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Wedding Registry Trend: Safe Rooms

In Tornado Alley, tying the knot means surviving the storm

(Newser) - Never mind toasters, blenders, and slow cookers. Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical wedding gift request—shelter from the next big storm, reports the AP . The Smiths were on the leading edge of an odd trend in Tornado Alley: Engaged couples using bridal registries... More »

Atlantic Could See More Hurricanes Than in Recent Years

NOAA expects four to eight hurricanes in 2016

(Newser) - Residents along the Eastern Seaboard might want to start preparing, mentally at least, for a more hurricane-heavy year than they've had recently. After three years of below-normal hurricane seasons in the Atlantic, 2016 is shaping up to be closer to normal, NOAA reports. There's a 70% chance this... More »

Flash Floods Kill at Least 45 in Pakistan

'We're left on our own. Nobody from the government is coming to help us'

(Newser) - Flash floods triggered by torrential rains Sunday killed at least 45 people in northwest Pakistan, officials said. Rains started overnight Saturday and caused flash flooding in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a Pakistani national disaster management official, Latif ur Rehman. Another 34 people were admitted to hospitals with... More »

Woman Killed When Lightning Hits Festival Tent

2 others injured, a dog also died in accident

(Newser) - When the weather got bad at Louisiana's T-Bois Blues Festival on Friday night, Jacqui Stavis, two other women, and a Labrador retriever sought shelter in a small tent. But tragedy struck when lightning hit the tent, killing the 28-year-old and the dog and injuring the other two women, the... More »

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Kills Birds at Fort Worth Zoo

Flamingos, ducks, pelican struck down

(Newser) - Severe storms hit the Fort Worth area Thursday morning, bringing hail that killed some of the birds in the city's zoo and forced it to delay opening. A zoo spokesperson tells Fox 4 News that at least two ducks, a pelican, and four or five flamingos were killed when... More »

Northeast and Chill: Record Cold for V-Day

Baby, it's cold outside

(Newser) - Much of the northeastern United States found itself in the not-so-warm embrace of teeth-chattering, record-shattering cold on Valentine's Day. Cities throughout the northeast saw record low temperatures on Sunday including New York; Boston; Providence, RI; and Hartford, Conn. The National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City'... More »

In Blizzard's Wake, 18 Dead, Up to 40 Inches of Snow

East Coast is busily digging out

(Newser) - It's all over but the shoveling: The much-discussed blizzard that pummeled the East Coast on Friday and Saturday had mostly moved on by Sunday morning, leaving up to 40 inches of white stuff (congratulations, Glengary, W.Va., that's you), at least 18 storm-related deaths, and thousands of canceled... More »

The Atlantic Just Got Its 1st Jan. Hurricane Since 1938

Hurricane Alex could hit the Azores on Friday

(Newser) - For just the fourth time since we began tracking storms 165 years ago, the Atlantic Ocean is experiencing a January hurricane. Hurricane Alex, brewing about 500 miles south of the Azores, became the first named storm of 2016 as well as the first January hurricane formed in the Atlantic since... More »

NFL Playoff Game Expected to Be Historically Cold

Highs are expected to be at or below 1 degree at game time

(Newser) - For those cynical fans who believe hell will freeze over before the Minnesota Vikings win a championship, your time might have finally arrived. The forecast is calling for some incredibly cold temperatures when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday.... More »

This Is the Year's Weirdest Weather Moment Yet

North Pole could be warmer than Southern California today

(Newser) - It's been a bizarre winter, and Wednesday might just bring the weirdest moment yet: It could be as warm as 40 degrees at the North Pole. That, as Discovery explains, is a good 50 degrees warmer than usual, and means that a place now engulfed in darkness 24 hours... More »

Rare Winter Flood Kills at Least 18 in Missouri, Illinois

It's shaping up to be the second-worst flood on record

(Newser) - A rare winter flood pushed swollen rivers and streams to virtually unheard-of heights Tuesday, sparking widespread evacuations. Inmates were transferred from an Illinois state prison, and Missouri's governor activated the National Guard to help divert traffic away from submerged roads. The US Army Corps of Engineers said water from... More »

Burst of Crazy Weather Hits Texas, Kills 8

Spate of winter tornadoes continues

(Newser) - Tornadoes swept the Dallas area leaving at least eight people dead in the latest freakish winter weather event that on Sunday also could include heavy snow and massive flooding. The Texas tornadoes that touched down after dark Saturday followed days of tumultuous weather in the Southeast including unusual winter tornadoes... More »

Tornado, Floods Hit Alabama City

Severe weather has now killed at least 15

(Newser) - A Christmas Day tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, in the latest wave of severe weather that's hammered the South this week. The funnel was spotted by witnesses outside the city about 5pm Friday. An hour later, the National Weather service confirmed that first responders... More »

Battered South Spends Christmas Digging Out

After storms' destruction, 'You kind of stop and realize what Christmas is all about'

(Newser) - "You kind of stop and realize what Christmas is all about," says Barbara Perkins. The newly homeless Mississippian is happy just to be alive—especially after learning two of her neighbors died in the storm. The unseasonably violent weather that spawned deadly tornadoes Wednesday in the Southeast forced... More »

Deadly 'Springlike' Storms Sweep Southeast

At least 7 killed as dangerous system spawns tornado

(Newser) - A ferocious storm system that experts say is more typical of June than December swept southeastern states Wednesday, killing at least seven people. The system snarled holiday travel in much of the eastern US and caused forecasters to warn of a "particularly dangerous situation" for the first time since... More »

India's 4th Largest City Is Pretty Much Underwater

'Total chaos'

(Newser) - India's fourth largest city—along with its approximately 9 million residents—is pretty much completely underwater after a record amount of rainfall in the past month, Bloomberg reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , the runway at Chennai's international airport was under 7 feet of water Thursday, leaving... More »

Deadly Weather Hits Central US for Holiday Weekend

At least 6 people have been reported dead since Thursday

(Newser) - Deadly weather hit the central US at the beginning of the holiday weekend, with at least six people reported dead across multiple states as of Friday morning. WFAA reports four fatalities due to heavy flooding in north Texas. One body was pulled from a submerged Hyundai after the driver apparently... More »

At Least 5 Dead in Severe Texas Flooding

Intense rain hit areas around Austin, San Antonio, and Houston

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after intense flooding Friday and Saturday in Texas, the AP reports. Heavy rain started in the Austin and San Antonio areas Friday before hitting Houston with up to 8 inches early Saturday. Two bodies were found in the Houston area, one in a flooded... More »

Hurricane Patricia Hits Mexico, 'Catastrophic' Damage Possible

Winds weaken as hurricane makes landfall, still a Category 5

(Newser) - The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere became slightly less ferocious as it came ashore on Mexico's west coast around 6:15pm local time, CNN reports. According to the AP , wind speeds dropped to 165mph—down from highs around 200mph—as Hurricane Patricia touched down near Cuixmala,... More »

SC Devastated Yet Again as 18 Dams Let Loose

Governor says it may just be start of crisis after 'storm of historic proportions'

(Newser) - Eleven deaths have been reported and at least 18 South Carolina dams have breached or failed completely since Saturday, per the state's emergency management agency, leaving the region reeling in the aftermath of its torrential weekend storm , CNN reports. Of the 11 deaths, seven were from drowning and four... More »

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