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Super Typhoon Hagibis may be strongest to hit Japan in decades, 2 Rugby World Cup games canceled

A powerful super typhoon taking aim at mainland Japan this weekend is threatening to bring torrential rains and strong winds as major sports events and flights have already been canceled Thursday and officials warned of “freak waves” that could strike the coast.

Super Typhoon Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, had maximum sustained winds of up to 168 mph and stronger gusts at noon local time Thursday near Chichi island in the Pacific, about 1,000 620 miles off Tokyo’s southern coast. It was moving north at the speed of 12 mph and is expected to weaken over cooler waters as it nears Japan’s main island.

The storm has typhoon-force winds that extend outward up to 90 miles, while tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 235 miles from the center.

SUPER TYPHOON HAGIBIS MAY BRING WIDESPREAD DAMAGE ACROSS JAPAN, IMPACT ‘LUCKY’ DAY FOR WEDDINGS

The storm — currently with winds the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic — is forecast to weaken as it approaches Japan.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon is forecast to hit ashore in the Tokyo area late Saturday and may bring up to 24 inches of rain across parts of the region, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

In addition to the threat of heavy rain, meteorologists are also warning that “freak waves” twice the size of normal waves may strike coastal regions in the coming days. The storm may wind up being more destructive than Typhoon Ida, which left 1,269 dead when it struck Japan in 1958, experts told the South China Morning Post.

Hagibis has already caused cancellations of two Rugby World Cup matches that were to be played Saturday. Organizers canceled the England-France match planned in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and New Zealand-Italy game in Toyota, in central Japan.

Organizers will leave a decision until Sunday on the Japan-Scotland match at Yokohama, which is scheduled to conclude the group stage that night.

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Alan Gilpin, left, tournament director for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Japan Rugby 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu, right, attend during a press briefing on update relating to the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis. (.AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko))

“In principle, we make the decision six hours before kickoff but we would like to make this as early as possible on Sunday,” Japan Rugby 2019 chief executive Akira Shimazu said at a news conference. “We will look at the damage, we will consider carefully. We will make every effort so the spectators will see the match.”

Organizers also called off a marathon in Sendai and other northern coastal towns while a Formula One auto racing in Suzuka in central Japan may also be affected.

SUPER TYPHOON HAGIBIS INTENSIFIES AT ONE OF THE FASTEST RATES ON RECORD, MAY IMPACT JAPAN BY WEEKEND

The approaching storm has caused airlines and railway companies to warn that services will be canceled over the three-day weekend, including Sports Day holiday on Monday. All Nippon Airways said it is grounding all domestic flights Saturday in and out of Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita international airports.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Kyonan, near Tokyo. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)

East Japan Railway Co. said that bullet trains and other major services could be halted by the storm and planned to announce details early Friday.

“Our goal is to notify passengers as soon as possible,” spokesman Yuji Ishikawa told the Japan Times.

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The approaching typhoon is spreading fear especially in Chiba, near Tokyo, which was hit by Typhoon Faxai last month and many residents are still recovering from damage to their homes. The typhoon tore many electrical poles and snapped cables, triggering extensive outages that lasted for weeks, contributing to heat illnesses and other health problems among elderly people.

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This Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, near Tokyo. (Kyodo News via AP)

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, at a regular news conference, said the government will do the utmost for the people’s safety, and urged residents near the typhoon route to take precautions early.

Local offices in Chiba city already started distributing free sandbags to shield against flooding. The city also cautioned against power outages from potential typhoon damage and urged residents to make sure they have enough food, water, and their phones are charged.

Japan is regularly hit by Pacific storms, including Faxai in September. Typhoon Jebi flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hurricane Lorenzo lashes Azores with high waves, heavy rain as storm takes aim at British Isles

Hurricane Lorenzo lashed the Azores Islands with heavy rains, powerful winds and high waves Wednesday, before transitioning to a strong post-tropical system that is taking aim at Ireland and the United Kingdom for the end of the week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued its last advisory on the storm at 11 a.m. as it transitioned to a post-tropical cyclone. It said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was located about 945 miles west-southwest of Cork, Ireland, as it moved northeast at 43 mph.

