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Diego Bears Down on Southeast

Hundreds of flights canceled, thousands without power; NC particularly hard-hit

(Newser) - North Carolina is hunkering down for another big storm, and more than 100,000 of its residents are without power and hundreds of flights have been canceled as Winter Storm Diego rolled through on Sunday, reports CNN . Another 100,000 have lost power in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. American... More »

The Rain Fell Hard. Then a Wall of Water, Scrambling Tourists

At least 12 are dead in Jordan after flash floods

(Newser) - The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Saturday, and the kingdom's main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra, was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades. Friday's floods struck several areas of... More »

Coming to the Eastern US: More Tornadoes

Study finds a shift eastward in this type of weather system

(Newser) - Over the past few decades, tornadoes have been shifting—decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas, but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why, the AP notes. The study, which looked at changes since 1979, found... More »

Mom Acted as Human Shield for Baby During Crazy Storm

Queensland 23-year-old has now been nominated for a bravery award

(Newser) - An Australian mother who shielded her daughter from hail during a storm last week has now been nominated for a bravery award, ABC Australia reports. "She's one of the bravest people I've read of lately," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference Sunday at... More »

Potentially 'Devastating' Michael Could Slam Florida as Hurricane

States of emergency declared in 26 counties before tropical storm, which may turn into hurricane

(Newser) - The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs through Nov. 30, and it looks like Florida may be about to get socked with at least one more. CNN reports Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties in preparation for Tropical Storm Michael as it heads away from... More »

Where Hurricane Florence Stacks Up in Terms of Rainfall

It's not No. 1

(Newser) - Florence itself is finally out of the Carolinas, though flooding dangers are nowhere near done. Wilmington, NC, for example, remains essentially cut off from the rest of the state , though large military trucks and helicopters were able to provide some relief to those stuck in the city, which is normally... More »

Mayor: '99%' Chance Landslide Victims Are Dead

But mayor vows to keep digging

(Newser) - A Philippine mayor said Monday that it's unlikely any of the dozens of people feared buried in a huge landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut will be found alive, though rescuers are still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they'd taken... More »

SC Couple Died Running Generator Inside House

Death toll at 13, as National Hurricane Center warns of 'catastrophic' flooding

(Newser) - A South Carolina couple died not from the wrath of Florence, but rather from carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside their home, reports the AP . Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion were found in a Loris home... More »

Destruction in Its Wake, Typhoon Slams Into China

Building seen swaying in Hong Kong amid winds of up to 118mph

(Newser) - Typhoon Mangkhut, which CNN labels "the world's strongest storm this year," barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 36 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. Ahead of the massive... More »

Typhoon Wreaks Havoc in Philippines, At Least 12 Dead

Mangkhut is headed toward Hong Kong next

(Newser) - Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes on Saturday, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China braced for the powerful storm, per the AP . The most ferocious typhoon to hit... More »

See What a Flood Surge of 9 Feet Looks Like

Thanks to augmented reality

(Newser) - The unwelcome Florence has almost arrived. The Category 2 hurricane is due to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday with devastating consequences , and the Washington Post reports that flooding already has begun. See the National Hurricane Center for the latest, including projections on rainfall and wind along the storm'... More »

Florence Warning: 'Do Not Focus on Wind Speed Category'

It's now a Category 2, but 'disaster is at the doorstep, and it's coming in'

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence has lost a bit of steam, but that doesn't mean the Carolinas are out of the woods. The BBC reports that wind speeds have come down to 110mph, reslotting the hurricane into the Category 2 category from a Category 3, per a National Hurricane Center advisory... More »

Hurricane Florence's Projected Path Makes 'Unusual' Shift

The storm may turn left

(Newser) - Hurricane Florence is still expected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but from there the path may be changing. USA Today reports the storm had been predicted to amble northward but may now instead slow and twist toward the left, putting South Carolina in greater jeopardy (see this map ).... More »

East Coast, Here Comes Florence

Carolinas, Virginia bracing for hurricane later this week

(Newser) - Rapidly intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, reports the AP . Florence crossed the 74mph threshold from tropical storm to a hurricane Sunday morning. Forecasters in the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Florence was expected... More »

Happy Ending for Boy Swept Underwater in Wisconsin Floods

He nearly drowned in drainage ditch, but was rescued

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy nearly drowned in a waterlogged Wisconsin drainage ditch before an eagle-eyed firefighter pulled him to safety after another round of storms pounded the southern half of the state. The Calumet County Sheriff's Office said the boy was playing with friends in a flooded drainage ditch after... More »

After 'Biblical' Rains, Hawaii Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Hurricane Lane dumped almost 4 feet of rain on some parts of the islands, but moves off

(Newser) - A once-powerful hurricane twisted and drifted away from Hawaii, leaving behind heavily saturated ground on the Big Island and many residents on other islands relieved it didn't wreak more havoc. Firefighters on the Big Island rescued 39 people from floodwaters through early Saturday as the island grappled with the... More »

Barreling Toward Hawaii, Hurricane Lane Now a Category 5

Residents are preparing

(Newser) - Hawaii residents rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper, and other supplies as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding, and high surf as a strengthening hurricane continued to churn toward the state. On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service announced that Hurricane... More »

Backstreet Boys Show Proves Dangerous

14 injured in Oklahoma after storm blows entrance trusses over

(Newser) - At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement Saturday that the resort began an evacuation at... More »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... More »

National Guard Rescues 140 Trapped Campers

Floating bears also a problem in Montana floods

(Newser) - Helicopters rescued people stranded as severe storms swept the Rockies and the Midwest, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain Bible camp for two days. Campers attending the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible near the small town of Augusta were lifted out Thursday after a washed-out road... More »

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