Above-average Atlantic hurricane season predicted

May 26, 2017

Above-average Atlantic hurricane season predicted

The Atlantic Ocean could see another above-average hurricane season this year, with 11 to 17 big storms and as many as nine hurricanes, U.S. forecasters said Thursday. The expected absence of El Nino, an ocean warming trend that tends to reduce the likelihood of ...

Sandstorm blankets huge area of China in dusty pollution

May 4, 2017

Sandstorm blankets huge area of China in dusty pollution

A sandstorm blown by gusting winds enveloped a huge area of central and northern China on Thursday in thick pollution hazardous to people venturing outdoors. The Beijing Meteorological Observatory advised people to minimize time spent outdoors and forecast that the murky conditions would linger ...

Powerful cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar

Mar 12, 2017

Powerful cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar

Cyclone Enawo killed at least 50 people and affected 176,000 after it hit Madagascar, the national disaster management agency said Saturday, with thousands forced into emergency shelters. The toll issued by the head of the BNGRC agency, Thierry Venty, was significantly higher than Thursday’s ...

Biggest storm in five years thrashes Southern California

Feb 19, 2017

Biggest storm in five years thrashes Southern California

Southern California cleaned up on Saturday after its biggest storm in years unleashed a wave of rain and snow that killed at least three people and triggered flooding, mudslides, high winds and power outages, officials said. Vital highways and railways were shut down and ...

Search for Italy avalanche survivors makes headway; Migrants pitch in

Jan 22, 2017

Search for Italy avalanche survivors makes headway; Migrants pitch in

Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-hit hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy, where they searched for signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and staff. Falling snow reduced visibility and raised ...

European cold snap kills at least 23

Jan 8, 2017

European cold snap kills at least 23

A cold wave across Europe has left at least 23 dead in the past two days, including several migrants and homeless people, authorities said Saturday, with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend. Russia meanwhile celebrated the coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 ...