Iota has rapidly strengthened into a “dangerous” category 4 hurricane as it heads towards Central America. Forecasters say it could reach category 5 status later today before making landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night with a 12-18ft storm surge. It comes just days after the countries were ransacked by category 4 Hurricane Eta which killed at least 200 people.
The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region. Forecasters said the now-tropical depression was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Sally roared ashore on Wednesday morning. Over 500,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity by 8 a.m. EDT Wednesday, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks power outages. Florida’s Panhandle region was the most impacted by the storm in that state. After making landfall, Sally is still pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast.
The US state of Oregon is battling record-breaking wildfires, which have destroyed at least five towns. Three deaths in Oregon have been blamed on the wildfires, with another in neighboring Washington state, where blazes are also burning. In California, three people died in a wildfire that has forced thousands from their homes, authorities say. Fires are raging in nine other western states, according to the National Fire Information Center.
One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the U.S., Laura barreled across Louisiana on Thursday, shearing off roofs and killing at least six people while carving a destructive path hundreds of miles inland. But despite a trail of demolished buildings, entire neighborhoods left in ruins and almost 900,000 homes and businesses without power, a sense of relief prevailed that Laura was not the annihilating menace forecasters had feared.
Hurricane Laura has made landfall in the US state of Louisiana, causing flash flooding and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power. Forecasters earlier warned that the storm, a category four when it struck the coast with winds of up to 150mph (240km/h), threatened to cause an “unsurvivable” storm surge. Hurricane Laura is one of the strongest storms to ever hit the US Gulf Coast.
More than half a million people have been ordered to flee the US Gulf Coast as forecasters warn of “catastrophic damage” from Hurricane Laura and say a potentially deadly surge could penetrate 30 miles inland. Authorities made the order after the storm strengthened into a hurricane, telling people in Texas and Louisiana that “actions to protect life and property should be rushed to completion this evening”.
A temperature of 54.4C (129.9F) has been recorded in California during an intense heatwave – in what could be the hottest reading ever reliably taken on the planet. An automated station for the United States National Weather Service at Furnace Creek in Death Valley recorded the extreme heat at 3.41pm on Sunday. If verified, it would be the hottest weather since 56.6C (134F) was registered at the same place on 10 July 1913.
Hundreds of thousands of people are without power after Hurricane Isaias made landfall in the US, bringing with it winds of 85mph and the threat of storm surges and flash floods. By the time the eye of Isaias hit southern North Carolina it had strengthened into a category one hurricane from a tropical storm. It is due to make its way up the US eastern coast towards Washington, Philadelphia and New York.
Rapidly rising water overtook dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people in central Michigan, where the governor said one downtown could be “under approximately 9 feet of water” by Wednesday. For the second time in less than 24 hours, families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home. President Trump is scheduled to arrive in the state on Thursday.