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Portugal and the U.S. fall victim to intense wildfire conditions

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Extreme fire conditions have spread across the globe with the U.S. scorched and dozens injured in Portugal

Dozens have been injured as a wildfire tears through Portugal leaving 12 firefighters and 17 civilians in medical care.

3,000 firefighters have now been deployed to tackle the inferno as temperatures throughout the country reach 43 degrees Celsius.

The European Union has activated its air fleet assistance programme allowing member nations to share their resources.

Spain has been one of the first countries to lend a hand, mobilising two firefighting planes.

96 per cent of Portugal is considered as being in ‘extreme’ or ‘severe’ drought and the sweltering heat wave currently hanging over the nation is only expected to worsen.

The government has declared a heightened state of alert which will remain in place until at least Friday.

Wildfires throughout the U.S.

It’s been an explosive few months when it comes to wildfires in the U.S., but it’s tipped to get a whole lot worse as summer approaches.

Landscapes are being described by experts as ‘tinderboxes’ – so dry that a single spark could lead to catastrophe.

The Pacific north-west, north California, Texas, Hawaii and Alaska are all forecast to be among those hardest hit by fire conditions.

Four key factors are at play here – drought, dried fuels, windy or warm weather and ignitions.

The climate crisis is also making matters worse and leading to more intense conditions.

Over the first six months of this year alone, we’ve seen a controlled burn in New Mexico escape its containment and escalate into a wildfire in Alaska, a lightning storm led to the destruction of 2 million acres, and this is just to name a few.

When compared with the previous 10-year average, 220 per cent more land has been lost as a result of fires.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Hurricane Fiona intensifies as it heads for Canada

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Hurricane Fiona intensifies to a Category 4 storm

Hurricane Fiona has intensified to a Category 4 storm as it makes its way to Bermuda and Canada.

This follows the storm carving a destructive path through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Here, wind gusts of up to 215 km per hour were recorded. The conditions triggered flash flooding and landslides.

So far, it has left at least eight people dead. Thousands of residents in affected areas have been left without access to basic services.

In Puerto Rico, 40 per cent of the island’s 3.3 million residents are still without power as rebuilding begins.

For many of these residents, the memory of Hurricane Maria back in just 2017 is still so real. 3,000 people died and the island was without power for a week following this storm.

Eric Blake is the acting branch chief for the NHC in Miami. He said Bermuda will see high surf, storm surges, heavy rainfall and powerful winds. This will be the case even if it keeps on its current path and passes to the west of the island.

It’s expected the storm will be at its worst by late Thursday.

“Hopefully, the core of the storm will stay west, but it could still jog east and hit Bermuda,” Blake said.

Fiona could reach Canada’s Atlantic coast by Friday.

 

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Hurricane Fiona: Concerns as storm strengthens

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Hurricane Fiona wreaks havoc across multiple Islands, as Bermuda and Colorado brace for impact

A powerful category 3 storm has hit Turks and Caicos Islands, heavy rainfall and strong life-threatening flooding has caused havoc throughout the streets of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

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The gust has killed four people in Puerto Rico and is quickly spreading to other areas with heavy torrential rain and winds.

Authorities are urging people to evacuate these areas as the flood levels are rising and the forceful winds have damaged homes, cars and buildings.

The storm has left homes without water and electricity and there are now concerns that the storm will increase to a category 4 as it gets close to the Bermuda and Canada over the coming days.

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Many residents are in disbelief of how intense the downpour was and are struggling to pick up the debris and destruction.

A Category 4 storm has “catastrophic” wind speeds and a Category 5 hurricane has wind speeds of between 252kmh.

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