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A derecho is not quite a hurricane. It has no eye and its winds come across in a line. But the damage it is likely to do spread over such a large area is more like an inland hurricane than a quick more powerful tornado, Marsh said.
At least nine people, including a 5-year-old autistic girl, were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias battered the U.S. East Coast with rain and fierce winds after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina.
The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, has scorched more than 10,500 hectares since erupting last Friday in the Riverside County community of Cherry Valley, about 120 km east of Los Angeles.
An unspecified number of homes were in the path of the flames but were not in imminent danger, CalFire captain Fernando Herrera told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 135 kph Saturday morning and some strengthening was possible later Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
On Thursday while still a tropical storm, Isaias knocked out power, toppled trees and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to move over or near Puerto Rico on Wednesday night before possibly hitting the U.S. mainland by the weekend.
"This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history," the CEO of the World Wide Fund for Nature said.
The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic cyclone season made landfall twice as a Category 1 storm on Saturday afternoon within the span of little over an hour.
Tropical Storm Hanna is nearly hurricane strength as the system moves toward the Texas coast.
The storm approaches as Hawaii grapples with increasing COVID-19 cases, including its highest ever single-day increase Friday.
Air travel was one of sectors most significantly impacted by COVID-19. According to a new study, that's having an impact on the accuracy of forecasts globally.
More than 1 million people have been marooned in Nepal, Bangladesh and India and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes for higher ground.