Monday, August 3, 2020

Event Update For 2020-08-02

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

2020-08-02 - Car goes up in flames and kills person on highway near coastal Nelligen (Australia):

Quote: "The Live Traffic NSW website reported that one person was trapped in a car that was on fire. A spokesperson for NSW Police confirmed that the person, who is yet to be identified, was found dead at the scene. 'Officers from the South Coast Police District were called to the Kings Highway at Nelligen following reports that a car was on fire on the side of the road. The sole occupant of the vehicle, who is yet to be formally identified, was declared deceased at the scene.'"

2020-08-02 - Electrical substation damaged by explosion in coastal Nags Head (North Carolina), blackouts ensue:

2020-08-02 - Wildfire grows to 31 square miles near Beaumont (California):

2020-08-02 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) hits Pikeview Reservoir (Colorado):

2020-08-02 - Man, 39, has 'medical emergency' while swimming in Lake Cumberland at park, dies shortly later, in Pulaski County (Kentuckt):

Quote: "A 39-year old Lexington man died in Pulaski County Park on Sunday afternoon after suffering some kind of medical emergency, according to a report in the Commonwealth Journal."

Quote: "The man apparently was in the water when the incident happened. Family members pulled him to shore where he was pronounced dead around 1:30 p.m., according to the report."

2020-08-02 - Man, 38, has 'medical episode' on jet ski and topples into the water, in serious condition, at coastal Sands Point (New York):

Quote: "The 38-year-old man from Queens suffered a medical episode while jet skiing in Sands Point at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2 when he was found face down in the water by a witness."

2020-08-02 - Woman becomes distressed while swimming, dies shortly later, off coastal Centre Island (New York):

Quote: "Nassau County police were called around 9 a.m. Saturday for a report of a male and female on a boat in the rear of Montecito Drive. The female became distressed while swimming in the water and a police helicopter was sent to help. She was taken to a hospital and a doctor declared her dead around 10:30 a.m. Saturday."

2020-08-02 - Man, 64, dies after being found unconscious in the water at coastal Island Beach State Park (New Jersey):

Quote: "A man from Florida died Saturday afternoon after possibly suffering a medical episode while swimming in the park, authorities said."

2020-08-02 - Man, 40, jumps into the water then loses consciousness within moments, dies shortly later, off coastal Crab Island (Florida):

Quote: "Witnesses say 40-year-old Craig Hanrahan dove off the center console boat around 3:15 p.m. and was seen floating face down moments later."

2020-08-02 - Home under construction explodes and burns at 1:10 AM in Lincoln (Nebraska), nobody there:

Note: This is the 65th residential explosion in 2020...

2020-08-02 - Brush fire breaks out at coastal Gulf State Park (Alabama):

2020-08-02 - Boat explodes into flame on Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri), 1 injured:

2020-08-02 - Tour boat damaged by fire in coastal Semporna on the island of Borneo in Sabah (Malaysia), 7 injured:

2020-08-02 - Canal boat bursts into flame on the Kennet and Avon Canal near Devizes (Britain):

Note: These are the 697th, 698th and 699th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-02 - Freight train bursts into flame in the wee hours in Whitefish (Montana):

2020-08-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-65 near Zionsville (Indiana):

2020-08-02 - Tractor (combine) bursts into flame near Cove Road near the Weiser River in Weiser (Idaho):

2020-08-02 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on road in Ahmedabad (India):

Note: These are the 1102nd, 1103rd and 1104th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-08-02 - RV bursts into flame in the wee hours near Lakeshore Drive in Washoe Valley (Nevada):

Note: This is the 241st RV to burn in 2020...

