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Whatcom County Sheriff's Office deputies come to the aid of stranded people in Everson, Wash. Photo: Whatcom County Sheriff's Office/Twitter

An intense "atmospheric river event" has resulted in extensive flooding and wind damage across parts of the Pacific Northwest, per the National Weather Service.

The latest: The extreme storm has triggered record-shattering rainfall in several cities in British Columbia, namely Hope, which had more than 11 inches of rain between Saturday and Monday.

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  • The flooding has battered much of western Washington, inundating roads and homes in the area, the Washington Post noted. High winds have also cut power to more than 170,000 customers.
  • Sections of highways and railways have been cut away by raging waters, and the community of Abbotsford, B.C. is experiencing extensive flooding, the scope of which is fully visible from the air.

Why it matters: The NWS warned the tail end of the atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, "is coming with one last strong push." It has been dumping heavy rains over the northwestern U.S. and British Columbia in Canada over the past several weeks.

  • Tens of thousands of people were without power overnight and at least one person was reported missing, as the extreme storm system struck areas that were enveloped by wildfire smoke and extremely dry conditions this past summer.
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In Canada, the entire city of Merritt and several other British Columbia communities were evacuated, as flooding forced the closure of parts of Highway 1 in the province, CBC News reports.

  • One shelter in the region that's welcoming storm evacuees is still hosting members of Lytton First Nation, who were displaced following a massive summer wildfire, CBS News notes.

What to expect: "A deep low center over southern Canada will continue to produce strong and locally damaging winds over portions of the northern Rockies and northern Plains," the NWS said in an update.

  • Sustained winds across portions of the northern Rockies and northern Plains may reach as high as 60 to 70 mph, with the winds forecasted to subside by Wednesday.
  • A new storm system will approach the Pacific Northwest by late Thursday, bringing a new threat of rain and higher elevation snowfall, per the NWS.

The bottom line: The odds are stacked in favor of extremes, including extreme precipitations events, due to climate change, Axios' Andrew Freedman notes.

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Record-breaking 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends

The remnants of a destroyed home are seen in the wake of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 3 in Grand Isle, La. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Tuesday, going down in history as the first time that two consecutive seasons have exhausted the list of 21 English storm names.

The big picture: Above-average sea surface temperatures led to fierce storms that left their mark on the Gulf Coast as well as mid-Atlantic, when Category 4 Hurricane Ida swept ashore in coastal Louisiana on Aug. 29 and went on to kill more than two dozen people in the mid-Atlantic.

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Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.