Sep 27, 2016

Taiwan closes schools, offices ahead of island-wide typhoon

Taiwan closed schools and offices as a large typhoon with 162 kilometers- (100 miles-) per-hour winds approached the mountainous island Tuesday. Authorities raised alert levels because Typhoon Megi’s bands of wind and rain were expected to cover the entire island, which is prone to ...

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Sep 16, 2016

French, U.S. lightning bolts deemed to be world's longest

Researchers have identified lightning bolts in Oklahoma and France as the longest on record and warn that their discovery could alter traditional thinking of when it is safe to go outside after a storm passes. A 2007 storm in Oklahoma produced a lightning bolt ...

Typhoon Meranti leaves 16 dead or missing in China

Sep 16, 2016

Typhoon Meranti leaves 16 dead or missing in China

Typhoon Meranti has left at least 16 people dead or missing in China and an ancient bridge destroyed as it wreaked havoc on the country’s eastern coast, the government said Friday. The storm, described by the official Xinhua news agency as the world’s strongest ...

One dead after major typhoon sweeps through Taiwan

Sep 15, 2016

One dead after major typhoon sweeps through Taiwan

One person was killed in Taiwan as a typhoon roiled the island and parts of southeastern China in what Chinese and Taiwanese weather authorities labeled the strongest storm so far this year. Taiwan’s Central News Agency said Thursday that 44 people were also injured ...

Strongest Typhoon in 21 years whips Taiwan

Sep 14, 2016

Strongest Typhoon in 21 years whips Taiwan

Parts of Taiwan were brought to a standstill Wednesday as Typhoon Meranti skirted past the island’s southern tip, bringing the strongest winds in 21 years and disrupting traffic ahead of a major holiday. Although Meranti did not make landfall, the storm brought violent winds ...

Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

Sep 11, 2016

Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

The government will designate four typhoons that hit Japan in August as extremely severe disasters so the affected municipalities will receive increased assistance, disaster management minister Jun Matsumoto said. The four typhoons are Chanthu, Mindulle, Lionrock and Kompasu. They were this year’s seventh, ninth, ...

Typhoon prompts wind, slide and flood warnings in Nagasaki

Sep 5, 2016

Typhoon prompts wind, slide and flood warnings in Nagasaki

Typhoon Namtheun made landfall in the city of Nagasaki early Monday, prompting the Meteorological Agency to warn of strong winds, heavy rain, mudslides and flooding, especially along river valleys. After making landfall shortly after 1 a.m., the typhoon moved over the northwestern part of ...