Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Event Update For 2018-10-02

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2018-10-02 - Rotten egg odor, likely hydrogen sulfide, hits cities along broad swath of the coast in California as well as a school in coastal Torrance (California):

Quote: "Hundreds of Orange County residents and others, many from the beach cities, reported smelling a natural gas or methane-type odor in the air this week. The reports came mainly from Huntington Beach and Seal Beach, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials said on Tuesday, Oct. 3. But they were also from Costa Mesa, Sunset Beach, Fountain Valley and Garden Grove, and up the coast as well, from San Pedro, Wilmington, Carson and Los Angeles. According to district officials, they had received more than 400 complaints about the smell. The source of the odor was unclear."

Quote: "A similar odor impacted Torrance on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, prompting a school to be put on lockdown. Torrance firefighters told school staffers that the smell was from a natural phenomenon of gas released from the ocean floor that drifts inland, Assistant Principal James Ashikawa said."

Quote: "Since the odors typically occur near the coast while winds are blowing from the ocean toward land, the primary source or sources are thought to be offshore. The Huntington Beach Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page that the source was a naturally occurring 'methane plume' from the ocean. But methane in its natural state has no odor and is not among chief culprits being considered by AQMD."

Quote: "Torrance firefighters arrived at the school and told staff members the odor was a natural phenomenon of gas released from the ocean floor passing through the area, Ashikawa said in the email. That phenomenon is an underwater methane pocket just off the Redondo Beach breakwall that occasionally releases gas, officials say, which then drifts inland."

Quote: "It’s most likely hydrogen sulfide, which has a pungent sulfur odor and is added to natural gas and other odorless toxins to help quickly identify potentially dangerous leaks. But it is also found in oil fields and other petroleum operations, and can arise from rotting organic matter such as seaweed, algae blooms and dead fish."

Quote: "'At higher concentrations, (hydrogen sulfide) can create a health hazard,' Avol said. There is no indication that the compound is at those concentration levels."

Note: Those ocean floor gas releases spew methane AND hydrogen sulfide, not just methane. The 'gas odor' at the school was thus hydrogen sulfide, though there may have been some methane present too, but nobody would smell that, since methane is odorless. Also, they don't add hydrogen sulfide to natural gas, they add methyl mercaptan, which has the same rotten egg odor and is made with hydrogen sulfide. (Methyl mercaptan is also similarly poisonous.) So a huge area of the coast in California just got hit by hydrogen sulfide. I don't doubt that they're measuring it in low concentrations, so far. But the problem is the nature of the gas. Being a heavier than air gas, it tends to flow into low-lying areas and then it will concentrate, and low concentrations then become higher concentrations. It may be fine where they have a meter but a mile away in a valley it could concentrate enough to knock a person dead. So if you're walking around or driving around on the coast in California and you blunder into an invisible cloud of hydrogen sulfide that has concentrated in a low-lying area or blown up out of a low-lying area after concentrating, that may be the last thing you ever do...

2018-10-02 - Unknown rotten egg odor evacuates school in Ennis (Ireland), 2 miles from the coast:

Quote: "Gardaí closed New Road to traffic while fire crews carried out an investigation of the area. Using gas detectors, firefighters took readings but found no evidence of gas."

Quote: "One theory is that the pungent odour may have come from a passing lorry. A smell lingered in the air for a time but was later confirmed not to be gas."

Note: So it smelled like natural gas - e.g. a rotten egg odor - but it wasn't natural gas. There are not a lot of things that that could be. And I certainly wouldn't use the complete lack of evidence that a truck had anything to do with this to jump to the conclusion that a truck had something to do with this...

2018-10-02 - Man found dead in burning car in Lockport (Kentucky), near the Kentucky River:

2018-10-02 - Woman, 37, found on fire inside garage at home saying 'The demons need to get out', in San Antonio (Texas):

Quote: "Rose Garcia and her daughter were returning to their home after dropping off Garcia's grandchildren at school when they noticed the unusual and disturbing sight -- a woman engulfed in flames, standing inside the burning garage."

