‘This is Crazy.’ A Record 2 Million Acres of California Has Burned This Year With Heat Conditions Predicted to Continue

More than 2 million acres of land have been burned by wildfires in California as of Monday, according to state fire agency Cal Fire, surpassing the all-time record of 1.9 million set in 2018. Cal Fire and climate scientists predict that the number of acres burned this year will continue to grow with upcoming weather conditions, including continued heat and offshore winds. “This is crazy. We haven’t even got into the October and November fire season and we’ve broken the …

Laura Expected to Hit Texas and Louisiana as a ‘Catastrophic’ Category 4 Hurricane

(GALVESTON, Texas) — Hurricane Laura rapidly gained strength on Wednesday, forecast to become a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane before striking Texas and Louisiana. Officials implored coastal residents to flee before it’s too late. Satellite images show Laura’s remarkable intensification into “a formidable hurricane” that can smash homes and sink entire communities, “and there are no signs it will stop soon,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Some areas, when they wake up Thursday morning, they’re not going to believe what happened,” …