Over a dozen lives have been lost in the Carolinas and even caskets are coming out of the ground as South Carolina's governor calls it the largest rainfall in 1,000 years.
Footage captured by CNN affiliate WCBD shows Pastor Wayne Reeves of New Life Ministries in Summerville wading into waist-deep waters Sunday to retrieve the floating casket of a woman reportedly buried in May. An incredulous reporter asks Reeves why he is going after the casket and Reeves says, "That's somebody's family out there."
"That's [a] family suffering," declared Reeves. "That's their family there that popped up from under the ground, and I think it's the human thing to do." more >>
Pastor Perry Noble's NewSpring Church in South Carolina has put out a call to their multi-campus faith community to #FloodSCWithLove, after days of torrential rain has flooded entire towns and claimed many lives in their state.
"Our state has been hit with one of the worst natural disasters in its history. Flood waters are causing severe damage, and it's our desire to help with relief efforts. Please join our effort to make a difference in the lives of those affected and lets #FloodSCWithLove," reads the description on the new action-oriented campaign page launched by Noble's NewSpring Church, which has 19 campus locations throughout South Carolina.
Hurricane Joaquin tore through the Bahamas with heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges on Thursday, but there is now lesser possibility of it becoming another Superstorm Sandy after all.
The United States is still bracing for Hurricane Joaquin's possible landfall next week, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it now poses less threat to the East Coast. The powerful hurricane comes three years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed New York and New Jersey, according to Reuters.
"We are becoming optimistic that the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states will avoid the direct effects from Joaquin," Reuters quotes the NHC's regular storm update. more >>
Weather forecasters are warning that the current El Nino, aptly nicknamed Bruce Lee for it's strength, could possibly change weather and go on record as the second strongest El Nino. It certainly seems like it has been developing into a strong force of nature in the past 65 years.
Weathermen are unanimous in saying that this El Nino is gearing up to be a record-setter, because of increasing warmth in the key part of the Pacific in the last three months.
The current El Nino likely will clearly overtake the ones in 1997-1998, 1982-83 and 1972-73, Mike Halper, deputy director of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, told Fox News. more >>
Join Pope Francis in laughter as he struggles to keep his cap on and mantle down in the blustery winds of St. Peter's square during mass and greeting the faithful in Italy and Brazil. Enjoy these hilarious moments captured in photos.
Pontificating in the wind:
A Queens, New York City Universalist Church building was struck by a massive lightning bolt Tuesday that set the building ablaze during severe thunderstorms that hit parts of New York and New Jersey, leaving almost 225,000 people without power.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens was hit by a lightning bolt and caught fire during a thunderstorm that rolled through the area on Tuesday evening, according to NYPD. About 60 firefighters responded to the blaze on the roof and the third floor of the sanctuary, according to the FDNY.
The fire was contained to those areas and put out in within 30 minutes. The sanctuary, however, sustained enough damage to make it unusable for the time being, according to a post on the church's Facebook page. more >>