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Cops arrive at Tarzan star Ron Ely’s home to find wife’s body after she was killed by their son

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The moment police arrived at the home of Tarzan actor Ron Ely after his wife was stabbed to death by their son has been released by the star’s family. 

In footage from the killing in October last year two officers can be seen entering the Santa Barbara  house in darkness, approaching the wheelchair bound Ely, now 82. 

Using flashlights one cop asks the actor: ‘Sir, what’s going on?’ As they turn the corner the body of Ron’s wife Valerie, 62, comes into view. One officer can be heard to say: ‘Oh my god, Jesus. Clear the house.’

It was later determined the couple’s son Cameron, 30, had stabbed his mom to death; he was later shot 22 times on the grounds of the family home and died on the scene. No motive for the killing has been released. 

On Thursday the Ely family released new footage from the night of the incident with the couple’s two daughters holding a press conference at their family home. 

In one clip Cameron is told ‘keep your hands up’ before he is shot by officers. Additional footage shows police handcuffing him as he lays motionless on the ground.  

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In footage from the killing in October last year two officers can be seen entering the California house in darkness, approaching the wheelchair bound Ely, then 81

Using flashlights one cop asks the actor: 'Sir, what's going on?' As they turn the corner the body of Ron's wife Valerie, 62, comes into view. One officer can be heard to say: 'Oh my god'

Using flashlights one cop asks the actor: 'Sir, what's going on?' As they turn the corner the body of Ron's wife Valerie, 62, comes into view. One officer can be heard to say: 'Oh my god'

Using flashlights one cop asks the actor: ‘Sir, what’s going on?’ As they turn the corner the body of Ron’s wife Valerie, 62, comes into view. One officer can be heard to say: ‘Oh my god’

Tarzan actor Ron Ely is suing Santa Barbara sheriff’s office over the death of his son and wife at the family's California home. The couple are pictured

Tarzan actor Ron Ely is suing Santa Barbara sheriff’s office over the death of his son and wife at the family's California home. The couple are pictured

Cameron Ely graduated from Harvard with a psychology degree

Cameron Ely graduated from Harvard with a psychology degree

Tarzan actor Ron Ely announced he was suing Santa Barbara sheriff’s office over the death of his son, right, and wife at the family’s California home. The couple are pictured left

Both Cameron and his mother were pronounced dead at the scene, with their bodies being removed by the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office the following day.

Ely was not hurt during the altercation but was taken for an evaluation at a nearby hospital before being released the following day.

Californian investigators last week concluded that police were justified in shooting dead Cameron Ely.  

On Thursday the Ely family held a press conference about the deaths of Cameron and Valerie

On Thursday the Ely family held a press conference about the deaths of Cameron and Valerie

On Thursday the Ely family held a press conference about the deaths of Cameron and Valerie 

The couple's two daughters held a press conference at their family home

The couple's two daughters held a press conference at their family home

The couple's two daughters held a press conference at their family home

The couple's two daughters held a press conference at their family home

The couple’s two daughters held a press conference at their family home 

The couple's daughters, Kirsten (left) and Kaitland (right) spoke at today's press conference.

The couple's daughters, Kirsten (left) and Kaitland (right) spoke at today's press conference.

The couple’s daughters, Kirsten (left) and Kaitland (right) spoke at today’s press conference. 

Kirsten Ely speaks at the press conference, flanked by her sister Kaitland (right), and attorneys John L. Burris (far left), and DeWitt M. Lacy (far right)

Kirsten Ely speaks at the press conference, flanked by her sister Kaitland (right), and attorneys John L. Burris (far left), and DeWitt M. Lacy (far right)

Kirsten Ely speaks at the press conference, flanked by her sister Kaitland (right), and attorneys John L. Burris (far left), and DeWitt M. Lacy (far right)

That came following news Ron, best known for playing Tarzan from 1966-68, is suing police and the city of Santa Barbara for wrongful death and unspecified damages.  

Ron says unarmed Cameron was surrendering when he was shot 22 times by officers; a lawsuit argued Valerie was left to die by deputies who failed to check if she was still alive and took 30 minutes to get medical help.   

‘The reprehensible conduct of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department Deputies was egregious, entirely unreasonable, and, accordingly, unconstitutional,’ the claim alleged. 

