In case you missed it: Lightning strike kills Florida woman as she sought shelter; Intense winds damage Taj Mahal
By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
April 14, 2018, 1:33:03 PM EDT
One person was killed and four others were injured by a lightning strike in northern Florida last weekend, according to local station WJAX-TV in Jacksonville, Florida.
The victims were struck at the Woodpecker Mud Bog, about an hour west of Jacksonville. They were struck while attempting to seek shelter in a camper.
This marks the second lightning fatality of 2018 in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Meanwhile, more than two dozen wildfires continue to plague Florida due to recent abnormally dry conditions. However, rainfall this week gave way to some relief for firefighters attacking the blazes.
Nearly 5 inches of rain fell in Gainesville at the start of the week, setting a new daily record.
Part of a highway collapsed and people were forced to evacuate a nearby apartment building after heavy rain slammed the Pittsburgh area this week.
Combined heavy rains and melting snow loosened the soil, leading to a landslide. AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Krissy Pydynowski said Pittsburgh has received almost two times as much precipitation than normal so far this year.
A strong storm damaged the front gates at the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO heritage site in Agra in northern India, this week.
Winds up to 130 km/h (80 mph) damaged two minarets, or towers, at the famous marble mausoleum, according to the BBC. The two towers collapsed amid the storm.
Authorities have already begun to restore the pillars, one of which is at the first point of visibility when tourists arrive at the site's grounds.
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A powerful storm lashed New Zealand this week, spawning tornadoes, damaging winds, flooding and snow in some areas.
A pair of reported tornadoes caused significant destruction in National Park Village and Taranaki on Tuesday, according to Radio New Zealand. Several homes were damaged.
Areas from Wellington to Auckland were battered by damaging winds and flooding downpours on Tuesday. Roughly 80,000 homes were without power in Auckland at one point.
In Fiji, nearly 20,000 people were forced to seek refuge in shelters this week when Tropical Cyclone Keni blasted Kadavu, Fiji's fourth largest island.
The cyclone unleashed winds over 120 km/h (75 mph) on the island, resulting in damaged homes, downed trees and capsized boats, according to Radio New Zealand.
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