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Some brave citizens in from Maryland’s low-lying town of Ellicott City have formed a human chain to save a woman trapped in deadly flood waters. The footage captured by local resident Sara Ardaitti shows four men pulling a woman to safety from her black sedan as the fast moving waters threatened to wash the vehicle away with the woman inside it. So far the wild weather has claimed the lives of two people and caused devastating damage to local homes and businesses.

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A powerful thunderstorm ran amok on Chicago, bringing power outages and flooding and throwing a wrench in outdoor festivities across the city. While most people in the city were battening down the hatches during the torrential downpour, some unlucky souls were caught driving. One person caught a video of lightning striking a telephone pole, and it’s intense enough to make you want to give a whole mess of “Hail Marys” to the Chicago gods. Photo via: Roland Taylor Photography.

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Super typhoon Nepartak slammed into the east coast of Taiwan on Friday morning, overturning cars, forcing thousands from their homes and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Taiwan’s first major tropical storm of the season made landfall at about 5.50am in the eastern county of Taitung with winds of 234km/h (145mph) reportedly lashing the region.

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At least seven tornadoes touched down in Colorado this weekend, mostly over rural land, as massive storms swept through the area. Imagine seeing something like this as a caveman 50,000 years ago and not understanding why it’s happening. It’s events like this that must have helped engrain spirituality and deeper thought about our existences.

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A south Florida man is lucky to be alive after dashcam video captured him speeding toward an approaching tornado, but appearing too busy yelling at other drivers to notice. The irritable driver is seen hammering down a Pompano Beach road, zipping around cars, when a funnel cloud appears in the dark sky. Anthony Ciarrocchi uploaded the video to Facebook shortly after, writing that he could not see the tornado because of the rain.

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Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in history, hit the Philippines on November 8, leaving behind a catastrophic scene: more than 5,000 dead, almost 24,000 injured and about 3 million people displaced.

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This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.