Nearly half of Americans now believe that the recent surge in natural disasters is the result of biblical "End Times" than climate change, and more than two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants hold this belief, according to a new study.
While only 44 percent of Americans agreed in 2011 that natural disasters are evidence of the apocalypse, their number has now increased to 49 percent, the Public Religion Research Institute reported, quoting results of a new poll.
Especially white evangelical Protestants are more likely — 77 percent — to attribute the severity of recent natural disasters to the End Times than to climate change, added the poll on religion and the environment. more >>
Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.
In the midst of a lake-effect snowstorm that buried western New York earlier this week, Bethany Hojnacki of south Buffalo went into labor in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Making matters worse, the new mother could not get to the hospital due to the severe weather, and she and her husband became stranded roadside. Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bethany's husband Jared Hojnacki revealed that they miraculously received help with their daughter's arrival along the way.
"It was kind of incredible," Hojnacki said on Wednesday. "God really put the people who needed to be in the right spot for us at the right time." more >>
A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.
"This storm is an extraordinarily difficult situation, with snowfall that may break records. We are prepared, but we need residents to stay off the roads so that first responders can do their work and keep people safe," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
"Although the sun may be shining, we are using this opening to clear roads before the snow begins falling again. This is an opportunity to be a good neighbor and check on your fellow New Yorkers to see if they need assistance, but I urge everyone to stay off the road." more >>
A super storm created by the after effects of Typhoon Nuri swept Alaska and will cause frigid temperatures in other major cities in the U.S., including New York City by Friday.
Forecasters say the temperatures could drop to the 30s by Friday, with the first half of the week remaining relatively mild in the 50s. Temperatures will begin to dip in the big apple by Wednesday, according to The New York Post.
"It is going to turn colder for sure," said senior meteorologist Dave Dombek of Accuweather, who said predictions for Wednesday point to it dropping to 44 degrees. more >>
Hurricane Arthur is hitting the U.S. East Coast on Friday, the Fourth of July holiday, leaving close to 22,000 without power in North Carolina and strengthening to a Category 2 hurricane.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Arthur has grown to speeds of 100 mph, and reached land late on Thursday, between Cape Lookout and Beaufort, North Carolina. Duke Energy has said that more than 22,000 people have been left without power in the area.
"We're most concerned about flooding inland and also storm surges in our sounds and our rivers further inland," North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday. more >>
The July Fourth holiday could be a wet one for the Carolinas as the National Hurricane Center announced Tuesday that tropical storm Arthur, the first of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to hit the area as a hurricane on Thursday.
"After remaining nearly stationary earlier this morning, Arthur appears to be drifting northwestward now with an uncertain motion of 315/02 kt," noted the NHC in a discussion of the storm Tuesday.
According to USA Today, the tropical depression formed late Monday night as it moved off Florida's east coast at 2 mph. The NHC's 11 a.m. ET advisory said the system was located about 95 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral. It is also moving with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with tropical-storm-force winds that extend 45 miles from its center. more >>