Princes William and Harry on Friday went on a private mission to help the flood response, working to lug sandbags in Datchet.
The Guardian came across the pair by the railway crossing in the flood-hit Berkshire village where they were quietly working with a team of 20 members of the Household Cavalry and Network Rail staff to load dozens of sandbags on to a railway truck. Watch the video
The second wintry storm in two weeks to hit the US south brought treacherous conditions to highways, forced thousands of flight cancellations and knocked out electricity to nearly a half-million homes and businesses.
At least nine traffic deaths across the region were blamed on the weather, including three people who were killed when an ambulance careened off an icy west Texas road and caught fire. Nearly 3,300 airline flights nationwide were cancelled.
Forecasters warned of a potentially “catastrophic” storm across the south with more than an inch of ice possible in places. Read more
Satellite images showed three storms sweeping across the Atlantic towards Britain as hurricane force winds are predicted in four shipping areas. The Met OFfice has warned of destructive 100mph winds, issuing a rare “red warning”. Live updates
While the US recovers from the recent polar vortex, in the city of Yakutsk, locals continue daily life in -45C (-49F). Located on the permanently frozen tundra of Russia’s far east, Yakutsk is generally considered the coldest city in the world. Photographs: Amos Chapple