“If we die, I love you” said one bather struck by bullet-like giant hail stones. Sunbathers in the Russian city of Novosibrisk were forced to run for cover when a sudden temperature drop from 41 to 22 degrees celsius caused a large golf ball sized hail at a beach in Novosibirsk, central Russia. Swimmers waded out of the water covering their heads. They shielded themselves under parasols and blow-up sun beds to stay clear of the giant hailstones. Some children were in tears, sheltering under trees, as the hail bombardment struck the beach vicinity. “It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky” said one sunbather. “My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it” said another woman.
A destructive tornado struck south Portugal’s Algarve region on Friday, tearing the roofs off homes and tossing around vehicles – some with people inside. Eleven people were injured. It’s stunning footage but we have to question the sanity of the person who stuck around to film it. What on earth were they thinking?
I wrote this from the basement because I smoked weed then saw these photos. I’m convinced that given the chance, mother nature is going to sting me with a lightning bolt to the brain and wipe my memories clean.
Wild storms are amazing to watch, but freak me out. If you’re a storm chaser at heart, this is the post for you.
A tonne more photos, plus video after the jump…
No more joking about Irene being a non-event people. The governor says the flooding in central and southern Vermont is the worst in over a century!
A dozen bridges have been washed away, tens of thousands are without power, and at least two are dead in the tiny New England state.
If you’d like to help Vermont and the many other victims of Irene, please make a donation to the Red Cross.
Next up we have the National Guard attempting to drive through the floods.
And failing miserably. They aren’t going to be much help to Manville floating around like that. You’ve got to give them full credit for the effort though…even if it was a gamble.
Also, this beast was found yesterday in Long Beach after Hurricane Irene hit New York.
What is this demonry? The chupacabra? Montauk monster? Whatever it is, I’m never going outside again.
This dope little video by Jon Simonassi captures a wild and intense thunderstorm that happened on August 24th above the city of Toronto. This might be the first time I’ve ever watch lightning without being on edge and wishing I had an underground lair.
On May 22, an EF-5 Monster Tornado flattened portions of the Southwest side of Joplin, Missouri. Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski hit the record button and chased the tornado down to capture this jaw-dropping footage. They then sprung into action after the mile wide tornado past to help those in need.
The intensity of the footage below makes it hard to believe it isn’t a scene from a Spielberg movie. Shock Mansion sends our very best wishes to the City of Joplin.
The United States recently equaled the record for deaths from tornadoes in a single year with 519 killed in 2011, and there’s more than a month to go, The National Weather Service said. The confirmation on Saturday of seven more deaths from the Joplin, Missouri tornado brought the number of fatalities to the same number as 1953, the deadliest year since record keeping began.
The bulk of the deaths were from the most powerful tornadoes. So far this year there have been four EF-5 tornadoes, the highest power and intensity rating, and they killed 228 people. Eleven EF-4 tornadoes killed 157 people. The tornado season continues until at least the end of June.
Karratha has been belted by a tornado, which knocked over trees and damaged buildings in the North West city. Graeme Mcfarland who was hard at work at North West Mechanical when the tornado hit Karratha said he has never been so scared.
“I can honestly say I have never been that scared of being in Karratha in my life,” he said. “I’ve been through cyclones, but that, I was actually fearing for my life. “I was parking up cars into the workshop, got out just as the wind picked up and I got hit in the head with a chair.”
Frazer Palmer who was also at work at the Karratha Aquatic Centre said that he and his work colleagues hid in toilets during the storm. “We hid in there and had to block our ears because the noise was too much,” he said.
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