2020-08-02 - Van bursts into flame at home near coastal Temuka (New Zealand):

2020-08-02 - SUV bursts into flame at gas station in coastal Baltimore (Maryland):

2020-08-02 - SUV bursts into flame on the M61 near Horwich (Britain):

2020-08-02 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on back of tow truck near Highway 17 and River Road in McClellanville (South Carolina):

2020-08-02 - Police car bursts into flame in Eldersburg (Maryland):

2020-08-02 - Car bursts into flame at midnight while parked at apartments in Citronelle (Alabama):

2020-08-02 - Car bursts into flame on bridge in coastal Charleston (South Carolina):

2020-08-02 - Car bursts into flame on Plattsville Road in Trumbull (Connecticut):

2020-08-02 - Car bursts into flame near Troodos on the island of Cyprus (Greece):

2020-08-02 - Car bursts into flame at 6:06 AM on the M20 near Maidstone (Britain):

2020-08-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-15 near coastal San Diego (California):

2020-08-02 - Vehicle bursts into flame on I-70 near Silverthorne (Colorado):

2020-08-02 - Pickup truck and home go up in flames in Jonesboro (Arkansas), nobody there:

2020-08-02 - SUV and garage destroyed by fire at home in Beatrice (Nebraska), nobody there:

Quote: "The two-stall garage with a smaller door to the south end had a sport utility vehicle parked inside, which was destroyed in the fire. The structure was totaled."

Quote: "Arriving firefighters found thick smoke coming from the garage. 'For whatever reason...probably a short in the garage door opener....a garage door started opening up. We were on a medical call about three blocks away, so when we first came up here, we brought a pickup....then we had to wait for the engine to come'."

Note: So at the same time and in the same area, an SUV and garage went up in flames, the garage had some weird electrical stuff going on and a person had a medical problem...

2020-08-02 - Auto shop damaged by fire in Edmonton (Canada):

2020-08-02 - Home damaged by fire just after 11:30 PM on Jefferson Street in Eau Claire (Wisconsin):

2020-08-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire at 1:24 AM on Melrose Drive in Idaho Falls (Idaho), 2 injured:

2020-08-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire on H Street in coastal Seaside Park (New Jersey):

2020-08-02 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Wilmington (Delaware):

2020-08-02 - Duplex heavily damaged by fire on Eldridge Road in Hixson (Tennessee):

2020-08-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on 4th Ave West near the Flathead River in Columbia Falls (Montana):

2020-08-02 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on Roses Road in Aiken (South Carolina):

2020-08-02 - Deadly fire destroys home at 5 AM near 57th Avenue and Mountain View Road in Glendale (Arizona), 1 killed:

2020-08-02 - Vacant home burns on North Oleander Street in Grand Saline (Texas):

2020-08-02 - Vacant church burns in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2020-08-02 - Two men, 18 or 19, die in Pong Dam Lake (India):

2020-08-02 - Woman, 63, dies after being pulled from swimming pool at home in Arlington (Texas):

Quote: "Merritt Anderson, 63, was pronounced dead at 6:04 pm. Saturday at an Arlington hospital, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Monday. Anderson died from drowning and the death was ruled an accident. The incident occurred at her swimming pool in west Arlington."

2020-08-02 - Man, 36, found dead in Grapevine Lake (Texas):

2020-08-02 - Man, 24, found dead in Stillhouse Hollow Lake (Texas):

2020-08-02 - Woman found dead in the water near marina in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

2020-08-02 - Man, 26, jumps into the water and dies in Big Bear Lake (California):

2020-08-02 - Woman, 51, found dead in bathroom at school in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-02 - Woman, 22, found dead in pond near Ashland (Oregon):

2020-08-02 - Man, 20, found dead in Maryville (Tennessee):

2020-08-02 - Police sergeant has heart attack and drops dead at police station in Bloomfield Hills (Michigan):

Quote: "According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks fallen officers, Splan suffered a heart attack hours after he returned from cutting and removing the tree on Bloomfield Hills Parkway, east of Woodward, Sunday afternoon. The department said he suffered a medical emergency at the station and confirmed information on the memorial page."

2020-08-02 - Man, 24, found dead in Huzzah Creek in Crawford County (Missouri):

2020-08-02 - Man found dead in U-Haul truck on Herkimer Street in Buffalo (New York):

2020-08-02 - Man, 60, has 'medical episode' and dies at jail in Cabell County (West Virginia):

2020-08-02 - Man, 53, dies after being pulled from the North Saskatchewan River in Parkland County (Canada):

2020-08-02 - Man, 22, found dead in pond in Danhassan (Nigeria):

2020-08-02 - Man, 40, found dead near canal in Morinda (India):

2020-08-02 - Man in his 40s dies after being pulled from the River Lee at Ballincollig Regional Park (Ireland):

2020-08-02 - Woman, 31, found dead at former Royal Air Force base on Cromes Place in Badersfield (Britain):

2020-08-02 - Man, 26, found dead at prison in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2020-08-02 - Man, 27, drops dead in apartment in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2020-08-02 - Small plane crashes into field near Cedar City (Utah), 2 killed:

2020-08-02 - Paraglider crashes at coastal Point Prim on Prince Edward Island (Canada), 1 killed:

Quote: "Mounties say they are trying to determine if a medical issue may have been the cause of the man’s death."

