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White House report: Climate change is harming the economy
Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says.

The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, concludes that the nation has already suffered billions of dollars in damages from severe weather-related disruptions, which it says will continue to get worse.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
Photo: A flooded cornfield near Oakville, Iowa, is seen in this unddated photo. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

White House report: Climate change is harming the economy

Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says.

The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of 60 scientists, concludes that the nation has already suffered billions of dollars in damages from severe weather-related disruptions, which it says will continue to get worse.

Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

Photo: A flooded cornfield near Oakville, Iowa, is seen in this unddated photo. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Tornadoes continue to cause havoc across the South

NBC News: Tornadoes continue to sweep across the southern United States with another 2 deaths reported in Tennessee, adding to reports of damage across Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama

For minute-by-minute updates as storms continue to hit the South, follow on BreakingNews.com

Video: Stormchaser caught in a tornado outbreak in the Tupelo, Miss., area via YouTube user TVWXMAN32

Tornadoes kill 18 across US, leave path of devastation

NBC News; At least 18 people are dead across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa after a series of tornadoes and storms ripped through communities leaving long paths of destruction.

Forecasters are warning of further severe storms on Monday which threaten several states from Iowa to Louisiana and Ohio down into the Carolinas.

Follow this story on BreakingNews here

Photo: Screen grab of a video showing an aerial view of destruction in Mayflower, Ark. (via NBC News)

Deep South icy storm strands kids, causes travel chaos

NBC News: Hundreds of kids were stranded in classrooms overnight by travel chaos as a result of rare severe winter weather hitting the Deep South.

Disruption is expected to continue well in Wednesday morning, forecasters say.

For more on the storm visit BreakingNews.com

Photo: Joyce Cook, an instructional aide, reads ‘Snowflake Bentley’ to fifth-graders stranded Tuesday night at Oak Mountain Intermediate School in Indian Springs, Ala. (Butch Dill / AP)

Usagi leaves 33 dead across Asia

AP: At least 33 people across Asia have died as a result of Typhoon Usagi. 25 of those deaths occurred in China’s Guangdongprovince.

The storm which traveled past the Philippines and Taiwan before moving onto Hong Kong and China was the season’s strongest storm at its peak.

Photo: Crowd watches waves from Typhoon Usagi hitting China’s Zhejiang province (Reuters/Chance Chan)

Elderly woman may be 6th death in Colorado flooding

An 80-year-old woman from Cedar Cove in Larimer County, Colorado, is missing and presumed dead after her house was washed away by the flooding Big Thompson River, officials say. The woman was injured and unable to leave her home on Friday night.

A new wave of rain is falling today on ground that has been saturated with water since Wednesday. Flood warnings are in place for many counties, the National Weather Service says.
Read more from AP and follow updates on BreakingNews.com.

Argentina heatwave brings record highs during winter

NPR: It’s wintertime in Buenos Aires, but the city is experiencing a record heat wave. Tuesday’s high was 94 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature recorded in September, according to reports.

Another report says temperatures could hit 104 degrees Fahrenheit tomorrow, but by Thursday, things could cool down to about 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

Photo: Buenos Aires market of Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo is seen on Sunday. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic Ocean
Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, off of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin is expected to move over the open Atlantic over the next five days. By Tuesday, the system is forecast to still be east of Puerto Rico.
Another system is churning in the Caribbean, heading into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is giving the system a 50% chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. Mid-August into October is typically the most active part of the US hurricane season.
Read more from Accuweather.com.
Graphic: National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erin forms in Atlantic Ocean

Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, off of the Cape Verde Islands. Erin is expected to move over the open Atlantic over the next five days. By Tuesday, the system is forecast to still be east of Puerto Rico.

Another system is churning in the Caribbean, heading into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is giving the system a 50% chance of developing into a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. Mid-August into October is typically the most active part of the US hurricane season.

Read more from Accuweather.com.

Graphic: National Hurricane Center

Video shows lightning striking train

An amateur videographer captured footage of lightning striking a moving train in Tokyo, Japan, Monday evening during a storm.

USA TODAY reports:

The sky lights up before the train is hit, then a massive bolt makes contact with the train. Sparks are visible shooting up from the front of the locomotive, which eventually slows to a stop.

Dozens buried in landslide as heavy rains cause chaos in China

AFP: Between 30 and 40 people were buried in a landslide in China’s Sichuan province on Wednesday, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing local officials.

The landslide in Zhongxing, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was triggered by heavy rain, according to the fire brigade. Rescuers were at the scene, it added.

A Zhongxing official told AFP by phone that “so far we only know 11 families were buried and more than 200 residents have been evacuated”, but that workers were still searching for others

Photo: Heavy flood waters sweeping through Beichuan in southwest China’s Sichuan province. (AFP)

23 Boy Scouts hospitalized after lightning strike

NBC News: 23 Boy Scouts were hospitalized after a lightning strike in New Hampshire on Monday night, a fire chief said.

Chief David Parenti, of Belmont Fire Station, said the Scouts, aged from 12 to 16, were at the Griswold Scout Reservation in Belmont when the incident happened.

UPDATE: At least 51 killed as tornado tears through Oklahoma

NBC NewsAt least 51 people have died after a monster tornado roared through Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, destroying homes, tearing the walls off an elementary school and leaving behind mangled cars and splintered wood.


“The whole city looks like a debris field,” says Mayor Glenn Lewis of the city of Moore, which appears to have been the hardest hit.

Continue following updates on BreakingNews.com.

Tornado causes destruction in Oklahoma City area

AP:

A mile-wide tornado chewing through the Oklahoma City area has reduced neighborhoods to rubble and left cars and trucks stranded on the sides of highways.

Follow more updates on this story at BreakingNews.com.

Photo: A massive twister is spotted near Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. (NBC News)

Sandstorm sends Beijing pollution levels off the charts
Officials are warning residents in Beijing and other parts of northern China about hazardous air pollution levels after strong winds blew in a sandstorm today.
Air in the capital turned a yellowish hue and the sky turned into a noxious soup of smog and dust, NBC News reports. At 6 a.m. local time, the U.S. Embassy’s air quality index showed a reading of 516 for particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. On the American air pollution index, the air at that time and throughout much of the morning was classified as “beyond index.”
Photo: This composite image shows Beijing’s skyline during Thursday’s sandstorm (top) and during good weather on Feb. 19, 2013. (Feng Li / Getty Images)

Sandstorm sends Beijing pollution levels off the charts

Officials are warning residents in Beijing and other parts of northern China about hazardous air pollution levels after strong winds blew in a sandstorm today.

Air in the capital turned a yellowish hue and the sky turned into a noxious soup of smog and dust, NBC News reports. At 6 a.m. local time, the U.S. Embassy’s air quality index showed a reading of 516 for particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. On the American air pollution index, the air at that time and throughout much of the morning was classified as “beyond index.”

Photo: This composite image shows Beijing’s skyline during Thursday’s sandstorm (top) and during good weather on Feb. 19, 2013. (Feng Li / Getty Images)