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The following is an excerpt from National Geographic.
A federal task force convened by U.S. President Barack Obama after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the U.S. Atlantic Coast last fall released a report on Monday that included 69 recommendations for rebuilding storm-damaged areas and for reducing the impact of future severe storms.
Chaired by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, the task force stressed the need for a more resilient national infrastructure and for preparing for the possibility that climate change could worsen the effects of hurricanes. (Read "Rising Seas" in the current issue of National Geographic magazine.)
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Heavy rain is expected to continue to inundate much of India as thunderstorm activity makes a northwestward push towards the National Capital Region.
Severe weather is expected to continue to pester the Plains for the next few days, threatening millions with flooding downpours, damaging winds, hail and even a few tornadoes.
The northeastern United States will only get a couple days of dry, sunny weather before the next round of showers and thunderstorms rolls in at midweek.
Anyone in the Southeast hoping for a break from the warm, humid and unsettled weather will need to wait at least another week.
Persistent dryness and localized breezy weather may create difficulties for firefighters battling wildfires across the western United States early this week.
A storm will crawl through the northeastern part of the nation during the first weekend of summer with rounds of drenching showers and thunderstorms.
A severe weather outbreak seems likely to target portions of the Plains through Monday.
Lightning and persistent dry weather have teamed up to produce a number of wildfires in Oregon and northwestern Canada.