October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
October 12, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as nearly half a million people evacuated to shelters in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas amid power outages, large storm surges and canceled trains and flights. Officials said Cyclone Phailin was expected to affect 12 million people in the eastern states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh with the potential to become a “super cyclone,” which occurs when wind speeds exceed 135 miles per hour. "This is one of the largest evacuations undertaken in India," Shashidhar Reddy, vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told reporters in the capital, New Delhi.
October 12, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India was battered by a massive cyclone Saturday as more than half a million people in vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas spent a terrifying night in shelters amid power outages, large storm surges and canceled train trips and flights. With roads blocked and communication down in many areas and the full extent of the damage still unknown early Sunday, news organizations reported that few people had lost their lives, most from flying trees and debris. The early death toll was five to seven.
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October 10, 2013 |
A building high-pressure system will push the season's first storm out of the Los Angeles area Thursday, ushering in warmer temperatures through Saturday, forecasters said. The storm brought showers to the region Wednesday with some areas reporting half an inch or more of rain. But as the high pressure moves in, the Southland can expect a "noticeable warming trend" heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Mostly clear skies are expected by Thursday afternoon, with high temperatures in the 60s across much of the region.
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October 9, 2013 |
An early season storm Wednesday brought showers and rain to Southern California and snow to mountain areas. Rainfall varied across the region, with some areas reporting light showers and others a half-inch or more, according to the National Weather Service. By Wednesday evening, Burbank had recorded 0.10 of an inch of rain, but more than a quarter-inch had fallen at the Santa Monica Pier, the Weather Service said. More than a half-inch of rain was reported in Rancho Cucamonga in San Bernardino County and Palomar Mountain in San Diego County, according to the Weather Service.
October 6, 2013 |
Adios, Karen. The first named storm system of the season, which had Louisianans packing off for safety and federal emergency workers scurrying back from shutdown furlough, dissipated in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. Karen, once a tropical storm whipping 65-mph winds around its center, was expected to wander eastward with much weaker winds as the Gulf Coast dodged a meteorological headache. The rest of the U.S. wasn't so lucky over the weekend, with the Great Plains racked by tornadoes and blizzards, parts of the Appalachians deluged by rain, and California battling dry winds and wildfires.
September 26, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - As the death toll continues to rise from twin storms that flooded much of Mexico, government officials are coming under intense criticism for their handling of the crisis, for failing to act on warnings, and for allowing shoddy construction that exacerbated the destruction. Angel Aguirre, governor of Guerrero, the hardest-hit state, has been singled out for chastisement since it was revealed that he was at an all-night party with other politicians as the storm bore down on his state's tourism gem, Acapulco, and numerous mountain villages that would be cut off for days and where the most people died.
September 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
September 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities launched operations Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded tourists from Pacific resorts such as Acapulco, as deadly twin storms dissipated but the floods they spawned continued to inundate vast parts of Mexico. Almost the entire nation was experiencing storm-related weather, a meteorological phenomenon that authorities labeled of “historic” proportions. The remnants of what had been Hurricane Ingrid battered the Gulf Coast, including Veracruz state, while Tropical Storm Manuel dumped torrential rain on the Pacific Coast, a two-pronged weather attack not seen here in more than 50 years.
September 16, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces on Monday stormed a community where supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi had seized control weeks earlier, news reports and officials said. The Coptic Christian minority in Dalga, about 190 miles south of Cairo, had reported a harsh campaign of intimidation by militants who burned churches and shook them down for protection money. About one-sixth of the town's 120,000 residents are Christians. In the wake of the dawn offensive, residents told the Associated Press that they were ordered to stay indoors and that entrances into the community were sealed off while security forces conducted house-to-house searches for Islamist militants.