Our attention to tragedies like Louisiana reflect our values and priorities as a society. Slow-onset disasters in places that are already seen by some as lost causes are easily forgotten. Had the Louisiana flood been caused by hurricane, it would have been among the 10 costliest in U.S. history. But the storm didn’t have a name.
Failing to address climate change is a mistake—one the party, the nation, and ultimately the world cannot afford to repeat at next Sunday’s fourth Democratic Debate.
Snow, sleet and hail snarled transportation in large parts of the United States on Monday during one of the busiest travel times of the year, after dozens died in U.S. storms that were just some of the wild weather seen worldwide over the Christmas holiday period.
Southern U.S. states began digging out on Thursday after severe storms including some 20 tornadoes pounded the region, flattening homes, downing trees and killing at least 10 people.
By Girlie Linao, dpa MANILA — Typhoon Kalmaegi killed eight people and displaced nearly 18,000 people as it battered the northern Philippines on the weekend, the national disaster relief agency said Monday. More than a dozen ferry trips and nearly 50 domestic flights were cancelled as the storm hit Sunday, cutting off electricity in eight […]
By Zia Khan and Sunrita Sen, dpa ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI — Pakistani authorities were struggling to protect the historic city of Multan from raging flood waters Friday, while in India-administered Kashmir, the focus turned from rescue to getting essential supplies to the thousands stranded or homeless. Troops and rescue workers were evacuating people from Multan, Pakistan’s […]
By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times President Barack Obama declared California a major disaster site Thursday, unlocking federal funds for recovery efforts in the areas affected by the 6.0-magnitude earthquake near Napa last month. The Aug. 24 quake resulted in one fatality and more than 280 injuries, devastated more than 100 wineries, and damaged at […]
By Siddhartha Kumar, dpa NEW DELHI — Indian troops stepped up rescue work Tuesday as the rain held off in Jammu and Kashmir state, but thousands were stranded in the worst floods in the region for 60 years. State capital Srinagar was flooded by the Jhelum river and an estimated 400,000 people were stranded in […]
By Joseph Serna and Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times Several trails and campgrounds remained closed in Yosemite National Park on Monday after a spot fire near Half Dome, driven by winds in hot, dry conditions, exploded in size. The Meadow fire started in Little Yosemite Valley and had burned at least 700 acres by Sunday […]
By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The latest hurricane spinning off Baja California could bring rain and thunderstorms to the Southland over the coming days, as well as high surf and tides that could produce minor flooding, forecasters warned. As Hurricane Norbert slowly moves north along the Baja Peninsula with sustained winds […]
By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times Hawaiian officials called a state of emergency Thursday for portions of the Big Island after advancing lava from the Kilauea volcano came within a mile of a subdivision and threatened to cut off the major road serving the area. “We are taking this step to ensure our residents have […]
By Rosanna Xia and Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times NAPA, California — The ground-shaking during the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake was the highest level recorded in modern times for downtown Napa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The ground motion recorded in downtown Napa came very close to the maximum level of ground shaking […]
By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Strong waves with some swells reaching up to 15 feet are expected to continue Thursday, and may produce coastal flooding, forecasters say. Monster waves sparked by Hurricane Marie have wreaked havoc on beach communities, flooding homes in Seal Beach and damaging boats and facilities in Avalon […]
By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel Now racing north into the Atlantic, Cristobal is expected to fall apart over the next day. The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor three other disturbances, one in the Caribbean, another expected to move off the coast of Africa on Friday, and the third in the northern Gulf of Mexico. […]
By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Only hours after the shaking stopped from the biggest quake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years, the phones at Mike Noel’s Napa, Calif., travel agency began to ring. Anxious clients wondered whether the magnitude 6.0 shaker would derail their visit. “I’ve been telling them that it’s business as […]
By Hector Becerra and Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — There have been scores of aftershocks from Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, and experts said the small quakes will continue for days. In general, the likelihood of big aftershocks goes down with time, as does the chance of a larger quake. Officials […]
Los Angeles Times Power has been restored to nearly all of the approximately 70,000 customers in Napa County whose lights went out after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck early Sunday, utility officials said Monday. The approximately 150 customers who remained without power were expected to have their service restored later Monday morning, according to Pacific […]
dpa KATHMANDU — At least 119 people have died in the latest landslides and flooding caused by monsoon rains, the Nepalese government said Thursday. In the south-western plains of Nepal at least 133 people were reported missing and scores were injured, the Home Ministry said. The government figures said more than 20,000 families had been […]
Los Angeles (AFP) — At least one person was killed and up to eight others injured when freak lightning struck the bustling Venice Beach of southern California, officials said. The fatal victim, an unidentified man in his 20s, died as he was being rushed from the beach to the hospital after the lightning struck on […]
By Maria La Ganga and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times SEATTLE — An eruption of lightning-sparked wildfires across the northwestern United States over the last two weeks has scorched almost a million acres of land in Washington and Oregon while threatening thousands of houses and buildings. Dozens of homes in separate communities were destroyed last […]
dpa MANILA — The strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, typhoon Rammasun, killed 38 people and left nearly 2 million in the capital and eastern provinces without power for a second day, disaster management officials said Thursday. Most of the deaths were caused by toppled trees, collapsed structures, and other debris whipped up […]
By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times At least 20 people have been killed and seven others injured in a typhoon that ripped through the Philippines, government officials said Wednesday. Typhoon Rammasun, which made landfall early Tuesday, blasted the island nation with 105-mph winds and heavy rain, knocking down power lines and leading to the collapse […]
By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Put away those shorts and tank tops, Chicago, and get ready for another “polar vortex.” That’s what some people are calling the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to come to the Northern and Eastern United States next week, as a patch of cold air flows from northern […]
By Paige Cornwell and Colleen Wright, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — A heat wave expected this weekend could aggravate raging wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington. Temperatures there are expected to climb past 100 degrees, according to Matt Fugazzi, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. A hot, dry spell, he said, can turn […]
By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake jolted a wide section of southern Mexico and Central America early Monday, killing at least four people and damaging dozens of buildings in Guatemala. The 6.9 quake was felt as far north as Mexico City, through central Guatemala and as far south as […]