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  • Tornado hits Springfield, Mass. (video)

    The National Weather Service issues tornado warnings for cities and towns southwest of Boston. Two funnel clouds have been spotted in central Massachusetts.
    06/01/2011 06:28 pm

  • Philadelphia, New York, Boston weather: tornado watch issued

    The watch area stretches from Maine to Pennsylvania and is in effect until 8 p.m. A watch means weather conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
    06/01/2011 05:31 pm

  • Tornado watch: Violent storm moves through Oklahoma

    Tornado watch: A violent storm system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned a massive twister which struck Joplin, Mo., moves through the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening.
    05/25/2011 12:12 pm

  • Oklahoma, Alabama, Joplin: Why we're seeing so many tornadoes and superstorms

    The superfunnels that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April and Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, are generated by storm systems whose journeys across the country are slowed by a roadblocked jet stream.
    05/24/2011 08:21 pm

  • Joplin, Missouri, tornado: Warnings pale in season of violent twisters

    Residents of Joplin, Missouri, had about 20 minutes of warning before a tornado strike Sunday. But this spring, early warnings have not been enough to prevent high death tolls from tornadoes.
    05/23/2011 03:04 pm

  • Missouri tornado killed at least 89 according to officials

    Missouri tornado: Authorities warned that the death toll could climb as search and rescuers continued their work.
    05/23/2011 11:59 am

  • Louisiana's Cajun country braces for historic flooding

    Residents in Louisiana's Cajun country are preparing for what's expected to be the worst flooding in more than 80 years as the Mississippi surges toward seven rural parishes along the Atchafalaya River Basin.
    05/21/2011 03:12 pm

  • How Mississippi River floods could save Louisiana's sinking coasts

    Before the current levee system was built, Mississippi River floods helped replenish Louisiana coastal wetlands with silt. Now that silt goes into the Gulf and the coastline is disappearing. But scientists have a plan, and the great flood of 2011 could help them bring it about.
    05/18/2011 07:23 pm

  • Five of the costliest US river floods

    The 2011 Mississippi River flood, which has broken records in some places, is creating steady destruction in America's midsection. Hurricanes tend to cause more financial damage, and flash floods typically take more lives. But overflowing rivers deliver a long, slow economic punch. Arkansas farmers have lost an estimated $500 million in crops to this year's flood. Mississippi homes and catfish farms – a leading industry – are threatened. In Louisiana, the diversion of water through a spillway to spare Baton Rouge and New Orleans still puts hundreds of homes, businesses, and chemical plants and oil refineries at risk. Total damages could run into the billions. Here's a look at five of the most expensive river floods in the US, according to estimates from the National Weather Service and historical accounts (reported in 2011 dollars):
    05/16/2011 04:35 pm

  • Morganza spillway: Flooding farmland to save New Orleans

    The US Army of Corps of Engineers has opened the Morganza spillway to prevent the surging Mississippi from endangering New Orleans. But farms and natural habitat will be flooded as a result.
    05/15/2011 02:05 pm

Doing Good

 

What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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