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Severe Storms Kill 5 in NY, Maryland

4 homes destroyed near Syracuse

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when fierce storms lashed several East Coast states last night, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power in New York and Pennsylvania. In Smithfield, a town between Syracuse and Utica in New York state, four people were killed when a storm ripped four... More »

Now a Hurricane, Arthur Heads for the Carolinas

Forget those 4th of July barbecues, NC gov says

(Newser) - Arthur strengthened to a hurricane early today, threatening to give North Carolina a glancing blow on Independence Day, prompting the governor to warn vacationers along the coast not to risk their safety by trying to salvage their picnics and barbecues. "Don't put your stupid hat on," warned... More »

Child Killed as Twin Tornadoes Slam Nebraska

'It was like God dragged 2 fingernails across the land'

(Newser) - The small town of Pilger in northeast Nebraska has been devastated by twin tornadoes that killed a child, left half the town in ruins, and seriously injured at least 16 people. The tornadoes, which were about a mile apart, destroyed many buildings in the town of 350 people about 75... More »

Female-Named Storms Kill More

We're not as afraid of them, don't prepare as much, study finds

(Newser) - Our hurricane-naming system taps into an unconscious sexism—and the results are potentially disastrous, researchers say. A study suggests that when we hear a female name for a hurricane, we're less worried, and thus less likely to prepare adequately, than we would be if the name were male, the... More »

Tornado Strikes North Dakota 'Man Camp'

9 injured, one critically

(Newser) - A temporary housing camp for oil workers in western North Dakota—or "man camp," as it's known locally—was hit by a tornado last night; nine people were injured, one critically; he was airlifted to a hospital. More than a dozen trailers at the encampment about five... More »

Crazy Weather Puts 37M Americans at Risk

Thunderstorms, hail, winds, tornadoes, floods ... you name it

(Newser) - Thunderstorms, hail, dangerous winds, tornadoes, flooding: All of the above are threatening parts of the US today, with 37 million people in the southeastern part of the country at risk, CNN reports. What we're looking at:
  • Jacksonville, Charlotte, Virginia Beach, Raleigh, and Atlanta are some of the cities at
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Tornadoes Kill 11 More Across South

Storm system now headed for Georgia

(Newser) - After spawning deadly tornadoes that flattened homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi, a storm system that also caused havoc in the Midwest had Georgia in its sights early today. At least 11 people in the South were killed yesterday, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe... More »

17 Dead as Tornadoes Hit Arkansas, Oklahoma

Deadly storm system lashes south-central US

(Newser) - At least 17 people were killed as a massive storm system ripped through the central and southern US yesterday, spawning deadly tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Tornadoes also touched down in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, reports the AP , which puts the death toll at 16 in Arkansas and one... More »

All Hail the Polar Vortex, Slayer of Pests

Invasive species of bugs can't survive the cold, Gwynn Guilford argues

(Newser) - If you've just about had enough of the polar vortex, consider this: The severely cold weather we've been experiencing is "decimating the populations of destructive invasive insects that cost the US government and homeowners billions each year," writes Gwynn Guilford for Quartz . Doesn't sound so... More »

772K Without Power as Storm Moves to Wallop Northeast

12 dead in South, more than a foot of snow expected in parts of Northeast

(Newser) - More than half a million Southerners have been left without power after major sleet and snow that left North Carolina drivers stranded on icy roads yesterday —and now that storm system could bring more than a foot of snow to parts of the Northeast, the AP reports. In fact,... More »

Atlanta Losing Power as 'Catastrophic' Storm Begins

Georgia governor: Ice 'our biggest enemy'

(Newser) - The warnings haven't minced words , and the potentially "catastrophic" weather set to hit the South has begun, with Atlanta already feeling the effects: Some 39,000 and counting have lost power there, with that number climbing by the thousands within spans as short as 10 minutes. In terms... More »

Rare Snowstorm Kills 11 in Japan

Tokyo sees heaviest snowfall in 45 years

(Newser) - The heaviest snowfall in decades is causing chaos in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, with at least 11 people dead and around 1,000 injured in snow-related accidents. The capital has been blanketed with at least 11 inches of snow, the most it has seen in 45 years and enough... More »

583K Still Have No Power After Ice Storm

And some may have to wait for weekend to get it back

(Newser) - Utility crews were working feverishly to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and surrounding states that were still in the dark and cold today after an ice storm knocked out electricity to more than a million customers, damage one official likened to that from... More »

'Perfect Storm of Factors' Crippled Atlanta

A rundown of ignored warnings, bad decisions

(Newser) - How is it that just a couple inches of snow managed to cripple Atlanta ? CNN calls it "a perfect storm—pun intended—of factors."
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's storm, which left commuters stranded on gridlocked highways and forced students to spend the night at
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Atlanta 'Like Walking Dead' Over 3 Inches of Snow

Officials say storm was 'unexpected'

(Newser) - Three inches of snow may not sound like enough to shut down an entire big city, but it is quite enough when that city is Atlanta and the storm is, as the governor of Georgia said last night, "unexpected." Drivers trying to get home from work spent as... More »

Today's Storm: A 'Bombogenesis' Is Coming

Brace yourself, Northeast

(Newser) - Move over, polar vortex : The Northeast is prepping for a major snowstorm—what could be Washington, DC's biggest in three years. A look at what the region faces today:
  • Philadelphia: The Inquirer says a "bombogenesis" is coming this afternoon. What's that? "A rapidly intensifying storm."
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Even Hell Has Frozen Over

Every US state saw freezing temperatures yesterday

(Newser) - Here's how cold it is: Hell has frozen over. OK, so we're talking about Hell, Mich., a small town 60 miles west of Detroit where temperatures have dropped as low as -4 degrees (or -27 when wind chill is considered), Time reports. In fact, at some point yesterday,... More »

Boiling-Water-to-Ice Stunt Scalds Dozens

Strong winds turn water into pain, not ice

(Newser) - With a huge swath of the US in the deep freeze, plenty of people have been unable to resist the thrill of throwing boiling water into the air in the apparently perilous attempt to watch it freeze—but it hasn't gone so well for everybody. A Los Angeles Times... More »

Escaped Prisoner Turns Self In to Escape Cold

Apparently prison uniform no good in -20 degrees

(Newser) - This is how cold it is: An escaped prisoner in Kentucky decided to turn himself in to stay warm. Authorities say 42-year-old Robert Vick escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits yesterday, officials say the man walked into a... More »

Good News, America: We're in a 'Polar Vortex'

It is really cold in more than half the country

(Newser) - Baby, it's so cold outside that the AP is throwing around the term "polar vortex," which is apparently "a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air"—and it's got more than half the US wrapped in its icy clutches. It's not going anywhere anytime... More »

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