2018 was a turbulent year that saw several natural disasters coast to coast and political turmoil in Washington.
It’s been a year of the unexpected, the unpredictable and in some cases the unbearable.
Winds water and flames cut a devastating path across the country in 2018.
Mudslides and fires out west. The “Camp” blaze swallowed the town of Paradise where dozens were killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history.
“Extreme isn’t even the right adjective to use anymore, it’s just an understatement because fire is so explosive now in California,” said a California firefighter.
A volcanic explosion on Hawaii’s big island fueled rivers of lava that flowed for months.
In Missouri, summer storms sank a duck boat and 17 tourists drowned in the accident.
Deadly hurricanes ripped across the southeast. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, “This is something we have not seen before.”
Florence stalling, flooding the Carolinas.
Michael surging to a category 4 storm. The strongest hurricane to hit the Florida Panhandle.
A storm of controversy continued to build in Washington.
From President Trump’s meetings with North Korean President Kim Jun Un and Russian leader Vladimir Putin to trade battles with long-time U.S. allies.
Another ally, Saudi Arabia – and its’ Crown Prince – accused of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and President Trump accused of turning a blind eye.
While the political fight at home was over congress.
The Democratic party grabbing control of the House and Republicans holding on to their majority in the Senate on a history-making night that saw more than 100 women win congressional seats.
Along the border, strict immigration enforcement separated families before the White House – under mounting pressure – reversed the policy.
There was an emotional showdown over the newest supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh. The administration celebrated his eventual confirmation and what the white house called other “important wins”.
Including a restructured NAFTA trade deal, a strong market and economy and unemployment numbers reaching 50-year lows.
Washington did set aside it’s partisan bickering briefly – to say a heartfelt and emotional goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush.
The world cheered the Olympic spirit and competition in South Korea but the biggest sports victory of the year came far from the playing field.
Trapped in a cave for more than a week — with flood waters rising — twelve players and the coach of a youth soccer team in Thailand were pulled to safety.
Kids were pulled into the streets of the nation’s Capitol and cities across the country mourning friends lost and demanding change.
Activist Emma Gonzalez said, “It’s time for victims to be the change we need to see.” As gunfire –again– ripped through schools across the country.
Seventeen killed in Parkland, Florida. Ten murdered at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. Shots rang out on more than two-dozen campuses.
And inside the tree of life synagogue in Pittsburgh — where 11 worshipers were killed. Twelve were gunned down during “college night” at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.
Five people were shot and killed while working at a community newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
A “family” refusing to be cast as victims.
The “me too” movement saw a Hollywood power broker arrested and once beloved super-star convicted of sexual assault.
While an actress took on a new, historic role. American Megan Markle marrying Prince Harry. The couple announcing five-months later the Dutchess is expecting.
As the world now looks to the expectations of a new year.