UK: 2012 was second wettest year on record

Flooding and “extreme” rain could become far more commonplace in the UK Photo: Rui Vieira/PA The total rainfall of 1330.7mm (52.38in) was just 6.6mm (0.25in) less than the wettest ever year, 2000, despite Britain experiencing a drought for the first three months of 2012. But the picture varied widely across the country, with 2012 being the wettest ever year in England,… Read more →

Typhoon kills at least 283 in Philippines

(Reuters) – Blocked roads and severed communications in the southern Philippines frustrated rescuers on Wednesday as teams searched for hundreds of people missing after the strongest typhoon this year killed at least 283 people. Typhoon Bopha, with central winds of 120 kph (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), battered beach resorts and dive spots on… Read more →

Big freeze set to hit Britain

Freezing temperatures and wintry showers are set to hit Britain today as hundreds of people are forced to stay in temporary shelter after days of flooding. Northerly winds coupled with below-zero temperatures tonight will cause misery in flood-hit towns and villages across the country. In Yorkshire, where floods have caused widespread destruction and travel chaos, wiintry showers could develop in… Read more →

UK: Trail of destruction as floods spread north

Torrential rain has caused disruption to road and rail networks across the country, with floods continuing to leave a trail of destruction as they spread north. Across the country, the bad weather has caused transport chaos. Closures and delays were affecting many A-roads as well as rail services and even ferries. By 1pm today, the AA had attended more than 7,000 breakdowns,… Read more →

Forgotten by FEMA: Volunteers step up in storm-ravaged NYC borough

Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York’s storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough’s South Shore braved a nor’easter Wednesday night, many — perhaps hundreds —… Read more →

Cold, wet storm hits Sandy survivors hard: Record snow

Residents across the Northeast woke up Thursday to more than 100,000 new power outages and record early snow from a nor’easter that struck just 10 days after Superstorm Sandy battered the region. “We’re right back to the same situation,” Kirk Walker of Hackensack, N.J., told NBCNewYork.comafter power went out for the third time at his home since Sandy struck. “They said it… Read more →

Nor’easter has Sandy-ravaged region in its crosshairs

Just as the beleaguered Northeast struggles to get off the canvas after superstorm Sandy, a nor’easter is brewing that will sweep through the region beginning Wednesday, bringing freezing temperatures, high winds, more flooding and possibly snow. As the nation prepared to choose a president, many flood-ravaged residents of the New Jersey and New York coasts are still without power and… Read more →