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Posted: Jul 26, 2018 1:33 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 1:33 PM

Thousands of people are fleeing wildfires in California, while on the other coast, residents in the mid-Atlantic are bracing for a new round of torrential storms and potential flooding on Thursday.

A dangerous heat wave will bring triple-digit temperatures to much of the Southwest and parts of the western United States through Friday. High temperatures could reach up to 110 degrees in inland cities and up to the mid-120s in desert areas, forecasters say.

More than 30 million people on the West Coast -- from Washington state to the California-Mexico border -- are under a heat advisory or watch Thursday as a strong ridge of high pressure blocks any major cold fronts or low pressure systems from pushing through the area, CNN meteorologist Haley Brink said.

The National Weather Service is warning residents of heat-related illnesses, power outages and critical fire conditions.

Wildfires in California

The heat is set to create even more challenges for the more than 17,000 firefighters battling wildfires across the western states on Thursday.

Crews descended into the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday trying to put down the fast-growing Cranston Fire.

The blaze has quickly spread, forcing 3,200 people out of their homes and destroying five residential structures, the US Forest Service said. The town of Idyllwild, the community of Mountain Center, and the areas of Apple Canyon, Hurkey Creek and Lake Hemet -- or a total of about 16,000 people -- are under evacuation orders.

The Cranston Fire has burned 4,700 acres since it started Wednesday and is only 5% contained, officials said.

Authorities believe Brandon N. McGlover is responsible for starting the Cranston Fire and several others. The 32-year-old was arrested Wednesday and is now facing five counts of arson to wildland, the Riverside County Fire Department and Cal Fire said.

Another fire, the Ferguson Fire, has prompted the closure of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park until Sunday.

"Get yourself out of here if you can," said Michael Reynolds, the park's superintendent.

The blaze, which is raging west of the park, has burned 41,576 acres and is 26% contained, the US Forest Service said.

The fire began July 13 in Merced River Canyon. Braden Varney, 36, a heavy fire equipment operator, died the day after the blaze began when the bulldozer he was operating rolled over, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Six firefighters have been injured while battling the blaze, fire officials said.

More flooding threatens mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic has been swamped by rainfall for several days and forecasters say a few more storms are on the way.

About 6 to 12 inches of rain fell over the past five days in several states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia.

In Dunkirk, Maryland, more than 16 inches of rain were recorded by Wednesday, according to rainfall data from the National Weather Service.

As many as 7 million people remain under a flood warning across areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland, where the ground is already saturated by rainfall.

"The additional rainfall will aggravate ongoing flooding, and perhaps initiate new flooding," the National Weather Service said in a statement.

The cities of Baltimore and Gettysburg are also included in the warnings.

The body of an 18-year-old man was recovered Wednesday along a flooded creek in Butler Township, Pennsylvania, state police said.

Alejandro Morales had been reported missing after his van apparently became stranded in high water on Monday, CNN affiliate WHTM reported.

A helicopter spotted Morales' body on Wednesday after crews had suspended the search due to rising waters and continued rain, police said.

Authorities are also searching for a 19-year-old woman who was swept away along the same creek on Monday.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 479326

Reported Deaths: 9353
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison32779484
Hinds30924582
DeSoto30319353
Jackson23542341
Rankin21235366
Lee14803219
Madison14120271
Jones13327223
Forrest13078236
Lauderdale11501303
Lowndes10377176
Lamar10163130
Pearl River9008217
Lafayette8193137
Hancock7404111
Oktibbeha6909122
Washington6900150
Monroe6459159
Neshoba6441201
Warren6387163
Pontotoc623093
Panola6203125
Bolivar6072144
Marshall6068121
Union571386
Pike5574135
Alcorn533289
Lincoln5283131
George466072
Scott454796
Leflore4444140
Prentiss443377
Tippah442180
Itawamba441599
Adams4376116
Tate4327101
Simpson4313112
Wayne430766
Copiah429587
Yazoo419686
Covington413292
Sunflower4123104
Marion4073104
Leake395486
Coahoma391098
Newton367274
Grenada3543104
Stone350359
Tishomingo333288
Attala324286
Jasper313162
Winston303091
Clay294173
Chickasaw286265
Clarke279890
Calhoun263940
Holmes261387
Smith248048
Yalobusha219647
Tallahatchie217550
Walthall209958
Greene206845
Lawrence205732
Perry198553
Amite197651
Webster195042
Noxubee177739
Montgomery171654
Jefferson Davis167442
Carroll161437
Tunica150834
Benton141533
Kemper138039
Claiborne126134
Choctaw126026
Humphreys125937
Franklin116328
Quitman103426
Wilkinson101536
Jefferson87333
Sharkey62320
Issaquena1926
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 778549

Reported Deaths: 13665
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1105871747
Mobile704651206
Madison49152610
Baldwin35946479
Shelby35796302
Tuscaloosa33410532
Montgomery32906672
Lee22231216
Calhoun20791397
Morgan19605326
Etowah18837449
Marshall17465272
Houston16452368
St. Clair15233293
Limestone14376182
Cullman14348246
Elmore14241256
Lauderdale13298278
Talladega12699230
DeKalb12036233
Walker10430323
Autauga9568133
Blount9555152
Jackson9235146
Coffee8728169
Colbert8426179
Dale8410170
Escambia6526114
Tallapoosa6501172
Covington6396163
Chilton6293141
Russell598555
Franklin5719100
Chambers5315133
Marion4734115
Dallas4665182
Clarke457076
Pike456294
Geneva4315116
Winston417192
Lawrence4086108
Bibb401680
Barbour341968
Marengo323183
Butler314988
Monroe314652
Pickens300470
Randolph299955
Henry298356
Hale289383
Cherokee284652
Fayette275672
Washington244848
Crenshaw235168
Clay225163
Macon217657
Cleburne217149
Lamar192140
Conecuh179646
Lowndes170158
Coosa166432
Wilcox155736
Bullock147742
Perry136036
Sumter124136
Greene120142
Choctaw72826
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Fall has started off exactly as you would have anticipated and it looks like we should have a number of dry days still ahead, but this isn’t a permanent switch, because heat is pegged to return.
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