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Last decade was the most expensive for natural disasters, over $1 trillion increase, report says

Severe weather such as devastating flooding and powerful hurricanes contributed to why the last decade was the worst on record for economic losses due to natural disasters around the globe, according to a report released Wednesday.

Insurance broker Aon said in its “Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2019 Annual Report” that the period between 2010 and 2019 marked the costliest decade on record, with economic damage reaching some $2.98 trillion, about $1.19 trillion more than the period from 2000 to 2009.

“Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the last decade of natural disasters was the emergence of previously considered ‘secondary’ perils – such as wildfire, flood, and drought – becoming much more costly and impactful,” Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist at Aon’s impact forecasting team, said in a news release.

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The area that was worst hit in the last decade was the Asia-Pacific region, which accounted for 44 percent of the total amount of economic losses, according to the report.

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In 2019 one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $15 billion in economic losses. (NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs)

In 2019, one of the greatest disasters was when Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in October, causing 99 deaths and $15 billion in economic losses.

In its report, Aon said intense weather events, bigger populations in the path of disasters and greater supply chain disruption in a globalized economy contributed to the sharp rise in overall economic damage.

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The runway at Offutt Air Force Base can be seen covered by floodwaters from the Missouri River during flooding in 2019. (55th Wing Commander/Facebook)

The costliest individual disaster in 2019 was inland flooding, which created losses of $82 billion, while tropical cyclones caused economic losses globally around $68 billion. In the U.S., flooding spawned by the bomb cyclone in the Midwest caused economic losses of over $20 billion, the report noted.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2019 was the second-hottest year in the agency’s 140-year climate record, just behind 2016.

The agency also noted that the world’s five warmest years have all occurred since 2015, with nine of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2005.

“Scientific research indicates that climate change will continue to affect all types of weather phenomena and subsequently impact increasingly urbanized areas,” Bowen said.

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While Aon said economic and insured losses were lower in 2019 than the previous two years, there were 409 natural catastrophe events totaling $232 billion in losses.

Of those losses in 2019, $71 billion were covered by insurance programs, the report said.

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Cold weather in Florida brings chance of ‘iguanas falling from the trees,’ forecasters warn

It’s chilly with a chance of falling lizards.

Temperatures in South Florida dropped so low Wednesday morning that forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Miami warned residents to be on guard for falling iguanas.

“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” the NWS Miami wrote on Twitter. “Brrrr!”

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The sunshine state was seeing the coldest temperatures in almost a decade on Wednesday morning with freeze warnings posted throughout the state, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

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Florida was seeing the coldest temperatures since 2009 on Wednesday morning, bringing the threat of iguanas falling from trees, according to forecasters. (Fox News)

“It is so cold in Florida, they are setting record temperatures and you know they’re afraid of the iguanas falling off the trees,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “They don’t freeze, they don’t die, but they do kind of go into a state of hibernation, it’s crazy.”

The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won’t necessarily die. That means many will wake up as temperatures rise Wednesday.

Eric Blake, a scientist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, shared a photo Wednesday morning of an iguana that appeared to be stunned on the ground.

Green iguanas are an invasive species and are not native to the Sunshine State, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Iguanas aren’t dangerous or aggressive to humans, but they damage seawalls, sidewalks, landscape foliage and can dig lengthy tunnels. The males can grow to at least 5 feet long and weigh nearly 20 pounds.

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Female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year, and South Florida’s warm climate is perfect for the prehistoric-looking animals.

Iguanas are native to Central America, tropical parts of South America and some Caribbean islands.

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It’s not the first time that residents in South Florida have spotted stunned lizards out on the pavement. Temperatures that dipped into the 40s in January 2018 resulted in photos and videos of the lizards immobilized by the cold weather, FOX13 reported at the time.

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Biologists say these iguanas chew through power lines, causing power outages, and they destroy sea walls. (Elina Shirazi/Fox News)

Iguanas are allowed to be kept as pets in Florida but are not protected by any law except anti-cruelty to animals. They’ve been in South Florida since the 1960s, but their numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.

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Warmer conditions are expected after the cold temperatures that have reached as far as Florid this week. (Fox News)

While Miami saw its coldest temperatures in nine years on Wednesday, it was only a brief taste of winter before warmer conditions return.

