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East Coast Braces for Irene

WILMINGTON, North Carolina (Reuters) – As North Carolina braced on Friday for a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, cities along the east coast were on alert and millions of beach goers cut short vacations to escape the powerful storm. With more than 50 million people potentially in Irene’s path, residents…

U.S.-bound Hurricane Irene pounds Bahamas

Hurricane Irene pounded the Bahamas Thursday en route toward the populous US east coast, punishing the nation of small islands with heavy rain and powerful winds. Irene is a category three hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale, and is forecast to strengthen to a category four storm with winds of…

Hurricane Irene threatens islands, US East Coast

Hurricane Irene bore down on the southeastern Bahamas Tuesday as the category one storm churned on a track that could see it slam the US mainland later in the week. Forecasters who downgraded Irene, now packing winds of 90 miles (150 kilometers) per hour, said it could still become a…

Tropical Storm Gert strengthening, will brush Bermuda

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Gert strengthened slowly on Sunday on a track toward Bermuda and forecasters said the global reinsurance hub could expect increased winds, rain and surf when the storm passed on its eastern side. Gert, the seventh named storm of what is proving as predicted to be…

Tropical Storm Emily may still return to hurricane strength

MIAMI (Reuters) – Thunderstorms from dissipated Tropical Storm Emily moved over eastern Cuba and southeastern Bahamas on Friday and had a 60 percent chance of regenerating into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Authorities in Florida were watching the weather system as…

Tropical Storm Emily barrels towards fragile Haiti

Haiti hurried on Wednesday to prepare for incoming Tropical Storm Emily, urging evacuations ahead of the roiling system that could bring flash floods to the impoverished nation still struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake. A tropical storm warning was in effect for Haiti as well as the neighboring island…

Tropical Storm Don landfall could bring much-needed rain to parched TX

Tropical storm Don churned across the Gulf of Mexico toward drought-stricken Texas Friday, carrying welcome rain for the agriculture-heavy southwestern’s state’s ranchers and farmers. Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Don is expected to produce rainfall of between three and five inches (7.62 to 12.7 centimeters) in…

Flooding kills 23 in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Torrential rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year — at the start of the hurricane season — paralyzed the capital,…

High chance major hurricane will hit the U.S. in 2011, forecasters say

MIAMI (Reuters) – The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average in activity and there is a more than 70 percent chance of at least one major hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, Colorado State University forecasters predicted on Wednesday. The 2011 forecast from the respected CSU team followed an active season last…

Japan quake damage to cost up to $309 bn: govt

OSAKA (AFP) – Japan on Wednesday said the cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could hit 25 trillion yen ($309 billion), double the Kobe quake and nearly four times more than Hurricane Katrina. The total cost from collapse or damage to houses, factories and infrastructure such as roads…

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