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Hawaii's forecast: Icy and dangerous conditions. No, really.

winter in HawaiiForget the swimsuits for Hawaii and pack raincoats and winter parkas.

The National Weather Service issued a winter-storm warning until 6 p.m. Saturday local time, with heavy, flooding rainfall across the chain of Pacific islands and up to 30 inches of snow on the peaks of the Big Island.

Drifting snow, freezing fog and gusting wind are forecast for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes above 11,000 feet. Visibility could be less than a quarter-mile, making driving and hiking dangerous.

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4th tornado confirmed in storms that moved through metro Atlanta

Tornados in AtlantaThe National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down on Wednesday, leaving a trail of damage in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brad Nitz said a confirmed EF-1 tornado southwest of Atlanta was 3/4 mile long and about 100 yards long. The twister had 100 mph winds.

An EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Alpharetta near Windward Parkway and the Big Creek area. The tornado had winds of 80 mph.  A third tornado, an EF-1, was confirmed in Buckhead. The fourth confirmed tornado was in Commerce.

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Great Barrier Reef scientists confirm largest die-off of corals recorded

Great Barrier ReefA new study has found that higher water temperatures have ravaged the Great Barrier Reef, causing the worst coral bleaching recorded by scientists.

In the worst-affected area, 67% of a 700km swath in the north of the reef lost its shallow-water corals over the past eight to nine months, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies based at James Cook University study found.

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Study details breakup of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Breakup of ice sheetThe West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out as warming ocean water weakens the coastal ice shelf from beneath.

In 2015, a massive iceberg cleaved from Pine Island Glacier, one of two major glaciers that form the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Image analysis by scientists at Ohio State University revealed a rift forming 20 miles inland two years prior to the breakaway.

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After 5-year study, scientists say unchecked Arctic melting may bring irreversible change

Arctic ice melting irreversibleQuickly melting ice in the Arctic with no effort to stop it may someday bring a stage where critical ecological change is uncontrollable, a team of international scientists said in a "groundbreaking" new report Friday.

In the Arctic Resilience Report, released Friday, the team of scientists said Arctic ice is melting faster than ever before and it will probably only get worse. In fact, the ecological change currently happening in the Arctic region is unprecedented, they say, and could one day become irreversible.

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Trains collide in Florida, leak 15,000 gallons of fuel

Trains collide in Florida, spill fuelTwo CSX trains collided and overturned in Northern Florida early Wednesday morning, resulting in a fuel leak of up to 15,000 gallons, according to officials.

No injuries were reported in the head-on collision that occurred around 4:15 a.m. in Marion County, Fla., about an hour and a half north of Orlando.

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Substantial damage after earthquake rattles major Oklahoma oil hub

Oklahoma earthquakeDozens of buildings sustained "substantial damage" after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that's home to one of the world's key oil hubs, but officials said Monday that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal.

Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said 40 to 50 buildings were damaged in Sunday's earthquake, which was the third in Oklahoma this year with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater. No major injuries have been reported, and Spears said the damage included cracks to buildings and fallen bricks and facades.

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