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Washington DC hit by torrential rain, flooding

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Footage from local TV stations and posted on social media shows vehicles submerged on roads near major landmarks like the Washington Monument, with some motorists standing on the roofs of their cars as floodwaters rise

FLOODING. A park bench sits under water in East Potomac Park in Washington, DC on July 8, 2019, after a storm caused flooding. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'Bomb cyclone' pounds eastern US, 4 reported dead

Jan 05, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The National Weather Service says very cold temperatures and wind chills will follow for much of the eastern third of the US through the weekend

BOMB CYCLONE. A man walks on the snow covered boardwalk during a snow storm on January 4, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

Madeline a Category 4 hurricane as it heads toward Hawaii – forecasters

Aug 30, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Madeline threatens to disrupt a planned visit by President Barack Obama and other dignitaries to Hawaii for the World Conservation Congress

HURRICANE MADELINE. This August 29, 2016 NASA satellite image shows Hurricanes Lester(R) (13E) and Madeline (14E) in the Pacific Ocean.  Photo by NASA/AFP

Massive tornadoes rip across Oklahoma, at least 2 killed

May 10, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The first tornado hits Elmore City in rural Garvin County followed by the southwestern town of Ninnekah

A tornado rips through a residential area after touching down south of Wynnewood, Oklahoma on May 09, 2016. The tornado touched down quickly and destroyed an unknown number of structures before a series of other twisters riddled the area. One person is confirmed dead.  == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / Josh EDELSON" / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / GETTY OUT == == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / Josh EDELSON" / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / GETTY OUT ==   / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson

Washington DC digs out after monster blizzard

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:12 AM

For many the thrill of a weekend spent playing in the snow or in warm homes watching a stunning display of nature s power gave way to the realization that in Washington DC at least the cleanup will be long and messy

BREAK TIME. Joel Clement, 50, left, and Brad Farster, 35, right, both U.S. government employees, take a break in front of the U.S. Capitol building after a day of cross country skiing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. USA, January 25, 2016. Allison Shelley/EPA

Storm-hit US digs out as death toll rises to 25

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The eastern United States emerge wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people

AFTER 'SNOWZILLA' People take photographs in the snow with the New York City skyline in the background in Central Park in New York, New York, USA, January 24, 2016. Peter Foley/EPA

'Snowzilla': Massive blizzard paralyzes eastern US

Jan 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED 16 die in Arkansas Kentucky New York North Carolina Maryland and Virginia while more than 200 000 people are left without power and 2 200 National Guard personnel are drafted in

FROZEN. People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 23, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

Mammoth 'Snowzilla' blizzard blankets eastern US

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED The snowstorm is expected to last until early Sunday

SNOWSTORM. Pedestrians walk during snowfall, on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, January 22, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

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Jan 22, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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Millions in US brace for monster blizzard

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:51 AM

2nd UPDATE Forecasters say the US capital and the surrounding area could see up to two feet of snow accumulate in a short time from Friday to Saturday January 22 to January 23 coupled with fierce winds

PREPPING FOR THE STORM. A picture made available on January 21, 2016 of fire truck drives down a snow-covered road during snowfall, in downtown Washington, DC, USA, late January 20, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

At least 3 dead as flooding hits Texas, Oklahoma

May 25, 2015 - 8:40 AM

2ND UPDATE: Cars and trucks are submerged and people take to inflatable lounge chairs to float down the street in surreal scenes

Tornadoes tear through central US, 13 reported injured

May 07, 2015 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED The Weather Channel says at least 29 tornado sightings had been reported across the states of Kansas Nebraska Texas and in Oklahoma with multiple homes destroyed in Oklahoma


Another winter storm to pummel eastern US with snow and sleet

Feb 22, 2015 - 9:54 AM

The system cuts a curving 2 000 mile path from southern Missouri to Maine with a winter storm warning in effect until Sunday for some states

FROZEN. NASA's Terra satellite captured this picture of snow across the eastern United States on Feb. 19 at 16:20 UTC (11:20 a.m. EST). Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

More cold, snow on the way in merciless US winter

Feb 17, 2015 - 9:39 AM

As many as 50 million people are in the path of the glacial weather which will see temperatures far more frigid than normal

CHILLY RUN. Peter Vodica runs by the Charles River during a nor'easter with blizzard conditions in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 15 February 2015. Dominick Reuter/EPA

Snowfall, blizzards forecast for US northeast

Jan 26, 2015 - 12:44 AM

With parts of the region already hit by a strong winter system over the weekend residents brace for what the National Weather Service called possible heavy snow and strong wind even blizzard conditions

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Huge storm hits US West Coast, 2 dead

Dec 13, 2014 - 11:07 AM

News reports say a homeless man and a young boy were killed by falling trees in the state of Oregon

'UNUSUALLY POWERFUL STORM.' Mud and debris has damaged a popular beach and camp side along a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu, California, USA, December 12, 2014 that was closed following a strong rain storm that caused mud and rock slides. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

Wintry weather sparks Thanksgiving travel havoc in US

Nov 27, 2014 - 7:43 AM

More than 4 000 flights are cancelled or delayed in the US northeast as a winter storm delivers freezing rain and snow ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