When officers arrived, around 8:30pm, they set out to search for the 6’5″ Cameron in the grounds of the Hope Ranch mansion.

The Office of the Santa Barbara District Attorney said that sheriff’s deputies ‘acted reasonably in his/her use of deadly force’.  

Ron Ely's resident in Santa Barbara where his son stabbed to death his mother before being shot dead by police

Ron Ely's resident in Santa Barbara where his son stabbed to death his mother before being shot dead by police

Ron Ely’s resident in Santa Barbara where his son stabbed to death his mother before being shot dead by police

It was later determined the couple's son Cameron, 30, had stabbed his mom to death; he was later shot 22 times on the grounds of the family home and died on the scene

It was later determined the couple's son Cameron, 30, had stabbed his mom to death; he was later shot 22 times on the grounds of the family home and died on the scene

It was later determined the couple’s son Cameron, 30, had stabbed his mom to death; he was later shot 22 times on the grounds of the family home and died on the scene

On Thursday the Ely family released new footage from the night of the incident. In one clip Cameron is told 'keep your hands up' before he is shot by officers. Additional footage shows police handcuffing him as he lays motionless on the ground

On Thursday the Ely family released new footage from the night of the incident. In one clip Cameron is told 'keep your hands up' before he is shot by officers. Additional footage shows police handcuffing him as he lays motionless on the ground

On Thursday the Ely family released new footage from the night of the incident. In one clip Cameron is told ‘keep your hands up’ before he is shot by officers. Additional footage shows police handcuffing him as he lays motionless on the ground

Officials say in the report that two deputies encountered a ‘disheveled’ Cameron on a dark driveway during a search of the 1.5-acre property, with one officer noting that the suspect had a knife wound on his neck. 

‘Both deputies saw that Ely had blood on him and believed he was the suspect in Valerie’s murder,’ the report states.  

‘Both deputies pointed their gun at Ely. At least one of them illuminated him with the light on his firearm. 

‘The deputies yelled multiple times at Ely to get down on the ground and to keep his hands up.’

They said that the athlete ‘suddenly sprang upward’ towards the deputies, bending forwards and moving his hand to his waist while yelling: ‘I have a gun!’ 

Cameron was then struck with multiple bullets. 

According to the report, Cameron was ‘moving and moaning’ on the floor when they approached him, and checked for weapons.

They discovered he was unarmed, but did have drugs on him which later turned out to be cocaine.

He also had on him a small plastic bottle labeled liquid vitamins. 

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland, pictured Thursday, and Cameron

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland, pictured Thursday, and Cameron

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland, pictured Thursday, and Cameron

On Thursday the Ely family released new reconstruction footage of Cameron's shooting

On Thursday the Ely family released new reconstruction footage of Cameron's shooting

On Thursday the Ely family released new reconstruction footage of Cameron’s shooting 

An official is pictured removing the body of Cameron Ely from the scene in October 2019

An official is pictured removing the body of Cameron Ely from the scene in October 2019

An official is pictured removing the body of Cameron Ely from the scene in October 2019

‘All four deputies reported that they feared Ely had a weapon until the point they handcuffed him, turned him onto his back, and pat searched him,’ the report continues. 

‘The medics arrived very quickly because they had been staging on the street by the top of the driveway. Medics pronounced Ely dead on-scene.’  

One of the most recent photos of Cameron shows him at his sister Kaitland’s 2016 wedding.    

It was unclear how Cameron spent his time. Records show he was licensed as a security guard, according to the LA Times.      

He was the first to call police on the night of the killings, placing a 911 call at approximately 8pm.

Ron Ely, Cameron's father, played Tarzan from 1966-68

Ron Ely, Cameron's father, played Tarzan from 1966-68

Ron Ely, Cameron’s father, played Tarzan from 1966-68

In audio obtained by the Blast, the operator can be heard saying he had spoken to a young male who said his ‘father tried to attack the mother’.

The operator adds that when the authorities called back the caller sounded ‘out of breath, unintelligible and crying’.

In a subsequent call, Ely identified his wife’s killer as his son. Responding officers found Cameron hiding in the grounds and shot him dead at approximately 9.40pm.  