“Only slow weakening is forecast during the next day or so, and the system is expected to be a strong extratropical cyclone when it approaches Ireland Thursday afternoon and evening,” forecasters said. “A faster rate of weakening is expected when the cyclone moves over Ireland and England.”

HURRICANE LORENZO TO POUND THE AZORES WITH UP TO 70-FOOT WAVES, MORE BODIES FOUND FROM SUNKEN TUGBOAT

Hurricanes the size of Lorenzo are rare so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. Lorenzo is producing huge swells across the North Atlantic that were being felt along the eastern coasts of the United States and Canada, in the Bahamas, and in parts of western Europe.

The storm is a “very large cyclone,” according to forecasters, who said hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles from the center, while tropical storm-force winds stretch outward up to 390 miles.

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Waves crash on a seafront road in Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)

In the Portuguese islands, the weather agency said the most affected islands in the Azores archipelago were Flores and Corvo, where weather stations reported gusts of up to 101 mph, which was lower than forecast as Lorenzo lost some power over cooler water.

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Debris driven by wind and crashing waves lies on a seafront road in Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said he had spoken to Azores officials at daybreak and the hurricane risk had peaked without major incident. The Category 2 hurricane brought down trees and power lines as it skirted to the west of the island chain.

“Fortunately, everything indicates that things have not turned out as badly as we feared,” Costa told reporters in Lisbon.

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Debris blocks a road in the seafront village of Feteira, outside Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)

Azores Civil Protection Agency chief Carlos Neves said 39 people were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. He said the main port on the island of Flores had suffered “grave damage” as part of the dock, the port’s building and some cargo containers had been “swallowed” by the sea, according to the Associated Press.

HURRICANE LORENZO SINKS TUGBOAT CARRYING 14 CREW MEMBERS

Emergency crews were removing fallen trees from roads and restoring downed power lines, according to Neves said.

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Don Marks, from Massachusetts in the US, center, and his wife Celeste walk among debris on their way to look at their wrecked seafront house in the village of Feteira, outside Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)

Around 250,000 people live on the Azores’ nine volcanic islands and the archipelago is a popular tourist destination, famed for its lakes, mountains and volcanic craters. School classes were canceled and government offices were closed as people were told to remain indoors Wednesday. Azores airline SATA canceled all flights to the archipelago, and some islands closed their ports.

Forecasters said Lorenzo will “likely be a fairly vigorous cyclone” when it reaches Ireland late Thursday.

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The forecast track of Lorenzo. (Fox News)

The U.K. Met Office forecast “very strong winds and heavy rain” for western areas of the country on Thursday and Friday.

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Lorenzo previously was a Category 5 hurricane, the strongest storm ever observed so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. The rough seas generated by the storm have been blamed for sinking a tugboat that was carrying 14 crew members about 1,200 nautical miles off Martinique.

The Bourbon Rhode, a tug supply vessel built in 2006, was about 60 nautical miles east of the eye from Hurricane Lorenzo — then a Category 4 storm — when the crew reported trouble on Thursday. The three crew members, who were rescued by a commercial vessel that was in the area to assist rescue teams, were under medical observation.

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On Wednesday, the company said the body of a fourth crew member had been discovered the previous day and transferred to the French Navy’s “Ventôse” frigate.

“On behalf of BOURBON, I would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased seafarer,” Bourbon CEO Gaël Bodénès said in a statement. “We are at their side to accompany them through this terrible ordeal. Despite significant search resources for the rescue of the crew, the fate of the missing is an ever-increasing source of anxiety for the families.”

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A fishing boat endures heavy rain and strong winds moored at the port in Horta, in the Portuguese island of Faial, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Joao Henriques)

Bodénès, who described the search and rescue effort as “unprecedented,” expressed gratitude to all those who have been involved in the work to find the remaining crew members. Since operations started on Sept. 26, 10 commercial vessels have been mobilized in the area and several aircraft — including a French Navy Falcon 50, U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules — have joined the French Navy to search for the missing sailors.