2020-08-02 - Van veers across median, slams into 3 vehicles, on the Gulf Freeway in Houston (Texas), 2 killed:

Quote: "The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but several witnesses speculated that the driver may have suffered a medical condition."

2020-08-02 - SUV veers off road, crashes into pole, bursts into flame, in Trumbull (Connecticut):

2020-08-02 - SUV veers off road, crashes into Cold Springs Market, in Long Barn (California):

2020-08-02 - Car slams into storm bridge guardrail near coastal Hilo (Hawaii), 1 killed:

Quote: "The 63-year-old woman driving the vehicle was transported to Hilo Medical Center where she was initially listed in stable condition. At 5:05 p.m., she was pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center and may have suffered from a medical emergency."

2020-08-02 - Car veers off road at 5:19 AM, crashes into woods, on Waterlick Road in Lynchburg (Virginia), 1 injured:

2020-08-02 - Car veers off road at 6:30 AM, crashes into steel post, in Milford (Delaware), 1 killed:

2020-08-02 - Car veers off road at 1:30 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, in Thousand Oaks (California), 2 killed:

2020-08-02 - Building partially collapses in Orwigsburg (Pennsylvania):

2020-08-02 - Temperature records smashed in 2019 in Britain:

2020-08-02 - Heavy rain, flooding and landslides hit Nigeria, 30 killed:

2020-08-02 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Sudan:

2020-08-02 - Worst winter in 20 years hits Patagonia, emergency declared:

2020-08-02 - Millions of mosquitoes form tornadoes across the sky in Kamchatka (Russia):


  1. Hey Jonny, everyone. It's been raining steadily (more or less) since about 3 a.m., but the weather people say the tropical storm (downgraded from hurricane overnight) is picking up speed and should be outta here by 5 p.m. So far no high winds to contend with.

    We're getting close to the blue-ocean event in the Arctic. According to McPherson, Beckwith and others, when we get to that point we'll be seeing much higher temperatures in the northern hemisphere relatively shortly thereafter (within days or weeks).

    Tuesday, 4 August 2020


    Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) forecasts blue waters reaching the North Pole within 90 hours.

    Veli Albert Kallio, via Facebook

    Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) forecasts blue waters reaching the North Pole within 90 hours.

    Ships can now sail in open water all the way to 90 degree North within 90 hours from the eastern direction, the ice cap is also detached from all land connections first time ever stranding polar bears at sea on ice floes driven away from the land, many bears are falling into soft ice and perishing right now.

    Sea ice on eastern flank of Greenland and north of it have both spectacularly collapsed… [see satellite pic]

    one 100 metres thick ice shelf also collapsed yesterday with 81 kilometres long ice berg coming [more; includes ~ 6 min. Westenra video]

    The Underground Bunker Business Is Booming As Global Events Spiral Out Of Control

    all of us should be doing what we can to get prepared for the hard years that are ahead, because things are about to get really, really crazy. [more; there's no surviving this]

    Yigongxiang: a valley blocking debris flow in Tibet

    On 2 August 2020 a Twitter user named Swapna (@swapna_apsrsac), a specialist in remote sensing, tweeted news of a valley-blocking debris flow high in the mountains of Tibet. The location is extremely remote, located upstream of Yigongxiang in Nyingchi, Tibet. This event is reported in the Arunachal Times in some detail. This reports that the landslide was spotted from satellite imagery – if so that was a very shrewd piece of detective work. The article is by Chintan Sheth (@blueczkfox), who suggests that it might have been triggered by recent seismic activity in this area. [more]

    The wildly differing narratives on covid-19 from western mainstream media [full page article]

    [2nd section follows]

  2. #MrMBB333
    unknown craft 02028070 *not-classified*6 origin not known [~ 9.3 min.]

