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NASA has updated its plans to deflect potentially hazardous Earth-bound asteroids — and none of them involve Bruce Willis.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a new report today (June 20) titled the "National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan." The 18-page document outlines the steps that NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will take over the next 10 years to both prevent dangerous asteroids from striking Earth and prepare the country for the potential consequences of such an event.
Officials with NASA, FEMA and the White House discussed the new asteroid-mitigation strategies in a teleconference with the media today. "An asteroid impact is one of the possible scenarios that we must be prepared for," Leviticus Lewis, chief of FEMA's National Response Coordination Branch, told reporters during the teleconference, adding that a catastrophic asteroid strike is "a low-probability but high-consequence event" for which "some degree of preparedness is necessary."
One of the most famous meteor showers of the year is set to reach its peak this weekend as the Orionids will be visible in the night sky.
Homes were flooded and more than two dozen people had to be rescued from their cars as torrential rain triggered flooding in eastern Spain late this week.
Some of the most memorable World Series moments were weather-related.
While rain will become much less widespread and generally subside over Texas this weekend, the threat of more heavy rain and renewed flooding is not over for the Lone Star State.
While another storm brews, newly formed Tropical Storm Vicente is expected to strengthen with southern and southwestern Mexico facing potential impacts into next week.
Locally gusty winds will contribute to an elevated risk of wildfire ignition and spread across parts of Southern California through Saturday.
Snow dusted parts of New York up to Canada this week while Texas dealt with major, deadly flooding.
The winter of 2018-2019 will bring a variety of weather risks to Germany, ranging from damaging windstorms to flooding rainfall and impactful snowfall.