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Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayan peak Gurja

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At least eight climbers died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in western Nepal.A five-member South Korean expedition team and four Nepali guides were at the base camp of Mount Gurja when the storm struck, police said on Saturday.A rescue helicopter at the scene confirmed seeing eight bodies in the ruins of the camp, but was unable to stay due to bad weather conditions.The ninth climber has yet to be found but is feared dead."Five South Korean climbers are dead, three Nepalese nationals are also dead. One Nepali guide is missing," police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told the BBC. Local media report that South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, the fa...
Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

Storm Michael: Record-breaking storm mauls US south-east

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The third-strongest storm in recorded history to hit the mainland US has battered north-west Florida, flooding beach towns and snapping trees.Rescue services are waiting for daylight to assess the full impact of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as a category four storm with 155mph (250km/h) winds.Two people, including a child, were killed by falling debris.Having weakened to a tropical storm, Michael is on its way to the Carolinas. Storm-surge warnings are in place between Panama City Beach and Keaton Beach in Florida, and between Ocracoke Inlet and Duck in North Carolina, the US National Hurricane Center says. There are fears for people who ignored evacuation warnings i...
Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

Tropical storm Florence is a reminder that homeowners may need flood insurance

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Floods are the nation's most common and costly natural disaster. Yet, standard homeowners and renters insurance policies specifically don't cover that. "Your homeowners policy will cover water damage if water came from above," said Jason Hargraves, managing editor of insuranceQuotes.com. "If your house is damaged from water that comes from the ground up, you'll need flood insurance for that." In the wake of Florence, the storm which left widespread flooding and destruction across the Carolinas, it's a good reminder to homeowners of the importance of ...
2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

2018 world's strongest storm: Mangkhut barrels through Philippines toward China

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The strongest storm on Earth in 2018 barreled through the northern Philippines before dawn on Saturday, bringing with it ferocious winds and torrential rain. Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, made landfall in Cagayan province on northeast Luzon island at 1:40 a.m. local time, according to the country's weather agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. It's estimated that the tropical cyclone put at least five million people at risk. Mangkhut, considered the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, was the 15th to hit the Philippines. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force command, located in Hawaii, had downgraded Mangkhut from a "super typhoon," when it had peak wind speeds of 180 mph, prior to landfall ...
Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm starts to lash Carolinas

Hurricane Florence: Life-threatening storm starts to lash Carolinas

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Tens of thousands of homes are without power and sea water is sloshing through coastal streets as Hurricane Florence begins lashing the US East Coast.The hurricane is moving towards land with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90mph (150 km/h).It lost power as it approached North and South Carolina, but officials warn it could still kill "a lot of people" amid risks of "catastrophic" flooding.Evacuation warnings are in place for more than a million people.The governor of North Carolina, where Florence is expected to make landfall later on Friday local time, said surviving the storm would be a test of "endurance, teamwork, common sense, and patience"."The first bands of the storm are upon us but we hav...