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Four dead as huge storms batter northern Europe

Four dead as huge storms batter northern Europe

The Netherlands bore the brunt of the severe winter storms -- the second this month -- as bitter winds barrelled off the North Sea to hit the low-lying country with full force.

Winds, dust to follow foggy conditions on Tuesday: Met

Winds, dust to follow foggy conditions on Tuesday: Met

Poor visibility due to fog is once again expected in the country in the early hours of Tuesday, followed by strong winds and dusty conditions, the Qatar Met department has said.

Strong winds, reduced visibility likely Saturday

Strong winds, reduced visibility likely Saturday

Strong wind and poor visibility have been forecast over most areas inshore on Saturday in Qatar, according to the Met office.

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

Unrelenting California wildfire threatens thousands of homes

The fire, dubbed the Thomas Fire, raged in the foothills above and in the city of Ventura some 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said late on Tuesday, a day after it began.

India cyclone toll rises to 24, fishermen still missing

India cyclone toll rises to 24, fishermen still missing

The cyclone brought high-speed winds and heavy rains to the Tamil Nadu and Kerala states on the mainland before moving towards the Lakshadweep archipelago off the south-west coast of India.

Thundery rain, strong winds forecast for Wednesday

Thundery rain, strong winds forecast for Wednesday

The Met department said scattered light rain had been detected in the northern areas along with partly cloudy skies.

Ireland closes schools as major storm approaches

Ireland closes schools as major storm approaches

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but the Met Eireann national weather service warned people to remain indoors.

California's horrific fires leave 40 dead in one week

California's horrific fires leave 40 dead in one week

Fast-moving fires spread by shifting winds forced thousands more to evacuate their homes on Saturday as the death toll over the week rose to 40, with hundreds missing.

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

The death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 on Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state's history.

Rainy season to begin in Qatar on October 16

Rainy season to begin in Qatar on October 16

Clouds move from the west to east this time of the year and rainfall at the beginning of this period is usually an indication of a good rainy season, the weather department said.

Packing 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma hits Florida

Packing 130 mph winds, Hurricane Irma hits Florida

The National Hurricane Center forecast potentially deadly storm surges - water driven ashore by the winds along some parts of the coast.

Irma powers toward Florida, after lashing the Caribbean

Irma powers toward Florida, after lashing the Caribbean

Irma was about 495 miles (795 km) southeast of Miami, Florida, early on Friday, after soaking the northern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and pummelling the Turks and Caicos Islands.