Monthly archives: December 2007

Dec

26
2007

Deadly snowstorm causes accidents, road closures

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ST. JOSEPH, Missouri (AP) -12.22.07- A blinding snowstorm blew across the Plains on Saturday, causing at least two deaths and dozens of injuries in numerous multi-car pileups and forcing authorities to close portions of several major highways.One person died in a chain-reaction pileup involving as many as 80 vehicles, including several tractor-trailer rigs, on Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas, police said. Read more


Dec

14
2007

Ice storm triggers huge emergency response

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TULSA -12.12.07- More than a quarter million homes and businesses lost power when a powerful ice storm swept through Oklahoma Sunday and Monday. That has triggered a massive response from both public and private agencies, including several city and county governments and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, or PSO, the area’s largest provider of electricity. Read more


Dec

14
2007

More icy weather headed for Midwest

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) -12.10.07- A wintry storm caked the center of the nation with a thick layer of ice Monday, blacking out more than 600,000 homes and businesses, and more icy weather was on the way. At least 15 deaths in Oklahoma and Missouri were blamed on the conditions, with 13 of them killed on slick highways. A state of emergency was declared for all of Oklahoma, where the sound of branches snapping under the weight of the ice echoed through Oklahoma City. Read more


Dec

13
2007

Copters rescue people from roofs as storm pounds Northwest

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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -12.4.07- Hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battered the Northwest for a second day Monday, killing at least two people and leaving entire communities dark and isolated as the storms blocked roads with trees, power lines, high water and mud. Dozens of people stranded by flood waters required rescue as the second of two storms blew through, and Oregon transportation officials warned drivers not to attempt passage through the Coast Range. “This storm is hitting the coast so hard, it’s not leaving any road open,” Transportation Department spokeswoman Christine Miles said. Read more


Dec

04
2007

USA facing increase in severe storms, study says

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-12.4.04- Global warming could bring the USA a dramatic increase in the frequency of weather conditions that feed severe thunderstorms and tornadoes by the end of the 21st century, says a study out Monday. Some locations could see as much as a 100% increase in the number of days that favor severe thunderstorms, says the study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The densely populated regions of the South and East, including New York City and Atlanta, could be especially hard-hit,” reports study lead author Jeff Trapp of Purdue University. Read more


Dec

04
2007

Copters rescue people from roofs as storm pounds Northwest

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PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -12.4.07- Hurricane-force winds and heavy rain battered the Northwest for a second day Monday, killing at least two people and leaving entire communities dark and isolated as the storms blocked roads with trees, power lines, high water and mud. Dozens of people stranded by flood waters required rescue as the second of two storms blew through, and Oregon transportation officials warned drivers not to attempt passage through the Coast Range. Read more


Dec

03
2007

Winter storm pounds Northeast

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ALBANY, New York (AP) -12.3.07- A storm system slid across the Northeast with snow, sleet and freezing rain Sunday, glazing roads and tying up air travel after blacking out thousands of customers in the Midwest. At least 11 traffic deaths have been blamed on weather-related traffic accidents. Read more


Dec

02
2007

Jakarta floods blamed on climate change

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s environment minister said Tuesday that global warming was to blame after the capital of Jakarta was partially flooded, forcing thousands of people to flee homes and cutting off a highway to the international airport. Read more


Dec

02
2007

7 dead as Midwest storm disrupts transportation

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -12.2.07- Highways were still slippery in parts of the Midwest on Sunday as utility crews restored power knocked out by a snow and ice blamed for at least seven traffic deaths. Read more


Dec

02
2007

Loss of Andes glaciers threatens water supply

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EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) -11.26.07- Twice a day, Elena Quispe draws water from a spigot on the dusty fringe of this city, fills three grimy plastic containers and pushes them in a rickety wheelbarrow to the adobe home she shares with her husband and eight children. But the water supply is in peril. El Alto and its sister city of La Paz, the world’s highest capital, depend on glaciers for at least a third of their water — more than any other urban sprawl. And those glaciers are rapidly melting because of global warming. Informed of the threat, Quispe, a 37-year-old Aymara Indian, shows alarm on her weathered face. “Where are we going to get water? Without water how can we live?” Read more