Latest Natural disasters News

California has huge snowpack, but dry trend raises worries

Feb. 01, 2023 17:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mountain snowpack that supplies a significant amount of California's water got an incredible boost from recent powerful storms and is outpacing the state's wettest season on record, state water officials said Wednesday. But its too soon to know if the winter...

Nashville mayor won't seek reelection

Feb. 01, 2023 04:14 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper has announced that he will not run for reelection when his term expires later this year. Cooper, 66, made the announcement Tuesday. Cooper was first elected to the position in 2019, when he defeated former Mayor...

Emergency lifted after New Zealand storm less than feared

Jan. 31, 2023 23:51 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Northland region lifted a state of emergency declaration Wednesday after an overnight storm didn't turn out as bad as feared. A heavy rain warning for Auckland was also lifted, although a state of emergency remained in place for the...

New Zealand's largest city braces for more rain and flooding

Jan. 30, 2023 20:03 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Residents in New Zealand's largest city were bracing Tuesday for another deluge and more flooding, four days after Auckland endured its wettest day on record in a storm that killed four people. A state of emergency was in place for Auckland, and...

Tropical storm leaves 30 dead, 20 missing in Madagascar

Jan. 30, 2023 09:16 AM EST

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Flooding and landslides caused by the passage of tropical storm Cheneso across Madagascar caused 30 deaths, left 20 people missing and affected tens of thousands across the Indian Ocean island nation, according to a provisional assessment Monday. The...

Hawaii firefighter injured when swept away in storm drain

Jan. 28, 2023 19:45 PM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii firefighter was critically injured when he was swept into a storm drain and carried the length of eight football fields until being dumped on the shoreline, officials said. The accident occurred as nearly 13 inches (33 centimeters) of rain fell on...

Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

Jan. 27, 2023 21:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber. Once mass-produced at the factory being planned at the port, the...

S. Dakota tribes seek disaster declaration in storm recovery

Jan. 27, 2023 16:36 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s congressional delegation wrote letters to President Joe Biden in support of the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations’ requests for a major disaster declaration following winter storms that left six people dead. The declaration would assist the...

Storm Cheneso picks up in Madagascar, more flooding to come

Jan. 27, 2023 07:17 AM EST

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A severe tropical storm which devastated parts of Madagascar this week is set to continue to wreak havoc on the country as it strengthens over the weekend, the United Nations regional weather monitoring service said. The storm has killed 8 people and ten are...

AI wildfire detection bill gets initial approval in Colorado

Jan. 26, 2023 18:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A year after the most destructive wildfire in the state's history scorched nearly 1,100 homes, Colorado lawmakers are considering joining other Western states by adopting artificial intelligence in the hopes of detecting blazes before they burn out of control. A...