Extreme Weather 2013

In 2013 we've seen dramatic tornadoes, damaging thunderstorms, snow, tropical storms and wildfires. Check out the most extreme weather photos from across the country.

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Cory Bean works atop a utility pole to repair a power line, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Bean is part of a crew from utility service company T&D Solutions out of Kentucky brought in to assist Consumers Energy with restoring power in Michigan after an ice storm. Bean has been working in Michigan since Sunday.
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Ice from Monday's storm still clings to branches as Ken Finnegan loads his truck with firewood Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Litchfield, Maine. Many people in the town have been without power for four days. Up to 7 inches of snow is forecast, worrying utilities that the additional weight on branches and transmission lines could cause setbacks in the around-the-clock efforts to restore power.
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Tyler Charpentier, 19, adds gasoline to his generator, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Bowdoin, Maine. Many people in the town have been without power for four days.
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In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, traffic moves past utility crews as they prepare to work on power lines, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Litchfield, Maine, where many have been without electricity since Monday's ice storm.
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A dog watches as his owner, Ryan Matlock, clears the driveway of his Bellemont, Ariz., home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A storm system dropped heavy snow in northern Arizona while Phoenix-area streets and highways were wet from rain during the morning commute.
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A sidewalk in Bellemont, Ariz., is freshly cleared of snow. A storm system dropped heavy snow in northern Arizona while Phoenix-area streets and highways were wet from rain during the morning commute on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
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A person rides a bike during a snow storm on December 14, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York, United States. Much of the Northeast was hit Saturday by a storm stretching over 1,000 miles that could result in at least a foot of snow on parts of New England.
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A jogger runs on a snowy sidewalk in Evanston, Ill. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Snow continued to fall over the Chicago area into northwest Indiana.
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Marius Daugirdas skis on the sidewalk on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013., in Evanston, Ill. Snow continued to fall over the Chicago area into northwest Indiana.
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A shopping center employee struggles against strong winds and falling snow as a fast moving winter storm moves into the Midwest Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. A winter weather advisory extends from Missouri to western New York, according to the National Weather Service.
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A woman carries her luggage on the sidewalk on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013., in Evanston, Ill. Snow continued to fall over the Chicago area into northwest Indiana.
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A woman struggles against strong winds and falling snow as a fast moving winter storm moves into the Midwest Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, in Springfield, Ill.
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A man runs across the Brooklyn Bridge during the season's first snow storm on December 10, 2013 in New York City. As snow is predicted for much of the day in New York City, a winter weather advisory is in effect across the Tri-State area with up to 5 inches possible by evening.
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One word: Wow! A viewer in Texas sent in this <a href="/video/#!/weather/stories/Must-See--Ice-Falls-Off-Roof-of-Great-Wolf-Lodge/235348781" target="blank">incredible video</a> of ice falling off a roof of Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. Good thing no one was standing below...
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People make their way across the Brooklyn Bridge during the season's first snow storm on December 10 in New York City.
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Commuters wait on a train during a winter snowstorm Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Philadelphia. Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches were expected as the National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard.
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John Donald of Timonium, Md. clears debris from a broken tree limb in his yard Monday, Dec. 9 after a winter storm dumped a mix of snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region.
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A person walks on Capitol Hill in Washington as rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain affected most of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.
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A thick sheet of ice is built up on a city of Dallas waste container Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape today, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads. Click to see more.
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Ice covered vehicles sit in a automotive dealer lot Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Lewisville, Texas.
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Jackson Pledger rubs his hands together to warm them in his tent at a homeless encampment west of downtown Oklahoma City, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Despite the recent winter storm, some of the homeless do not want to leave their tent to go to a shelter. On Thursday, teams visited homeless camps and urged people there to accept a ride to an indoor shelter. Poadger chose to remain in his tent but volunteers left additional blankets for him to use.
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A good samaritan helps pull a motorist from the ditch on 32nd Street in Paducah, Ky., as snow fall Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. A winter mix of precipitation will continue through the day. A second winter storm is forecasted for Saturday night.
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Amy Davison shovels snow in her neighborhood following a winter storm Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Indianapolis. Several inches of snow fell on central and southern Indiana, making driving treacherous and leading to at least two fatal crashes.
