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Billion-dollar Climate Disasters Devastate and Drain the Nation

A cluster of particularly destructive natural disasters in 2017 has pockmarked the nation with devastation. Numbers for Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria have yet to be finalized, and 2017 is already on track to reach the record for the most billion-dollar climate disasters in the nation’s history, according to an October report from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).... Read More

Los Angeles Threatened as Wildfires Spread, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

LOS ANGELES — Tens of thousands in Southern California went to bed uneasy or not at all late Wednesday as fire officials warned of powerful winds overnight that could whip up a series of wildfires that have already devoured a large swath of the region. The national weather service was predicting near hurricane-force winds for Thursday morning in the mountains... Read More

Cold Front Poised to Deliver Major Temperature Drop to Houston

HOUSTON - A strong cold front will sweep through Houston Tuesday morning, bringing an end to our stretch of unseasonably warm weather. Cold, arctic air is bottled up in the Rocky Mountains, where temperatures are in the 20s and 30s. It will march into the Texas Panhandle Monday afternoon. The cold front, which signifies the leading edge of the cold... Read More

Bali Volcano: Residents Living in Evacuation Zone Urged to Leave Now

(CNN) -- Bali residents living next to a smoldering volcano are being urged to evacuate as soon as possible, amid warnings from emergency agencies of another larger eruption. Almost 30,000 people have already left the area around Mount Agung since it began erupting on Saturday, spewing clouds of ash reaching as high as 9,100 meters (at least 5.6 miles). Indonesia's... Read More

Climate Talks Close with Trump Standing Alone

Climate Talks Close with Trump Administration on One Track, World on Another The world climate conference ended Friday much the way it began two weeks ago — with the Trump administration bolstering legacy fuels like coal and gas, separating itself from much of the world. The lone panel sponsored by the U.S. government was interrupted by singing and chanting protesters,... Read More

Death Toll Rises after Quake on Iran-Iraq Border

At least 414 people were killed and almost 6,500 others injured after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Iran's border with Iraq, authorities said Monday. Rescuers were trying to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings but their efforts were hindered in many places by landslides. More than 100 aftershocks were registered, according to Iranian officials. Many houses in rural areas of... Read More

Climate Change Already Hurting Our Health and Economy

Climate change is already killing people, hurting their health, worsening air pollution and helping the spread of infectious diseases, a global team of researchers said Monday. Environmental disruptions are also affecting economies and costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year, mostly because of extreme weather events, the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change found. Residents wade past a... Read More

Storm on Sandy Anniversary Leaves More Than 1 Million in Dark Across Northeast

More than one million people were without power early Monday as a ferocious storm rolled through the Northeast. National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini said there were reports of downed trees around the region and roads that were impassable in spots due to flash flooding. Storm damage in Halifax, Massachusetts. Halifax Fire Department The storm hit Sunday — which was... Read More

Record Low Temperatures Possible this Weekend in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --A strong Canadian cold front is pushing toward Houston this morning, bringing a few brief showers, gusty north winds and falling temperatures during the afternoon. Meteorologist Travis Herzog says although the day starts mild, temperatures will be in the 50s outside Minute Maid Park for the first pitch for game three of the World Series. Gusty north... Read More

Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions

WASHINGTON — Climate change is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in disaster relief and the tab will only increase as extreme weather events become more common, according to a new government study. The federal government has spent an estimated $350 billion over the past decade responding to extreme weather and fire events, which are exacerbated by climate change, according to... Read More

California Wildfires Emitted a Year’s Worth of Car Pollution in Less Than a Week

The wildfires in California released as much air pollution in the Bay Area in a matter of days as motorists in the state normally emit in a year, drastically reducing air quality and creating an immediate health threat. People most vulnerable to breathing problems, such as the elderly or those with asthma or pulmonary disease, are most likely to be... Read More

Fire Weather to Persist as Crews Battle Deadly California Blazes

SONOMA, Calif. — Weather conditions fueling mammoth wildfires in Northern California that have killed at least 23 people will not let up for days, and fire officials warned Wednesday that the emergency will get worse before it gets better. The coroner's office in Sonoma County reported two more deaths Wednesday night, raising the numbers of people killed there to 13... Read More

Drought and Heat, Worsened by Humans, Help Fuel California Fires

LOS ANGELES — It may take weeks to determine the spark that touched off each of the firestorms that consumed hunks of more than a dozen California communities this week. But the consensus in the scientific community is that the conditions that cleared a path for the tsunami of flame were made by humans. Decades of aggressive firefighting left too... Read More

More Than 100 Missing Persons Reports Made in California Wildfires

LOS ANGELES — Powerful wildfires fanned by strong winds ravaged parts of Northern California's wine country on Monday, killing at least 11 people and destroying some 1,500 structures. More than a dozen blazes continued to burn across eight counties since the weekend, while over 20,000 people in the paths of the fast-moving infernos fled their homes, fire officials said. With... Read More

Nate Just the Latest in Season of Storms

(CNN) -- As former Hurricane Nate drags its tropical depression winds and rain northeastward in the United States, another system is swirling in the eastern Atlantic, looking likely to become a tropical storm later Monday. If the 2017 hurricane season -- due to continue for nearly eight more weeks, until the end of November -- feels particularly active, it's because... Read More