“This is the last day of the real cold and then things are going to start to moderate,” Dean said on “Fox and Friends.” “We want the iguanas to be OK.”

Fox News’ Elina Shirazi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Truck driver missing for 2 days found on snowy road in California

A truck driver who was reported missing last week in Northern California was found alive two days later along a snowy road, according to officials.

The California Highway Patrol said on Facebook that the truck driver was reported overdue by his company around 3 p.m. on Thursday after failing to arrive as expected earlier in the day.

GPS locations from the semi-truck placed the vehicle on Big Bend Road in Shasta County, around 45 miles northeast of Redding.

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Due to snowfall and poor roadway conditions at the time, no searches were conducted until Saturday, according to the CHP.

When conditions improved by Saturday morning, air units were sent out to search for the driver near the last GPS location.

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A truck driver was found on a snowy road two days after being reported missing in Northern California. (California Highway Patrol)

After an hour, officials said that the driver was found on Summit Lake Road, about 20 miles from the last GPS position.

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Officials were able to make contact with the truck driver, who appeared uninjured. Another helicopter landed to rescue the driver, and he was transported to the Benton Airpark.

“The driver was assisted with finding a hot meal and a ride to a local hotel,” police said.

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The incident happened days after a woman with dementia was found alive in a snow-covered vehicle six days after she was reported missing in the region.

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Winter storm lashes Spain for third day, killing at least 4, cutting power to thousands

A powerful winter storm battered Spain for a third day on Tuesday, bringing strong winds, heavy rains, and massive waves to a region that’s seen at least four deaths linked to the severe weather.

The storm arrived on Sunday, bringing heavy snow, rain, and gale-force winds to Spain before moving into southern France by Tuesday.

Much of the northeastern province of Gerona was without electricity Tuesday because of a fault in the power connection with France, emergency services said on its Twitter account. Around 200,000 people were reported to have been impacted.

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So far, at least four deaths have been linked to the storm.

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A woman photographs the Mediterranean sea during strong winds in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

A man died Sunday in the northern province of Leon when he was run over by a car as he tried to put snow chains on his own vehicle. A second man died the same day after being hit by a roof slate blown off by winds in the central town of Pedro Bernado.

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At least four people have died as storms carrying heavy snowfalls and gale-force winds lashed many parts of Spain. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

On Monday, a homeless woman was found dead after sleeping outside during the storm in the eastern town of Gandia and freezing to death, municipal officials told Reuters. Another man in the town of Moixent was found dead outside of his home and showed signs of hypothermia.

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The storm generated massive waves and gale-force winds that smashed into seafront towns, damaging many shops and restaurants.

Videos posted to social media showed flooded streets in Valencia and other cities in Spain.

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Many schools remained closed Tuesday in the northeastern region of Catalonia as well as the Valencia region further south and the inland region of Aragon, Spanish media said.

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A man walks at the beach during strong winds in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Traffic authorities said dozens of roads remained impassable because of the snow, including a major highway between the northeastern town of Figueres and the French border. The severe weather is expected to last in the region until Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Australia wildfire areas may see thunderstorms, heavy rain as smoke impacts Australian Open

After weeks of devastating wildfires that have scorched Australia, hard-hit communities are finally about to see some relief.

Forecasters said communities in the New South Wales and Victoria states, where the fires have been particularly devastating, may see heavy rain and thunderstorms from Thursday into the weekend.

“Hopefully some of this heavy rainfall will fall over fire sites and help control or even extinguish fires,” Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Sarah Scully said Wednesday. “But it’s a bit of a double-edged sword because heavy rainfall and gusty thunderstorms bring the potential for flash flooding, particularly in the burnt-out areas of NSW and Victoria which are now vulnerable to landslips and trees coming down.”

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Forecasters said thunderstorms may bring between one and three inches of rain to eastern Australia, not enough to end the drought but at least douse some of the flames from blazes still burning.

Heavier amounts may also fall in areas southwest of Sydney, Australia’s 7News reported.

There are concerns the rain will wash harmful ash into waterways that feed into the reservoirs, potentially contaminating the drinking water for millions.

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In this Dec. 30, 2019, photo provided by Siobhan Threlfall, a fire approaches the village of Nerrigundah, Australia. The tiny village has been among the hardest hit by Australia’s devastating wildfires. (AP Photo/Siobhan Threlfall)

NSW said it is preparing to limit potential impacts on the water quality by placing silt curtains and booms to prevent ash and other debris from getting into Sydney’s water system.

