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A 'Nation of Lakes' Battles an Alarming Trend
A 'Nation of Lakes'
Battles an Alarming Trend

A 'Nation of Lakes' Battles an Alarming Trend

'The Guardian' looks at devastating increase in lake levels

(Newser) - A decade ago, geologist Simon Onywere was among the first scientists to notice what residents of waterlogged villages already knew: lakes throughout Kenya are expanding. Since then, a widespread catastrophe has unfolded. Per the Guardian , which traced Onywere’s efforts to help pinpoint the cause and spur action, the Kenyan...

The Pacific Northwest Is About to Get Very, Very Wet

Atmospheric river will bring heavy rain, floods to parts of Washington state, Oregon

(Newser) - If you live in Oregon or Washington state, get out your umbrellas. An atmospheric river is expected to hit the Pacific Northwest hard from Monday into Tuesday morning, with rainfall of 3 inches to 6 inches expected in that one-day span along parts of the coast, and even higher numbers...

Bull Achieves 'Legend Status' After Intense 50-Mile Ordeal

He apparently survived getting swept over a New Zealand waterfall, for one thing

(Newser) - A cattle farmer in New Zealand says he's preparing a welcome home party for a young bull who vanished in floodwaters earlier this month, only to turn up 50 miles away near the coast. After intense flooding on the South Island's West Coast, locals spent hours pulling dead...

Dad Whose Kids Died in Flood Charged With Manslaughter
Couple Whose Kids Died
in Flood Hear Their Fate

Couple Whose Kids Died in Flood Hear Their Fate

Daniel Rawlings, who drove around barricade near swollen Arizona creek, and wife get probation

(Newser) - Update: The parents of two children killed after the father drove their military-style vehicle around a barricade and straight into a flooded creek in Arizona won't be serving jail time. People reports that Judge Timothy Wright sentenced Daniel Rawlings to 60 months of supervised probation and 1,000 hours...

At Least 6 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock
10 Boaters Killed by
Falling Wall of Rock

10 Boaters Killed by Falling Wall of Rock

Victims were below a cliff face that sheered off above Brazil's Furnas Lake

(Newser) - Update: The cliff collapse in Brazil killed 10 people, only one of whom had been identified by Sunday afternoon, as 68-year-old retiree Julio Borges Antunes. All victims and survivors have now been accounted for, and two people remain hospitalized, the New York Times reports. At least 27 others were treated...

Pacific Northwest Flooded, Snow Closes Mountain Passes

One socked-in town asked for National Guard help

(Newser) - Flooding coursed over roads, inundated farmland and curtailed access to a Native American reservation in Washington state on Sunday as the Pacific Northwest slowly recovered from a series of storms that have engulfed the region with rain and snow. The swollen Chehalis River was expected to crest Sunday as the...

As Floods Increase, So Do Deaths From Storm Drains
Extreme Weather Makes
Old Storm Drains Lethal

Extreme Weather Makes Old Storm Drains Lethal

ProPublica looks at the growing problem and possible remedies

(Newser) - It's the type of problem a city often doesn't act upon until after tragedy strikes, and ProPublica reports that the odds of such events are on the rise. The issue is people getting sucked into storm drains—think culverts or large pipes—during flooding. Using news accounts and...

Virginia Beach Votes to Up Taxes to Fend Off Rising Seas

Residents OK $568M bond to pay for infrastructure projects

(Newser) - Voters in Virginia Beach have approved one of the larger bonds in the US to pay for infrastructure projects to guard against rising seas and intensifying hurricanes, suggesting that more Americans are finally willing to spend tax dollars to adapt to climate change. Tuesday's "yes" vote earned nearly...

Rare 'River in the Sky' Could Slam Parched California
'Bomb Cyclone,' Meet
'Atmospheric River'

'Bomb Cyclone,' Meet 'Atmospheric River'

2 big weather events set to converge Saturday into Sunday on West Coast, and it likely won't be pretty

(Newser) - Update: As if California didn't have enough to not look forward to this weekend, warnings of a potentially rare "atmospheric river" are now being joined by ones for a hurricane-strength "bomb cyclone," which takes place when a low-pressure system's central pressure plummets 24 millibars or...

