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Texas Refinery, Tank Fires in Blamed on Lightning Strikes

Lightning strikes have been blamed for a refinery fire near Houston and an oil storage tank blaze along the Gulf of Mexico. Emergency responders say nobody was hurt in either fire Thursday as storms rolled through parts of Texas. CenterPoint …

New U.S. Satellite Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Hurricanes

Hurricanes hold lots of secrets. Unlocking them can help forecasters predict the next steps the deadly storms will take. That, in turn, will help improve computer forecast models and give meteorologists a better understanding of each system. As the forecasting …

State Farm: Georgia Files Most Lightning Strike Claims

State Farm says Georgia residents file the most claims for lightning strikes in the country. The insurer’s officials told WSB-TV that it paid more than $16 million for lightning-related claims in 2014. The owner of Labeled Lightning Protection Inc., Reagan …

Heat Wave, Thunderstorms Batter Europe: AIR Analysis

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide has analyzed the severe thunderstorms that pummeled western and central Europe, starting on Sunday, June 7. The storms packed “extremely strong and damaging winds, large hail, rampant lightning strikes, and heavy downpours,” AIR said. They …

Southern California Wildfires Prompt Evacuations

Several structures are being threatened by one of more than 50 wildfires in the Southern California area of Kern County. The fires, which were sparked by lightning strikes, are segretated in three main areas of Kern, according to the Kern …