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Amid Dorian's Wreckage, a Miracle Find

Volunteer helicopter pilot finds small village of survivors in the rubble

(Newser) - "He had this intuition that he had to fly back over," says Angela Johnson of her helicopter pilot husband Justin's sense that he had to return to a debris field on Little Abaco Island. Justin Johnson was volunteering in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's destruction, and... More »

'Catastrophic' Dorian Hits Category 5

US East Coast braces for massive slow-moving storm

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian has intensified to a Category 5 storm, capable of inflicting catastrophic levels of destruction, as it closes in on the northern Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Dorian's maximum sustained winds have increased to 160mph, up from 150mph. It is moving west... More »

'Extremely Dangerous' Dorian Could Hit Mar-a-Lago

Former Canada PM 'rooting for a direct hit'

(Newser) - They're battening down the hatches in Florida, where Hurricane Dorian is forecast to make landfall as a Category 4 storm on Labor Day—and President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is in its potential path. The Palm Beach property is around 100 miles south of Melbourne, which is at the... More »

As Puerto Rico Braces for Dorian, 2 Jabs From Trump

Tropical storm expected to pass over or near the island

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Dorian is threatening Puerto Rico with a direct hit at near-hurricane force on Wednesday and forecasters say it could strengthen further as it approaches the US mainland. The storm is expected to pass over or near Puerto Rico, with landslides, widespread flooding, and power outages possible in what... More »

3 Ferries Capsize, With Multiple Casualties

Boats overturn in bad weather in the Philippines; dozens rescued

(Newser) - Multiple people died and dozens others were rescued when three ferry boats separately capsized in bad weather Saturday between two central Philippine island provinces, the coast guard said. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said it's not immediately clear if there were passengers or crewmen missing after the inter-island ferries... More »

Bad News for Notre Dame? Europe's Record-Breaking Heat

Historical architect worries that soaked stone walls could dry too quickly, collapse

(Newser) - Europe is sweltering amid a heat wave that's overheating bodies and breaking records, with the AP reporting that people were cooling off in any handy body of water including public fountains and the sea. The Guardian reports that the Netherlands and Belgium both broke all-time heat records in what... More »

Cops: It's Too Hot to Commit Crime

Police in Braintree, Mass., would appreciate it if you would break the law when it's cooler outside

(Newser) - Baby, it's hot outside and the fine officers at the police department in Braintree, Mass., really do not feel like dealing with your criminal shenanigans until "Monday when it's cooler." CNN reports on the department's cheeky Facebook post, which encouraged "anyone thinking of doing... More »

Barry Drenches Gulf Coast, but Spares New Orleans

Storm weakens, but could still cause disastrous flooding elsewhere

(Newser) - Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance. Still, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday urged residents across south Louisiana to stay "vigilant," warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. NOLA.com 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, NOLA.com reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... More »

Thunderstorms Cut Power, Bring Damaging Winds

Trees fall on buildings, interstate across South

(Newser) - Potent thunderstorms have been blamed for one death and left hundreds of thousands of people without power across the southern US — and fierce winds walloped parts of several states as new storms formed Thursday, the AP reports. Fallen trees ripped down power lines and crashed into buildings along a... More »

Farmers Drown Their Sorrows in Beer and Fried Chicken

Illinois farmers gather for a 'Prevent Plant Party'

(Newser) - Illinois farmers gathered to tell their tales of woe Thursday at—of all places—The Happy Spot. With heavy rains and record floods forcing them to leave millions of acres unseeded, corn farmers gathered with sellers of equipment, chemicals, and seed at the Deer Grove restaurant to swap stories over... More »

After Vicious Storm Near Kansas City, a New Record

12th straight day that at least 8 tornadoes were reported to National Weather Service

(Newser) - A vicious storm tore through the Kansas City area Tuesday, spawning tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, and injured at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City, the AP reports. Parts of... More »

Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction Across Ohio, Indiana

Crews used snowplows to clear an Ohio highway

(Newser) - A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate, the AP reports. At least half... More »

First, the Siren. Then the Calm. Then Came the Twister

At least 2 killed as tornado roars through Okla. town, leveling mobile home park, motel

(Newser) - A likely tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a mobile home park and caused significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday. El Reno Mayor Matt White said that "there have been two fatalities at this point in time,"... More »

In the Path of This Storm? 'Take Cover Now!'

Severe weather rips roofs from homes in Texas

(Newser) - Spring weather vanished in the central US on Saturday as heavy storms, terrifying tornadoes, and oversized hail filled the skies, per NBC News . Much of the early bad news came from Texas, where the city of Abilene saw dangerous weather—including a possible tornado—fling debris at cars and tear... More »

Here Are Your Hurricane Names for 2019

Will a tempestuous weather system be named after you this year?

(Newser) - Every year, a new round of monikers is prepped in advance for that year's hurricanes, and 2019's just made landfall. The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization has posted its list for the soon-to-arrive hurricane season, which USA Today notes kicks off June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.... More »

India's Cyclone Being Felt on Mount Everest

Power outages, dangerous winds, and 3 deaths reported so far from Fani

(Newser) - Cyclone Fani has made landfall. Per Stuff , the India Meteorological Department said the "extremely severe" cyclone, which threatens more than 100 million people in its path in eastern India, swooped into Odisha state around 8am local time Friday, though it was expected to be downgraded to a "very... More »

Why 800K Are Being Evacuated: Fani's Coming

Tropical cyclone has more than 100 million people in its path in eastern India

(Newser) - A tropical cyclone is tracking over the Bay of Bengal en route to eastern India, where more than 100 million people stand in its path. Cyclone Fani, currently an extremely severe cyclonic storm with winds equal to those of a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to hit the state of... More »

For This Nation, a Deadly First

Mozambique slammed by two cyclones—Idai and Kenneth—in one season

(Newser) - A powerful cyclone that struck northern Mozambique and is continuing to dump rain on the region killed at least one person and destroyed homes, with the United Nations on Friday warning of "massive flooding." Cyclone Kenneth arrived just six weeks after Cyclone Idai tore into central Mozambique, killing... More »

3 Dead as Strong Storms Batter Deep South Again

It's region's second outbreak of severe weather in days

(Newser) - Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi, although they won'... More »

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