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Good morning. It's Monday, Sept. 19, and we're covering Queen Elizabeth II's burial, an intense storm in Puerto Rico, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].


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A Royal Burial

Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, will be laid to rest today in the vault of St. George's Chapel after 10 days of national mourning. Following a state funeral at Westminster Abbey—the first since Winston Churchill's in 1965—attended by hundreds of world leaders, the queen's coffin will travel 20 miles west to Windsor Castle.


Thousands paid their respects since Wednesday while the queen has lain in state in Westminster Hall, with now-famous queue lines lasting as long as 17 hours for some (see time-lapse). Two thousand high-profile guests attended an 11 am service (6 am ET) at Westminster Abbey, where the archbishop of Canterbury gave a sermon and Prime Minister Liz Truss read a lesson. 


Once the queen's coffin arrives in Windsor, a committal service will take place at St. George's Chapel at 4 pm (11 am ET), with a private burial scheduled for 7:30 pm. See an overview of the day's schedule here


The coronation of King Charles III is slated for 2023. See details on what's next for his reign here.

Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico yesterday, dropping more than 2 feet of rain in some areas and reportedly knocking out power across the island. As of this morning, one death had been attributed to the storm.


A Category 1 storm, Fiona arrived in Puerto Rico almost five years to the day that the island was decimated by Hurricane Maria, which left more than 3,000 dead across the region. The system is the third hurricane in what thus far has been a relatively calm season to date—partly due to excess dry air near Africa disrupting typical atmospheric dynamics. The storm is expected to veer northeast, passing over Bermuda by Thursday (see trajectory). 


Separately, hundreds of residents in western Alaska took shelter as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok slammed the coast. See photos and video of the storm surge here.

Ukraine Defends Reclaimed Areas

Russia has expanded its shelling of civilian targets across Ukraine's eastern region in recent days, according to Western intelligence reports, a move that comes in response to a rapid counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces in the country's northeast. The attacks follow a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the recently recaptured town of Izyum—about 50 miles from the Russian border— where evidence of mass graves was reportedly uncovered. 


Separately, sources suggest Russia has begun using Iranian-made kamikaze drones (paywall, WSJ), believed to be its first wide-scale deployment of a foreign-made weapons system during the war. The Shahed-136 drones are designed to explode on impact, with each one capable of knocking out single long-rage artillery units (for example, US-supplied howitzers). 


In related news, the war in Ukraine is expected to dominate the annual United Nations General Assembly, which begins tomorrow in New York. See more updates here.

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Business & Markets

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Politics & World Affairs

> Typhoon Nanmadol makes landfall in southern Japan; millions of residents under evacuation orders as the storm is expected to crawl northeast toward Tokyo (More)


> Taiwan hit with 6.9 and 6.5 magnitude earthquakes within the span of 18 hours over the weekend; no fatalities reported as of this morning (More)


> European Union proposes cutting $7.5B in developmental funding to member country Hungary, accusing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of undermining democratic institutions (More)



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