Fire crews in Phoenix, Arizona, responded to a fire that ripped through two houses and injured several people on Friday, May 20.Video captured by the Pheonix Fire Department on Friday morning shows smoke and flames billowing as crews worked to tackle the blaze. Crews were met with dangerous conditions including downed power lines and exploding propane tanks, according to local media.The Pheonix Fire Department said multiple people were treated for second-degree burns. Credit: Phoenix Fire Department via Storyful
A heavy snowstorm carrying the threat of up to a foot of snow moved over the northern mountains and foothills of Colorado on Friday, May 20, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.The Town of Granby posted this footage of snow-covered flowers on Friday, calling the precipitation “some much needed moisture.”A winter storm warning was in effect for Granby, northwest of Denver, until 12 pm on Saturday. North Park, Grand, and Summit counties were warned to expect light snow and deteriorating conditions Friday into Saturday morning. Credit: Town of Granby via Storyful
A Russian missile devastated the recently renovated Palace of Culture in the city of Lozova, Kharkiv Oblast, on May 20, according to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.“The occupiers identified culture, education and humanity as their enemies,” Zelensky wrote on Facebook, according to a Google translation. “What is in the minds of people who choose such targets? Absolute evil, absolute stupidity,” he said.The Kharkiv branch of the State Emergency Service (SES) said seven people, including an 11-year-old child, were injured in the strike.The building was partially destroyed and roof insulation was burned, the SES said. A fire caused by the strike was extinguished by 3.25 pm, they added.Lozova’s Palace of Culture opened in 1977 and includes an auditorium, a lecture hall, three dance halls, a gym, and multiple rooms for classes and club meetings, according to the city’s website. Credit: Volodymyr Zelensky via Storyful
A four-month-old panther kitten was reunited with its mother with the help of conservation workers, Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) said.Conservation staff found the kitten alone in March. “Biologists used towels with the kitten’s scent to mark along nearby trails in hope of attracting” the mother and reuniting the pair, FWRI said.The following night, a female panther passed through the area, they said. The kitten was placed in a cage in the area in hopes that the mother would find her. On the third attempt, “a female panther approached and immediately showed maternal behavior toward the kitten,” according to FWRI.This footage, timestamped March 25, shows the kitten being released from the cage and reuniting with its mother. Publishing the video on May 20, FWRI said, “trail camera footage captured the pair together one month after reuniting.” Credit: MyFWC Florida Fish and Wildlife via Storyful
Fire crews in central Texas battled the fast-moving Mesquite Heat Fire on Friday, May 20, as temperatures continued to soar to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.Texas A&M Forest Service said this video was captured on Wednesday as the fire spread rapidly due to heavy winds, drought conditions and high temperatures.By Thursday evening, the fire burned 9,613 acres and was 25 percent contained, according to official fire reports. Credit: Texas A&M Forest Service via Storyful
Police in Georgia said a driver received a traffic violation after they were caught speeding on a Duluth road on May 9, narrowly missing a family of ducks that were crossing.The Duluth Police Department said the driver was clocked doing 72 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone close to Duluth Middle School. Police reported the driver received a traffic violation for their actions. Credit: Duluth Police Department via Storyful
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A round of supercell thunderstorms swept across western Wisconsin and southern Minnesota on Thursday, May 19, as the weather service warned of golf ball-sized hail.This footage was captured by Wisconsin resident Chris Thies, who said it was filmed in Chippewa Falls, which was under a severe thunderstorm warning.Weather warnings were lifted late Thursday. Credit: Chris Thies via Storyful
Excessive rainfall triggered flash flooding in parts of southwestern Ohio and northernmost Kentucky on Friday, May 20, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.Video posted to Facebook by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office shows flooding in Hamilton, Ohio, on Friday morning. The sheriff’s office said its dispatch has received reports of flash flooding “all across” the county, and reminded residents not to walk or drive through moving water.The NWS warned that Butler, Hamilton, and Warren counties may receive up to 2.5 inches of rain by 9 am Friday. Credit: Butler County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful
Hilarious footage captured in Krasnoyarsk, Russia shows the moment when a truck driver attempted to pull a car out of a ditch, but used too much gas and sent it plummeting into another one.
