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2 dead, hundreds displaced by Maryland floods

Video includes clips from WMAR and Twitter / @HoCoGovExec and images from WMAR.

Severe flooding in central Maryland has left at least two dead and hundreds of others picking up the pieces.

The flash flooding struck Ellicott City on Saturday night. Officials said residents Jessica Watsula and Joseph Anthony Blevins were swept away in their cars in separate incidents. 

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"Cars everywhere, sidewalks missing, roads partially gone, utility poles down, cars on top of cars," Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said of the scene. 

Officials report Ellicott City received more than six inches of rain in a matter of hours. Kittleman said in the aftermath of the storm, the city looked like a "war zone."

"I've seen the flooding in Ellicott City in the past, and it's been bad. It has never been close to being this bad," he said.

Photos from WMAR show vehicles almost completely submerged and water flooding the streets.

As of Sunday, Howard County police had no other missing person reports from the floods.

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'Buck moon': July's full moon has an interesting name – and history

June brought us the rare sight of the "strawberry moon" during the summer solstice, and on Tuesday, July brought us ... the "buck moon"?

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July's full moon is nicknamed after the woodland creature because Native Americans used the animal's growth patterns to track the seasons.

According to the "Old Farmer's Almanac," tribes noticed bucks would sprout new antlers around this time of year and named the moon after the trend.

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And "buck" isn't the only nickname this full moon has. Some also call it the "thunder moon" or "hay moon" because farmers start to store their hay in preparation for this season's stormy weather.

Stargazers were able to catch a glimpse of the "buck moon" Tuesday starting about 6:56 p.m.

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Toddler forgotten in 154-degree car expected to recover

A toddler is expected to recover after police said his mother accidentally left him in a hot car for 2 1/2 hours in blistering temperatures in Utah over the weekend.

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The 1 1/2-year-old boy was found Sunday afternoon in his family's car. He was lethargic and his breathing was shallow. His temperature had reached 105 degrees, according to police.

"This car was 154 degrees inside a few minutes after paramedics had opened the door and were doing their work on the child," Lt. Lex Bell, of the Unified Police Department, told KSTU. "So (it) probably was even higher than that."

The car was parked in the family's driveway with its windows rolled up, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The child was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he was initially listed in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to fair condition, Bell said.

Police told KSTU that the boy's mother went to church on Sunday afternoon and decided to go home after she fell ill. She left her husband and their other children at the church, but forgot that she had brought home their toddler son. She went inside while he was still strapped in his car seat, The Tribune reported.

The child's father discovered him when he returned home from church.

Police did not identify the family and told reporters that officers do not anticipate making any arrests in the case.

"A child should be the first thing that goes into the house," Bell told KUTV. "It gets hot so fast inside of those cars, and this could have been so much more tragic than it is."

Hot weather is expected across Utah this week, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters said Sunday that temperatures in Salt Lake City reached 90 degrees for the 16th time this month.

'Strawberry moon' stuns in these 12 must-see photos

Skywatchers were in for a rare treat Monday night as a strawberry moon brightened the night sky on the summer solstice.

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“Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event,” said astronomer Bob Berman. “By landing exactly on the solstice, this full moon doesn’t just rise as the sun sets, but is opposite the sun in all other ways, too.”

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The last time a full moon fell on the summer solstice was 1948.

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Video shows massive sinkhole swallowing van

One man in Ottawa, Ontario, is out of a vehicle after a huge sinkhole opened and took it down with it.

CBC News reported that the sinkhole began forming downtown at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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The sinkhole quickly grew on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa and stretched across its four lanes, filling with water.

A water main break was to blame for the development of the sinkhole, CBC News reported.

Those in nearby buildings were evacuated because of the road collapse and an on-site gas leak.

Authorities reported no injuries, but the owner of the van was not able to go near the sinkhole or retrieve his vehicle.

It was not the first time that the street has collapsed. CBC News reported that a similar incident occurred in 1924, citing Library and Archives Canada.

Video of the van falling into the sinkhole can be seen below:

Photos: Heavy rains flood Paris

Landscapes: Trees and yard

Trees should be trimmed by early June, before storms threaten. Many municipalities have “amnesty” weeks before storm season, when you can deposit more than the allowable limit of yard debris. Call municipalities for more information.

Call a professional. Trees trimmed by a professional arborist are far less likely to go down in a storm.

Thinning a tree allows wind to blow through its canopy, offering less wind resistance in a storm. Prune young trees to create a single leader, which will grow into a strong trunk.

To minimize damage to a mature tree, eliminate weak branches and reduce the length of limbs at a tree’s sides. Don’t remove interior branches, as this can make a tree unbalanced.

Hatracked trees become sails. Removing a tree’s canopy encourages bushy growth, which makes a tree top heavy and wind-resistant. Some hatracked trees “sailed” directly to the ground. Hatracking is illegal.

‘Lifted’ trees mean broken branches. “Lifting” is a common practice where the lower branches are removed to provide clearance underneath. Lifting contributes to branch breakage and makes the tree top heavy.

Don’t wait until the storm is threatening to prune. If the trash pickup doesn’t get to your curb before the storm strikes, you’ve created a pile of potential missiles.

Coconuts behave like cannonballs in high winds. Remove them well before a storm hits. If trees are too tall for you to reach, hire a tree trimmer.

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    Tips for your yard

    Take in hanging pots and baskets. Secure or take in pots from shadehouses.

  • Secure young trees with additional stakes.

    Don’t remove fruit. If you put it in a trash pile and the pile isn’t picked up, the fruit may fly around in the wind.

    Tree-dwelling bromeliads, staghorn ferns and orchids can be secured with fishing line.

    Take in or tie up any piles of yard or construction debris.

    Take in all garden furniture, grills, tiki torches and other outdoor items. (Do not sink furniture in swimming pool.)

    Consider removing gates and trellises.

    Palms, native trees fared best through 3 hurricanes

    In high wind, palms will bend but not always break. Since they originated in the tropics and subtropics, their supple trunks have adapted to hurricanes.

    Plant palms in clumps around the edge of your garden (not near the house) to block the wind and protect more fragile plants inside. Although fronds will be damaged in a storm, most of these palms will recover.

    Ficus trees come down easily in storms

    Ficus trees are not meant for residential yards. They grow to 70 feet with a massive span of shallow roots, and come down easily in high winds.

    If you already have a ficus, have it professionally trimmed before hurricane season begins. (If you have Australian pine and ficus in your yard, consider removing them.)

    Stake small trees as a storm approaches with stakes driven at least 8 inches into the ground.

    Trim large masses of vines so they don’t pull down fences.

    Lay arches and trellises on the ground and anchor with rope.

    Fast-growing, brittle trees should never be planted in hurricane country, no matter how quickly you need shade.


    Gumbo limboCocoplumCypressDahoon hollyGeiger treeButtonwoodJamaica caperMasticIronwoodLive oakSand oakRed bayRed mapleCypressSea grapeStopperStrangler fig

    BRITTLE TREES(Consider removing these trees from your yard.)

    Australian pineEarleaf acaciaFicus (ficus benjamina, weeping fig)Bishopwood (Bischofia)CarrotwoodHong Kong orchidTabebuiaLaurel oakMelaleucaScheffleraBlack oliveJacarandaJava plumNorfolk Island pineRoyal poincianaSilk oak


    Cabbage palm (sabal palm)Canary Island date palmChristmas palm (adonidia)Coconut palmFlorida thatch palmFoxtail palmRobellini palm (Pygmy date palm)Royal palmMajesty palmPaurotis palmThatch palms

    Note: Queen palms are the exception. They have a very low wind tolerance.

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