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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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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“My Husband is Cheating!” Female Shooter at Dallas Love Field Airport Says

A woman pulled out a gun at a ticket counter in Dallas Love Field Airport around 11 am on Monday. She announced that her husband is cheating on her and began to shoot toward the ceiling. She was confronted and shot in her lower extremities by officers who were nearby.

No other injuries have been reported but the airport was closed for a few hours to calm down. Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia stated that the suspect was identified as Portia Odufuwa (37) and she came to the airport just before 11 am. Odufuwa changed her clothes at a restroom. Garcia said that she wore a hoody or something other than what she arrived in.

There is no injury reported with this incident. Garcia stated that “At this point, we don’t know where exactly the individual was aiming. From what we are seeing she was aiming at the ceiling,” Garcia said. ” There are several rounds that were found.” According to NBC,

The airport officers working inside confronted Odufuwa at about 11:23 a.m. and shot her in her lower extremities. The woman was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in an unknown condition. No further information about her or the motivation behind the shooting or who dropped her off at the airport has been confirmed by police.

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Covid-19 Surges Due to Omicron’s Subvariant

The BA.5 subvariant of omicron is surging in the United States as extreme heat hits the west coast states along the mid and southern states. Covid-19 cases have increased on a daily basis due to this subvariant of omicron cases dominating the U.S.

Airplanes are fully booked, and flights are often delayed, but summer travelers are eager to make up for their summer vacations and return home sick. 29 states reported more cases than the week before as of July 20, according to USA TODAY. 20 states had more deaths than a week earlier in the data from Johns Hopkins University.

The BA.5 was detected in the U.S. at the end of April and only 3 months passed from the first patient before the BA.5 cases rose to nearly 80% of all cases according to Yahoo news. The common symptoms of BA.5 are very similar to other variants. Those infected with BA.5 may develop a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, and muscle pains but are less likely to experience shortness of breath or lose their senses of taste or smell. It can last a few days to a few weeks.

If you’re fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving after five days, the CDC says you can end isolation but continue to take precautions for five additional days. This includes wearing well-fitted masks around others inside and outside the home and avoiding travel.

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Severe Thunderstorm hits DMV Region: Flood watch and More

5pm on Tuesday, a severe thunderstorm with wind gusts up to 60 to 70 mph arrived in Washington D.C. region, and it is heading to Maine. This storm poured 1-2 inches of rain in one hour, leading to Arlington and Alexandria being under flood watch again.  Washington had just received 4.05 inches of rain on Saturday.

The area had been highly humid, with hot air bringing the storm into the Greater Washington Area and most of the Northeastern region, including Philadelpha, Washington, and Baltimore, some of which are under Flood Watch tonight.

The main threat will be the wind gusts, and it is haunting the people under the storm. Commuters are at risk under heavy rainfall. About 21.5 million people are estimated to be affected, with possible power outage and flood damages. In some areas, residents will be experiencing downed trees, large hail, isolated flooding, and even possibly an isolated tornado.

However, Virginia will mostly be done with the severity of the storm within 4 hours.

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Save the”Grizzly Giant”

As fires grow near Yosemite National Park, firefighters are working for protecting the 2.340 acres where the ancient sequoias trees reside at least for 3,000 years. The wildfire engulfed and doubled in size over the weekend in the park’s Mariposa Grove where more than 500 mature sequoias trees including the Grizzly Giant, a 209-foot long with about 3,000 years old reside.

Firefighters are setting up the springcular system to water and save this gigantic tree. According to the Los Angeles Times, “We really don’t want to leave this one to chance because this really is such an iconic tree,” forest ecologist Garrett Dickman said in a recent video showing sprinklers spraying water around the base of the Grizzly Giant.

About 550 firefighters have been assigned to this wildfire. According to the National Weather Service says “Drought conditions had improved significantly at the end of 2021 as California received record snowfall in the Sierra.

After a dry start to the year and now the dry season in place, drought conditions have worsened yet again. The dry conditions also are increasing forest fire concerns as we head into late summer. However, the wildfire was so intense and leaves the area vulnerable, due to hot and dry air in the California state. 2022 is the driest year on record, NOAA says.

A heat advisory was issued for the Central Valley sprawling below the Sierra, while up in the fire area, a high temperature of 88 degrees was forecast for the village of Wawona, where hundreds of tourists and residents were forced to evacuate Friday. According to NBC.

More than 35,000 wildfires have burned nearly 4.7 million acres in the U.S., according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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