South Florida will see only rain, wind from tropical system this weekend

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Showers and thunderstorms increased Friday in the tropical system approaching Florida, but it appears South Florida will see nothing this weekend but some gusts and heavy rain.

The National Hurricane Center's forecast showed Broward and Palm Beach counties to be outside the area that could see a tropical depression or ...Read more

Tropical wave threatens flooding in South Florida, forecasters say

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MIAMI -- Regardless of whether a tropical wave threatening South Florida actually musters the strength to become a more fierce storm, forecasters say the region is in for a soggy, wet weekend, with possible flooding. The wave weakened slightly Thursday afternoon as it continued to encounter crippling wind shear. But forecasters say there's still...Read more

Wave churning out tropical storm force winds but still no center

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MIAMI -- Once it gets past the Bahamas, a storm tumbling across the Caribbean toward Florida risks getting worse, fast.

A hurricane hunter plane sent Wednesday found tropical storm force winds streaming from the storm, but no clear center, the National Hurricane Center reported. Until it becomes better organized, forecasters say it's too soon ...Read more

Tropical systems stacking up; too soon to say where they're going

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MIAMI -- Right on schedule, hurricane season is heating up.

A tropical wave pointed toward the islands and South Florida is threatening to intensify while a second wave just off the coast of Africa became the season's seventh tropical depression Monday. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fiona continues to trek east about 500 miles from the northern ...Read more

In flooded Louisiana neighborhood, residents ride home through alligator-infested waters

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BREAUX BRIDGE, La. -- Anita Leblanc was riding home on a tractor through several feet of floodwater Sunday, the same tractor that moments before had towed her car away from the overflowing Vermilion River to safety.

More than a week after a storm flooded much of central Louisiana, killing 13, more than 86,000 have applied for assistance from ...Read more

With no clear plan for housing aid, thousands remain displaced by Louisiana flooding

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GONZALES, La. -- After her apartment in this small industrial riverfront town flooded, Mary Green-King ended up with hundreds of other evacuees at a shelter.

Just when it seemed things couldn't get any worse -- she also lost her car and had spent five nights at the shelter -- her cellphone rang. It was her landlord of three years.

"I have 48 ...Read more

Louisiana residents journey down the river to find out: Did our house survive?

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FRENCH SETTLEMENT, La. -- The little blond girl in striped rubber rain boots and a bright pink shirt knew things could be bad at the house she shared with her grandparents. Floodwaters had consumed much of their Baton Rouge suburb, and some of her classmates' homes had water to the roofs.

"If my house has water in it, I'm pretty sure my room ...Read more

Compact Tropical Storm Fiona forms in the Atlantic

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MIAMI -- A compact tropical storm formed far in the Atlantic on Wednesday afternoon. It doesn't appear to pose any threat to South Florida.

Named Fiona, the storm was located about 920 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, still miles from land, making its way west at about 16 mph. Sustained winds reached 40 mph at 5 p.m. with tropical storm ...Read more

Revised forecast calls for more active hurricane season in Florida

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MIAMI -- Florida's lucky streak could be coming to an end.

In a mid-season update to their Atlantic hurricane projection, forecasters Thursday called for a higher chance of more storms with the fizzling of an intense El Nino and additional hurricane-conducive conditions shaping up. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it now...Read more

Earl now a hurricane

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Earl reached hurricane strength Wednesday afternoon, with maximum winds of 75 miles per hour, as lashed the Honduran coast.

A NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane found the winds had achieved the 74 mph threshold for a Category 1 hurricane. The storm is expected to strengthen over the next few hours as it approaches Belize.

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Tropical Storm Earl closer to hurricane strength

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tropical Storm Earl gained force Tuesday afternoon and could approach hurricane strength Thursday morning when it reaches Belize and Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rain is expected in parts of Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico, with 8 to 12 inches possible, raising the risk of "life-threatening ...Read more

At least 24 dead in West Virginia flooding

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WASHINGTON -- At least 24 people have died in floods stemming from heavy rainfall in West Virginia, emergency officials said Saturday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency and said it could be the worst flooding the state has seen in 100 years.

President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration to free up federal funding for ...Read more

As summer starts, Southern California turns infernal

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LOS ANGELES -- Ramon Vela pulled his black SUV into the Palm Springs Visitors Center in search of cool inspiration. The desert resort city had turned infernal and he had spent the day cranking up his hotel air conditioner to outmatch the record-breaking 122-degree weather. Dips in the outdoor pool offered little respite.

"It was like swimming ...Read more

Governor declares state of emergency for parts of Florida as Tropical Storm Colin nears

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MIAMI -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for much of Florida as Tropical Storm Colin, a messy storm packing heavy rain, began whipping the west coast with gusty winds.

The storm is expected to make landfall at the Big Bend late Monday afternoon and could cause widespread flooding if it hits at high tide. In its 11 a.m. EDT...Read more

Will lethal Texas flooding stop? Not anytime soon

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RICHMOND, Texas--Scores of residents in this Houston suburb were evacuating as another round of storms descended on southeast Texas, driving floodwaters into roads and homes--some for the third time in two months.

Among those forced to flee when his home flooded was barber Irvineo Reyes, 83.

"We never expected this," Reyes said as he pointed ...Read more

Bonnie strengthens, threatens to become tropical storm again

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Tropical Depression Bonnie strengthened Thursday afternoon as it pulled away from North Carolina and threatened to become a tropical storm again, the National Hurricane Center said.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Bonnie was 40 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, and heading farther ...Read more

2016 Atlantic hurricane season begins

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MIAMI -- The time of year that nobody wants to celebrate is finally upon us: hurricane season.

Wednesday marked the official start of the Atlantic season, even if Mother Nature got a jump-start this year by throwing two preseason storms into the mix. The day also serves as the time when forecasters and emergency managers make last-ditch pitches...Read more