Flight departure displays indicate delayed or canceled fights at Philadelphia International Airport November 26, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images/AFP

Toll rises to 13 in killer NY state snowstorm

Nov 22, 2014 - 10:41 AM

The latest fatalities are two elderly people who died during and immediately after being evacuated from a nursing home and a 50 year old man found dead in his vehicle

'PREPARE FOR FLOODING.' People work to clear vehicles in deep snow in a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, New York, a day after a winter storm that dumped a reported 5 feet (1.5 meters) of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York, USA, November 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Webster/EPA

Toll rises to 10 in killer northeast US snowstorm

Nov 21, 2014 - 7:56 AM

The death toll from Winter Storm Knife rises to 10 after two people die of exposure in Niagara County and Boston town in Erie County

BUFFALO SNOWSTORM. The Skyline of Buffalo, New York, is barely visible from a snow-covered and unplowed road with a stop sign, a day after a winter storm that dumped a reported 5 feet (1.5 meters) of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York, USA, 20 November 2014. Photo by Mark Webster/EPA

At least 8 dead in 'historic' US snowstorm

Nov 20, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Areas east and southeast of Buffalo in northern New York state could receive a year s accumulation of snow or even more in just two days

BURIED. A home and pick-up truck are covered in snow in a neighborhood in Hamburg, New York, USA, 19 November, 2014. Mark Webster/EPA

Relentless rains drench US East Coast

May 01, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Boston New York and Washington were all drenched while in northern Florida authorities rescued people from the roofs of their submerged houses

RAIN. A man walks in the rain past flowers near the United Nations headquarters (background), in New York City, New York, USA, 30 April 2014. Heavy rain across the US east coast has caused road and air traffic delays across the region, according to reports. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

US tornadoes kill 35, millions brace for more

Apr 30, 2014 - 8:26 AM

Tornadoes going across 6 US states kill at least 35 with more tornadoes on the way

VIOLENT WEATHER. Recovery efforts begin at The Highlands trailer park in Pearl, Mississippi, USA, on 29 April 2014. Chris Todd/EPA

US Capitol goes dark, thousands lose power

Mar 13, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Tens of thousands of people and a number of famous US landmarks lose power due to stormy wind gusts damaging power lines

STORMY WEATHER. Storm clouds pass over the US Capitol at sunset, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 12 March 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Arctic air brings record cold to huge swath of US

Jan 07, 2014 - 3:28 PM

A shift in a weather pattern known as the polar vortex triggers a drastic drop in temperatures to lows not seen in two decades; It coincides with wind chill warnings in much of the east of the country

FREEZING DETROIT. Pedestrians cross Woodward Avenue as it snows as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Joshua Lott/Getty Images/AFP

Sub-zero arctic blast strikes US

Jan 06, 2014 - 7:26 AM

UPDATED The northeast of the country and parts of Canada have been in the grip of crippling heavy snow and deadly sub zero conditions since the turn of the year

SNOWY DAY. A man snow blows on East Concord Street in the South End after a two day winter storm January 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Darren McCollester/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Ingrid barrels toward Mexico: US forecasters

Sep 15, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Forecasters said Ingrid would likely dump 25 38 cm of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico which could result in flash floods and mudslides

INGRID. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this visible image of then-Tropical Storm Ingrid at 11:55 a.m. EDT on Sept. 13. It has been upgraded into a hurricane. Image courtesy NASA GOES Project

Tornadoes, floods kill 14 in US Midwest

Jun 02, 2013 - 9:18 AM

UPDATE The National Weather Service warned severe weather was shifting eastward with Ohio Mississippi River Valleys set to receive bulk of storms

IN RUINS. People survey the damage at the at Canadian Valley Technology Center's El Reno Campus after it was hit by a powerful tornado on June 1, 2013 in El Reno, Oklahoma. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Mother, child among 5 killed in Oklahoma tornadoes

Jun 01, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Tornadoes killed at least 5 people in Oklahoma near the battered city of Moore which was hit by a twister less than two weeks ago

Tornado hits Oklahoma

Jun 01, 2013 - 8:32 AM

People in Oklahoma City and nearby suburbs are asked to take shelter due to a tornado emergency warning issued by the National Weather Service

91 killed as tornado hits Oklahoma suburb

May 21, 2013 - 7:41 AM

UPDATE The Oklahoma medical examiner s office released the latest toll but the number was climbing rapidly as emergency crews combed through ruins

TORNADO DEVASTATION. This photograph obtained courtesy of KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma shows emergency crews searching amid destruction May 19, 2013 after a tornado ripped through Twin Lakes, Oklahoma. Tornadoes damaged many areas across the West South Central US state of Oklahoma. AFP PHOTO / KFOR-TV

Palau 'narrowly escapes' typhoon Pablo

Dec 03, 2012 - 8:56 AM

The island nation of Palau narrowly escaped the wrath of typhoon Pablo Bopha reports said Monday December 3 after it changed course at the last minute

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 7:00 a.m., 03 December 2012. Image courtesy of PAGASA.