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Snow Thunders Down Italian Mountainside After Controlled Explosion49s

Snow Thunders Down Italian Mountainside After Controlled Explosion

Authorities at the Meran 2000 ski resort, in the Italian Alps, carried out a controlled avalanche on February 4. Video showing a helicopter triggering the avalanche was posted by the Waidmannalm, a piste-side lodge and restaurant upslope from the resort. Parts of northern Italy saw snow, heavy rain and floods over the weekend of February 2-3. Credit: Waidmannalm via Storyful

Storm Dumps Garbage Along California's Seal Beach49s

Storm Dumps Garbage Along California's Seal Beach

Heavy rain in Orange County, California, caused the San Gabriel River to swell and left nearby Seal Beach littered with debris on Monday, February 4. Video posted to Instagram shows garbage strewn about the sand before cleanup crews arrived. Fifty-two inland cities border the San Gabriel River and pollution from those areas traveled downstream to the sea before being dumped on the beach, according to the Orange County Register. The beach is regularly blanketed with trash during the wet seasons, local media said. Credit: @MusicCali via Storyful

Residents Attempt Muddy Flood Clean-up During Break in Rain1m09s

Residents Attempt Muddy Flood Clean-up During Break in Rain

Residents in Townsville took advantage of a pause in rainfall to begin the clean-up operation after the region was ravaged by floods. In this video, filmed by Townsville woman Kiara Lamont and shared to Instagram on February 5, Lamont surveys the damage done to her home. On February 6, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of ’heavy falls after a week of wet conditions. Townsville council was forced to fully open the Ross Dam floodgates on February 4 as the reservoir hit capacity on Sunday at about 250 per cent. Credit: Kiara Lamont via Storyful

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ring in the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong54s

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ring in the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were present on a special Hong Kong Disneyland float during the city’s Lunar New Year Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on the evening of February 5. The world famous mice joined other international performers in the parade, including a Hungarian basketball team that had won 10 Guinness World Records. Credit: pigerleung via Storyful

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood46s

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood

Taking artistic license from the late Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, a dad showed his kids how to catch a “crocodile” in the floodwaters in Townsville, Queensland. After grabbing the blowup crocodile in his arms and wrestling with it, Scott Munro can be heard saying “I got him!” in the video uploaded to Facebook. Following several days of unprecedented rainfall in the region, real crocodiles and snakes have reportedly been sighted in residential areas. Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch issued a statement, warning that the reptiles might appear in unexpected areas during this extreme weather, and urging residents to report any sightings. Credit: Stacy Munro via Storyful

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood46s

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood

Taking artistic license from the late Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, a dad showed his kids how to catch a “crocodile” in the floodwaters in Townsville, Queensland. After grabbing the blowup crocodile in his arms and wrestling with it, Scott Munro can be heard saying “I got him!” in the video uploaded to Facebook. Following several days of unprecedented rainfall in the region, real crocodiles and snakes have reportedly been sighted in residential areas. Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch issued a statement, warning that the reptiles might appear in unexpected areas during this extreme weather, and urging residents to report any sightings. Credit: Stacy Munro via Storyful

Rugby Players Rescue Children From Queensland Floods2m27s

Rugby Players Rescue Children From Queensland Floods

Australia National Rugby League players helped to rescue stranded children on February 4 after flooding had left roads impassable in Townsville, Queensland. Gavin Cooper and John Asiata, who play for the North Queensland Cowboys, and Antonio Winterstein, a former player, helped carry children to dry land after their family had become stranded on a boat while trying to evacuate, Yahoo Sports reported. This footage was taken by Winterstein’s wife, Brooke. Two bodies were found in a storm drain in a Townsville suburb during a search for missing people, Australia’s Nine News reported on February 5. Credit: Brooke Winterstein via Storyful

