Natural disasters

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or damage property, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience (ability to recover) and also on the infrastructure available.
The latest on tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning and other tragic events.

    Heavy rains likely in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and other parts of country

    New Delhi, Jul 21: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Kerala, Mahe and north Konkan. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely at isolated places over Coastal and South Interior Karnataka, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, south Konkan and Goa and heavy rainfall at isolated places over North Interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Telangana, south Gujarat, Marathawada, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. Heavy rains will continue to wreak havoc in several parts of Bihar, Uttarakhand and Haryana. Normal life affected due to heavy

  • CA Marine Warning and Forecast
    San Francisco Chronicle

    CA Marine Warning and Forecast

    CA Marine Warnings and Forecast for Monday, July 22, 2019 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Medford OR 111 AM PDT Sun Jul 21 2019 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT MONDAY... * Winds...North 15 to 25 kt diminishing to 10 to 20 kt by Monday morning. * Seas...Steep from the north at 6 to 9 feet, subsiding to 4 to 6 feet Sunday afternoon, then to 3 to 5 feet Monday morning. * Areas affected...Nearly all of the area through later tonight. Generally south of Gold Beach Sunday morning. Generally between 5 nm and 25 nm offshore south of Port Orford Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. * View the hazard area in detail at

  • WSYM

    Large earthquake shakes Greece

    A strong earthquake shook the Greek capital Athens on Friday, sending people rushing out of buildings and into the street. The 5.1 magnitude tremor struck 23 kilometers (14 miles) northwest of the capital, near Magoula, according to the Athens Institute of Geodynamics. The Institute said there had been seven aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.1. Residents who contacted the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake was strong but short, describing televisions shaking and objects falling from bookshelves. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The Ministry of Citizen Protection in Athens said the city's fire brigade and police were being deployed.

  • Massive heat wave bakes central, eastern US, with sweaty night ahead
    Hindustan Times

    Massive heat wave bakes central, eastern US, with sweaty night ahead

    A gargantuan heat wave hunkered down over the central and eastern United States on Saturday, sending residents to cooling centers and inflicting on Washington a heat index of 106 degrees F (41 C) with even steamier conditions in the forecast. “It's pretty hot right now from the Plains states all the way through the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast,” said Alex Lamers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center. Heat is the deadliest of all weather phenomena, according to the weather service, and cities from Chicago to New York urged residents to seek refuge at cooling centers set up in locations ranging from libraries to shopping malls. Tourists visiting the monuments and museums on the National Mall in Washington endured temperatures approaching 100 degrees F (37.8 C).

  • The Times of India

    Bihar floods: Nitish Kumar to visit Sitamarhi today to take stock of rescue, relief ops

    SITAMARHI: As the flood situation in Bihar turns grim, chief minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to visit Sitamarhi today to take stock of the rescue and relief operations, government officials said. Deputy chief minister Sushil Modi will visit worst-hit Darbhanga and Madhubani districts to review the situation and rehabilitation work. On July 16, Kumar had said that a total of 1.25 lakh people had been rescued so far in the state. Around 12 districts including Sheohar, Dharbangha, Sitamarhi, North Champaran, Madhubani, Araria, and Kishanganj have been severely affected due to water levels rising in rivers following torrential rains. On July 19, the chief minister had kickstarted the process of

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    Wildfires hit central Portugal, 1,000 firefighters mobilized

    LISBON (Reuters) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled three blazes sweeping across central Portugal early on Sunday, prompting authorities to partially evacuate a village and leaving one person with severe injuries. Strong winds are making it tougher for firefighters to put out the blazes, which started on Saturday afternoon in Castelo Branco, a district 225 kilometers (139 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon. One village was partially evacuated as a precaution, Portugal's Civil Protection said, adding that one person was taken by helicopter to a Lisbon hospital with first and second degree burns. Seven firefighters were also injured. One wildfire made its way to Macao, a municipality in

  • Mitchell Fire Burns Four Acres, 80 Percent Contained
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Mitchell Fire Burns Four Acres, 80 Percent Contained

    The "Mitchell Fire" near the top of Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County was described as 80 percent contained late Saturday night, but was still burning, and firefighters are expected to be there through the night putting out the blaze, Cal Fire said on social media. The Mitchell Fire, first reported at 5:18 p.m. Saturday, has burned about four acres of grass, trees and scrub off the Summit Road within Mount Diablo State Park, near the Juniper Campground not far from the top of the mountain, Cal Fire said. There have been no reports of injuries or of any structures damaged or threatened. The fire was originally, and erroneously, described as burning along Mitchell Canyon Road near the Cemex quarry

  • Heavy rain lashes western and southwestern Japan as typhoon moves over Korean Peninsula
    The Japan Times

