The apocalyptic weather besetting the US on all sides continues, with wildfires causing multiple fatalities and major evacuations as the capital Washington DC experienced flash flooding.
Torrential downpours left dozens of drivers stranded on Thursday, with many opting to abandon their vehicles on the roadside as others needed rescue by the authorities.
Route 50, one of the busiest sections of road in the DC metropolitan area, the country’s sixth largest metropolitan area, was completely submerged under several feet of water and rendered impassable.
Crews launched inflatable boats to rescue drivers across the state, conducting vehicle-by-vehicle searches.
Train services were temporarily shut down, with at least one passenger service left stranded on the tracks for roughly two hours before returning to its point of departure in DC.
“I want to take this time to urge everybody, please turn around, don’t drown,”DC Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said after at …