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Blizzard, wind, floods: Wild storm with winds like a Category 1 hurricane to batter central USA

Blizzard, wind, floods: Wild storm with winds like a Category 1 hurricane to batter central USAA powerful storm will unleash a ferocious mix of snow, rain and wind across the central USA through Thursday.



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The Latest: High winds barrel into South Dakota

The Latest: High winds barrel into South DakotaDENVER (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest (all times local):



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Winter storms threaten heavy snow, high winds in north; hail and twisters south and east

Winter storms threaten heavy snow, high winds in north; hail and twisters south and eastTwo powerful winter storms threatened strong winds, heavy snow and even blizzard conditions in the north; hail, possible tornadoes in the South.



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Wild weather weekend: Blizzard, tornadoes, floods, ferocious winds all expected

Wild weather weekend: Blizzard, tornadoes, floods, ferocious winds all expectedThe final weekend of February will deliver a wild potpourri of weather as winter and spring do battle across the United States.



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Hawaii storm brings 60-foot waves, damaging winds, power outages

Hawaii storm brings 60-foot waves, damaging winds, power outagesA winter storm reached Hawaii over the weekend, bringing dangerous surf conditions in some parts of the state and gusty winds throughout.



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Mudslides, floods, rain, howling winds, 10 feet of snow: California braces for powerful, dangerous storm

Mudslides, floods, rain, howling winds, 10 feet of snow: California braces for powerful, dangerous stormWith the polar vortex in full retreat, the USA's wildest weather shifts to the West.



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As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardships

As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardshipsSIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Rozan Qarqour lives with her husband and six children in a tiny room in an unfinished building, where they share a bathroom with other Syrian refugees. Her husband sells paper cups of cardamom-flavored Arabic coffee on the streets of the Lebanese port city of Sidon to earn a few dollars to buy bread and vegetables.



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Florida to be battered by strong winds in the wake of Thursday's violent storms

Florida to be battered by strong winds in the wake of Thursday's violent stormsIn the wake of severe thunderstorms that damaged dozens of homes in Florida on Thursday, gusty winds on Friday will threaten to cause even more damage across the state.



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California wildfires – live: Death toll climbs to 50 as strong winds bring new blazes near Los Angeles

California wildfires - live: Death toll climbs to 50 as strong winds bring new blazes near Los AngelesThe remains of six more victims of California’s most lethal and destructive wildfire in history were found on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 48. Forensic teams with cadaver dogs spent the day combing through ash and charred debris in what was let of the town of Paradise, around 175 miles (280km) north of San Francisco. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said 100 National Guard troops were being sent in at his request to assist in the search for additional human remains left by the so-called Camp Fire.



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Watch California's powerful, relentless winds stoke the state's fires

Watch California's powerful, relentless winds stoke the state's firesIt's the time of year when winds really kick up in California, and firefighters on Tuesday night captured footage of relentless gusts driving a new blaze over the parched terrain.  Firefighters in San Bernardino County — an arid region east of Los Angeles — spent the night combatting the newly-born Sierra Fire amid potent seasonal winds, known as Santa Anas. Though this particular fire (147 acres and well-contained), is quite small compared to the expansive Camp and Woolsey fires, it shows how persistent 50 mph gusts can whip fire over the land — land that has been parched by a confluence of dry winds and a long, scorching summer.  #SierraFire: Footage from earlier this evening. In #SantaAnaWinds, Dozers can often engage where it’s too dangerous for handcrews. A decisive force multiplier in tonight’s firefight. ^eas pic.twitter.com/gtqmJB5pk6 — SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) November 14, 2018 In the video, a bulldozer, which had been clearing vegetation to limit the spread of fire into an adjacent community, can be seen working while the winds blow smoke through the air and stoke brush fires in the background. Santa Ana winds are notorious for stoking fall fires in California. These dry winds, traveling east from the great U.S. deserts, pick up in the fall and eventually peak in December, Sasha Gershunov, a research meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said in an interview.  But typically by mid-November — and certainly December — some rains will wet the dry California vegetation.  The winds will always blow, but these days they're increasingly gusting over dried-out terrain. This makes for perfect fire conditions.  SEE ALSO: When will this terrible wildfire season in California end? "Now we’re in our traditional fire season, but the fuels are untraditionally dry this late into the season," said Gershunov. "This seems to be getting more common as the climate changes," he added. Some of the most destructive, deadliest wildfires occur in Southern California, a place not defined by pine forests, but shrubs and grasslands.  Here, a confluence of Santa Ana winds, development in fire-prone areas, and climate change have boosted the state's growing wildfire woes. Overall, the amount of land burned in the United States has more than doubled over the last 30 years, and predictably, these fires have been enhanced by a warming globe. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



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