As the New York area continues its recovery efforts a month after Superstorm Sandy, city officials report that over 12,000 New Yorkers "are trying to survive in unheated, flood-damaged homes, despite warnings that dropping temperatures could pose a health risk," reported the Associated Press. Along with colder temperatures, coastal residents are still inhabiting homes contaminated with mold and construction dust.

On the West Coast, Northern California experienced two major storms this week, causing flooding, transportation delays and power outages. Areas of Sonoma and Napa counties received over half a foot of rain, according to a National Weather Service forecaster.

In the U.S. Midwest, the persistent drought which has gripped the region for most of the year got worse this week, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. With over half of the country's "pasture and rangeland rated in poor to very poor condition as of Oct. 31," reported Climate Central, the may be responsible for a 0.5 to one percent drop in U.S. GDP in 2012.

Earlier this week, a massive tornado hit the southern Italian city of Taranto, injuring 20 workers at a steel factory. "There have been a number of tornadoes in unusual parts of the world in the last couple of months," AccuWeather Enterprise Solution Senior Vice President Mike Smith said. "That is partly because there are no tornadoes occurring here [in the United States]. Because we have unusual high pressure over the U.S., there is low pressure in unusual areas on other parts of the hemisphere."

Flooding in Britain caused disruptions and evacuations this week, with the "biggest ever" pumping operation underway in Somerset, according to the BBC.

HuffPost UK reports, "This year's heavy downpours have led to four deaths, around £1 billion [$1.6 billion] worth of damage and hundreds of thousands of people in danger of losing their home insurance next year."

Below, find images of flooding in Britain and other extreme weather from around the world this week:

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  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: A swimming pool is cleared of sand in the heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood on November 27, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. The state of New York has said that Superstorm Sandy has cost upwards of $42 billion. This price, for which congressional leaders will make requests for federal disaster aid to help pay, includes $32 billion for repairs and restoration. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • ORTLEY BEACH, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Police stand guard near beach homes that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy on November 25, 2012 in Ortley Beach, New Jersey. New Jersey Gov. Christie estimated that Superstorm Sandy cost New Jersey $29.4 billion in damage and economic losses. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • Employees in the surrounding area of Coney Island Drive sandbags Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Sparks, Nev. Northern Nevada authorities canceled Christmas celebrations and piled up sandbags Friday in anticipation of pounding rain and widespread flooding over the weekend. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the length of the Truckee River as a large, slow-moving storm started to build. Such warnings are seen in Nevada only once or twice in a decade, Reno-based meteorologist Brian Brong said. (AP Photo/The Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron)

  • MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Fire crews attempt to pump water away from a flooded are next to the County Bridge between Norton and Malton as the River Derwent reached peak levels on November 28, 2012 in Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amounts of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Fire crews attempt to pump water away from a flooded are next to the County Bridge between Norton and Malton as the River Derwent reached peak levels on November 28, 2012 in Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amounts of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • OLD MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: People move their bikes through the water as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • OLD-MALTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: A man walk around the corner in flood waters as residents of Old Malton begin to deal with the aftermath of the recent floods on November 28, 2012 in Old Malton, England. Fire crews continue to pump large amount of surface flood water away from overflowing drains that have been threatening many properties in the area. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • YORK, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: Members of the public attempt to protect their properties with sandbags and pumps next to the River Ouse on November 27,2012 in York,England. Floodwaters threaten hundreds of homes in Wales and England, as river levels continue to rise exacerbated by further water running into already saturated areas. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • A supermarket delivery van ploughs through floodwater in Appleton Roebuck, northern England Sunday Nov. 25, 2012. Rainstorms and floods have hit parts England, killing one person and injuring two. Officials said the situation was stabilizing in the southwest of England, but weather forecasters said persistent rain would continue in the north of England and Scotland on Sunday. (AP Photo/John Giles/PA)

  • ST ASAPH, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 27: A camper van turns on its side as flood water covers the streets of St Asaph in North Wales after torrential overnight rain on November 27, 2012 in St Asaph, Wales. Residents in up to 500 homes in St Asaph have been advised to evacuate as flood waters continue to rise and the River Elwy breaks its banks. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Motorists drive through flood waters in St Asaph, North Wales, on November 27, 2012. More than 800 homes in England and Wales have been flooded as heavy rain and strong winds battered the country and environmental officials warned of more downpours to come on Monday. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS

  • A man uses a snow blower to clear a small road leading to his farm in Saleby, outside Skara in southwestern Sweden on December 1, 2012. The Swedish Transport Administration had difficulties clearing all roads and had to focus on main roads after an unusually heavy snowfall in the area. AFP PHOTO / BJORN LARSSON ROSVALL / SCANPIX SWEDEN

  • Water splashes as a vehicle drives through a flooded street, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. The second in a series of storms slammed Northern California on Friday as heavy rain and strong winds knocked out power, tied up traffic and caused flooding along some stretches. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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