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Hurricane Sally Weakens as it Nears Mississippi River

Hurricane Sally has weakened as it approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast, with hurricane warnings being replaced by tropical storm alerts and a number of further storm warnings being discontinued. The storm’s maximum sustained winds slowed to 85 miles (140 kilometers) …

Forecast Storms Bring Both Relief and New Risks for Fire-stricken Australia

MELBOURNE — Severe storms are expected to bring some relief in the coming days from huge bushfires scorching Australia but the heavy downpours could also carry the risk of landslides and water pollution, officials said on Wednesday. Australia is battling …

Dallas County Tornadoes Caused $2 Billion in Damage, Insurance Council Says

DALLAS — An insurance industry group says the nine tornadoes that struck the Dallas area during a Sunday night outbreak caused an estimated $2 billion in insured losses. The Insurance Council of Texas said the estimate, which it called “pretty …

Hurricane Recovery in U.S. Virgin Islands Lags Puerto Rico’s

Puerto Rico’s economy has shown considerable signs of improvement after the hit form hurricanes Irma and Maria two years ago, while the U.S. Virgin Islands economy remains “mired in a deep slump.” That’s the finding in new report by the …

Commission Says Humanity to Pay Massive Cost for Not Adapting to Climate Change

Slowing the planetary march toward climate catastrophe—and the multitrillion-dollar investment required to do it—has become a central issue of global and national debate. But there’s the equally expensive matter of dealing with the here and now: From historic wildfires to …

Hail Storms Are Getting More Expensive, and No One Is Sure Why

In 2008, the year the stock market crashed and Barack Obama won the presidency, the U.S. was hit with a weather phenomenon little noted by anyone beyond the insurance industry. The country’s losses from hail breached $19 billion in inflation-adjusted …

D.C. Is First to Plan to Remove, Retrofit Flood-Prone Buildings

Washington is announcing a goal of retrofitting or removing all of its flood-prone buildings by 2050, the first major U.S. city to set such a policy. The proposal is part of a broader plan to protect Washington, which is home …

Strong January Storms Stir Destruction From Coast-to-Coast

From California to the Deep South to the Northeast, millions of Americans were contending with death and destruction from damaging January weather. Flooding, high winds and suspected tornadoes have rousted people from their homes. A deadly storm system tore across …

Southeast Pennsylvania Storms Followed by Lightning-Triggered Fires

Officials say lightning is being investigated as the possible cause of a number of fires as storms rolled through southeastern Pennsylvania overnight, bringing drenching rains and bringing down trees and power lines. Bucks County emergency dispatchers told WCAU-TV that a …

Storms Knock Out Power to Thousands in Tulsa

Powerful thunderstorms swept through parts of Oklahoma late Tuesday and early Wednesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and setting off fires caused by lightning strikes. American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma reported more …