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Week in Review: Typhoon Neoguri Inundates Japan, Deadly Storms Ransack Northeast, Rip Currents Persist

It was a busy week around the globe for severe weather as Typhoon Neoguri inundated Japan, deadly storms wreaked havoc across the Northeast and sweltering heat moved into the Northwest.

In addition, deadly rip currents claimed the lives of two off the coast of Southern California. On Sunday, July 9, veteran lifeguard Ben Carlson, 32, drowned as the result of a rip current rescue off the coast of Newport Beach, California the Associated Press reported.

Another swimmer died on Wednesday in Abalone Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes, California according to KABC in Los Angeles.

Typhoon Neoguri, once designated a super typhoon, brought torrential rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge to the far northern Ryukyu Islands and Kyushu Island as Neoguri moved on shore. Parts of Kyushu received up to 6 inches of rain on Monday.

Neoguri, one of the strongest storms ever to hit Japan this time of year, slammed into the mainland early Thursday morning local time, forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands of people.

The storm brought widespread flooding and mudslides, which damaged hundreds of homes. The town of Nagiso suffered significant damage from a mudslide, with at least one casualty reported according to the Japan Times.

The Times reported that the storm left seven dead and nearly 50 injured.

Severe storms ripped through the Northeastern U.S.Tuesday afternoon and evening causing widespread damage and leaving five dead according to the AP.

Four fatalities were reported in the rural town of Smithfield, New York, after a tornado ripped through the town, destroying four homes and causing damage to numerous others. A fifth victim, a young boy, died after a tree fell on him at a summer camp in Manchester, Maryland.

Tornadoes were confirmed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York according to the AP. The tornado that touched down in Smithfield had winds up to 100 mph according to the NWS.

The storms left hundreds of thousands without power including 100,000 in Pennsylvania and another 86,000 in West Virginia. Senior AccuWeather Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said widespread power outages in the Philadelphia area were caused by a microburst.

Trees downed on power lines in Valley City, Ohio. (Photo/jasprill19)

The Northwest has been under a significant heat wave this entire week and the forecast only calls for conditions to worsen in certain areas, specifically around Portland and Seattle.

It was so hot on Thursday in the Northwest, that part of Yellowstone National Park's Firehole Lake Drive was closed as portions of the roadway's asphalt melted.