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Passenger plane over China forced to make emergency landing after windscreen is badly damaged in hailstorm

HAILSTORM DAMAGE
A Chinese passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing after it was damaged while flying through a hailstorm, according to news reports.

The Tianjin Airlines Airbus A320 was flying from Tianjin to Haikou on the southern island of Hainan when it was hit by the storm 9,800 metres (32,000 feet) above central China on Thursday morning, news portal Thecover.cn reported.

The windscreen was left badly cracked, the nose was damaged and a weather radar stopped working after the incident, which forced the plane to divert to an airport in Hubei province.

Some 175 passengers including four babies were on board at the time of the incident, local newspaper Daily News reported.

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Massive sandstorm engulfs the city of Golmud, China

Apocalyptic scenes of dust cloud rolling over a city in north China are captured by residents

Apocalyptic scenes of dust cloud rolling over a city in north China are captured by residents
A huge sandstorm yesterday swept across a city in northern China within minutes.

Apocalyptic video footage, taken by residents, shows how the cloud of thick dust more than 100 feet tall engulfed the city of Golmud in Qinghai Province.

The sandstorm was accompanied by gale-force winds of up to 20.7 metres per second, according to China Global Television Network.


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Not intense! Mini tornado scatters tents at music festival in Germany

MINI TORNADO
Visitors to a music festival in Germany found their belongings scattered when a mini-tornado swept through a camping area.

A video recorded at the Parookaville festival in Weeze shows the whirlwind whipping tents and other items high into the air.

The footage shows campers hurrying to get themselves and their items out of the way of the twister.

The filmer said the mini-tornado formed while campers were preparing to leave at the end of the festival.


Cloud Precipitation

Hail, heavy rain and flooding seen in Calgary and district as severe thunderstorm passes through

Hail blankets a parking lot at Cross Iron Mills shopping centre on July 23.
© Dani Lantela/Global News
Hail blankets a parking lot at Cross Iron Mills shopping centre on July 23.
A severe thunderstorm brought nasty weather to some parts of southwestern Alberta on Monday.

A warning was ended for Calgary and Rocky View County — including Canmore, Cochrane, Bragg Creek, Tsuut'ina Reserve and Ghost Lake - but not before the storm brought loonie-sized hail, heavy rain and dangerous wind gusts across the region.

Environment Canada said golf ball-sized hail and damaging wind gusts upwards of 100 km/h were possible in the Calgary area.

The weather agency was advising residents to stay inside as hail and lightning can cause damage and injury.


Cloud Precipitation

That's not snow! Colorado residents shovel hail after severe thunderstorm brings mudslides and flooding

Ron Allen, an employee with the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade, and other employees dig out of hail drifts at the arcade in Manitou Springs, Colo., Monday, July 23, 2018. A storm dropped hail and caused flash flood and tornado warnings for the area.
© Jerilee Bennett
Ron Allen, an employee with the Manitou Springs Penny Arcade, and other employees dig out of hail drifts at the arcade in Manitou Springs, Colo., Monday, July 23, 2018. A storm dropped hail and caused flash flood and tornado warnings for the area.
Folks in Southern Colorado could be seen shoveling, yes shoveling, hail off their property Monday.

The region was slammed with hail, heavy rain and flooding over the weekend and into Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The flooding led the government of Manitou Springs City, about 80 miles southwest of Denver, to close offices and advise residents to evacuate to higher ground. An evacuation center opened at a community church.

One highway in Teller County, about 100 miles southwest of Denver, was covered with 3 feet of mud, the county's Sheriff's office said in a tweet Monday. Mudslides had been reported in other areas of the state as well.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 74 sheep in eastern Turkey

LIGHTNING KILLS SHEEP
A total of 74 sheep were killed by a lightning strike in Turkey's eastern province of Iğdır on July 23.

Two herds of sheep, belonging to a man named Mahmut Biter, were gathered together as protection against the torrential rain while they were out in the field at the 2,000-meter altitude Serbarbulak plateau in the Aralık district.

Lightning struck the animals, killing 74 of them. Saddam Aras, the shepherd, escaped the incident unharmed as he took shelter in a nearby rocky area.

Yusuf Süre, a local farmer, said the lightning caused a substantial financial damage.

In June this year, in a similar incident, 105 goats perished in the Kırkağaç district of the western Manisa province when a lightning struck as the animals were grazing in the field.

And in May, the lightning killed a total of 23 cattle in the Tut district of the southeastern province of Adıyaman.


Source: Anadolu Agency

Cloud Lightning

43,388 lightning strikes in 24 hours hit Istanbul region

lightning
Huge thunderclouds caused an electric storm in Turkey's Marmara region, particularly hitting Istanbul with thousands of lightning bolts in the early hours of July 24.

In total 43,388 flashes were observed in 24 hours as of 9 a.m. on July 24 especially in the northwestern provinces of Istanbul, Kocaeli, Edirne and Tekirdağ, according to the Turkish State Meteorological Service.

"There are various types of storms in the air. An electric storm is a phenomenon just like a dust storm, a snow storm or a rain storm ... If the important factor is the wind, we call it a wind storm whereas if the important factors are thunders and thunderbolts we call it a thunderstorm," Miktad Kadıoğlu, a faculty member of the Istanbul Technical University, told Demirören News Agency on July 24.


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Stormy weather spawns waterspout near Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina

Ocracoke Inlet.
The stormy weather over the Outer Banks this weekend spun up a waterspout around midday Sunday off Ocracoke Inlet.

Amanda Swan of Gordonsville, Va. was on the beach near South Point on Ocracoke Island when she captured pictures and video of the waterspout that appeared several miles to the south towards Portsmouth Island and then moved offshore as it grew.

Waterspouts are tornadoes over the water, but are much weaker than those that form over land. Local fisherman say it's not unusual to see multiple waterspouts form well offshore.


Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones pummel Banja Luka area in Bosnia and Herzegovina

HAILSTONES
Heavy hail storm has hit Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) city of Banja Luka, some 200 kilometers northwest of the capital Sarajevo, causing great damage on objects and cars on Saturday evening.

According to local reports, around five-centimeter-diameter hailstones destroyed roofs and windows of a great number of cars parked outside, mainly in a village near Banja Luka.

The unexpected hailstorm, accompanied by rain and strong wind damaged roofs, facades and windows of 200 residential buildings, local media reported on Sunday.


Cloud Precipitation

Typhoon Ampil slams Shanghai, China - 190,000 evacuated

Tropical Storm Ampil slams Shanghai
Tropical Storm Ampil has battered Shanghai with damaging gusts of winds and torrential rain.

The storm first made landfall in the Japanese Ryukyu Islands, before heading towards the Chinese mainland.

More than 190,000 people were evacuated from their homes as the storm bore down on the financial hub.

Numerous flights from Shanghai's two international airports, Pudong and Hongqiao, were cancelled or delayed and some of the city's metro lines were suspended.