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Tropical Storm Rick strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast

Oct. 22, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Rick formed Friday off Mexico’s southern Pacific coast and is forecast to hit that coast at hurricane strength early next week. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Rick was located about 305 miles (490 kilometers) south of the...

Fire-scarred California braces for more storms, flash floods

Oct. 22, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California residents relieved that this week’s rain helped contain stubborn wildfires and soaked dry gardens were cleaning up Friday and preparing for a massive storm this weekend that could bring flash flooding to vast areas scorched by fire. ...

Climate change disrupting natural cycles at drier Lake Tahoe

Oct. 22, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Drought fueled by climate change has dropped Lake Tahoe below its natural rim and halted flows into the Truckee River, an historically cyclical event that’s occurring sooner and more often than it used to — raising fears about what might be in store for the...

Man gets 2 years for lying about hurricane damage for money

Oct. 22, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma in order to receive disaster relief money. Deontre Javan Taylor, 27, was sentenced Friday in Jacksonville federal court, according...

Big tech data centers spark worry over scarce Western water

Oct. 22, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Conflicts over water are as old as history itself, but the massive Google data centers on the edge of this Oregon town on the Columbia River represent an emerging 21st century concern. Now a critical part of modern computing, data centers help...

Wet storm with wind, rain, snow heading into Sierra Nevada

Oct. 22, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A wet prewinter storm is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and wind to Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada this weekend, with possible flooding on wildfire-scarred mountain hillsides. The National Weather Service said Friday an “atmospheric river” is...

Recent precipitation eases drought in North Dakota

Oct. 22, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Drought conditions in North Dakota have significantly improved because of widespread precipitation recently. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that much of western and central North Dakota is in severe drought, but that is an upgrade from...

Dozens missing in Nepal as floods, mudslides kill over 100

Oct. 22, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities on Friday searched for dozens of people missing in this week's heavy rains, floods and landslides, as survivors complained they were yet to receive any government help. The death toll has crossed 100 in the country’s...

Forecasters probe possible tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Ohio

Oct. 22, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Weather Service on Friday planned to survey damage to determine whether tornadoes touched down as storms swept across parts of western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. Radar data in Pennsylvania on Thursday night indicated three twisters...

NASA launches tool that measures Western water loss

Oct. 21, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — NASA on Thursday launched an online platform with information on how much water evaporates into the atmosphere from plants, soils and other surfaces in the U.S. West, data it says could help water managers, farmers and state officials better manage resources in the parched...