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Tropical storm Beatriz caused flooding and destruction in Acapulco area

Hurricane Beatriz brushed Mexico's resort-studded Pacific coast with powerful rains and winds early Tuesday, flooding streets as tourists hunkered down in hotels. Authorities closed the ports of Acapulco, Manzanillo and Zihuatanejo and urged hotel owners to tell

June 22, 2011

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Typhoon Meari gaining strenght

Meari could unleash flooding rain and damaging winds as it takes aim at the Far East late in the week.Meari was named by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) Wednesday, as Tropical Depression 07W gained storm status over the warm seas east of the northern

June 22, 2011

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Tropical depression SIX-W (06W) forming near Hong Kong coast, Beatriz speeds up

Two tropical storms are brewing in the Northwest Pacific and East Pacific basins; Tropical Storm Beatriz, in the East Pacific Basin near Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico is likely to become a category 1 hurricane later today, June 20. Beatriz is likely to track close

June 21, 2011

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New Zealand struck by a twister

A tornado has torn through a North Island, New Zealand town, leaving significant damage in its aftermath. Luckily, there were no immediate reports of major injury following the tornado, which cut through New Plymouth in the early morning Monday, local time.According

June 20, 2011

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Hawaii experiencing an unusual number of thunderstorms

Lightning has knocked out the first large telescope ever built on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, and engineers are working to bring it back online. The University of Hawaii's 2.2-meter telescope has been out since the weekend of June 4-5, when tens of thousands of

June 15, 2011

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Low pressure system moving NE between Iceland and the British Isles

SAT24  A vigorous area of low pressure looks set to develop south of Ireland on Friday. This is going to be pushing cloud and rain into Ireland, Wales andsouthwest England through the morning, some of it heavy at times. The rain affects much of

June 15, 2011

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Aggressive fungus zygomycosis strikes Joplin tornado victims

It would seem this city has already suffered enough - after 151 people were killed and 6,000 homes destroyed by a fatal twister. But now health officials say flying debris from last month’s deadly tornado is to blame for an outbreak of a potentially deadly fungal

June 13, 2011

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This year's 3rd tropical storm Sarika makes landfall in China

At least 23 people are dead from flooding and landslides as Sarika, the year's third tropical storm, lashed China. The storm slammed into south China's Guangdong Province early Saturday, packing winds of about 50 mph, and moved northward after landfall. The storm is

June 11, 2011

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Tropical Depression 05W has grown into a Tropical Storm Sarika as it heads toward China

NASA sees heavy rainfall in Tropical Storm SarikaTropical Depression 05W has grown into a tropical storm and given the name Sarika as it heads toward China. Satellite imagery from NASA shows that the center of the storm seems to be separated from the strongest

June 09, 2011

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Strong heat burst felt across Wichita Metro

The National Weather Service said a heat burst was observed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The temperature jumped 17 degrees in 20 minutes, from 85 degrees at 12:22 a.m. to 102 degrees at 12:42 a.m. The heat burst was also accompanied by winds of 40 to 50...

June 09, 2011

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Tropical depression formed near Philippines

Torrential rain triggered flooding in parts of the Philippines as a tropical depression spun up nearby. According to the Straits Times of Singapore, at least three people have been killed by floods following days of heavy rain as of Thursday. Nearly 200 000 people...

June 08, 2011

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Frequent tornadoes a symptom of jet stream change

The unusually large number of severe tornadoes this year may be a sign of large-scale changes in the jet stream. When the events happen frequently such as the destruction of Joplin, Mo., the outbreak of multiple tornadoes in Alabama, and the northeast outbreak in...

June 05, 2011

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Sandstorm over Iraq

A thick dust plume blew over Iraq on June 2, 2011, stopping just short of Iran and Kuwait. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.The dust forms a giant beige arc that

June 03, 2011

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Tornadoes davastate western Massachusetts, Springfield hit hardest

At least two confirmed tornadoes descended upon towns in western Massachusetts on Wednesday, leaving at least four dead and smashing homes and buildings across a 40-mile stretch, state officials and witnesses reported. The storms struck shortly after 4 p.m. in

June 02, 2011

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Caribbean could turn active entering into 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season

The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on Wednesday and it is possible that the tropics will turn active immediately in the Caribbean. The latest computer models continue to indicate the formation of an area of low pressure in the southwestern or

May 31, 2011

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SuperTyphoon Chedeng (Songda) gains strength, move towards Japan

Super Typhoon Songda swirled off the coast of Luzon, at the northern end of the Philippine Islands, on the afternoon of May 27, 2011. Peak winds were around 240 kilometers (150 miles) per hour at 06:00 Universal Time (2 p.m. local time), according to the Joint

May 28, 2011

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Scotland battered by 114mph winds

High winds brought chaos to Scotland's transport network today as falling trees blocked main routes. Roads, rail, air and ferry services were all affected as winds gusting 100mph were recorded in central Scotland.An ambulance transport car collided with a lorry on

May 27, 2011