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9 Dead in Nursing Home as Typhoon Slams Japan

2 others dead elsewhere as Typhoon Lionrock hits

(Newser) - At least 11 people were found dead in Japan on Wednesday, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home, as heavy overnight rain from Typhoon Lionrock left towns flooded across the country's north. Police discovered nine bodies at the facility in the town of Iwaizumi, an official tells... More »

After Typhoon, 2 Bent Mailboxes Charm Taiwan

Weird, but people are lining up for photos

(Newser) - A pair of roadside mailboxes that were uniformly bent by a falling signboard during a typhoon have become celebrities of sorts in Taiwan, drawing steady lines of people to snap photos and inspiring fan merchandise. Many Taiwanese think the public mailboxes resemble faces, and this side-by-side pair now looks especially... More »

Mother, Daughter Swept Out to Sea by Typhoon

Twin sister missing in Taiwan; so far, 6 people dead

(Newser) - A typhoon was pounding southeast China today, leaving more than a million homes without power after lashing Taiwan, where it downed trees, traffic lights, and power lines, and left six people dead and four missing. Among the dead from Typhoon Soudelor are an 8-year-old girl and her mother who were... More »

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 »

Cold Front Blasts Through Northern US

Typhoon Nuri to blame for parts of the Northern US being cloaked in frost, snow

(Newser) - The tatters of a severe tropical cyclone called Typhoon Nuri collided with cold air over Alaska's Aleutian Islands this past weekend, earning it the nickname "bomb cyclone" (akin to the conditions that set off Superstorm Sandy in 2012). The resulting burst of "violent energy," reports CNN... 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 »

US Airmen Swept to Sea Were Taking Pictures

2 of them still missing in typhoon's wake

(Newser) - The story of the three American airmen swept out to sea as Typhoon Phanfone pummeled Okinawa yesterday carries this coda: They "were taking pictures with high waves whipped up by the typhoon in the background," a local police rep tells AFP. They were apparently part of a group... 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 »

Typhoon Kills 18, Levels 37K Homes

China, Philippines slammed by monster storm

(Newser) - The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes, the government and state media said today, while in the Philippines the death toll from the storm's earlier destruction rose to 94. Typhoon Rammasun killed nine people and... More »

Series of Blunders Worsened Haiyan's Hit

Officials, residents didn't know how bad typhoon would be

(Newser) - As the Philippines prepared for Typhoon Haiyan, the president told officials his goal: a "zero-casualty" event. Instead, despite the days of warning officials had, the death toll currently stands at 5,235, most in and around Tacloban. What happened? The Wall Street Journal takes an extensive look at the... More »

UN: We'll Likely Never Know Exact Typhoon Death Toll

It's currently near 4K, but real figure is impossible to arrive at

(Newser) - The most recent Typhoon Haiyan death toll is 3,976, but the UN warns we may never truly know how many died in the devastating Philippines storm. Even after a final figure is released, "it is unlikely we'll ever know the exact total," a rep from the... More »

Typhoon Victims Forced to Survive on Coconut Juice

Death toll in the Philippines hits 3.6K

(Newser) - The Typhoon Haiyan death toll in the Philippines is up to 3,633, with 12,487 injured and at least 1,179 still missing. The AP describes the "hellish daily routine" undertaken by survivors, who dig through the debris and filth in the hope of finding the bodies of... More »

Rice Stampede Kills Typhoon Survivors

Estimate of 10K dead 'too much,' Aquino says

(Newser) - Relief operations have been stepped up in the Philippines but the situation remains desperate for large numbers of people in areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. In the worst-hit region, eight people were killed in a stampede as thousands of survivors stormed a government rice warehouse, the AP reports. Security forces... More »

New Storm Hits Reeling Philippines

Tropical depression Zoraida carries heavy rains; country pushes for climate action

(Newser) - A new storm has struck the Philippines with heavy rain. Fortunately, Tropical Depression Zoraida landed almost 300 miles from the worst of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, the Wall Street Journal notes, and the latest storm—the 25th to hit the country this year—has been downgraded to a low-pressure area,... More »

Typhoon May Be Deadliest Disaster Ever in Philippines

Haiyan being called one of 'most powerful' typhoons ever as well

(Newser) - Haiyan has arrived in Vietnam a much quieter storm; it's been reduced to a Category 1, the BBC reports, with sustained winds reaching 85mph. But in the Philippines, the devastation continues after what the New York Times calls one of history's "most powerful" typhoons; it is the... More »

Typhoon Death Toll Jumps to 10K —in 1 City

'People are walking like zombies,' says survivor

(Newser) - As many as 10,000 people are thought to have died—in a single city—in the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan, a jolting estimate that surfaced today as the reeling Philippines began to take stock of the storm's devastating aftermath. Leyte province's capital, Tacloban, bore the brunt of... More »

Astronaut Snaps Photo of Huge Typhoon

Death toll from Haiyan in Philippines was at 100 and rising quickly

(Newser) - Super Typhoon Haiyan is done with the Philippines, but it will take some time to get a handle on the death toll—now at 100 and rising—and the damage. In the meantime, US astronaut Karen L. Nyberg took a photo from the International Space Station that provides the best... More »

Monster Typhoon Kills 4 in Philippines

But toll expected to grow from massive storm Haiyan

(Newser) - Typhoon Haiyan is already the biggest typhoon of the year, and it might end up being the most powerful one in history. So far, four people are confirmed dead in the Philippines, but the number is sure to grow, reports AP . The storm had sustained winds of 147mph at landfall,... More »

'Catastrophic': Massive Typhoon Slams Into Philippines

Haiyan had sustained winds of nearly 200mph

(Newser) - An extremely unwelcome guest has arrived in the Philippines in the form of Typhoon Haiyan. The mammoth storm made landfall Friday morning local time after churning across the Western Pacific with sustained winds of 195mph. The speed at landfall hasn't been officially determined, but it is clearly "one... More »

14 Killed as Typhoon Lashes Tokyo Area

50 missing on island south of capital

(Newser) - The Tokyo area was hit by its fiercest typhoon in at least a decade today, leaving at least 14 people dead and forcing 20,000 to evacuate. Typhoon Wipha drenched the city of 30 million and caused the cancellation of trains and planes, but the worst damage was on Izu... More »

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