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Jim Cline clears a path for Christmas tree shoppers following a winter storm Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Indianapolis.
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Joseph Mezo uses an umbrella as he walks to work in light sleet and icey conditions Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013, in Dallas. An ice storm in North Texas has knocked out power to more than a quarter of a million homes and business, canceled almost 1,000 flights and contributed to a fatal wreck. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas area until Friday night.
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Raymond Owens, 28, of Paducah, Ky., walks home after going for last minute grocery items in Paducah, Ky., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. A winter mix of precipitation will continue through the day. A second winter storm is forecasted for Saturday night.
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Laura Perez scrapes ice off of her car as she prepares to drive to work in icy conditions Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013, in Dallas. An ice storm in North Texas has knocked out power to more than a quarter of a million homes and business, canceled almost 1,000 flights and contributed to a fatal wreck.
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A tree felled by ice rests near a house Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Richardson, Texas. Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect through much of today for parts of six states in the Midwest, including Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
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Eugene Texas clears snow as temperatures hovered around 10-degrees, Wednesday Dec. 4 in Denver. The wintry storm is threatening crops as far south as California.
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Reyes Rodriguez brushes freshly fallen snow off furniture at the village at Beaver Creek, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions.
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Before dawn and in -9 degree weather, men wait for the opening of the St. Francis Center's day shelter, in downtown Denver.
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Mark Swigart, 41, uses a leaf blower to remove early-in-the-season snow from the sidewalks in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Snow showers in Pittsburgh, Pa. starting falling on Nov. 26, threatening to make Thanksgiving holiday travel dangerous. Here, a pedestrian walks through early snowfall.
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Riders at Penn Station wait to board an Amtrak train going to Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in New York. Early travel begins ahead of Thanksgiving Day as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the east coast.
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Crews spray deicing solution onto an American Airlines 737 before departure at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Winter weather has caused travel disruptions throughout the area including the cancelation and delays of about 180 flights.
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Travelers wait in a winding line to pass through customs and border control at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. A winter storm system blamed for at least 10 fatal accidents in the West and Texas threatens to dampen the Thanksgiving holiday for millions of Americans traveling this week. Nearly 300 American Airlines and American Eagle flights were canceled in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Monday due to the weather, spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said, mirroring disruptions at the air hub a day earlier.
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Troy Peoples, center, and Amenia Evernz, right, pass the time watching TV after their flight to Washington state was delayed by two hours due to winter weather at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Winter weather has caused travel disruptions throughout the area including the cancellation and delays of hundreds of flights.
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Icicles form on a chain link fence outside of the old general aviation building at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Winter weather has caused travel disruptions throughout the area including the cancellation and delays of hundreds of flights.
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Snow covers the ground in Placitas, N.M. Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, after a snowstorm struck most of the state. The National Weather Service says snowfall will continue Monday in northern and central New Mexico before tapering off Monday night, with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches possible in high country and 1 inch elsewhere.
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A Filipino youth skateboards car hangs in a tree on a street demolished by Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban, on the island Leyte, in the Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, according to U.S. Navy's Joint Warning Center, slammed into central Philippine provinces leaving a wide swath of destruction and scores of people dead.
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An aerial view shows signs for help and food on amid the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
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A woman with child weeps on her way to board a military aircraft> on November 12, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult.
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A vehicle lies amidst debris brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Tacloban city, in Leyte province in central Philippines Saturday Nov.9, 2013.
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Houses are damaged after powerful typhoon slammed into Tacloban, central Philippines on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Meteorologists said Haiyan has maximum sustained winds of 314 kilometers per hour (195 mph) and gusts up to 379 kilometers per hour (235 mph).
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A mother and her children brave heavy rains as they head for an evacuation center amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan pounded Cebu City, in central Philippines on November 8, 2013. One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines on November 8, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.
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A house is engulfed by the storm surge brought about by powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit Legazpi city, Albay province Friday Nov.8, 2013 about 520 kilometers ( 325 miles) south of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces. (AP Photo/Nelson Salting)
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Residents clear the road after a tree was toppled by strong winds and damaged a van at the onslaught of powerful typhoon Haiyan that hit the island province of Cebu, Philippines Friday. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces.
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A fisherman secures his wooden fishing boat along the sea wall amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013. One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines on November 8, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.AFP PHOTO/CHARISM SAYAT (Photo credit should read Charism SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Residents (R) stand along a sea wall as high waves pounded them amidst strong winds as Typhoon Haiyan hit the city of Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on November 8, 2013. One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines on November 8, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.AFP PHOTO/CHARISM SAYAT (Photo credit should read Charism SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo, residents living near the slopes of Mayon volcano are evacuated to public schools by police in anticipation of the powerful typhoon Haiyan that threatened Albay province and several provinces in central Philippines. The typhoon, one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines early Friday, with one weather expert warning of catastrophic damage. (AP Photo/Nelson Salting)
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High water levels flow down Boulder Creek following overnight flash flooding in downtown Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Sept 12, 2013. President Obama has delcared the flood-ridden state a major disaster area, as 1,250 people still remain unaccounted for as of Monday, according to Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesman Micki Trost.
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In this still frame from ABC 7NEWS video on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, people walk through floodwaters from a creek in Boulder, Colo. Flash flooding in Colorado has left five people dead and the widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching the estimated 1,250 residents that still remain unaccounted for.
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Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the Rim Fire that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and scorched over 200 square miles. Click to see more extreme weather photos.
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More than 5,500 homes are threatened by the Rim Fire, however only four have been destroyed.
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The Rim Fire is so large and is burning with such a force, it's created its own weather pattern, making it difficult to predict which direction it will move.
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Unbearably hot weather system moves east-to-west, meaning continued triple-digit heat index numbers from the East Coast to the Midwest. A dog cools off in the Conococheague Creek on one of the hottest days of the season, July 17, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Click to see more extreme weather photos.
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Roofer Juan Belis works in the midday heat atop a building, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in Philadelphia. An excessive heat warning is in effect in Philadelphia and surrounding counties as temperatures are expected to reach into the 90s.
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Dean Smith watches as the Yarnell Hill Fire encroaches on his home in Glenn Ilah on Sunday, June 30, 2013 near Yarnell, Ariz. The fire, which started Friday after a lightning strike, has claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions.
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A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast. The fire had spread to 2,000 acres as of Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures.
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Ten-year-old Easton Martin, of Mesa, Ariz., stops to cool off in a misting fan while walking along The Strip with his family, Friday, June 28, 2013 in Las Vegas. A blazing heat wave expected to send the mercury soaring to nearly 120 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas settled over the West on Friday.
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From left, Subrina Madrid, Sarah Hudak, Jennifer, Shackelford, all of North Las Vegas, Nev., sit in the shallow waters along Boulder Beach at Lake Mead, Saturday, June 29, 2013 near Boulder City, Nev. The three planned to spend the day at the lake to escape the heat in Las Vegas where Saturday's daytime high was expected to reach 117 degrees.
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Five-year-old Ashawn Rabb runs through a fountain of water at the Red Ridge Park kids water park, Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. Children with their parents stayed past sundown to cool off in the park's fountains after temperatures in Las Vegas hit 112 degrees.
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Elephants at Utah's Hogle Zoo are cooled off with a water hose Friday, June 28, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The heat wave that is gripping the western United States is one of the worst in years, with desert locations in the Southwest seeing temperatures approach 120 degrees.
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Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as wildfires burn across the Western U.S. in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, and California. Officials are saying it could be the worst fire season in a century.
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Lightning erupts over downtown Chicago on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, as a line of powerful storms cross over the Midwest. A massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds began rolling through the Midwest on Wednesday evening.
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People enjoy high tide waves during monsoon rains on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Monsoon rains, that lash India from June to September, are considered crucial for farmers whose crops feed millions of people.
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Fire crowns trees during a large wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs. With the beginning of hurricane season, June brought wildfires to the west and tornadoes and rain to the east.
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People pulled over from their cars to watch a plane drop slurries on a wildfire in the Black Forest area on June 12, 2013. The blaze destroyed 360 homes, which makes it one of the most destructive fires in Colorado history.
