Severe Weather besieges DMV area with Lightning and Flood

Around 4 pm on Wednesday in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, people experienced heavy rainfall while they were driving on the road. Water levels rose up quickly on the roads, leading to dangerous driving conditions.

Flash flooding warnings were issued to the DMV area and its surrounding cities until 10 pm Wednesday, Eastern time. The precipitation rates were read at more than four inches per hour, according to Accuweather.com.

Public transportation is not safe for commuters, I-95 and 495 were packed up with traffic, and 10 automobiles were stuck in high water on I-95, with one car fully submerged on the Capital Beltway. The driver was rescued by firefighters.

Firefighters rescued two people from inside a basement and checked other occupants of the household. Nearly 12,600 customers are without power according to Dominion Energy’s power outage map as of 9 pm.

Flights were delayed by about 5 hours at Ronald Reagan Airport, and nearly 100 arriving flights were canceled Wednesday.

The weather should calm down by Friday, leading to early fall, and late summer weather for the day.

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Russian Commander Olga Kachura Dies By Missile Strike

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A Russian Lieutenant Colonel Olga Kachura (52) was killed by a missile that hit her car while she was driving in the city of Horlivka, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. She was a former police officer in Horlivka.

Col. Kachura is the first female officer to die in the war in Ukraine. She boasted that she enjoyed killing Ukrainians in the interviews on Kremlin supported channel. She was a Ukrainian native but pro-Russian since 2014 after the Donbas uprising by Putin.

‘Kachura was guilty of the shelling of the cities of Donbas and the deaths of civilians,’ Ukrainian journalist Denis Kazainskyi said. ‘In Ukraine, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia.’

She was a colonel of a rocket artillery division operated by civilians and located in the Donetsk People’s republic. Putin granted Kachura the posthumous Hero of Russia award, which is one of the highest honors issued by the Kremlin.

She is survived by two children.

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Olivia Newton-John dead at 73

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Olivia Newton-John (73), a British- Australian born singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist died on Monday according to a statement from her husband, John Easterling (m. 2008). She was 73.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine [continue] with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation,” her husband, John Easterling wrote in the statement on the singer’s verified Instagram account. according to CNN.

She was a four times Grammy winner, five times number one, on the Billboard hot 100, and 200s many more. She was like an idle of the analog generation. A granddaughter of a Nobel prize in Physics (award 1954), Max Born, and her background was the most intellectual families surrounded. She married actor, Matt Lattanzi and divorced in 1995. She has a daughter, Chloe Lattanzi (36) also a singer.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” Easterling posted Monday afternoon.

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The Hottest Day of the Year and Severe Thunderstorms Hit I-95 Corridor

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From South Carolina to Maine, the heat belt hangs with storms closing in tightly behind, according to Accuweather.com says on Thursday. Some areas will see a new record for the highest temperature experienced, such as Albany, NY, and Harford, CT, hitting 100 degrees with a high humidity capacity. Since mid-July, major cities in the Northeast, including New York, Newark, and Philadelphia have experienced very hot days unseen before, most of the days being well over 90 degrees. All those cities are located in the I-95 corridor.

“The temperature in Albany has reached as high as 97 degrees on multiple occasions in July. Not only would the forecast high of 98 degrees on Thursday surpass that mark, [but] it would also tie the daily record of 98 set in 1955.” according to Accuweather.com.

The weather broadcasting predicts downpours into the metro Washington region at about 2 PM. This storm will be in the DMV areas with isolated rain with gusty wind. These downpours will bring flash flooding to some of the regions. This storm will be staying in the region until around midnight respectively.

On Friday, Through the I-95 corridor again, storms will hit one more time and this might cause more serious damage to the residents who live along the storm path. DMV areas will continue to experience 100 heat index. From Thursday, cooler weather might be expected post-storm. The storms are expected to calm down by Friday evening.

Four people have recently struck from lightning in Washington D.C. Two of the four died from lightning injuries and two are in critical condition. It may be risky to drive at night in the rain with heavy gusts in DMV and the I-95 corridor.

The daytime temperature was 112 degrees in most of the Northern Virginia area and dropped to 73 degrees after rain as of 9:30 pm. This rain will slow down at 11 pm.

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Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in Car Crash in Her Home State

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-ID) was killed in a car accident in her home state of Indiana on Wednesday. “She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” her office informed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy confirmed her death through his Twitter account.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (58) was an American politician and U.S. representative for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district from 2013 until her death in 2022. She served as a ranking member of the House Ethics Committee from 2021-2022.

Her office said “Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time,” in a statement.

Rep. Walorski and two other staff in the vehicle were killed in this accident, and the other car driver was killed. The other vehicle was traveling northbound and Rep. Walorski and their staff headed southbound. The other vehicle crossed over the driving line and hit Walorski’s SUV. according to the sheriff’s office.

The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi ordered half staff for the loss.

