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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…

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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 the Midwest and East. “You thought you were cold last year,” Jeanne Rivera, of Illinois, said. “But you weren’t cold. Now you’re cold.…


A Volcano Erupts

December 4, 2017

Thousands of people have fled Bali, Indonesia, since Mount Agung began to erupt on November 25. The volcano spewed ash and lava two and a half miles into the sky. On November 27, authorities expanded the danger zone surrounding the volcano.…


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California Fires

October 18, 2017

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

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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. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to hit Puerto Rico directly since 1932. The storm knocked down trees, destroyed homes,…



Into the Eye

October 3, 2017

Whipping wind and hammering rain take hold of the aircraft, rattling its passengers. Stomachs drop. The radar screen goes fuzzy. This would frighten most people. But flight director Jessica Williams remains focused. Williams is a hurricane hunter. She works for…



Mexico's Quake

September 28, 2017

Sections of Mexico City and nearby areas were left in ruins after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on September 19. Buildings collapsed, homes were destroyed, and thousands of people were injured. Immediately after the quake, 40% of Mexico City, the…


Irma's Wrath

September 20, 2017

Millions of people are recovering from Hurricane Irma. The powerful storm slammed several Caribbean islands and the southern coast of the U.S. Irma made landfall on the island of Barbuda on September 6 as a Category 5 storm. The…

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Surviving the Storm

September 1, 2017

Houston, the fourth-largest city in America, is home to 2.1 million people. And it is underwater. On August 25, Hurricane Harvey roared out of the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall in southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm with…