Hurricanes the size of Lorenzo are rare so far north and east in the Atlantic basin. Lorenzo is producing huge swells across the North Atlantic as it moves northeast toward Ireland and the United Kingdom that were being felt along the eastern coasts of the United States and Canada, in the Bahamas, and in parts of western Europe.

The swells are bringing life-threatening surf and rip currents, forecasters warned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Taiwan arch bridge collapse leaves at least 4 dead; 2 remain missing

At least four people died and two others remained missing Tuesday after a towering arched bridge in Taiwan collapsed, causing a burning oil tanker truck to fall into the water onto fishing boats below, according to reports.

TAIWAN ARCH BRIDGE COLLAPSES, AT LEAST 10 INJURED AS DIVERS SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE VICTIMS

The Nanfangao Bridge — located in Nanfangao, a tiny but crowded Pacific coast fishing village in eastern Taiwan — caved in around 9:30 a.m., officials said. Taiwanese authorities said four bodies were found amid a massive search effort. Two of the victims were Indonesian and another was Filipino. The fourth body has not been identified.

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Rescuers work near the site of a collapsed bridge in Nanfangao, eastern Taiwan. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (Taiwan’s Coast Guard via AP)

Two additional people remain missing, as an air force helicopter, fishing vessels and more than 60 military personnel including divers continued searching for possible victims. Taiwan’s military deployed a floatable bridge as the work continued. The collapse occurred hours after a typhoon swept through Taiwan, but it wasn’t clear if the storm triggered the collapse.

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According to the National Fire Agency, the oil tanker truck on top of the bridge crash-landed into three fishing boats below and caught fire, seriously injuring its driver. That driver and nine guest workers on the damaged fishing boats were pulled from the water and rushed to a hospital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mexico roller coaster plunges, killing 2 at amusement park, officials say

Two people were killed and two others were injured after the last car on a roller coaster derailed and plunged to the ground Saturday at an amusement park in Mexico.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. at the La Feria de Chapultepec amusement park, located in Mexico City, according to the Mexico City attorney general’s office.

Ulises Lara López, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, told reporters at a news conference that two men — ages 18 and 21 — died in the crash. The two men sustained head and other injuries when the car derailed, according to officials.

SIX FLAGS TRAIN PASSENGERS EVACUATED AFTER PART OF RIDE DERAILS

Two women — ages 27 and 35 — were also injured in the crash. One of the women had a leg injury that required surgery, while the second woman had a severe brain injury that required her to be intubated. She is listed in serious condition, officials said in a news release.

Witnesses told local media outlets the victims were sitting in the last car of the roller coaster as it derailed. Video obtained by Mexican news outlet Milenio shows the moment the car derails as the roller coaster train enters a tight turn.

Rosalba Rodriguez, who witnessed the crash, told reporters there was nothing out of the ordinary about the ride, which had completed a few loops until the last car derailed during a turn near the end of its run.

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A general view of an amusement park where rollercoaster accident happened, in Mexico City, Mexico, September 28, 2019 in this still image taken from a video. (Reuters TV via REUTERS)

A preliminary investigation has indicated a mechanical failure caused the car to come loose and fall from a height of 33 feet above the ground, according to López.

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Authorities are now treating the accident as a case of negligent homicide.

“This is now in the hands of prosecutors, and prosecutors have already taken the necessary steps for an investigation,” Miriam Urzua, an official from the civil protection organization, told Reuters news agency.

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The popular park closed shortly after the crash, as the fair said it “deeply regrets the terrible accident” and is investigating, Sky News reported. Video showed investigators milling around the park as a tarp on a frence blocked a view of the area under the roller coaster where the derailed car crash-landed.

The towering Quimera coaster in Chapultepec Park can be seen from afar in the capital, it’s three nearly vertical yellow and red loops visible from a major highway.

