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Florida prepares for next round of heavy rainfall after storms swamp southern part of the state

Jun. 14, 2024 06:23 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters warned Floridians to prepare for additional flash flooding after a tropical disturbance dumped as much as 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rainfall in the southern parts of the state, with worsening conditions expected Friday. The disorganized...

Tropical rainstorms in South Florida lead to flight delays and streets jammed with stalled cars

Jun. 13, 2024 19:17 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A tropical disturbance that brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida delayed flights at two of the state's largest airports and left vehicles waterlogged and stalled in some of the region's lowest-lying streets. “Looked like...

Heavy snows and drought of deadly 'dzud' kill more than 7 million head of livestock in Mongolia

Jun. 12, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An extreme weather phenomenon known as the dzud has killed more than 7.1 million animals in Mongolia this year, more than a tenth of the country’s entire livestock holdings, endangering herders’ livelihoods and way of life. Dzuds are a combination of...

Toddler killed and infant sibling and mother injured when tree falls on home during tornado in Detroit suburb

Jun. 05, 2024 20:14 PM EDT
LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — Toddler killed and infant sibling and mother injured when tree falls on home during tornado in Detroit suburb.

Kentucky governor unveils rental housing projects for region still recovering from 2021 tornadoes

Jun. 03, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that a rental housing shortage has gnawed at him since the recovery began from a terrifying tornado outbreak that hit western parts of the state in late 2021. The Bluegrass State took an unprecedented step toward...

A firefighter dies and a long-distance train derails amid heavy rains and flooding in Germany

Jun. 02, 2024 06:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Flooding, high river levels and heavy rain led to the death of a firefighter and disrupted train travel in southern Germany on Sunday. The firefighter's body was recovered after an inflatable watercraft carrying four firefighters capsized as they...

UN official highlights how better preparation has shrunk disaster deaths despite worsening climate

Jun. 01, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

As climate change makes disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts more intense, more frequent and striking more places, fewer people are dying from those catastrophes globally because of better warning, planning and resilience, a top United Nations official said. The world...

Papua New Guinea's prime minister visits the site of a landslide estimated to have killed hundreds

May. 31, 2024 06:36 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea’s prime minister on Friday visited the site of a major landslide, which is estimated to have buried hundreds of villagers in the South Pacific island nation’s mountainous interior a week ago and left the ground too unstable for heavy earthmoving...

Clouds, high winds hamper efforts to rescue 2 climbers on North America's tallest peak

May. 30, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Clouds and high winds hampered efforts by rangers on Thursday to reach two climbers who remained high up on North America's tallest peak two days after first sending a distress signal. Teams on the mountain and a high-altitude helicopter pilot were on standby waiting for...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

May. 30, 2024 15:12 PM EDT

Gazette-Mail. May29, 2024. Editorial: West Virginia becoming part of Tornado Alley In the past two months, at least 11 tornadoes have hit West Virginia as powerful storms surged through the Mountain State. It’s a number that almost defies belief over such a short...