Tag: Floods

Tropical Storm Nestor Leaves Path of Damage in Florida Panhandle

Tropical Storm Nestor spawned a string of tornadoes that damaged homes, uprooted trees and overturned vehicles as it moved inland over the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico on Friday before it was expected to head to the North Carolina coast, forecasters said. The outer bands of the tropical storm wreaked havoc in Florida […]

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Bank Regulators Present a Dire Warning of Financial Risks From Climate Change

WASHINGTON — Home values could fall significantly. Banks could stop lending to flood-prone communities. Towns could lose the tax money they need to build sea walls and other protections. These are a few of the warnings published on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco regarding the financial risks of climate change. The […]

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Japan Spent Mightily to Soften Nature’s Wrath, but Can It Ever Be Enough?

NAGANUMA, Japan — The time was 1:30 a.m., and Hiroshi Ogawa was trying to decide whether he should run from the biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades. His home stood near the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture, separated from the rising waters by a levee. “I had confidence in the levee,” Mr. Ogawa, 68, […]

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Fukushima, Beaten Down by Nuclear Disaster, Takes Big Typhoon Hit

KORIYAMA, Japan — For Hiroyoshi Yaginuma, the typhoon may well be the straw that breaks his back. On Monday, Mr. Yaginuma, 49, a third-generation owner of an auto body shop in Fukushima Prefecture, was cleaning out the wreckage from Typhoon Hagibis, which battered Japan over the weekend and killed 66 people. The typhoon had brought […]

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Japan Fights Floods in Wake of Typhoon Hagibis

TOKYO — Japan woke Sunday morning to flooded rivers and burst levees, as emergency workers employed helicopters and boats to rescue stranded residents from their homes in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, the largest storm to hit the country in decades. Rain began falling Saturday and continued through Sunday morning, testing dams, pulling down hillsides, […]

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Fire, Floods and Power Outages: Our Climate Future Has Arrived

SAN FRANCISCO — Now we suffer the consequences. In Northern California, power was cut to more than a million people this week. Near Houston, houses that flooded only two years ago just succumbed again. The South endured record-shattering fall heat waves. In Miami, salt water bubbled through street drains yet again as the rising ocean […]

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As Deadly Floods Engulf Nepal Border, Anger Turns to India

GAUR, Nepal — The monsoon rains would not stop. They lashed Nepal’s border with India, pooling into a swift current that crumbled homes, cut electricity and swept away people and animals. But this summer’s flash floods played out differently on the Indian side. Embankments blocked swollen upstream rivers from emptying south, leaving Nepal to deal […]

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Imelda’s Toll in Texas: Flooding, Deaths and Fears About a Bridge

As the remnants of the former Tropical Storm Imelda moved north on Friday, residents in southeast Texas were assessing the damage from a storm that unexpectedly brought an onslaught of rain and flooding and became one the top 10 wettest storms in United States history. The unrelenting rain took many residents by surprise. The storm […]

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Texas Hit by ‘Catastrophic Flooding’ From Imelda; Hundreds in Need of Rescue

Tropical Depression Imelda continued to deluge southeast Texas on Thursday, pounding some areas with up to 35 inches of rain and causing devastating flooding that shut down highways, forced chaotic evacuations and left stranded residents waiting for rescue by boat or by air. The storm, which passed over Houston on Wednesday, slammed the area around […]

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At the Whitney Biennial, Flood Preparation as Social Dance

When the choreographer Madeline Hollander makes a site-specific work, she gets to know the site inside and out. On a recent afternoon, she stood at the base of a warehouse on 10th Avenue, around the corner from the gleaming glass entrance of the Whitney Museum of American Art. “All of the materials are stored in […]

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Tropical Storm Imelda Approaches Houston

Tropical Storm Imelda made landfall in southeastern Texas on Tuesday afternoon and began moving slowly toward Houston, as schools canceled classes and forecasters warned of heavy rain and “life-threatening flash flooding.” Heavy rain was already falling in parts of Houston on Tuesday evening. The National Hurricane Center said that Imelda was expected to dump six […]

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Canada Tries a Forceful Message for Flood Victims: Live Someplace Else

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. GATINEAU, Quebec — Along the coast of the United States, people who lost homes to Hurricane Dorian are preparing to rebuild. But Canada — which has faced devastating flooding of its own — is testing a very different idea of […]

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They Rode Out Dorian in the Outer Banks. Now Comes the Hard Part.

OCRACOKE, N.C. — The baby was playing on the flooded floor again. Jade Lopez scooped up her 11-month-old son, José, and wiped the long black bangs out of his eyes as he showed off a dirty plastic humidifier he had found. It had been just one day since Hurricane Dorian flooded the family’s trailer and […]

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‘I’ll Just Have to Restart Everything’: Ocracoke Island Is Hit Hard by Dorian

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Hurricane Dorian finally made landfall in the United States on Friday morning on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where it knocked out power, flooded homes and businesses, and temporarily trapped residents of remote Ocracoke Island, where floodwaters reached up to seven feet. The blow to the Outer Banks, a 120-mile strand of […]

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Hurricane Dorian Rakes the Carolinas and Barrels Northeast: Live Updates

The latest updates: Video The Carolina coast is being hit by heavy rain and strong winds from the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian on Thursday, while rescue efforts continue in the Bahamas.CreditCreditEric Thayer for The New York Times Dorian lashed the Carolinas, causing power losses and flooding. Hurricane Dorian pounded much of the Carolina coast […]

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As Disasters Multiply, Billions in Recovery Funds Go Unspent

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sitting on tens of billions of dollars in unspent recovery money meant to help Americans recover from disasters, leaving people less able to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Dorian and other storms. As of June 30, the government had spent less than one-third of the $107 billion provided […]

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In Bahamas, Rescue Efforts Crippled in ‘Crisis of Epic Proportions’

Desperate residents stranded on rooftops amid swirling currents. Rescue efforts stalled by flooded vehicles and roads turned to rivers. Communications in ruins and basic infrastructure — including shelters, hospitals and public buildings — under water. And all around, vicious winds and crashing waves brought on by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded […]

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Hurricane Dorian Reveals Its Destructive Fury as It Slams the Bahamas

As Hurricane Dorian churned its way over the northern Bahamas early Monday, scenes of devastation emerging from the Abaco Islands revealed the destructive fury of one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record. Packing 185 mile-per-hour winds, Dorian first hit the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands on Sunday and then took aim at Grand Bahama Island […]

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