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Landslide in CamSur causes traffic jams along major highway

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy rain across the Bicol Region prompts the regional Office of Civil Defense to warn citizens to be on guard for floods and landslides

HIGHWAY CLEARING. Clearing operations along the Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur after a landslide, December 27, 2017. Photo courtesy Lucy Castaneda / DPWH Bicol

Heavy snow causes travel mayhem in northern Europe

Dec 11, 2017 - 5:30 AM

The heaviest snowfall in 4 years in Britain causes travel mayhem, while flights get cancelled in Germany and a ferry runs aground in France

SNOWY DAY. Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls over central London on December 10, 2017. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

Oct 31, 2017 - 1:09 PM

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 'extreme' events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The outages mainly affect the south and west of Ireland

AFTER OPHELIA. Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Ireland’s southwest city of Cork, on October 17, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Thousands without power in Ireland as freak storm hits

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, is downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless poses enough of a threat

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Jose strengthens, but set to bypass land – weather service

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Hurricane Jose a Category 1 storm packing winds of about 135 kilometers per hour 85 miles per hour is approaching the Caribbean hot on the heels of Irma but will likely bypass land

Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The Category Five super storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometers per hour 183 miles per hour for more than 33 hours longer than any cyclone of comparable power ever recorded

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:54 AM

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED Both cities raise a Typhoon 8 signal the third highest warning level as severe tropical storm Pakhar makes landfall in the region

SECOND STORM. Tropical storm Pakhar in a satellite image from NOAA August 27, 2017. Image courtesy NOAA

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

May 30, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Bangladesh had raised its highest number 10 weather danger alert as the storm approached with officials quickly evacuating more than 300 000 people to cyclone shelters

TAKING SHELTER. Bangladeshi villagers take refuge in a cyclone shelter following an evacuation by authorities in the coastal villages of the Cox's Bazar district on May 29, 2017 as Cyclone 'Mora' gradually approaches towards the coastline. Stringer/AFP

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Jan 08, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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Blessing of the Black Nazarene replica in Quiapo, Manila. January 7, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Europe cold snap kills dozens, prompts travel chaos

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The double digit sub zero temperatures hit Poland particularly hard with the mercury plummeting below minus 20 degrees Celsius minus 4 Fahrenheit in some regions

DEEP FREEZE. View of a park shot through a windshield covered in snow, in Berlin on January 7, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

Cyclone kills 10 in south India's tech hub

Dec 13, 2016 - 1:53 PM

Most were crushed by trees uprooted in winds of up to 140 kilometers 87 miles per hour

An Indian man walks along a flooded street in Chennai as Cyclone Vardah approaches the Indian coast on December 12, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Hurricane Matthew lashes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina

Oct 07, 2016 - 6:16 PM

3rd UPDATE Emergency services are on lockdown and millions of people are urged to evacuate Matthew hit Haiti as a Category Four hurricane but weakened as it approached the US mainland

Commuters make their way past an electric board in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 6, 2016, ahead of hurricane Matthew. Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba brace for Hurricane Matthew's wrath

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:29 PM

As the powerful storm churned north dozens of people were trapped on cays – tiny islands – off the coast of Jamaica s main island officials said

NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Oct. 2 at 4:45 a.m. EDT (0845 UTC) showed Hurricane Matthew's clear eye as the storm moved through the south central Caribbean Sea. NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Tropical storm Ferdie to enter PAR

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:20 PM

The storm with international code name Meranti is currently 1 410 kilometers east of Casiguran Aurora

Mexico landslides leave 38 dead as new storm forms

Aug 08, 2016 - 7:44 AM

UPDATED A total of 28 died in central Puebla state alone at least 15 of them minors as landslides buried several houses

51 dead in extreme weather in eastern China – Xinhua

Jun 23, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Photos of the scene show dazed residents near homes reduced to rubble amid tangled telephone wires splintered wood and toppled poles

Heatwave shuts more than 250 Malaysian schools – reports

Apr 11, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Authorities order schools in the states of Perlis and Pahang to shut after temperatures soared above 37ºC 98 6ºF over a 72 hour period

A general view shows Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers (2nd R) and Kuala Lumpur Tower (L) as a layer of haze covers the city during sunset in Kuala Lumpur on March 30, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Stormy weather shuts UAE schools, disrupts flights

Mar 10, 2016 - 9:23 AM

The weather agency in the UAE which ranks among the world s 10 driest countries said more rain is expected on Thursday

FLOODED DESERT. People drive their cars through a flooded street in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 9, 2016. Ali Haider/EPA

El Niño begins decline after 'powerful' impact – UN

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The weather phenomenon passes its peak but it will still remain until the middle of 2016

epa05106280 A picture made available on 17 January 2016 shows a Thai woman with children searching for snails and other life in the cracks of earth of a dried out lake in Udon Thani province, about 600km from Bangkok, in the Isan region of north-east Thailand, 16 January 2016. Many districts in Thailand, as many parts of the world, are battling changing weather patterns, and record breaking droughts, as governments try and ensure supply to city and rural regions by diverting precious stored water supplies for residential and agricultural use. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Tens of thousands of Chinese new year travellers stranded

Feb 02, 2016 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED Many trains to the capital of the southern province of Guangdong were delayed after north and central China were hit by snow and ice

Chinese passengers put their luggages on a train as they travel back home to celebrate the lunar new year in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, February 1, 2016. EPA

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

World at risk: WEF warns vs more chaos, fractured states

Jan 18, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Connections are fracturing at a time when changes in the global economy and climate require common direction says the World Economic Forum

Typhoon Nona: Heavy rains flood Isabela, Cagayan

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The provincial disater management chief of Isabela says about 227 families had been evacuated as of Thursday afternoon