Even as officials have said the rain this week won’t be intense enough to wash enough debris into waterways, experts have pointed to the scope of burn areas as to why contamination needs to be a concern in the months going forward.

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Properties at Nerrigundah, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, are damaged and destroyed after a wildfire ripped through the town on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

“There are tons of ash in that catchment now,” Stuart Khan, a professor at the University of New South Wales who specializes in water quality and treatment, told The Wall Street Journal. “We can’t expect that we can contain all of it.”

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The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 28 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area of over 25.5 million acres, roughly the size of South Korea.

Recent weather patterns have caused smoke to shroud Melbourne, impacting the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, as smoke and hazy conditions at Melbourne caused the start of play to be delayed by two hours.

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Properties at Nerrigundah, Australia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, are damaged and destroyed after a wildfire ripped through the town on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

Organizers were criticized for allowing qualifying matches to proceed as players dealt with smoke and hazy conditions.

A number of players complained, including Bernard Tomic, who sought medical treatment during his first-round loss when he struggled to breathe. Dalila Jakupovic feared she would pass out before retiring from her match when she collapsed to her knees with a coughing spell, according to The Associated Press.

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Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur was particularly critical of officials after his first-round win over Sebastian Ofner, which took more than two hours in the hazy conditions that blanketed Melbourne Park on Wednesday.

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In this Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, pedestrians wear masks as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

“You feel super dryness in your throat,” he said. “That’s 100 percent not normal and players who have asthma are at a huge disadvantage right now.”

Schnur, who described as like smoking a cigarette, said that top players such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal should step up and protest against playing in such poor conditions.

Organizers delayed play on Wednesday but the air quality index when the players took to court was still graded as “unhealthy” because of the smoke from the bush fires in Victoria. The Australian Open begins Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Carolina students flee as mircoburst rips school’s roof off, injuring 3

Students at an elementary school in North Carolina were forced to run for their lives after severe storms moving through the area Monday spawned a microburst that tore apart the building’s roof and wall, injuring three people.

The National Weather Service’s Office in Raleigh said Tuesday that a team confirmed a microburst damaged the Union Intermediate School in Sampson County. It was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday, with estimated peak winds of 80 to 85 mph.

“We were playing basketball, and it just sounded like something exploded in there,” Chloe Brewer, a fifth-grade student at the school, told WRAL-TV.

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Brewer was one of 21 students in the gym at the time the storms rolled through the area about 40 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

“I just turned around and was looking at the stage, and it just collapsed,” she told WRAL-TV. “And then we started running, and something hit me from behind, and I fell down. And then the glass started breaking.”

Video released Tuesday by the school district shows students playing in the gym before running away as the roof begins to fall in.

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Students can be seen running as the roof begins to fall in when a microburst hit the area. (Sampson County Schools)

A section of a wall and stage also sustained major damage as the roof collapsed.

Brewer and two other students were taken to the hospital for injuries, but were released by Tuesday.

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Principal Dondi Hobbs told WRAL-TV that if the storms had struck Tuesday afternoon, the gym would have been filled with up to 450 students for an assembly.

According to the NWS, microbursts are a column of sinking air within a thunderstorm smaller than 2.5 miles wide. The strong surge of air spreads out in all directions upon hitting the ground; the area where the microburst hits first gets the highest winds and greatest damage.

“Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening,” the NWS states.

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Officials in Sampson County said that due to storm damage, the school was closed Tuesday and Wednesday for students as cleanup was underway.

Wendy Cabral, a spokeswoman with Sampson County Schools, told CBS17  officials are confident the building can be rebuilt.

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Winter weather hits Seattle as Northwest storm brings ‘treacherous’ travel impacts, power outages

Thousands of residents across the Pacific Northwest were without power on Monday after a storm system brought heavy snow to the region, part of an active stretch of rough weather over the next couple of days.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said a steady onshore flow will aid in production precipitation as pair of storm systems track through Washington and Oregon, bringing heavy snow.

“Big storms across the Pacific Northwest, that’s one spot to pay attention to,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends.” “Higher elevations, maybe a whole lot of snow. Right along the coast, just heavy rain.”

