Midnight In The Desert — disasters

Americans Fear One Natural Disaster Far More Than the Rest

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Americans Fear One Natural Disaster Far More Than the Rest

What kind of natural disaster do you fear the most? Hurricane? Flood? Tornado? Mudslide? Solar flare? Zombie apocalypse? Elections? Your answer probably depends in part on where you live, how much news you watch and what was the last disaster movie you saw. A new survey polled Americans on which natural disaster they feared the most and the shocking (was it lightning?) answer defied the odds and blew away (wind storms?) the competition. The natural disaster Americans fear the most is … Not so fast. While you’re thinking about which type of disaster YOU fear the most, let’s look at...

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Natural disasters: 2017 already one of the worst for $1 billion losses

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Natural disasters: 2017 already one of the worst for $1 billion losses

Melted cars. Mangled homes. Shocking drone footage shows communities of ashes created by California wildfires. (Above) A hurricane dumped record rainfall on Texas, another left nearly all of Puerto Rico without electricity and intense wildfires killed more than 40 people in California — all in just the past two months. So far this year, 15 separate weather and climate disasters have each caused at least $1 billion in damages in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Initial estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from the northern California wildfires at well over $1 billion. If so, 2017...

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Nighttime Tornado Takes Out Power Transformer in Spectacular Display

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Nighttime Tornado Takes Out Power Transformer in Spectacular Display

A police officer witnesses a large tornado streak across the road and take out an electrical transformer. The subsequent explosion was large enough to light up the entire sky for a split second, much to the alarm of the officer. After the blast he proceeds to follow the tornado in case people ahead need help. Authorities estimate this tornado caused potentially millions in damage.

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U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

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U.S. Needs Smarter Disaster Planning

Disaster-struck communities tend to rebuild from floods and violent storms using decision making tools that rely too much on past data, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said yesterday. But that won't be helpful with sea-level rise and other unpredictable climate change-related risks of the future. "The lesson we keep learning is that past data is not keeping up with changing environmental trends, population densities, technology," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate during a gathering at the National Academy of Sciences focused on resilience. "Can we build back to what the past data says? If you look at sea-level...

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Fiji Cyclone Disaster Is a Sign of Future Challenges

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Fiji Cyclone Disaster Is a Sign of Future Challenges

Small island states and environmentalists say the devastating cyclone that lashed Fiji on Saturday illustrates why the world must get serious about helping climate-vulnerable countries cope with warming. Cyclone Winston was the most damaging storm ever to hit the small Pacific nation. The death toll was at 36 yesterday. Fiji’s representatives spent yesterday assessing the damage and securing aid. “The government of Fiji’s first concern is to provide humanitarian emergency assistance, food, water, sanitation and shelter to people in dire need,” said the country’s U.N. ambassador, Peter Thomson, last night. “This process has begun, and we are working in close...

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