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One Floodgate Fails to Automatically Stop Traffic During Pennsylvania Storm

Pittsburgh, Penn., public safety officials are trying to determine why a rain-activated gate failed to automatically stop traffic from entering a low-lying roadway during a storm Monday afternoon. Instead, a police patrol car was parked across one entrance to the …

Storms Kill 2 in Louisiana, Move East

Powerful storms that killed two in Louisiana took aim at Alabama and other parts of the Southeast on April 3, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the region. A tornado flipped a mobile home on April 2 in Bruex …

Appeals Court Allows Suit Against Firm in Pennsylvania Flood Deaths

An appeals court has cleared the way for refiling of a lawsuit against an engineering firm in the deaths of four people killed in flash flooding in Pittsburgh more than five years ago. Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. earlier dismissed …

Update: German Flood Claims Estimated at $1.1B, Says Fitch Ratings

Insurers will face higher-than-expected claims related to floods in Germany, according to Fitch Ratings, dealing another blow to an industry squeezed by low interest rates and decreasing prices for policies. Claims linked to torrential rain, thunderstorms and floods that hit …

Insured Losses from French Floods May Total $682M: Industry Association AFA

Insurance executives meet with government officials in Paris Monday to assess the cost of flooding in the Centre and Ile-de-France regions as the Seine river recedes from its highest levels in more than three decades. The river flowing through the …

Update: Flash Floods Hit SE Germany, Killing at Least 8; AIR Worldwide Comments

Torrential rain, thunderstorms and flash floods that have inundated towns in southeastern Germany in recent days took the death toll to at least eight as forecasters warned of continuing severe weather spreading northward and westward into France. Five people drowned …

Tennessee City Seeking Solutions to Flash Flooding Problem

South Pittsburg, Tenn., officials are hoping to find a way to end flash flooding in the town after a Christmas morning storm damaged property and killed one resident. Marion County Mayor David Jackson says it is the second flash flood …

El Nin᷈o Talk Growing Louder Amid Southern California Storms

A whopper of a winter appears to be brewing for the Western U.S. and more conversations are turning to preparations for what could be one of the strongest El Nin᷈os on record. Strong rains throughout much of California and snow …

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam Makes Landfall on Vanuatu: AIR Report

A report from catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide describes the movement of Tropical Cyclone Pam over the last two days. The storm in the South Pacific has intensified rapidly, and is now a Category 5 storm (on the BOM scale) …

Tornado Confirmed in Central Texas

Severe weather late on June 12 spawned a Central Texas tornado that damaged several homes and floodwaters that washed away a car and left its driver missing. The National Weather Service says a tornado packing winds of up to 125 …