1st October - Today's News: Caribbean Storm Matthew Becomes Cat 5 Hurricane
Now the strongest Atlantic storm since Felix in 2007, Matthew intensifies into a rare category 5 hurricane; forecast to turn toward Jamaica, Cuba
South Australia storms: Ring of wind slams into state a day after power blackout with the latest SA weather: Gawler flooding in wake of severe storms as river levels peak whilst thousands without power, flood warnings issued for Barossa Valley and Onkaparinga
Elsewhere in Australia NSW weather: Evacuation order for Condobolin as Lachlan River flood moves downstream as floods strand 181 families for month on islands in the middle of NSW whilst a WA storm blacks out homes, blocks roads as severe weather warning remains. Makes Britain's weather all seem very benign ....
Largely unreported (except for here!) recent forest fires 'destroyed' 2 million hectares - 'an unprecedented catastrophe in Siberia'
Is the big one about to hit? Fears rise amid 'quake swarm' of more than 35 mini earthquakes less than four miles from the San Andreas fault whilst Mexico's Colima volcano erupts, forcing nearby communities to evacuate and in in the Atlantic, ‘Elevated unrest’ at Katla volcano triggers aviation alert increase in Iceland