Captain Jack Sparrow decided to join in with a guest who was imitating the character’s unique running style at Disneyland Paris on May 14.Video by TikTok comedian Stephanie Booty — who said she is “always looking for opportunities to make people smile” — shows her mimicking the beloved Pirates of the Caribbean character’s run, as she sets out to “find him” while visiting the park.She not only finds him, but gets him to run along with her, resulting in some pretty hilarious footage.“I am always keeping up to date on current trends on TikTok, and the Jack Sparrow trend is a popular trend,” Booty told Storyful. “So I thought it would be perfect timing to whip out my best Jack Sparrow run.”“Apart from nearly crashing into the couple of people at the start of the video, I ran through the park and was lucky enough to come across the man himself,” she said.Booty added that the character was “amazing to meet in person” and said that they had “a great time running through the park.” Credit: Stephanie Booty via Storyful
A 38-year-old man has been arrested in Johnny Cash's hometown of Kingsland, Arkansas, after shooting a hole in a water tower featuring a mural of the music legend - making it appear as if Cash is urinating on those below.
A two-year-old was among boaters rescued from Lake Washington by Seattle Police on May 18, police said.The child was with two adult males, without life jackets, riding in a rubber raft that got into difficulty, and then sank, in choppy conditions, police said.“Waves and high-winds pushed them under the I-90 bridge, ultimately sinking their boat and the boat of bystanders who rushed to their aid,” police added.Video from police showed the rescue response at the bridge, with several people pulled from the water.Those rescued were treated for exposure, police said. Credit: Seattle Police Department via Storyful
A monkey on the hunt for a meal gave an unsuspecting US tourist a jump scare in Bali, Indonesia, when the animal leapt onto her backpack to grab some fruit.Footage captured the moment the woman’s son, who goes by the stage name Ginga Flame, pranked her by putting the fruit on her backpack.“My family and I went on a trip to check out the Indonesian islands. There are a lot of monkeys in Bali so our family saw the perfect opportunity to get our mom and we happened to get it on video,” Ginga Flame told Storyful. Credit: @gingaflame via Storyful
Emergency crews protested in Russian-occupied Enerhodar on Friday, May 20, after the head of the city’s fire and rescue squad was abducted by Russian armed forces, the city’s mayor said.Mayor Dmitry Orlov said firefighters and ambulance crews came out in support of the abducted chief, Vitaliy Troyan.Toryan was abducted by Russian forces from his office on May 18 and taken to an unknown location, according to Orlov.Orlov said the protesting crews were “beaten and fire and rescue equipment damaged.”Video posted by the mayor shows the crews protesting in central Enerhodar. A vehicle marked with the Russian “Z” symbol can be seen. Credit: Dmitry Orlov via Storyful
Hugo, a Galapagos tortoise at Australian Reptile Park, has a good record predicting the winners of elections and sporting results. But ahead of this year’s federal election, the fate of the nation remained unclear as Hugo chose love over politics.Hugo “the oracle” was presented with two plates of leafy greens, one representing Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the other opposition leader Anthony Albanese. The 71-year-old tortoise, who has seen 16 Australian prime ministers in his lifetime, initially made his way towards Morrison but then took a sharp turn towards Albanese.But in a surprising turn of events, Hugo ultimately bypassed both plates food and headed straight for Estrella, the female Galapagos tortoise at the park. The pair shared a special treat of sweet potato together.Head reptile keeper Jake Meney said, “For a moment there, it looked like he had made his choice but when he saw Estrella, I knew it was all over. When he sees her, something just comes over him and he can’t resist!”“I guess it’s just too close to call for the election this weekend and Hugo’s chosen love over politics,” Meney said. Credit: Australian Reptile Park via Storyful
Dust swirled in the dark sky above Lemforde as the German Weather Service warned of thunderstorms, hail, hurricane gusts, and individual tornadoes in the west of the country on May 19.This video showing the stormy conditions in Lemforde was recorded by Ralf Oppacher, who said it was “weather chaos.”The conditions were forecast to continue in parts of western and northwestern Germany on May 20. Credit: Ralf Oppacher via Storyful
