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US Air Force optimistic on hurricane-hit fighter jets

Washington, United States | AFP | The United States Air Force said Sunday that a group of F-22 stealth fighters left behind at a base to ride out Hurricane Michael were intact but it was too soon to say whether all of them would fly again. Tyndall Air Force Base in …

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Beyonce charity song finally dethrones ‘Despacito’

New York, United States | AFP | Beyonce’s Spanish-language remix of “Mi Gente” for hurricane relief opened Wednesday on top of the US Latin song chart, finally dethroning the global mega-hit “Despacito.” “Mi Gente,” which Colombian reggaeton star J Balvin created from the African dance rhythms of French DJ Willy William, …

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Jay-Z, J.Lo headline hurricane benefit show

New York, United States | AFP | Rap mogul Jay-Z and pop superstar Jennifer Lopez will headline a concert in New York to raise funds for survivors of hurricanes that have devastated the United States and the Caribbean. Tidal, the streaming service led by Jay-Z, on Wednesday announced the line-up of …

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Florida insurers avoid Hurricane Irma ‘nightmare’

Washington, United States | AFP | Florida insurance companies appear to have avoided what could have been a catastrophic hit after damage estimates from Hurricane Irma on Monday fell sharply due to last-minute shifts in the storm’s trail of destruction. The storm spared cities on Florida’s eastern coast, which analysts …

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Cuban dolphins get helicopter ride to safety from Irma

Havana, Cuba | AFP | A helicopter has lifted six dolphins to safety from an aquarium on a Cuban islet threatened by the approach of Hurricane Irma, Cuban authorities said Friday. Wrapped in moist towels, the six male dolphins from the “Cable Esqui” center on Cayo Guillermo were placed on …

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Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Paris, France | AFP | Hurricane Irma, rampaging across the Caribbean towards the Bahamas and south Florida, is smashing not only homes and hotels but weather records as well. The Category Five super-storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometres per hour (183 miles per hour) for more than 33 hours, longer …

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So how do mega-storms get named, anyhow?

  Paris, France | AFP |  First there was Harvey, which put much of Houston under water. Now Hurricane Irma is rampaging across the Caribbean and closing in on Miami. Meanwhile, Jose — still a tropical storm — is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, while Katia in the Atlantic …

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By any name, major tropical storms are bad news

HURRICANES: low-pressure systems that pack more power than the energy released by the atomic bomb that levelled Hiroshima. Paris, France | AFP |  No matter what they are called — hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons — the giant tropical storms that form in oceans near the Americas and Asia can be …

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