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 >>
An Oklahoma state trooper fatally shot a man, identified as an assistant pastor of a church, after being allegedly attacked while trying to get him and his brother out of high water that was quickly rising. The pastor's wife disputes the police version of the incident.
Capt. Paul Timmons of Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed Saturday evening that Tulsa resident Nehemiah Fischer was killed in the area of Hectorville Road and Bixby Road after a scuffle with two troopers on Friday night, according to Tulsa World.
An intense heatwave in India that has broken some temperature records has killed over 1,100 people and counting in the last few days. Poor and homeless people are most vulnerable to the sweltering conditions, while the nation reportedly recorded its highest maximum temperature at 117 degrees Fahrenheit at Titlagarh in the state of Odisha on Monday.
CNN reported that 884 of the deaths were recorded in the state of Andhra Pradesh, with another 226 people confirmed dead in Telangana. The millions of homeless people in India are the most vulnerable, as they must often stay outside and face the heat, with nowhere else to go.
TIME Magazine said that deaths have also been reported in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, and in Gujarat on the country's western coast. It added that local newspapers and Twitter users have been posting images of 113°F temperatures in the capital of New Delhi melting some of the city's asphalt roads. more >>