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Large investigation related with armed robberies of USPS mailmen Leads to Arrest of 4 men

Four individuals are going to be facing mail theft charges after being arrested in possession of USPS service keys. According to federal officials’ announcement, a federal grand jury in Maryland returned an indictment charging four suspects with theft of mail and possession of USPS service keys unlawfully.

According to the DOJ (Department of Justice), the suspects are, Eyalan Owona (32) of Upper Marlboro, IBranhim Kourouma (22) of Glenarden, Ali Dickerson (20) of Hyattville, Benjamin Washington (22) of Owings Mills.

According to the two-count indictment, on Wednesday, May 25, the four suspects allegedly were in possession of USPS service keys for the use, sale, and disposal of keys with their intention. Those suspects have taken 13 robberies between May 23 and July 7. They have opened USPS mail collection boxes with stolen USPS service keys.  If they are convicted, They will face up to 10 years in prison for the possession of USPS service keys unlawfully and five years for the theft of mail.

This arrest was made during an investigation related to armed robberies against the mailmen.

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At Least 6 Shot in a DC Apartment complex [Developing]

Multiple people have been shot in an apartment complex at the 1500th block of F st. NE, Washington DC. According to Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Twitter, the matter will be updated as more information comes to light. The MPD has reported that a preliminary investigation is ongoing.

A media briefing will be at 16th street and F street NW.

Updated: With the incident of the apartment complex in DC shooting Yesterday killed one and injured five with stable condition at the local hospital.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Quits Fall Semester at GWU Law school

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas quit his teaching position at George Washington University School of Law during this semester due to student protests over his opinion overturning the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The possibility of offering a course in the Spring Semester is still open, however. GWU Law School denied that he had been fired.

Mr. Thomas taught Constitutional Seminar at GWU since 2011; however, due to the controversy surrounding his opinion with regard to women’s abortion rights as well as his suggestion of revisiting same-sex marriage, many students have voiced their disapproval of him. The class is now being taught by one of Mr. Thomas’ former law clerks and current Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Armed Services, Greggory Maggs only.

According to NPR, “The students were promptly informed of Justice Thomas’ decision by his co-instructor who will continue to offer the seminar this fall,” GWU spokesperson Joshua Grossman said Thursday.

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US Government Offers to Trade Prisoners with Russia

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken stated that the United States and Russia had “communicated repeatedly and directly on that proposal” as related to trading prisoners between the two countries at a news conference in Washington Wednesday.

Sec. Blinken said that the United States had “put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago” in talks with Russia to a safe homecoming of two Americans: The basketball star, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, a former Marine and security company executive. A prisoner of the counterpart of the two Americans is Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer as a detainee in the US.

According to CNN, the person of a detainee in the US, Mr. Bout is serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for conspiring to sell weapons to the people who have planned to kill Americans. Russian officials have pressed for Mr. Bout’s case for years, and in recent weeks Russian media outlets had directly linked his case to Ms. Griner’s.

Ms. Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport on charges that she carried hashish oil in her luggage. She accidentally packed a small amount of the cannabis-related substance that she takes for her doctor-prescribed pain medication, but Russia has very strict drug laws. She pleaded guilty to the drug charges against her in mid-February.

Mr. Paul Whelan was detained at a Moscow hotel in 2019 and charged with espionage.

The Russian government’s intention regarding this trade is unknown in the midst of the war between Ukraine. The Biden administration got pressure from the citizens in the US who have asked to bring Americans who are abroad back to their homes in safety.

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Record Rainfall in St. Louis to Flood Warning in the Northeast

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At least 1 died with many residents stranded due to flash flooding in St. Louis. Rainfall set a new record high in more than 100 years. It started late Monday night and around 2 am. With more than 7.68 inches of rain fell in St. Louis — an event with less than a 1 in 1,000 chance of occurring in any given year, according to the Weather Service. Some areas northwest of the city of St. Louis saw rainfall totals up to a foot.

Firefighters had responded to roughly 70 rescues by late Tuesday morning, St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson told reporters. On one block in the western part of the city, the fire department said, it had used an inflatable boat to rescue six people and six dogs trapped in about 18 homes amid severe flooding. About 15 people chose to shelter in place.

Around 10 a.m., a person’s body was pulled out from a car that had been covered by about 8½ feet of floodwater, Jenkerson said. He said the incident was under investigation and did not provide additional details.

Weather.com warned, “Make sure you have multiple ways of receiving National Weather Service flood warnings, including while you’re sleeping, particularly if a rare flash flood emergency is issued. Know how to quickly get to high ground if you live in an area prone to flash flooding. Never drive into flood water, no matter how large your vehicle is. The majority of flood-related deaths occur in vehicles swept away or submerged.”

Historic flooding in St. Louis is just the first chapter in a multi-day flash flood threat that extends over a broad stripe from the Appalachians to the Front Range of the Rockies due to a classic, stagnant summer weather pattern until this weekend.

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