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Deadly Tornado

March 8, 2019

A tornado tore through eastern Alabama on March 3, killing at least 23 people. It was the deadliest tornado to hit the United States in six years. The tornado devastated Lee County, a rural area. It carved a path of…

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Fire Alarm

November 30, 2018

Massive wildfires swept through parts of California in November. They destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left many people dead or missing. On November 8, fire broke out in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in Northern California.…

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Michael's Fury

October 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle on October 10. It left a trail of destruction as it traveled inland to Georgia and up the East Coast to Virginia. At press time, officials confirmed that at least 26 people were…

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What Are Storms?

August 16, 2018

A storm is a powerful disturbance of the atmosphere. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes are types of storms. Storms are a common event here on Earth. They occur on other planets, too. There are about 16 million thunderstorms worldwide each year.…


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Fires Rage in California

June 27, 2018

On Tuesday, wildfires continued to spread through a rural area of Northern California. The area is still recovering from last year’s devastating fires. The Pawnee Fire is the biggest blaze. It began on Saturday evening. So far, it has destroyed…


California Mudslides

January 19, 2018

Mudslides and flash floods destroyed parts of Montecito, California, last week. At press time, the natural disaster had caused at least 20 deaths. The mudslides were caused by a powerful storm. It sent mud and boulders down hills and into…


Disaster's Cost

January 16, 2018

Monster hurricanes. Raging wildfires. They helped make 2017 the costliest year ever for weather disasters in the United States. The nation was hit by 16 disasters that each topped $1 billion in damages. The 
total cost was $306 billion, according…

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Record-Shattering Cold Weather Grips the U.S.

January 8, 2018

The New Year has brought freezing-cold weather to much of the United States, setting record lows in parts of the Midwest and East. “You thought you were cold last year,” said Jeanne Rivera, of Illinois. “But you weren’t cold. Now…

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California Fires

October 20, 2017

A state of emergency was declared in California last week. More than a dozen wildfires broke out in the state. Most of them began on October 8, in Northern California. They grew rapidly. The fires were fueled by winds of…

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Puerto Rico's Plea

October 5, 2017

Puerto Rico is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. The storm struck the U.S. territory on September 20. The Category 4 hurricane knocked down trees and destroyed homes. It also killed at least 16 people. The entire island has been…