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Weekly Wrap-Up: Nor'easter Inundates East Coast, Pacific Storm Aids Wildfire Fight

It was a stormy first week of fall across much of the country.

During the middle of the week, a nor'easter moved up the East Coast, bringing heavy rainfall and coastal flooding in some areas.

Parts of North Carolina and Virginia received 1 to 2 inches on Wednesday, with Raleigh receiving over 3 inches of rain.

The nor'easter also led to travel delays out of several major airports, including JFK International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday. The storm brought gusty winds with an estimated speed of 35-45 mph along much of the upper mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts.

A storm from the Pacific Ocean first raised the fire danger in California, with gusty winds moving ahead of the system on Wednesday. The storm later brought cooler air and beneficial rainfall, which helped in the firefighting effort.

Rainfall reached El Dorado County, where the King Fire has charred more than 95,000 acres. Parts of the burn area received between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain on Thursday.

Heavier rainfall occurred Wednesday night into Thursday where the Happy Camp and July Complex fires continue to burn. A reported 1 to 3 inches of rain had fallen as of Thursday morning.

Staying on the West Coast, intense thunderstorms in the San Diego area caused a tree to fall on a moving car, crushing the vehicle. No injuries were reported, but officials did close the highway to clear the damage. The storms were enhanced by Odile the former hurricane that caused significant flooding in parts of the southwestern U.S.

In northern California, a melting alpine glacier on Mt. Shasta caused a mudslide a mudslide in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The mudslide forced the closure of several roads, but no injuries or structural damage was reported.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms continued to push across the state of Florida this week. As the storms continued to unfold, residents in Venice, Florida were able to snap some pictures of an ominous roll cloud on Tuesday morning.

It was a quiet week for tropical storms in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific ocean, with Tropical Storm Rachel in the Pacific being the only notable development. Rachel formed around 8 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, well south of Mexico.

Over in the Western Pacific, Fung-wong inundated parts of China, South Korea and Japan. Localized flooding occurred in South Korea after 25-100 millimeters (2-4 inches) of rain fell across much of the country. The heaviest rain fell across much of the southwest where totals exceeded 150 millimeters, (6 inches).

Meanwhile, activity remains busy in the West Pacific as Tropical Storm Kammuri formed and it could to target Japan early next week.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Shasta-Trinity National Forest Facebook

Several Staff Writers and Meteorologists contributed content to this article.