Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Crocodile cracks joke about leopard’s mom, death ensues

July 20, 2008

The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been captured for the first time on camera.

Several more pics. of the fight here.

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Video footage from Iowa stormchaser

June 20, 2008

Incredible home video footage from a recent tornado in Iowa. You see the crazy hail followed by funnel cloud. Good stuff.

Photo of houses swept away down Cedar River, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

June 16, 2008

Buildings and debris are seen floating in the Cedar River against a railroad bridge Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes, emergency officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Cedar Rapids floods begin to dissipate, Des Moines levees breach-raw footage

June 14, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa’s second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.

A sandbagging siege saved the last of the city’s four collection wells from contamination by the record flood. But officials warned that if people didn’t cut back the water will run out within three to four days.

“Water is still our primary concern,” said Pat Ball, the city’s utilities director. “We’re still using water at a greater rate than we’re producing.”

More than 400 city blocks and 3,900 homes were flooded in Cedar Rapids, where early estimates put property damage at $736 million, according fire department spokesman Dave Koch.

While the Cedar River ebbed in hard-hit Cedar Rapids, a levee breach in the state capital of Des Moines flooded a neighborhood of more than 200 homes, a high school and about three dozen businesses.

In Iowa City, more than 200 homes were evacuated because of the flooded Iowa River, expected to crest Monday or Tuesday. People filled thousands of sandbags at the University of Iowa but officials were conceding some buildings to the expected flooding.

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Raw video from people around the Des Moines area gives a better idea of how high the waters are.




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Footage from Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooding

June 12, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar River poured over its banks here Thursday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 4,000 homes, causing a railroad bridge to collapse and leaving cars underwater on downtown streets.

Officials estimated that 100 blocks were underwater in Cedar Rapids, where several days of preparation could not hold back the rain-swollen river. Rescuers had to use boats to reach many stranded residents, and people could be seen dragging suitcases up closed highway exit ramps to escape the water.

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Footage shot from a rooftop in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Footage of aftermath of tornado in Iowa that killed 4 Boy Scouts, injured 40 others

June 12, 2008

Gives a good, up-close perspective of the area immediately after the tornado moved on. Full story below video.

Tornado kills four at US scout camp

Published: Thursday, 12 June 2008, 7:47AM

Four people have been killed and up to 40 injured when a tornado ripped through a boy scout camp in the US state of Iowa.

More than 120 scouts and leaders were staying at the Little Sioux camp near Des Moines when the tornado struck.

They had been attending the annual Pohuk Pride week-long junior leader training event at the 1,800-acre ranch, which has four cabin shelters, a 15-acre lake, a rifle range and six hiking trails.

Iowa Governor Chet Culver said: “We are profoundly saddened…our heart goes out to all of the families and the children affected by this horrific tragedy.”

At least two tornado warnings were issued for the Little Sioux area before the twister struck. However, state officials said they did not know if there were any warning sirens operating at the camp.

The twister was one of more than 30 moving across eastern Kansas into Nebraska, Iowa and into Minnesota which were accompanied by baseball-sized hail and vicious winds, and came in addition to rampant flooding that has forced hundreds from their homes in Iowa.

In Kansas, at least two people died after tornadoes ripped through neighbour hoods in in the northeastern part of that state. One woman was found dead in the yard outside her home in Chapman and a man was later found dead outside a mobile home in Soldier.

The Kansas twisters injured dozens and destroyed at least 60 homes, authorities said.

Mr Culver has declared 54 of Iowa’s 99 counties disaster areas due to damage from the flooding and tornadoes.

And the violent weather is continuing in the region, with tornado watches issued for areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas.

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