Officials say more than two dozen large wildfires are burning in the West on Thursday. A stubborn wildfire north of Big Sur near California’s Central Coast has grown after burning for nearly two weeks in steep, forested ridges. More
Annual monsoon rains have progressed to parts of western and central India, easing fears of millions of desperate farmers after two straight years of drought, the weather department said. Farmers rely on the monsoon rains, which hit the Kerala coast every year and then sweep across the country, to water their crops and replenish dams and reservoirs. The arrival of the monsoon is always keenly watched in India, but even more so this year as much of the country reels from the drought. However, dozens of people have been struck by lightning and killed during the rains, disaster management officials said.
At least 18 people have died in severe flooding in West Virginia, according to the Associated Press. A deluge of 9 inches of rain in parts of the state destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes and knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
Tens of thousands of Fort McMurray residents were expected to begin trickling back into the Canadian oil city ravaged by wildfires Wednesday after the blaze was declared no longer a threat.
Firefighters contended with a fire burning on the Seal Beach pier in Seal Beach, Calif. on Friday, May 20, 2016. The blaze erupted early Friday at the end of the long wooden pier southeast of Los Angeles. Smoke was pouring out of holes in the roof, much of which had collapsed. The restaurant has been closed since 2013.
Storms swept through the nation’s midsection Monday, spawning numerous tornadoes. One such twister near Wynnewood, Oklahoma touched down quickly and destroyed an unknown number of structures before a series of other tornadoes riddled the area. One person is confirmed dead.