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Weekly Wrap-Up: Deadly Storms Rip Across US; Soudelor Becomes Strongest Tropical Cyclone of 2015

Severe storms marched across across the Midwest and Northeast this week, bringing damaging and deadly impacts to both regions.

One person was killed on Sunday in suburban Chicago after a tent collapsed during a thunderstorm. Lallapalooza, the annual summer music festival held in Chicago's Grant Park, had to be evacuated due to storms.

Just one day later, a 41-year-old man and his 8-year-old daughter were killed and at least 32 were injured, after strong winds forced a circus tent to collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire. The National Weather Service Office in Gray, Maine, confirmed on Tuesday that the storm damage was consistent with that of a microburst.

More than 250 people were inside the tent, according to the Associated Press.

Boston felt the wrath of severe weather during Tuesday afternoon as wind damage and hail ranging from 1 to 2 inches in diameter was reported. More than 30,000 customers were without power across Massachusetts at one point as a result of the storms, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

In the Middle East, it felt like 163 F (73 C) in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, Friday, July 31, as the apparent temperature, a factor of the temperature and dew point temperature, soared. Just one day earlier, Baghdad, Iraq, experienced its all-time record high when the temperature reached 124 F (51 C).

"A strong ridge of high pressure has persisted over the Middle East through much of July, resulting in the extreme heat wave in what many would consider one of the hottest places in the world," AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani previously stated.

On Monday, Soudelor rapidly intensified into a super typhoon in the West Pacific, reaching the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. When the storm reached peak intensity, with winds near 290 kph (180 mph), it became the strongest tropical cyclone on Earth so far this year.

Typhoon Soudelor photographed from the International Space Station on Aug. 4, 2015. (Photo/NASA).

The storm brought significant damage to the island of Saipan after making landfall Sunday night. The Red Cross said nearly 500 people had to spend Monday night in several government shelters and more than 600 homes had been affected. By midweek, some residents had been without power for up to four days.

Typhoon Soudelor Hammers Saipan, Leaves Widespread Damage

"The storm took out power, water and sewage facilities and blocked major roadways. Power and water supplies may not be restored for several weeks," the Red Cross said in a press release.

In the central Pacific, Guillermo remained well away from Hawaii. However, the storm enhanced rain squalls and stirred dangerous surf and rip currents along northern parts of the Hawaiian islands.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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