Severe Weather

  • ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - OCTOBER 8: A man puts up caution tape as people walk by and take photos of the Casablanco Inn the day after Hurricane Matthew hit St. Augustine, FL on Saturday October 08, 2016. Hurricane Matthew plowed north along the Atlantic coast, flooding towns and destroying roads in its path. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
    October 10, 2016  

    To get a sense of the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, Hari Sreenivasan traveled to St. Augustine, Florida. The city, billed as the oldest in the country, was devastated by last week’s storm. We tour one of its hardest-hit areas, where sewage litters the streets and residents were just allowed back on Saturday. As for the city as a whole, only half its residents were able to evacuate. Continue reading

  • Men carry a coffin after Hurricane Matthew hit Cavaillon, Haiti, October 6, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares - RTSR4L4
    October 7, 2016  

    Three days after Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, the death toll is above 800 and expected to rise sharply as rescue teams reach the hard-hit southwestern peninsula. So far, the eye of the storm has skirted Florida’s coast, but Gov. Rick Scott warned the state is not yet in the clear. Meanwhile, President Obama met with the head of FEMA and also urged caution. Hari Sreenivasan reports from Florida. Continue reading

  • A man carrying branches from fallen trees walks next to the Cathedral after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSQXJD
    October 5, 2016  

    Hurricane Matthew is the worst natural disaster to hit Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, prompting Haitian officials to postpone the presidential election set for next week. After causing damage in Cuba, the storm is next headed for the Bahamas and expected to hit Florida by Thursday, where Gov. Rick Scott says the state may see its largest evacuation yet. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • Volunteers cut wood floor planks for a house under construction in Joplin, Missouri May 16, 2012. May 22 marks the one year anniversary of a deadly EF-5 tornado that ripped through the town, killing 161 people. The tornado damaged or destroyed about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings, but the city is now well into a recovery mode that has spurred some segments of the local economy. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) - RTR326HP
    September 2, 2016  

    The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 was one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Five years later, the city seems to be thriving — possibly even better off than it was before. One key to its success? Getting residents to stay, says Jane Cage, chair of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team. But the emotional trauma from that day still lingers. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • The floodwaters recede from Bethel United Methodist Cemetery in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, U.S., August 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jeffrey Dubinsky - RTX2KT43
    August 16, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Louisiana flooding called “unprecedented” grew worse, with 8 known dead and some 40,000 homes impacted. In California, crews have gained ground on the massive wildfire north of San Francisco; officials say the blaze is around 20 percent contained. Authorities have arrested the man they believe ignited the fire, who is also suspected of starting others in the area. Continue reading

  • An airboat brings rescued residents to safety in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
    August 15, 2016  

    Downpours drenching Louisiana since Friday have flooded parts of the state, leaving at least six dead. In and around Baton Rouge, the Amite River rose to over 40 feet; Lafayette and its suburbs were also inundated with rising water. More than 20,000 people were forced to evacuate, and 10,000 are being housed in temporary shelters. Meanwhile, rescuers sought to free people trapped in flooded cars. Continue reading

  • Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX2HG4D
    June 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a new gun control bill identical to the Senate bill put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Tuesday; both bills would prevent people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms. Also, at least 18 people have died in West Virginia amid the state’s worst flooding in a century. Continue reading

  • Officer Caesar Goodson leaves the courthouse at the end of day four of his trial in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., June 14, 2016. Goodson is charged with the murder of Freddie Gray. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston - RTX2G9RB
    June 23, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson — who drove the van in which Freddie Gray suffered a broken neck in 2015 — was found not guilty for his role in Gray’s death, prompting dozens of protesters to voice their frustrations outside the courthouse. Also, a powerful tornado has killed at least 78 and injured some 500 more around the Chinese city of Yancheng. Continue reading

  • U.S. President Barack Obama talks to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) as he arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada in this August 24, 2015 file photo. Sandoval, a moderate Republican, took himself out of consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court on February 25, 2016 as Senate Republicans held firm to their vow not to act on any nominee by President Barack Obama for the job.     REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files - RTX28LQP
    February 25, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) officially withdrew his name from consideration for the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court. Also, battered communities across southeastern Virginia began cleanup in the aftermath of Wednesday evening’s tornadoes, which killed four and injured dozens more. Continue reading

  • othernews
    February 5, 2014  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, a U.N. report charges Syrian government forces have tortured children, while rebels have sometimes killed or recruited youths into their ranks. Meanwhile, in the Northeast and Midwest, a second winter storm in three days has knocked out power, grounded flights and disrupted traffic. Continue reading

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