The decades-old coaster, like many rides in La Feria, was featured at other parks around the world before finding a home in Mexico City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Storm threatens Mexico; triple threat seen as hurricane season nears peak

While attention has been focused on Hurricane Dorian as it ravages the Bahamas and menaces the Southeast coast of the U.S., another tropical system may be threatening Mexico this week as hurricane season nears its peak.

The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has become a tropical depression, and is forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm by Wednesday.

The system currently has sustained winds of 35 mph and is located about 185 east of La Pesca, Mexico and moving west at 7 mph.

HURRICANE DORIAN DOWNGRADED TO CATEGORY 2 STORM, CONTINUES ITS ASSAULT ON THE BAHAMAS

A tropical storm warning has been issued in Mexico from La Pesca to Barra El Mezquital. If the system strengthens into a tropical storm it will have the name “Fernand” and be the sixth named storm of the season.

Satellite photos from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the area of disturbed weather in the Gulf of Mexico as Dorian spins off Florida.

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This image, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, shows a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico off northeast Mexico as Hurricane Dorian can be seen spinning just off the coast of Florida. (NOAA/GOES-East)

“Interests elsewhere along the northeastern coast of Mexico and the lower Texas coast should monitor the progress of this system,” the NHC said.

The development of this latest tropical system comes as Hurricane Dorian lurks off Florida, and the entire tropical Atlantic basin has become “quite active” in recent days.

“There are currently 3 disturbances being monitored for potential development, with another tropical wave expected to move off the African coast later this week,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter Monday.

2019 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON NOW FAVORS ‘ABOVE-NORMAL’ ACTIVITY, WITH 10-17 NAMED STORMS, NOAA SAYS

Colorado State University hurricane scientist Phil Klotzbach noted on Twitter the “whopping” four areas of potential development over the Atlantic over the next 5 days.

“The climatological peak of Atlantic hurricane season is around September 10,” Klotzbach said.

On the other side of Mexico, a major hurricane is well off-shore in the Pacific. The NHC said Hurricane Juliette is packing 125 mph winds as it moves northwest at 8mph about 455 southwest off the southern tip of Baja California. Hurricane Juliette, while well off the coast, is expected to send elevated surf with strong rip currents to San Diego County in California on Wednesday and Thursday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

A satellite photo from NOAA shows the scale of tropical activity in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the moment.

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This image, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, shows tropical activity in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Hurricane Juliette can be seen to the left far southwest off Mexico. A new system can be seen in between Juliette and Hurricane Dorian, currently swirling off Florida. (NOAA/GOES-East)

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In the Gulf of Mexico, officials warn that tropical storm conditions will affect the northeast coast of Mexico during the day on Wednesday.

“Squalls with gusts to tropical-storm-force are likely north of the warning area along portions of the northeastern coast of Mexico and the lower Texas coast,” the NHC said.

The system is also expected to bring 6 to 12 inches of rain across northeast Mexico, and two to four inches of rain for south Texas and the lower Texas coast.

NOAA forecasters have called for 10-17 named storms in the Atlantic, of which five to nine could strengthen into hurricanes. Of those storms, there will be two to four major hurricanes, which are classified as Category 3, 4, and 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, and this year includes the names: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

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Amazon fires spur Brazil to ban most burning for 60 days

Devastating fires that have scorched parts of the Amazon region and fueled global outrage have spurred Brazil’s government to ban most legal fires for land-clearing for at least 60 days.

The official decree prohibiting the fires was published Thursday in the wake of international criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the environmental crisis and coincides with the country’s dry season, when most fires are usually set.

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A scorched area of the Amazon rainforest is seen in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazil’s forest code currently allows farmers and others to set some fires as long as they have licenses from environmental authorities, but there was a noticeable uptick in overall blazes this year.

So far in 2019, Brazil reported 83,000 fires, a 77 percent increase from the same period last year, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research (Inpe). Many of those were set in already deforested areas by people clearing land for cultivation or pasture.

