Utah Missionary Injured in Brussels Airport Attack Returns to US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  An American missionary injured in the March 22 bombing attack at the Brussels airport returned home to Utah on Saturday, his family said in a statement.

Richard Norby, 66, a Mormon missionary serving in Paris, had several injuries from the bomb blast, including second-degree burns and severe trauma from shrapnel in his lower leg. He was subsequently put in a medically-induced coma.

A statement posted on the family's Facebook page said Norby returned to the U.S. with his wife Pamela by his side via an air ambulance plane, and he was admitted to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Earlier in the week, he had his feeding tube removed and returned to "enjoying" solid foods, the statement read.

"He is more alert and has repeatedly thanked his Belgian medical staff for their care and concern," the statement read.

Shortly after the bombing, his family said in a statement, "After a lengthy surgery he was placed in a medically induced coma, and will remain in this state for the next few days, with a lengthy recovery expected. His wife, Pamela Norby, was not at the airport at the time of the attack and is supporting him during this challenging time."

Norby had gone to the Brussels airport to drop off other missionaries as they left to go to the U.S. that day.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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