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  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 22- Hurricane Patricia strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm on Thursday as it churned toward Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The United States government issued an advisory urging its nationals to steer clear of beaches and rough seas, and to take shelter as instructed by Mexican officials.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 22- Hurricane Patricia strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm on Thursday as it churned toward Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Patricia was last located about 275 miles south of the port of Manzanillo, where a hurricane warning had been issued. Mexican emergency officials began to prepare...

  • MANILA, Oct 20- The Philippines could be forced to import more rice after Typhoon Koppu hit major grain producing regions over the weekend causing "significant" losses, a senior agriculture official said on Tuesday. "If you ask me if we need to import more, I would say' yes', but up to what volume and when, I don't know," Edilberto de Luna, Department of Agriculture assistant...

  • Drones could be banned from flying near wildfires Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    A firefighter in Lake County, California, July 30, 2015.

    Drought-stricken California has one more more thing to worry about: drones.

  • An oil pipeline runs through Cushing, Okla.

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 hit near the north-central Oklahoma city of Cushing Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • NEW YORK/ MIAMI, Oct 8- The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. After reviewing the data, Klaus Luhta, a former ship's officer and chief of staff at the International...

  • South Carolina floods hitting these crops hardest Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    Flooding has devastated South Carolina croplands.

    Heavy rains are expected to result in significant losses to peanut, soybean and cotton crops, and it may go beyond that.

  • South Carolina rain: 1.2 million gallons per person Thursday, 8 Oct 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    Hunter Baker surveys flood damage to his neighborhood near the flooded Black Creek following heavy rains in Florence, S.C., Oct. 5, 2015.

    Here is a cluster of facts and figures about the historical rain that fell across South and North Carolina.

  • CNBC Explains: Why Americans lack flood insurance Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 12:15 PM ET
    A vehicle and a home are swamped with floodwater from nearby Black Creek in Florence, South Carolina, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

    CNBC explains why there is a large gap between the number of households and amount of flood insurance policies in high-risk areas.

  • Historic flooding hits South Carolina Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Historic flooding hits South Carolina

    South Carolina's economic losses from the historic and deadly flooding will easily top $1 billion, experts say, but the looming issue for the state and federal government is that most of it will be uninsured.

  • S. Carolina flood losses: Who's going to pay? Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 6:56 AM ET
    Flooding in the Shadowmoss Plantation, located in the Charleston subdivision of West Ashley, South Carolina, October 4, 2015.

    South Carolina's losses from the floods will easily top $1 billion, but the issue for the government is that most of it will be uninsured.

  • Sun's out but South Carolina's ordeal far from over Tuesday, 6 Oct 2015 | 6:21 AM ET
    Clare Reigard of Georgetown, South Carolina, abandons her car after it stalled on Duke Street due to heavy rains in Georgetown, South Carolina October 4, 2015.

    South Carolina was expecting sunshine after days of inundation, but it will take weeks for the state to return to normal after historic rainstorm.

  • '1,000-year' flood: Hyperbole or hard science? Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 6:28 PM ET
    A man kayaks on Tall Pines Circle in Columbia, South Carolina, on Oct. 4, 2015.

    The flooding in South Carolina has been referred to as a once-in-a-1,000-year rain. It may sound like hyperbole, but it's actual science.

  • Cargo ship carrying 33 crewmen believed sunk Monday, 5 Oct 2015 | 2:35 PM ET
    Hurricane Joaquin is pictured in this satellite image off the east coast of the United States in this handout photo provided by NOAA GOES Project, taken October 5, 2015 at 0015 GMT.

    Authorities believe a cargo ship missing with 33 crewmen aboard was lost at sea and believed to have sunk in the teeth of Hurricane Joaquin.

  • *Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2- Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe. Poor rains are forecast for South Africa's maize belt because of the El Nino weather pattern, expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions...

  • Wall Street says ready if Joaquin hits New York Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- Wall Street has a new risk on its radar: Hurricane Joaquin. Sandy closed stock, bond and options markets for two days after it flooded Wall Street and much of lower Manhattan, knocking out power and forcing banks such as Goldman Sachs to pile sandbags in front of their buildings, book key employees into hotels and crank up generators.

  • Oct 1- U.S. energy companies prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Joaquin in the New York area Tuesday, as forecasts suggested the storm would head up the U.S. East Coast, following a course similar to Hurricane Sandy in 2012.. With the storm currently battering the Bahamas and days away from the United States, New York- area energy firms were putting personnel and...

  • Hurricane Joaquin could hit New York early next week Thursday, 1 Oct 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    Oct 1- Hurricane Joaquin could hit the New York metropolitan area as a tropical storm on Tuesday, potentially following the destructive course of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, weather forecasters said on Thursday. It could hit the U.S. coast anywhere between North Carolina and Massachusetts, but the center of the NHC's latest storm track shows it hitting the New...

  • Sept 30- U.S. energy companies said on Wednesday they were preparing for the possibility that Hurricane Joaquin could hit the New York City area early next week, potentially following the destructive course of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.. Although the track is still uncertain, the NHC said the storm could land anywhere from North Carolina to New York early next...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 25- California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday directed $10 million from the state's budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said. In a letter to leaders of the legislature's budget and appropriations committees, the Brown administration said...