Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

By SAM MEDNICK and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. The International Rescue Committee said many people had been reeling from an earlier period of severe drought. Now the rains in parts of…

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Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

Tropics are quiet as last month of hurricane season starts

NEW ORLEANS — The tropics are fairly quiet right now. Subtropical Storm Rebekah continues to churn in the NE Atlantic near the Azores. It should lose its tropical characteristics today and become post-tropical.  There is a cluster of showers and storms about 1000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. It has a low chance to develop into something in the next 2 days. After that, wind shear will be too strong for any development. …

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Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

HOUSTON — Rice University is fighting flooding by tracking Houston’s growth from outer space with a new tool researchers hope could make preparing for and recovering from a disaster easier. “Nothing like this had been done in Houston,” said Chris Hakkenberg, a postdoctoral research assistant at Northern Arizona University and Kinder Scholar at Rice University. Hakkenberg used an algorithm to compile images of the Houston area from multiple satellites flying 438 miles above, taken three…

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Damaging winds, possible tornadoes dampen Halloween festivities

Damaging winds, possible tornadoes dampen Halloween festivities

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — It was a wet, windy and potentially dangerous Halloween as severe weather moved through the state. Eastern parts of Wake County are under tornado warning until 9:45 p.m. Franklin County is also under this tornado warning. Mecklenburg County, Virginia remains under a tornado warning until 9:30 p.m… Other counties remain under severe thunderstorm warnings or watches. The weather took a toll on festivities across the area, including on Franklin Street in…

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LIVE UPDATES: Wake County under tornado warning

LIVE UPDATES: Wake County under tornado warning

A large swath of central North Carolina is under a tornado watch as a line of storms approach the region, which is under a Level 3 risk for severe weather. At a glance: A line of fast-moving storms are moving through the region. The entire region is under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. For full list: Click here There are reports of trees down in Orange County and about 1,000 customers are without power….

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Parts of Wake County under tornado warning as damaging winds, possible tornadoes threaten Halloween festivities

Parts of Wake County under tornado warning as damaging winds, possible tornadoes threaten Halloween festivities

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Ghouls, goblins, witches, and zombies better keep an umbrella in their candy sack and an eye to the sky this evening. Tornado warnings put parts of the Triangle and surrounding areas on alert as severe weather moved through the area. Mecklenburg County, Virginia remains under a tornado warning until 9:30 p.m… A tornado watch has been issued for much of North Carolina, including Wake County, Edgecombe County, Franklin County. Nash County,…

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