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Forecasts said that snowfall will be measured in feet in the Cascades, the Northern Sierra Nevada, Northeast Oregon, Northern and Central Idaho, before impacts shift further east into Western Wyoming, North-Central Utah and the Colorado Rockies.

“Wintry weather is the headliner with numerous Winter Storms Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories in effect from the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, eastward to the Central Rockies,” the NWS said.

The region’s first major winter storm of the season spawned widespread warnings about forceful winds, snow dumps and freezing temperatures. The Seattle metro area has been under winter weather advisories until late Monday as they may pick up several inches of snow.

“Expect treacherous and icy travel conditions in these affected areas,” the WPC said.

The heavy, wet snow in the Seattle area was causing numerous problems, including school closures, as power lines and trees came down, according to Q13FOX. Some 12,000 customers were without power in the Seattle region due to the heavy snow, while around 3,000 additional customers were without lights in western Washington into parts of Idaho.

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A 30-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 2 was also closed at Stevens Pass due to downed limbs and power lines.

The Portland metro area was also bracing for a possible round of snow in the coming days that will be coupled with below-freezing temperatures.

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Several accidents were reported on Sunday as snow fell in parts of Oregon. (Oregon State Police)

Several crashes were reported Sunday in Oregon as snow was reported in central areas of the state along U.S. Highway 97.

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Many in the Portland area were preparing whatever may come later this week.

Jake Doherty, an employee at an Ace Hardware store in Lake Oswego, Ore., told FOX12 the store had already gone through half a pallet of ice melt by Sunday afternoon.

“As soon as the snowflakes start to come down, we really see people come in,” Doherty told FOX12. “It’s a pretty big surge of people, which is always fun. It’s fun to get everyone what they need and out the door safely.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wisconsin police officers fall ‘victim to the ice’ amid slippery conditions

Several police officers in Wisconsin found out the hard way over the weekend that slippery, icy ground can actually be very dangerous.

The city of Beloit Police Department shared two videos to Facebook on Saturday of officers slipping on the ice as a storm brought wintry conditions to parts of the Midwest.

“The roads, parking lots, and sidewalks are slippery! Even the police fall victim to the ice,” the department said. “Please be careful when you are outside this weekend.”

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In one of the videos, one officer can be seen slipping on a sidewalk and falling before he had the chance to throw salt on the frozen walkway.

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A police officer can be seen slipping and falling on black ice over the weekend in Wisconsin. (Beloit Police Department)

In another video posted by the department, an officer can be seen falling while walking to a vehicle outside.

No officers were injured in either video, the department said.

“We are both just fine,” the department said in a comment on the video. “Figured everyone could use a little laugh at our expense and serve as a reminder to be careful today.”

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The officers both took tumbles as a storm over the weekend brought hazardous conditions to the Midwest and left at least 11 dead as it moved east, creating dangerous travel conditions such as black ice. According to the National Weather Service, black ice is defined as patchy ice on roadways or other transportation surfaces, such as sidewalks, that cannot easily be seen.

“It is often clear (not white) with the black road surface visible underneath,” according to the NWS. “It is most prevalent during the early morning hours, especially after snow melt on the roadways has a chance to refreeze over night when the temperature drops below freezing.”

Black ice may also form when roadways or walkways are slick from rain and temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

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Dr. Joel N. Myers, CEO of AccuWeather, told Fox News in December that when there is a flash freeze, water on untreated surfaces can form “black ice.”

If the water present is very thin and on a surface such as black asphalt, it can be difficult to see, according to Myers.

“It can be extremely dangerous and very slippery,” he told Fox News.

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Philippines Taal volcano generates lightning: Here’s what causes those stunning displays

A volcanic eruption in the Philippines that’s caused tens of thousands of people to evacuate is also creating a stunning display in the sky.

The Taal Volcano, located about 37 miles south of Manila, began erupting Sunday, forcing the shutdown of the country’s main airport until ashfall eased by Monday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory that 144 volcanic earthquakes have been reported since the initial eruption, with 44 quakes strong enough to be felt in nearby communities.

“Such intense seismic activity probably signifies continuous magma intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity,” the institute’s advisory read.

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The volcanology institute also said that steam-laden plumes over a mile tall were still being generated by the erupting volcano, bringing heavy ashfall. Images and videos from the scene showed a massive column of smoke and ash rising into the sky.

