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Oregon's Boxcar Fire Grows to 10,000 Acres in Two Days39s

Oregon's Boxcar Fire Grows to 10,000 Acres in Two Days

The Boxcar Fire near Maupin, Oregon, grew to 10,000 acres by Thursday, June 22, just one day after it was first reported. The blaze is believed to have been started by lightning, according to local news reports. A level 1 evacuation was issued for East Maupin, and portions of Highway 197 were closed. The Graham Fire was burning close to the Boxcar Fire and stood at 2,000 acres on June 22. Some residents in Jefferson County, Oregon, were asked to evacuate due to threatening winds fueling the fire. Credit: Brittany Farrell via Storyful

Texas Residents Resort to Using Kayaks Amid Severe Flooding42s

Texas Residents Resort to Using Kayaks Amid Severe Flooding

Severe flooding across southern Texas left residents in McAllen, Texas, stranded in parking lots and along major roadways on June 21, prompting some to resort to taking to kayaks to get around. Extended bouts of heavy rains and flash flooding led officials to declare a state of emergency across several counties on June 21. Flash-flood warnings expired early June 22, but flood warnings persisted due to standing water. Forecasters predicted the possibility of more isolated storms moving through the area later in the day. Credit: Ricardo Desenlaze via Storyful

Elephants at Dublin Zoo Get Ready to Beat the Heat With a Pool Party37s

Elephants at Dublin Zoo Get Ready to Beat the Heat With a Pool Party

Ireland is preparing for warmer temperatures in the next few days and the elephants at Dublin Zoo will be more than ready. In a video shared on the zoo’s Facebook page, some of its Asian elephants can be seen frolicking in a new wallow pool built for them by their caretakers. “The animal care team have constructed a new wallow for the Asian elephant herd and of course, the calves were the first to venture in,” the zoo said on Facebook. Credit: Dublin Zoo via Storyful

Lava Flows Into Pacific From Eruption on Galapagos Island of Fernandina31s

Lava Flows Into Pacific From Eruption on Galapagos Island of Fernandina

A tour guide on a boat off the Galapagos island of Fernandina captured streams of lava from La Cumbre volcano flowing into the Pacific in striking footage uploaded to Twitter on June 19. The directorate of the Galapagos National Park said on Twitter that the current eruption began on June 16 The park tweeted on June 21 that lava flows were no longer reaching the coast. Credit: Samba Galapagos via Storyful

Possible Tornado Spotted as Storms Roll Through Southeast Missouri54s

Possible Tornado Spotted as Storms Roll Through Southeast Missouri

A funnel cloud was spotted near Parma, Missouri, on Thursday, June 21, as severe thunderstorms made their way through southeast Missouri. New Madrid County, which includes Parma, was under a tornado watch on June 21. There was no report of damage as of June 21 from the New Madrid Sheriff’s Office, or offices in surrounding areas, according to local news reports. More strong storms were expected throughout southeast Missouri on that day. A possible tornado was also spotted in Stoddard County, according to a Facebook post from a local news outlet. Credit: Stephanie Greenfield via Storyful

Hundreds Airlifted From Switzerland's Schilthorn Summit Following Cable Car Breakdown1m10s

Hundreds Airlifted From Switzerland's Schilthorn Summit Following Cable Car Breakdown

About 400 people were airlifted from Switzerland’s Schilthorn mountain on June 21 after the cable car connecting the summit to the town below broke down. According to local reports, five helicopters were deployed to transport between 300 and 400 people down the mountain to the town of Mürren below. The company responsible for the operation of the cable car said that the evacuation was initiated due to the threat of stormy weather and was completed after two hours. The mountain was featured in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring George Lazenby. Credit: fenwicklee via Storyful

Lightning Flashes Over Fort Myers Beach37s

Lightning Flashes Over Fort Myers Beach

A lightning strike over Fort Myers, Florida, was caught on camera on June 20 and slowed down to show its full effect across the sky. Video captured by Brandon Thrift, who according to Fox News traveled from Sarasota to Fort Myers to catch the sunset, shows the impressive strike over Fort Myers beach. Credit: Brandon Thrift via Storyful

Video Captures Tornado Touching Down Near Mackay, Idaho7m06s

Video Captures Tornado Touching Down Near Mackay, Idaho

The National Weather Service Pocatello confirmed a tornado touched down near Darlington, Idaho, on Thursday, June 21. Local TV station KIFI reported the only damage from the storm was a screen door being blown off its hinges. Shelley Rupp captured this video showing the tornado touched down in a rural area near Mackay. Credit: Shelley Rupp via Storyful

Tornado Touches Down Near Mackay, Idaho1m17s

Tornado Touches Down Near Mackay, Idaho

The National Weather Service Pocatello confirmed a tornado touched down near Darlington, Idaho, on Thursday, June 21. Local TV station KIFI reported the only damage from the storm was a screen door being blown off its hinges. Faith Wanstrom captured dramatic footage of the tornado near Mackay. Credit: Faith Wanstrom via Storyful