    [the burnt/melted plastic trash can reminds me of burn spots in my lawn and various leaves on the ground]

    Wildfire potential to increase in the Northwest in August and September

    The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued August 1 by the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center for August through November predicts that the northwestern states will have above normal potential through September. In October and November that distinction shifts to California and the southeast. [more]

    US signs deal with Kurdish-led rebels to steal Syrian oil

    Damascus "condemns in the strongest terms the agreement signed between al-Qasd militia (SDF) and an American oil company to steal Syria's oil under the sponsorship and support of the American administration", the Syrian statement said. "This agreement is null and void and has no legal basis."

    U.S. President Donald Trump has said that despite a military pullback from northeast Syria, a small number of American forces would remain "where they have oil". The Pentagon said late last year that oilfield revenues would go to the SDF. [more]

    [shades of Tesla]
    World's first commercial long range, wireless power transmission trialed in New Zealand

    everyone's favorite electrical genius Nikola Tesla once proved he could power light bulbs from more than two miles away with a 140-foot Tesla coil in the 1890s - never mind that in doing so he burned out the dynamo at the local powerplant and plunged the entire town of Colorado Springs into blackout.

    Tesla's dream was to place enormous towers all over the world that could transmit power wirelessly to any point on the globe, powering homes, businesses, industries and even giant electric ships on the ocean. Investor J.P. Morgan famously killed the idea with a single question: "where can I put the meter?" [yep, fuckin' greed-bag asshole J.P. Morgan ruins it]

    It has taken 120 years, but New Zealand company Emrod appears to have finally convinced a major power distributor to have a crack at going wireless in a commercial capacity. Powerco, the second-biggest distributor in New Zealand, is investing in Emrod, whose technology appears to be able to shift large amounts of electricity much more efficiently, between any two points that can be joined with line-of-sight relays. [more]

    [3rd part below]

  3. Summer flooding in Jazan, Saudi Arabia [4.5 min. video]

    Tropical Storm Sinlaku brings flooding rains to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand - up to 14 inches in 24 hours

    At least 2 people have died in flash flooding in Vietnam after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Sinlaku. Meanwhile hundreds of homes have been flooded as the storm dumped heavy rainfall making its way over Laos and Thailand.

    According to Thailand's meteorological department, the storm is now expected to move towards Myanmar, where flooding from heavy monsoon rainfall has recently affected thousands of people in recent days. [more; 3 videos]

    [holy SHIT! shot of the day]
    Lightning bolt hits high-voltage power lines causing massive fireball in Shenyang, China

    A lightning bolt has ignited a massive fireball over a Chinese city after it struck high-voltage power lines.

    Footage shows a loud bang rocking the city of Shenyang today before a blaze broke out seconds after, leaving residents in shock.

    The blast occurred near several tower blocks but caused no casualties, according to the country's state media. [more]

    WHO admits: No direct evidence masks prevent viral infection

    the WHO's June 5, 2020, guidance memo1 on face mask use states there's no direct evidence that universal masking of healthy people is an effective intervention against respiratory illnesses.

    The memo also points out that "Staff who do not work in clinical areas do not need to use a medical mask during routine activities (e.g., administrative staff)." Now, if administrative hospital staff do not need to wear masks, why would healthy individuals need to wear them when walking around, especially in open-air areas? [more]
    [411 news update]
    Missing 411? Teen found alive in woods after going missing for 8 days and is unable to explain what happened

    A teenager who went missing for over a week in Washington state was found alive Saturday in the heavily wooded Cascade Mountains, authorities said.

    Fuda was last seen on July 24, when she left her home in Maple Vally, Wash., without telling her family where she was going.

    Her 2008 Toyota Corolla was found west of Stevens Pass by a state transportation worker.

    Detectives said Fuda stopped at a coffee shop before running out of gas. Personal items were found inside the vehicle, but her phone was powered off.

    Fuda was found two miles up a "very steep" ravine embankment along a creek, authorities said.

    Medics treated her on the scene and she was transported to an area hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. Fuda had no food with her, but drank water from a creek, according to Abbott.

