Tropical cyclones - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Tropical cyclones UN votes to end to Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after 13 years, sending a strong signal that the international community believes the impoverished Caribbean nation is stabilizing after successful elections. The peacekeepers helped normalize a country in chaos after politica... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-04-13T18:30:00Z Bill to improve weather forecasts heads to president's desk WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Weather Service would have to boost research — including some from private companies — to improve forecasts and storm warnings under a bill headed to the president's desk. Lawmakers said the bill should save lives by giving residents more time to prepare for hurricanes, tornadoes and other deadly storms. The bill would requi... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 22:55:00 GMT 2017-04-04T22:55:00Z Tornado kills 2 in Louisiana as state put on 'high alert' BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) — A tornado flipped a mobile home Sunday in Louisiana, killing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter as a storm system with hurricane-force winds crawled across the Deep South, damaging homes and businesses. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards put the entire state on "high alert" and warned residents to stay off the roads. He urged peop... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:10:00 GMT 2017-04-03T04:10:00Z Sharknado? Australian cyclone leaves behind shark in puddle AYR, Australia (AP) — An Australian journalist covering flooding from Cyclone Debbie was shocked to come across a dead bull shark that was apparently swept up in the deluge. WIN News reporter Philip Calder tells that he was in the town of Ayr to shoot video of a flooded road and couldn't believe he came across a shark in a puddle. He says the shark is "the talk o... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:09:00 GMT 2017-03-30T13:09:00Z Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Residents of Australia's cyclone-battered tropical northeast emerged from their homes on Wednesday to find roofs lying in their yards, boats flung onto rocks and roads blocked by tangles of fallen trees and power lines, as emergency officials tried to reach communities cut off by the powerful storm. Cyclone Debbie, which slamm... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:09:00 GMT 2017-03-29T03:09:00Z Death toll from Madagascar cyclone rises to 5 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials in Madagascar say the death toll from a cyclone has risen to five and about 10,000 people have left their homes because of storm damage. Media in Madagascar reported Thursday that power is down in some areas because of Cyclone Enawo, which made landfall in the northeast of the island nation on Tuesday and has diminished in strength while moving ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:09:00 GMT 2017-03-09T17:09:00Z 2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-02-20T01:30:00Z The Latest: Tornado damages New Orleans NASA facility NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the Deep South (all times local): 6:30 p.m. An official at NASA's Michoud facility in New Orleans says it suffered some damage during Tuesday's tornado but the deep-space equipment being built there does not appear to be damaged. Steve Doering was there when the wind ... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:56:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:56:00Z Tornadoes touch down, wreak havoc in southern Louisiana NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tornadoes that struck southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday injured about 20 people, destroyed homes and businesses, flipped cars and trucks, and left about 10,000 customers without power, but no deaths were reported, the governor said. Gov. John Bel Edwards took an aerial tour and made a disaster declaration before meeting with officia... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:00:00Z 'Tanna' director recounts path from tiny island to Oscar nod SYDNEY (AP) — The premiere of "Tanna," Australia's first-ever Oscar nominee for a foreign language film, was as far from Hollywood glamor as one can get. The guests gathered not in an opulent theater, but in a cyclone-flattened village on a remote island. There were no glittering gowns, but plenty of grass skirts. And the film's stars were hardly A-list actors; they had, in ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:18:00 GMT 2017-01-25T09:18:00Z Police detective Karen Pirie returns in 'Out of Bounds' "Out of Bounds" (Grove Atlantic), by Val McDermid Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie has always been a workaholic. But now immersion in her work doesn't just give her life structure, it also has become a kind of comfort that allows her to deal with grief in "Out of Bounds," Val McDermid's latest exciting novel about this Scottish police detective. ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:47:00 GMT 2016-12-12T16:47:00Z Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by State Farm that the whistleblower case against the insurer should have been dismissed because its existence was leaked while it was supposed... 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