Shelf Cloud Rolls into Indianapolis35s

Shelf Cloud Rolls into Indianapolis

A looming shelf cloud rolled into Indianapolis, Indiana, late on Thursday evening, June 21. NWS Indianapolis warned that the storm system could bring 40 mph, torrential rain and hail to Indianapolis. Sai Powers captured dramatic footage of the shelf cloud rolling over Indianapolis. Credit: Sai Powers via Storyful

Flash Flooding Slows Down Traffic in Southern Texas41s

Flash Flooding Slows Down Traffic in Southern Texas

Flash flooding that began the day prior continued to fill the streets in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, June 21, after the area received 5 to 7 inches of rain. This video shows cars and semi-trucks slowly makign their way through the flooding on Military Hwy. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the cities of Edinburg, McAllen and Mission, Texas. Large sinkholes were also appearing across the city, according to local news reports. Credit: Ruben Flores via Storyful

Roads and Buildings Submerged in Floodwater in Mercedes, Texas34s

Roads and Buildings Submerged in Floodwater in Mercedes, Texas

Severe storms and flooding throughout southern Texas hit the town of Mercedes hard between Tuesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 21. At least 20 rescues were reported in the area and its surrounding cities due to the flash flooding. This video shows flood water that submerged roads and cars near a highway in Mercedes, Texas, on Wednesday, June 20. More rainfall is expected for Hidalgo County on June 21, according to local news reports. A Texas judge issued a declaration of disaster as residents in Hidalgo County were evacuated on June 20 due to the flooding. Credit: Carmen Nino via Storyful

Dog Bobs in Texas Floodwater Before Rescue1m20s

Dog Bobs in Texas Floodwater Before Rescue

Flooding inundated Weslaco, Texas, on Wednesday, June 20. Firefighters performed dozens of water rescues, including those stranded in vehicles, a news report said. Some vehicles were stuck on the expressway. Nearly 15 inches of rain fell over a 72-hour period, setting a new rainfall record, a news report said. News reports said dogs chained in backyards needed to be rescued. This video shows one dog similarly chained up in the water and was in need of a rescue on Wednesday. The uploader said he helped free the dog. Another dog seen in these videos managed to get itself on top of a fence pillar and out of the way of the water. Credit: Rudy Suarez via Storyful

Cars Partially Submerged as Rain and Floods Continue in South Texas52s

Cars Partially Submerged as Rain and Floods Continue in South Texas

Flash flooding that began Wednesday, June 20, continued to hit Hidalgo County in southern Texas the following day, with more rainfall expected in Hidalgo County on Thursday, June 21. The video shows a car that has been stuck from flooding in a parking lot in Mission, Texas. Several roads have been closed and residents have been asked by the city to stay off the roads, according to local news reports. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the cities of Edinburg, McAllen and Mission, Texas on June 21. The city of Mission opened a shelter at a parks and recreation department on June 21, according to local news reports. A Texas judge issued a declaration of disaster as residents in Hidalgo County were evacuated on June 20 due to flooding following severe rainfall. Credit: Edgar Lujan via Storyful

Torrent of Floodwater Poses Problems for Pittsburgh Motorists32s

Torrent of Floodwater Poses Problems for Pittsburgh Motorists

A thunderstorm brought severe flash flooding to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding towns late on the evening of June 20. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said a state of emergency was declared in Bethel Park, while first responders evacuated homes, business and drivers from swamped cars. This footage shows a car in the floodwater on McNeilly Road in the southern suburbs of Pittsburgh; a second vehicle is seen driving through the deep water. Credit: Shannon Shields via Storyful

Thousands Gather to Celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge38s

Thousands Gather to Celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge on Thursday, June 21, to mark the summer solstice. “English Heritage welcomed approximately 9,500 people at Stonehenge, and the majority of those who came to celebrate the longest day of the year did so in a safe and peaceful manner,” said Supt Dave Minty of the Wiltshire Police. “We are really pleased with how Solstice 2018 has gone, it really has been a great success.” Credit: SparkAstrology.com via Storyful

Man Jumps From Car Roof to Escape Severe Pittsburgh Flooding4m17s

Man Jumps From Car Roof to Escape Severe Pittsburgh Flooding

Severe flash floods hit Pittsburgh and Allegheny County on the night of June 20, prompting a state of emergency to be declared in Bethel Park. “The South Hills in general has been hit very hard, but absolutely Bethel Park seems to be where the most damage is,” a spokeswoman for Allegheny County told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. No injuries were reported at the time of publication. The National Weather Service had earlier issued a flash flood warning for Central Washington and Southern Allegheny counties. This footage shows cars nearly submerged by floodwaters, as debris floats downstream. An individual can be seen amid the floodwaters standing on the roof of their vehicle, this video shows them jumping off the car’s roof to escape the flooding. Credit: Anthony Valente via Storyful