Tropical Storm Nate Threatens Gulf Coast, Kills at Least 22 in Central America

Tropical Storm Nate is winding up to wallop the Gulf Coast this weekend. The latest NBC News forecast has the storm making landfall somewhere on the Mississippi or Alabama coasts sometime around 1 a.m. Sunday, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane. With Nate expected to drench the region with anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of rain, Louisiana Gov. John... Read More

Tropical Storm Nate Forms in Western Caribbean, Will Threaten US Gulf Coast as a Hurricane This Weekend

Tropical Depression 16 has strengthened to Tropical Storm Nate near the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua and will threaten part of the southern United States as a hurricane this weekend. Since Nate will be moving inland over the U.S. this weekend, people may have little time to react and prepare for a tropical storm or hurricane. Nate will make landfall along... Read More

Scenes From the Ground: Puerto Ricans Document Shattered Lives

Fabiola Pagan, Veronica Ortíz and Bryant Guardado document their lives for seven days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Doubles Hurricane Maria Death Toll to 34 The official number of people killed in Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane Maria has more than doubled, to 34, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Tuesday. Earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump, who visited... Read More

Puerto Ricans Running Out of Cash as Hurricane Woes Mount

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As Puerto Rico deals with a lack of power, food and drinking water in the wake of Hurricane Maria, residents are also in dire need of another commodity: Cold hard cash. And that means what little other resources are available often can't be purchased by those in need. The cash is running out, for a... Read More

Maria-Decimated Puerto Rico Seeing Big Ramp-Up in Federal Aid

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is sending a flotilla of ships and thousands more military personnel to Puerto Rico to address the growing humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricane Maria. The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, said Tuesday that badly damaged airports and seaports are making it difficult to get aid and personnel to the stricken island. Long... Read More

Hurricane Maria Damages Dominica’s Main Hospital, Leaves ‘War Zone’ Conditions

Hurricane Maria left medical facilities on Dominica "worse than in a war zone," according to the country's leader. The Caribbean island's main hospital has been without power since the Category 5 storm hit late Monday, killing at least 15 and injuring many others. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the facility's intensive care unit had been destroyed and dialysis machines were... Read More

Mexicans Dig Through Collapsed Buildings as Quake Kills 217

A man is rescued from a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City after an earthquake in Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico, killing more than 100 people. (Pablo Ramos/Associated Press) MEXICO CITY — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday,... Read More

Maria Takes Aim at Battered Caribbean

  Maria is forecast to become a major hurricane as it moves near the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center announced Sunday night. Maria officially became a hurricane late Sunday afternoon, taking aim at already battered islands in the Caribbean amid growing concerns that Florida again could become a target. The National Hurricane Center said Maria had maximum sustained winds of 75... Read More

Hurricane Irma Survivors in Caribbean Fear They Will Be Forgotten After ‘Apocalyptic’ Storm

Hurricane Irma survivors on the hardest-hit islands in the Caribbean fear they will be forgotten after the storm left "apocalyptic" destruction in its wake, wiping out homes and leaving many residents desperate and without electricity, running water and food. It's complete devastation. There's no power or water. Basically almost everything got demolished," Shelby Alfred, a nurse in Cruz Bay, on... Read More

Irma Downgrades to a Tropical Storm, but Still Lashes Florida and Georgia

(CNN) - Editor's note: This is a developing story that is being constantly updated as the storm progresses. Also, follow our live updates here. Irma has been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, with winds of 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to further weaken as it continues to move inland. Millions of... Read More

Hurricane Irma Churns Over the Bahamas and Is On A Collision Course with Florida

(Miami Beach residents brace for Hurricane Irma as the deadly storm barrels toward southern Florida. (Zoeann Murphy, Dalton Bennett/The Washington Post)) MIAMI — Hurricane Irma’s deadly fury threatened to swamp low-lying islands of the Bahamas with a possible 20-foot storm surge Friday as the massive storm moved toward Florida’s doorstep packing the potential to ravage the state with destruction not seen... Read More

The Areas in Hurricane Irma’s Path

Hurricane Irma barrels toward the Eastern Caribbean in this photo captured by satellite on Tuesday. Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, started slamming the southeastern Caribbean islands on Tuesday night with devastating winds, heavy rains, and catastrophic storm surges. As of 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, the Category 5 storm's eye was 110 miles north of... Read More

Hurricane Irma -Now a Category 5 – Has 2nd Storm Behind It

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, and catastrophic damage is possible in the Florida Keys and southern Florida this weekend as a second storm has formed behind it. Irma was packing 185 mph winds and gusts of more than 200 mph as of 2 a.m. ET Wednesday, and is expected to continue churning with deadly hurricane-force winds... Read More

Will Irma Affect the U.S.?

While the Gulf Coast continues to deal with the devastating impacts of Harvey, emergency managers in the United States have another tropical threat to monitor by the name of Irma. Far across the Atlantic, just west of the Cabo Verde Islands, Irma has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane as of Thursday midday. Irma became a tropical storm at midday... Read More

Houston Is Preparing for Harvey

Right now, clusters of showers and thunderstorms in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico are becoming more organized, and at least a tropical depression appears to be forming. An analysis from the University of Wisconsin shows there is some modest westerly wind shear over the remnants thanks to a separate upper-level low pressure system off the Louisiana coast, but that doesn't... Read More