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The Thomas Fire in Southern California continued to rage this week and grew to be one of the largest wildfires in the state's history.
As of Saturday, Dec. 16, the fire’s acreage had soared to 259,000 acres, putting it third on the list of the top 20 largest California wildfires. The cost of the fire has exceeded $96 million.
The fire has destroyed over 1,000 structures and is responsible for the death of a 70-year-old woman, who was found dead after her car crashed along an evacuation route near Santa Paula.
A firefighter from the San Diego Unit was killed while battling the Thomas Fire, according to Cal Fire.
"More details will be made available as they are confirmed," Chief Ken Pimlott, director of Cal Fire, said in a statement about the firefighter fatality. "In the meantime, please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved one[s] in your prayers [and] all the responders on the front line in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions."
The Thomas Fire underwent explosive growth when it charred 30,000 acres from Dec. 4 into the morning of Dec. 5. That rapid spread was due to the fiercest Santa Ana wind event of the season. Additional rounds of gusty wind have led to challenging conditions for combating the blaze.
Parts of the northeastern U.S. experienced their first major snowfall of the season on Saturday and Sunday. Snow blanketed New York City, creating picturesque holiday scenes. Nearly 5 inches of snow fell in Central Park.
However, the NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills created scenes out of a movie, as whiteout conditions enveloped the stadium in Orchard Park, New York.
An Alberta clipper brought more wintry weather to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic on Thursday, creating travel chaos for some.
Snow was blamed for numerous car accidents and delays in places like Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A blanket of snow covered the region, with a foot of snow falling in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
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The U.K. was hit by snow over the weekend, causing travel delays and and power outages.
Snow fell from the Midlands to Wales and as far south as London. One of the highest snow totals was recorded in Sennybridge, Wales, where 32 cm (12.5 inches) was measured.
Residents in San Bernadino, California, were shocked when a chunk of ice tore through their roof and ended up in their bedroom, according to the Associated Press.
The couple said the ice the size of a motor engine. A Federal Aviation Administration officer said it could have fallen from a passenger airliner.
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Animals in the path of Florence were rescued by volunteers and taken across America to Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and as far as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Storms and heat will be the main factor this week as the third week of the NFL season gets underway.
Even though Florence has been completely sheared apart by strong winds over the North Atlantic, some of the leftover showers and thunderstorms may loop back around and approach the Carolina coast early next week.
The autumnal equinox marks the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere, but meteorologists commonly consider a different date to mark the start of the new season.
A new round of severe weather will threaten communities across the interior Northeast with damaging winds and downpours at week’s end.
A group of women, youth and community leaders rescued an abandoned school and transformed it into the second Mutual Support Center in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Advances in weather science and technology and cooperation between government weather services and the American Weather Industry, have resulted in increasingly accurate tornado warnings. This has led to greatly reduced risk for such tragedies when warnings provide enough time to move people to safety when severe weather threatens.
Un grupo de mujeres, jóvenes y líderes comunitarios rescataron una escuela abandonada para convertirla en el segundo Centro de Apoyo Mutuo de Caguas, Puerto Rico.