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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 »

No Rest for Snow-Weary Buffalo, as Floods Loom

Temps set to soar today and tomorrow as vast amounts of snow melts

(Newser) - Shovel-wielding Buffalonians took to their snow-choked streets en masse this weekend, as plows, dump trucks, and military vehicles worked to dig the city out from the near seven feet of lake-effect snow that was already collapsing roofs in the area . But with temperatures set to near 50 degrees today and... More »

Meteorologists Have No Term for Buffalo's Freak Storm

5 dead, some motorists trapped for nearly 24 hours

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man died overnight in a car buried in snow in a Buffalo suburb, becoming the fifth casualty so far in the monster storm that dumped up to 6 feet in the region. The freak "wall of snow" has no meteorological term, according to a National Weather Service... More »

How Hardship Affects Religious Belief

People living in harsh times embrace high gods, researchers say

(Newser) - Living under harsh conditions like extreme weather or food scarcity? Then you're more likely to believe in powerful, judgmental gods, according to a new study . A group of researchers from various fields reached their conclusion after synthesizing historical data from 583 societies around the world, phys.org reports. "... More »

Twin Storms Pound Asia

Japan facing 2nd typhoon in a week; at least 6 dead in Indian cyclone

(Newser) - Japan is facing down its second major typhoon in the space of a week, with at least 35 people reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong hit its southern island of Okinawa with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 110mph. The storm was headed next to Kyushu island, where officials have... More »

3 US Airmen Swept Out to Sea in Japan

1 dead; search under way off coast of Okinawa

(Newser) - The US military is searching for two of three airmen who were swept out to sea today off the coast of Okinawa as Typhoon Phanfone bore down on Japan. One of the three was found dead. They had been on Okinawa island's northern coast when they were overcome by... More »

Phoenix Drenched in Record 1-Day Rainfall

Flash flooding covers Ariz. freeways, snarls commute

(Newser) - Storms that flooded several Phoenix-area freeways and numerous local streets during this morning's commute set an all-time record for rainfall in Phoenix in a single day. The National Weather Service recorded 2.99 inches of rain by about 7am, breaking the old record of 2.91 inches set in... More »

'Megadrought' Could Come to Southwest: Study

3-decade dry spell could spark mass migration: experts

(Newser) - An "extreme" drought is already affecting 82% of California, researchers say, and 58% is facing an even worse "exceptional" drought—but perhaps the most worrying news deals with the possibility of a 30-year "megadrought." The odds of that occurring now range from 20% to 50% in... More »

Tropical Storm Kills 3 in Caribbean, Moves North

Cristobal could become hurricane later this week

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Cristobal doused the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall yesterday as it moved slowly on a northern track in the Caribbean. One man was drowned when he tried to drive his pickup truck across a rushing river in the Dominican Republic and two other... More »

Long Island Gets Summer's Worth of Rain in a Day

Some locales saw 13 inches

(Newser) - A storm dumped an entire summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island, stranding drivers in roads flooded with door-handle-high water today. The staggering total, over 13 inches, was recorded from last evening until this morning at an airport in the hamlet of Ronkonkoma in Islip. That was... More »

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 »

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