After nature unleashes its fury, the recovery time is as unexpected as the disaster itself.
Greensburg, Kan. Nearly three years ago, the small town of Greensburg, Kan. was obliterated by an EF-5 tornado. Left with little more than debris and destruction, the town was forced to rebuild from scratch.
Faced with that daunting task, Greensburg residents decided to take the disaster and transform their town with an eye to the future by implementing green technology and tornado-resistant architecture.
The tornado completely destroyed Greensburg High School and severely damaged the rest of the district.
"We are building a LEED Platinum K-12 facility that will be completed in August," said Superintendent Darin Headrick.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings provide a set of standards for an environmentally sustainable design.
"All county kids will have access to the new, sustainable, eco-friendly and technologically advanced educational facility," said Headrick.
The bigger and more advanced school is just one of the many rebuilding projects to truly make Greensburg live up to its name.
Solar and wind technologies are being used, as well as building with better insulation and using more natural light.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a new and more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.
Before the coldest air so far this season arrives, parts of the northeastern United States will face bouts of slow and slick travel early this week.
The threat for flash flooding and localized severe thunderstorms will expand across the southern United States early this week.
Nuisance snow will create slippery conditions across parts of the midwestern United States into Sunday night before spreading into the Northeast to start the new week.
The coldest and most far-reaching arctic blast so far this season will spread across the majority of the contiguous United States this week.
The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early this week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
A deadly wildfire exploded in Tennessee this week, charring a popular resort town and causing devastating damage.
Dashing hopes for Christmas Day snowmen and white rolling hills, forecasters predict Britain's weather pattern will leave more to be desired on Dec. 25.
Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk for flash flooding across portions of the southern United States through the weekend.