Quote: "Garcia said the image was haunting, but the woman’s words were equally as disturbing. 'We were, like, shocked and she kept saying, "The demons need to get out,"' she said. Paramedics rushed the woman to a hospital for treatment. Early on, fire investigators said they had no information on her at all, although neighbors say she told them she is 37 years old. Investigators also were not able to determine the cause of the fire right away."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Greeneville (Tennessee):

Quote: "No one was injured in the fire that started in a pile of vehicles with crushed tops at the business, 1310 W. Main St."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center hit by fire, pile of scrap cars burns, in Durham (North Carolina):

Quote: "Responding firefighters found a 'pile of scrap vehicles' on fire at Elite Scrap Metals."

2018-10-02 - Metal recycling center erupts in flame, fire gets huge, in Monroe (Nebraska):

Quote: "The cause of a massive fire at a scrap metal recycling center in Monroe is under investigation."

2018-10-02 - Electrical power station heavily damaged by huge fire in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia):

2018-10-02 - Boat, vehicle and warehouse destroyed by fire just before 6:30 AM, fire spreads to home, in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

Quote: "They added a boat and a vehicle were destroyed."

Note: This is the 881st boat/ship to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-02 - School bus bursts into flame on street in coastal Johor (Malaysia):

Note: This is the 152nd school bus to burn in 2018, and this is the 561st bus to burn in 2018...

2018-10-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on road near Narok (Kenya):

2018-10-02 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Station Street in Kirby (Britain):

Note: These are the 562nd and 563rd buses to burn in 2018...

2018-10-02 - Car-hauler bursts into flame on Route 6 just outside Towanda (Pennsylvania):

Note: This is the 72nd car-hauler to burn in 2018...

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer hauling scrap cars bursts into flame on State Road 520 near coastal Cocoa (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Gratigny Parkway in coastal Miami (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Stevenson Expressway in Chicago (Illinois):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-84 near Baker City (Oregon):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on West Mallard Creek Church Road in Charlotte (North Carolina):

2018-10-02 - Tractor, farm vehicle and barn destroyed by fire, machine shop heavily damaged, in Scio (Oregon):

Quote: "Among the items believed lost were a farm vehicle and antique tractor. The shop was also filled with numerous tools, including two lathes, air compressors, welding equipment and more."

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame near tunnel in Da Nang (Vietnam):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway near coastal Paphos on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

Note: These are the 2119th, 2120th, 2121st, 2122nd, 2123rd, 2124th, 2125th, 2126th and 2127th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2018...

2018-10-02 - Line-painting truck bursts into flame just after 4 AM on Loop 820 in Fort Worth (Texas):

2018-10-02 - Heavy truck bursts into flame in Koppal (India):

2018-10-02 - Van bursts into flame on the R463 near coastal Limerick (Ireland):

2018-10-02 - SUV bursts into flame on street in coastal Kenner (Louisiana):

2018-10-02 - SUV bursts into flame, ignites grass fire, on Highway 6 near Fleming (Colorado):

2018-10-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Helmcken Road in coastal View Royal (Canada):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge near coastal Staten Island (New York):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on US 10 near Bay City (Michigan):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on the Kwinana Freeway at Beeliar Drive in Cockburn (Australia):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on road near Pallimukku (India):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame on street in Mountmellick (Ireland):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame at layby along the A37 near Charlton Adam (Britain):

2018-10-02 - Car bursts into flame, fire damages another car, on Wexham Street in Stoke Poges (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 2 October, 5.57pm Car fire also causing heat damage to another car, Wexham Street, Stoke Poges. One appliance and crew from Gerrards Cross and one from Slough attended. Firefighters used two hose reels and one set of breathing apparatus."

2018-10-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites brush fire, near Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks (California):

2018-10-02 - RV trailer bursts into flame while being towed on the Pacific Highway near South Kempsey (Australia), near the coast:

2018-10-02 - Mechanic shop destroyed by fire in Anderson County (Kentucky), nobody there:

2018-10-02 - Barn destroyed by fire in Portville (New York), 3 horses killed:

2018-10-02 - Around 100 tons of straw goes up in flames on Dewes Green Road in Bergden (Britain):

2018-10-02 - Copper plant damaged by fire at 4 AM near the Ohio River in Leetsdale (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "This is the second fire at the facility in the last week. On Friday, firefighters were called to a different building on the plant’s grounds."

2018-10-02 - Church destroyed by fire just after 2 AM in Jackson (Mississippi):

2018-10-02 - Garage heavily damaged by fire at 11:17 PM at home in coastal Suffolk (Virginia):

2018-10-02 - Mobile home destroyed by fire just after midnight on Shelby Dry Fork in Greasy Creek (Kentucky), pet killed:

2018-10-02 - Four mobile homes destroyed by fire, two more damaged, in Elmer City (Washington):

2018-10-02 - Around 23 mobile homes destroyed by fire in coastal Fujairah (UAE):

2018-10-02 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire at 5:15 AM, garage destroyed, in Farmington (Arkansas):

2018-10-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 12:53 AM in Lebanon (Oregon):

2018-10-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Portland (Oregon), nobody there:

2018-10-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Pasco (Washington), nobody there:

2018-10-02 - Home destroyed by fire in Dante (Virginia), nobody there:

Note: Dante's inferno!

2018-10-02 - Historic home destroyed by fire in DeLand (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire in coastal Cheslea (Massachusetts):

2018-10-02 - Apartment building damaged by fire in Austin (Texas):

2018-10-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire at 2:40 AM in Trotwood (Ohio):

2018-10-02 - Apartment building destroyed by massive fire at 5 AM in Yellowknife (Canada):

2018-10-02 - Motel damaged by fire in Wyoming (Michigan):

2018-10-02 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home near Custer (South Dakota), 1 killed:

2018-10-02 - Deadly fire rips through home in the wee hours in coastal Abu Dhabi (UAE), 8 killed:

2018-10-02 - Vacant portacabin burns on Raven Street in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Raven Street, Hull. Tue 2 Oct 2018 17:07 (No:22071) Derelict portacabin involved in fire. One hose reel jet and two ceiling hooks in use."

2018-10-02 - Vacant home burns just after 3 AM in Paterson (New Jersey):

2018-10-02 - Minke whale washes ashore dead at beach in coastal Marshfield (Massachusetts):

Quote: "Another minke whale washed up dead on the Marshfield shore Tuesday morning, adding to what officials with the New England Aquarium say has been an 'exceptional' year of minke whale die-offs."

2018-10-02 - Fish dying in the Pecos River in northern New Mexico:

2018-10-02 - Carp dying in Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake (Kentucky):

2018-10-02 - Three students and an electrician walk into a, I mean die in water in Bengaluru (India):

2018-10-02 - Two girls, 10 and 12, die in pond in Kuturijhiri (India):

2018-10-02 - Man, 70, goes into cardiac arrest and dies on passenger plane en route to coastal Karachi (Pakistan):

Quote: "According to PIA spokesperson, Abdul Sattar, 70 died of heart attack while he was onboard Toronto-Karachi flight PK-785. He was provided necessary treatment in the plane."

2018-10-02 - Man dies on passenger plane, plane makes emergency landing in coastal Sochi (Russia):

Quote: "A British passenger on a flight from Hanoi to London Heathrow died today despite the aircraft making an emergency landing in Russia in an attempt to save him. The man whose identity was not given was found to be dead when Vietnam Airlines flight VN55 landed at Sochi International Airport on the Black Sea. The captain reported a medical emergency on board after the passenger suffered a suspected heart attack, it was reported in Russia."

2018-10-02 - Man, 30, drops dead at Metrolink station near Busch Stadium near the Mississippi River in St. Louis (Missouri):

Quote: "There was no obvious signs of trauma. Police are not treating this death as a homicide. They say this was a sudden death."

2018-10-02 - Man, 43, drops dead before 5 AM outside convenience store in Mahoningtown (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-02 - Man, 56, found dead near railroad tracks in New Castle (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-02 - Woman, 53, found dead at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee):

2018-10-02 - Man, 19, found dead in the Potomac River in coastal Washington DC:

2018-10-02 - Man found dead near police station in coastal Oakland (California):

2018-10-02 - Man found dead in car on South Sentous Avenue in West Covina (California):

2018-10-02 - Person found dead in resaca near university in coastal Brownsville (Texas):

2018-10-02 - Woman found dead in the St. Johns River in Orange Park (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Person drops dead on Huey Street in Bastrop (Louisiana):

2018-10-02 - Man, 57, goes out on kayak, next seen dead in Buckingham Lake in Loveland (Colorado):

2018-10-02 - Woman, 68, found dead in ditch or creek near grocery store outside Manchester (Kentucky):

2018-10-02 - Man, 66, found dead in the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2018-10-02 - Woman found dead in apartment in Willimantic (Connecticut):

2018-10-02 - Woman, 66, drops dead in motel room in Macon (Georgia):

2018-10-02 - Man in his 40s dies after being pulled from the water at coastal Wanda Beach near Sydney (Australia):

2018-10-02 - Man, 53, found dead at Tongariro National Park (New Zealand):

2018-10-02 - Woman, 25, found dead in canal in Kangan (India):

2018-10-02 - School bus driver, man, has 'medical emergency', bus crashes, in High Point (North Carolina), 1 injured:

Quote: "She said it appears the driver had some kind of medical emergency before the wreck, which took place before 7:15 a.m."

Quote: "The driver reportedly had a medical emergency which led to the bus running off the road. The male bus driver said the last thing he remembers is turning onto Penny Road from Wendover Ave."

2018-10-02 - Woman has 'medical emergency', SUV plows into sheriff's office in Mission Bend (Texas):

Quote: "A driver crashed her SUV into the Harris County Sheriff's Office storefront in Mission Bend on Tuesday morning after experiencing a medical emergency, the agency said. Officials at the sheriff's office said that the woman might have experienced a seizure."

2018-10-02 - Woman loses consciousness, car slams into 10 cars at supermarket, in coastal Newark New Jersey), 2 injured:

Quote: "It happened at around noon at the ShopRite on Springfield Avenue when a woman passed out at the steering wheel, with her foot on the gas, then crashed into multiple vehicles."

2018-10-02 - Man, 70, falls off boat and disappears into Lake Townsend in Greensboro (North Carolina):

2018-10-02 - Tanker truck overturns at 5 AM, explodes and burns, ignites other vehicles, in coastal Lagos (Nigeria):

2018-10-02 - Tanker truck overturns on Highway 69 in Hardin County (Tennessee), 1 injured:

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer blows tire, crashes into retaining wall, on River Drive near Moline (Illinois):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-55 in St. Clair County (Illinois):

2018-10-02 - Tractor trailer crashes off upper deck of I-70 onto lower deck near Glenwood Springs (Colorado):

2018-10-02 - Military truck's brakes fail, truck overturns, in coastal Freetown (Sierra Leone), 10+ killed:

2018-10-02 - Minibus veers over centerline, hits grain truck head-on, bursts into flame, on US 24 near Quincy (Illinois), 4 killed:

2018-10-02 - SUV veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, on Beach Road in coastal Taylor County (Florida), 1 killed:

2018-10-02 - SUV crashes into canal in coastal Lake Worth (Florida), 2 injured:

2018-10-02 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into home, in La Salle (Illinois), 1 injured:

2018-10-02 - Car veers off road, hits tree, bursts into flame, in Kimball Township (Michigan), 1 killed:

2018-10-02 - Sinkhole opens at apartments in Ocala (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Sinkhole opens on street in Phoenix (Arizona):

2018-10-02 - Sinkhole opens on street in Monteagle (Tennessee):

2018-10-02 - Sinkhole opens in Hyderabad (India):

2018-10-02 - Bridge collapses on the Vijayapura-Athani highway near Ratnapur (India):

Quote: "Thankfully, there were no casualties as the bridge collapsed when there was no traffic movement on it. However, what is surprising is that the bridge built in 2002 is relatively new."

2018-10-02 - Water pipe breaks, sinkhole forms, in coastal Manatee County (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Fire chief, man, has cardiac emergency, in critical condition, in DeLand (Florida):

2018-10-02 - Fan has 'medical episode' at stadium in coastal Exeter (Britain):

Quote: "Exeter City's match against Stevenage was halted after a fan suffered a medical episode in the stands."

2018-10-02 - Woman collapses on Hilderthorpe Road in coastal Bridlington (Britain):

Quote: "Hilderthorpe Road, Bridlington. Tue 2 Oct 2018 11:35 (No:22055) Female collapsed in street. Fire Service assisted female and oxygen administered. Female left in care of ambulance."

2018-10-02 - How feedback loops are driving runaway climate change:

2018-10-02 - Volcano Soputan erupts on Sulawesi Island (Indonesia):

Quote: "Soputan volcano, on Indonesia's Sulawesi island - the very same that's just been afflicted by a powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami - has just erupted."

2018-10-02 - Volcano erupts in Barren Island in the Indian Ocean:

2018-10-02 - September 2018 was Australia's driest September on record:

2018-10-02 - A pair of monster cyclones have exploded to life in the Pacific:

2018-10-02 - Tornado touches down in Cambridge Springs (Pennsylvania):

2018-10-02 - Torrential storms bring four tornadoes to Connecticut and New York:

2018-10-02 - Meteor lights up the sky over Reunion Island and the Mauritius Islands:

2018-10-02 - New species of hummingbird identified in Ecuador:

2018-10-02 - Whereabouts of almost 1,300 Missouri sex offenders unknown:


  1. G'day Jonny, Mike, Fran, Tom N. (good to hear from ya mate!), LL and anyone else reading here.

    Everything seems to be ramping up again on the environmental front. The toxic gases are increasing in the atmosphere (and blowing around down here on the ground), storms are growing larger and more intense, the wavy jet stream is throwing the climate off (making crop-growing that much more difficult), UV is up, methane (and H2S) levels are up, drought-stricken areas are becoming more common, flooding is also occurring more often (and "recovery" is taking far longer than expected), and much more.

    BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.3.18 Deathly Silence [~ 44 min.]

    [today from Omen Central comes this]
    Meteor fireball seen over Washington D.C.

    Lightning bolt kills three pupils, injures 73 in Uganda

    Patrick Onyango, deputy police spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that three pupils were killed on spot, 20 critically injured while 53 others survived with minor injuries. [more]

    High levels of seismic activity reported at Grenada's Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano

    Thousands stranded after sudden snow and blizzard hit southwest China's Sichuan Province

    Sudden snowfall has stranded thousands of visitors and over 1,000 vehicles at Zheduo Mountain in Kangding City of southwest China's Sichuan Province, a scenic spot attracting many to visit during the National Day holiday. [more]

    [side note: PA is "enjoying" summer-like 80 degree weather today]

    Flash floods in Dubrovnik,Croatia after record rainfall - 10 inches in 3 hours

    This is the highest ever amount recorded in a single day in the country. [more]

    USA and Mexico - Evacuations and rescues after flooding, rain from storm Rosa

    In the USA, Phoenix, Arizona, saw its wettest October day ever

    Flash flood watches were also in effect in for parts of California, Nevada and Utah. Utah Governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency due to potential flooding in the state. [more]

    23yo man youngest in UK to be diagnosed with dementia - after watching it destroy his mother

    "I feel like the diagnosis is actually a licence to live," he said. "It'll make me step back and appreciate the bigger picture. It's going to allow me to make choices to live a fulfilled life."
    [more; ala McPherson's message]

    [more below]

  2. [here's a little more on the missing woman hiker found yesterday]
    Missing 411: Body of 53 y.o. hiker found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park one week after she went missing

    The park announced Tuesday that searchers found her body two miles west of the Clingmans Dome parking area and less than a mile from the Appalachian Trail.

    How she died was not released [more]

    Another minke whale washes ashore dead in Marshfield, Massachusetts adding to 'exceptional' year of die-offs

    The New England Aquarium says 28 known minke whales have died on the east coast this year, including 11 in Massachusetts, eight in Maine, two in New Hampshire and one in Rhode Island. [more]

    More strangeness in the Beaufort Sea

    Strange images in the middle of a LARGE area of blue ocean in the Beaufort Sea [more]

    Meanwhile New Zealand does its best to deny reality.

