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Rare tornado hits Haiti, injuring more than 50 people and leaving hundreds homeless

May. 22, 2024 13:32 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A rare tornado in northern Haiti has injured more than 50 people and destroyed more than 200 homes, the U.N. said Wednesday. The tornado hit the community of Bassin-Bleu on Tuesday, leaving more than 300 families homeless, according to the U.N. Office...

Sun's magnetic field may form close to the surface. This finding could improve solar storm forecasts

May. 22, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — New research indicates the sun’s magnetic field originates much closer to the surface than previously thought, a finding that could help predict periods of extreme solar storms like the ones that slammed Earth earlier this month. The magnetic field...

Iowa State Patrol confirms deaths from tornado and at least a dozen injuries, but doesn't release specific numbers

May. 21, 2024 21:36 PM EDT
GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Patrol confirms deaths from tornado and at least a dozen injuries, but doesn't release specific numbers.

Once-in-a-generation wind event caused deaths, extensive damage across Houston, meteorologist says

May. 17, 2024 19:45 PM EDT

Exceptional windstorms that could leave some Houston residents without power for weeks were a once-in-a-generation event and the damage left in their wake is comparable to that caused by a hurricane, meteorologists said Friday. “We believe this windstorm is the most significant...

Power outages could last weeks in some parts of Houston after storms caused extensive damage, county official says

May. 17, 2024 11:22 AM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages could last weeks in some parts of Houston after storms caused extensive damage, county official says.

At least 4 killed as powerful storms move through Houston, mayor's office says

May. 16, 2024 22:52 PM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — At least 4 killed as powerful storms move through Houston, mayor's office says.

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

May. 14, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

Topeka Capital-Journal. May 11, 2024. Editorial: Recent weeks have shown the power of nature and the resilience of the Kansas spirit Tornados can touch down anywhere. They happen so frequently in Kansas they’ve become part of the lore. We’ve seen...

New Mexico to stand in for California as McConaughey stars in film about a 2018 deadly wildfire

May. 13, 2024 16:55 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is standing in for California in a new film as Jamie Lee Curtis’ production company and others tell the story of a bus driver and a school teacher who rescued students during the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. ...

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake wakes people on the Mexico-Guatemala border

May. 12, 2024 20:01 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the border of Mexico and Guatemala early Sunday, driving frightened residents into the streets. The temblor struck just before 6 a.m. near the Mexican border town of Suchiate, where a river by the same name divides the two...

Federal agency says a second, if weaker, solar storm surge is likely Sunday

May. 12, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

A U.S. government agency said a weaker repeat of Saturday’s powerful solar storm was likely on Sunday. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that “coronal mass ejections” — clouds of ejected solar plasma that can cause power grid irregularities and...