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Ryleigh Fisher, her sister Holly fisher and cousin Hannah Helm of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, play in the heavy rain and surf June 6, 2013 in St. George Island, Florida. Tropical Storm Andrea, the first tropical storm of the season, is bringing heavy rains across Florida and the East coast.
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An unusually cool weather pattern from the Rockies to the East Coast has meant the U.S. has seen fewer tornadoes but seemingly more destructive tornadoes this season.
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A vehicle lies upside-down at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in El Reno, Oklahoma on June 1 after tornadoes swept through central Oklahoma.
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Parts of Oklahoma City experience extreme flooding after multiple tornado's passed through Central Oklahoma on Friday May 31 in Oklahoma City. A violent storm formed over the prairie west of Oklahoma City late Friday afternoon, dropped a tornado in a suburb and rolled into the state capital.
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The 2013 California wildfire season is proving to be one for the record books. The state has experienced about 200 more wildfires than the yearly average. Smoke rises on June 2 from a forest burning in the latest California wildfire, dubbed the Powerhouse fire, near Lake Hughes, California.
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The ruins of a house destroyed in the Powerhouse fire smolders on June 2 in Lake Hughes, California.
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A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. A tornado almost a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
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A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma following a tornado Monday, May 20. A monster tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs pulverizing blocks and leading to several fatalities.
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A flag flies in the debris of a mobile home after a tornado struck a mobile home park near Dale, Oklahoma. Tornados killed two elderly men and injured 21 in Oklahoma on May 19.
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A flag flutters over what remains of the sanctuary of the Botkinburg Foursquare Church in Botkinburg, Arkansas, after a severe storm struck the building in early spring.
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Lightning pierces the sky above a church building in Montgomery, Alabama. Strong storms moved across much of Alabama mid-March, bringing hail, high winds, and heavy rainfall as a cold front passed through the state.
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A llama seeks shelter next to an abandoned school bus at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia. In early March, a winter storm hit the Washington, DC area with areas west of the city seeing significant snowfall.
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Commuters waited at a taxi stand outside New York City's Penn Station during snowfall on March 8, 2013. Leaving behind nearly three inches of snow, the wet flurries caused slippery road conditions in the metropolitan area.
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Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., arrived at the Capitol for the last votes of the week in the House of Representative. However, congress adjourned early due to a snow storm in the mid-Atlantic region.
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Snow and rain fall outside of the U.S. Capitol. Schools and the federal government shut down, and substantial snow accumulated outside of the city, with totals of 7-14 inches.
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Snow covers containers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A late winter storm in early March barreled through the Midwest, snarling air travel in and out of the state.
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Footprints by Anish Kapoor's sculpture "Cloud Gate" in Chicago's Millennium Park remain as a winter storm of rain and snow begins in late February. Forecasters expect the storm to leave behind three to six inches of snow in the greater Chicago area.
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The driver of a Ford Explorer was uninjured when he lost control of the vehicle on a snow-covered street near Bloomsburg, Pa., and ran off the roadway. Rescue personnel from Espy Fire Company had to secure the SUV which came to rest in the trees at the top of a 30 foot embankment before the driver could climb out.
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Robert Burck, a.k.a. the "Naked Cowboy," performs in Times Square as it snows in New York.
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Airlines have already canceled more than 2,700 Friday flights as they get ready for a storm that threatens to dump up to 3 feet of snow from New York City to Boston.
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Snow-covered cars sit in a parking lot adjacent to where firefighters battle a 4-alarm fire in a 3-story apartment building in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
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Police and emergency personnel work the scene of a pileup involving more than 40-vehicles on icy Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Indiana late January. The crash closed the interstate in both direction and authorities reported at least seven minor injuries.
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Workers look for personal belongings following a tornado at the Daiki plant, a metal fabrication company, in Adairsville, Ga.
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Residents search through debris after a storm ripped through Coble, Tenn.late January. A large storm system packing high winds, hail and at least one tornado tore across a wide swath of the South and Midwest on Wednesday, killing one person, blacking out power to thousands, and damaging homes.
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An Arizona wildfire burned down 200 homes and claimed the lives of 19 firefighters on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The fire started Friday and picked up momentum as the area experienced high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions. It has forced the evacuation of residents in the Peeples Valley area and in the town of Yarnell.
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