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Bolsonaro, who has suggested environmental groups were setting illegal fires to try to destabilize his government, has had his military deploy troops to fight the massive wildfires.

The blazes attracted the attention of the leaders of the Group of Seven nations, who pledged international aid to help fight the blazes. It also fueled a deeply personal dispute between Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron, whom he accused on Wednesday of portraying himself as “the one and only person” concerned about the environment.

On Wednesday, Bolsonaro said Germany and France had tried to “buy” Brazil’s sovereignty.

The back-and-forth has sidelined a pledge of $20 million from the G-7 nations to help protect rainforests in the Amazon, though Bolsonaro said he would accept “bilateral” aid and that Chile was sending four firefighting planes. Britain has pledged $12 million and Canada has offered $11 million.

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Macron and other European leaders have argued the fires in the Amazon require a global response because of the ecosystem’s critical role in draining heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Smoke rises from a rainforest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Macron has accused Bolsonaro of lying to him about his commitments on biodiversity, prompting the Brazilian to accuse the French leader of evoking his country’s colonial past.

The Brazilian president also drew outrage on social media after retweeting comments about France’s first lady Brigitte Macron that were deemed sexist and inappropriate.

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Next month, all Latin America’s Amazon countries except Venezuela will meet to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region. The meeting on Sept. 6 will be for leaders to “to come up with our own unified strategy for preserving the environment, and also for exploration sustainable in our region,” Bolsonaro said after meeting with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. The conference is to be in Colombia.

Latin America countries that contain Amazon rainforest “have sovereignty over the Amazon, that needs to be recognized always,” Piñera said.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Scottish teenage sisters rescue man, toddler in danger of drowning by using inflatable pool float

Two teenage sisters are being hailed as heroes after they quickly jumped into action Monday while at a beach in Scotland and helped rescue a man and toddler who were in danger of drowning, according to officials.

RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat said on Facebook the incident happened near Fraserburgh when Isla Noble, 15 and her sister Eilidh, 14, were at the beach when they heard shouting.

The sisters first saw a man they thought was playing with his child on his shoulders, but then realized the pair were in “serious trouble”

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The two then took off, swimming out into the sea with an inflatable pool mat to get the two on. Once the pair were partially on the mat, the sisters started swimming back to shore.

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Isla Noble, 15 and her sister Eilidh, 14, help rescue the father and toddler on Monday. (RNLI Lifeboat)

Another person, identified as Keith Gray, then got into the water to help the sisters drag the float and eventually push it onto the shore.

“Keith had been enjoying a picnic at the local beauty spot with his family when he saw what was going on and ran down and into the water to help,” rescue officials said.

By the time the group arrived back onshore, the man had fallen unconscious as the girls called for emergency services. A nurse who happened to be on the beach at the time heard cries for help and placed in the man in the “recovery position,” eventually getting him to cough up some seawater.

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Rescuers said emergency services arrived quickly. After several minutes, the man regained consciousness enough to thank his rescuers before being airlifted to hospital. The toddler was fine after the rescue, officials said.

“Isla and Eilidh and Keith did brilliant,” officials said. “The girls, for being so young and springing into action and having the presence of mind to phone the coastguard and calmly give them the details of the incident, enabled the emergency services including ourselves to respond and arrive so quickly.”

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The incident demonstrated the “dangers of swimming in our seas,” according to officials, who added that everyone should remember to be very careful when having fun at the coast.

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Madrid area inundated by severe rain, hail storm that spawned dramatic flooding

A massive storm around Spain’s capital on Monday spawned severe rain and hail that triggered dramatic flooding that swept away vehicles and caused numerous rescues throughout the region.

Madrid and the surrounding areas were hit by the intermittent storm throughout the day that caused flight delays, flooded tunnels and parking lots and interrupted subway services.

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Cars are swept away by floodwater after heavy rainfall hit Arganda del Rey suburb of Madrid, Spain August 26, 2019. (Larisa Andrei via REUTERS)

Arganda del Rey, a suburb southeast of the capital, was hit hardest by the wild weather. The storm triggered torrents of water that were through the streets, taking along cars and garbage containers.

