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/ 23 March 2008

US towns continue flood fight

Flood-weary residents of Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio were on Saturday fighting to save their homes after heavy rain pushed rivers over their banks. Residents of Valley Park, a town on the Meramec River, were hoping that the community’s new earthen levee, built to withstand a 100-year flood, would pass its first big test.

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/ 15 March 2008

Tornado-hit Atlanta braces for more storms

A violent tornado blasting winds up to 200km/h wreaked havoc through downtown Atlanta, Georgia, toppling trees on to homes, blowing windows out of high-rises and injuring 30 people, city officials said Saturday. A second tornado in north-west Georgia killed two people and injured others on Saturday, officials said.

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/ 12 March 2008

Cyclone Jokwe bears down on Mozambique

As tropical cyclone Jokwe threatened the tourism districts of Vilankulo and Govuro on Wednesday, the government of Inhambane province advised business owners and residents to take precautions. The state broadcaster reported that the owners of tourism establishments near the coast were being encouraged to close their businesses.

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/ 6 February 2008

Tornadoes rake US South, at least 26 dead

Tornadoes and thunderstorms ravaged several states in the American South overnight, killing at least 26 people, injuring dozens and causing widespread damage, emergency services and local media said. CNN reports put the death toll at 27. The violent storms swept across Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

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/ 2 February 2008

Winter storms bring chaos to US, UK

Winter storms at both ends of the United States dumped snow and snarled air and land travel, killing at least 10 people, blocking major highways and even stranding 400 train passengers in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, thousands of homes in Britain were still without electricity after heavy snowfall and gale-force winds.

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/ 24 December 2007

Snowstorm pounds US Midwest

A heavy snowstorm pelted the American Midwest, causing deadly road accidents and power failures and grounding flights for Christmas holiday travellers, United States media reported on Monday. The storm left at least 11 dead in car crashes across the central US over the weekend, local papers said.

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/ 3 December 2007

Winter storm makes a mess in US Northeast

Drivers in much of the American Northeast navigated a treacherous mix of rain, sleet and snow on Monday as a storm blamed for at least 11 deaths blanketed the region after glazing roads in the Midwest. Schools cancelled or delayed classes from New York to Maine as highways turned slippery and wind gusted to 64km/h.

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/ 28 October 2007

Retreating California fires leave smoke hazard

Firefighters tightened their grip on California’s wildfires with the help of cooler weather, but a threat remained on Sunday of health hazards from choking plumes of smoke over the region. Cooler temperatures, calmer winds and spots of drizzle allowed firefighters to staunch or contain most of the 23 fires that have erupted since last Sunday.

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/ 13 September 2007

Hurricane Humberto blasts across Texas

Hurricane Humberto blasted across south-east Texas on Thursday as it headed toward Louisiana, packing strong winds and triggering fears of flooding, United States forecasters said. Humberto emerged as a tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday and mushroomed into a hurricane moments before slamming ashore.