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Weekly wrap-up: Deadly Hermine pounds East Coast beaches; Models faint amid stifling heat at Kanye West's fashion show in NYC

Several days after it became the first hurricane in 11 years to make landfall in Florida, Hermine continued to bring impacts to parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic.

Along coastal areas, the storm caused significant beach erosion and coastal flooding while also triggering dangerous rip currents. Many beaches, including in Delaware, New York City and even parts of New England, were closed for swimming due to the treacherous surf.

At least three deaths were attributed to Hermine, along with hundreds of thousands of power outages from Florida to Virginia, according to the Associated Press.

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Officials in New Jersey coastal communities were busy assessing and repairing beach damage. The amount of sand lost could present a problem for future beach erosion later in the season, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

"We're not even halfway through hurricane season," Stewart Farrell, director of the Stockton University Coastal Research Center told the Press. "It takes a long time for it [lost sand] to come back."

Water from Roanoke Sound pounds the Virginia Dare Trail in Manteo, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, as Tropical Storm Hermine passes the Outer Banks. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

While Hermine was weakening off the East Coast, Newton formed into a formidable storm in the East Pacific. Newton strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane south of of Baja California, Mexico, on Monday.

Newton remained a Category 1 storm as it made landfall near Cabo San Lucas early Tuesday local time, bringing dangerous flooding to the region.

According to the AP, at least four people were killed as the result of the storm after a boat capsized in the rough seas of the Gulf of California.

Around midweek, heat surged across the Northeast brining temperatures reminiscent of July rather than early September.

The steamy conditions were felt in New York City as New York Fashion Week 2016 kicked off.

The sweltering heat caused disruptions at Kanye West's fashion event on Roosevelt Island as several models fainted after they were exposed to the heat for much of the afternoon.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) announced this week that it was working with other agencies to monitor a red tide event along the southern coast of Texas.

The effects of the red tide were already being felt at Malaquite Beach on Padre Island National Seashore, the National Parks Service (NPS) said. However, there were no reports of dead fish washing up along the shore, the NPS said.

Red tide is made of small planktonic organisms called Karenia braves. While it's always present in Gulf waters, it can blossom into a harmful bloom when waters are warm and there's an abundance of nutrients, according to the TPWD.

"The organism produces a toxin that affects the central nervous system of fish so that they are paralyzed and cannot breathe," the TPWD states.

The NPS recommended that anyone with respiratory or asthma issues avoid going to the beach during the red tide event.

"It is currently not as bad as it was last year, however, due to multiple factors we are unable to determine how long this is going to last and how it will progress," the NPS said.

Officials in Russia were examining the cause of why a river near the city of Norilsk had suddenly turned dark red. According to ABC News, Norilsk, located inside the Arctic Circle, is one of the most polluted cities on Earth.

Some locals believe the cause is due to runoff from a nearby smelting plant. Russia's Environment Ministry said it is investigating a plant leak as the likely cause, ABC News reported.

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


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