Bushfires Prompt State of Emergency in New South Wales, Potential for “Mega-Fire” to Threaten Sydney and Environs: AIR

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Thursday, October 17, bushfires exacerbated by hot, dry, and windy conditions spread across the state of New South Wales, where authorities declared a state of emergency on Sunday. Bushfires are common during the summer in Australia from December through February, but are unusual for this time of year. “Their unseasonal arrival is being attributed to record high temperatures in the previous 12 months and only half the normal amount of rainfall thus far this spring,” said Dr.…

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Hurricane Irene Expected to Make Landfall in North Carolina before Tracking on to

BOSTON, Aug. 26, 2011 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, parts of the southeastern United States were already experiencing dangerous swells and rip tides yesterday as Hurricane Irene exited the Bahamas. Presently, ahead of Hurricane Irene’s forecasted arrival in North Carolina tomorrow, high waves and storm surge are beginning to impact the state’s Outer Banks. As of the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) 11:00 am advisory, Irene-now a Category 2 storm (down from Category 3 status yesterday)-is 330 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, tracking north at 14…

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Deadly Joplin tornado leaves town in pieces

A massive tornado brought havoc to Joplin Missouri this past weekend. As of Monday, the death toll is set at 116. City officials are calling the tornado the deadliest ever recorded since the National Weather Service began tracking such happenings 60 years ago.  The tornado, which touched down late Sunday evening, was classified as an EF-4 with winds exceeding 190mph. The damage is yet untold, but several neighborhoods have been utterly demolished. A state of emergency has been declared by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The event caught the attention of…

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