The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has warned Americans to watch out for “unprecedented” weather conditions and potential wildfires in parts of the West.
The U.N. and others are warning of the possibility of “catastrophic” wildfires and flooding, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a potential “cataclysmic” heat wave.
The White House said the president is looking at all options for dealing with the potential for a global pandemic, but the National Weather Service has warned of the potential “fatal” impacts of “unpredictable weather conditions” and “extreme wildfires.”
More than 80 percent of Americans were without power Wednesday, with a few states seeing temperatures over 100 degrees in some parts of California and Texas.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the threat, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
“The president has made clear that the United States of America will not be bullied by the Chinese government and is working with our allies to make sure the world is prepared to deal with the coming pandemic,” Walters said in a statement.
The White House also said that “the president has asked for and received additional data on the severity of the situation in the United Kingdom, the U. S. and around the world.”
U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are all on high alert for a potential global pandemics and other environmental and health emergencies.
Authorities are urging residents to prepare for a potentially devastating heat wave and flooding on the West Coast of the United-States.
A wildfire burning in California on Tuesday.
California is still dealing with a record wildfire season.