El Nino may trigger floods, famine and sickness in much of the world

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A fog of suffocating smoke settles over the Indonesian countryside, sickening hundreds of thousands of people and triggering an environmental crisis.

In Peru, officials abandon plans to host the lucrative Dakar Rally and prepare instead for torrential rains and devastating floods.

And in Ethiopia, crops perish for lack of seasonal rain as ...Read more

El Nino likely won't make for milder hurricane season, scientists say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Don't expect El Nino to temper next year's hurricane season, government climatologists said Thursday.

Although it's currently one of the strongest on record, "El Nino will likely peak in winter season" and then weaken, said Jon Gottschalck, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That means that by the ...Read more

El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

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LOS ANGELES -- A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Nino.

Some scientists say the readings show that this year's El Nino could be among the most powerful on record -- and even topple the 1997 El Nino from its pedestal.

"This thing is still ...Read more

Study: Cold weather is much deadlier than extreme heat

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Extreme heat waves like the one that killed more than 70,000 Europeans in 2003 may be the most visible examples of deadly weather, but cold days actually cause more deaths than hot ones, a new study says.

After examining more than 74 million deaths that occurred in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012, researchers calculated that 7.3 percent of them ...Read more

Hopes rise for a strong El Nino

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LOS ANGELES -- In Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico, destructive storms flooded communities and unleashed a tornado, leaving more than two dozen dead.

Across Southern California, May has been decidedly cooler and wetter. San Diego had its wettest May in 94 years, and Los Angeles saw four times its average rainfall. The San Diego Padres were forced to ...Read more

Climatologists continue to call for slow hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In an updated outlook, Phil Klotzbach and William Gray continue to call for a slow hurricane season with eight named storms, including three hurricanes.

"A strong El Nino event now appears likely," said Klotzbach, referring to the weather pattern that suppresses storm formation. "Conditions in the tropical Atlantic ...Read more

As rain stops in Oklahoma and Texas, downriver states brace for flooding

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It finally stopped raining this week in Oklahoma and Texas, where a nearly nonstop series of storms resulted in deadly flooding and made for the wettest month in both states' recorded history.

So what is happening to all that water?

Some of it, naturally, will evaporate. Some has replenished reservoirs in both states after a punishing five-...Read more

Texas looks like Wild West as flooding forces a cattle drive

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DAYTON, Texas -- This small town looked like the Wild West on Sunday as people lined the highway to witness something not seen in these parts since the 1800s: a cattle drive, complete with cowboys, cattle dogs and Longhorns.

The cattle drive past Jack in the Box, Little Caesars and Family Dollar was a desperate effort to rescue more than 600 ...Read more

The rain has stopped, but the flooding continues in North Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Two days after the rain stopped falling, the flooding continued Monday -- from one end of Texas to the other.

"From above Lake Bridgeport, all the way to the Gulf Coast, it's all the Trinity can stand," said David Marshall, the Tarrant Regional Water District's director of engineering and operations support.

At an ...Read more

Torrential rains wreak havoc in some areas of Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas--A broad swatch of torrential rains swept up the Interstate 35 corridor before daybreak Friday and, in a grim echo of the 2013 Halloween flooding, claimed at least one life after dumping up to 14 inches of rain in Central Texas through the middle of the day.

The several hours of storms closed hundreds of roads, interrupted power, ...Read more

Government's handling of Hurricane Patricia is a rare bit of good news for Mexico

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MANZANILLO, Mexico -- Skies are clear, highways are flowing with traffic and airports across the western coast of Mexico are open.

The official death count from the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere: zero.

Two days after Hurricane Patricia struck Mexico with winds of 165 mph, the damage appears to be limited to ...Read more

Texas deluge continues — and another storm is coming

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HOUSTON -- The morning after remnants of Hurricane Patricia combined with another coastal storm to dump more than 2 feet of rain on parts of Texas, the deluge had tapered off but hadn't ended.

Showers continued Sunday in rural Navarro County, about 50 miles south of Dallas, which saw the most rain statewide since Friday, along with some of the ...Read more

2 feet of rain hits parts of Texas; train derails as state braces for more

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HOUSTON--More than two feet of rain inundated parts of north and central Texas as storms rolled across the state this weekend, derailing a train and sweeping away at least one man, who remained missing.

The 64-car Union Pacific freight train hauling cement from North Texas to Houston derailed at 3:30 a.m. Saturday about 55 miles south of Dallas...Read more

Hurricane Patricia weakens over land, largely sparing Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Patricia was downgraded Saturday to a tropical depression, but there was still a potential for flooding and mudslides after it slammed through Mexico's west coast as a record-setting storm.

Mexico had braced for the worst after winds of more than 200 mph were measured, making Patricia the strongest storm recorded in the...Read more

Hurricane Patricia fizzles over Mexico; no deaths reported

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MEXICO CITY -- Hurricane Patricia, which had been one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, dropped heavy rain on Mexico's Pacific coast Saturday as it quickly dropped to tropical storm strength.

Twitter posts and photos from people in areas hit by the storm indicated heavy damage and mass flooding in the towns of Cuixmala, which suffered ...Read more

Tens of thousands evacuate as Hurricane Patricia barrels toward Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Tens of thousands of people were evacuating Friday as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere rolled toward the popular resorts and small fishing villages that dot Mexico's central Pacific coastline.

Patricia was upgraded overnight to a Category 5 storm after growing at "an incredible rate" over a 12-hour ...Read more

Monster hurricane bears down on Mexico's Pacific coast

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MEXICO CITY -- The strongest hurricane ever to threaten Mexico bore down on its central Pacific coast Friday with sustained winds of 200 miles per hour, sending tens of thousands of people fleeing toward the center of the nation.

Cars and buses jammed highways leading from the coastal cities of Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, and lines of ...Read more

How mammoth Hurricane Patricia grew so powerful so fast

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Hurricane Patricia is now described as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Meteorologists are talking about its stunning "rapid intensification." The rest of us can call it a hurricane explosion.

From Wednesday night through Friday, Tropical Storm Patricia blew up into a record-setting Category 5 hurricane that is ...Read more

Mexico braces for hurricane's 'potentially catastrophic' landfall

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MEXICO CITY -- The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere was poised Friday to make a "potentially catastrophic" landfall on Mexico's southwest coast, forecasters warned.

Hurricane Patricia had sustained wind of 200 mph as it moved toward the Pacific coast state of Jalisco, where it was due to arrive Friday evening, the ...Read more

Storms turn California highways into rivers of mud

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- The storm that slammed into the high desert and mountains of Southern California this week was one for the record books.

Intense rain sent huge mudflows onto highways, picking up cars and pushing them into one another. Hundreds of vehicles were trapped in mud up to 20 feet deep. In some cases, motorists were stranded ...Read more