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As Shock Wears Off, Mental Health Concerns Grow in Bahamas

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas — One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters. Another man sat in his wheelchair for nearly 48 hours in water up to his chest, alone in …

Florida, California Towns Lack Path to Safety From Storms, Fires

Florida and California, two states with wide exposure to natural disasters, lack critical evacuation routes in some areas for residents to flee. Among the 100 American communities with the most-constrained evacuation routes, 20 are in Florida and 14 in California, …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

Hawaii Volcano Destroys More Than 20 Homes, Forces Evacuations

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced. In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officials said another four unspecified structures were covered by …

Predicted Landslide in Washington Forces Residents to Evacuate

An estimated 50 residents in central Washington state need to evacuate due to a slow-moving landslide that’s expected to break loose by the end of February, authorities said. About 80 percent of those living near Thorp Road below Rattlesnake Ridge …

Tennessee Train Fire Cleanup, Investigation Continue

About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box …

India Evacuates 12,000 People as Cyclone Helen Makes Landfall

Cyclone Helen, the second storm to hit India in five weeks, made landfall in southern Andhra Pradesh state today, prompting authorities to evacuate 12,000 people and deploy rescue teams. At least six districts will be affected by the cyclone, which …

Flaws Seen in Philippine Disaster Prep and Response

Hours before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, authorities had evacuated 800,000 people and sent them to sturdy evacuation centers — churches, schools and public buildings. But the brick-and-mortar structures were simply no match for the jet-force winds and massive walls …

China Evacuates 417,000 People Ahead of Typhoon

Hundreds of thousands of people in southeast China were evacuated and fishing vessels called back to shore on Sunday because of an approaching typhoon, authorities said. Typhoon Fitow is expected to make landfall early Monday between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, …

Costa Rican Volcano Spews Ash, Smoke

Scientists say one of Costa Rica’s largest volcanos is spewing clouds of ash and gas, setting off a small-scale evacuation. Park rangers activated a green alert, the lowest of three levels, after the 10,958-foot (3,340-meter) Turrialba volcano rumbled loudly and …