    Heavy rain lashes western and southwestern Japan as typhoon moves over Korean Peninsula

    Heavy rain lashed Fukuoka and Saga prefectures in Kyushu and Hiroshima Prefecture in Honshu Sunday morning as warm and moist air flowed into Typhoon Danas, which is traveling over the Korean Peninsula. The Meteorological Agency warned residents to stay alert for landslides and flooding. Rainfall in the hour until 5:50 a.m. amounted to about 110 millimeters in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, and the city of Tosu and the town of Miyaki, both in Saga Prefecture. Landslide warnings were issued for some areas in three prefectures in Kyushu — Fukuoka, Saga and Oita — as well as parts of Hiroshima in the Chugoku region and Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku. Such warnings were temporarily issued for


    Mississippi falls below flood stage at St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The National Weather Service says the Mississippi River fell below flood stage at St. Louis on Saturday for the first time since March 16th. That's a total of 127 days. During the Flood of 1993, the Mississippi had 104 consecutive days above flood stage at St. Louis from June through October, but logged 150 total.

  • The Youngstown Vindicator

    DRC has received 235 visits

    BOARDMAN In speaking with Boardman residents affected by the May 28 flood, representatives from FEMA and the SBA learned that many Mahoning County residents have received incorrect information about flood insurance. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Association have been operating a Disaster Recovery Center since July 12 to assist residents affected by the recent flood. “Almost everyone [the mitigation adviser] talked to didn't know that flood insurance was possible,” said FEMA media relations specialist Gerard Hammink. “It isn't cheap, but it is available.” Under the National Flood Insurance Program, residents of participating localities can

  • WSAW Wausau

    Amherst hit hard by Saturday morning storm

    AMHERST, Wis. (WSAW) -- As of Saturday evening, the National Weather Service has not determined whether a tornado touched down or if it was straight line winds that caused severe damage in Amherst that morning. Much of the areas throughout the village saw trees down on homes, cars, power lines, and roads, causing thousands of people to be without power along with costly damage that has yet to be calculated. People told NewsChannel 7 they were caught off guard by the storm, but those in homes said they got to their basements quickly. People at the Portage County Fair took cover in the closest buildings they could find. Farmers said they quickly worked to pull garage doors down as the winds picked

  • Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: July 20, 2019 (Pt. 2)

    Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: July 20, 2019 (Pt. 2)

    KDKA-TV Sports' Josh Taylor and Trib Live Sports' Tim Benz talk about the sports topics of the day.

  • Local gym raises money for family of late Chicopee teen, Alex Ortiz, at workout class
    WWLP Springfield

    Local gym raises money for family of late Chicopee teen, Alex Ortiz, at workout class

    CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The heat on Saturday didn't stop dozens of people from working out for a cause. More than 80 people attended at a fitness fundraiser at Train for Life in Chicopee. The workout was a fundraiser for the family of Alex Ortiz. Ortiz was a 15-year-old from Chicopee who died in a car accident earlier this month. “Its a very sad situation to have such a young life lost,” Train for Life co-owner, Andrew Mcconaha, told 22News. “To be able to rally behind that I think that anybody was ready to not only come out and workout on a Saturday morning but to put together an event for such a great cause.” The benefit class raised $1,640 for the family. Three members at the gym personally

  • Disaster declared in Polk County after severe storm
    5 Eyewitness News St. Paul

    Disaster declared in Polk County after severe storm

    Thousands of people didn't have electricity overnight. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Polk Burnett Electric Cooperative said 3,000 members were still without power and may be without power until sometime Sunday. Steve Sherrard was in his home northwest of Balsam Lake Friday afternoon when the winds picked up. "The rain just started going sideways and I looked outside and my flag took off, so I went downstairs," Sherrard said. He spent 10 minutes in the his basement before finding his roof was gone. "It was raining in my kitchen," he said. Up the road, Nick and Cheryl Freer combed their property picking up dozens of pieces of debris after the roof of a nearby shed flew off in the storm. "We're still realizing

  • WSAW Wausau

    Elcho: Could be at least a week before power is restored

    ELCHO, Wis (WSAW) -- The Village of Elcho, which is north of Antigo, was one of the hardest-hit areas during the Saturday morning thunderstorms. Thousands of people remain without power and the village is predicting it could take up to seven days before electricity is restored. “I think we will be waiting a while,” said Justin Markgraf, who is the owner of the Shady Brook Campgrounds located on the outskirts of Elcho. “We would have to find people that can fix this and then wait for insurance adjusters to come around, we aren't the only area hit by this storm.” For the past 16 years, Justin and his wife, Melissa Markgraf, have managed the campgrounds. Nearly 100 people were staying on their property