Seattle Resident Skis to Work as Heavy Snows Blanket Region16s

Seattle Resident Skis to Work as Heavy Snows Blanket Region

Seattle resident Andy Sells wasn’t about to let a little snow deter him from getting to work, as this video from Monday, February 4, shows. After heavy snows blanketed the region, Sells dug out his skis and hit the road. According to the Seattle Times, the city’s first snow of the season caused major disruption, with most Puget Sound-area schools delaying or cancelling classes. Dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed. Credit: Genie Ospital via Storyful

Soggy Dog Gets Salon Pampering Amid Townsville Floods57s

Soggy Dog Gets Salon Pampering Amid Townsville Floods

A rescued pooch was treated to a full-body salon-style pampering after it was evacuated from a flooded home in Townsville, Queensland, on Sunday, February 3. In this video, filmed by Gavin Beckman, Spike the dog can’t get enough of the VIP treatment as his owner runs a hairdryer over his wet fur. Spike and his family were evacuated from their flooded home on Sunday night and took shelter at the Annandale shopping centre where owner of Tracie’s Hair & Nail salon, Tracie Davis Nieass, kept her store open for flood victims. “I knew I had hairdryers and I had a clothes dryer to get people’s clothes dry,” Davis Nieass told the ABC. In another video filmed by Beckman, flood victims and their animals can be seen taking shelter in the shopping centre which was equipped with basic supplies. As of Tuesday, February 5, flood warnings remained in place for the region, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Credit: Gavin Beckman via Storyful

Snow Causes Flight Cancellations, Delays at Seattle-Tacoma Airport33s

Snow Causes Flight Cancellations, Delays at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

More than 160 flights were cancelled and 396 were delayed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on February 4, the Seattle Times reported. The National Weather Service warned of heavy snowfall in the Seattle area on February 4. Footage here is said to show the view from an airplane landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on February 4. Credit: Aidan Marcuss via Storyful

Snowfall Blankets Seattle Streets35s

Snowfall Blankets Seattle Streets

The National Weather Service warned of heavy snowfall in the Seattle area on February 4. Over 9,000 residents were affected by power outages and over 160 flights were cancelled due to the snow, the Seattle Times reported. Footage here shows snow blanketing the intersection of 23rd street and Jackson street in Seattle. Credit: L. Alan Mason via Storyful

Seattle Residents Push Start Car on Snow-Covered Street36s

Seattle Residents Push Start Car on Snow-Covered Street

Three people helped a driver get their car moving in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, February 4, as unusually heavy snow sparked school closures, power outages, and caused collisions and spin-outs on roads across the city and the wider area. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) urged drivers to stay off the roads and shared multiple videos of snow-related traffic incidents across the city, including footage of a car driving the wrong way on a freeway after spinning out. “We’ve got about 100 plows and trucks out between King County and the Canadian Border, so be careful around them,” the department said Monday morning. “We had two trucks struck by other drivers last night, which takes them out of service.” Just after 2pm, the National Weather Service in Seattle said another band of snow was likely to move through the Seattle metropolitan area during the afternoon. Credit: Chase Burns via Storyful

Homes in Townsville Evacuated as Floodwaters Continue to Rise2m36s

Homes in Townsville Evacuated as Floodwaters Continue to Rise

Homes in Townsville, Queensland, were evacuated on the weekend of February 2-3. Rescue crews knocked on the doors of homes in the Hermit Park area of the town, as waters continued to rise. Resident Tenneil Graham told Storyful that due to the high tide, water levels rose by up to two meters on the morning of February 3. Townsville continued to battle disastrous floods on Monday, with further monsoonal weather predicted to continue, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Credit: Tenneil Graham via Storyful

'Rap' Up and Stay Home: School Principals Announce Snow Day With 'Ice Ice Baby' Parody1m14s

'Rap' Up and Stay Home: School Principals Announce Snow Day With 'Ice Ice Baby' Parody