    Farmers facing dry conditions as El Niño looms

    Tim Garrett: The Physics of Clouds & Collapse [Radio Eco-shock (1 hr. podcast]

    How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies

    A study conducted at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies looked at the increasing effects that wildfires are having on water supplies. It is titled, How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies. Below is an excerpt. [more]

    [continued below]

  3. Australia hires six large air tankers for their bushfire season

    They will also have scores of helicopters and single engine air tankers on contract [more]

    Sulawesi M7.5 and tsunami death toll climbs to 1 407, Indonesia

    The number of people killed in shallow M7.5 earthquake and tsunami it caused on September 28 climbed to 1 407 today, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said October 3, 2018.

    An estimated 66 000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, thousands injured and thousands more feared dead after landslides hit inland areas.

    Rescue efforts have been hampered by lack of heavy machinery and destroyed transport links, making food, water, fuel and medicine slow to reach the hardest-hit areas.

    The UN's humanitarian office said almost 200 000 people need urgent help. [more]

    2018 Arctic sea ice minimum [~ 3 min. video]

    Heads up! A massive Coronal Hole on our Sun is now facing Earth watch out for more major quake and volcanic activity around Indonesia

    We Just Witnessed The Biggest U.S. Bond Crash In Nearly 2 Years – What Does This Mean For The Stock Market?

    19 sickened by chemical exposure at Los Angeles-area swimming school

    Officials at Daland said the incident appeared to stem from a problem with one of the pool's pumps.

    "There was bubbles that came up into the lap pool and we suspect that it was chlorine gas," facility owner Leslie Darland-James told ABC's Los Angeles station KABC. "That's never happened here before, so for us it was quite a scary moment."

    The cause of the malfunction is under investigation. [more]

  4. Severe storms, flooding downpours to aim for central US late Friday

    A renewed risk of severe weather and flash flooding will target a swath of the central United States as the week comes to a close.

    Residents from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles to northwestern Illinois will need to make sure they have cellphones fully charged with audible severe weather alerts enabled prior to when the thunderstorms strike.

    "Scattered severe storms will develop late Friday afternoon into the evening across Iowa to southeast Nebraska, expanding southwestward into the Texas Panhandle," said AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Elizabeth Schenk. [more]

    Furious storm drops more than 30 cm of hail on streets and beaches of Alassio, Italy (videos)

    A powerful hail storm hit the Italian Riviera on October 1, 2018, covering the streets and beaches of the city of Alassio under 30 centimeters of ice balls and destroying crops in the region. The below videos are just insane! [more]

    100 children evacuated from school as giant cracks and sinkhole fissure the ground in Ireland

    Nearly 100 children were evacuated from their classrooms on September 24, 2018 when a huge sinkhole opened up at Drumgossatt National School, near Carrickmacross in Monaghan, Ireland. [more]

    [pretty pic of the day]
    Stunning supernumery rainbow captured by NASA photographer following Hurricane Florence

    [health and safety tip]
    Got ground beef in your freezer? Important action to take after massive recall of 6.5 million lbs.

    More than 6.5 million pounds of beef products are being recalled nationwide due to a salmonella outbreak, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

    The beef, which was produced by JBS Tolleson, includes “various raw, non-intact beef products,” the USDA said in a press release issued Thursday. The beef was packaged on dates ranging from July 26 to Sept. 7 of this year and has establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection. It was sold under the brand names Walmart, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, Showcase, Showcase/Walmart, and JBS Generic. [more]

    [they trot this out every year now]
    This Year's Flu Season Could Be Deadly: How to Prepare Yourself

    Flu season is here. You may have heard about how deadly last year's was, which caused over 80,000 American deaths, including the deaths of 180 children. According to Darria Long Gillespie, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and author of the upcoming book Mom Hacks, while it's impossible to be entirely sure, the 2019 flu season is looking a bit better, but that doesn't mean you should skip your flu shot.

    And you may want to hurry — the CDC recommends that you should get vaccinated before the end of October. [more]