In case you missed it: Wildfires consume thousands of acres in California; Tornadoes tear across southern US
By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
November 09, 2018, 10:30:36 AM EST
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Severe storms ripped across the southeastern United States early this week, killing one person.
A woman in Christiana, Tennessee, was killed amid a home collapse as an EF2 tornado tore across the region. Two others were injured.
At least 23 tornadoes over two days touched down across the South, including in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, where one home sustained substantial damage.
In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, students at Middle Tennessee State University awoke to tornado sirens and cell phone notifications around midnight as a tornado-warned storm moved overhead.
Tens of thousands were without power into Tuesday morning.
The Camp Fire raged late this week in Butte County, California, prompting urgent evacuations, charring thousands of acres and claiming several lives.
After igniting early Thursday morning, the fire prompted a state of emergency and thousands were forced to flee their homes.
“Pretty much the community of Paradise is destroyed; it’s that kind of devastation,” Cal Fire Capt. Scott McLean said via the Associated Press (AP). “The wind that was predicted came and just wiped it out.”
Dozens of resources were being called in from throughout the state to help stop the spread of the blaze, and local officials called the fire "very dangerous."
People were reportedly stuck in traffic amid near blackout conditions due to smoke.
Meanwhile, separate fires in Southern California ignited late this week as well amid Santa Ana winds.
The Hill Fire is the largest of the two blazes. The second blaze, the Woolsey Fire, flared up south of Simi Valley on Thursday afternoon and spread rapidly.
Mandatory evacuations expanded into Thousand Oaks and part of the Los Angeles city limits.
Voters from Georgia through Maine waited in long lines amid heavy downpours to cast their ballots on Tuesday.
The weather also disrupted the vote-counting process in some parts of the region, including in North Carolina where high humidity levels caused issues with the machines used to process ballots.
“Initial reports from county elections offices indicate this issue is caused by high humidity levels,” the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (NCSBE) said.
Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms on Monday night caused two precincts in West Virginia to open late, according to the Associated Press. Over a dozen other precincts across the state were without power early Tuesday morning, but generators were used until power was restored.
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Two major ski resorts in Colorado have opened early for the first time in a decade.
Enough natural snow so early in the season has allowed Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort to open their slopes with up to 5 feet falling in the past month. Four feet of snow fell in the past week alone.
"It is a huge deal for Keystone and Breckenridge. This is the first time in nearly a decade that both resorts have been able to open earlier than our announced dates," said Russell Carlton, communications manager for Keystone Resort.
An overflowing river in the small town of Casteldaccia on the island of Sicily has led to the deaths of at least a dozen people as Italy continues to be pounded by severe weather.
The river rose rapidly on Saturday night, trapping two families in a home and killing nine of the 12 inhabitants. A 1-year-old baby and 3-year-old child are among the dead.
At least three others were killed when floodwater overtook their vehicles.
Strong thunderstorms dropped inches of rain over the region, triggering the crest. One man survived by clinging to a tree while others in the area described water pouring into their homes.
According to the Associated Press, half of the yachts docked near Genoa were destroyed. Other damage to hotels, roads and homes along the coastline was reported.
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