    Officials have not yet said why Fuda ended up in the woods. Abbott said she "was not very coherent" at the time of the rescue and couldn't explain what transpired over the past week. [more]

  4. [some Tuesday headlines from RF]
    News Links, August 4, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    More than three million Chileans seek to withdraw pensions amid pandemic

    Pensions to be hit as Bank of Ireland charges negative interest on cash [but it's OUR MONEY!!]

    Why the US dollar slide may be a sign of real danger this time

    The world's airlines say they won't recover until 2024, reflecting a new wave of pessimism as the pandemic rages on

    Airlines, unions push for billions in additional federal aid to save airline jobs as layoffs loom [it's not gonna work]

    Iran's Khamenei: Not going to help Trump get Reelected by Negotiating, and besides, America is Collapsing

    National Guard Reorganizes to Prepare for War With Russia and China (US)

    Raytheon and Rafael to build Iron Dome in US [what? where?]

    Israel's 'Bibi generation' starts to turn on Netanyahu over economy and COVID-19

    Thai protesters openly criticize monarchy

    Saudi Arabia May Be Forced To Cut Oil Prices Once Again

    More coal power generation closed than opened around the world this year, research finds

    Offshore Driller Noble Files for Bankruptcy

    Could Deep Sea Mining Fuel The Electric Vehicle Boom?
    The world is hungry for resources to power the green transition. As we increasingly look to solar, wind, geothermal and move towards decarbonization, consumption of minerals such as cobalt, lithium and copper, which underpin them, is set to grow markedly.
    Well, how about that? The "green" transition looks an awful lot like the destructive and polluting system we've already got, in addition to which we'll now be digging up the bottom of the sea to get the shiploads of resources needed for this transition to that beautiful green future. -- RF

    Farms for the Future: 20 Organizations Protecting Farmland
    In the United States, over 2,000 acres of agricultural land are sold every day for housing or commercial development.
    And this race to destroy farmland is by no means confined to the US. -- RF

    There's a Heatwave at the Arctic 'Doomsday Vault'

    Study: Saving pandas led to downfall of other animals

    From 'brain fog' to heart damage, COVID-19's lingering problems alarm scientists

    Coronavirus global report: 'response fatigue' fears as Mexico hits 9,000 daily cases

    US COVID-19 Deaths May Hit 200,000 by Labor Day

    As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases

    With this new sensor, Blackjack drones can monitor an entire city at once

    Data isn't just being collected from your phone. It's being used to score you. [who cares, it's all going to end soon]

    DHS Obtained Protesters' Encrypted Messages, Used Them To Craft 'Intelligence' Reports

    'They Should Be In Jail': How The Guardian and New York Times 'Set Up' Julian Assange

    So What's With Those Weird Seed Packets from China?

    A Third Of US Museums "Not Confident" They Will Survive

    Lord & Taylor, Oldest U.S. Department Store, Goes Bankrupt

    Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass praised Scientology at a 2010 ceremony

    Nearly half of all furloughed workers now believe their temporary layoff will become permanent

    'It's really devastating us': Beach towns fear they won't survive a summer of COVID-19

    Airbnb cracks down on New Jersey 'party houses' as COVID-19 spreads among young people

    The record-setting jobs comeback looks like it could be coming to an abrupt halt

    Fed policymakers call for fiscal support to save U.S. economy

    COVID-19 on brink of ending 6 decades of driving growth in U.S.

    'Insulin or groceries': How reduced unemployment affects struggling Americans from California to Mississippi

    Consumers Use Free Money to Pay Down Debt [transfer of $]

    Second Fed President Calls For More Free Money


    Massive explosion at Beirut port.

  6. A much better view of the Beirut explosion from the water...

  7. Whoa, momma, that was a huge explosion!

    1. Looks like a mini nuke. Well defined mushroom from the water side view. And the blast wave was quite something.

  8. [good spot Mike!]

    Massive explosion in Beirut leads to hundreds of casualties, according to the Lebanese Red Cross

    The cause of the blast was not immediately known

    A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

    Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said there were dead and wounded, but did not have an exact figure, just saying there were hundreds of casualties.

    A civil defense official on the scene of the blast said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies inside the port, many of them under debris.

    It was stunning even for a city that has been shaken by civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel.

    Video taken by residents showed a fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appear to be fireworks. Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved.

