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Rare Mediterranean Hurricane Strikes Italy; California Sees Record October Rainfall 

HeadlineOct 26, 2021

In southern Italy, at least one person was killed Monday after a rare Mediterranean hurricane slammed into Sicily and Calabria. The storm also brought severe flooding to Algeria and Tunisia. Just two months ago, Sicily recorded the highest temperature ever observed in Europe, at nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Here in the U.S., record-setting October rainfall brought flooding to central and northern California, with Sacramento and San Francisco logging their wettest October days on record. The heavy rains will likely end fire season for much of California but produced dangerous mudslides in recently burned areas.

This comes as a severe weather pattern known as a “bomb cyclone” will bring excessive rainfall to parts of the northeastern U.S., with New York City set to receive a month’s worth of rain in less than 48 hours.

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