As squabbles in the US capital drag on, a powerful weather pattern will scatter a phalanx of threats across the country. And the combination of hobbled government and natural disaster is increasing the risk to Americans.
Here’s exactly why Friday will be a big weather day in America:
Tropical Storm Karen is expected to strengthen into a hurricane while threatening landfall on the Gulf Coast.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a state of emergency, and the US Corps of Engineers have closed a massive storm-surge barrier designed to protect the city of New Orleans and built after Hurricane Katrina.
An early season winter storm appears poised to produce more than two feet of snow across Wyoming and South Dakota, and flakes may reach as far east as Fargo. Rapid City, SD is under a blizzard warning, nearly three weeks earlier than its first snowfall last year.