Climate change is the new battleground for human rights

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

People and the planet should not be treated as collateral damage in the name of economic growth and profit

Yolanda survivor makes waves in Paris climate talks

Dec 10, 2015 - 4:54 PM

A young woman who survived the super typhoon is at COP21 pushing for climate action

Climate change: It's personal

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:00 AM

I do not want future generations to suffer the wrath of Mother Nature especially since we can actually do something about it

Rare cyclone batters war-torn Yemen

Nov 03, 2015 - 5:22 PM

The damage is enormous and we fear human losses

CYCLONE CHAPALA. On Nov. 2, 2015 at 09:40 UTC (4:40 a.m. EDT) the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Chapala making landfall in Yemen. Credits: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Slow-moving Typhoon Lando continues to weaken

Oct 19, 2015 - 5:32 AM

Most of central and northern Luzon remain under storm warning signals

Typhoon Lando continues slow march through Luzon

Oct 18, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The typhoon is expected to stay within the Philippine Area of Responsibility until Saturday October 24

MTSAT-Floater RGB image Oct 18 2015 9:01 UTC, showing Typhoon Lando over Luzon. Image courtesy NOAA

Record-setting rains submerge parts of US Southeast

Oct 05, 2015 - 9:33 AM

The states of North and South Carolina have been particularly hard hit by heavy flooding but the driving rain in recent days has spared almost none of the US East Coast

SUBMERGED. A boy pushes his bicycle as a driver seals his stranded car on a flooded street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on October 4, 2015. Mladen Antonov/AFP

Super Typhoon Dujuan batters Taiwan

Sep 28, 2015 - 8:57 PM

The storm hit earlier than expected after picking up speed as it approached with more than 7 000 people evacuated in advance

Taiwanese coast guards keep watch on the coastline of Keelung on September 28, 2015, as typhoon Dujuan approaches Taiwan. 'Super typhoon' Dujuan was swirling towards Taiwan on September 28 with thousands of people evacuated from outlying islands as the storm gathered strength on its approach. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh

Last of 17 missing miners in Mankayan retrieved

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:22 AM

But aside from the snafu the recovery of all the missing bodies is a tribute to Calixto s men and almost all the people of Mankayan who had been here since August 21

RETRIEVED. The body of a miner among those trapped in a landslide in Mankayan, Benguet, at the height of Typhoon Ineng is recovered by retrievers. Photo by Sam Hidalgo Aday/Rappler

Palace: Gov't prepared for El Niño

Aug 15, 2015 - 7:19 PM

The government says that DOST projections and the country s experience in past El Niño spells are helping them plan for it especially for a possible drought

Soudelor: 2015's most powerful storm targets Japan, China, to spare PH

Aug 04, 2015 - 2:02 PM

It is stronger than Cyclone Pam the previous strongest storm of 2015 which killed at least 15 people when it slammed into Vanuatu

MTSAT-Floater Visible image August 3, 23:32 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

State of emergency in storm-ravaged Marianas

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:30 AM

A state of emergency is declared in the Northern Marianas after Super Typhoon Soudelor with winds up to 120 miles per hour 193 km h slammed into the island group

MTSAT-Floater Visible image August 3, 23:32 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

UN warns Myanmar flood toll to rise as rains lash region

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Scores have also perished in India Nepal Pakistan and Vietnam following floods and landslides triggered by heavy seasonal rains

UNDER WATER. An aerial view photograph shows the roofs of flooded buildings in Kale township of Sagaing Region, Myanmar, August 2, 2015. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

World's biggest hurricane simulator aims to improve forecasts

May 06, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Researchers also hope to use SUSTAIN or the SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction Facility to explore how storms will damage homes and buildings along the coast

SURGE SIMULATION. A miniature house is perched at one end of the world's largest indoor hurricane simulator at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, in Miami, Florida known as SUSTAIN (short for SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere Interaction) on April 30, 2015. Kerry Sheridan/AFP

Clear-up in Australia after destructive storms

Apr 23, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Flood warnings remain in effect for several swollen rivers and 190 000 homes and businesses are still without power

DEBRIS. A young child amongst the damage and destruction caused by flooding in Dungog in the New South Wales, Hunter region, of Australia. April 22, 2015. Nikki Short/EPA

3 dead as wild weather lashes Australian state

Apr 21, 2015 - 10:34 AM

UPDATED The Australian state of New South Wales is lashed by a once in a decade storm with homes washed away thousands hit by power cuts and sand drifts sweeping inland off Sydney s iconic Bondi beach

WINDY DAY. Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas from heavy rain in Sydney, Australia, April 20, 2015. Paul Miller/EPA

Storm kills at least 9 in central Europe

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:24 PM

The violent storm spreads across Scotland Poland as well as northern and eastern France before reaching Germany on March 31

Aid effort stepped up after monster Vanuatu cyclone

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The official death toll in the capital Port Vila stood at 6 on Sunday although aid workers said this was likely just a fraction of the fatalities nationwide

DEVASTATION. This handout photo taken on March 14, 2015 and released to AFP on March 15 by Australian Red Cross shows people clearing up debris and dealing with the damage to their homes in Seaside, near the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photo by  Chris McCowage/Australian Red Cross/AFP

Tuvalu among other Pacific nations also battered by Cyclone Pam

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Other Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands and Kiribati have also been battered although not as badly as Vanuatu

STORM SURGE. A handout image provided by the Red Cross Australia on 13 March 2015 shows the situation in Tuvalu ahead of Cyclone Pam, 13 March 2015. Melanie Uhila/Red Cross Australia/Handout/EPA