Torrential rainfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast has caused "historic" flooding across central and southern Louisiana, killing at least three people. Thousands of people have been rescued, and the governor has declared a state of emergency even as more rain is expected over the weekend.
Gov. John Bell Edwards, who had to leave the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge due to a flooded basement, told reporters Saturday that at least three people had died and more than 1,000 people had been rescued from homes, cars and trees. He called the floods "unprecedented, historic," according to The Associated Press.
An elderly man drowned after slipping and falling in high waters amid heavy rain in East Baton Rouge Parish; another man died when his pickup truck was swept off a flooded highway and submerged underwater in St. Helena Parish, and a woman was recovered from the Tickfaw River also in St. Helena Parish, according to ABC News, which said crews were working to rescue yet another person in the same parish, though they expect this person may have also died. more >>
Tropical Storm Javier has developed Sunday morning near the Pacific coastline of Mexico. The storm is expected to move closer in the next few days. Javier was able to form quickly from the fragments of Hurricane Earl which has plowed through Belize, Mexico and Honduras last week.
Javier may also be able to pull moisture northward into the Southwest part of the U.S. in the next days. Residents along the coastline of Mexico and nearby areas should expect strong winds, high surf and heavy rain as Javier makes landfall.
Warnings set up and projected path more >>
From the scenic Big Sur region to the small towns of Reno, seven Western states are now affected by terrible wildfires. Evacuation orders have been given to communities in Nevada, Montana, Wyoming and Oregon while fire fighting crews are struggling to control a blaze in Washington headed for a security area at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Here is a complete list of all fires in all seven states
California (Soberanes Fire, Prather Fire and Sand Fire) more >>
The scorching heat that the East Coast is experiencing now could be adding to the rising tempers at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The severe weather condition in the area will stay until after the convention.
Philadelphia went as high as 96 degrees Monday, giving them heavy rain, flooding, thunderstorms and lightning, as well as gusty winds, and forecasters said that the same pattern is expected to continue until Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, the oppressive heat will prevail from North Carolina to New York and is expected to reach as high as 95 degrees. The latest weather bulletin said that the heat index could go as high as 110 degrees and would last for a few more days. more >>
The heat wave over cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego has become so unbearable. Residents in these cities are wondering when this scorching heat will end. But it looks like this severe weather will prevail as weather forecasts for the rest of July spells high temperatures, increasing humidity and unbelievable heat indexes.
Terrible temperatures in LA will prevail for the coming days. Expect 56 pecent humidity and temperatures of up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit during daytime. Heat indexes of up to 79 degrees Fahrenheit will be a little bearable but can increase toward the middle of the day. Nearby regions in CA are experiencing severe conditions as uncontrollable brush fires and sand fires damage brush and land and are headed to nearby communities. To date, more than 30,000 acres have been damaged, and thousands have been displaced due to evacuations. Even animals have been evacuated due to the fires' prevailing strengths. more >>
A large brush fire started at the northbound side of the Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita, California, Friday.
Fast and strong winds made the fire bigger and in just a matter of hours had covered thousands of acres and even doubling its size.
Firefighters immediately responded to contain the blaze from the ground. Aerial firefighters also took action. Fire-fighting helicopters were used from the Los Angeles Fire Department and from the county fire department. Cal Fire and fire fighters from the US Forest Service also arrived to help. more >>