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Weekly wrap-up: Mud encases San Jose, California, after flooding; Storm Doris topples iconic Game of Thrones' tree


Torrential rainfall slammed California early this week, leading to hundreds of swift water rescues and widespread disruption.

In San Jose, more than 220 residents were rescued. Streets turned into rivers as water levels approached the top of some vehicles.

AP San Jose, California, mud encased after flooding Feb.23, 2017

A man stands on a mud-filled street as water begins to recede from a flooded neighborhood Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Residents were left with massive amounts of mud after the flooding, with some crustaceans ending up in what used to be manicured lawns. Dozens of homes were damaged.


Controversy ensued after some residents and officials reportedly felt caught off guard by the severity of the storm and resulting flooding.

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Rescue crews take out residents from a flooded neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Unseasonable warmth stretched across the central and eastern U.S. this week. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, hit 71 F on Wednesday, breaking the record for the highest February temperature. Green Bay, Michigan, Detroit and Kansas City, Missouri, also felt record warmth.

Falcon Lake, Texas, hit 107 F on Thursday afternoon, the highest temperature recorded in the U.S. during the month of February.

The strongest storm of the season so far to hit the United Kingdom, blasting the region with fierce wind and driving rain on Thursday. Thousands from Northern Ireland to North West England lost power.

Storm Doris unleashed gusts up to 72 mph in Liverpool and up to 94 mph in Wales. One woman was killed by falling debris in Wolverhampton amid the storm, according to the BBC.

A tree made famous on HBO's Game of Thrones fell victim to the storm, toppling over in Armoy in Northern Ireland. Part of the Dark Hedges, the beech tree collapsed onto a roadway. Only 90 out of the original 150 trees remain.


This week, NASA announced the discovery of a solar system containing seven Earth-like planets orbiting a single star. Each planet may contain liquid water.

“All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone,” NASA said.

The discovery brings NASA scientists closer to answering the question if other life exists in the universe.