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland and Cameron.  

Ely featured in a number of TV appearances during the 1960s but found his break playing the lead role in the 1966 NBC series Tarzan.

He also played the title role in 1975 movie Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland and Cameron

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland and Cameron

Valerie and Ron had been married for 35 years and had three children together, Kirsten, Kaitland and Cameron

As well as a career studded with occasional parts on TV, Ely hosted the Miss America pageant between 1979 and 1981. He retired from acting in 2001 but did return for a part in a TV movie called Expecting Amish in 2014.

The famed actor said he finished with his on-screen career to spend time with his kids.       

At the time of her death, Lundeen and Ely were living in quiet retirement at their luxury home which boasts its own tennis court and swimming pool.     

Musclebound Tarzan who did his own stunts and won the hearts of baby-boomers 

Ron Ely, 81, played the title character on the NBC series Tarzan, which ran from 1966 to 1968.

The tall, musclebound actor was not quite as well-known as Johnny Weismuller, the Olympic swimmer who played Tarzan, the character created by novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, in movies in the 1930s and 1940s. 

But Ely formed the image of the shirtless, loincloth-wearing character remembered by many in the baby-boom generation.

Ely said in interviews that he did his own stunts on the show, working directly and precariously with the tigers, chimps and other wild animals that were Tarzan’s friends and servants.Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001.

Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. He is pictured here in December 1987

Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. He is pictured here in December 1987

Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. He is pictured here in December 1987

Ely’s Tarzan didn’t speak in the monosyllabic grunts often associated with the character. He was instead an educated bachelor who had grown sick of civilization and had returned to African jungle where he was raised.

Ely also played the title character in the 1975 action film Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, but otherwise had mostly small roles in TV and films including the 1958 movie musical South Pacific.

He was host of the Miss America pageant in 1980 and 1981 and later married Valerie Ely, a former Miss Florida. The couple had three children. 

Ely retired from acting to focus on his family in 2001. But he returned briefly in 2014 in the TV movie Expecting Amish. 

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‘We need a miracle’: Czech PM says more Covid-19 restrictions are looming

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The Czech Republic is facing a ‘catastrophic’ Covid-19 outbreak and needs a ‘miracle’ to avoid new restrictions, its prime minister said last night with its infection rate now the highest of any major country in the world.  

Andrej Babis said the current lockdown measures ‘are not working yet’ after the country’s coronavirus deaths doubled in the space of two weeks. 

Like many countries which escaped lightly from the first wave, the Czech Republic is now seeing record numbers of fatalities, with average daily deaths rising from 14 at the start of October to 111 today – after a peak of just 10 in the spring. 

Saturday saw a new record of 126 deaths along with 15,258 cases, and the current infection rate is the highest on the planet except for tiny Andorra. 

In addition, the spread of the virus among doctors and medical workers is worsening the strain on Czech hospitals in the current state of emergency. 

CZECH CASES: The infection rate in the Czech Republic is now the highest of any major country in the world, with an average of more than 12,000 cases per day in a country of 10.7million people

CZECH CASES: The infection rate in the Czech Republic is now the highest of any major country in the world, with an average of more than 12,000 cases per day in a country of 10.7million people

CZECH CASES: The infection rate in the Czech Republic is now the highest of any major country in the world, with an average of more than 12,000 cases per day in a country of 10.7million people 

CZECH DEATHS: These have spiralled far above the levels seen in the spring, with the average daily toll now over 100

CZECH DEATHS: These have spiralled far above the levels seen in the spring, with the average daily toll now over 100

CZECH DEATHS: These have spiralled far above the levels seen in the spring, with the average daily toll now over 100 

The Czech Republic's infection rate is the highest in Europe and the world, except for tiny Andorra, far above hard-hit countries in Western Europe such as France and Spain

The Czech Republic's infection rate is the highest in Europe and the world, except for tiny Andorra, far above hard-hit countries in Western Europe such as France and Spain

The Czech Republic’s infection rate is the highest in Europe and the world, except for tiny Andorra, far above hard-hit countries in Western Europe such as France and Spain 

Under the Czech government’s current measures, shops and restaurants are closed while schools have gone back to distance learning. 

Students have been sent home from universities except for those studying medicine or other healthcare-related subjects.  