A Canadian aurora enthusiast filmed a three-hour timelapse video that shows the northern lights from a plane early on the morning of May 15.Siv Heang Tav told Storyful that she booked a red-eye flight from Calgary to Toronto to complete her bucket list item of “airplane aurora.”“This was my third red-eye fight attempt,” Tav said. Credit: Siv Heang Tav via Storyful
Beautiful timelapse footage captured the first lunar eclipse of the year moving across the sky above San Francisco on Sunday, May 15.Photographer Shreenivasan Manievannan captured the rare lunar event.The May 15 lunar eclipse has been called a super flower blood moon, since May’s full moon is referred to as the flower moon, while a total eclipse is sometimes known as a blood moon due to its reddish color. To complete the celestial triple whammy, and explain the mouthful of a name, the eclipse came as the moon was closest to Earth, making it a “super moon." Credit: Shreenivasan Manievannan via Storyful
A cluster of severe thunderstorms moved across southeastern Missouri into Illinois on Thursday, May 19, prompting tornado warnings in the St. Louis area amid strong winds.The National Weather Service said the storms could produce tornados, damaging winds, and large hail.This video taken by Leigh Ann Mann in Bridgeton shows a long wall cloud.“Weird,” an onlooker says. “It’s just creepy.” Credit: Leigh Ann Mann via Storyful
Police deployed tear gas and a water cannon during a clash with demonstrators in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 19.Chathuranga Hapuarachchi filmed a video showing the protesters running away from the tear gas and water cannon in Colombo’s central business district, Fort.Sri Lanka’s local news network, newsfirst.lk, reported that the protest was organized by the Inter University Students Federation, to “march against the President, Prime Minister, and the Government,” on Thursday.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka could face a food shortage as its economic crisis deepened on May 20, according to Reuters. Credit: Chathuranga Hapuarachchi via Storyful
A three-month-old giraffe at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was up and running after being fitted with a specialized pair of orthotic braces, which correctly positioned her bent legs.The giraffe, named Msituni, suffered from a hyperextension of the carpi, which caused her front legs to bend improperly and made it difficult for her to stand or walk, according to the zoo.“Wildlife care staff said Msituni’s chances of survival would have been very low without the treatment provided by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team in collaboration with orthotists from Hanger Clinic,” the zoo said.The baby giraffe also received treatment for blood abnormalities and irregularly positioned back legs.These videos shared by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance on May 13 show Msituni’s leg brace treatments, as well as the rehabilitated animal joining the rest of the giraffe herd and drinking from a bottle. Credit: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance via Storyful
The Mariupol City Council and the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine on May 18 accused Russian forces of leveling the ruins of the city’s historic synagogue as well as a Jewish community center.The city council, which published images on Telegram showing damage to buildings, said, “Like the Germans during World War II, they are destroying Jewish community buildings. In Mariupol, the Russian army destroyed the building of the ‘old synagogue’ and the community center,” according to a Google translation.Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Azman posted the same images on Facebook. “And here are the consequences of ‘denazification’. These photos show the Mariupol synagogue, or rather, what is left of it after the arrival of Russian ‘liberators’,” Azman wrote, according to a Google translation.Storyful could not independently confirm when the photos were taken, or what caused the damage to the buildings.In October 2021, an exhibition was installed in the synagogue ruins memorializing the Jewish victims of a 1941 massacre in the Donetsk village of Ahrobaza. The names and photos of thousands of victims were hung on interior walls, and were still being exhibited in February when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. Credit: Mariupol City Council via Storyful