Nov 28, 2019

In photos: Impact of powerful Thanksgiving storms across the U.S.

Drivers make their way along slick and snowy roads in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Joe Mahoney/Getty Images

Two powerful storm systems are leaving the Thanksgiving plans of millions of people in disarray across the United States.

The big picture: The systems have caused transport chaos after triggering heavy snowstorms, rainfall, a "bomb cyclone" with hurricane-force winds and tornadoes in some parts of the country. Here's what's been unfolding, in photos.

Massive waves crash on the shoreline by the Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Photo: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images
The National Weather Service says a tornado destroyed this mobile home in Baskin, Louisiana. Photo: NWS/Twitter
A family goes sledding at Ruby Hill Park in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images
Snow blows across a road near Rudd, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
People fight the wind and rain in Oakland, California. Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/The East Bay Times via Getty Images
Crews work to clear heavy snow at Denver International Airport. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images
A dog pokes its head through an open window as snow falls in Duluth, Minnesota. Photo: Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images

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In photos: U.K. votes in election dominated by Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from a polling station with his dog Dilyn after casting his ballot in London Thursday. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images

Polls across the United Kingdom opened Thursday morning as millions of Brits vote in the country's third general election since 2015.

Why it matters: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has staked his leadership on a promise to "get Brexit done" by securing a majority in the election, after facing a parliamentary impasse on the issue in a minority government. But if he loses, he'll go down as one of the shortest-serving prime ministers in history.

See photosArrowDec 12, 2019

In photos: Catastrophic wildfires rage across Australia

Smoke shrouds the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia's most populous city on Thursday. Photo: Cassie Trotter/Getty Images

Smoke from Australia's deadly wildfires blanketed the state capitals of Sydney and Adelaide as air quality exceeded "hazardous" levels on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: Thousands of people have fled the fires. Per News.com.au, much of the country is on high fire alert, as blazes rage across all six of Australia's states. Six people have died in the bushfires in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Nov 21, 2019

Hong Kong protests show no signs of slowing as movement enters 6th month

Pro-democracy protesters march in Hong Kong. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong on Sunday for some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in weeks, timed to coincide with international Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The marches, which continue to be aimed at pressuring Chief Executive Carrie Lam into accepting democratic election reforms and an amnesty for arrested protesters, mark the sixth month of pro-democracy demonstrations. The notably peaceful protest was organized by Civil Human Rights Front, the first time the group has received police authorization to hold a march since August.

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