India carried out the largest evacuation in the nation’s history, shifting one million people from the path of a cyclone that slammed into its eastern coast in a move that helped limit fatalities and highlighted the effective response of the government.
Cyclone Phailin, the most powerful tropical storm India’s eastern coast has faced since 1999, made landfall as heavy rains and winds packing up to 210 kilometers an hour lashed the region, flooding roads and uprooting trees.
Tropical Storm Karen was downgraded to a depression and storm warnings were discontinued last night as the weather system churned in the Gulf of Mexico before heading toward landfall in northern Florida.
In the early 1970s, a U.S. group known as the Weather Underground detonated small bombs at the Pentagon, the State Department, and the Capitol to protest the Vietnam War. They gave advance warning to avoid casualties.
Four years after a hurricane in Louisiana forced Republicans to make changes to their convention 1,300 miles away in Minnesota, they’ll nominate their next presidential candidate in Florida, among the most hurricane- prone states in the country.
The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season may rival some of the worst in history as meteorological conditions mirror 2005, the record-breaking year that spawned New Orleans- wrecking Katrina, forecasters say.