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‘Everything is destroyed’: Floridians begin long recovery from Idalia

Idalia damage

For Evelyn and Thomas Rhodes, the sign they had to flee their home was when a bed started to float off the floor.

Ashley Nicole Nguyen of Pasco county, Florida has now started a GoFundMe to try to support the Rhodeses – her grandmother and uncle – who escaped the rising waters from Hurricane Idalia unharmed but have lost many of their possessions.

“[They] were asleep when the storm came through around 5am. Then [Thomas] noticed that his bed started to float,” said Nguyen.

The couple were taken by the fire department to their nearest friend’s house with their small dog.

“But everything is completely destroyed, all of [Nicole’s] belongings, televisions, furniture, as well as everything else on that street,” said Nguyen. She said her uncle’s workplace, a nearby restaurant, was completely destroyed by flooding.


Rare sea turtle swept across Atlantic to Welsh beach flies home to Texas

Tally back home in Texas

Her arrival, washed up on a wintery Welsh beach, was chilly and dangerous. But the departure of Tally the sea turtle to her warmer home waters has turned out to be much more comfortable.

Tally, a rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, who was swept across the Atlantic by the Gulf Stream, is being flown back to Texas with the help of the RAF.

After being nursed back to health at Anglesey sea zoo, Tally was given a military escort to RAF Valley on the island on Wednesday morning. She was blessed by the base’s padre, Mike Hall, carefully loaded on to a civilian plane and flown to RAF Northolt in west London. From there she was driven to Heathrow to be taken to the US on a commercial flight.


America Is Using Up Its Groundwater Like There’s No Tomorrow

US is using up groundwater

Global warming has focused concern on land and sky as soaring temperatures intensify hurricanes, droughts and wildfires. But another climate crisis is unfolding, underfoot and out of view.

Many of the aquifers that supply 90 percent of the nation’s water systems, and which have transformed vast stretches of America into some of the world’s most bountiful farmland, are being severely depleted. These declines are threatening irreversible harm to the American economy and society as a whole.

The New York Times conducted a months-long examination of groundwater depletion, interviewing more than 100 experts, traveling the country and creating a comprehensive database using millions of readings from monitoring sites. The investigation reveals how America’s life-giving resource is being exhausted in much of the country, and in many cases it won’t come back. Huge industrial farms and sprawling cities are draining aquifers that could take centuries or millenniums to replenish themselves if they recover at all.


Record Heat Scorches Dallas As Hell Summer Continues Across U.S.

Portable fan cools child in Texas

Another record-setting day of high temperatures hit the Dallas/Fort Worth area Saturday before a slight cooling trend moves into the area, according to the National Weather Service, as heat warnings stretch from the Gulf Coast to the Southeastern U.S. and upper Mid-South.

Temperatures in the area reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 degrees Celsius), breaking by four degrees the previous record for this date that was set in 2011, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat dome that has been over the state since June is expected to move out of the area soon, according to weather service meteorologist Ted Ryan.


18 inches of rain? Tropical Storm Idalia could slam Florida as a hurricane

Hurricane Ian hit Florida in 2022

Tropical Storm Idalia formed Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico amid warnings it could slam across Florida's shores as a hurricane, dropping up to 18 inches of rain on a region battered less than a year ago by historic Hurricane Ian.

Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 33 Florida counties ahead of the storm, which AccuWeather predicted will make landfall by Wednesday. Emergency management officials were taking precautions "to ensure Florida’s communities, infrastructure and resources are prepared, including those communities that are still recovering following Hurricane Ian," DeSantis said.

Ian crashed through the state last September, killing 150 people in Florida alone and causing damage estimated at more than $100 billion.


Smoke from Canadian wildfires sent more asthma sufferers to the emergency room

Canada wildfire smoke hits NY and NJThe smoke from Canadian wildfires that drifted into the U.S. led to a spike in people with asthma visiting emergency rooms — particularly in the New York area.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published two studies Thursday about the health impacts of the smoke, which shrouded city skylines with an orange haze in late spring. A medical journal also released a study this week.

When air quality worsens, "an asthmatic feels it before anyone else," said Dr. Adrian Pristas, a pulmonologist based in Hazlet, New Jersey, who remembered a flood of calls from patients in June during the days of the heaviest smoke.


After America’s summer of extreme weather, ‘next year may well be worse’

 Extreme US weather can get worseIt’s been a strange, cruel summer in the United States. From the dystopian orange skies above New York to the deadly immolation of a historic coastal town in Hawaii, the waning summer has been a stark demonstration of the escalating climate crisis – with experts warning that worse is to come.

A relentless barrage of extreme weather events, fueled by human-caused global heating, has swept the North American continent this summer, routinely placing a third of the US population under warnings of severe heat and unleashing floods, fire and smoke upon communities, with a record 15 separate disasters causing at least $1bn in damages so far this year.

The heat has been particularly withering in places like Phoenix, Arizona, which had a record 31 consecutive days at temperatures above 110F (43C), while an enormous heatwave across the central swath of the US this week caused schools to be closed in states such as Wisconsin, Colorado and Iowa and food banks to be shut in Nebraska.


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