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At least nine dead as tornadoes strike midwest

HARRISBURG, Illinois — A massive winter storm unleashed a string of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction across the US midwest, killing at least nine people and threatening scores more as it pushed eastward Wednesday. The town of Harrisburg, Illinois was ripped apart by a deadly twister that stayed…

2011 was the driest year on record in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) – It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and…

High winds batter southern California

LOS ANGELES — Winds gusting up to 140 miles per hour (160 kph) triggered power outages, felled trees and caused traffic chaos Thursday in California and blasted several neighboring states, meteorologists said. The powerful gales — expected to continue Friday — were the “strongest easterly wind event in the past…

‘Storm of epic proportions’ hits Alaska coast

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A storm experts compared to a Category 3 hurricane lashed the western coast of Alaska on Wednesday, ripping roofs from buildings and pushing water and debris into communities, authorities said. The storm, which began hitting Alaska late on Tuesday after building over the northern Pacific Ocean,…

Anxiety over upcoming test of U.S. emergency system

WASHINGTON — It’s only a test, but nerves are somewhat frayed over the first nationwide exercise of the system designed to alert Americans of national emergencies. The test occurs at 1900 GMT Wednesday, November 9, and may last over three minutes — longer than the typical 30 seconds or one…

Cannes sheds its black tie image for G20 riot gear

CANNES, France (Reuters) – The glamorous and easy-going Riviera resort of Cannes turns into a fortified camp this week as French police prepare for the arrival of world leaders for a G20 summit set to be hijacked by fears that a euro zone crisis relief plan is unraveling. Thousands of…

Freak snowstorm cuts power to millions in U.S.

Rare October snows transformed the northeastern United States into a Halloween winter wonderland, but millions were left without power and three deaths were blamed on the storm. The unseasonable snowfall disrupted air, rail and road traffic from Washington to Boston and the National Weather Service warned of “extremely hazardous” conditions…

NY, Washington protesters brave rare early snow

Anti-Wall Street protesters hunkered down at encampments in New York and Washington Saturday as they faced their first winter weather test, with a rare early snowstorm hitting the US east coast. “Snow, what snow? I’ve got a country to worry about,” read a sign at New York’s Zuccotti Park held…

Eastern U.S. floods force 130,000 to evacuate

WILKES-BARRE, Pa (Reuters) – Relentless rain caused catastrophic flooding in the eastern U.S. on Thursday, killing at least three people in Pennsylvania and forcing the evacuation of more than 130,000 people in three states. Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, days after slamming the Gulf Coast, swamped homes and businesses from…

Heavy rains flooding already soaked northeast

Heavy rains have swamped areas of the US northeast already sodden by last week’s Hurricane Irene, causing flash floods and forcing thousands to evacuate early Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for several counties in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and Binghamton, New York ordered…

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