Restrictions on movement mean that people can only travel for certain reasons such as work, shopping or medical care – although they are allowed to go to a second home in the countryside if they have one.  

Gatherings are limited to two people except for weddings and funerals which 10 people are allowed to attend.  

While the new measures are already almost identical to those imposed in the spring, Babis warned last night that they might have to get even tougher. 

‘The measures which we have taken aren’t working yet,’ Babis said in a video message, saying that the current figures were ‘catastrophic’. 

‘The next week will be the key one, and unless a miracle happens, we won’t have any other choice than to tighten our measures further,’ he said. 

Babis pointed to excessive crowds of people at a Prague market on Saturday, while Czech media says people also travelled across the border to Poland to go shopping. 

While hotels have been closed and tourism to the Czech Republic is now officially banned, border controls have not been re-introduced. 

Acknowledging that support for lockdowns was lower than in the spring, the PM said that ‘the opinion of our citizens has changed fundamentally’ since the early lockdown in March.  

Babis said that he wanted Christmas to be celebrated as normal, but he could not promise anything for now.

‘I don’t know what will happen with the virus. I don’t know,’ he said. 

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Shoppers crowd into an open-air market in Prague on Saturday in a scene criticised by the Czech prime minister as he warned of more restrictions to come 

Czech hospitals are currently treating 5,345 people for Covid-19, an all-time high and a figure which has more than doubled from 2,503 two weeks ago. 

By contrast, during the first wave there were never more than 422 coronavirus patients in hospital on a single day. 

The number of intensive care patients is also higher than ever, with 800 people currently in ICU wards compared to a spring peak of 100. 

To make matters worse, more than 5,000 doctors and nurses are currently out of action because they are infected with Covid-19, according to Radio Prague

The Czech Republic spends £1,190 per person on healthcare, while Germany spends £4,000 and Britain £3,100. 

The surge in hospital admissions is matched by a rise in deaths, with the total death toll doubling from 1,051 on October 13 to 2,201 as of Monday morning. 

The regular hundred-plus daily deaths are a sharp contrast with the spring, when only 319 people died up to the end of May.  

Babis has previously warned that hospitals would be overwhelmed by November 11 if the epidemic is not brought under control. 

His government is seeking help from NATO and European allies, with 28 medical staff set to arrive from the US National Guard to help Czech hospitals. 

Prague received the first shipment of ventilators organised by the European Commission on Saturday, when 30 machines arrived, with another 120 on the way.  

Czech authorities were also in talks with Germany to provide up to 100 medical staff to help its harder-hit neighbour.   

Czech leader Andrej Babis (pictured) said the country needed a 'miracle' to avoid further restrictions amid a surge in infections and deaths

Czech leader Andrej Babis (pictured) said the country needed a 'miracle' to avoid further restrictions amid a surge in infections and deaths

Czech leader Andrej Babis (pictured) said the country needed a ‘miracle’ to avoid further restrictions amid a surge in infections and deaths 

After only 12,000 cases to the end of June, Czech officials are now recording that many every day, along with more than 100 daily deaths.  

The current infection rate is 1,093 cases per million people a day, the highest in the world after Andorra which is seeing 94 cases per day in a country of 77,000 people. 

Babis’s government has been criticised for easing restrictions too quickly in the summer and then bringing them back too slowly in the autumn. 

Like much of Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic closed down at an early stage in the spring – beginning border closures when it had just 96 cases and no deaths. 

But Babis’s government was reluctant to take such decisive action when cases began to pile up a second time. 

In September, Babis overruled his then-health minister Adam Vojtech after he said that face coverings would be needed in school corridors. 

Babis told lawmakers during a debate in parliament that month to ‘stop dealing with coronavirus all the time’. 

Last week, Babis apologised for bringing back tough restrictions after previously promising that they would not return. 

‘I apologise even for the fact that I ruled out this option in the past because I was not able to imagine it might happen,’ he said. 

‘Unfortunately, it has happened and now, above all, we have to protect the lives of our citizens.’ 

There was further embarrassment last week when it emerged that the new health minister, epidemiologist Roman Prymula, had left a restaurant late at night that should have been closed under his own restrictions.  

