Residents were on high alert Monday after rain and flooding forced mandatory evacuations and road closures across the area.
Puerto Rico was hit by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake Tuesday which left one man dead and hundreds of thousands without running water.
Krystal Eve Browitt, a 21-year-old Australian from the city of Melbourne, is the first of 15 people who died in the White Island eruption to be named by the New Zealand police.
The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning urging people in the San Francisco Bay Area to prepare for dangerously strong offshore winds that will cause fires to spread rapidly.
In Sonoma, the Kincade fire has devastated more than 23,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained as of Friday. For comparison, Disney World covers roughly 25,000 acres.
Speaking to The Weather Channel Thursday morning, Rod Carroll, Chief of the Vidor Police Department in Texas, told reporters flooding in the town was "worse during this storm than it was during Hurricane Harvey."
"It's bad. Homes that did not flood in Harvey are flooding now."
The impact of climate change is set to rise, especially if global action to halt greenhouse gas emissions stagnates. More vulnerable communities will need to move away from their current homes.
"With the tsunami, we can only pray humbly and not celebrate much for this year's Christmas," Pastor Rusman Anita Sitorus said.
One Tennessee trucker was on a mission to save "the leftovers" from harm's way.
The central city of Kumagaya broke the country's heat record, while Tokyo reached 104 degrees for the first time ever.
New evidence has found that the San Jacinto Fault zone, in California, is not as quiet as we thought and may be due for a big quake.
The "really big one" is set to hit the Pacific Northwest any day now, and here are some predictions of how that might unfold.
FEMA posted a help wanted ad on Monday for job applicants after several natural disasters left portions of the country devastated and without basic supplies, and the federal government struggles to respond.
But authorities say they can't predict exactly when the blast will happen.
An estimated 1.3 million gators live in the Sunshine State.
The Latino community worries the agents sent to help with search and rescue will also carry out immigration enforcement, but ICE says they won't.