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Weather Natural Disasters

  • ZURICH, March 19- Reinsurer Swiss Re, usually involved in mega-deals on natural disaster coverage, is branching out on its own to do individually tailored schemes to boost returns, such as one in China to protect farmers against floods or drought. "We feel very strongly that our ability to figure out solutions to the problems that our clients have means they will...

  • The Maebashi district court ordered the national government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay damages ranging from 70,000 yen to 3.5 million yen to 62 plaintiffs, or 38 million yen altogether, in addition to the compensation TEPCO has already paid them. The court said the disaster was preventable and that TEPCO ignored safety steps despite knowing of the...

  • TOKYO, March 17- A court in Japan on Friday ruled that Tokyo Electric Power and the government are liable for negligence in a case involving compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the first time the judiciary has ruled the state has liability, Japanese media reported. The district court in Maebashi, north of Tokyo, ruled in favour of 137 evacuees seeking...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The company that built the United States' first offshore wind farm says the powerful storm that hit the Northeast this week was a chance to go "full throttle" and put the turbines through their paces. Deepwater Wind says all five turbines off Rhode Island operated at full capacity during much of Tuesday's nor'easter. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey...

  • National Weather Service blizzard and winter storm warnings were in effect for the region including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, with forecasts for up to 2 feet of snow by early Wednesday and temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. "If you must go out, do so for as limited time period as possible... but the best thing to do...

  • EVERETT, Wash.— As deaths from painkillers and heroin abuse spiked and street crimes increased, the mayor of Everett took major steps to tackle the opioid epidemic devastating this working-class city north of Seattle. So Everett is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the opioid pain medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly...

  • The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of eight states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, with forecasts calling for up to 2 feet of snow by early Wednesday, with temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. "If you must go out, do so for as limited time period as possible... but the best thing to do...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 13- A fast-moving winter storm bringing up to two feet of snow was expected to hit the northeastern United States, forecasters warned on Monday, prompting airlines to cancel thousands of flights and some mayors to order schools to close on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 13- A fast-moving winter storm was expected to hit the northeastern United States, forecasters warned on Monday, prompting airlines to cancel thousands of flights and some mayors to order schools to close on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, with...

  • The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, with forecasts calling for up to 2 feet of snow in places by early Wednesday, with temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year. "This should be a very serious blizzard, one that everyone should take seriously," New York City Mayor...

  • The Pavlof Volcano spews ash in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, U.S. on March 28, 2016.

    An Alaska volcano that has erupted periodically since mid-December sent up its biggest cloud to date late Tuesday night, prompting warnings on North Asia-U.S. flights.

  • Severe thunderstorm warnings were scattered across the Southeast and wind gusts of 50 or 60 miles per hour were recorded as the system headed toward the Atlantic coast, said Jared Guyer, a forecaster with the Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Although the chance of a tornado could not be ruled out, the system has lost much of the punch...

  • Debris rest on the ground after a storm moved through Naplate, Ill., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday.

    Tornadoes and storms raked the U.S. Midwest, killing at least two people, destroying homes, and leaving thousands without power.

  • From hoverboards to safer building foundations

    Greg Henderson, CEO of ARX PAX, talks about how the company uses technology to reduce the risks buildings face from natural disasters.

  • Officials noticed cracks on Oroville Dam spillway

    Earlier inspection reports offer some clues into the cause of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 14 (Reuters)- Storms packing heavy rains, lashing winds and tornadoes hit the Houston metropolitan area on Tuesday, ripping roofs off homes, blowing windows out of frames and leaving tens of thousands of people without power. Two tornadoes were reported to have touched down in Fort Bend County, about 30 miles (50 kms) southwest of Houston, causing damage...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 14- The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a tornado watch and warning for Houston, the fourth most-populous U.S. city, and large parts of the metro region as a storm packing heavy rain and slashing wind hits the area. A relatively weak tornado touched down about 30 miles southwest of Houston in Fort Bend County, but no injuries or major...

  • California Department of Water Resources personnel monitor water flowing through a damaged spillway on the Oroville Dam in Oroville, California, U.S., on February 10, 2017.

    Officials in California were struggling to shore up the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway before more rains pummel the area.

  • French Alps

    French rescue workers say four people have been killed in an avalanche in the French Alps and five survivors are being pulled out of the snow.

  • Damaged California spillway forces evacuations

    California authorities warn the emergency spillway was in danger of failing.