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Weekly wrap-up: Obama visits Louisiana flood victims; Atlantic spawns triple tropical threat

Tropical activity ramped up in the Atlantic, while tornadoes caused significant damage in Indiana this week. Meanwhile, flood victims in Louisiana continued to assess the damage.

As more showers and thunderstorms continued in Louisiana, President Obama visited the state to observe the cleanup efforts and speak with residents still recovering from the historic flooding.

"I come here first and foremost to say that the prayers of the entire nation are with everybody who lost loved ones," Obama said in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. "We are heartbroken by the loss of life."

FEMA said this week that financial support for flood survivors from the federal government had risen to over $205 million. More than 110,000 individuals and households have registered for assistance.

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Obama has declared 20 parishes for a major disaster for severe storms and flooding. Thirteen people died in the flooding while an estimated 100,000 homes were damaged, according to the Associated Press.

"I know how resilient the people of Louisiana are and I know that you will rebuild again," Obama said.

Severe thunderstorms produced damaging tornadoes across parts of the Midwest and Northeast this week.

A significant outbreak impacted central Indiana on Wednesday, as five tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS).

An EF3 tornado, bringing winds up to 152 mph, demolished a Starbucks located in Kokomo, Indiana, but fortunately no one was injured. Numerous homes and businesses were damaged and a state of emergency was declared for Howard County, where Kokomo is located. The Indiana State Police said 15-20 people suffered minor injuries throughout the area, mostly due to flying debris.

Two other tornadoes were reported in northern Indiana and NWS survey teams reported additional tornado damage in northwestern Ohio.

Multiple tornadoes were reported in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday, Aug. 20. A plethora of trees and power lines were knocked down and over 25,0000 people were without power at one point. No injuries were reported.

Meteorologists were closely monitoring the tropics this week as three different systems moved through the Atlantic.

After Fiona weakened to a depression, attention shifted to Gaston, which had developed into a tropical storm near the Cabo Verde Islands on Monday. The storm briefly transitioned into a hurricane overnight on Thursday but later weakened back to a tropical storm. Neither Gaston nor Fiona presented a threat to any landmasses.

The third system was a tropical disturbance labeled 99L that brought heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, a strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake rattled central Italy shortly after 3:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

At least 267 people were killed and major damage occurred in the cities of Amatrice, Accumoli, Norcia and Pescara del Tronto. Residents were buried under debris as buildings collapsed on top of them while sleeping.

A second major quake struck Myanmar several hours later. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least four and damaged pagodas in Bagan, the country's capital, according to the AP.

As the effects of climate change continue to chip away at the land that their community stands on, residents of the Alaskan village, Shishmaref, voted to relocate their community.

According to the New York Times, in addition to the vote, the residents also need $180 million to move from the barrier island to a location about five miles away on mainland Alaska.

Typhoon Mindulle slammed Japan with flooding rain after making landfall about 50 miles south of Tokyo early Monday local time.

At least one person died as the result of flooding, while another 29 suffered injuries, according to the Japan Times.

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

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