Two principals from the Nashwauk-Keewatin school district in Minnesota informed their students of an impending snow day with a video, posted on January 30, that parodied a hit by rapper Vanilla Ice. Annie Olson-Reiners and Ranae Seykora, the principals of Keewatin Elementary and Nashwauk-Keewatin High School respectively, changed the lyrics to Ice Ice Baby to announce that there would be no school the following day. The video, posted by Lacey Kluck, shows the pair performing the rap song — complete with dance moves. The novel announcement had over 10,000 views at the time of writing. Credit: Lacey Kluck via Storyful

New York Attorney General Enters Brooklyn Prison Lacking Heat For Days31s

New York Attorney General Enters Brooklyn Prison Lacking Heat For Days

Protesters gathered outside Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center on Sunday, February 3, calling for heat and electricity to be restored to the prison after an electrical fire the previous weekend. Protesters had gathered outside the prison on Saturday, February 2, as well. Prisoners communicated with the protesters, banging on and shouting out windows. New York Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James entered the prison on Sunday afternoon to assess the situation, footage showed. A statement issued by James’ office on Saturday said: “It is unacceptable, illegal, and inhumane to detain people without basic amenities, access to counsel, or medical care. The reported conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center are appalling. Prisoners and detainees have rights and those rights must be enforced. My office is in touch with legal service providers and inmates’ attorneys, and closely monitoring this deeply disturbing situation.” Prior to her arrival, pepper spray was used on several people, including journalists and media personality Yandy Smith. The jail, which is operated by the federal government, holds more than 1,600 inmates, according to The New York Times. By Saturday the prison had been operating with limited heat and power for six days amid freezing temperatures. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday that the city’s emergency management office had “delivered generators, blankets and hand warmers” to the prison. “The people inside have a right to dignity and safety and we won’t stand by while the Federal Bureau of Prisons fails them,” the mayor said. According to the Associated Press, the Bureau of Prisons said power and heat would be fully restored on Monday. Credit: @meg_clems via Storyful

Dangerous Fire Continues to Rage in Huon Valley, Tasmania50s

Dangerous Fire Continues to Rage in Huon Valley, Tasmania

An uncontrolled bushfire continued to burn in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, on February 2, according to the Tasmania Fire Service. The fire threatened communities in Geeveston, Port Huon and Cairns Bay, the TFS said. This footage, shared by the Lachlan Fire Brigade, shows the Huon Valley fire burning out of control on January 30. Emergency services had been grappling with a number of severe fires burning right across the state. Credit: Lachlan Fire Brigade via Storyful

How Cold Is It? This Guy's White Sox Shirt Froze in the Frigid Chicago Weather33s

How Cold Is It? This Guy's White Sox Shirt Froze in the Frigid Chicago Weather

Chicago was under a massive cold snap on January 30 bringing frigid temperatures to the area and in some cases, freezing laundry. A video shared on Twitter by Terry Greenbeans shows a Paul Konerko White Sox t-shirt that is frozen from the cold temperatures. “It’s a little cold in #Chiberia,” he tweeted. As of writing, the footage has over 3,000 retweets and more than 9,000 likes on Twitter. Credit: Terry Greenbeans via Storyful

Ice-Breaking Swans Bust Through Frozen Pond at the Attenborough Nature Reserve39s

Ice-Breaking Swans Bust Through Frozen Pond at the Attenborough Nature Reserve

A bevy of swans followed their ice-breaking leader as they made their way through a frozen pond at the Attenborough Nature Reserve outside of Nottingham, England, on January 31. The lead swan crunched through the ice as the other four followed, with the second in line nipping and ruffling the front’s behind, perhaps for encouragement or to say, “Get a move on!” Credit: Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust via Storyful

Drone Video Shows Floodwater Gushing Down Spillway as Dam Opens in Townsville5m23s

