Weather Natural Disasters

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Hurricane Hermine tore a path of destruction across Florida on Friday, leaving more than 253,000 homes and businesses without power, flooding low-lying areas and raising concerns about the spread of the Zika virus due to the massive pools of standing water left behind. The first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma more than a...

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine toppled trees and power lines along Florida's northern Gulf Coast, inundating coastal areas with storm surges before it weakened to a tropical storm over land and plowed toward the Atlantic Coast on Friday. Hermine made landfall early on Friday near St. Marks, Florida, 20 miles south of the capital of...

  • Sept 2- Tropical Storm Gaston, formerly a hurricane, is expected to weaken further in the next 36 hours and become a remnant low on Saturday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday. Gaston was located about 265 miles west of Faial Island in the Central Azores with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, the Miami- based weather forecaster said.

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine slammed Florida's northern Gulf Coast before it weakened to a tropical storm and ploughed its way overland towards the Atlantic Coast on Friday. Hermine made landfall early on Friday, bringing heavy rains and packing winds of 80 mph, causing damage and leaving tens of thousands of households without power...

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Fierce winds and rain from Hurricane Hermine slammed Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Friday and power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark. Florida Governor Rick Scott said the storm could lead to deaths and told residents to stay indoors until it had passed. Strong gusts downed power lines and trees as widespread flooding...

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 2- Growing winds and driving rain from Hurricane Hermine lashed Florida's northern Gulf Coast on Friday as power outages left tens of thousands of households in the dark in what the state's governor warned would be a potentially lethal storm. Conditions deteriorated as Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane packing winds of 80 mph, made landfall with...

  • Conditions deteriorated as Hurricane Hermine was making landfall, packing winds of 80 mph with several areas in Florida already reporting 5 inches of rain and media reported about 270,000 households had been left without power. Hermine, expected to become the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005, also posed a Labor Day weekend...

  • TAMPA, Fla., Sept 1- Intensifying winds from Hurricane Hermine lashed Florida's northern Gulf Coast late on Thursday, as residents stocked up on provisions and some fled to higher ground ahead of what the state's governor warned would be a potentially lethal storm. "Hurricane Hermine is strengthening fast and it will impact the majority of our state," Florida...

  • QUITO, Sept 1- Ecuador's central bank said on Thursday it expects the economy to shrink 1.7 percent this year, switching its previous forecast for growth due to lower oil prices and the devastating effects of a earthquake that shook the country in April. The central bank's initial estimate for the small OPEC country's economy was for growth of 1 percent this year.

  • This system could warn the west coast about the next big earthquake

    The "ShakeAlert" system is able to detect the first wave of an earthquake and could alert people in vulnerable seismic areas to prepare before it happens.

  • Financial bonds up close

    Catastrophe bonds are yielding over 5 percent in an environment of ultra-low interest rates, but market-watchers warn investors need to take care before entering the $25 billion market.

  • Strong earthquakes at one of Iceland's largest volcanoes

    Scientists are monitoring for an eruption after two quakes shook the Katla volcano on Monday.

  • BELO HORIZONTE/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 29- The deadly collapse of a tailings dam last November at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, was caused by drainage and design flaws, a report into Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster showed on Monday. Norbert Morgenstern, a geotechnical engineering professor who headed the investigation, repeatedly...

  • BELO HORIZONTE/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 29- The deadly collapse of a tailings dam last November at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, was caused by drainage and design flaws, a report into Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster showed on Monday. Norbert Morgenstern, a geotechnical engineering professor who headed the investigation, repeatedly...

  • BELO HORIZONTE/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 29- The deadly collapse of a tailings dam last November at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, was caused by drainage and design flaws, a report into Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster showed on Monday. The 76- page report commissioned by the companies responsible for the spill, which killed 19 people, did...

  • BELO HORIZONTE/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 29- The deadly collapse of a tailings dam at the Samarco mine, owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, last November was caused by drainage and design issues, a report into Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster showed on Monday. The 76- page report commissioned by the companies responsible for the spill, which killed 19 people, did...

  • Storms & the oil impact

    John Kilduff, Again Capital, looks at the impact a tropical storm could have on the oil markets.

  • A towering ash plume from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull crater on May 8, 2010 near Reykjavik, Iceland.

    One of Iceland's largest volcanoes could be about to erupt, the Icelandic Met Office said.

  • Firefighters climb rubble of a damaged house in San Lorenzo near the Italian village of Amatrice after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck.

    Rescuers believe they have found more bodies in the rubble of Amatrice, after an earthquake struck central Italy killing 290 people.

  • Search & clean up operations continue after Italy quake

    NBC's Lucy Kafanov reports from Italy on the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Amatrice and Accumoli.