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New Orleans braces for Tropical Storm Lee

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina six years ago, faced a new threat on Saturday from Tropical Storm Lee, which was set to challenge the city’s flood defenses with an onslaught of heavy rain. The storm was expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain…

The dangers of not doing your basic research

This ridiculous op-ed from Iain Murray and David Bier, where they exploited Hurricane Irene to argue that we don't need a National Weather Service, has been making the rounds.  Probably more liberals are reading it to boggle at the sheer mean-spirited idiocy of it than by conservatives who are intrigued…

Irene slams New Jersey, damage widespread

TOMS RIVER, New Jersey (Reuters) – Hurricane Irene swept along the New Jersey shore early on Sunday, knocking down trees, flooding streets and leaving thousands of people without electrical power. Reports from the National Weather Service suggested that Irene fell short of the most dire predictions that it could drop…

Severe storms batter Kentucky, leave thousands without power

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms across southwest Indiana and into Kentucky left about 74,000 Louisville customers without power on Sunday, officials said. The windy rains rolled through late on Saturday, and nearly 130,000 customers were in the dark at the peak of the storms, according to LG&E-KU Energy spokesman Chip…

2011 is deadliest U.S. tornado season in 75 years

CHICAGO (AFP) – The deadliest US tornado season in 75 years has ripped babies from their mother’s arms and transformed entire towns into apocalyptic scenes of destruction as the toll hit 523. And it isn’t over yet. While warmer summer weather should hopefully reduce their intensity, the peak tornado season…

Top 10 most shocking spending cuts Republicans voted for

WASHINGTON – House Republicans recently passed over $60 billion in spending cuts from current levels for fiscal 2011, pitched as necessary to reduce the massive budget deficit. From disaster relief funding to aid fr abused women, the GOP went after the government’s 2011 budget with a zeal it normally reserves…

Winter storm dumps snow on US Midwest, Northwest

CHICAGO — Heavy snowfall blanketed parts of the US Midwest on Monday, prompting hundreds of cancelled flights and icy conditions for road travelers, officials warned, with the northeast bracing for the system as it rolled towards the Atlantic. Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of the Dakotas and the north…

Earth dodges geomagnetic storm: scientist

WASHINGTON – A wave of charged plasma particles from a huge solar eruption has glanced off the Earth’s northern pole, lighting up auroras and disrupting some radio communications, a NASA scientist said. But the Earth appears to have escaped a widespread geomagnetic storm, with the effects confined to the northern…

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