Drone Video Shows Floodwater Gushing Down Spillway as Dam Opens in Townsville

Floodwater gushed down the spillway on the Ross River Dam in Townsville, Queensland, after the dam was opened on January 30, to “prevent major flooding issues downstream”, Townsville Council said in a statement. The decision to open the gates came after the region was hit by severe floods brought on by monsoon weather. “The spillway gates on Ross River Dam will be opened today, as the level approaches 100 per cent,” the statement from council read. Dam levels reached around 140 per cent on January 31, data published by council showed. In this drone video, filmed by Brooks Steff, water from the dam can be seen gushing through the floodgates. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a a major flood warning for the Ross River on February 1. A number of homes were destroyed in the floods with severe wet weather expected to continue in the area until at least Thursday, February 7, according to the BoM. Credit: Brooks Steff via Storyful

Motorists in Cornwall Stranded After A30 Covered in Snow and Ice6s

Motorists in Cornwall Stranded After A30 Covered in Snow and Ice

Motorists travelling on the A30 road in Cornwall, England, were left stranded on January 31, after heavy snowfall hit the region. Devon and Cornwall police urged people not to travel, and told those who were stranded not to leave their vehicles and to keep warm. The Jamaica Inn guesthouse opened its doors to 100 motorists, and provided makeshift beds and shelter for those who were stranded. Teams from highways England, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and Cornwall Council worked to free trapped motorists, and regular travel resumed before midnight. On the A30 westbound, traffic was backed up for seven miles and took longer to work through. Credit: Alexandra Jane Fox via Storyful

Robin Comes in From the Cold at Swiss Home25s

Robin Comes in From the Cold at Swiss Home

The great indoors looked like a good option to one robin as snow fell in Cheserex, Switzerland, on February 1. The bird was a pretty tame one, and perched in its host’s hand during the visit. Credit: Tinashe Ruwiza via Storyful

Cars Grind to a Halt During Heavy Snowfall in Cornwall21s

Cars Grind to a Halt During Heavy Snowfall in Cornwall

Motorists in and around Bodmin, Cornwall, were left stranded on roads after several inches of snow fell in a short space of time on January 31. Footage here shows cars at a standstill as more snow continued to fall. More than 300 students were stranded at a nearby school overnight as the roads around it became impassable. Credit: spocksurfer via Storyful

Iced T: Shirt Freezes Solid After Being Left Outside in Chicago Vortex34s

Iced T: Shirt Freezes Solid After Being Left Outside in Chicago Vortex

A woman in Chicago experimented with the freezing winter conditions on January 30 by leaving a wet Cubs Win T-shirt outside. After only an hour, she found it had frozen so solid it could be stood upright. The Midwest and Northeast of the United States have been battling an Arctic weather system that has brought record lows to a number of areas. February 1 was forecast to be less cold than preceding days. Highs of around 22 degrees were predicted for Chicago. Credit: @k_dahmer via Storyful

Drone Video Shows Surging River in Townsville as Flash Floods Continue34s

Drone Video Shows Surging River in Townsville as Flash Floods Continue

A flood warning for the Black River, in Townsville, Queensland, remained in place on Saturday, February 2. The region continued to battle floods brought on by monsoon weather. Water levels in the river rose to around 3.5 metres on Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology reported. “Stream levels along the Black River and Bluewater Creek are currently steady and remain below the minor flood level, the BoM said in a statement. “Fast renewed rises are expected if heavy rainfall moves back into the catchment areas.” Credit: Vickie Odgers via Storyful

Snow Squalls Whip Through West Newfoundland After Hitting US Northeast21s

Snow Squalls Whip Through West Newfoundland After Hitting US Northeast

Heavy snowfall and howling winds combined to cause whiteout conditions as snow squalls swept through western Newfoundland on Thursday, January 31. This video shows a squall in Stephenville. Canada’s national weather service released an advisory in advance of the squall, warning visibility would be “near zero” during the intense storms. Conditions are expected to improve Friday “as squalls taper off to flurries,” the weather service said. This squalls were triggered by a blast of arctic air that descended from the northwest this week, causing extreme weather and frigid conditions across Canada and the United States. Credit: @cburt2023 via Storyful