Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday but is still producing strong wind gusts that are nearly hurricane force.
Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey, which has lingered as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground.
Millions of people flocked to areas of the U.S. that are in the “path of totality” in order to experience a total solar eclipse. During the event, the moon passes in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun.
A wildfire that erupted over the weekend has ripped through central Portugal killing over 60 people and injured dozens more. According to the Portuguese Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa, eight firefighters are among the injured and four of those are in critical condition.
Temperatures dipped severely this week in many parts of the United States. Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring several inches of snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast braced for their own blast of wintry weather. Much of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will stay cold for the next couple of days as the arctic air remains stuck over the northern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.