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A Storm Hit, Then 800 People Couldn't Breathe

4 deaths blamed on 'thunderstorm asthma' in Australia

(Newser) - Four people are dead after an intense thunderstorm in Australia—but flooding or even lightning aren't to blame, reports the Age . In a rare case of "thunderstorm asthma," strong winds near Melbourne on Monday sent massive amounts of rye grass pollen into the air, making it difficult... More »

Why a Venezuela Lake Is Home to Most Lightning on Earth

New satellite images show that lightning flashes most often near the equator

(Newser) - At a lake in Venezuela, a nine-hour display of thousands of flashes of lightning—averaging 28 strokes a minute—is the norm, with the concentration hitting its peak in the October rainy season, reports the BBC . And though the mountain village of Kifuka in DR Congo has long been hailed... More »

Boys' Fishing Boat Turns Up With Single Life Vest

US Coast Guard still looking for Perry Cohen, Austin Stephanos

(Newser) - The boat used by two boys who vanished off the Florida coast on Friday has turned up, overturned, with the boys gone. The single-engine boat launched by Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos from Jupiter, Fla., was found today roughly 67 nautical miles from Daytona Beach, the US Coast Guard tells... 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 »

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 »

Lightning Starts House Fire, Kills 2

Kentucky thunderstorms causing trouble across state

(Newser) - Lightning struck a home last night during powerful storms in Louisville, and the resulting fire killed a bedridden elderly man and his granddaughter. The woman was trying to get her grandfather out of the house, CNN reports. "Lightning struck an 80-foot-tall tree, hit about 40 feet up, and it... More »

Twitterverse Hails Massive NYC Storm With Boffo Pics

Millions transfixed by weather

(Newser) - New York City's 100-degree heat finally exploded yesterday in a spectacular rainstorm that spawned " ground-shaking " thunder, hail, high winds—and spectacular photographs that ricocheted across the Twitterverse and Facebook like lightning itself. Photos of massive clouds, quarter-size hailstones, drenched city streets, and a flooded Penn Station joined... More »

High Heat, Smoke, Storms Move to East Coast

Winds carry pollutant-filled wildfire smoke across the nation

(Newser) - Storms, high heat, and wildfire smoke are spreading from the Midwest to the East Coast this weekend as extreme weather grips more of the country. MSNBC gives us a weather rundown:
  • New York City, enveloped in muggy heat, is facing a likely thunderstorm this afternoon.
  • Storms are also heading for
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More Than 1M Still Without Power

And temperatures are still sweltering

(Newser) - At least 1.4 million people from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic are not having a very happy Fourth of July … because, four days after violent storms, that's how many homes and businesses are still without power today. And they're starting to get angry, CBS News and... More »

1.8M Still Without Power

And it could still be days away for some, utility companies warn

(Newser) - Three-and-a-half days after devastating thunderstorms tossed trees like twigs across a swath of the Mid-Atlantic, utility crews are still scrambling to restore power to some 1.8 million customers, reports the AP . Says a utility crewmember pulling 16-hour days in Washington, DC, "From here we've got another complaint.... More »

3 Killed in Sudden NC Storm

Dozens of homes damaged, trees uprooted

(Newser) - Summer storms continue to take a toll on East Coast: In North Carolina, a sudden violent storm struck yesterday, uprooting trees and killing three people. One 77-year-old man was killed when a barn collapsed while he was inside, and a husband and wife died after a tree fell on their... More »

East Coast Outages Could Last Days

And the mercury is soaring

(Newser) - As the Mid-Atlantic states roast in sweltering temperatures, up to 3 million people remain without power after violent storms that killed 13—and it could be several more days to a week before electricity is restored, reports the AP . A glance around at the fallout from Friday's storms:
  • Emergencies
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As East Broils, 2M Without Power After Violent Storm

Washington, DC, hit record high of 104 degrees yesterday

(Newser) - Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures have wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States and caused two fatalities in Virginia—including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home. The storms that converged on Maryland,... More »

13 Killed in Violent US Storms

Death toll in Oklahoma reaches eight, including one child

(Newser) - The death toll in the violent storms slamming Oklahoma is up to eight. The state medical examiner’s office said this morning that one of the victims is a child. Other severe storms raked the central US last night and early today, ripping the roof off a fire station and... More »

US Braces for 'Historic' Storm

One-third of the population could be affected

(Newser) - The storms keep on coming —and the latest, expected to impact one-third of the US population, is being described as “potentially life-threatening” by the National Weather Service and “potentially historic” by the Weather Channel . It will begin today and last through Wednesday, reaching from the Colorado Rockies... More »

Thunderstorms Spawn Antimatter

'This is a fundamental new discovery about how our planet works'

(Newser) - Scientists have been amazed to discover that thunderstorms on Earth send bursts of antimatter into space. The phenomenon was spotted by NASA researchers using the Fermi space telescope, the Los Angeles Times reports. Scientists at CERN have only been able to produce antimatter—the mirror image of matter, with the... More »

The Most Common Phobias

Don't like spiders and snakes? Join the club!

(Newser) - In honor of Halloween, LiveScience reveals the most common phobias. If you still need a costume, you'll scare the most people by playing on their evolutionarily sensible fear of creatures with venomous fangs. The top terrors:
  1. Snakes
  2. Spiders and other "creepy crawlies"
  3. Places that are difficult to escape, such
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Discovery Delayed 2nd Time

(Newser) - NASA called off another launch attempt for the shuttle Discovery, scheduled for early tomorrow, due to a broken valve in the craft’s liquid propellant system, Space.com reports tonight. It’s the second time the mission has been postponed in less than 24 hours: Storms early this morning forced... More »

Weather Pushes Back Shuttle Launch Again

(Newser) - Lightning and thunderstorms in Florida today forced NASA to postpone the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, Space.com reports, the fifth delay for the mission. Officials are now looking at approximately 6:25pm EDT tomorrow, though there’s a 60% chance of bad weather; the forecast looks better Wednesday,... More »

Storms Pummel Midwest, Scare Visitors

Kansas tornadoes smash homes, spook elephants

(Newser) - Severe weather lashed the Great Plains yesterday after forecasters warned of a possible tornado outbreak as bad as the 1974 one that spawned 39 twisters, AP reports. At least four tornadoes touched down in Kansas, causing widespread damage and spooking a pair of runaway circus elephants. Heavy rains caused rivers... More »

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