Washington DC lightning strike that killed three offers climate warning

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Scientists say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of lightning strikes across the United States, after lightning struck at a square near the White House, leaving three people dead and one other in critical condition. The hot, humid conditions in Washington, DC, on Thursday were primed for electricity. Air temperatures … Read more

Kentucky floods kill at least 28 – ‘Everything is gone’

July 31 (Reuters) – Floods unleashed by torrential rains in eastern Kentucky have killed at least 28 people, including four children, Governor Andy Beshear said on Sunday as authorities worked to provide food and shelter for thousands of displaced residents. Some homes in the hardest hit areas were swept away after days of heavy rainfall … Read more

At least 16 die in ‘epic’ Kentucky floods, including 6 children

July 29 (Reuters) – The death toll in eastern Kentucky rose to at least 16 on Friday as flooding unleashed by “epic” torrential rainfall through homes, washed out roads and pushed rivers over their banks, state authorities said, warning that more fatalities were expected. Police and National Guard troops, including personnel from neighboring states, used … Read more

Heatwaves hammer millions in China’s populated Yangtze River basin

Over 90 red alerts issued across China for high temperatures Shanghai issues red alerts, rare for the city Hot weather starting to return to central China BEIJING, July 13 (Reuters) – Searing heatwaves swept across China’s vast Yangtze River basin on Wednesday, hammering densely populated megacities from Shanghai on the coast to Chengdu deep in … Read more

Australia floods worsen as thousands more flee Sydney homes

Rains likely to ease in Sydney soon, move north 50,000 NSW residents face evacuation Some places get a year’s rainfall in three days SYDNEY, July 5 (Reuters) – Torrential rains kept battering Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, intensifying the flood crisis in Sydney as thousands more residents were ordered to leave their homes after rivers … Read more

Tens of thousands of Sydney residents told to evacuate as rains flood suburbs

An emergency crew rescues two ponies from a flooded area in Milperra, Sydney metropolitan area, Australia July 3, 2022 in this screen grab obtained from a handout video. NSW State Emergency Service/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Third major flood this year for some Sydney suburbs 30,000 New South … Read more

China heatwaves drive up power demand to record levels, southern floods swamp cities

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, June 22 (Reuters) – Heatwaves in northern and central China drove up electricity demand to record levels as millions switched on air conditioners to escape the sweltering conditions, while floodwaters in the south submerged villages and trapped city residents. On Wednesday, China’s meteorological administration issued orange alert warnings for high temperatures in regions across … Read more

Afghan quake kills at least 920; toll expected to rise

KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed 920 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble, with bodies swathed in blankets … Read more

Monsoon rains kill dozens, millions stranded in Bangladesh and India

DHAKA/ASSAM, India, June 19 (Reuters) – At least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh while millions were left marooned or homeless in low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country’s recent history, officials said. In the neighboring Indian state of Assam, at least 17 … Read more

Spain swelters in hottest pre-summer heatwave for 20 years

SEVILLE, Spain, June 11 (Reuters) – Fan-sellers were doing good business in the southern city of Seville on Saturday as Spain sizzled in the hottest pre-summer heatwave for at least 20 years. Carriage drivers dampened down horses who take tourists around the historic sights of Seville such as the Real Alcazar Palace and Plaza de … Read more