Czech soldiers set up a new field hospital in Prague last week, with more than 5,000 patients currently being treated in coronavirus wards compared to a peak of only 422 in the spring

Czech soldiers set up a new field hospital in Prague last week, with more than 5,000 patients currently being treated in coronavirus wards compared to a peak of only 422 in the spring

Czech soldiers set up a new field hospital in Prague last week, with more than 5,000 patients currently being treated in coronavirus wards compared to a peak of only 422 in the spring 

Babis demanded Prymula’s resignation, saying that ‘we can’t preach water and drink wine’.  

‘When our medical staff are fighting on the front line to save lives of our fellow citizens, such a thing is absolutely inexcusable,’ Babis told reporters.   

But Prymula refused to step down, insisting the meeting had taken place in premises adjacent to the restaurant and that he only breached the mask duty for a split second. 

Babis met the Czech president on Friday to discuss Prymula’s expected sacking, although this has not yet taken place. 

Prymula was appointed only a month ago as a ‘crisis manager’ to lead the country’s response to the pandemic as new infections began to rise. 

He had recently appealed to Czechs: ‘I’d like to call on all of you to stay, if possible, at home.’ 

The Czech crisis has been echoed in much of Eastern Europe, although not quite as severely, after governments were similarly slower to shut down the country in the autumn. 

In Poland, the government is trying to avoid a second lockdown by telling over-70s to stay at home and offering them support with shopping and medical supplies. 

The entire country was declared a ‘red zone’ on Friday, with some schools and restaurants shut down again. 

More than 250 people were arrested in protests against the new curbs on Saturday which saw crowds throw bottles and firecrackers at police.

The country suffered a further blow on Saturday when the country’s president Andrzej Duda tested positive for Covid-19. 

Duda, who said he had no symptoms and felt at ‘full strength’, is the latest leader after Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and others to contract the disease. 

Elsewhere, Hungary saw more than 3,000 cases in a day for the first time on Sunday, but no new restrictions are planned.  

Hungarian schools are operating as normal, and apart from closing borders to foreigners, the government has not imposed significant curbs on events. 

 The total number of cases rose to 59,247 in the country of 10million, with 35 new deaths taking the total to 1,425.

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Tropical storm Zeta gathers strength as it heads to the US 

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A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico‘s resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and is set to smash into the Gulf Coast later this week. 

It comes as extreme weather including snowfall and tornadoes is expected across the country this week in the run-up to the presidential election.   

Zeta on Sunday became the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season. The system was centered about 210 miles southeast of Cozumel island Monday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. 

It had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta on Sunday

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta on Sunday

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta on Sunday 

 The storm was moving northwest at around 9 mph after being nearly stationary over the weekend. 

Storm Zeta is likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. 

Forecasters said Zeta was expected to move over the Yucatan Peninsula later Monday before heading into the Gulf of Mexico and then approaching the U.S. Gulf Coast by Wednesday, though it could weaken by then.

Officials in Quintana Roo state, the location of Cancun and other resorts, said they were watching the storm. They reported nearly 60,000 tourists in the state as of midweek. The state government said 71 shelters were being readied for tourists or residents who might need them.

The government is still handing out aid, including sheet roofing, to Yucatan residents hit by Hurricane Delta and Tropical Storm Gamma earlier this month.

A hurricane warning was expanded for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Dzilam, including Cancun and Cozumel.

Zeta had been dawdling Sunday because it was trapped between two strong high pressure systems to the east and west, and it could not move north or south because nothing was moving there either, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.

Storm Zeta is likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Storm path pictured above

Storm Zeta is likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Storm path pictured above

Storm Zeta is likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Storm path pictured above 

Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach said that when a storm gets stuck, it can unload dangerous downpours over one place, causing flooding. 

That happened in 2017 over Houston with Harvey, when more than 60 inches of rain fell and in 2019 over the Bahamas with Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which was the worst-case scenario of a stationary storm, he said.

The hurricane center said Zeta could bring 4 to 8 inches of rain to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba, before drenching the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

The storm could make landfall anywhere from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, forecasters said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged his state’s citizens to monitor the storm, and the state activated its Crisis Action Team.

Zeta broke the record for the previous earliest 27th Atlantic named storm that formed Nov. 29, 2005, Klotzbach said.

