Army troops have been deployed in Calgary and across Canada’s Alberta province as the government declares a state of emergency ordering 100,000 residents to evacuate. Authorities say 3 bodies have been found.
Singapore health officials have warned that air pollution is at hazardous, record-high levels due to peatland wildfires in neighboring Indonesia. In a bid to quell a diplomatic row, Jakarta has sent helicopters to ‘seed’ rainclouds over the blaze.
Almost 500,000 US homes and business were without power on Friday after a series of severe storms ripped through the Mid-Atlantic, downing trees and power lines. One woman was fatally struck by lightning and a 4-year-old was killed by an uprooted tree.
An immediate, mandatory evacuation was ordered Thursday for Colorado Springs, Colorado as the Black Forest fire, the most destructive wildfire in state history, approaches Colorado’s second-largest city.
Some 2,000 homes have been evacuated in Southern California as firefighters struggle to contain tens of thousands of acres of wildfire amid extremely hot, dry and windy weather. Two major blazes in New Mexico have also spiraled out of control.
Multiple twisters have ripped through Oklahoma City and metropolitan area during rush hour on Friday evening, killing ten people, including 2 children. One tornado repeated the route of the Moore twister which killed 23 just 12 days ago.
As many as five tornadoes were reported across Oklahoma Friday, with nearly a hundred thousand people without power following the storms. At least nine people, including two children have been killed, and much of the state is now flooded.