    The fire then appeared to catch at a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave over the city.

    “It was like a nuclear explosion,” said Walid Abdo, a 43-year-old school teacher in the neighborhood of Gemayzeh near Beirut. [more]

    [Storm moved away. Widespread power outages and road flooding. i got lucky this time and only got a little water in the basement. Lost a lot of limbs and some bigger branches that i'll have to clean up if i ever want to mow again.

    Hurricane "Isaias" makes historic landfall in North Carolina, U.S.

    Hurricane "Isaias" made landfall in North Carolina at around 03:10 UTC on August 4, 2020, with winds reaching 137 km/h (85 mph), making it a Category 1 hurricane. This is the first hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina during the month of August since 2011 Irene. [more]

    Tropical Storm Isaias lashes Carolinas, killing at least one

    Tropical Storm Isaias has brought tornadoes and heavy rains to the US east coast after making landfall in North Carolina as a hurricane.

    At least one person was killed when a tornado struck a mobile home park, officials said.

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) also warned of "the danger of life-threatening storm surge".

    Isaias hammered Virginia on its way to DC, leaving 300,000 in the state without power. [more]

    [2nd section next]

  9. Hurricane Isiais hits South and North Carolina

    Hurricane Isiais causes flooding and fires in North and South Carolina, USA including Wilmington, Jacksonville and Myrtle Beach. August 3rd & 4th, 2020. [9 min. video; phone call from my cousin said there were fires on Ocean Isle Beach and Oak Island]

    [surf's up in China!]
    Typhoon Hagupit hits east China bringing floods with waves 4.2 metres high

    In the major Zhejiang manufacturing centre of Wenzhou, south of Shanghai, authorities reported evacuating 200,000 people to shelters and recalling more than 6,000 fishing boats to port. Waves along the coast were reported at heights of 4.2 metres. [more]

    At least 6 killed in lightning strikes in Odisha, India

    At least six people, including two children, were killed and two others injured after being hit by lightning in separate incidents in Odisha's Balasore and Bhadrak district on Monday, police said.

    While two children and a farmer died in Balasore district, three others died in neighbouring Bhadrak district, they said.

    'Zombie Cicadas' Have Been Spotted in the United States and We're Officially Creeped Out

    As if the threat of murder hornets and mosquito-borne illnesses weren't enough, now "zombie cicadas" have arrived in the United States

    According to CBS News, "zombie cicadas" have been spotted in West Virginia. Fortunately, these mutant critters appear harmless to humans, yet the process in which “zombie cicadas” infect others is quite bizarre. Unlike your average noisy chirping cicadas, these "zombie cicadas" are infected with a fungus called Massospora that basically eats away at their mind and body. [more]

    [how 'bout de PLAIN TRUff?!]
    Rising temperatures will cause more deaths than all infectious diseases – study

    The growing but largely unrecognized death toll from rising global temperatures will come close to eclipsing the current number of deaths from all the infectious diseases combined [you can leave this next part off] if planet-heating emissions are not constrained, a major new study has found. [more]

    Major wildfire spreads in Southern California, more than 8 000 people urged to evacuate

    A major wildfire emerged in Cherry Valley, Southern California, on Friday evening, July 31, 2020, prompting evacuation orders for more than 8 000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The blaze, called the Apple Fire, has spread to 10 860 ha (26 850 acres) of land by Tuesday, August 4, and is only 15 % contained. [more]

    [3rd piece awaits]

  10. [smart move]
    Encounter with deadly sea creature terrifies beachgoers: 'Never going to the ocean again'

    After going for a swim in the ocean in Boynton Beach, Florida, Valerie said that she got out of the water and almost immediately spotted a shark.

    This shark wasn’t a far-away speck out at sea, however. As you can see in the video, the death-dealing sea creature was mere feet away from Valerie, swimming in the very spot she had only just vacated. [more]

    [anyone wanna bug-out location that hasn't been taken?]
    A remote Scottish island is looking for residents to live off-grid

    Post-lockdown, British people are falling into two camps: those who are craving social interaction and those who have embraced alone time and feel anxious about the prospect of normality returning.

    If you fall into the latter category, you might be interested to know about an opportunity to make that remote lifestyle your ‘new normal’.

