The first major El Nino storm of the season has hit the west coast of the United States, dumping heavy rains on California. Flooding and mudslides were reported in southern parts of the state.
Three people are reported to have died and thousands are without power as ex-hurricane Ophelia moves over Ireland. The storm was downgraded overnight, but authorities issued a red alert as it made landfall.
Often overlooked in good times, critical infrastructure can go offline in a matter of minutes and impact millions of lives. That's why it's important to always be prepared according to guest commentator Simone Sandholz.
The mayor of Livorno lamented that the forecast underestimated the intensity of the storms that first struck overnight. The city only issued a code "orange" warning instead of a code "red," which might have saved lives.
The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it weakens over land, but heavy rains and widespread flooding are likely to continue. More than 200,000 people are without electricity as reports of damage trickle in.
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