Crews rafted through floodwaters at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, Italy, on September 16 as part of an operation to rescue 30 people trapped in vehicles amid heavy rains and flooding, Italy’s Vigili del Fuoco said.According to local reports, extreme weather disrupted travel at several airports in Lombardy, as flights had to be diverted. Over three inches of rain fell at Milan-Malpensa in less than two hours, more precipitation than the area sometimes receives in a month. Credit: Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful
More than 100 Afghan evacuees departed Pristina International Airport in Kosovo on Thursday, September 16, to travel to Britain for resettlement, according to the UK Embassy in Kosovo.The 117 Afghans had all previously worked with NATO, the organization said, and were evacuated from Afghanistan following the United States’ withdrawal from the country.“As some Afghans complete their resettlement, the process continues for others. Around 2,000 Afghans who worked with NATO, and their families, were evacuated from Kabul in August, as part of the largest evacuation mission in NATO’s history,” NATO said in a press release. “NATO worked around the clock to coordinate evacuations. Over the course of two weeks, more than 120,000 people were flown out, on hundreds of Allied flights. Troops from the US, UK, Turkey, and Norway played a key role in securing the airport and operating a field hospital, while around 800 NATO staff maintained key operations such as fueling and communications.” Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of southeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 15, as a line of storms brought heavy rain and frequent lightning to the region, the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast.This footage filmed by Ethan Kerr, who said it was taken at Millersville University on Wednesday night, shows lightning flashing across the night sky.Storms were expected to bring heavy rainfall, thunder, and possible localized flooding to parts of southern Pennsylvania again on Thursday evening, according to the NWS. Credit: Ethan Kerr via Storyful
A fire hydrant burst on a busy intersection in the recently water-afflicted city of Montpellier, France, on September 16, causing a geyser of water to shoot into the air as cars passed by.Montpellier is located in the department of Herault in southern France, where heavy rain and hail have caused severe flooding in the region since Tuesday, September 14.An orange alert is in place in the Herault and Gard departments until Friday, September 17, according to local reports. Credit: @jeanphi9840, Instagram via Storyful
Heavy rainfall brought flooding to the Milano-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, Italy, on Thursday, September 16, leading to evacuations, according to local news reports.Firefighters and river rescue specialists helped to evacuate people trapped in floodwaters, reports said, with rainfall and high winds causing problems for flights.These videos taken by Jessica Rocca show flooding at the airport and the nearby roadway.Italy’s Department of Civil Protection issued an adverse weather warning for 11 regions, including Lombardy, on September 16, warning of potential “very intense showers, local hail, frequent power and strong activity winds” extending into Friday. Credit: Jessica Rocca via Storyful
The US Coast Guard (USCG) continued to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida on September 16, footage taken at Air Station Clearwater in Florida shows.The USCG has responded to the hurricane’s impacts to waterways and assessed the environmental threats across southeast Louisiana, according to a press release.This video, released by the USCG, shows guardsmen loading hurricane relief supplies including lodging equipment for Ida responders onto an aircraft, according to a caption. Credit: US Coast Guard via Storyful
Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire burning on the roof of an office building undergoing renovations in Washington on Thursday, September 16.DC Fire said the fire was “confined to roofing material only” and the blaze was extinguished as of around 11:15 am local time. No injuries were reported.The building, which is part of L’Enfant Plaza, is undergoing renovations to become the new headquarters of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), according to the agency.Videos released by DC Fire show firefighters working to put out the flames. Credit: DC Fire and EMS via Storyful
Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire burning on the roof of a high-rise under construction in Washington on Thursday, September 16.DC Fire said the fire was “confined to roofing material only” and the blaze was extinguished as of around 11:15 am local time. No injuries were reported.The building, which is part of L’Enfant Plaza, is undergoing renovations to become the new headquarters of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), according to the agency.Footage filmed by Maureen Cohen Harrington from the National Mall shows a plume of black smoke rising from the building. Credit: Maureen Cohen Harrington via Storyful
The widow of a United States Marine killed in the August 26 attack on Kabul airport gave birth to a baby girl in California on September 13, the child’s grandmother said on Facebook.Lance Cpl Rylee J McCollum was among 13 members of the US armed forces killed in the attack, according to officials. He was 20 years old.Photographs here were published by Jill Miller Crayton, the mother of McCollum’s widow Jiennah Crayton. The photographs show newborn Levi Rylee Rose McCollum, her mother, and her grandmother. Credit: Jill Miller Crayton via Storyful
Residents of Hialeah, Florida – a city in the Miami metro area – were treated to the sight of a rainbow arching across an azure sky on September 15.Video posted that day shows the rainbow. The uploader said, “No traffic and a big beautiful rainbow over Hialeah at 5:00pm?? I feel like the world is probably going to end!”The National Weather Service said there is a greater than 50 percent chance of rain in MIami every day through September 22. Credit: @JackLinFLL via Storyful
