Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto churns toward Florida

(Reuters) – Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters saying it could bring “life-threatening inundation” to southern coastal states. The storm was about 120 miles (190 kms) south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) and was expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018 which spun up days before…

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India's Modi opens two expressways around Delhi to reduce pollution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday he expected around a 30 percent drop in the number of vehicles entering Delhi, as he opened two new expressways around the capital aimed at decongesting its streets and reducing deadly pollution. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Digital Art Gallery before inaugurating the Delhi-Meerut Expressway in New Delhi, India, May 27, 2018. India’s Press Information Bureau/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVESA damning report by…

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Storm Alberto closes in on Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

(Reuters) – Gulf Coast residents should “take this storm seriously”, the National Weather Service said early on Sunday, as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states. A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniFlorida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges…

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New lava flow crosses onto Hawaii geothermal plant property

HONOLULU (Reuters) – A broad lava flow crossed onto the property of a Hawaii geothermal power station on Saturday, posing a new hazard as molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano bulldozed relentlessly through homes and backyards. Lava from the Kilauea volcano pours out of a fissure, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Marco GarciaThe lava crossed onto the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) Saturday evening local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, having destroyed dozens of nearby houses in the past few days. Since…

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Storm Alberto: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi declare states of emergency

(Reuters) – Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to the coastal states by Monday. A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniThe first named Atlantic storm of 2018 is expected to intensify and bring wind speeds of up to 65 miles per hour (40 km/h) to the northern Gulf…

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New lava flow advances toward Hawaii geothermal plant

HONOLULU (Reuters) – A broad lava flow cascaded toward a Hawaii geothermal power station on Saturday, posing a new hazard as molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano bulldozed relentlessly through homes and backyards. Lava from the Kilauea volcano pours out of a fissure, in the Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii, U.S., May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Marco GarciaThe lava was less than half a mile from the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), according to the U.S. Geological Survey, having destroyed dozens of nearby houses in the past few days. Since Hawaii’s Kilauea…

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Storm Alberto: Florida and Mississippi declare states of emergency

(Reuters) – Florida and Mississippi on Saturday declared states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding by Monday. A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alexandre MeneghiniAll 67 Florida counties were issued the notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. “As we continue to monitor…

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String of Hawaii volcano explosions shoot ash to 11,000 feet

HONOLULU (Reuters) – A series of summit explosions on Saturday from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano spewed ash up to 11,000 feet (3,353 m) and dusted the grey powdered rock on communities to the southwest, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said. A rising ash plume from Halema’uma’u, a crater at the summit of Kilauea, is seen from the caldera rim near Volcano House in Hawaii, U.S. May 24, 2018. Picture taken May 24, 2018. USGS/Handout via REUTERS The three explosions, which began around 12:42 a.m. (6:42 a.m. ET/1042 GMT)), marked the latest bursts…

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Florida declares state of emergency as storm Alberto approaches

(Reuters) – Florida Governor Rick Scott on Saturday declared a state of emergency as subtropical storm Alberto moves north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding by Monday, according to officials. All 67 Florida counties were issued the notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Scott said in a statement. “As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto’s northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and…

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Two people dead, three missing in Oman after cyclone

DUBAI (Reuters) – Two people, including a child, were killed and three others went missing in the Omani province of Dhofar after Cyclone Mekunu hit the southern region of the Gulf Arab country, Omani police and state news media said on Saturday. The three missing were Asian nationals, state news agency ONA reported. Mekunu started to weaken to a tropical storm in Oman and authorities began clearing operations on Saturday after the heavy rain but warned residents to stay in their homes, with run-off from river valleys flooding most main…

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