Wareham slammed by possible microburst

By Melissa M. Werthmann, Globe Correspondent The National Weather Service is dispatching a survey team to Wareham to investigate reports of a possible microburst that slammed parts of the town with violent winds and heavy thunderstorms Tuesday night. “We’re sending a crew down now and then we’ll know more,� said Bill Simpson, meteorologist with the [...]





Wednesday Severe Weather Threat

9 PM Update:Main severe weather threat now pushing East out of Arkansas. Still a few isolated storms around through this evening, generally ending before Midnight. 5:30 PM Update:Tornado Watch issued until 2 AM for most of Arkansas. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for storms that may produce a tornado 3 PM Update:Nothing …





Severe Storm Threat, Including Tornadoes in Central US

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Attorney: Violent Weather Slamming Oklahoma Property Market

Property insurance claims in Oklahoma totaled $1.6 billion in 2011, according to one attorney familiar with the property insurance market in that state. Much of that was the result of catastrophic weather conditions that have slammed Oklahoma in recent years. By comparison, insurers paid out $320 million in property claims in 2005, attorney Renee DeMoss, [...]





130kmh winds hammer Wellington

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Latest Weather Events Normal or an Anomaly

Recently used weather terms, including haboobs and derechos (pronounced day-ray-cho), may leave some wondering what the unfamiliar words mean. Weather experts say these terms have been around a long time and have just been picked up by mass media. A derecho is defined as a widespread and fast-moving line of severe straight-line winds and bands [...]





NY state official among 3 killed during powerful storms

(CNN) — An assistant New York state attorney general was killed during severe storms that barreled through the Northeast, killing at least two others as they unleashed strong winds and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express my sympathy to the loved [...]





Severe weather events spur insurance industry changes

The increasing frequency of the kind of severe weather that uproots trees and rips roofs from Ontario homes is also forcing changes in the insurance industry. Home insurance rates are likely to rise and firms have already processed hundreds of millions of dollars due to hail, water and structural damage this summer in the province, [...]





Giant wind tunnel destroys buildings to study safety in South Carolina

The cement block wall of a strip mall restaurant came tumbling down as the business was blasted with 135 mph winds. The epic event unfolded under controlled conditions inside the Insurance Institute for Business Home Safety’s giant wind tunnel in rural Chester County, S.C. IBHS, a non-profit safety research organization funded by the …