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The comments came after a set of wildfires ignited over parts of South Africa's Table Mountain in Cape Town and eventually spread to the university's campus.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed that a tornado touched down on Thursday, urging residents in the area to "TAKE COVER NOW!"
States facing the highest risk of tornadoes on Wednesday include Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
Wet weather is expected through the weekend, with the threat of flash flooding raised across the state through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect in Honolulu and Kauai, while a Flash Flood Watch is in place across other parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
Nearly 100,000 Mississippi residents were without power by noon local time on Friday.
More than 1,000 Texas public water systems and 177 of the state's 254 counties have reported weather-related operational disruptions, which impacted more than 14 million people.
In a statement issued on Thursday morning, NCDHHS stated that they have "been notified by the federal government of continued delays in some shipments and deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine this week due to severe weather. Both first and second dose shipments have been impacted."
"The destruction and damage to kind of every aspect of our system was significant. The storm was unprecedented and came in three waves which created its own set of challenges," Elizabeth Lattanner, a spokesperson for Portland General Electric told Newsweek.
A rare winter storm blanketed swathes of the Middle East, from Saudi Arabia to Syria and Libya to Lebanon, in snow.
Houston Public Works said that "individuals without power to boil water are advised to use bottled water."
Vaccine shipment delays were reported in several southern and Midwestern states, including Texas, Florida, Georgia and Michigan.
A bout of extremely cold weather affecting vast swathes of the United States has left millions of people without power in Texas.
Texas is currently the worst hit state when it comes to the number of customers without power.
"Mother nature is dealing us a rough hand tonight," the Sacramento Municipal Utility District said Tuesday evening.
A Public Safety Power Shutoff is being considered for over 14,000 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura County and more than 16,000 in neighboring Los Angeles County.
Photos of Hawaii's Kilauea erupting show smoke and ash rising into the sky.
The Bond Fire has burned 6,400 acres of the state, with 10 percent contained, as of Friday, according the Orange County Fire Authority.
Mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation warnings are in place across several parts of Orange County.
A Red Flag Warning is in place for parts of Southern California due to gusty winds and low humidity from Wednesday evening through Saturday evening.
Iota is expected to make landfall in nearly the exact same location where Hurricane Eta did about two weeks ago, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Eta is forecast to gradually strengthen through early Thursday, while Theta is projected to remain in the eastern Atlantic region over the next several days.
The 12th named storm to hit the continental U.S. this year is bringing torrential conditions to the U.S. after ravaging parts of Central America.
Firefighters continue to battle 22 wildfires across the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
There are more than 2.2 million power outages reported across Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi, as of Thursday.
There are 18 large active fires burning in California, which have collectively burned over 2.2 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Storm Zeta is due to make landfall Wednesday morning, with residents being urged to brace for impact.
The blaze was at around 19,000 acres Wednesday morning and expanded to over 30,000 acres by early evening, according to fire officials.