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Dorian Strikes

September 13, 2019

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record slammed into the Bahamas on September 1. Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm, with winds up to 185 miles an hour. On Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands,…

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Southern Storm

July 15, 2019

A storm struck the southern United States this weekend. It brought heavy rain, which led to flooding in parts of Louisiana. Communities there had expected a hurricane. But the storm was downgraded to a tropical storm once it hit land…

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Florida's Fire

June 27, 2019

A wildfire broke out in the Florida Everglades on Sunday night. By Monday it had doubled in size. Soon it had consumed some 42,000 acres. As of Wednesday evening, the so-called Sawgrass Fire was 75% contained. The Florida Everglades is…

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Tornadoes Strike

May 28, 2019

A string of tornadoes hit Indiana and Ohio Monday night. They damaged buildings, toppled trees, and caused injuries. One death has been reported. The Indiana and Ohio tornadoes were part of a larger system of severe weather that hit the…

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Floods Hit Houston

May 8, 2019

A storm struck Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. It brought heavy rains and rising floodwaters. By Tuesday night, some parts of the city had received 10 inches of rain. Police and firefighters evacuated homes. They also rescued people from vehicles that…

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Deadly Tornado

March 15, 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 twister touched down in Lee County, a rural area. It carved…

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Fire Alarm

December 7, 2018

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

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Michael's Fury

October 26, 2018

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

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Rising Waters

September 28, 2018

When Hurricane Florence barreled in from the Atlantic Ocean and landed in North Carolina on the morning of September 14, it wasn’t 90-mile-an-hour winds that officials feared most. It was water. The 400-mile-wide storm brought heavy rain and a 10-foot…

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What Are Storms?

August 16, 2018

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

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