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Resident Larisa Andrei was at home with her family when she noticed the escalating rainfall, followed by significant hail and then captured dramatic footage of raging floods.

Videos posted to Twitter by local residents showed cars being washed down flooded streets. Large hail could also be seen falling in several neighborhoods.

Spain’s meteorological agency says it registered more than 9,000 bolts of lightning in six hours.

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Several villages nearby were also affected, but there were no reports of injuries.

Firefighters responded to more than 1,000 calls for service, most of which included fallen trees or flooding, El Pais reported.

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Spain’s meteorological agency said that by Tuesday, the rains had moved to the east coast and the Mediterranean Balearic Islands, such as Mallorca.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Ex-NASA wingsuit scientist dies during base jump in Saudi Arabia

A British space scientist who designed safer wingsuits has died in Saudi Arabia during a base jumping incident.

Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who had worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned base jump.

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Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who previously worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned base jump. (Facebook)

The scientist has had experience BASE jumping, previously leading a wingsuit design team at the University of Southampton and was crowned a British wingsuit champion just last month, the BBC reported.

His family told the broadcaster that Grubisic was “phenomenally talented” and lost his life “doing what he loved the most, wingsuit base jumping.”

“We want to ensure his achievements and ambitions are known to the world and to celebrate the mark he made on all of our lives,” the family’s statement continued. “Angelo captivated the hearts and minds of every single person who was privileged to meet and work with him.”

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Dr. Angelo Grubisic, 38, an astronautical engineer and a university lecturer who previously worked at both NASA and the European Space Agency, died Tuesday while partaking in a planned BASE jump. (Facebook)

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The family added: “‘The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long’ has never rung more true to the family and friends Angelo had across the world.”

The University of Southampton, where Grubisic taught, said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened and shocked by the death of Angelo and our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

“Angelo made many pioneering contributions to the University’s research into astronautics and was incredibly popular with his students and colleagues,” the statement added.

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Grubisic has been working on improving a wingsuit since 2015, when he set up a special project group at the university in an effort to both improve safety and break world records, the BBC reported.

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Earlier this year he also gave evidence at an inquest into the death of Rob Haggarty, a famed wingsuit jumper, who died in 2018 after losing the control during a jump in Italy.

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Honduras soccer riot leaves 3 dead, at least 10 injured, officials say

At least three people were killed and 10 were injured after riots broke out Saturday night in the capital of Honduras before a soccer game between two rival teams, officials said.

The violence erupted outside the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa before the match between the Motagua and Olympia soccer clubs, after crowds threw objects at the Motagua team bus. Three players on the team were injured when the glass windows shattered, according to the team.

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Spectators react from tear gas after three people died in riots before a soccer match when the fans attacked a bus carrying one of the teams, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras August 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Fighting then continued inside and outside the National Stadium after officials canceled the game due to the bus incident.

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“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy,” local hospital spokeswoman Laura Schoenherr told the Reuters news agency. “Three of the injured adults are in critical condition.”

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Firefighters carry a woman after three people died in riots before a soccer match when the fans attacked a bus carrying one of the teams, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (REUTERS/Stringer)

The Motagua club shared pictures on Twitter of the inside of the damaged bus after the attack.

The team also shared photos of the injured players who had to be transported to an area hospital and treated for facial wounds. They were identified as Emilio Izaguirre, Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier.

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“Reprehensible and lamentable,” the Motagua club said in another tweet with photos of the damage.

Around 10,000 people were in the stadium as violence developed outside, with many later getting caught in a stampede as police used tear gas to try to get control of the crowd, the BBC reported.

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The country’s ministry of security told Reuters it had set up “five rings of security” before the game.

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Police officers keep watch after three people died in riots before a soccer match in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera)

The president of Olympia club, Rafael Villeda, told the local press that he would meet with the leadership of the National League and Motagua to decide on the future of the game, according to the news agency.

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