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Weekly Wrap-Up: Odile Rips Through Mexico, Unleashes Flooding in US

Hurricane Odile slammed into Baja California, Mexico earlier this week, bringing life-threatening impacts such as significant flooding and estimated winds of 200 kph (127 mph).

Despite weakening over land, moisture from Odile then moved into the Southwestern US, resulting in significant flooding for the region.

The storm first made landfall near Cabo San Lucas at 9:45 p.m. PDT Sunday, September 14. Odile tied the record for the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Baja California Sur during the satellite era.

Odile damaged several resorts in Cabo San Lucas, while also stranding vacationers and leaving more than 13 million without power over the course of the storm. Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said the system moved right over the heart of the resort area in town.

"It pushed a lot of water into the resort areas. This was probably a worst case scenario for them," he said.

Odile brought a tremendous amount of rainfall to the southwestern U.S., Texas, and and also parts of the southern and central plains. Despite bringing the risks of flash flooding, the impacts also included much-needed drought relief.

In Austin, Texas, a search and rescue effort was prompted after a local emergency official became trapped in flood waters. The search ended tragically after officials recovered the body of 35-year-old Jessica Hollis in Lake Austin, around 2 p.m. EDT Friday.

Nipping on Odile's heels in the eastern Pacific is Tropical Storm Polo, which reached hurricane status on Wednesday before later weakening.

The fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2014 season, Edouard, also became the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the season on Tuesday. While it was never a threat to make landfall, the storm sent rough surf along the Atlantic coast.

It was also a busy week overseas as two deadly storms battered parts of Asia.

Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall in China and Vietnam on Tuesday, bringing heavy rainfall. After making landfall in Vietnam, the storm weakened to a tropical storm but it still caused numerous mudslides which claimed the lives of seven, according to the Associated Press.

Tropical storm Fung-wong brought heavy rainfall to the northern Philippines after make landfall Friday local time. Widespread flooding affected more than 513,000 and at least four are dead according to the

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines.

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Heavy rainfall, as part of a slow-moving storm system which spread from the Balkans into parts of Romania, inundated parts of Serbia, resulting in two deaths and causing dangerous conditions on roadways.

Much-needed moisture remained out of the picture in drought-plagued California, as wildfires raged.

Three major wildfires developed this week in northern California, the Courtney fire in Oakhurst, Madera County, the Boles fire, in Weed, California and the King fire in El Dorado County.

Located near the community of Pollock Pines, which is about 60 miles east of Sacramento, the King fire is the largest of the three, with more than 76,000 acres burned and only 10 percent contained according to CAL Fire. More than 2,800 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes.

The Associated Press reports that one man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

From coast to coast, a significant variance in temperature occurred.

Fall-like temperatures remained in the Northeast through the middle part of the week, and some parts of the region even received their first frost of the year.

Extreme heat remained through the middle of the week in Southern California, as Los Angeles tied the record high of 103 degrees Tuesday.

Several Staff Writers and Meteorologists contributed content to this article.