East Coast, Midwest brace for storms while dangerous summer heat makes its return to the SouthDANIEL MANZO•Severe summer storms slam East CoastEast Coast, Midwest brace for storms while dangerous summer heat makes its return to the South originally appeared on abcnews.go.comA stalled weather system that has been bringing rain to parts of the Southeast will begin to slide northward over the next day bringing with it pop up thunderstorms and heavy downpours up and down much of the east coast and to parts of the Midwest.The result of this weather pattern means that 1 to 3 inches of rain and possible flash flooding could affect regions in New York and Pennsylvania, parts of Illinois and Indiana, and northern Florida and southern Indiana.As a cold front slides eastward and interacts with tropical moisture, it will likely cause pop up thunderstorms in parts of the northeast on Monday, with locally heavy downpours possible.PHOTO: Several weather systems will move across the Midwest and east coast today. (ABC News)Meanwhile, the Midwest had over 150 reports of severe weather on Saturday including 114 reports of strong winds. The severe weather occurred in parts of the Northeast, parts of the upper Midwest, and parts of the central plains.An intense weather system is also expected to move across southeast Kansas and into parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and northeast Oklahoma today.It is in this area that a Severe Thunderstorm Watch will remain in effect until 10AM CDT with damaging winds being the main threat along with heavy rainfall of up to 1 to 2 inches per hour which could cause flash flooding as well.PHOTO: Some areas will get up to 3 inches of rain throughout the day. (ABC News)A similar – but less intense – system is also expected to move through parts of Minnesota and Iowa with the possibility of heavy rain and localized flash flooding.Dangerous summer heat will be making its return to much of the country over the next few days as well.Temperatures in parts of the northeast will get into the 90’s again, including Philadelphia, where a heat advisory has been issued. Luckily this stretch of heat doesn’t look as pronounced or as long as some of the periods of heat the region had in July.PHOTO: A heat advisory will remain in effect for much of the southeast today. (ABC News)Meanwhile, in the southern states it will be another hot day with heat indices well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.In the west the heat will increase once again this upcoming week with temperatures approaching 115 or higher in Death Valley and Palm Springs by Wednesday.PHOTO: Temperatures will hit triple digits across much of the Southwest. (ABC News)In Phoenix temperatures could reach as high as 112 on Wednesday and Las Vegas will be near 109 by Thursday.
By Yusuf Gezer
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Strong rains in Istanbul on Saturday flooded several neighbourhoods, as well as the Grand Bazaar, while officials said one person was found dead in the city.
Rain started early in the day in parts of Istanbul and picked up pace around noon.
Footage from parts of the Grand Bazaar showed shopkeepers, ankle-deep in water, clearing the water out of their stores and the halls. It also showed water pouring out of a hole on the wall into the bazaar, as well as a manhole left open to drain the flood.
A homeless man was found dead in the Unkapani area on the European side of the city due to the flood, the spokesman for the Istanbul municipality said on Twitter.
Several roads across Istanbul, including parts of the road on the shores of the Bakirkoy district and a section of one of the city’s main highways, had also been submerged, Istanbul municipality’s Disaster Coordination Centre (AKOM) said.
The rains also flooded an underpass where several shops are located in the Eminonu neighbourhood, it said. Footage on Turkish media showed hundreds of books and goods floating in the water as shopkeepers submerged up to their waists worked to clear the area.
AKOM said 114 kilograms of rain per square metre had fallen in the Fatih district, where the Grand Bazaar, as well as the Unkapani and Eminonu areas, are located.
(Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Stephen Powell)
Policastro Bussentino (Italy) (AFP) – The body of a French hiker who disappeared nine days ago south of Naples was found Sunday, local Italian authorities said.
„The body of Simon Gautier has been found a short while ago,” the authorities in Sapri, near Belvedere di Ciolandre where the 27-year-old hiker was found dead.
Gautier called for help on August 9, saying he had fallen down a cliff and broken both legs, but was unable to give his location other than „in the middle of nowhere, on the coast”.
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His family has complained that it took too long for the rescuers to organise the search.
According to the Italian media, he was found at the bottom of a ravine after a rescuer with binoculars spotted Gautier’s backpack.
Teams of firefighters and alpine rescuers along with a helicopter and drones on Sunday searched the area of mountains and cliffs bordering the sea.
Gautier had been living in Rome for two years working on a thesis on art history. He set out to hike alone from Policastro Bussentino to Naples and had sent his family a picture of his backpack.
On Sunday evening a vigil was planned in the village of Scario, the closest to the search area, where an open-air mass had been held in the afternoon for the rescue teams and the young man.
