Tag: Floods

Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Destruction as It Powers Through Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least one person was killed. Manila airport was ordered shut for 12 hours and nearly 500 flights were canceled. Officials suspended marine traffic […]

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Winter Storm Bound for the Northeast to Disrupt Travel Starting Sunday

Millions of Americans who slogged through rain and snow that choked transportation before Thanksgiving now face another daunting forecast for their trip home on Sunday, officials said. A winter storm is predicted to move into the Northeast, bringing with it heavy snow and gusty winds starting on Sunday, threatening to disrupt travel on a day […]

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82 Days Underwater: The Tide Is High, but They’re Holding On

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Before he leaves for work, Rick Darden, an accountant with his own firm, stuffs a long-sleeved shirt, slacks and dress shoes in a backpack. Then he heads out, clad in shorts and waders, for the half-mile trek through the seawater that has flooded the streets of his Florida Keys neighborhood for […]

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A Wet Year Causes Farm Woes Far Beyond the Floodplains

The damage from the destructive spring flooding in the Midwest has been followed in parts of the country by a miserable autumn that is making a bad farming year worse, with effects that could be felt into next spring. Even the widespread flooding in the spring was worse for many farmers than the images of […]

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As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers

VIRGINIA BEACH. — Glimpsed from a kayak on West Neck Creek, this swampy piece of land, a pocket of red maple and loblolly pine tucked behind growing subdivisions, doesn’t look like the stuff of existential debate. But this is where Virginia Beach, squeezed between the clamor for new housing and the relentlessness of flooding worsened […]

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3 Cows Swept Out to Sea by Hurricane Dorian Are Found Alive

Hurricane Dorian slammed into North Carolina as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 6, lashing the state with heavy rain, wind and flooding after it made landfall on the Outer Banks, a chain of narrow barrier islands off the main coast. Rising floodwaters swept over the land, and a storm surge carried a group of […]

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Gulf Oysters Are Dying, Putting a Southern Tradition at Risk

NEW ORLEANS — For decades, customers who visited the P & J Oyster Company’s headquarters in the French Quarter on the day before Thanksgiving were greeted by a sampling of what the holiday would bring: baked oysters, oyster dressing, oyster soup, oysters Rockefeller. “There are so many things you can make with our oysters,” said […]

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How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

For decades, most scientists saw climate change as a distant prospect. We now know that thinking was wrong. This summer, for instance, a heat wave in Europe penetrated the Arctic, pushing temperatures into the 80s across much of the Far North and, according to the Belgian climate scientist Xavier Fettweis, melting some 40 billion tons […]

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Priest Dies in Northern New York in Storm That Lashed the Northeast

A storm that brought high winds and heavy rains slammed swaths of the Northeast on Thursday, claiming the life of a priest in Northern New York, flooding roads and leaving hundreds of thousands without power, officials said. As of Saturday morning, more than 241,000 buildings and homes in New York were without electricity, and nearly […]

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Is Cape Lookout an Omen for Other Barrier Islands?

Along the increasingly crowded Eastern Seaboard, Cape Lookout National Seashore is a place apart — 56 miles of wide and mostly pristine beaches on barrier islands stretching from Cape Hatteras to Beaufort, N.C. No paved roads or resorts intrude. You can stand on the beach and have a sense of what it must have been […]

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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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