Hurricane Florence slowed to a Tropical Depression on Sunday while continuing to endanger communities, with the death toll reaching at least 16 across North and South Carolina. Rain and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week. Typhoon Mangkhut which left at least 33 miners dead and 29 missing in the Philippines is now moving across southern China.
Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Thursday in what could be the worst storm to affect the region in years. The powerful winds and rain are expected to continue through the weekend and next week. President Trump denied the reported death toll from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Puerto Rico, accusing Democrats of inflating numbers.
A state of emergency was declared in states including Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland as Hurricane Florence is expected to hit on Thursday. Over 1.7 million people through North and South Carolina and Virginia have been ordered to evacuate. Hurricane Florence could cut off electricity for up to 3 million people.
Evacuations have been ordered as the US East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence – in what may be the strongest storm to hit the region in decades. South Carolina residents have been ordered to evacuate from the coast as the state prepares for the category four hurricane to make landfall later this week. More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Hawaii saw nearly 20 inches of rain with flooding and landslides on Friday as Hurricane Lane approached the island. Public schools across the state are closed Friday in anticipation of the Category 3 storm and several major airlines have issued weather waivers. Typhoons Cimarron and Soulik weakened after battering Japan and South Korea this week.
At least 50 people were killed as a wildfire swept through the Greek town of Mati, just 18 miles east of Athens on Monday. Greece invoked EU civil protection agreements for help in fighting the fire. At least 30 people have been killed as a heat wave in Japan reached record high temperatures on Monday.
Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate, the names of the four destructive hurricanes of 2017 were retired by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization. Since 1979, the WMO has been using a six-year name rotation. The decision to retire names is made when storms are so deadly and destructive that reuse of the name would be insensitive. The 2017 hurricane season accumulated costs expected to surpass $200 billion.
At least eight people have died in the nor’easter that ripped through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Friday, leaving more than two million people in 17 states without power, according to the United States Energy Department. The deaths, which included two children, were recorded in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
The winter storm gripping America’s East Coast, being referred to as the ‘bomb cyclone,’ has become one of the strongest storms in modern history. Blizzard warnings extended in regions from Virginia up to Maine, as heavy snow and winds continued, Thursday. The National Weather Service office in Boston warned people to ‘expect the unexpected.’
Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Erie, was covered under over four feet of snow over a 30-hour period, during Christmas, breaking local and state snowfall records. Erie officials have declared a state of emergency and advised drivers to stay off city streets and close highways. The national guard is expected to deploy for extra assistance.