California, already devastated by wildfires, is facing what could be the biggest fire threat of the year

California, already devastated by wildfires, is facing what could be the biggest fire threat of the year

California, already devastated by wildfires, is facing what could be the biggest fire threat of the year

On Sunday, Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to 225,000 customers in Northern California and planned to do the same for another 136,000 customers in a total of 36 counties

On Sunday, Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to 225,000 customers in Northern California and planned to do the same for another 136,000 customers in a total of 36 counties

On Sunday, Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to 225,000 customers in Northern California and planned to do the same for another 136,000 customers in a total of 36 counties

This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane center has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names.

Zeta is the furthest into the Greek alphabet the Atlantic season has gone. There was also a Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005, but that year had 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found they missed one, which then became an ‘unnamed named storm,’ Klotzbach said.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for much of the state of California, predicting winds of up to 35mph in lower elevations and more than 70 mph in mountainous areas of Southern California and sparking a risk of fire.  

The conditions could equal those during devastating fires in California’s wine country in 2017 and last year’s Kincade Fire, the National Weather Service said. 

Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires and the fire-weary state braced for a new bout of dry, windy weather.

More than 1 million people were expected be in the dark Monday during what officials have said could be the strongest wind event in California this year.

It’s the fifth time this year that Pacific Gas & Electric, the nation’s largest utility, has cut power to customers in a bid to reduce the risk that downed or fouled power lines or other equipment could ignite a blaze during bone-dry weather conditions and gusty winds. 

On Sunday, the utility shut off power to 225,000 customers in Northern California and planned to do the same for another 136,000 customers in a total of 36 counties.

‘This event is by far the largest we’ve experienced this year, the most extreme weather,’ said Aaron Johnson, the utility’s vice president of wildfire safety and public engagement. ‘We’re trying to find ways to make the events less difficult.’

In Colorado, snowfall has helped to put a damper on raging wildfires. 

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, fills the air in a valley near Masonville, Colorado on Saturday

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, fills the air in a valley near Masonville, Colorado on Saturday

Smoke from the Cameron Peak Fire, the largest wildfire in Colorado history, fills the air in a valley near Masonville, Colorado on Saturday 

A satellite image shows smoke from the East Troublesome wildfires at Grand Lake in Colorado, U.S. October 22

A satellite image shows smoke from the East Troublesome wildfires at Grand Lake in Colorado, U.S. October 22

A satellite image shows smoke from the East Troublesome wildfires at Grand Lake in Colorado, U.S. October 22

Flames rise from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns near a farmstead on October 22

Flames rise from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns near a farmstead on October 22

Flames rise from mountain ridges as a wildfire burns near a farmstead on October 22 

The Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire are two of the largest in state history. 

Residents remaining in Estes Park, in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, were told to evacuate their homes on Saturday as wind gusts fanned the wildfire and the blaze claimed the lives of an elderly couple. 

The extreme weather comes as the Gulf Coast is still recovering from Hurricane Delta, which has claimed two lives and left around 370,000 without power earlier this month, after it battered the Gulf Coast just weeks after the area was devastated by Hurricane Laura. 

Drone footage has captured the devastation of homes (pictured in Creole, Louisiana) that were destroyed by Hurricane Laura now flooded by Hurricane Delta that left two people dead and nearly 370,000 without power

Drone footage has captured the devastation of homes (pictured in Creole, Louisiana) that were destroyed by Hurricane Laura now flooded by Hurricane Delta that left two people dead and nearly 370,000 without power

Drone footage has captured the devastation of homes (pictured in Creole, Louisiana) that were destroyed by Hurricane Laura now flooded by Hurricane Delta that left two people dead and nearly 370,000 without power

Delta made landfall near the coastal town of Creole with top winds of 100mph. A home was torn from its foundation in Cameron, Louisiana

Delta made landfall near the coastal town of Creole with top winds of 100mph. A home was torn from its foundation in Cameron, Louisiana

Delta made landfall near the coastal town of Creole with top winds of 100mph. A home was torn from its foundation in Cameron, Louisiana 

Hurricane Delta moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. Damage is seen Cameron, Louisiana

Hurricane Delta moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. Damage is seen Cameron, Louisiana

Hurricane Delta moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August. Damage is seen Cameron, Louisiana

Hurricane Delta followed Hurricane Laura, which roared ashore with its staggering 150mph winds. Delta made landfall with less wind but with ferocious downpours. 

