08 Sep 2011

Texas wildfire’s toll makes big jump

“A huge wildfire raging near Austin, Texas, has destroyed nearly 1,400 homes and is still spreading, officials said Thursday. Victoria Koenig, spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service, said the Bastrop County fire has destroyed 1,368 homes — more than double the estimate officials gave Wednesday. About 240 other homes have

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05 Sep 2011

Tropical Storm Talas leaves 29 dead, 56 missing in Japan

“The death toll from Talas, which swept across western Japan, has risen to 29, local authorities said Monday. Another 56 people are missing, according to a tally of casualties compiled from various prefectural police.” (Tropical Storm Talas leaves 29 dead, 56 missing in Japan – CNN.com)

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02 Sep 2011

Rain-packed Tropical Storm Lee forms off US Gulf

“A large storm system churning in the Gulf Of Mexico grew Friday into Tropical Storm Lee, beginning a holiday weekend-long assault that could bring up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain in some spots from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.” Source: Rain-packed Tropical Storm Lee forms off US Gulf

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29 Aug 2011

State Department issues typhoon warning for Taiwan

“This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau issued warnings for Typhoon NANMADOL on August 27, 2011. The storm is currently projected to make landfall in southern Taiwan on the evening

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26 Aug 2011

NRC inspectors head to nuclear power plants in path of Irene

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has dispatched additional inspectors to nuclear power plants along the East Coast to ensure the safety of those facilities in advance of Hurricane Irene, the agency said Friday.” Source: NRC inspectors head to nuclear power plants in path of Irene – CNN.com

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26 Aug 2011

Irene evacuations, transit shutdown ordered in NYC

“Nearly 300,000 people were ordered Friday to evacuate flood-prone areas and subways, buses and trains prepared to shut down a day later as Hurricane Irene steamed toward New York, the most powerful storm to target the city in decades. It was the first time the nation’s largest city was evacuated.

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25 Aug 2011

NC counties tell thousands to leave as Irene looms

“Thousands were fleeing an exposed strip of coastal villages and beaches off North Carolina on Thursday as Irene approached, threatening to become the first major hurricane to hit the East Coast in seven years. Hours after a hurricane watch was issued for much of the state’s coast, emergency officials expanded

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25 Aug 2011

New typhoon threatens northern Philippines, Taiwan

“A slow-moving typhoon may set off heavy rains, flash floods and landslides in the mountainous northern Philippines before gaining strength and barreling toward Taiwan. “ Source: New typhoon threatens northern Philippines, Taiwan – Weather – msnbc.com

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24 Aug 2011

U.S. East Coast May Be At Risk of Aftershocks

“The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that surprised the U.S. East Coast with the biggest shake since 1988 may be followed by aftershocks for weeks, scientists said. A 4.2-magnitude followup struck about six hours after the main temblor yesterday. While serious damage from the aftershocks is unlikely, “you could get a pretty good

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24 Aug 2011

U.S. braces for ‘huge’ Hurricane Irene

“Hurricane Irene intensified into a Category 3 storm Wednesday, threatening much of the United States’ East Coast in the coming days. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, and is expected to strengthen further “in the next day or so,” the National Hurricane Center said Wednesday morning.” Source:

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