- October 2nd: A wildfire burning in northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains has destroyed a dozen homes and 16 other structures.
- October 7th: Hurricane Matthew has begun what is expected to be an agonizing grind up the U.S. southeast coast, pummeling southeast Florida with howling wind and torrential rain. Almost 300,000 homes and businesses are without power. Officials are warning of “a danger of life-threatening inundation” for days in at least three states.
- October 11th: New flooding in the wake of Hurricane Matthew has prompted President Obama to declare a federal emergency in North Carolina. At least four rivers in the state have risen to above or near record levels. The massive storm killed at least 27 people across the Southeast.
- October 12th: A week after Hurricane Matthew hit, the National Civil Protection agency in Port-au-Prince, Haiti lists the death toll at 473, but other reports say the number is at least 900.
- October 12th: Within the United States, the number of teenagers involved in deadly car crashes is rising for the first time in nearly a decade. New data from federal regulators shows a 10 percent increase last year in teen driving deaths.