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… and the Met Office warns there is still more rain to come

A student goes through a security check as she enters an exam room in Shenyang

Quiet please: China falls silent for university entrance exams

The pressure is on as nine million students compete for a place in the nation’s elite

A satellite image made and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on 5 June 2013 of Tropical Storm Andrea in the Gulf of Mexico just West of central Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea bearing down on Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea took aim at Florida's northern Gulf Coast today and was forecast to cut across Georgia and up the US Atlantic coast, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Record breaking Oklahoma tornado was 'wider than Manhattan' and had winds of 295mph

The tornado was the second top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister in the area in 11 days

Veteran US storm chaser scientist Tim Samaras killed with son and colleague in Oklahoma twister

Mr Samaras, founder of the tornado research company, Twistex, was the star of the Discovery Channel documentary Storm Chasers

The News Matrix: Monday 3 June 2013

Balls to scrap winter fuel allowance for rich

Five killed as new tornado hits Oklahoma City

Tornadoes killed five people in central Oklahoma including a mother and her baby and menaced Oklahoma City and its hard-hit suburb of Moore, before the storm system headed northeast early on Saturday.

Storm season has insurers braced for a buffeting

This weekend marks the start of a period of anxiety which has the Lloyd's of London market worrying about weather forecasts from across the Atlantic

The News Matrix: Wednesday 29 May 2013

Large explosion as train hits truck

Barack Obama wipes away tears after hugging head teacher Amy Simpson

Barack Obama comforts Oklahoma's tornado victims

Shaking his head in shock and at times close to tears, Barack Obama wandered through the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and said the devastation in its trail was “hard to comprehend”.

Moore mayor pushes for shelter law in wake of Oklahoma tornado

Glenn Lewis wants safe rooms provided in every new-built home

The News Matrix: Thursday 23 May 2013

Tornado dwarfed Hiroshima bomb

The tornado approaches Moore on Monday

Oklahoma twister that hit Moore ‘more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb’

The vast tornado that struck an Oklahoma suburb on Monday afternoon dwarfed even the Hiroshima atomic bomb in its destructive power, according to scientists.

Oklahoma tornado: The lucky lost their homes. The unlucky lost their lives

Stay or flee? Pick up loved ones or take cover? The choices made in the moments after the tornado warnings sounded were a matter of life and death

A child looks over damage at Briarwood Elementary School

Oklahoma tornado: Search nears the end for Moore storm survivors as Mayor vows to ensure shelters are built in new houses

At least 24 people, including nine children, killed by massive EF5 tornado

Video: Oklahoma tornado survivor reunited with pet dog

One of the survivors of the devastating tornado, which ripped through the suburbs of Moore, Oklahoma City has been reunited with her pet dog.

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