The massive deadly infernos have become the second and third largest fires in state history and as firefighters work tirelessly, businesses in Santa Cruz are being looted.ABC News proper has more in California fire disaster death toll rises.
Hundreds of National Guard soldiers are training to help understaffed firefighters as wildfires burn more than a million acres. ABC’s Mona Kosar Abdi reports.That ex-girlfriend I mention from time to time lives in the fire area. I hope she and her husband are O.K. and their house survives.
I know what it feels like to have fire this close, something I wrote about two years ago in California's Camp and Woolsey fires air pollution seen from space and felt on ground. I saw the damage up close in January 2019, when my mom and I drove from her California house to the sea and back. Once we hit the burnt area, we didn't leave it until we got to Malibu; the fire burned all the way to the coast. I was astounded. It's one thing to watch the news reports; it's another to see it up close and in person.
Follow over the jump for the stories about tropical storms Laura and Marco.
Good Morning America also reported Gulf coast braces for 2 tropical systems this morning.
Marco and Laura are set to make landfall just days apart along the Gulf Coast.As the reporter noted, the two storms are arriving just in time for the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana. Another thing to note is that Katrina was the K storm name for 2005, a year that had so many named storms that meteorologists ran out of names and started using Greek letters. We're already up to M and it's not even September. There are only eight names remaining on the 2020 list. As if 2020 couldn't get any worse, we could run out of names for tropical storms and hurricanes again.
It turned out that the last time I wrote about hurricanes in the Gulf Coast was Hurricane Barry cuts U.S. oil production plus a driving update for July 2019: Pearl. CNBC covered the story with a similar angle in Refineries brace for two tropical storms threatening the Gulf of Mexico.
CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at how two back-to-back tropical storms will affect the Gulf's oil businesses.If this were any other year, oil prices would be jumping. Instead, it's 2020, when Oil fell below $0.00 for the first time ever, so two tropical storms bearing down on the Gulf Coast aren't having much effect — yet. If it does, I'll try to cover it, although the story will have a hard time breaking through the 2020 election, and COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned.