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Portugal and Spain experience lightning activity (20/12/2015)

Significant activity is recorded over Portugal and Spain from the early hours of the 20th of December. The activity is accompanying a cold front that sweeps the area.
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Activity over south Italy (20/12/2015)

Sicily, south Italy and proximate maritime areas are receiving a limited amount of lightning strikes that begun around 06:30UTC. The activity is expected to continue and intensify slightly during the warm hours of the day.
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Eastern Mediterranean experiences weak but continuus activity during the 19th and 20th of December (20/12/2015)

The electrical phenomena over the whole Eastern Mediterranean continued throughout the 19th and first hours of 20th of December 2015. They are expected to sustain during the whole day.
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Significant activity over the Eastern Mediterranean (18/12/2015)

The maritime area south of Crete hosted a considerable amount of flashes during the night and morning hours of the 18th of December. The activity which is accompanied by significant precipitation is expected to continue the whole day.
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7 people died in church lightning strikes in Zambia (17/12/2015)

Seven people have died after being struck by lightning at a church and a village in Eastern and Southern provinces. The deaths occurred during heavy rains on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 of December.
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Central and Eastern Mediterranean affected by lightning (17/12/2015)

Lightning activity was recorded during the night of 16th of November over the central Mediterranean and mainly over and close to the Libya and Egypt coasts. The activity is spreading and extending towards the Greek coasts and Islands during the morning hours of the 17th of December. The eastern Mediterranean is experiencing weak activity.
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Lightning activity approaching the Atlantic coast of France (16/12/2015)

Storms exhibiting significant lightning activity are recorded off the Atlantic France coast during the morning hours of Wednesday, 16th of December. They move slowly towards the coast.
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Lightning bolt kills 6 and injures another 6 in Eastern Cape, South Africa (14/12/2015)

Six people have been killed and six others were injured after they were struck by lightning at Nkanya village in Elliotdale outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. This happened during a severe hail storm that hit the area late on Saturday 13th of December.
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Lightning activity during the morning and midday of 12th of December (12/12/2015)

Some lightning is exhibited during the morning and midday hours over parts of southern Europe. The south coasts of Portugal and the adjacent sea areas are affected. The southern coasts of Turkey and Cyprus area also experience some lightning.
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Not over yet: Flooded Britain to get more rain as another severe storm roars in during the 10th of December (10/12/2015)

FLOOD-devastated Britain is braced for the next clobbering with another severe storm system roaring in today (10th of December). A major low pressure depression currently churning in the Atlantic is forecast to sweep across the country through today. Forecasters warn another two inches of rain could fall in parts with the worst-hit regions from Storm Desmond’s weekend assault again in the firing line. Although the Met Office has not yet confirmed the name of the next storm, Eva would be the fifth in the series. The chaotic weather shows no signs of letting up with severe 80mph gales, heavy rain and snow forecast up to the weekend.
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Over 42,000 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth without power (8/12/2015)

Engineers will today resume attempting to restore power to the 42,000 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth hit by the storm. Thousands of people who have fallen victim to Storm Desmond remain without power in the aftermath of serious flooding - and more rain is on the way. The Met Office will keep its Yellow Warning in place throughout today, warning of a "danger to life" after record rainfall hit homes and businesses across the country
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South Australia hit by 140,000 lightning strikes overnight (8/12/2015)

Over 140,000 lightning strikes were recorded in South Australia during the night of 7th of December.
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Weak lightning activity over Tyrrhenian Sea (8/12/2015)

The activity over the Tyrrhenian Sea continues up to the morning hours of Tuesday, November 8 2015.
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Moderate lightning activity over Tyrrhenian Sea (7/12/2015)

A shallow depression is moving gradually towards the Italian west coast. It is accompanied by moderate lightning activity which during the morning of 7th of December 2015, is affecting parts of the Sardinia east coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
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Man dies and flooding devastates Cumbria as Storm Desmond batters Britain (7/12/2015)

A man has died as Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain which caused Cumbria to declare a major incident. The Environment Agency declared 130 flood warnings, while residents in some areas were evacuated from their homes. Rain continued to fall overnight in Scotland, northern England and northern parts of Wales, and is likely to continue for a few hours yet, forecasters said.
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1,500 Families Evacuated from Asuncion as Paraguay River Floods (7/12/2015)

Some 1,500 families were evacuated from Paraguay’s capital Asuncion on Sunday 6th of December, as the Paraguay River rose to dangerous levels, local officials reported. The river rose to over 19 feet (5.67 meters), flooding poor communities on the banks of the river and forcing authorities to evacuate homes in the area, according to national emergency officials. Experts expect the river could hit almost 7 meters by the end of the month.
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A thunderstorm partially responsible for the Azeri rig oil fire (6/12/2015)

A minumum of one oil worker is dead and 30 are lost following fire was caught by a stage in the Caspian Sea in a thunderstorm, the office of President Ilham Aliyev says. State oil company Socar told that 32 were saved up to now and that 63 workers had been in the time. The company said the fire started following a gas line was damaged by a thunderstorm on evening of Friday, December 4th.
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Storm Desmond Lashes U.K., Ireland With Flooding, Winds Over 100 MPH; Taps Caribbean Moisture (6/12/2015)

A fierce, wet Atlantic storm soaked parts of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland with flooding rain, storm surge flooding and winds locally over 100 mph during the weekend. Storm Desmond, the fourth named storm of the season, arrived Friday and continued into Saturday, prompting the issuance of the first red "take action" warning from the U.K. Met Office since Feb. 12, 2014 for parts of the north of England and the south of Scotland.
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Mount Etna eruptions produce lightning! (4/12/2015)

Mount Etna spectacularly exploded on the 3rd of December 2015 for the first time in two years, sending a plume of volcanic ash scorching through the sky. The cloud was lit up with the astonishing sight of a "dirty thunderstorm", which causes lightning to streak through a cloud of ash. This natural wonder occurs when tiny fragments of rock, ash and ice rub together to produce static electricity.
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Death toll in Uttar Pradesh thunderstorm rises to 10 (3/12/2015)

The death toll in Tuesday's (1st of December 2015) thunderstorm and torrential rain rose to 10 on Wednesday with more casualties being reported from several districts, officials said. Two deaths each have been reported from Mainpuri, Auraiya and Bulandshahr. The remaining deaths have been reported from the Braj area around Mathura-Vrindavan. All deaths have been due to lightning strikes.
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