What drought?: Dangerous deluge, blizzard converge on California

Jan 11, 2017

What drought?: Dangerous deluge, blizzard converge on California

The latest in an onslaught of winter storms comes with blizzard warnings for the Sierra Nevada and a new round of flooding for Northern California river towns where thousands of people remained under evacuation advisory Tuesday. Forecasters warned of up to 10 feet of ...

New storm hits U.S. West as South, New England slow to thaw

Jan 9, 2017

New storm hits U.S. West as South, New England slow to thaw

A winter storm that spread ice and snow from Mississippi to Maine is leaving behind cold so bitter that businesses and schools are closing in the South because the region still hasn’t thawed. Four deaths have blamed on the storm, which dropped more than ...

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in four years

Jan 5, 2017

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in four years

Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer said Wednesday. Losses from natural disasters worldwide totaled $175 billion last year, some $50 billion of ...

Dec 27, 2016

Seven missing after freak rains drench Australia's outback

Unusual torrential rain in Australia’s outback turned the Uluru monolith into a series of cascading waterfalls and triggered flash floods, and seven people are missing including a Japanese tourist who was swept away in a car and an Australian family. Police were using helicopters ...

Hurricane-triggered floods strand, imperil hundreds in North Carolina

Oct 11, 2016

Hurricane-triggered floods strand, imperil hundreds in North Carolina

Hundreds of people were rescued by boat and helicopter as floodwaters inundated North Carolina towns on Monday in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and officials warned that life-threatening flooding from swollen rivers would continue for days. Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, ...

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

Sep 22, 2016

26 dead, 19 missing in Indonesian landslides, floods

The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Indonesia has risen to 26, an official said Thursday, with hopes fading for 19 others still missing. Aid has begun pouring into Garut in the west of Indonesia’s main island of Java, where 23 people ...