North Korea launched a ballistic missile Thursday morning that sparked fear in Japan after the government’s emergency alert system warned citizens to evacuate. Millions of citizens received a J-alert, or evacuation order, around 8 a.m. to seek shelter as the projectile was expected to fall on or close to the northern island of Hokkaido.
Trees fell and wires were downed in San Francisco as a powerful storm hit California and prompted evacuation orders in other parts of the state Wednesday, officials said. Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier declared a state of emergency as the weather was expected to bring heavy rain, snow and flooding. The declaration will allow state agencies to respond quickly as the storm develops and support local jurisdictions. The heaviest rain was expected to hit Northern California Wednesday and Thursday morning, Newsom’s office said. In Southern California, the heaviest rain was forecast for Wednesday night through Thursday.
A devastating wildfire near Yosemite National Park has grown into one of California’s biggest blazes of the year, burning more than 14,000 acres and forcing thousands to evacuate from their communities. The blaze near the national park has burned out of control amid sweltering temperatures and low humidity, officials state.
A wind-driven wildfire burned down up to 20 homes in Southern California on Wednesday. The fire, which has now been named the Coastal fire, has grown to 199 acres since it began on Wednesday. According to CalFire, it is 0% contained, and winds up to 30mph have helped the flames grow.
The Taliban leaders declared victory over the United States from the Kabul airport attacks on Tuesday, soon after the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. For the past few weeks, the airport had been the focal point of the U.S. evacuation mission.
Vice President Kamala Harris finally spoke up about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s swift take over of the nation, however, she refused to weigh in on the U.S. government’s decision-making that led to the current situation.
President Joe Biden is set to speak on Friday about the ongoing U.S. military evacuations of American citizens and Afghanistan refugees as chaos ensues at Kabul’s International Airport.