TALKEETNA, Alaska — Pilot cars began shepherding motorists through a previously-closed stretch of Alaska’s George Parks Highway for several hours Saturday after an unusual combination of high winds and dry weather sparked six blazes in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
„Firefighters continue to work furiously to contain two wildfires burning about 20 miles apart on the opposite side of the Parks Highway, one of which temporarily closed the highway between mileposts 88 to 93,” the Alaska Division of Forestry said in a release.
An air tanker, a five-person task force of firefighters from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and a five-member task force from the Anchorage Fire Department and three more crews would join the late-night effort, according to officials.
More than 20 evacuees had arrived at the Red Cross shelter by 9 p.m. Saturday after the McKinley Fire sparked mandatory evacuations along five miles of the rural highway. The blaze burned about half a mile east of the highway near Mile 91.
Residents seeking to evacuate people were allowed through, but pet owners were not allowed through.
The blaze was reported at 4:20 p.m. AKT, one of a string of blazes the Alaska Division of Forestry attributed to power lines affected by wind and falling trees.
Smoke-jumper crews were dispatched as well as an air tanker and a helicopter. Crews also battled the 200-acre Deshka fire near Mile 68 of the Parks Highway Saturday.
Public radio station KTNA gave community updates despite internet and landline services being out of commission. The station reported the road reopening and that rail service was stopped five miles from the fire line after flames crossed the tracks and headed west toward the highway.
Red Cross volunteer and retired educator Matt Clark said the winds were unusual but the dry conditions were especially unexpected as August is usually marked by wet weather.
The area was under a burn ban due to extreme fire conditions.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Alaska wildfires: Evacuation orders after high winds spark blazes
MADRID (AP) — Around 4,000 people were evacuated Sunday because of wildfires that, for the second time in a week, ravaged the countryside of one of Spain’s Canary Islands.
The latest blaze broke out on Saturday afternoon near the town of Valleseco on Gran Canaria island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago.
By Sunday afternoon, the fire had taken two different directions, burning more than 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) as it continued advancing, the provincial government said in a series of tweets.
Nine helicopters and two planes were aiding at least 600 people including firefighters and army emergency personnel who were working in shifts to tackle the blaze.
Officials described the fire as having „great potential” to spread. The island was experiencing temperatures close to 40 C (104 F), humidity levels below 30% and strong winds, which usually provide what experts call the „perfect storm” for virulent wildfires.
„The environmental damage has already been done,” said Ángel Víctor Torres, the region’s president, in comments carried by the private Europa Press news agency.
„We are facing a complicated situation in which the security of people is the priority now,” the official added.
Evacuations extended to at least 40 towns in the vicinity of Valleseco.
At least 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of field and low forest burned in the same area last week.
Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months. Nearly half of Spain’s provinces were on alert Sunday for a high risk of fires, according to the country’s weather agency AEMET.
Thailand Baby Dugong
BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday.
The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named „Marium” and became a hit in Thailand after images of biologists embracing and feeding her with milk and seagrass spread across social media. Veterinarians and volunteers had set out in canoes to feed Marium up to 15 times a day while also giving her health checks.
Last week, she was found bruised after being chased and supposedly attacked by a male dugong during the mating season, said Jatuporn Buruspat, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
She was brought in for treatment in the artificial sea on Libong Island in Krabi province.
„We assume she wandered off too far from her natural habitat and was chased and eventually attacked by another male dugong, or dugongs, as they feel attracted to her,” Jatuporn said Saturday.
An autopsy showed a big amount of plastic waste in her intestine, which could also have played a part in her death as it led to gastritis and blood infection, he said.
„She must have thought these plastics were edible,” Jatuporn said.
The dugong is a species of marine mammal similar to the American manatee and can grow to about 3.4 meters (11 feet) in length. Its conservation status is listed as vulnerable.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-arcpha said at a news conference that Marium’s corpse will be stuffed for research purposes, and that the animal’s death saddens the whole nation and the world.
„Her death will remind Thais and people all over the world not to dispose trash into the oceans,” he said.
The first day back to school for many of Miami’s students will be really hot, but forecasters think the region might get a break from rainy afternoons.
The day will start off in the upper 70s and the lower 80s closer inland. But by mid-afternoon, temperatures could feel upwards of 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
“Folks that are sending their kids back to school on Monday…definitely want to keep in mind hydration for the afternoon bus ride,” said Robert Garcia, meteorologist for the NWS in Miami.
There’s a slight chance of showers on Monday morning, but Sunday’s dry afternoon could help limit the potential for flooding, Garcia said. Rain chances might increase on Tuesday into Wednesday night and continue steadily into the weekend.
Plane crashes into home in upstate New York, killing 1 on board and 1 on ground originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
The Cessna 303 aircraft crashed into the home at about 4:30 p.m. in Union Vale, New York, near Poughkeepsie. There were three people on board the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and three people in the house, New York State Police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said.
„The aircraft departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., and was headed to Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, N.Y.,” a statement from the FAA said.
Two people on the plane survived the crash, but one on board was killed, according to officials.
„I saw the house completely engulfed in flames,” neighbor Rick Plambeck said. „There was a woman in the house and she jumped out of the window onto a ladder with her dog and she told us that there was a man in the house, which was her father. But we didn’t know, or see him at all.
„The plane was in the back of the house, on the back porch.”
DeQuarto initially said there were three people inside the house, with one uninjured, one suffering life-threatening injuries and another that was unaccounted for. Hours later, a New York State Police spokesperson said one of the people inside the house had died.
The spokesperson was unsure if it was the person with life-threatening injuries or the missing person who was dead.
The FAA is investigating the accident, while the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.
ABC News’ Amanda Maile and Matt Foster contributed to this report.
Should museums return their colonial artifacts?Mike Bebernes Editor•The 360 shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories.Should museum artifacts be given back?What’s happening:Museums in a number of Western countries are facing increasing pressure to return troves of artifacts in their collections to their countries of origin. Leaders from areas of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific that were once colonies have said they want the items — many of which were taken hundreds of years ago — to be given back.Similar requests have been made — and largely ignored — for decades. But a new crop of European leaders have recently begun to reevaluate the legacy of colonialism.French President Emmanuel Macron commissioned a report that recommended returning many of the 90,000 artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa housed in his country’s museums. Germany and the Netherlands have announced their own plans to return items. Several museums in the U.K. have loaned parts of their collections to museums in their country of origin.Why there’s debate:Advocates for returning the artifacts say the items were stolen during an oppressive era in history. Countries that keep these ill-gotten pieces, they argue, are continuing to profit from exploitation of the past. “Keeping them abroad is like holding our ancestors hostage,” said a curator from the National Museum in Nigeria.Some curators from Western countries say that many of the items were acquired legally, at least according to laws at the time. Others raise questions over whether claims of ownership are legitimate, since some of the nations and tribes that created the items no longer exist.There are also concerns that the countries requesting the artifacts lack the infrastructure and funding to ensure that they are properly preserved.What’s next:While it appears that more artifacts will be making their way to their home countries, it’s unlikely that this will lead to empty shelves in European museums anytime soon. It’s estimated that 90 to 95 percent of sub-Saharan cultural artifacts are housed outside Africa.Perspectives Profiting from stolen items perpetuates the wrongs of colonialism.“Major world museums continue to perpetuate a colonialist paradigm with their frequent refusal to return artifacts that were stolen or otherwise acquired in an illegal or illegitimate fashion.”— Molly Beauchemin, PaperWestern museums are best equipped to ensure items are safe and seen by more people.“To the British Museum and others, even ill-gotten artifacts are now their property. The argument is a legal and utilitarian one: This is where the items are safest and most people will see them.” — Max Bearak, New York TimesThe rightful owners of specific artifacts can be hard to determine.„Western curators have long deployed a range of arguments to keep [the items]: that countries of origin don’t have the museum infrastructure required to keep the artifacts safe, to adequately care for them, or to offer access to the public. That it is not always clear to whom the artifacts should be given – the people they were taken from or the nation-state that exists now? ” — Kristen Chick and Ryan Lenora Brown, Christian Science MonitorSaying African nations can’t care for the artifacts is insulting.“The argument is often advanced that by coming to the West, these objects were preserved for posterity — if they were left in Africa they simply would have rotted away. This is a specious argument, rooted in racist attitudes that somehow indigenous people can’t be trusted to curate their own cultural heritage. It is also a product of the corrosive impact of colonialism.”— Mark Hornton, CNNWestern countries should help poorer nations build proper museum infrastructure.“Their argument is basically: You Africans can’t protect your art. We know it because we stole it from you. … But if you’re that concerned about it, how about just making the museums in Africa better. Taking a tiny piece of that sweet colonialism money and build a museum in Africa you feel comfortable in.” — Trevor Noah, “The Daily Show”The European perspective perverts African history.“A more serious problem is that the collections retain and perpetuate the stereotypical narratives Europeans had — and still have — about Africans. … The power to select, name and decide the meaning of these items makes Europeans the authors of African history.”
— Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Quartz Africa Western nations shouldn’t have the power to decide what is returned.“The suggestion that African people have to prove that they are worthy of their own cultural heritage is insulting and absurd.” — Christine Mungai, Al JazeeraMuseums should embrace a more honest narrative.“We need a new type of museum: one that’s not afraid to admit it doesn’t have all the answers and actually welcomes critique and dissent, that will let in a multiplicity of responses and voices without defensiveness. We need a different script on acquisition, possession and repatriation: it’s not enough to insist that finders are keepers.” — Alice Proctor, GuardianIs there a topic you’d like to see covered in The 360? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.