Flash Floods Prompt Evacuation of Homes in South Park, Pennsylvania24s

Flash Floods Prompt Evacuation of Homes in South Park, Pennsylvania

A thunderstorm brought severe flash flooding to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding towns late on Wednesday evening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a state of emergency was declared in Bethel Park while first responder evacuated homes, business and drivers from swamped cars. The National Weather Service Pittsburgh recorded as much as 3.8 inches of rainfall in parts of Allegheny County as of 9:40 pm local time. This video shows floodwaters rising over the tracks near Library Station in South Park, Pennsylvania. Credit: Cece_Evans78 via Storyful

Flash Floods Sweep Bethel Park27s

Flash Floods Sweep Bethel Park

A thunderstorm brought severe flash flooding to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and surrounding towns late on Wednesday evening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a state of emergency was declared in Bethel Park while first responder evacuated homes, business and drivers from swamped cars. The National Weather Service Pittsburgh recorded as much as 3.8 inches of rainfall in parts of Allegheny County as of 9:40 pm local time. This video shows the flooding in Bethel Park. Credit: Brandon Armet via Storyful

Tornado Spotted From Afar in Central Iowa16s

Tornado Spotted From Afar in Central Iowa

At least two tornadoes were spotted in central Iowa on January 20, and one was caught on camera in the town of Scranton. This footage shows the tornado from a distance. There were no reports of damage, and according to a report from KCRG, another tornado was seen in Eldora, which is about 100 miles from Scranton. According to a KCCI Des Moines report, the tornadoes were accompanied by heavy rainfall that fell up to 2 inches per hour. Credit: Jeremy J. Greiner via Storyful

Funnel Spotted as Storms Move Through Central Iowa47s

Funnel Spotted as Storms Move Through Central Iowa

A funnel was spotted in Perry, Iowa, on Wednesday, June 20, while several areas of central Iowa were under a tornado warning. This video is made up of three clips that the uploader caught while watching the tornado in Perry, Iowa. Tornadoes were reportedly spotted near the cities of Scranton, Perry, Eldora and Dayton, Iowa. The area also experienced severe thunderstorms on June 20, which brought 1 to 2 inches of rain per hour, according to local news reports. The National Weather Service said mobile homes could be damaged or destroyed, and flying debris would be dangerous to those without shelter, according to reports. Credit: Bailey and Chad Morman via Storyful

Funnel Cloud Spotted Near Denver, Colorado30s

Funnel Cloud Spotted Near Denver, Colorado

A funnel cloud was spotted near Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, June 19, while portions of the state were under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. The uploader was in Bennett, Colorado, when he spotted the storm. This video shows horses grazing in a field in Adams County while a funnel cloud developed in the distance. Severe storms brought hail to the Denver area on June 19, and there were reports of funnel clouds and tornadoes to the eastern Plains, according to local news reports. There was still a chance for storms on Wednesday, June 20. No injuries or major damage was reported from the funnel cloud, according to local news outlets. A local meteorologist reported spotting a funnel cloud near the airport, but the National Weather Service had not issued a tornado watch for that storm. Hail sized anywhere from quarter-sized to as large as a tennis ball hit portions of Colorado the day prior. Credit: Eric Hurst via Storyful

Flood Waters Rise Outside Texas Home in Weslaco30s

Flood Waters Rise Outside Texas Home in Weslaco

Flash flooding began to accumulate around houses in southern Texas on Wednesday, June 20, after the area received several inches of rain. This video shows flood waters that rose overnight outside the uploader’s home and started lapping over porch steps when the video was taken. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for portions of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in south Texas, including the cities of Weslaco and Mercedes, until Thursday, June 21. The Houston Chronicle reported on June 19 that 1 to 3 inches of rain was predicted, but areas could receive up to 6 inches. Cars were reported to be submerged by the flood water and several roads were closed in Weslaco and the surrounding area. Classes at school districts, colleges and universities were cancelled or postponed on June 20 due to the inclement weather and flooding, according to reporting from The Monitor. Other offices and government buildings were also closed for portions of the day on June 20. Other regions of Texas, including the Houston area, experienced rain and flash flooding on June 19. The affected areas in southeast Texas were still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Harvey last summer, according to news reports. Credit: Yakaren Ordonez via Storyful

Flooding Fills Streets Once Devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur1m25s

Flooding Fills Streets Once Devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur

Roadways in Port Arthur, Texas, were bumper-high with water as several areas in coastal Texas experienced heavy rains and flash flooding on Tuesday, June 19. This video shows the flooding that had accumulated in the afternoon of June 19 as the uploader drove through Port Arthur. Parts of the area experienced up to 7 inches of rain, according to local news reports, and the Beaumont-Port Arthur airport received almost 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. The area, which is near Houston, Texas, had seen flood devastation before, and was still recovering from impact of Hurricane Harvey last summer, according to news reports. Credit: Elwyn Bradley via Storyful

Floods Warned in South Texas Amid Thunder Storms1m11s

Floods Warned in South Texas Amid Thunder Storms

Warnings of flash floods were in place for south Texas early on June 20, with heavy downpours and lightning strikes reported. The National Weather Service said 15 inches of rain fell in some areas. This video shows thunder and lightning in Weslaco, Hidalgo County. Credit: Basilio Bazan Jr via Storyful