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Taal volcano spews ash in a view from Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerrard Carreon)

As night fell around 6 p.m. on Sunday, an impressive display of rare volcanic lightning was also seen. So what is volcanic lighting?

How a volcano creates lighting

When sparks fly during a volcanic eruption, it has everything to do with physics above as opposed to the tectonic activity down below.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bogie Calupitan)

Lightning, one the oldest observed natural phenomenon on earth, is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air or the ground. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, lightning can occur between opposite charges within a thunderstorm cloud or between opposite charges a the cloud and on the ground.

In order to get lightning during a volcanic eruption, there needs to be a thick plume of volcanic ash that allows a large charge separation between two masses.

“If the charge separation becomes big enough it is then able to overpower the air resistance, create a path of ionized air, and conduct electricity in the form of lightning,” according to geologists at Oregon State University. “The ash that is to be erupted begins as electrostatically neutral rock or rock fragments.”

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In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, photo, lightning strikes beside the ash cloud as Taal Volcano erupts in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Heat and movement within a volcano is the first source of particle charging, but ash particles usually acquire a charge by friction from the violent movements of being blasted out during a volcanic eruption.

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“Think of skidding your socked feet rapidly across the carpet or rubbing a balloon quickly against your head. The same type of charge is accumulating within the ash cloud, only on a much larger scale,” researchers at Oregon State note.

Volcanos that typically lack a thick volcanic plume, like those in Hawaii that have more lava than ash, rarely have volcanic lightning, according to National Geographic.

Volcanic lightning tied to ‘explosive’ eruptions

When a volcanic eruption is underway, location is directly related to where any lightning bolts may be spotted.

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Lightning flashes as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

According to the United States Geological Survey, lightning discharges are commonly associated with the formation of ash plumes during a volcanic eruption, particularly those that are “explosive.”

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As the ash plume rises into the sky, there are three regions of the plume where lighting discharges are likely to take place. Those areas include immediately above the vent of the volcano, in the column of ash that may extend several miles into the sky, and in the downwind plume of ash from the eruption as the column spreads out sideways.

“Lightning is the primary cause of unscheduled interruptions for most overhead power transmission lines and is a major cause of faults on typical overhead distribution lines,” according to the USGS. “Increased lightning discharge activity during volcanic eruptions, therefore, poses a heightened lightning hazard to power generation sites, substations, and transmission and distribution lines.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pickering nuclear station ‘incident’ that triggered mass emergency alert in Canada was sent in error

Residents across the greater Toronto area were jolted awake early Sunday by a mass mobile alert sent after an “incident” was reported at a nuclear power plant in Canada that turned out to be sent in error.

The government of Ontario sent out an emergency bulletin on mobile phones around 7:30 a.m. ET about the “incident” at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in the town of Pickering along Lake Ontario, located about 26 miles northeast of downtown Toronto.

“There has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station,” the alert read. “People near the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station DO NOT need to take any protective actions at this time.”

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The emergency alert applied for people within 6.2 miles of the power plant but many in the greater Toronto area received the message.

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The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is located about 26 miles northeast of downtown Toronto. (iStock)

“Does anyone [have] any more news on this #Pickering nuclear issue?? Kind of strange “emergency message” across all of Ontario – but, the message says that there’s nothing to be worried about,” Matthew Slutsky tweeted. “If I lived in Pickering, I think I’d be in my car already heading out of town.”

About 40 minutes after the initial alert was sent, Ontario Power Generation clarified on Twitter that the message regarding Pickering Nuclear was “sent in error.”

“There is no danger to the public or environment,” the agency said.

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The power plant, run by Ontario Power Generation, has been in service since 1971 and is slated to be decommissioned in 2024, according to CP24.

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The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is due to be decommissioned in 2024. (Google Street View)

Many across the greater Toronto area voiced concerns after receiving the alert, with some referencing the Chernobyl disaster.

“Ummmm guys. I’ve seen Chernobyl….. I’m gonna need more news than this,” Gillian Plummer wrote.

Others took aim at the plant that’s set to be decommissioned, saying Pickering “is past it’s best.”

“Looks like a lot of us in the GTA/Ontario woke up to a reminder that we have a fricking nuclear plant on the shore of one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world,” Jane Cawthorne tweeted. “Like that was ever a good idea.”

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Additional information has yet to be released by officials.

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