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The strongest tropical storm to make landfall in New England in more than 30 years battered the northeast United States Sunday, leaving thousands of homes without power. Coastal areas experienced gusts reaching 78 miles per hour, sustained winds of 57 miles per hour, and heavy rainfall. The governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York declared states of emergency in anticipation of the storm.
President Joe Biden said Sunday that he may extend his administration’s August 31 deadline for removing the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan, as tens of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies remain behind Taliban lines in need of evacuation. Biden added that 28,000 people have been evacuated from the country over the last week. At least seven Afghans, including a 2-year-old child, were killed in a stampede over the weekend as thousands of evacuees massed at Hamid Karzai International Airport, the British military said Sunday.
Countries across the Middle East and Europe will now accept evacuees from Afghanistan in transit after Qatar’s al-Udeid air base reached maximum capacity, according to the State Department. Eighteen commercial aircraft will begin assisting the evacuation effort in the coming days, the Pentagon said Sunday.*