Hurricane Patricia, the strongest storm to hit Mexico so far, has already weakened from Category 5 to Category 4 on Friday night but is still considered very dangerous.
Hurricane Patricia earlier made landfall on Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday at 6:15 p.m. as a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph over the country's southwestern region. However, the US National Weather Service said the storm's maximum sustained winds have already dropped to 130 mph, according to CNN.
Weather experts earlier warned that Hurricane Patricia could trigger waves as high as 40 feet and dangerous flash floods and mudslides in southwestern Mexico. Because of this, more than 7 million locals geared up for the worst effects of the storm on the area, the NBC News reports. more >>
A South Carolina grandmother is giving all her praises to God after she and her grandson were saved by a giant cross after they nearly drowned in the midst of severe flooding that killed as many as 19 others throughout the state last Sunday.
Clara Gantt of Blythewood, South Carolina, told Columbia's NBC affiliate, WIS-TV, that she was driving to church last Sunday morning when she and her car were washed away by the raging flood waters.
Gantt explained that although it was dark and raining extremely hard as she prepared to leave for her church, which is located about 20 miles from her house, at around 6 a.m. on Oct. 4, she underestimated the strength of the storm. more >>
As flooding ravages South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, a weather news program caught a daring water rescue.
Weather Nation TV captured shocking footage of a pickup truck driver being swept away by powerful flood waters in the state capital of Columbia.
A concerned resident named Joe Watts rescued the trapped driver, but soon found himself unable to withstand the force of the waters. more >>
Hurricane Joaquin tore through the Bahamas with heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges on Thursday, but there is now lesser possibility of it becoming another Superstorm Sandy after all.
The United States is still bracing for Hurricane Joaquin's possible landfall next week, but the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said it now poses less threat to the East Coast. The powerful hurricane comes three years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed New York and New Jersey, according to Reuters.
"We are becoming optimistic that the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic states will avoid the direct effects from Joaquin," Reuters quotes the NHC's regular storm update. more >>
NEW YORK – Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and top leaders from around the world warned at the start of the Climate Week conference in New York that man-made climate change is a 95 percent certainty, calling for serious and urgent action to address the devastating disasters that have impacted the planet in recent times.
"This year is perhaps more critical than ever before," Blair said at the opening ceremony of the 5th annual Climate Week on Monday. "Here in the U.S., people's lives and livelihoods have been disturbed by extreme weather. The devastating floods of Colorado are a one in a thousand year event – and at the same time, 60 percent of the country is gripped in a severe drought."
Blair added that he is not pessimistic about the world's response to climate change, but is worried about the speed of progress. more >>
A massive fire broke out on the Seaside Park Boardwalk in New Jersey on Thursday afternoon around 2:30 p.m when firefighters responded to a call of flames coming from the popular Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard stand.
Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd told reporters that the fire began at Kohr's ice cream shop around 2:30 p.m., and strong southeast winds caused the flames to quickly spread to 19 other buildings on the boardwalk. Surrounding areas are now being evacuated and business workers from that section of the boardwalk, as well as firefighters, are reportedly being treated for smoke inhalation.
Boyd told the New Jersey Star-Ledger that he couldn't comment further on the ongoing blaze, adding: "We've got everyone in the county coming. We're in trouble here. We've got major problems." Additionally, the Star-Ledger noted that firefighters were ordered to pull back from the blaze around 4:30 p.m. due to the high intensity of the fire. more >>