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Data shows 2011 a record-breaking year for extreme weather

WASHINGTON — Last year broke records for extreme weather in the United States, with 14 events each causing at least a billion dollars in damage, US authorities said on Thursday. Also, 2011 marked 35 years in a row that global temperatures have been warmer than average, according to data released…

Wind and rain warnings for Alabama and Mississippi ahead of Lee

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) – Heavy rains and strong wind gusts pressed across southern Alabama and Mississippi on Saturday as the center of Tropical Storm Lee neared coastal Louisiana to the west. The National Hurricane Center extended the tropical storm warning, already in effect from Mississippi to Texas, further east to…

Sixty percent of Gulf oil production shut down by Tropical Storm Lee

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Sixty percent of crude oil production and more than half of natural gas output were shut in U.S.-regulated areas of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday as Tropical Storm Lee hammered the Louisiana Coast, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said 844,190…

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