Former cyclone Gita hits New Zealand; emergency declared in southern city

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Feb 20 : New Zealand’s national carrier on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country. Even before the storm hit in full force, heavy rains in […]

False tsunami warnings sent over phones spook Americans

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK, Feb 7 : False tsunami warnings flashed on cellphones along the US East and Gulf Coasts on Tuesday morning when a US National Weather Service (NWS) systems test went awry, unnerving Americans from Maine to Texas. The false alerts appeared to have been sent by the private forecasting company AccuWeather, […]

Hundreds of stranded tourists freed as roads reopen in New Zealand

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Feb 3 : Hundreds of tourists trapped in a remote New Zealand town for 48 hours after a strong storm damaged roads were freed on Saturday after authorities cleared a highway. About 600 tourists are now able to leave the remote town of Haast, 426 km (265 miles) northwest of Dunedin […]

Earth sweltered again in 2017: hottest year without an El Nino

By Alister Doyle Environment CorrespondentOSLO, Jan 18 : Last year was the second or third warmest on record behind 2016, and the hottest without an extra dose of heat caused by an El Ni?o event in the Pacific Ocean, the United Nations said on Thursday. Average surface temperatures in 2017 were 1.1 degree Celsius (2.0 […]

Commuters in U.S. South cope with ice after deadly storm

By Rich McKayATLANTA, Jan 18 : Commuters in the U.S. South grappled with frigid temperatures and slick driving conditions on Thursday after a storm dumped heavy snow across the region, whipped up winds that snapped power lines and led to the deaths of at least nine people. Schools in New Orleans, Charlotte and Atlanta and […]