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Huge Storm Slams Southern California

This could be region's biggest in 22 years

(Newser) - A huge Pacific storm parked itself over southern California and unloaded Friday, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes, and leading to the deaths of at least two people. The storm feeding on an atmospheric river of moisture stretching far out into the ocean was at its most fierce late Friday afternoon, dropping... More »

An End to California's 5-Year Drought? It's on Mother Nature

If storms keep raining precipitation down, Cali could be sitting pretty

(Newser) - Sorry, Lena Horne, but stormy weather may be just what California's been looking for. The Golden State has been getting bombarded with precipitation—rain, snow, hail, sleet—making even Los Angeles feel "more like London than Southern California," the Los Angeles Times notes. But for a parched... More »

Storm Takes Out Famous Calif. 'Tunnel Tree'

Pioneer Cabin sequoia toppled in Calaveras Big Trees State Park after heavy rains, flooding

(Newser) - Thunderstorms wreaked havoc throughout northern Nevada and California over the weekend, causing heavy rain, mudslides, and the demise of one of the region's most famous giant sequoias. The Pioneer Cabin tree, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of Calaveras County's oldest residents," fell... More »

Haiti After the Hurricane: Situation 'Catastrophic'

More than 100 are reported dead after Matthew barreled its way through

(Newser) - As Florida and the rest of the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Matthew , Haiti is starting to dig out from the storm's devastation. Officials from the island nation reported Thursday that at least 108 are dead so far, with that number expected to rise and "catastrophic" damage... More »

'Weirdest Tropical Storm' Forms Over Florida

Meteorologists have never seen this before

(Newser) - Julia, the tropical storm expected to soak Georgia and South Carolina over the next few days, is probably the strangest storm of the year, forecasters say. Julia strengthened from a tropical system into a tropical storm a few miles west of Jacksonville, Fla., around midnight on Tuesday, marking the first... More »

Chicago Area Braces for 8 Inches of Snow

Winter Storm Bella is about to hit the Midwest with a pre-Thanksgiving wallop

(Newser) - If you're one of those people who doesn't like hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, you won't be pleased with weather news coming out of Chicago. Winter is arriving early in the form of a snowstorm in and around the city over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.... More »

What Could Happen Even If Joaquin Doesn't Hit

Storm staying out at sea so far, but it will probably still rain hard on land

(Newser) - Hurricane Joaquin remains a Category 4 storm that's currently battering the Bahamas, but the East Coast may dodge one bullet this weekend if the storm keeps to its offshore path, Weather.com and CNN report. Tracking maps show Joaquin solidly out in the Atlantic and set to keep veering... More »

Man Posing for Photos Along Lake Michigan Drowns

Earl Helmuth, an Amish man, did not know how to swim

(Newser) - On Saturday night a 24-year-old Indiana man posed for photos alongside the woman he was due to marry; it was the last thing the two would do together. Earl Helmuth was swept off a lighthouse pier in Michigan City, Ind., by a wave thought to be at least 7 feet... More »

Northeast Braces for Mega-Storm

New York City roads, subways banned after 11pm

(Newser) - More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in today as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days. Snow was blowing sideways with ever-increasing intensity... More »

Tornado 'Wipes Away' Buildings in Mississippi City

New storm front threatens several states

(Newser) - Authorities say two large tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees and power lines today around the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo, injuring several people—part of a new storm system following yesterday's fatal twisters . A local reporter said buildings in a commercial district in Tupelo were just "wiped... More »

Power Outages Dragging On in Maine, Michigan

It may not be until Friday or Saturday until lights come back on

(Newser) - Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend's ice storm may not get their power back for another day—or longer. Bangor Hydro Electric in Maine is advising people it will be the end of the day Friday... More »

Storms Strike US South, Killing 5

More snow, sleet set to fall over the weekend

(Newser) - Real-live winter in the South? You bet: Unlikely ice storms hammered southern states yesterday, depriving thousands of power, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, and killing at least five people, CNN reports. It's not over, either: Storms are poised to strike regions from Dallas to Memphis until tomorrow and Arkansas... More »

8 Dead as 'Nordic Outbreak' Blasts Wests, Heads East

Storm is moving eastward, will impact much of the nation: weather service

(Newser) - Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas. Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast in the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers. The... More »

'Apocalyptic' Storm Ravages Sardinia

17 confirmed dead amid widespread flooding

(Newser) - The Mediterranean island of Sardinia, prized by the jet-set for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, was a flood-ravaged mudbath today after a freak torrential rainstorm killed at least 17 people, downed bridges, and swept away cars. Italian Premier Enrico Letta declared a state of emergency and set aside... More »

Great Plains Walloped With Snowstorm, Tornadoes

15 injured in tornadoes, 3 die in snow-related car accident

(Newser) - In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that's caused millions of dollars in damage. But wintry weather wasn'... More »

Sandy Left NY Island 54% Less Sandy

The hurricane has left Fire Island vulnerable to future storms, finds new study

(Newser) - Miami Beach isn't the only one running low on sand —a new study has found more than half of the sand on New York's Fire Island was washed away during Hurricane Sandy, LiveScience reports. Though 18% of the barrier island's sand has been replenished, the... More »

Oklahoma Hammered by More Tornadoes

Arkansas too, where one man died

(Newser) - Oklahoma continues to be hammered with bad weather, as up to a dozen tornadoes hit the ground there and in and Arkansas yesterday, killing one and injuring nine. All injuries were in Arkansas, where one man died when a tree blew into the car he was driving, reports the AP... More »

6 Dead in Texas Tornado: 'Everything Blew Up'

36 counties on tornado watch

(Newser) - A storm system in northern Texas prompted a series of twisters, one of which killed at least six and injured dozens more in the Granbury area, the Dallas Morning News reports. At least 14 others were unaccounted for, officials said; CNN puts the number injured at 100. Ten tornadoes were... More »

3 Dead as Storm Sweeps South

System headed for the Carolinas

(Newser) - The severe storm system sweeping through the Deep South has now killed at least three people and left tens of thousands without power as it makes its way toward the Carolinas and the East Coast, the AP reports. After wreaking havoc in Missouri and Arkansas on Wednesday, the storm swept... More »

New Storm Hits Upper Midwest

And rain prompts flood watches across the southeast

(Newser) - While the Northeast digs itself out from under historic snowfall, a major storm hit the Upper Midwest today with 8 to 15 inches of snow, CNN reports. The new snowstorm struck seven states but targeted Minnesota and the Dakotas in particular. Meanwhile, heavy rain drenched much of the Southeast, prompting... More »

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