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Fiji: At least 20 reported dead in wake of powerful storm

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 8:21am MDT

At least 20 people are now reported dead after a powerful storm tore through the Pacific island nation of Fiji. A massive clean-up operation has started after tropical cyclone Winston flattened remote villages and cut off communications. It packed winds of up to 325 kilometres per hour when it hit on Saturday. Fiji Cyclone Winston […]

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We can’t blame El Niño for all the world’s weather problems

Sunday, January 10th, 2016 8:22am MDT

LIMA, Peru — As 2015 drew to a close, South America saw almost unprecedented flooding. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Paraguay, northern Argentina and southern Brazil as a result of unseasonal torrential rain. International media widely attributed the freaky weather to El Niño. Yet the whole truth is probably more […]

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2015 – A Year of Storms

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 12:44pm MDT

A look back at the snowstorms, tropical storms, typhoons, hurricanes and floods captured and analyzed by the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission from around the globe during 2015. The complete list of storms by date and location are as follows: 1. New England Nor’easter – January 26 – New England, USA 2. Snowstorm – February […]

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From ‘biblical’ floods to deadly heat, 2015 was a year of weather worsts

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 5:26am MDT

The weather seemed to dominate headlines in 2015 — not one continent was spared from some sort of extreme weather event. Antarctica The southernmost continent, mostly covered in ice, kilometres deep in places and spread over 14 million square kilometres, recorded its warmest day on record in 2015. On March 24, temperatures at Esperanza Base, […]

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Worst floods for 70 years swamp northern England

Monday, December 28th, 2015 3:32am MDT

Parts of northern England are suffering their worst floods in more than 70 years with weeks of heavy rain leaving vast areas under water on both sides of the Pennines mountains. British Prime Minister David Cameron has sent in 500 soldiers to help the exhausted residents and emergency workers. A further 1,000 troops remain on […]

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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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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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Taiwan evacuates thousands as ‘super typhoon’ nears

Monday, September 28th, 2015 4:26am MDT

Taiwan has evacuated thousands of residents and tourists as “super typhoon” Dujuan headed towards the island, gathering strength on its approach to the east coast. Torrential rains and high winds are forecast across Taiwan from Monday afternoon, with landfall predicted around 15:00 GMT. Almost 3,000 people, most of them tourists, were evacuated on Sunday from […]

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At Least 7 Perish As Typhoon Goni Slams Philippines

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 6:28pm MDT

At least seven people were killed and two missing Saturday after typhoon Goni battered the northern Philippines with strong rain and winds that triggered landslides and flooding, authorities reportedly said. The typhoon, which has slightly weakened, is expected to move away from the country without making a landfall. Among the deceased were two brothers who […]

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