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Climatologists stick with prediction of slower-than-usual season for severe storms

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Phil Klotzbach and Bill Gray are standing pat on their call for a slower-than-normal season with eight named storms, including three hurricanes -- one intense.

That's what the two Colorado State University climatologists predicted in June.

"A moderate to strong El Nino is underway, and the tropical Atlantic remains ...Read more

Flood-scarred Central Texans brace for Tropical Storm Bill

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Rain-weary and flood-scarred, Central Texans spent Tuesday bracing for a slow-moving tropical storm that promised to produce hours of heavy downpours and potentially dangerous flooding across a vast swath of the state.

Tropical Storm Bill hit the Texas coast a little before noon Tuesday and rumbled along a path expected to ...Read more

Tropical Storm Bill skirts Houston, but the danger is not over

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HOUSTON--Houston appears to have dodged the storm this time.

Tropical Storm Bill alarmed officials and residents alike, coming on the heels of a massive storm last month.

The city opened its emergency operations center, as did the state. Some schools and employers closed early.

Highway signs flashed flood warnings, "Turn around, don't drown!"...Read more

Photo of twin tornadoes was storm chaser's 'unicorn' shot

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Hail as big as golf balls slammed into him as drenching rain fell, but none of that mattered. Weather photographer Kelly DeLay sensed this was his moment to capture the kind of rare natural phenomenon that fuels the adrenaline of a storm chaser.

And at 7:04 p.m., June 4, DeLay snapped the picture.

"I called my wife and mother immediately to ...Read more

Floods not only result of recent rains; snake encounters make list, too

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FORT WORTH, Texas--His sister Joyce was the first to see it when it smacked on the ground next to her.

"His head was attached to the end I was at, and he was still trying to bite," said Joyce, who quickly grabbed a hoe to finish off the intruder.

The almost 17 inches of rain last month may not have produced that kind of drama in every ...Read more

El Nino muscles up, a promising sign for a wet winter in California

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Will California get a wet winter and maybe a little drought relief? Scientists are beginning to think so.

A new forecast seems to suggest that El Nino could start showing some strength in the fall.

That could be good news down the road for California's rainy season, according to the latest report from the National Weather Service's Climate ...Read more

As rain stops in Oklahoma and Texas, downriver states brace for flooding

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It finally stopped raining this week in Oklahoma and Texas, where a nearly nonstop series of storms resulted in deadly flooding and made for the wettest month in both states' recorded history.

So what is happening to all that water?

Some of it, naturally, will evaporate. Some has replenished reservoirs in both states after a punishing five-...Read more

The rain has stopped, but the flooding continues in North Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Two days after the rain stopped falling, the flooding continued Monday -- from one end of Texas to the other.

"From above Lake Bridgeport, all the way to the Gulf Coast, it's all the Trinity can stand," said David Marshall, the Tarrant Regional Water District's director of engineering and operations support.

At an ...Read more

Climatologists continue to call for slow hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In an updated outlook, Phil Klotzbach and William Gray continue to call for a slow hurricane season with eight named storms, including three hurricanes.

"A strong El Nino event now appears likely," said Klotzbach, referring to the weather pattern that suppresses storm formation. "Conditions in the tropical Atlantic ...Read more

Texas cleans up after overnight storms, flooding

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HOUSTON -- Jeff Dyson figured his riverfront neighborhood was prepared for the second round of major storms that hit Texas this weekend, but then the water started rising.

It kept rising, right up to the base of some of the elevated homes.

"It was two inches from getting in there," said Dyson, 44, "We didn't think it would get that close."

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Hopes rise for a strong El Nino

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LOS ANGELES -- In Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico, destructive storms flooded communities and unleashed a tornado, leaving more than two dozen dead.

Across Southern California, May has been decidedly cooler and wetter. San Diego had its wettest May in 94 years, and Los Angeles saw four times its average rainfall. The San Diego Padres were forced to ...Read more

In flooded Texas, ranchers try to aid stranded neighborhoods, cattle

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HOUSTON--Rural riverfront communities in Texas have grown accustomed to flooding, elevating homes, investing in boats, jet skis and all-terrain vehicles to weather the inevitable storms.

But how do you weatherproof hundreds of head of cattle?

About 40 miles northeast of Houston, ranchers were using an air boat to corral and feed a herd of ...Read more

Overnight rains cause heavy flooding across Dallas-Fort Worth area

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Overnight thunderstorms dumped unwanted rain across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, causing major flooding that shut down roads, triggered high-water rescues and caused two flood gates to be opened at Possum Kingdom Lake, raising concerns about downstream flooding in Parker County.

Roadways were either shut down or clogged with...Read more

Relentless rain pounds Texas as rivers swell; at least 24 dead in floods

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WHARTON, Texas -- The death toll from almost a week of fierce rain that has flooded many parts of Texas continued to rise on Friday as officials closely watched the swelling rivers for clues on how much longer the crisis will last.

Search teams continued their work on Friday along the raging Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San ...Read more

More flooding could hit beleaguered Texas communities this weekend

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Even as Central Texas waterways recede from their Memorial Day weekend flooding and insurers began processing claims, emergency officials and meteorologists warned that the area could see more flooding this weekend.

Texans downstream of flooded areas should be careful because swollen rivers are rolling their way, the chief of ...Read more

Death toll from flooding in Texas and Oklahoma reaches 22

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HOUSTON -- With more storms forecast in Texas, where record-breaking rainfall has led to deadly and widespread flooding, officials were overseeing evacuations Thursday as residents packed up and moved away from swollen lakes and rivers to higher ground.

The death toll from the severe weather and flooding that began last weekend in Texas and ...Read more

Volunteers raise flood victims' spirits with fresh laundry

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WIMBERLEY, Texas -- Trash bags of filthy fabrics sit along the wall of Wash Day Laundry, muddy liquid oozing from the black plastic onto the light, speckled tiles.

Inside are remnants plucked from saturated houses: muck-soaked clothes, bedding, tablecloths and other items flood victims hope can be saved. They've already lost so much, they say. ...Read more

Receding floodwaters bring relief and health hazards

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Receding floodwaters can bring relief, but they can also bring diseases, venomous snakes and other public health hazards, authorities said Wednesday.

Health threats include illness from contaminated water, fleeing wildlife and mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus.

One of the biggest threats is posed by fecal ...Read more

Lost and found: Some Texans being reunited with personal possessions jettisoned in flood

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The letters lay in a pile of debris along the Blanco River, untorn and neatly stacked in a bundle fastened with a green ribbon.

The 1950s-postmarked mail was obviously swept away in the floods, Stan Deringer knew. So many things had been dragged into the torrent of floodwaters that destroyed so much during the Memorial Day weekend storms. These...Read more

A family outing, lost in the flood

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HOUSTON -- It was supposed to be a relaxing holiday weekend in Texas Hill Country for a group of nine relatives and friends from the Gulf Coast city of Corpus Christi.

Instead, all but one remained missing Wednesday, swept away by floodwaters.

The lone survivor, Jonathan McComb, 36, was still hospitalized with a broken sternum and rib and a ...Read more