The two back-to-back hurricanes in the space of six weeks have left an area of southwest Louisiana blanketed with tarpaulins, debris and flooded streets.  

Drone footage captured the devastation of homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Laura now flooded by Hurricane Delta. 

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Developer blows $3.41million on a crumbling hoarder house

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A hoarder’s house packed with garbage and described as an ‘uninhabitable wreck with rotting walls’ has sold for $3.41 million to a buyer who never went inside.

The three-bedroom timber and brick cottage in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Concord stunned speculators when it sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the $3 million price guide and $3.2 million reserve.

Bags of garbage could be seen piled high in a front room through an archway off the grubby brown timber kitchen with its broken lino floor.

The disintegrating bathroom with its missing tiles, cracked shower screen and black grime around a sickly pink bath did not deter buyers from bidding it well over the $3.2 million reserve

The disintegrating bathroom with its missing tiles, cracked shower screen and black grime around a sickly pink bath did not deter buyers from bidding it well over the $3.2 million reserve

The disintegrating bathroom with its missing tiles, cracked shower screen and black grime around a sickly pink bath did not deter buyers from bidding it well over the $3.2 million reserve

The grimy brown timber kitchen with its broken lino floor shows a glimpse of the piles of garbage bagged by cleaners through the archway

The grimy brown timber kitchen with its broken lino floor shows a glimpse of the piles of garbage bagged by cleaners through the archway

The grimy brown timber kitchen with its broken lino floor shows a glimpse of the piles of garbage bagged by cleaners through the archway

Sheets of faded floral wallpaper curled off the gloomy bathroom with its missing tiles, cracked shower screen, and crusted black grime around the sickly pink bath.

The Horwood Nolan sales agents quite honestly described the property as being in need of demolition in their online advertising.

Selling agent Ben Horwood of Horwood Nolan said the house had been cleaned up significantly before sale.

Piles of junk still littered the property on auction day despite the best efforts of professional cleaners weeks before. 

The house had been hidden from view for decades by overgrown trees and bushes, which had been cut back.

The eleven registered bidders who fought it out at auction on Saturday did not care about the state of the hoarder’s house. 

The property at 2 Tennyson Rd, Concord, was sitting on a free-hold title of 1,081sqm on a corner block with street access on two sides and two driveways.

The wood is rotting on 2 Tennyson Rd, Concord, but the house will not fall down until it is bulldozed by a developer who bought it on Saturday to make an investment property

The wood is rotting on 2 Tennyson Rd, Concord, but the house will not fall down until it is bulldozed by a developer who bought it on Saturday to make an investment property

The wood is rotting on 2 Tennyson Rd, Concord, but the house will not fall down until it is bulldozed by a developer who bought it on Saturday to make an investment property

A stunning original fireplace stands out like a sore thumb in the peeling, rotting, broken home

A stunning original fireplace stands out like a sore thumb in the peeling, rotting, broken home

A stunning original fireplace stands out like a sore thumb in the peeling, rotting, broken home

The reason why the property sold for $3.42 million: it is 1081 square metres with dual street frontage and sits near the Parramatta River (which can be seen in the background)

The reason why the property sold for $3.42 million: it is 1081 square metres with dual street frontage and sits near the Parramatta River (which can be seen in the background)

The reason why the property sold for $3.42 million: it is 1081 square metres with dual street frontage and sits near the Parramatta River (which can be seen in the background)

It has no heritage listing and no easements and is described as a developer’s dream, sitting a stone’s throw away from the Parramatta River and the upmarket Breakfast Point Village luxury development.

The land can be subdivided for a double duplex and is a magnet for builders.

‘It was a rare home. There aren’t many blocks this size in Concord any more but the price was unexpected,’ Mr Horwood told Realestate.com.au. 

The man who bought it told the Sunday Telegraph that he never even bothered walking inside.

‘I didn’t want to see it, I didn’t care about the house,’ he said.

The man said he would bulldoze it and build an investment home for his family.   

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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