Rick downgrades rapidly

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One of the most powerful storms ever recorded along the Pacific coast of Mexico has lost a lot of its might over the past 24 hours but continues to affect cruise ships in the region.

Tropical Storm Rick -- a rare Category 5 hurricane as recently as Sunday --now has maximum sustained winds of just 90kph.

Rick weakens but claims first victim

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Hurricane Rick remains huge

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Hurricane Rick, the strongest eastern North Pacific storm in more than a decade, raged across open seas yesterday, but forecasters said it could veer into resorts at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula by midweek.

Weather moments in history

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This weekend many decades and centuries ago, storms of great magnitude rattled parts of the planet.

1780 Over a 6 day period, the western hemisphere’s deadliest hurricane on record lingered over the Caribbean, killing 22,000 people on Martinique, St. Eustatius, and Barbados.

Overseas reports

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The reporting or presentation of the weather around the world varies, depending on the type of media used and also the part of the globe it's situated on.

Some regions deliver it factually whereas others tend to want to make it more 'vibrant' and 'colourful' in their delivery.

From wild fires to wild wind & rain

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Heavy rain that began pounding California on Tuesday threatened to unleash dangerous floods and mudslides, especially in areas ravaged by wildfires.

Residents of La Canada Flintridge, California, fill sandbags to prepare heavy rains in the fire-affected area.

Forecasters described it as the first major storm of the season.

Major storm about to impact California

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"This is just the beginning" says The rain and heavy wind that is slamming northern California this morning is just the beginning of a 2 to almost 3-day event that will not only impact California but eventually the interior West too.

A soaking rain is saturating northern and central California and there will be no let up for several hours. Rain totals will really begin to add up and present various problems for the region; some directly, some indirectly.  Mudslides will be a major concern along the west coast.

VIDEO: UFO in Moscow?

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A glowing halo in clouds over Moscow looks like an Independence Day style alien attack.

The astonishing ring was spotted over the city and captured on video by stunned locals.

It has been described as a "true mystery" by a UFO expert.

How much longer will the space station fly?

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It's the most complex construction project in history.

NASA's funding of the international space station is scheduled to end in 2016.

Flying 400 kms overhead, the international space station can be seen with the naked eye, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, usually carrying a crew of six. Now, before construction of the station is even complete, there is already talk of when the lights will be turned off.

October 12-On this day globally...

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1737 As many as 300,000 people are killed when a cyclone and storm surge hit the Hooghly River, Calcutta, India.
1804 An offshore hurricane induces northerly gales over New England,USA. These gales delivered some heavy snow, including 90cm at the crest of the Green Mountains and 30cm snow over the Berkshire Mountains at Goshen, Connecticut.