Extreme Weather Hits U.S. Earlier

Beryl, extreme heat, and wildfires have millions in the U.S. under fire, heat, flood, tornado, and severe thunderstorm warnings.

July 10, 2024

The first hurricane of the season landed in the United States, earlier than normal this week. On Monday, Beryl hit southern Texas as a Category 1 hurricane and left at least eight people dead in Texas and Louisiana. At least nine other people perished as it moved through the Caribbean and Mexico last week, CNN reported. The storm continued to move through the U.S. mid-week bringing flooding rains, damaging winds, and tornados to the Midwest today. The storm should reach Canada by the end of the week.

In the aftermath, more than 2.2 million people throughout Texas are without electricity, and Tuesday and Wednesday were forecasted to bring extreme heat to the area. A heat advisory was in place Tuesday for southeast Texas, where temperatures reached the 90s, but heat indices reached 105 F.

On Tuesday, heat alerts were issued for about half the U.S. with the West Coast hit particularly hard, according to the National Integrated Heat Health Information System. Dozens of locations in the West and Pacific Northwest also tied or broke previous heat records during the weekend and are forecast to keep breaking records this week, the Associated Press reported. Death Valley National Park in California, one of the hottest places on Earth, has hit record breaking temperatures at around 130 F this week—driving global visitors and causing one to perish from the heat on Saturday.

Meanwhile the largest wildfire in California this year has burned more than 26,000 acres in Santa Barbara County, The Mercury News reported. The Lake Fire, which started on July 5, is 12% contained, and hundreds of people have been evacuated. So far this year, California has had six wildfires greater than 10,000 acres, which surpasses last year at this time with the biggest fire at 1,560 acres. Last year, the four fires over 10,000 acres didn’t start until August, CalFire reported.

Already this year, approximately 20 major fires have been burning in the West since mid to late June with firefighters working in extreme temperatures to extinguish the blazes.  

Emerging Leader Deadline Approaches

July 10, 2024

Submit your nomination for the 2024 ISSA Emerging Leaders Awards! Highlight some of the top talent impacting the market by July 31. Leaders will be recognized in Las Vegas this November as part of ISSA Show North America 2024.

Take a moment to reflect on the young professionals who have impressed you with their vision, dedication, and innovative approach. This is your opportunity to celebrate their contributions and support their continued growth and success. By nominating an Emerging Leader, you’ll not only recognize some of the top talent impacting the market, but you’ll also bring awareness and recognition to your organization.

The inaugural awards program is a complimentary benefit for all current ISSA members across the cleaning industry supply chain—including manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, distributors, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—who are proven leaders in their field. Nominations are open to anyone employed by an ISSA member company who will be younger than 40 years old as of November 30.

ISSA members are invited to nominate individuals and complete a short questionnaire at Self-nominations are also accepted. The winning submissions will be selected by the ISSA Emerging Leaders Committee and notified in early October.

The 2024 ISSA Emerging Leaders will be recognized in Las Vegas this November as part of ISSA Show North America 2024. This year’s winners also will be featured in an article in the November/December edition of the association’s member magazine, ISSA Today, and across ISSA’s social media channels.

For more information on the ISSA Emerging Leaders Awards and to submit a nomination, visit

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