Police in Orlando, Florida, worked to evacuate dogs and cats who were trapped inside a burning animal shelter on the night of September 15-16.The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando said, “We are very sad to report that we lost 23 cats to the fire, but firefighters and staff were able to save ALL of the dogs.”Orange County Sheriff’s Office shared this footage showing the rescue at the location on Conroy Road, saying officers were “so glad” they could save some of the animals. Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
The Alaska Air National Guard rescued a 39-year-old bear-mauling victim at Wrangell-St. Elias Park in Alaska, as seen in footage posted on September 15.Video posted by DVIDS shows an “Arctic Guardian” rescue team airlifting the victim on September 8.Local media identified the victim as Jason Long, and said he was attacked by a mother grizzly bear with two cubs. Long, a hunter, was taken to a nearby hospital and local news reported his condition was stable. Credit: DVIDS via Storyful
Jennifer Aniston will be sitting out the 2021 Emmy Awards, as the actress is still taking health and safety precautions very seriously for as long as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world
Over 660,000 white flags are being planted in the lawn at the National Mall in Washington, each representing a COVID-related death in the US.The flags are being planted for a project called In America: Remember, which was due to open to the public on Friday, September 17.“Visitors are invited to personalize flags for someone they have lost,” the group behind the project said.Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser were expected to speak at the opening ceremony, according to the Washingtonian.Maureen Cohen Harrington posted this footage showing the progress made on Wednesday, saying that while 450,000 flags had been planted, there were still 210,000 to go before the launch on Friday. Credit: Maureen Cohen Harrington via Storyful
A shopper was horrified after reaching into a freezer to discover a 'disgusting' crime at a grocery store in Moore, Oklahoma on Sunday (September 12).
Paris’s Arc de Triomphe has been covered in 25,000 square meters of fabric as part of an art installation envisioned by the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude.Timelapse footage released by France’s National Monuments Center shows the silvery-blue recyclable fabric unfurled over the iconic monument in the center of Paris.According to the project’s website, the artwork was first dreamed up in 1962 by the late Bulgarian-born Christo, when he rented an apartment near the arch on first arriving in Paris. Its installation has been funded by the late artists’ estate.“Christo and Jeanne-Claude have always made clear that their artworks in progress be continued after their deaths,” a statement read. “Per Christo’s wishes, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will be realized by his team.”The work will be on display until October 3. Credit: Centre des Monuments Nationaux via Storyful
SpaceX successfully launched what it said was the world’s first all-civilian spaceflight to orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre on the evening of September 15.The mission, Inspiration4, has an all-civilian crew of four, SpaceX said, who were launched aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft by a Falcon 9 rocket. The crew will splash down off Florida after a three-day journey, the company said.This footage, filmed on a dock by the Halifax River in Ormond Beach, Florida, shows the Falcon 9 streaking across the sky. Credit: Mike Cole via Storyful
Lightning illuminated clouds over the Herault in southern France on the night of September 15-16, as storms, heavy rain and flooding continued to afflict the Mediterranean coast.Video posted on September 16 shows lightning flashes at Serignan beach, outside Beziers.The extreme weather and flooding in the Herault and Gard departments has claimed at least nine lives, local news reports citing officials said. Credit: @tikibzh via Storyful
Police in Virginia said a package containing marijuana, tobacco, and cell phones, and intended for the grounds of a prison, was dropped into an adjacent schoolyard in Lawrenceville on September 13.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said the drop was made at around 5:40 am, citing an employee at the Brunswick Academy who said they saw a drone landing in the school grounds around that time, and a small dark-colored sedan collecting it shortly after.The sheriff’s office posted these images to Facebook, saying it was “obviously apparent that the package was intended to be dropped at the adjacent property of the Lawrenceville Correctional Center.” Credit: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
A violent magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocked southwest China early Thursday morning (September 16), leaving at least three dead and injuring dozens.
A bison was captured casually strolling down a road at Yellowstone National Park, recently shared video shows.This footage was shot by Cindy Shaffer, a Montana native who regularly posts footage from visits to Yellowstone National Park and the nearby Grand Tetons National Park.Shaffer has run into a few “bison jams” before, and was impressed this time the size of the beast. Credit: Cindy Shaffer via Storyful
Drone footage reveals the extent of damage after a city in southern China was struck by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake. The video filmed in Lu County in Sichuan Province on September 16 shows damaged houses and a rescue team setting up tents in an open area. At least three people were killed and 88 were injured. 1,221 residential houses were damaged across the county. The video was provided by local media with permission.
A Special Marine Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Tampa Bay, Florida, on September 15.“Heads up! Gusty winds approaching the Bay with storms developing just to the east,” the NWS wrote on Twitter.The weather service also shared timelapse footage from outside its office on 14th Avenue SE in Ruskin on the same day. Credit: @NWSTampaBay via Storyful