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Study: Biggest tornado outbreaks are spawning more twisters
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed....

Deadly storms add to drought, flood and fires plaguing South
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Five people were killed in two states after at least 13 twisters damaged homes, splintered barns and toppled trees in parts of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, the National Weather Service confirmed....

The Latest: Tornadoes up to 140 mph hit East Tennessee
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The Latest on severe storms that moved across the South (all times local):...

Escaping wildfires meant fleeing through hell-like landscape
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- With flames dripping from tree branches and the air filled with embers, thousands of people raced through a hellish landscape as they fled wildfires that killed three people and destroyed hundreds of homes and a resort in the Great Smoky Mountains....

The Latest: Officials say 3 dead in Tennessee wildfires
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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Latest on wildfires burning across the South (all times local):...

Odd pattern brings rare November tornadoes to Iowa, Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Meteorologists say warmer weather has brought unusual November weather to Iowa and Nebraska: tornadoes....

Death toll from Australia's thunderstorm asthma reaches 8
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- More than a week after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma struck Australia's second-largest city the death toll has risen to eight with one other person on life support, officials said on Tuesday....

Concern for animals after aquarium evacuated due to wildfire
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Workers at an aquarium evacuated because of wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, are concerned about the thousands of animals housed there....

4 months after flooding, Ellicott City officially reopens
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) -- Four months after flooding devastated the historic Maryland town of Ellicott City, its downtown has officially reopened....

Otto enters Pacific after devastation, 9 dead in Costa Rica
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -- Tropical Storm Otto killed at least nine people in Costa Rica and then headed into the Pacific Ocean Friday after making landfall as the southernmost hurricane on record to hit Central America....

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