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Dozens dead and 1.6 million people evacuated during Japan floods - video

Torrential rain has caused heavy flooding and landslides in south-west Japan. Dozens of  people have died and at least 50 are missing. Japan’s meteorological agency issued ‘historic and special weather warnings’ across four prefectures in the west of Japan’s main island of Honshu

• Floods and landslides leave dozens dead and 50 missing in Japan

Maine to get some relief from heat with Friday thunderstorms

Thunderstorms will roll through Maine on Friday, dousing the state with heavy rains and pushing out a heat wave that has kept most of the state close to 100 degrees all week.

In Greater Bangor, wind-churned torrential rains were expected to blow through the region in the morning, with the downfall losing force and changing to scattered showers sometime after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Hot weather expected to break with thunderstorms on Friday

This week’s hot, sticky weather is expected to break Friday as thunderstorms roll in, bringing with them a cold front and cooler temperatures for the weekend.

The heat index reached more than 90 degrees across the state Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, with the service issuing a heat advisory that lifted at 7 p.m. The heat caused “a significant increase” in people seeking treatment for heat-related illnesses at Eastern Maine Medical Center, spokesman Bob Potts said Thursday.

Portland sets July 4th record with 92-degree temp

According to the National Weather Service’s Gray office, the city of Portland reached a new high temperature for the Fourth of July as the thermometer at the Portland International Jetport hit 92 degrees around noontime.

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