranean, causing floods in many cities in Syria and Lebanon on October 25.

The extreme weather shattered car windows and knocked down electricity poles and trees in the Beirut, according to Lebanese reports.

This footage shows the heavy storm in the country's capital city

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Torrential rain brings flash floods to Russia's Black Sea coast destroying crucial bridge in Sochi

Floods russia black sea town Tuapse
© Sputnik / Vladislav Shchekoldin
A flooded street in Tuapse
Torrential rains hit Southern Russia on Wednesday, causing flash flooding and seriously disrupting life in the area. At least two people were killed by the disaster.

The storm and heavy rains affected a long stretch of Black Sea coast - from the town of Dzhubga in the northwest, to the city of Sochi in southeastern parts of the coast. The area is particularly vulnerable to flooding since it is separated from plains further north by Western Caucasus mountain range.

As of Thursday, an elderly couple was reportedly killed in the disaster and one woman is missing, with her family unable to contact her. An evacuation was ordered for about 460 people living in areas most endangered by the flooding. Residents of a small mountain village refused to leave even as the only road connecting it to the outside world was destroyed by water. Emergency services said they will be providing food and other essentials to the 176 people living there.

Comment: More from Vesti News:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Temperature half truths, icy Europe & global Category 5 landfalls

Super Typhoon Yutu
Super Typhoon Yutu can be seen on the right side of this NOAA satellite image.
As Hurricane Willa rolled onto Mexico's shores at a Cat3, Typhoon Yutu strengthens to Cat 5 as it starts its landfall on Guam. Reunion Island temperatures fudged to show warmest September ever, but its not. Rome cleans up after a once in a 100 year hail storm with six foot piles of ice along streets and five feet of snow forecast for Italy and Slovenia.

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Super-typhoon Yutu slams into Mariana Islands - Strongest storm to ever hit US territory

Super Typhoon Yutu
This satellite image, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows the moment the eye of Super Typhoon Yutu passed directly over Tinian, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, early Thursday, just before 2 a.m.

With sustained winds of 178 mph as its eye passed directly over the island of Tinian, Super Typhoon Yutu was the strongest storm on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018
, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"Tinian has been devastated by Typhoon Yutu," Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas said Thursday. "The homes, main roads have been destroyed. Our critical infrastructure has been compromised. We currently have no power and water. Our ports at this time are inaccessible and several points within the island are inaccessible."

The power plant has been damaged, and the power "distribution system is completely destroyed," San Nicolas said.

San Nicolas, a former attorney general for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, said he sent out a request for commodities to be brought to Tinian, like drinking water and ready-to-eat meals.

With no running water, Tinian stores have not reopened.

He said roads are being cleared of debris, and Tinian's airport runway is now usable.

President Donald Trump issued an emergency disaster declaration on Wednesday for Saipan and Tinian, along with the rest of the Northern Marianas, in anticipation of the typhoon.

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Inferno engulfs 150 year old church after lightning strike in Massachusetts

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Fire ravaging the First Baptist Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts, October 24, 2018
The historic First Baptist Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts has been reduced to burned-out scaffolding after it was gutted by a massive blaze, sparked by a bolt of lightning. No injuries have been reported.

The fire erupted around 7:30pm Tuesday. However, when fire engines arrived, the 180-foot landmark was already fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved. Witnesses say the fire was caused by lightning that hit the church's steeple and spread rapidly.

"I saw the lightning strike the steeple, and we saw the smoke and it just went up in flames fast," local Christian Bruno told CBS Boston.

Miraculously, no one was injured in the blaze, although there were classes taking place inside the church at the time.

In half an hour, the raging inferno devoured the spire of the church, which then collapsed.

Comment: The loading of cometary dust in our atmosphere and our increasingly quiescent sun is changing the behavior of lightning as we know it: For more, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Ice Age Farmer Report: LNG/Fuel shortages as cold winter approaches - $ billion crop losses/prices rise - Flood/hail events

snow crop
- MEGA UPDATE - (1) Alert: Natural Gas supplies are low, prices are spiking, and a cold winter is inbound. Have a backup plan. (2) $3bil crops lost under snow in Canada. (3) Michael ag damages exceeding $2bil. (4) Major flood and hailstorms around the world. -- What are you doing to prepare for the difficult growing seasons ahead?


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Storm pounds parts of Arizona with large hail

© Jessica Kirsh
Onlookers were amazed to see large hail across portions of Arizona on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service of Phoenix, Arizona, warned people to look for scattered storms with large hail in areas across high terrain east of Phoenix.

"Quarter-sized hail was reported around Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

"The slow-moving nature of the thunderstorms also produced heavy rainfall in some areas. With Phoenix at nearly 10 times their normal rainfall for October, flash flooding is a concern," Thompson said.