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Cuba: Lightning struck a large oil storage tank triggers huge fire in Matanzas

Lightning struck a large oil storage tank on Friday evening in Matanzas, Cuba, causing a huge fire. “We are closely following the confrontation with the fire in the industrial zone. We trust the authorities of the brave province, the brave firefighters, and the CUPET workers,” tweeted President Miguel Díaz-Canel, referring to the state-owned Cuba Oil […]

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Lightning strikes in India’s Bihar state within 24 hours kills at least 20 people

Lightning strikes have killed 20 people across eight districts of the eastern Indian state of Bihar in just 24 hours. More thunderstorm with lightning has been forecast in northern parts of the state for Wednesday and Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked people to closely follow the advice by the state’s disaster management […]

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Lightning bolt that stretched 768km across three US states sets new world record

A lightning bolt that stretched for 768 kilometres across the southern United States in 2020 is the new world record holder for the longest single flash, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The flash extended across the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on April 29, 2020, beating the previous record set on October […]

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Lightning strike kills at least 17 members of a wedding party in Bangladesh

At least 17 members of a wedding party died in Bangladesh after being struck by lightning, officials said. Fourteen other people, including the groom, were injured. The bride was not with the wedding party. The party was disembarking from a boat at the riverside town of Shibganj, about 150 miles north of Dhaka while heading […]

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Canada: 12,000 lightning strikes spark at least 136 wildfires in British Columbia

Over 130 wildfires sparked by lightning are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave. Canada’s federal government said it would send military aircraft to help crews battling the fires in the province of British Columbia. Earlier this week, people had to flee the village of Lytton. Lytton, which recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature of […]

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Thunderstorms and lightning strikes kill 27 people in India

Lightning strikes have killed 27 people and sent four passengers on a flight to hospital after severe turbulence during monsoon storms in eastern India, officials said. Officials said West Bengal was hit by thunderstorms late Monday, with lightning strikes in parts of the state a fairly common occurrence during the June to September annual monsoon […]

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Climate change may double lightning strikes in the Arctic Circle, warming the north pole even further

Scientists from the University of California in Irvine suggests that as the climate warms, lightning strikes will increase more than double, driving more wildfires and warming above the Arctic Circle. In 2019, the first-ever known lightning strike within 300 miles of the North Pole was reported by the National Weather Service, which is a rare […]