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 >>
At least three people are reported to have died in record-setting rainfalls and flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday, with 2,000 people forced to evacuate. The flooding caused major damage and destroyed hundreds of homes, reports said.
Fox News reported on Monday morning that two people were confirmed dead in Oklahoma, including a firefighter who was swept to his death, and a woman in Tulsa who died as a result of a traffic-related crash. The body of a third man was recovered from the Blanko River, officials said, while several people are also believed to be missing.
"They haven't seen flooding like this for probably a good decade, probably more like 25 years, even longer, on some of these rivers," said Kurt Van Speybroeck, a NWS meteorologist based in Fort Worth, Texas, according to Reuters. more >>
Nepal was hit by a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday which has already killed 32 people and injured over 1,000 others, with the death toll rising. Back in April the country suffered widespread devastation after a 7.8-magnitude quake killed over 8,000.
CNN reported that Tuesday's earthquake triggered an avalanche in a sparsely populated region about 30 miles north of Kathmandu. Nepal, which has suffered a series of aftershocks following April's earthquake, is seeking to asses the extent of the latest damage, communications ministry spokesman Minendra Rijal said.
41-year-old documentarian Marc Sarrado from Spain shared his experience in Nepal's Nuwakot Valley: "For the first seconds, it was complete silence. By the fifth second, everybody started to scream," he said. more >>
A Blanchard, Oklahoma, church was surprisingly left standing after three tornadoes ripped through the area with "golf ball sized" hail that leveled condos and displaced residents.
The onslaught of bad weather was a part of a series of some 20 tornadoes that romped through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska Wednesday wreaking significant damage, according to The Weather Channel.
Despite the destruction left behind in Blanchard, residents say they were surprised the local Bridge Creek Church of Christ was still standing. more >>