In case you missed it: Major winterlike storm strands Northeastern motorists; Flooding forces tourists to flee ancient Jordan site

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
November 17, 2018, 1:12:11 PM EST


California continued to deal with the devastating aftermath of deadly wildfires this week.

The Camp Fire in Northern California is now the state's deadliest fire on record. The town of Paradise in Northern California was incinerated, leaving it destroyed.

More than 70 people have been killed.

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Sheriff deputies look at a spot that may contain human remains at a home burned in the Camp Fire, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Magalia, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)


The fire is also the most state's most destructive, claiming more than 10,000 structures.

Ten search teams were working in Paradise and in surrounding communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Authorities called in a DNA lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims, according to the Washington Post.

The Woolsey Fire destroyed hundreds of homes in Malibu over the past week as well. Many celebrities have taken to social media to report that their homes were completely destroyed.

The fire has burned nearly 100,000 acres in Southern California.

On the eastern half of the country, the first major winterlike of the season hit the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

At the height of the storm, nearly half a million people were without power.

Roads were left blanketed by snow, trapping some drivers. In Allentown, Pennsylvania, motorists were stuck for more than 12 hours overnight. Police reported waking up some drivers when traffic began to move.

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A person walks across Independence Mall during a snow storm in Philadelphia, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


One of the stranded was Einstein, a camel that was traveling to an event for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

After making the trek on snow-packed roads, the group said Einstein had to turn around and return to his home at the Peaceable King Petting Zoo.


In New York City, Central Park received 6 inches of snow from this event, making it the snowiest November day there in 136 years. Officials urged city residents to stay out of the city's parks while crews worked to clear snow.

The George Washington Bridge was shut on Thursday due to accidents. Thousands of flights were delayed or canceled at Northeast airports.

Snow totals hit up to 10 inches in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Great Lakes was hit by the first major lake-effect snow event of the season over the weekend.

Lake-effect snow engulfed parts of Michigan, northern Ohio and Pennsylvania through Sunday on the heels of a separate storm.

Officials were forced to close a stretch of Interstate 90 between Buffalo, New York, and Erie, Pennsylvania, on Saturday morning.

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Kuwait City was inundated with a nearly a year's worth of rain in less than two days this week.

Nearly 4 inches (95 mm) of rain fell at midweek, flooding roads and damaging some buildings in the Middle Eastern country's capital. Flooding also affected parts of neighboring Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Kuwait has been battered by heavy rain this month, leading to the death of one man.

At least a dozen people were killed in Jordan during a rare rainstorm, just a week after a separate deadly flooding event killed at least 21 people near the Dead Sea.

Heavy rain triggered flash flooding in several areas of the country, including in the Madaba region and the ancient city of Petra, according to the Associated Press (AP).

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In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, tourists brave a rare rainstorm in plastic ponchos to peer at the Treasury, Jordan's most famous archaeological monument leftover from the Nabatean civilization in the kingdom's Petra archaeological park. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)


In Petra, more than 3,700 tourists were forced to evacuate to higher ground as the floodwaters rushed in, according to Aljazeera.

Water rushed through a dry, narrow canyon which leads to Petra's main attraction, the Treasury.

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