Determined Couple Floats to Wedding in a Pot

Kerala, India, had been hit with deadly floods

(Newser) - There's making an entrance, and there's making an entrance. A determined couple in Kerala, India, traveled to their wedding venue by cooking pot, floating down flooded streets in the huge vessel. The AP reports floods and landslides killed at least 28 as of Monday in Kerala, where angry...

Flood Alerts May Have Run Into 'Warning Fatigue'

Flood Alerts
Come Under

Flood Alerts Come Under Question

Weather service realizes it might be overusing the system

(Newser) - Cellphones across New York and New Jersey pulsed with urgent warnings of catastrophic flooding as the fury of Hurricane Ida's remnants, carrying torrential rains, approached upper New Jersey and New York City on Wednesday. The first alerts of severe weather blared across millions of phones at 8:41 that...

Many Killed In NJ Flooding Found Trapped In Cars

Deep, swift water seems to have caught drivers off guard

(Newser) - At least 25 people died in New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The remnants of the storm dumped rain on the Northeast—as much as three inches in an hour in some areas, the Wall Street Journal reports. People in areas that got severe weather and flooding got...

Father Dies in Flooded Car Leaving Daughter's Volleyball Game
Floods Killed at Least 11
in 'Death Trap' Apartments
the rundown

Floods Killed at Least 11 in 'Death Trap' Apartments

And more from the tragic mid-Atlantic and northeast flooding

(Newser) - One of the dozens of people who died in flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida was killed on his way home from watching his daughter compete in a college volleyball match. Donald Allen Bauer, 65, had left DeSales University, which was hosting Moravian University, the school his daughter...

Apartment Complex Deaths Raise Flood Toll to 14
More Than 45
Dead in Flooding

More Than 45 Dead in Flooding

23 victims were in New Jersey, 12 in New York City

(Newser) - A stunned East Coast faced a rising death toll, surging rivers, tornado damage, and continuing calls for rescue Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the region with record-breaking rain, drowning more than two dozen people in their homes and cars, per the AP . In a region that had...

Lone Helicopter Pilot Saved 17 in Floods

'I don't want to lie,' says Joel Byers of Tennessee. 'It was almost a little fun for me'

(Newser) - Nashville-based helicopter pilot Joel Boyers had just finished helping his fiancee earn her pilot's license on Saturday morning, and they were heading home to celebrate, when he received a frantic call from a woman in Pennsylvania. Her brother's home in the small city of Waverly, Tennessee, was underwater...

Before She Was Swept Away, She Went Live on Facebook

Linda Almond's body was recovered Sunday after home caved in

(Newser) - One of at least 22 victims killed in Tennessee flooding described her terror in a Facebook Live video moments before she was swept away. "We're being flooded right now," Linda Almond announced in a 70-second video filmed from her son's home in Waverly just before 10:...

Infant Twins Swept Out of Father's Arms to Their Deaths

Death toll in Tennessee flooding now above 20

(Newser) - The death toll in Tennessee's devastating floods is at least 22, authorities said Sunday, with about 20 others confirmed to be missing. The victims range in age from just months old to elderly in the Humphreys County tragedy. Among the dead is Wayne Spears, the longtime foreman of the...

Henri Weakens but Remains Dangerous
Henri Makes Landfall
in Rhode Island

Henri Makes Landfall in Rhode Island

Heavy rain has begun in Northeast, and storm's winds are reaching 70mph

(Newser) - Now a tropical storm, Henri hit the coast of Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon, with high winds that knocked out power to thousands of homes and rain that has brought flash flooding to the Northeast. Even as a tropical storm, Henri had wind gusts up to 70mph, the AP reports,...

Tennessee Towns Left Gutted by Catastrophic Flash Flood

At least 10 dead and dozens missing

(Newser) - Catastrophic flooding in Middle Tennessee left at least ten people dead and dozens missing Saturday as record-shattering rainfall washed away homes and rural roads, authorities said. Business owner Kansas Klein watched in horror from a bridge Saturday morning as cars and entire houses were swept down a road in...

Downpours Swamp Japan
Downpours Could Last a Week

Downpours Could Last a Week

More than 5M residents have been advised to evacuate

(Newser) - Heavy rains are causing floods, landslides, and evacuations in Japan, with millions of people advised to flee. The nation's meteorological authority issued evacuation warnings Saturday covering more than 5 million people, CNN reports. The agency warned that the rain front could remain over Japan for a week. The southwest...

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