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A man walks down the street after Hurricane Michael made landfall on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. - Michael slammed into the Florida coast on October 10 as the most powerful storm to hit the southern US state in more than a century as officials warned it could wreak "unimaginable devastation." Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Mexico Beach, a town about 20 miles (32kms) southeast of Panama City, around 1:00 pm Eastern time (1700 GMT), the National Hurricane Center said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Hurricane Michael weakens to tropical storm after day of havoc in Florida

Michael weakened to a tropical storm Thursday after wreaking havoc along Florida's Gulf Coast, flooding homes and streets, ripping away roofs and snapping trees and power lines as it roared ashore as a raging Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Michael reaches Category 2, threatens southern US

Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100-mile-per-hour winds on Tuesday as Florida's governor warned it could bring "total devastation" to parts of the southern US state.
US President Donald Trump speaks during an event to announces a grant for drug-free communities support program, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 29, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - MANDEL NGAN

Donald Trump says Puerto Rico death toll made up by his political rivals

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed on Thursday that the death toll from hurricanes that lashed Puerto Rico in 2017 was cooked up by opposition Democrats to hurt him politically.

Hurricanes, heat waves, fires ravaged planet in 2017

Fierce hurricanes, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravaged the planet in 2017, as scientists said the role of climate change in causing or worsening certain natural disasters has grown increasingly clear.

United Nations solicits $1 billion for Nigeria, others

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a one billion dollars donor contributions to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to fund life-saving works in Nigeria and other countries.

Hurricanes push Swiss Re into red in first nine months

Swiss reinsurance giant Swiss Re said Thursday that hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and the Mexican earthquakes pushed it deeply into the red in the first nine months of this year.

Insured losses from hurricanes, Mexico quakes $95bn – Swiss Re

Total insured market losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and two earthquakes in Mexico this year came to around $95 billion, reinsurance group Swiss Re announced Friday.

Ireland closes schools as major storm approaches

Schools were closed Monday as Ireland braced for an "unprecedented storm", with authorities warning that violent winds, rain and storm surges could pose a risk to life.

Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Britain and Ireland braced Sunday for a lashing from Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, after it dumped heavy rains on Portugal’s Azores islands.

Trump defends Puerto Rico effort, but his tweets draw new criticism

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended US efforts to bring relief to storm-battered Puerto Rico, even as one island official said Trump was trying to gloss over "things that are not going well."

Nigeria evacuates nationals in Caribbean Islands devastated by hurricane

The Federal Government has directed evacuation of Nigerians in some countries in the Caribbean Islands especially in Commonwealth of Dominica after the devastating effects of hurricane in the area.

Puerto Rico relief effort ‘amazing, tremendous’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to travel to Puerto Rico as critics charge him with failing to respond adequately to the humanitarian crisis facing the island's 3.4 million residents.

Hurricane Maria: Trump to visit Puerto Rico

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to travel to Puerto Rico as critics charge him with failing to respond adequately to the humanitarian crisis facing the island’s 3.4 million residents.

Hurricane Maria wreaks devastation in Dominica

Hurricane Maria smashed into the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Tuesday (Sep 19), with its prime minister describing devastating damage as winds and rain from the powerful storm also hit territories still reeling from Irma.

Hurricane Irma kills 10 in Cuba

At least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through Cuba over the weekend, the country’s civil defense organization said Monday.

Irma weakens to Category 1 storm but still poses threat

Hurricane Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm early on Monday as it marched up the US state of Florida's northwestern coast, with its eye located about 40km northeast of the vulnerable Tampa area.

Florida warned ‘worst is yet to come’ as Hurricane Irma approaches

Hurricane Irma is closing in on the Florida Keys, as thousands of people nervously wait to find out whether their homes will be spared or savaged by the furious storm.

Venus ponders return to top form 20 years after first glory

Venus Williams pondered 20 years of success and setbacks since reaching her first US Open final on Tuesday after moving one victory shy of another New York hard courts championship match.

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