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Hurricane Alex becomes first January hurricane since 1938

Thursday, January 14th, 2016 9:28am MDT

From the National Hurricane Center: Remarkably, Alex has undergone the transformation into a hurricane. It’s the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938, and the first hurricane to be present in this month since Alice of 1955. (Alice formed in late December 1954 and carried over into January 1955.) Alex’s maximum […]

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Hurricane Pali sets Pacific record

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 4:25am MDT

If you were looking for a location which defined the term ‘the middle of nowhere’, Johnston Atoll would have a strong claim. This uninhabited island lies 1,390 kilometres southwest of the Hawaiian Islands, themselves lying in a remote part of the Pacific. Johnston Atoll is mentioned here because it is the closest island to what […]

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Obama: Mississippi Flooding an Official Disaster

Monday, January 4th, 2016 6:41pm MDT

President Barack Obama declared on Monday afternoon that the flooding and tornadoes that hit Mississippi in late December constitute an official major disaster. The declaration frees up federal dollars to go toward aiding five particularly storm-struck areas in the state: Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant expressed gratitude to Obama […]

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Mississippi River is About to Have a Record Flood

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 6:21am MDT

The Mississippi River is flooding in a big way right now, at the wrong time of year, and is forecasted to match or break 22-year-old crest records over the next few days. Meteorologists are calling it “insane.” Over the next three to four days, the Mississippi is predicted to reach a crest height of 49.7 […]

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Texas tornado’s winds topped 200 mph; 11 dead in storms

Sunday, December 27th, 2015 6:33pm MDT

A tornado that blew through Garland, Texas, killing eight people Saturday night has been classified as an EF4, with winds up to 200 mph. It was one of two confirmed tornadoes that tore through North Texas in a storm that killed 11 people, including an infant. The National Weather Service confirmed that the tornado that […]

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Three German backpackers reported among dead in Australian bushfires

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 4:35am MDT

Sydney (dpa) – Three German backpackers and a local farmer were reported killed in bushfires on the south coast of Western Australia Wednesday. The German man and two women were killed in their car as they tried to flee the raging bushfires, the broadcaster ABC reported local people near Esperance saying. A police spokesman declined […]

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Major Earthquake Rocks Southeast Asia

Monday, October 26th, 2015 7:35am MDT

A massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan Monday, with its effects felt in parts of Pakistan and India, as well. The earthquake’s epicenter hit Jarm, Afghanistan, a city about 150 miles from Kabul. More than 52 people were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to local news outlet Dawn, with Al Jazeera reporting casualty tolls […]

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Philippines braces for Typhoon Koppu

Friday, October 16th, 2015 3:00am MDT

Manila (dpa) – Philippine authorities on Friday prepared evacuation plans and deployed emergency teams and relief supplies as Typhoon Koppu barrelled towards the country’s north-eastern coast. Koppu was packing maximum winds of 130 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 160 kph as it moved west at a speed of 15 kph, the […]

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Guatemala Mudslide Death Toll May Soar

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 3:50am MDT

The death toll in the massive mudslide in Guatemala is likely to climb from dozens to hundreds as hopes for finding survivors faded two days after the disaster struck. At least 85 people have been confirmed dead so far in the mudslide which struck the town of El Cambray near capital, Guatemala City. “The figure […]

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Tropical Storm Joaquin, Upgraded to Hurricane, May Head to East Coast

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 10:23am MDT

Tropical storm Joaquin, which some meteorologists expect could be headed toward the East Coast of the United States over the weekend, was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday morning by the National Weather Service. Joaquin formed late Monday over the Atlantic Ocean and strengthened east of the Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon, with wind […]

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