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Lightning strikes Chicago skyscraper during storm

Lightning strikes Chicago skyscraper during storm

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Talk about having your camera ready at the right moment. Photographer Scott Olson witnessed lightning hitting the Sears Tower – er, the Willis Tower – on Wednesday night. Severe storms passed through the Midwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and high winds, and are now forecasted to hit central Maryland on Thursday.

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March 25 Photo Brief: Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 ft Lord Buddha statue

March 25 Photo Brief: Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 ft Lord Buddha statue

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Spring snow on the East Coast, Supreme Court takes on Prop. 8, rebels capture Central African Republic, a 130 foot Lord Buddha statue and more in today’s daily brief.

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March 5 Photo Brief: Oldest woman in the world celebrates 115th birthday, satellite view of an enormous winter storm, violence in Egypt

March 5 Photo Brief: Oldest woman in the world celebrates 115th birthday, satellite view of an enormous winter storm, violence in Egypt

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Oldest woman in the world celebrates her 115th birthday, a satellite view of an enormous winter storm, violence in Egypt continues and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Visual coverage may show injury and/or death.

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Venice hit by floods following heavy rains and strong winds

Venice hit by floods following heavy rains and strong winds

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The high tide mark in Venice reached its sixth-highest level since 1872 on Sunday, after heavy rains and intense winds caused flooding in the Italian city.

While some flooding is typical in Venice during this time of year — including some instances earlier in November — news reports have estimated that 70 percent of the city was inundated by water this week.

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Chasing storms with cameras: Interview with Jamie Betts

Chasing storms with cameras: Interview with Jamie Betts

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Addicted to photographing severe weather, Richmond photographer Jamie Betts lets us in on this high-risk, and often dangerous hobby, that results in stunning images of Mother Nature at her angriest. He shares photographs from storms in Maryland, Virginia, Kansas and Switzerland. “My popular ‘McDonald’s strike’ photo documents one of my many close calls,” Betts said. “That strike was only a couple hundred yards away and it was so bright I was temporarily blinded.”
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