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'Potentially catastrophic' Hurricane Irma nears eastern Caribbean islands

Category 5 Hurricane Irma has become one of the strongest storms recorded in the Atlantic, and is threatening to slam into Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with "potentially catastrophic" force on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.


A third of Bangladesh under water as flood devastation widens

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In rural areas across northern Bangladesh families are preparing to mark Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest dates on the Muslim calendar.


Harvey aftermath: 'We need an army of FEMA agents,' Houston mayor pleads

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A chemical fire has again broken out at a formerly flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that caught fire one day earlier.
 
Aerial video on CNN showed flames and black smoke rising from a building at the plant of Arkema, a chemical and materials company northeast of Houston.

Atlantic: Powerful Hurricane Irma could be next weather disaster

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While much attention remains on Texas and the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey and its historic rainfall, powerful Hurricane Irma is rapidly intensifying in the open Atlantic and poses a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially to the United States next week.


Harvey aftermath: More chemical fires possible as city loses clean water

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Flood-stricken southeast Texas struggled Friday NZT with a new series of blows that left one city without running water, the operators of a flood-damaged chemical plant warning of additional fires and at least one hospital unable to care for patients.


Special Video: Tropical Storm Harvey to make second landfall soon

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Tropical Storm Harvey has become the a historic wet event with 1245mm of rain falling in some parts of Texas, more than their annual rainfall in just a few days.

In perspective Auckland has 1115mm of rain annual and Christchurch around 650mm.


Video: Air New Zealand's fast fly by way up high

WeatherWatch.co.nz was recently sent this video from Air New Zealand Captain Matthew Harrington, showing a view most passengers onboard usually only see from the side.


USA: Harvey's flood waters rising, days to go yet - Latest Developments:

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Daylight is fading in Texas as heavy rain continues to fall and flood waters in Houston continue to rise.

Weather Video: New low for NZ + the latest on Houston and Texas

We track the latest from Houston as a years worth of rain is forecast to fall in just days. Already the city of a few million people is underwater and direct flights from Auckland to Houston are cancelled until further notice due to the airport in Houston being closed.


Harvey's rain 'beyond anything experienced,' weather service says

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Latest --- Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey is overburdening resources as authorities in and around Houston scramble to save those trapped by the high waters.