Hurricane Ian, which has just devastated Florida and Puerto Rico, was the 15th billion-dollar weather and climate disaster to hit the US this year so far, Axios reports. Early estimates of damage from Hurricane Ian show insured losses of $53 billion to $74 billion.
Nearly two dozen states are sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help federal immigration officials grapple with an unprecedented surge of undocumented migrants.
The death toll of Hurricane Ian past 80, while residents in the U.S. state of Florida and the Carolinas faced recovery costs expected in the tens of billions of dollars.
Having killed at least four people on its way through the Caribbean on Wednesday, Hurricane Fiona strengthened into a Category 4 storm and is headed toward Bermuda, where it is expected to make landfall on Friday, Associated Press reports. The Hurricane has already crashed through the Turks and Caicos Islands and has left most of Puerto Rico without power or water.
Hurricane Fiona struck Puerto Rico’s southwest coast on Sunday as it unleashed landslides, knocked the power grid out and ripped up asphalt from roads and flung the pieces around.