Cyclone Tauktae

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At least 26 people are dead and more than 100 missing after Cyclone Tauktae slammed India’s western coast over the past two days. The storm made landfall Monday with wind speeds equivalent to an intense Category 3 hurricane — almost 125 mph — becoming the strongest cyclone to hit India from the Arabian Sea on record.

Rescue teams raced to recover more than 90 crewmembers from a barge sunk off the coast of Mumbai, with more than 700 others reportedly stranded on three other ships sent adrift by the high winds. See photos of the aftermath here.

The storm arrived as India grapples with the worst COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic. While cases have begun to fall from a peak of nearly 400,000 per day (see data), reported deaths — which typically lag a rise in cases — have surpassed 4,100 per day. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 corpses have washed up on the banks of the Ganges River, possibly linked to coronavirus deaths in the country’s rural areas.

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Ford Motor Company previewed the F-150 Lightning yesterday, a fully electric version of the company’s most popular vehicle. While the Lightning won’t be the first electric truck unveiled — competitors include Tesla’s Cybertruck and GMC’s Hummer — it marks the biggest foray into the market. The company’s F-series pickup trucks have been the top-selling US pickups for years, and make up roughly 250 of every 10,000 vehicles sold in the country. The sneak peek came during a visit by President Joe Biden to Ford’s plant in Dearborn, Michigan, with a full public reveal set for this morning.

Demand for Ford’s Mustang Mach-E — a crossover SUV — has outpaced supply since debuting in December, and the company announced in April the launch of Ion Park, a Michigan research park focused on batteries.

Separately, luxury carmaker Lamborghini will transition its full lineup to all-electric by 2024.

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Drama critic for Nimbus Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine and New York Lifestyles Magazine. Producer, editor and writer.