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EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

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DEADLY BEAUTY. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NASA

A tropical cyclone is one of the Earth’s strongest forces, a combination of strong, howling winds and heavy precipitation. How do these forces of nature form?

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 28, 2017) — A tropical cyclone – whether called a typhoon, a cyclone, or a hurricane – is one of the most destructive disasters known to man. Continue reading EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

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DOMINICA. An aerial view of Roseau, capital of the Caribbean island Dominica, shows destruction September 21, 2017, three days after passage of Hurricane Maria. Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

‘For now our urgent, urgent matter is to get supplies to the affected people. We’re going to need all of the helicopter help we can get, because we need to ferry the supplies to people,’ Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says

ROSEAU, Dominica (Sept. 22, 2017) — The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica appealed for desperately-needed aid and helicopters following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which left the country struggling to survive without water or electricity. Continue reading Tiny Dominica calls for help after Hurricane Maria

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

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INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 19, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a “potentially catastrophic” impact after the storm battered the island of Dominica and other territories in the eastern Caribbean. Continue reading ‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

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BRACING FOR MARIA. A man and a boy nail a board over a window on September 18, 2017, in Trois-Rivieres, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, as Hurricane Maria approaches the Caribbean. Cedrick Isham Calvados/AFP

The maximum-strength storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica around 0115 GMT Tuesday with top winds swirling at 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) says

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 19, 2017) — Hurricane Maria strengthened into a “potentially catastrophic” Category Five storm as it barreled into eastern Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma, forcing residents to evacuate in powerful winds and lashing rain. Continue reading Category-5 Maria makes landfall in ‘potentially catastrophic’ hurricane

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

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Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

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Caribbean Islands. NOAA

Storm warnings and watches go up in many of the Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma’s destructive passage

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 18, 2017) — Maria was forecast Sunday, September 17, to surge to major hurricane strength as it nears the storm-battered eastern Caribbean with 85 mile (140 kilometer) per hour winds, the US National Hurricane Center said, on a path similar to that of mega storm Irma earlier in the month. Continue reading Hurricane Maria grows on Irma’s path

‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

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TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy/LamaLens/AFP

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms, known variously around the world as cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons

PARIS, France (Aug. 30, 2017) — Scientists say the devastating intensity of hurricanes such as Harvey is consistent with global warming trends – rising seas, warming oceans, hotter air – and warn of “bigger and stronger” storms to come. Continue reading ‘Bigger and stronger’ storms on the horizon – experts

Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone

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POTUS IN TEXAS. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas on August 29, 2017, as rains from Hurricane Harvey continue to flood parts of Texas. Jim Watson/AFP

Federal officials estimate that up to half a million people in Texas will ultimately require some form of assistance – but for now the focus remains immediate disaster relief, with many lives still at stake

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA (Aug. 30, 2017) — US President Donald Trump toured the Harvey disaster zone in Texas on Tuesday, August 29, as he sought to project an image of leadership in America’s first big natural disaster since he took office, as the battered US Gulf Coast girded for another hit from the huge storm. Continue reading Trump praises Texans on trip to Harvey disaster zone