WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS

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    March 22, 2016  

    It’s when, not if, the Pacific Northwest is due for a major seismic disaster; scientists say there’s a 37 percent chance one could strike in the next 50 years. FEMA estimates such an earthquake and resulting tsunami could kill thousands and leave a million more homeless. But some concerned coastal communities are working to make sure they’re ready when it hits. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • A car is submerged in the Tall Timbers subdivision near Shreveport, Louisiana on March 9 in a photo provided by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Photo by Deputy Josh Cagle/Bossier Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters
    March 10, 2016   BY  

    Heavy rains continued in the Southeast on Thursday, triggering more flash floods, after two people died in severe storms in Texas and Louisiana. Continue reading

  • Workers use heavy machinery to remove snow from a parking area at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 26, 2016. The snowbound Washington area was resuming partial business on Tuesday as trains and buses restarted near-normal service, while federal offices remained closed following a massive blizzard that hammered the U.S. East Coast. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX243CN
    January 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Washington lurched slowly back to life, as crews worked to remove snow for a third day and subway service returned to near-normal operations. But many side streets remained unplowed, posing a challenge to reopening schools. Also, a congressional task force called for keeping more nonviolent criminals out of federal prison, which would save $5 billion in the process. Continue reading

  • A man tries to dig out his car in Falls Church, Virginia, as a blizzard hits the east coast January 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX23Q50
    January 25, 2016  

    The East Coast is still trying to recover from a major blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on Washington over the weekend. At least 37 people died in a storm that disrupted schools, businesses and the government. Judy Woodruff talks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Christopher Geldart, emergency manager for the District of Columbia, about response and cleanup efforts in their cities. Continue reading

  • Icicles are seen under a bridge handrail on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. - RTX23VA3
    January 25, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, decades-low temperatures have swept across parts of Asia, causing more than 65 deaths and producing the first snow seen by the Chinese city of Guangzhou since 1967. Also, suicide bombers left more than 50 dead in Syria and Cameroon. Continue reading

  • Snowplow trucks work on the roads as the snow begins to fall in Washington January 22, 2016. The leading edge of a monster snowstorm arrived on Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., threatening to dump as many as 30 inches (76 cm) of powder on parts of the Middle Atlantic region and bring record accumulations to the U.S. capital. After days of planning by emergency officials and a scramble by residents to stock up on supplies, the blizzard got underway in the nation's capital at about 1 p.m.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst  - RTX23LSX
    January 22, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, millions across the eastern U.S. prepared for one of the worst snowstorms in the history of the Mid-Atlantic, which threatens to inflict more than $1 billion worth of damage nationwide. Also, bad weather off the Greek Islands caused the drowning of at least 46 people, who were trying to cross from Turkey in two wooden boats. Continue reading

  • Workers plow snow from the sidewalk in front of the White House in Washington January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX23E70
    January 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a blizzard is forecasted to hit the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, with up to 2 feet of snow in the Washington, D.C., area. Before the big storm hit, the nation’s capital was crippled overnight by a dusting of snow that turned to ice. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that Iran may use money from sanctions relief to support terror. Continue reading

  • The Mississippi River is pictured flooding parts of downtown St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 2015.  Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch - RTX20O4W
    December 31, 2015  

    In our news wrap Thursday, towns in whole sections of Missouri and Illinois are under water, with at least 20 dead and untold millions of dollars in damage. Also, New Year’s celebrations drew tight security in New York and other cities, amid fears of terror attacks. Continue reading

  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydro technician Jason Carron assesses the Mississippi River flood waters in St. Louis, Missouri December 31, 2015.  Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch - RTX20O4V
    December 31, 2015  

    In Missouri, site of devastating flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries, communities are starting to get some relief from the rising waters, but the disaster is far from over. Gwen Ifill gets an update from Cindy Erickson of the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri and Scott Barthelmass of the Eureka Fire Protection District. Continue reading

  • Submerged roads and houses are seen after several days of heavy rain led to flooding, in an aerial view over Union, Missouri, on Dec. 29, 2015. The high waters have been blamed for more than 20 deaths in Missouri and Illinois. Photo by Kate Munsch/Reuters
    December 30, 2015   BY  

    Widespread flooding in the South and Midwest has killed at least 20 people, while the winter storm continues to swell waterways along the Mississippi River to heights nearing the records of the disastrous flood of 1993. Continue reading

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