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Wild storms leaves thousands without power and causes mayhem in south-east Queensland, Australia

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

A person has been struck by a tree during wild storms which have brought destructive winds, lightning and heavy rain to south-east Queensland.

Critical care paramedics took the patient to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious but stable condition, the Queensland Ambulance service said.

By Sunday evening, the severe storms had eased but the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned they were likely to reform.

“The situation is being closely monitored and further detailed warnings will be issued as necessary,” the BOM said.

As the clean up began, about 25,000 homes across the region were still without power.

Energex said power remained cut to about 4,440 homes in Brisbane, 8,700 homes in Ipswich and 11,075 homes in Redland.

Another 10,000 Ergon customers in regional Queensland were understood to have lost electricity.

At one point during the height of the storm, Energex was reporting about 33,000 homes were without power after 209 powerlines were brought down.

An Energex spokesman said the damage to the network was so bad some customers in Redland Bay, Mt Crosby and the Bay Islands may not have power restored until Monday.

In Chuwar, SES crews were busy helping clean to up trees and debris. The storm flung a trampoline into a power pole with so much force it bent the frame.

About 78,000 lightning strikes were recorded across south-east Queensland during the storms, and hailstones up to 5cm in diameter pummelled Brisbane’s western and southern suburbs.

At Cornubia, in Logan, a tree was destroyed by lightning.

Resident Tori Bradley told the ABC the lightning strike had shaken her entire house.

“My ears are still ringing,” she said.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, the BOM had issued a severe storm warning for the Ipswich, Logan, Somerset, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Gold Coast, Redland City and Brisbane City council areas.

BOM meteorologist Michael Gray said Monday would be a drier day, but Tuesday was likely to bring another burst of wet weather anywhere between Townsville and the New South Wales border.

“There’s an upper low developing over New South Wales, which is going to bring more of those over the next few days,” he said.

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Lightning Kills 15 Cows in Ekiti, Nigeria #Lightning #Cows #Ekiti #Nigeria


Thunder last Saturday evening reportedly struck dead 15 cows at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The incident, according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Speaking with journalists via telephone conversation yesterday, Ademilua revealed that the incident happened at the Ikogosi warm spring site on Ipole-Ekiti road.

Ikogosi warm spring has been a notable recreational and tourist centre, where warm and cold spring converge.

The chief said the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4 p.m. that day.

According to him, “The whole town was shaken when the thunder struck, and later, some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farms said they saw some Fulani herders who disclosed that it was thunder that killed their cattle.”

Also speaking on the incident , the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola, alleged that the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to the residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.

The monarch said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such desecrated animal.

“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the dead cows, and we are making concerted efforts to prevent the intending buyers,” he said.

The monarch, however, called on the government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent spread of communicable diseases in the two towns.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the incident has not been reported to the police, “because it was a natural occurrence.

“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone is responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion.”

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500 sheep killed by lightning in Nepal #Sheep #Lightning #Nepal


A massive thunderbolt in Nepal’s remote Jumla district on Sunday killed at least 500 sheep grazing in pastures high in the mountains, according to belated reports from the remote mountain region of northwestern Nepal.

The lightning struck during a monsoon storm on 23 August in Masimarema grazing land of Patrasi Rural Municipality and the sheep belonged to Bishnu Buda and Jaya Bahadur Buda of the Bagjalem Community Forest.

Because of the remoteness of the area, villagers have not been able to reach the site yet, said Ward Chair Kali Bahadur Rawat. The high pasture is the traditional grazing ground for the region’s livestock and dairy farmers during the monsoon months.

Jumla’s chief district administrator Tek Bahadur Budathapa said the lightning strike was a major blow to the villagers of Patrasi whose main source of income is their livestock, and the sheep were being readied for sale during the Dasain festival in October.

“The farmers were already hit by the economic crisis caused by the lockdown, and now this has happened, it is going to be difficult for them to survive and the government will do what it can to provide rehabilitation,” Budathapa said.

This is the second worst disaster to hit the district’s animal husbandry in recent years. In 2013, more than 700 sheep were killed in winter blizzards.

With nearly 900 human fatalities in the past ten years, lightning accounts for the highest number of deaths in natural disasters – second only to the 2015 earthquake. Nepal in fact tops the list of countries with the most lightning fatalities per unit area. More people die every year in electric storms in Nepal than in the whole of North America, according to statistics.

Every year, an average of 100 people are killed by thunderbolts, and meteorologists say freak electrical storms are also occurring during unusual times, such as early mornings. Studies have linked the increase in intensity and frequency of thunderstorms to climate change.

Nepal is also the most densely populated mountainous country in the world, and lighting in the mountains are also deadlier because the flashes have to travel less distance. Within Nepal, Makwanpur district south of Kathmandu has the highest death rate from lightning strike with 70 deaths in the past seven years. In the same period, Jumla only had three fatalities from lightning.

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Deadly severe storms tear through Melbourne in Australia #Storms #Melbourne #Australia

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

A man, a woman and a four-year-old boy have been killed by falling trees in separate incidents, after wild winds swept across parts of Victoria state in eastern Australia.

The deaths came during a night of intense storms that moved in from the southwest over Melbourne and into Victoria from Thursday afternoon into the evening.

The Australia Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist, Dean Narromore, told reporters winds of 158 kilometres per hour (98 miles per hour) – equivalent to a Category 2 cyclone – were recorded at Wilsons Promontory, while gusts of 124 km/h (77mph) were recorded at Mount Gellibrand.

The areas hardest hit included Colac, Torquay, and Melbourne’s east including Belgrave, Mooroolbark, Croydon and Montrose, as well as Phillip Island and Warragul.

The State Emergency Service (SES) received nearly 3,000 calls overnight with almost 2,000 in a 15-minute period at around 6pm local time.

Tim Wiebusch, SES’s chief officer, reported more than 300 buildings were severely damaged across the state and more than 120,000 homes lost power.

Almost 40,000 homes remained without power on Friday afternoon.

The Silvan Dam water treatment plant lost power during the storms and hundreds of thousands of households across Melbourne’s north and east have been told to boil their water, as the electrical damage resulted in contamination.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews spoke to reporters saying: “Yarra Valley Water’s issued a precautionary boil water notice. That advisory is very, very important, we don’t want people getting sick from potentially consuming water that hasn’t been through that treatment plant properly.”

Recovery efforts have been hindered because of a strict COVID-19 lockdown in the region, and special exemptions to the rules were released for those affected by the storm.

COVID-19 restrictions also meant a majority of Melbourne’s workforce is working from home, where thousands of people were left without power until Friday evening, according to local media.

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New orange alert for ‘violent’ thunderstorms across Belgium #Thundertorms #OrangeAlert #Belgium

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Alert

On Sunday, the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) issued another orange storm warning for the whole country, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

Some of the storms could be “violent,” warned the RMI, which had already issued the same warning on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

This Sunday afternoon and early next night, sometimes violent thunderstorms with possible hail could break out in places, with rainfall that could reach 10 to 30 L/m2 in one hour.

In the second half of the night, the weather is expected to become drier from the west of the country.

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