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Natural Disasters : From our friends at Mental Floss
A New Jersey hair salon is protected by plywood taunting Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28. So... who named Sandy, anyway?

How do hurricanes get their names?

Matt Soniak at Mental Floss delves into the etymology of storm monikers

 
Natural Disasters : Flashback
During a 1938 category 3 hurricane that hit New England, cities across the region were engulfed in storm surge.

The last 'Frankenstorm': Video of the 1938 nor'easter that ravaged New England

Historic footage of a deadly storm offers clues about what to expect from Hurricane Sandy

 
Natural Disasters : In-depth briefing
A firefighter walks away after setting a backburn in an attempt to control a raging wildfire in Nutrioso, Ariz., on June 10: Already this year, nearly 13,000 square miles of land — an area larger than Massachusetts — has been burned by wildfires. 

America's war on wildfires

Tens of thousands of wildfires ravaged extensive areas of the country this summer. Is this the new normal?

 
Natural Disasters : Fact Sheet
A man stands in front of an uprooted oak tree on Louisiana Avenue as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in New Orleans on Aug. 29.

Hurricane Isaac's wrath: Assessing the damage

The much-feared hurricane is far from the second coming of Katrina, but it's still rattling the storm-weary Gulf Coast

 
Natural Disasters : Instant Guide
A Louisiana resident rests on his cot in a Belle Chasse hurricane shelter Aug. 27: Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 hurricane.

Will Hurricane Isaac rival Katrina?

The storm veers away from Tampa's Republican convention, but now it's on a path to hit New Orleans — on the seventh anniversary of another deadly hurricane

 
Natural Disasters : Slideshow

The raging Colorado wildfires: A slideshow

Firefighters are finally gaining the edge on the state's worst wildfires. Here, a look at the devastation, and the struggle to get out of harm's way

 
Natural Disasters : The List
Ridgeway, Ill., residents look over the remains of the 110-year-old St. Joseph's Catholic Church after tornadoes ripped through the South and Midwest last week.

The Midwest's deadly tornadoes: 5 miraculous stories

A mother who sacrificed a leg to save her children. A man whose dog survived grim odds. An elderly couple who found a most unlikely shelter... and more

 
Natural Disasters : Best Video
A park ranger on guard at the Washington Monument in August clutches her chair and looks skyward as the 5.8-magnitude earthquake shakes the obelisk.

The 'terrifying' earthquake footage from inside the Washington Monument

Security cameras on the obelisk's observation deck reveal falling debris and a group of frightened visitors running for safety

 
Natural Disasters : Opinion Brief
The ancient Italian town of L'Aquila was devastated after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed 309 people in April 2009, and now, scientists are on trial for failing to warn the public in advance.

Should scientists be held responsible for earthquake deaths?

In Italy, six scientists are being tried for manslaughter after failing to predict a 2009 earthquake that killed 309 people

 
Natural Disasters : The List
Rep. Michele Bachmann came under fire this week for suggesting that Hurricane Irene was God's wake-up call to Congress, but she's not the only one to face criticism for a storm-related miscue.

6 controversial reactions to Hurricane Irene

Outrage abounds after Michele Bachmann calls the storm a message from God and Rush Limbaugh claims President Obama was hoping for carnage

 
Natural Disasters : Best Column
Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel gives a live broadcast during a hurricane last year: Watching reporters brave the storm for hours is all part of TWC's addictive appeal, says Linda Holmes at NPR.

Why the Weather Channel is so addictive

After a weekend of hurricane hysteria, NPR's Linda Holmes explains why she couldn't pry her eyes away from the incessant storm coverage

 
Natural Disasters : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Better safe than sorry

Political leaders and news organizations have been unfairly pilloried for hyping the dangers of Irene. Really now — should they have ignored the threat instead?

 
Natural Disasters : Slideshow
Tropical Storm Irene in pictures

Hurricane Irene in pictures 

A look back at how the storm affected residents from North Carolina to New England

 
Natural Disasters : By the numbers
Residents view the remains of a Nags Head, N.C., cottage destroyed by Hurricane Irene on Saturday: The storm's total damage, including lost economic activity, is estimated to be $40 billion.

Hurricane Irene: By the numbers

Irene didn't destroy Manhattan, but it did its share of serious damage. Here, a numerical snapshot of the first big hurricane of 2011

 
Natural Disasters : Opinion Brief
A Weather Channel meteorologist reports on Tropical Storm Irene from New York City: Some critics say the media exaggerated the severity of the storm.

Hurricane hype: Was Irene 'overblown'?

The media spooked Americans with dire predictions of historic destruction that the storm didn't quite deliver. Public service or unnecessary fearmongering?

 
Natural Disasters : Forecast
As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the East Coast residents should expect 105 mph winds and flooding.

Hurricane Irene: How bad will it be?

The East Coast is bracing for the most powerful storm to hit its shores in decades. Here's what you need to know

 
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