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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.

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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)

Winter storm slams central US

NBC News: A winter storm has pummeled the central U.S. More than 11 inches of snow have fallen on the ground in Wichita, Kansas, the most in 26 years - and it’s still snowing. The Weather Channel says snow totals will be formidable. Meanwhile, Kansas and Missouri have declared states of emergency.

Follow storm updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Stalled vehicles are seen during a blizzard as traffic backs up on a major thoroughfare in Overland Park, Kansas, on Feb. 21. (Dave Kaup / Reuters)

Tornado touches down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

AP

Emergency officials say an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road.

Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown says there is major damage in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn’t confirm injuries.

He said the damage was still being evaluated, but that the storm passed along a main Hattiesburg thoroughfare.

Follow more updates at BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Instagram user @j_holliman)

State of emergency declared as Northeast digs out from blizzard

Residents and officials are continuing to dig out from this weekend’s gusting winter storm that buried parts of the Northeast with up to 3 feet of snow.

President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Connecticut, which means federal money will be used to help state and local response efforts, NBC New York reports.

In Massachusetts, limited subway and bus service will resume at 2 p.m. today. Rhode Island’s public transportation is still suspended. In New York, a stretch of the Long Island Expressway has been closed through 5 p.m. in order to clear the road of snow and abandoned vehicles ahead of the Monday morning commute.

Follow updates on the blizzard recovery on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: The Long Island Expressway was impassable at Exit 61 on Feb. 9, 2013. (Anthony Quintano / NBC News)

Update: Small tsunami hits Solomons, other warnings ended

AP:   A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami that has reportedly damaged dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Meanwhile, authorities have canceled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts.