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Southern California Fire Danger Driven By High Winds

Red flag warnings remain posted as dry and gusty Santa Ana winds continue to buffet much of Southern California. The National Weather Service says a high-wind warning is in effect until noon Wednesday. In San Bernardino winds brought down a …

Philippines’ Biggest Typhoon Kills at least 230; Hundreds More Missing

The death toll from the Philippines’ strongest typhoon this year rose on Wednesday to around 230, with hundreds missing in landslides and floodwaters, as the storm continued its destructive path across the island nation. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of …

TS Isaac Drenches Haiti, Cuba; Turns West in Gulf of Mexico: AIR Analysis

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Tropical Storm Isaac made landfall about 40 miles [64 kms] east of Guantanamo, Cuba, on Sunday with sustained winds of 60 mph [96 km/h]. AIR said Isaac’s “passage over the mountainous tip of …

Powerful Typhoon Bolaven Nears Japan’s Okinawa Island

The strongest typhoon to approach Okinawa in several years was bearing down on the southern Japanese island on Sunday as residents were told to stay indoors and warned its strong gusts could overturn cars and cause waves of up to …

Typhoon Vicente Hits Hong Kong, but Only Minor Damage Reported: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Vicente, the 8th named storm to form in the Northwest Pacific this year, struck Hong Kong at 4 a.m. Tuesday (July 24, 2012). Accompanied by heavy rains, a central pressure of 950 …

Windstorm Ulli is Latest to Batter Northwest Europe; AIR Analysis

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide’s report on Windstorm Ulli notes that it is “passing through Scandinavia and is expected to dissipate as it moves over the Baltic Sea today. “A class 2 weather warning from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological …

Strong Winds Downed Trees and Power Lines in West

Some of the worst winds in years blasted through California this week, with the brunt off the gusts felt overnight on Wednedsday, sweeping through canyons, gusting up to 97 mph, and toppling trees and trucks while knocking out power to hundreds …

UPDATE: Hurricane Jova Hits Mexican Port; Kills Four; Mudslides in Central America

Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico’s main Pacific port with torrential rain Wednesday, inundating popular beach resorts and killing at least four people in mudslides. While Jova ravaged the coast, a tropical depression to the southeast prompted thousands of …

Typhoon Nesat Hits China after Pummeling Hong Kong

Typhoon Nesat hit Hainan Island in south China on Thursday after it swept past Hong Kong, closing financial markets, schools and most businesses in one of Asia’s largest financial centers. China recalled ships and suspended flights and ferry services in …

Irene Causes Extensive Property Damage on Smaller Islands in the Bahamas

Large and powerful Hurricane Irene roared across the Bahamas archipelago on Wednesday, knocking down trees and destroying homes on a path that officials said posed the greatest threat to the country’s smaller, less-populated islands. There were no immediate reports of …