May 28, 2018

Memorial Day weekend floods ravage Maryland town

Rescuers work to free people trapped upstairs during torrential rain that caused flash floods along Main Street in Ellicott City, MD.

Flash flooding from a massive rainstorm rushed through Main Street on Sunday in Ellicott City, Md., which was severely ravaged by flood waters just two years ago.

Why it matters: Sunday's and 2016 flooding likely rank as greater than 1-in-1,000 year rainstorms, which means than in any given year there's just a 0.1 percent chance of them occurring, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman explains. By adding more moisture to the air available for storms, climate change is leading to a well-documented uptick in heavy rain events, particularly in the Northeast. Human development patterns are also elevating flood risk in many areas.

Between the lines: Although scientists have not yet examined this particular, localized event, climate change has led to a well-documented uptick in heavy rain events, particularly in the Northeast.

Videos from the scene by The Baltimore Sun's Libby Solomon:

Go deeper: Police are still searching for Eddison Hermond, 39, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Facebook employees stage "virtual walkout"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Dozens" of Facebook employees staged a "virtual walkout" Monday over the company's decision not to take action against President Trump's provocative messages in the face of nationwide protests against police violence, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: While Twitter added fact-check labels and hid the president's most inflammatory tweet — "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" — Facebook has said Trump's statements do not violate its policies, and that the platform aims to promote free speech.

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Trump lashes out at governors, urges them to "dominate" protesters

President Trump berated the nation’s governors in a video teleconference call Monday, calling many of them "weak" and demanding tougher crackdowns on the protests that erupted throughout the country following the killing of George Floyd, according to multiple reports.

The big picture: Trump blamed violence on the "the radical left" and told the governors, who were joined by law enforcement and national security officials, that they have to "dominate" protesters and "arrest people" in order to bring an end to the unrest.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Noam Galai, Jamie McCarthy, Josep Lago/AFP, Alfredo Estrella/AFP, and Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto, all via Getty Images

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 6,206,773 — Total deaths: 372,752 — Total recoveries — 2,661,643Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 1,793,780 — Total deaths: 104,3450 — Total recoveries: 444,758 — Total tested: 16,936,891Map.
  3. Public health: Fauci says“My meetings with the president have been dramatically decreased” — Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Climate: Your guide to comparing climate change and coronavirus.
  5. Economy: A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic.
  6. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.