    The Isle of Rum, a remote Scottish outpost neighbouring the Isle of Skye, is actively seeking people who are looking for a slice of the quieter life. [more; act now, we don't have long]

    [plant life continuing to disappear]
    Sudden oak death has reached epidemic proportions on U.S. West Coast

    Nearly half of forest ecosystems around the world face "stand-replacing disturbances" — hazards that threaten to kill all of the trees in a localized region, such as fires, extreme weather, and disease. The spread of nonnative insects and pathogens has also reshaped North American forests, and today, a disease outbreak is sweeping along the U.S. West Coast.

    Sudden oak death, caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has reached epidemic proportions in California and Oregon since it first arrived in the San Francisco Bay area in about 1990. But the regional extent of both the disease and related tree mortality is not clear, hampering forest managers' responses to the epidemic and to other threats, as die-offs can increase fuel loads and fire severity, reduce forest productivity, and convert forests from carbon sinks into carbon sources. [more]

    More floods leave at least 20 dead in Yemen

    Heavy rain has continued to cause devastation across Yemen. Yemen Meteorological Services reported 111.8 mm of rain fell in Al Hudaydah (Hodeidah) governorate in 24 hours to 04 August, 2020. The heavy rain has caused flooding, buildings to collapse and dam failure. At least 20 fatalities have been reported in the last few days as a result. [more]

    [for cat lovers]
    Fishing Crew Nabs a Surprising 'Catch of the Day' When They Save a Tiny Cat Stuck in Open Ocean

    One Alabama fishing crew was surprised to see a cat in their nets during a recent fishing excursion.

    Last week, Still Flyin Charters, which operates out of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, was out in the Gulf of Mexico when they discovered a cat stranded in the open ocean.

    "Our catch of the day. Poor little guy was sucked out by the tide," the crew shared on their Facebook page. "We caught him just outside the pass in the gulf. He was struggling to stay up."

    The crew was luckily able to rescue the ornage kitten by scooping him out of the water.

    The deckhand was later able to find the cat a new home. [more]

  11. [Now that the storm has passed:]

    Rains From Isaias Pass, Threat of Flooding Remains as Repairs Begin

    Here are the power outages in the region as of 3:30 p.m.:

    Nearly 300,000 PECO customers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania.
    Nearly 190,000 Atlantic City Electric customers throughout South Jersey.
    More than 121,000 PSE&G customers spread out through Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties in New Jersey.
    More than 40,000 Delmarva Power customers in Delaware.
    More than 18,000 PPL customers in Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. [more]

    Car Plugs Up Drain That Sucked in 3 People During Isaias Flood Rescue [video]

    Firefighters in Delaware needed to rescue eight bystanders from rushing flood waters of Tropical Storm Isaias Tuesday after they were trapped trying to save a man in his car.

    Our partners at WDEL report that an elderly man was in his car on a grass median near the Lantana Square Shopping Center in Hockessin. As waters from incredibly heavy rains rushed through a drainage culvert on the grass, the car, already taking on floodwater, began to get sucked into the drain.

    Bystanders tried to help the man out of his car, but the force of rushing water sucked three of them through the drainage culvert and spat them out the other side.

    The suction stopped when the car was sucked into the drain and plugged it. That also stopped the flooding in the parking lot.

    Firefighters rescued a total of eight people from the parking lot and several more were evacuated from two business that were surrounded by floodwaters.

    Girl and Teen Missing, 2 Women Dead After Isaias Rips Through Region

    A young Montgomery County girl with autism and a Delaware County teenager are missing while two women from Lehigh County and Delaware are dead after Tropical Storm Isaias ripped through the region on Tuesday, causing widespread flooding, damage and power outages. [video]

    Widespread Tornadoes, Flooded Rivers Mark Isaias's Destructive Path

    A tornado blew through the mobile home community where she works in the management office at about 10 a.m., severely damaging at least 12 homes in the Cape May County community in South Jersey.

    "It was last a freight train coming through, the loudest sound I ever heard," Sustek said.

    About 100 miles away and an hour later in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the roof of Children's Village day care center flew off. In the parking lot outside the building full of kids and employees, the strong winds flipped parked cars and threw a dumpster across the lot. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt. [more; video]