Wildfires, heavy snowfalls, tropical storm: the weather in the USA is getting worse
Snowfall helped slow record fires at Cameron Peak and eastern Colorado, says Fox News.
In the last week of October, rough weather is expected across the country. Violent wildfires will continue to rage in the west, with a tropical storm heading towards the Gulf Coast by mid-week, and snow and ice are expected to come from the Rocky Mountains to the plains early in the season.
California, which has experienced the worst bushfire season in history, is preparing for the worst winds of the year. This is the forecast that prompted the largest utility company to announce plans to turn off electricity on Sunday (October 25) for nearly 1 million people to hedge against the risks of new fires caused by the company's equipment.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said the blackouts would begin in Northern California and could eventually affect 386 customers in 000 counties, with many of the blackouts concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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In Colorado, snowfall helped slow the rapid spread of two of the largest wildfires in state history, the Cameron Peak Fire and the East Troublesome Fire. Winter weather followed high winds and low humidity that intensified the fire in the east on Saturday (October 24) while firefighters were in defense mode near the border of Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park.
The National Weather Service has issued warnings and recommendations for winter storms from the central and southern Rocky Mountains to the plains and even to West Texas and Oklahoma.
According to The Weather Channel, the so-called "Winter Storm Billy" with snow and ice will spread to the south and east, including northern New Mexico, Panhandle in Texas, northwest Oklahoma, Kansas and northern Missouri.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Zeta is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and could reach Category 1 status on Monday, Oct.26, before making landfall somewhere between the western Panhandle in Florida and Louisiana by midweek, according to the National Weather Service.
According to the Palm Beach Post, this is the 27th storm in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season - the same number of storms in 2005, which set the record for the most hurricanes in a single season.
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