Severe storm hits Sittingbourne, Gravesend and Teynham very badly; A2 between Newington and Rainham under a lot of water, UK
MAGNITUDE 6.5 KURIL ISLANDS
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 625 km E of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 03:32:41.3 2014-07-21
532 km SE of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia / pop: 176,484 / local time: 05:32:41.3 2014-07-21
91 km SE of Kuril’sk, Russia / pop: 1,719 / local time: 06:32:41.3 2014-07-21
Severe storms & tornado causes devastation & leaves two dead on French campsites
The tornado hit a campsite in the town of Saint-Just-d’Ardeche, pulling down trees and destroying caravans and tents on Sunday afternoon.
A 42-year-old Frenchman died when a tree fell on him as the tornado hit. Five others were left injured although their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.
Captain François Degrange, from the local police told AFP that trees had been brought down over a three to four kilometer radius.
“I have never seen that in my career before,” he said.
In a separate incident a woman was also killed by a falling tree at a campsite at Saint-Paulet-de-Caisson in the neighbouring Gard department.
According to Midi-Libre newspaper a baby was also injured as the storms hit and had to be rushed to hospital.
Hundreds of campers in the region have had to be evacuated.
Nine departments in eastern France remained on alert for storms on Sunday evening, while other areas of north eastern France were on alert for heavy rain and floods.
China super typhoon toll reaches 17, storm expected to worsen
The death toll from the strongest storm to hit China in decades has reached 17, state media said today, as forecasters issued warnings of more extreme weather.Typhoon Rammasun has left eight people dead in the island province of Hainan and another nine in Guangxi, official news agency Xinhua reported.
At least two people are missing, Xinhua added citing local authorities, as the strongest typhoon to hit south China since 1973 headed north.
State media said last evening that eight people had been killed in the storm.
Television pictures today showed waterlogged roads and heavy rain in the southwestern province of Yunnan. Online pictures showed uprooted trees, destroyed crops and deserted, rain-soaked streets across much of southern China.
The typhoon first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds exceeding 200 kilometres an hour.
Weather authorities in China issued a “red” alert warning for Rammasun yesterday—the most severe of China’s four colour-code warnings.
But the storm has since been downgraded “as it is abating and affecting fewer Chinese localities”, Xinhua added.
All the airports on Hainan had re-opened on Sunday, as ferry, rail and bus services resumed, it said.
Meanwhile, China’s National Meteorological Centre was warning that downpours triggered by the typhoon were expected in northern parts of China in the coming days.
Rammasun—meaning “Thunder God” in Thai—has caused at least 94 deaths in the Philippines, where it hit before lashing China.
Four houses destroyed by fire and lightning as the weekend’s thunderstorms wrecked havoc across Britain
Four homes have been destroyed by lightning and razed by fire as thunderstorms bulldozed their way across the country this weekend.
The homes were either damaged directly by bolts of lightning or set on fire by lightning strikes on Saturday and Sunday.
Remarkably, all the homes were empty when the fires and lightning struck.
Two families away on holiday had a miraculous escape when their Gloucestershire homes were destroyed in separate lightning strikes.
Emergency services dealing with the fallout from the thunderstorms arrived to find both homes had been hit on the roof.
One of the houses, in Hardwicke, was struck in the early hours of Saturday morning, with the lightning bolt destroying the roof and falling debris crushing a nearby Honda Jazz.
Craig Smith, a neighbour, said: ‘I saw an almighty flash and mortar flying up in the air. They are a lovely family and they’ll be gutted when they get home.
‘I’m just glad they weren’t home when it all happened. It happened so close to our house that I just can’t fathom it.’
Another neighbour said she felt the earth shake and heard the car alarm go off and the owner of the car shout ‘oh my god’ when the bolt struck.
Twenty miles away, in Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, a house was struck on Saturday afternoon as the huge storm swept across the Cotswold.
The bolt, as well as destroying the roof, started a major fire in the upper levels of the house, which destroyed the loft and gutted the upper floors.
Meanwhile, a bungalow in Solihull, West Midlands, was completed gutted by a fire sparked by a bolt of lightning and fueled by a burst radiator in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Taking to their Twitter account, Solihull Fire said the intense heat caused a radiator to explode forcing crews to withdraw for safety.
‘This is the danger crews faced when entering in breathing apparatus to fight the fire & search the property. Intense heat caused explosion forcing crews to withdraw for safety, later found to be this radiator on the 1st floor.’
A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said one of the firefighters said they believed it was caused by a lightning strike.
‘We don’t see what else it could be because the property is empty so nobody would have been there.’
In South Yorkshire, forks of lightning rained down on a family home, engulfing it in fire early Saturday evening.
A neighbour said: ‘I saw it all happen. It took about fifteen minutes from when the lightning hit for the house to catch on fire.
‘I’ve never witnessed anything like it. I got in and I thought “wow that was close”. There was an almighty blue ball of flash and we started rushing around the house turning everything off.
‘What people didn’t see was the terror on people’s faces. There was just a huge bang and the blue flash was unbelievable. I’ve not seen anything like it in my life and I’ve done a lot of travelling in my time.
‘The emergency services actually went in and rescued the goldfish. The whole fire crew were absolutely fantastic and everyone in the street worked together.’
Homeowner Richard Lowe said the family were still coming to terms with the damage.
‘I’m still in shock,” he said.’But no one has been hurt and things can be replaced. Family will be putting us up.’
The stormy weather caused travel disruption at London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday as airlines were forced to cancel 20 per cent of flights for a two-hour period, while up to 1.2in (30mm) an hour fell in some places – more than the average monthly rainfall for the whole of July.
It comes after a heatwave struck the country late last week, causing tropical-like thunderstorms that brought the heavy rainfall and flooding.
Downpour and hail hit the Black sea again, dead fish cover the field
Fatal Plane Crash Kills 3 People in Essex Co, USA
New York State Police are investigating a fatal plane crash in Essex County.
Officials said the single engine plane crashed in the town of North Elba around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday. The three people that were on the plane died.
Officials said the plane burst into flames upon impact.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash.
The Lake Placid police and fire departments, as well as the Saranac Lake Fire Department and state police are assisting in the investigation.
YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.5 WENDOVER, UT
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Depth: 5 km
Distances: West Wendover, NV – 28 km (17 miles) S (185 degrees)
Wendover, UT – 28 km (17 miles) S (191 degrees)
Dolly Varden, NV – 37 km (23 miles) E (99 degrees)
Clifside, NV – 50 km (31 miles) SSE (162 degrees)
Spruce, NV – 58 km (36 miles) SE (126 degrees)
MAGNITUDE 3.3 KANSAS, USA
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Depth: 5 km
Distances: 519 km N of Dallas, United States / pop: 1,197,816 / local time: 07:24:58.1 2014-07-20
214 km N of Oklahoma City, United States / pop: 579,999 / local time: 07:24:58.1 2014-07-20
22 km N of Anthony, United States / pop: 2,269 / local time: 07:24:58.1 2014-07-20
9 km NW of Harper, United States / pop: 1,473 / local time: 07:24:58.1 2014-07-20