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First named storm of hurricane season forms in Atlantic – nearly a month early

A tropical storm watch was in effect late on Thursday for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Photograph: NOAA/Reuters

A tropical storm watch was in effect late on Thursday for Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Lookout, North Carolina. Photograph: NOAA/Reuters

A tropical storm warning was issued Friday for parts of North and South Carolina as Ana approached the US coast, kicking up rough surf and rip currents ahead of what was forecast to be a rainy weekend. The storm formed nearly a month before the Atlantic Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday that Ana’s maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 kph) with slight strengthening forecast during the next day or so…

 

Tornadoes hit southern US, leaving at least five dead, more injured and missing

Photo: Volunteers and officials search through the destruction near Van Intermediate School in Texas after a tornado struck the area. (AFP: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Photo: Volunteers and officials search through the destruction near Van Intermediate School in Texas after a tornado struck the area. (AFP: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

At least five people have died after nearly two dozen tornadoes battered parts of the southern United States over the weekend, leaving at least eight more missing and dozens injured, officials have said. A couple was killed in Nashville, Arkansas on Sunday when powerful winds smashed their mobile home in a trailer park, Howard County Coroner John Gray told local media. Their 18-month-old daughter who was also in the home survived. About 290 kilometres to the south-west in Van, Texas, a husband and wife were found dead near a mobile home park, according to the Dallas Morning News, which said eight people remained missing there…

 

Nepal earthquake: government to investigate profiteering

The Nepalese government has ordered an investigation of reports of profiteering in the aftermath of the earthquake 12 days ago that killed nearly 8,000 people and made hundreds of thousands homeless. Shambhu Koirala, director general of the Department of Commerce and Supply Management, told the Guardian they had launched a major monitoring of suppliers of medical supplies and everyday foodstuffs that are scarce, after receiving a series of complaints of prices being doubled or tripled…

 

‘Economic and health benefits’ from QuakeCore funding

A University of Canterbury earthquake engineering expert sees economic and health benefits from the university being awarded $21.5 million of government funding over five years to run the QuakeCore, centre of research excellence for earthquake resilience. QuakeCore deputy director Associate Professor Brendon Bradley says that with the ever-increasing costs of the Christchurch rebuild now estimated at more than $40 billion, the most significant economic outcome of QuakeCoRE will stem from the improved performance of New Zealand infrastructure in future earthquakes…

 

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