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Weekly Wrap-Up: Multiple Tropical Cyclones Churn Around the Globe; Wildfire Smoke Creates Hazy Northwest US Skies

The tropical season peaked with as many as seven cyclones churning across the globe this past week.

The Atlantic continued to see a steady burst of activity. Once-hurricane Danny diminished to a tropical rainstorm and brought some localized rain to the northern Caribbean Islands through midweek. On its heels was the development of Tropical Storm Erika on Monday.

Erika brought deadly impacts to the island of Dominica Thursday when four people died from mudslides, the Associated Press reported.

Hawaii received flooding downpours at the beginning of the week. As a result of the rain, a sewage spill occurred along a popular tourist district and forced the closure of the famed beaches of Waikiki, the Associated Press reported. Honolulu's 3.60 inches of rain recorded on Monday was more than six times the normal monthly amount.

The rain was not a direct result of Tropical Storm Kilo, which stayed to the south and west of the islands before eventually becoming a depression. However, another storm, Ignacio, took shape in the eastern Pacific and later formed into a hurricane as it continued westward into the central Pacific.

Once a typhoon, Goni continued to menace parts of the Far East. The storm's flooding rains and damaging winds wreaked across parts of western Japan and southeast Korea before bringing rain to North Korea, China and Russia on Wednesday.

Goni was already responsible for the deaths of 21 people in the Philippines, according to the AP.

The wildfire season in the northwestern United States remained problematic as cooler air and rain stayed away. Air quality was diminished this week as large plumes of smoke continued to stream into the air and across the border into parts of Canada.

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


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