In case you missed it: Brutal flooding overtakes south Pittsburgh, southeastern Texas; Deadly earthquake rattles Japan

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
June 22, 2018, 8:39:27 AM EDT

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Days of extreme rainfall have pounded southeastern Texas this week, resulting in the worst flooding to hit Houston and surrounding areas since Hurricane Harvey.

Sunday was the second-wettest day on record for the city after receiving 1.26 inches of rain, nearly five times the amount that fell throughout all of June so far. The storms led to severe flooding, resulting in several water rescues across the region.

AccuWeather reporter Jonathan Petramala talked to residents who are still rebuilding after Harvey, only to face more flood damage from this round of storms.

Dozens of water rescues took place across the Pittsburgh area on Wednesday after devastating storms blasted the area.

Up to 4 inches of rain fell in south Pittsburgh. More than 60 water rescues were reported in Allegheny County alone.

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Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse attendant Scott Bennett carries bats through a flooded tunnel from the dugout after a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers was called due to rain in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Water rushed across roadways and flooded parking lots, overtaking cars.

Severe thunderstorms rumbled across the central United States on Tuesday, bringing destructive hail, tornadoes and flooding rain.

One of the strongest storms of the day spawned a corkscrew-shaped tornado near Keenesburg, Colorado, located northeast of Denver. The twister was on the ground for nearly 20 minutes with no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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Record heat swelled over parts of the Midwest and Northeast earlier in the week. The mercury hit the 100-degree-Fahrenheit mark in Chicago to kick off the week, and New York City baked in temperatures in the upper 90s.

Air quality warnings were issued as the high temperatures and humidity can prompt respiratory problems when pollution gets trapped in the air during such conditions.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Japan early on Monday morning near the major metropolitan area of Osaka, injuring hundreds and leaving at least four dead, according to the Japan Times.

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A crack is filled with water on a road after water pipes were broken following an earthquake in Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Keiji Uesho/Kyodo News via AP)

Trains and subways across the region were stopped, including the bullet train that runs between Osaka and Tokyo. According to Kansai Electric Power Company, more than 170,000 homes were without power around 9:50 a.m JST.

Thursday, June 21 marked the first day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere and thousands gathered at Stonehenge in southern England to mark the occasion.

On the first day of summer, the sun rises perfectly between stones, funneling the sun's rays into the center of the circular structure.

While the morning was spent celebrating the first day of the warm season, revelers had to endure temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s.

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