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Swiss Army Deploys —to Spare the Beef

Cows are facing a weeklong heat wave, you see

(Newser) - Cows sizzling under Switzerland's summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally: the Swiss army. Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows in the far west of the country cool amid a weeklong heat wave. Army spokesman Urs Mueller says troops are erecting eight artificial reservoirs in... More »

65K Heatstroke Cases, Morgues Overrun in Pakistan

Weeklong heat wave has now claimed 1.2K people

(Newser) - A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 people, an official said. Nazar Mohammad Bozdar, operations director at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, said about 65,000 heatstroke patients were treated by doctors at all of Karachi's hospitals since June 20... More »

Zoo Demands Investigation Into Animals Shot in Flood

4 lions, 3 tigers, 2 jaguars among those dead in Georgia

(Newser) - Rescue workers in the Georgian capital are still searching today for more than 20 people and an undetermined number of potentially dangerous animals missing after severe flooding ravaged the area around a zoo and left at least 12 people dead. None of the dead were killed by the zoo animals... More »

Wild Animals Roam Streets After Floods Destroy Zoo

Tbilisi residents warned to stay indoors after dangerous creatures freed

(Newser) - Some 1.1 million people in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi have been told to stay indoors after widespread flooding left their streets decidedly more wild than usual: Lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and a hippopotamus escaped their confines at the city's zoo after surging waters destroyed them, reports al... More »

As India Swelters, 2.2K Now Dead

Country's epic heat wave has taken devastating toll; rains help little

(Newser) - Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April climbed past 2,200. Officials say the intense heat is likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.... More »

Storm Wrecks Texas Town, Hurts 26

Severe weather stretches across state

(Newser) - About two dozen people were injured and some homes were destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van in northeast Texas, an emergency management official says. The storm, which the National Weather Service said likely produced a tornado, hit the east side of Van Zandt County and... More »

Tornado, Hail, Storms Strike Central States

First tornado spotted near Cisco, Texas

(Newser) - Officials warned us about tornadoes, and they were right: One was spotted today close to Cisco, Texas, roughly 100 miles west of Dallas-Fort Worth, CNN reports. It was heading east at 15mph along Interstate 20. The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings into late evening across parts of six... More »

Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City

(Newser) - In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in... More »

2 Dead, 5 Missing as Freak Squall Hits Regatta

Sailing event turns deadly in Alabama

(Newser) - Two people are dead and Coast Guard crews are continuing their search this morning for at least five people missing in the water after a sudden and powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Ala. The storm rolled through the area about 4pm yesterday and... More »

Tornado Wrecks Illinois Town, Kills 1

Almost every building in Fairdale has been heavily damaged

(Newser) - Supercell thunderstorms produced a large tornado that touched down in northern Illinois last night, killing one person and injuring eight others in the tiny community of Fairdale as severe weather pummeled the Midwest. Authorities are still working to account for every resident in Fairdale, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said... More »

Heat Wave: It's Above Freezing in Northeast

But it's still snowing

(Newser) - Amid relentless snowstorms and brutal wind chills, the above-freezing temperatures in today's forecast for the Northeastern US never looked so good. Snow continued to fall in the region into the morning or turn to icy rain but temperatures were expected to warm to highs near the mid-30s in Boston... More »

Everybody Flocked to VisitIthaca.com, Crashed It

Key West, what?

(Newser) - When the tourism board in Ithaca, NY, threw up its hands in despair and advised would-be tourists to the area to go instead to the Florida Keys , a funny thing happened: Everybody instead flocked to VisitIthaca.com , crashing it by yesterday afternoon, reports the AP . Bruce Stoff of the Ithaca-Tompkins... More »

In New England, 'Stay Home, Stay Indoors'

Look, it's snowing in New England again

(Newser) - A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England today, threatening white-out conditions in coastal areas and forcing people to contend with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month. A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal communities from Rhode Island to Maine into tomorrow;... More »

Here's Where Boston Could Put All That Snow

Right into Boston Harbor

(Newser) - A record 6 feet of snow has dumped down on Boston in the past few weeks, and today looks to show that there's more where that came from. It's gotten so bad that the city has reached out to the general public and scientists alike for fresh ideas... More »

2 Feet of Snow Hit New England

New England sets snowfall record set in 1978

(Newser) - More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England today, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978 and testing the patience of officials and commuters as forecasters warned of more winter misery later in the week. The latest onslaught forced the cancellations of hundreds... More »

New Storm Could Leave 80-Inch Snow Piles in Mass.

Nearly 60 inches have hit Boston this season so far

(Newser) - Just what Massachusetts needs: more snow . Given the amount of the stuff that's already on the ground, the latest accumulation—which marks the third snowstorm in two weeks—could leave piles as high as 80 inches in some areas of the state, the Boston Globe reports. By tomorrow morning,... More »

Another Day, Another Storm Heads for New England

This one is a 'long duration' storm expected to last days

(Newser) - Southern New England is bracing for another strong snowstorm today. The region, which has been battered by a series of major storms in recent days, saw a few added inches of snow fall overnight and some more light flurries this morning, but weather is expected to worsen as the day... More »

Northeast Braces for 'Catastrophic,' 'Historic' Storm

Nor'easter is headed in

(Newser) - There's a storm headed for the Northeast, and the National Weather Service isn't exactly beating around the bush in its descriptions, calling it "historic" and "catastrophic." "People should be making preparations right now," a NWS meteorologist tells the Boston Globe . "It’s... More »

Snow, Ice Hit French Alps, Strand 15K on Roads

At least 1 driver dead in wintry mess

(Newser) - A white Christmas may have proven elusive Stateside, but a burst of snow and ice in the French Alps have stranded some 15,000 vehicles, reports the BBC , prompting Paris to issue its second-highest weather alert and urge drivers to "exercise the utmost caution." One driver died after... More »

900K Filipinos Flee Typhoon

Hagupit kills 2, has weakened without major destruction

(Newser) - Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least two people dead, and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened today, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year. Shallow floods, damaged shanties, and ripped off store signs... More »

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