WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS

  • Katrina
    August 24, 2015  

    Ten years ago, the levees and flood walls meant to protect New Orleans failed against the force of Hurricane Katrina. Since the catastrophe, roughly $14 billion have been spent to upgrade the city’s storm defenses. But is that sufficient? William Brangham reports. Continue reading

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    August 20, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, three firefighters were killed in Washington state after their vehicle crashed and was overcome by flames. Also, the NOAA reported that July was the hottest month ever in recorded history. Continue reading

  • A fire fighter watches flames from a back fire at the Canyon Creek Complex Fire as a power line stands in the foreground in this handout photo taken August 17, 2015 and released to Reuters August 19, 2015. About a dozen large fires are burning across the state, threatening hundreds of structures, authorities said.  REUTERS/Gert Zoutendijk/Oregon State Fire Marshal/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTX1OU5H
    August 19, 2015  

    More than a thousand firefighters and volunteers are struggling to gain control of a complex of fires in Washington state. The sheer number of fires burning across the Pacific Northwest and in California this year has stretched budgets and personnel to the limit. Now National Guard units and active duty Army troops are being deployed to help. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • Firefighters from the Washington National Guard battle the First Creek Fire in Chelan, Washington August 18, 2015. Dozens of wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. Northwest on Tuesday have destroyed scores of structures, sparked evacuation orders for thousands of people, and killed at least 27 wild horses.  REUTERS/David Ryder - RTX1OQFV
    August 19, 2015  

    William Brangham speaks to Ron Dunton, assistant director for Fire and Aviation at the Bureau of Land Management, about efforts to contain the staggering number of fires burning in the West this summer. Continue reading

  • A firefighter keeps watch on flames from the Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, California August 13, 2015. Firefighters kept battling blazes across drought-parched California on Thursday, and thousands of them made solid progress against a wildfire that has forced 150 people to evacuate homes outside of San Francisco. Firefighters had drawn containment lines around about 33 percent of the so-called Jerusalem Fire, which grew overnight to cover 23,500 acres (9,510 hectares) by Thursday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).REUTERS/Robert Galbraith - RTX1O6T0
    August 13, 2015  

    High temperatures, unpredictable winds and extremely dry conditions caused by the relentless drought have made managing this summer’s blazes particularly challenging and unpredictable in California. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports from Lake County, one of the state’s hardest hit areas. Continue reading

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    August 4, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, the largest of 27 wildfires burning in California expanded again to more than 100 square miles. Also, Sandra Bland’s family has filed a wrongful death suit, and formal efforts today began in Congress to kill the nuclear deal with Iran. Continue reading

  • A plume of smoke rises into the air from the Rocky fire near Clearlake, California on August 2, 2015. The fire grew rapidly overnight.
    August 3, 2015  

    A major wildfire continued to burn in Northern California for a sixth straight day, despite some relief from lower temperatures and higher humidity. The fire has already consumed more than 60,000 acres, including two dozen homes, and put at least 12,000 people under evacuation warnings. Jeffrey Brown looks at how California is coping with a dangerous fire season during a record drought. Continue reading

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    June 1, 2015  

    In our news wrap Monday, much of Texas saw clear skies for the first time since deadly storms began Memorial Day weekend, though areas remained flooded. At least 31 deaths are tied to the severe weather. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry was flown to Boston after he broke his leg in France. A State Department spokeswoman said the injury would not affect this month’s Iran nuclear talks. Continue reading

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    May 28, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, former Illinois Rep. Dennis Hastert was charged with evading currency rules and lying to the FBI. He allegedly withdrew nearly a million dollars in cash in a way that the bank wouldn’t have to report the transactions. Also, local officials in Central Texas fear more rain could threaten search efforts for eight flood victims who have been missing since Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading

  • deadly heat india
    May 28, 2015  

    Even for a nation that’s accustomed to heat waves, near-record temperatures in India have made daily life miserable and worse: more that 1,400 people have died so far. It’s been particularly tough for poorer regions of the country, where electrical fans and air conditioning are out of reach for some. William Brangham gets an update from TIME magazine’s Nikhil Kumar. Continue reading

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