Slow-moving storms head east after blanketing US Midwest

By Rich McKay ATLANTA, Apr 16 : Deadly slow-moving storms generating record snowfall and low temperatures in the U.S. Midwest moved eastward on Sunday, leaving stranded airline travelers and thousands without power. In Michigan, where snowfall was expected to reach 18 inches (46 cm) in some areas, about 325,000 homes and businesses were without power, […]

Four dead, one missing as cyclone causes floods in Fiji

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Apr 2 : Floods caused by a tropical cyclone that brought torrential weekend rains to the Pacific island nation of Fiji have killed four people, with another presumed drowned, a disaster management official said on Monday. Tropical Cyclone Josie, a category-one storm, caused severe flooding, with the northwestern town of Ba […]

S. California evacuation orders lifted as mudslide threat eases

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Mar 23 : Authorities in Southern California lifted evacuation orders on Thursday for more than 60,000 people living adjacent to fire-scarred foothills and mountain slopes along the Santa Barbara coast as rains and the threat of dangerous mudslides abated. The evacuation was put into effect on Tuesday in the same […]

Warmer temperatures hit oil output in Arctic Alaska -officials

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Mar 20 : The warmest winter on record in Arctic Alaska has hit local oil production, said officials from the US state, as temperatures hampered industrial machinery designed to optimize output when conditions are most frigid. Production of the North Slope grade of crude oil has averaged about 518,000 barrels […]

Thousands of Australian homes without power after cyclone hits

By Alison Bevege SYDNEY, Mar 18 : About 25,000 homes were without power on Sunday in Australia’s northern city of Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, cancelled flights, closed schools and delayed shipping. No deaths were reported. Residents of the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory have been warned to boil their water as a […]