At least eight members of a mountain climbing expedition were killed Saturday after a major snowstorm struck Nepal's Mount Gurja. A ninth climber from the group remains missing.
Rescue and retrieval operations are stalled as harsh weather conditions continue to make the camp where the climbers died inaccessible to helicopter crews. However, villagers in the area have been able to collect six bodies from the mountainside.
South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho is reportedly among those dead. Kim held the world record for speed in summiting the globe's 14 highest peaks without using supplemental oxygen.
Mount Gurja, located northwest of Mount Everest, is considerably less popular with climbers. Just 30 people have reached its summit, and none have successfully summited in more than two decades. Bonnie Kristian
Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines early Saturday, slamming the island nation with the strongest storm conditions on the globe this year. Mangkhut had winds up to 200 mph at its peak, slowing to 165 mph after reaching the shore. For comparison, Hurricane Florence has winds of about 90 mph as of Saturday.
— Philippine Red Cross (@philredcross) September 15, 2018
By Saturday evening local time, the center of the storm had moved past the Philippines — though the archipelago is still receiving heavy rains — and into the South China Sea toward Hong Kong. No casualties have been reported so far, but rescue efforts will be limited until the weather clears.
"If [the storm] flattens everything, maybe we need to have some help," said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of the possibility of requesting foreign aid to deal with Mangkhut's aftermath. Bonnie Kristian
Tropical Storm Gordon buffeted the southern tip of Florida with heavy rain and strong winds on Monday as it crossed west into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm strengthened through the day, with its top sustained winds reaching 65 miles per hour early Tuesday, USA Today reports. Tropical storm warnings were posted in South Florida and the Florida Keys, but with Gordon gaining strength, a hurricane watch was announced for coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to the Florida border, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible in those areas within 48 hours. The latest forecast has the storm crossing the gulf and reaching those areas by late Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Harold Maass
The approach of Subtropical Storm Alberto has prompted the governors of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to declare states of emergency, warning residents and Memorial Day tourists of forthcoming heavy rain, high winds, storm surges, and flash flooding. "Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). "Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted."
Here are the key messages for #Alberto as of 5 am EDT. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for the entire coast from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Alabama-Mississippi border. More info at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/oQitN8WQKF
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 27, 2018
Alberto is expected to make landfall sometime Monday, gathering strength as it moves northward through the Caribbean and up the Gulf Coast. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and experts are predicting a fairly normal year despite this head start. Bonnie Kristian
At least seven people were killed in connection with the "bomb cyclone" storm that swept through the Northeast Friday, and some 2.3 million people remain without power in their homes and businesses. Amtrak has suspended service along its Northeast corridor; 3,300 flights have been canceled; and there are road closures thanks to downed trees and power lines from Maryland to Maine.
The storm is beginning to subside Saturday, but flooding, especially in coastal areas of Massachusetts, remains a grave threat. Boston Harbor is expected to experience record-setting floods Friday night through Saturday morning. Below, watch waves in Scituate, Massachusetts, crash over a two-story home. Bonnie Kristian
The waves hitting Scituate today are higher than the roof on a two-story house. Worst flooding still to come tonight pic.twitter.com/hXJvALAu7e
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) March 2, 2018
Heavy rains over the weekend are expected to exacerbate deadly flooding in the Midwest and southern Plains regions. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes in affected areas from eastern Texas through southern Indiana, and at least three people, including one child, have been killed in connection to the floods.
***There is now a HIGH RISK of flash flooding from the Arklatex region into the Ohio Valley for SATURDAY*** pic.twitter.com/fa4yxMW433
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) February 23, 2018
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has declared a 30-day state of emergency, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has issued a disaster proclamation for three counties. The National Weather Service advises caution of flash floods and tornadoes throughout the weekend. Bonnie Kristian
A major Midwest snowstorm has blanketed parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio with about nine inches of snow and counting.
Snowfall on Friday with an accumulation rate of about one inch per hour grounded some 1,500 flights in the region, and continued snowfall over the course of the weekend is expected to bring total accumulation to about one foot in much of the effected area. At least two people have been killed in connection to the storm, one by a car crash and the other by a heart attack brought on by the exertion of shoveling deep snow.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 10, 2018
Temperatures remain extremely low in the Northeast Sunday but are expected to rise 10 to 20 degrees over the coming week after days of severe cold, high winds, and heavy snow. "With the wind dying down it will probably feel significantly better although many of these areas will still be below freezing," said Patrick Burke of the National Weather Service of Sunday's weather on the East Coast.
CBS reports at least 22 people have died in connection to the record low temperatures observed across the country since the end of December. Significant snowfall has occurred as far south as Tallahassee, Florida, while some parts of New England have seen dangerous coastal flooding paired with single-digit temperatures. Bonnie Kristian