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Philippines on alert as Songda turns into typhoon

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Manila, Philippines - A fierce storm approaching the Philippines intensified into a typhoon on Wednesday, the government said, warning it would unleash heavy rains across the main island of Luzon.

Typhoon Songda was expected to slam into the remote and mountainous northeast of Luzon on Friday, although it could change course and head towards more populated areas near the capital of Manila, forecasters said.

"We are asking the public (in storm-affected areas) to postpone travelling and stay indoors," chief state weather forecaster Graciano Yumul said.

"The public must follow instructions by their officials to prevent a possible tragedy brought by Chedeng (Songda)."

Forecasters said the typhoon, with sustained winds of 130 kilometres (80 miles) an hour and gusts of 160 kilometres an hour, was powerful enough to blow away roofs, uproot trees, damage crops and cause landslides.

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US: North Texans assess damage after biggest storms in years

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© Star-Telegram/Rodger MallisonA storm moving across northern Tarrant County creates a dramatic sky over Highway 121 and Northeast Loop 820, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Reports of large hail, damaging winds and minor to moderate structural damage were trickling into the National Weather Service Fort Worth office early this morning after three rounds of storms swept through North Texas on Tuesday night.

At least one tornado was spotted in Denton, and 70 mph wind gusts were recorded in the Loop 820 and U.S. 377 area, while Arlington spotters reported wind gusts of up to 75 mph.

Penny- to softball-size hailstones rained down on Tarrant County from east of Eagle Mountain Lake to the Bedford area, the weather service reported.

No injuries have been reported in Tarrant County, but The Dallas Morning News reported this morning that a man had been found dead next to a pile of debris at an Oak Cliff apartment complex.

There was extensive damage to residences in Saginaw, and roof shingles and trees were reported blown down at an apartment complex five miles north of Lake Worth, according to a weather service employee.

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US: Joplin Hit Again with Severe Weather; Death Toll Still Rising

The Joplin, Mo., tornado now ranks among the ten deadliest tornadoes of all time.

At least 17 people have been pulled from the rubble safely and there's no telling how many more are still buried.

On Tuesday evening, the area was again threatened with severe weather. A tornado warning was issued for a time in Joplin and surrounding areas. The storm-ravaged town avoided another direct hit, as the supercell moved north of Joplin.

However, powerful thunderstorms roared through the city through the night.

As of early Wednesday morning, the death toll stood at 124, although search and rescue teams are holding out hope that they can find more survivors.


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US: Video Update: Joplin - 7 miles of pure Hell

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US: Monster tornadoes rip through Oklahoma, demolish houses, cars

At least 6 people dead in two states, numerous injuries; extensive damage reported

Oklahoma City - A system of violent thunderstorms roared across the nation's midsection on Tuesday, killing six people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding Kansas and Texas.

The high-powered storms arrived as forecast, just two days after a massive tornado tore through the southwest Missouri town of Joplin and killed 122 people.

Powerful tornadoes obliterated houses, splintered trees and tossed cars off highways in Oklahoma. At least four people were killed and numerous others injured.

Television footage in the aftermath of the storms showed remnants of homes and buildings strewn across roads and fields. One car wound up wrapped around a tree.

Rescue crews were frantically searching for a 3-year-old child reported missing in the rubble of a home in Piedmont, a suburban area northwest of Oklahoma City. The child's mother and two other children were injured and taken to the hospital after trying to ride the storm out in a bathtub, NBC station KFOR TV reported.


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US: Another deadly outbreak as tornadoes rip through Oklahoma City

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The risk of tornadoes with Joplin between the highest risks through Wednesday.
Tornadoes will continue into tonight across parts of eastern Oklahoma and northern Texas as the deadly outbreak continues. At least 4 people have been killed by tornadoes and many more are missing as the tornadoes ripped through central Oklahoma. The suburbs of Oklahoma city were hit hard by tornadoes that have been estimated to be EF4. Damage from local TV stations show all that is left of homes is the foundations.

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US: 29,000 without power after storm slams southeast Michigan

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© David Guralnick / The Detroit NewsTom Micoli checks out a maple tree downed Monday by a storm on Burnside in Detroit. The harsh weather snapped tree limbs and knocked down wires around the Metro area, leaving thousands without power.
The severe weather that knocked out power to thousands, toppled tree limbs and felled power lines may have fizzled out Monday night, but that doesn't mean Metro Detroit is done with wet weather through the start of the holiday weekend.

"It looks like it's going to continue to be rainy for this week," said Amos Dodson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

NWS said there's a 30 percent chance of showers today, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Another system brings showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, and rain is also in the forecast through Friday

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US: In Minneapolis, storm toll quietly rises

Joplin, Mo., continues to dig out from the massive tornado that blasted the city Sunday, but it wasn't the only city hit hard that day. Minneapolis-based Finance and Commerce reports that officials there are dealing with a "very preliminary" estimate of $166 million in damage to homes, buildings and infrastructure.


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US: Heavy Rains Cause Major Flooding Across Northeast Oklahoma


Heavy rains have caused major flooding in many locations across Northeast Oklahoma.

Nearly ten inches of rain have fallen near Vinita. That's where SkyNews6 found three men rescuing a woman in a stranded vehicle. The video shows one man breaking a window to help get the woman out. The men then helped her wade through the water to safety.

News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims captured video of flooding along I-44 southwest of Miami. Flooding forced Miami Public Schools to cancel classes Tuesday.

Rising waters also caused problems in Muskogee. The Muskogee Police Department told News On 6 officers performed several vehicle rescues Monday evening.

Cherokee County Emergency Management said it had also received reports of significant flooding. Officials there said at least three water rescues were performed Monday, but no one was injured. Power lines and trees are down across Cherokee County.

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Philippines: Update Chedeng picks up strength as it nears land; storm warnings up

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© Graphics from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.phPAGASA-DOST MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 5 a.m., 25 May 2011
Tropical Storm Chedeng continued to bear down on the Philippines with greater force Tuesday, compelling the weather bureau to issue warnings in seven provinces in the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions that were already beginning to feel the effects of the country's third cyclone this year.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said, Chedeng was located 490 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gusting up to 135 kph.