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Hurricane Epsilon now a Category 2 as it heads toward Bermuda

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MIAMI — Hurricane Epsilon has strengthened into a powerful Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters said the storm saw some rapid intensification overnight that continued through Wednesday.

"It is possible that Epsilon could strengthen a little more and become a major ...Read more

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Tropical Storm Epsilon improves structure and strengthens slightly, could be a hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tropical Storm Epsilon, the earliest 26th-named storm on record in the Atlantic, continues strengthening in the central Atlantic Ocean, according to Tuesday's 5 p.m. advisory.

The National Hurricane Center said Epsilon's structure "greatly improved" Tuesday afternoon and there are even hints of an eyelike feature ...Read more

Tropical Storm Epsilon becomes the 26th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season

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MIAMI - Tropical Depression 27 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Epsilon, the 26th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season. It could become a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm could head northwest toward Bermuda and cross the island as a Cat 1 this weekend - the third hurricane to pass ...Read more

Atlantic system likely to develop in next 5 days, hurricane center says

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a new system in the mid Atlantic that has increased odds of development while anticipating a second system to appear in the southwestern Caribbean.

The first, a broad non-tropical low pressure system, became better organized during the day on Friday and is located about 550 ...Read more

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With dry La Niña conditions, persistent Western drought looms large in winter outlook

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LOS ANGELES - The forecast looks warm and continued dry this winter in California and the Southwest, which raises the disturbing prospect of a perpetual fire season.

More than 45% of the continental U.S. is experiencing drought right now, especially in the West. With a La Nina climate pattern well-established and expected to persist, the ...Read more

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'Nothing Left': How back-to-back hurricanes gutted a US town

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On the day after Hurricane Delta cut its ruinous path across southern Louisiana, Dick Frerks pointed to a lone 20-foot pylon rising from the bayou and summed up what he'd lost.

"Our house used to be on top of that," said Frerks, who makes his living hauling shrimp and crab from the Gulf of Mexico and lives outside the town of Cameron.

Now ...Read more

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Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1 million people are at risk

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MIAMI - As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South Florida. But what will happen when that luck runs out?

Housing advocates have long feared that the city is ...Read more

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Louisiana reports first Hurricane Delta death

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The state of Louisiana reported its first Hurricane Delta-related death Sunday as 348,000 remained without power after the storm battered the state on Friday and Saturday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said an 86-year-old was killed in a fire after trying to refill a gas-powered generator, according to the Monroe News Star.

"I want to remind everyone ...Read more

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Why the Gulf is getting hammered in this record hurricane season but the East Coast has been spared

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PHILADELPHIA - When Hurricane Delta smashed ashore along the Louisiana coast at 6 p.m. Friday it became the 10th tropical storm to make landfall in the United States in 2020, breaking a record that had survived more than a century.

It was the seventh storm to land on the Gulf shores, which have been a tropical-storm punching bag in this ultra-...Read more

Tropical Storm Delta dumps rain over northeastern Louisiana, nearby states as it moves farther inland

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Hurricane Delta weakened to a tropical storm overnight, but the system still packs high wind gusts and threatens heavy rains across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, Tropical Storm Delta was about 45 miles south-southeast of Monroe, Louisiana, ...Read more

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Hurricane Delta, at Category 3 strength with 120 mph winds, nears Louisiana with life-threatening storm surge forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Delta, a major Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, was approaching the Louisiana coast Friday morning with a danger of life-threatening flooding, according to the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Louisiana prepares for Delta as its forecast to slam into the state with slightly diminished ...Read more

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2020 ties record on billion-dollar natural disasters, NOAA says

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With months left in 2020, the United States has already tied a record for the most billion-dollar natural disasters.

So far, the country has had more than a dozen climate and weather catastrophes that cost at least $1 billion in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The first 9 months of 2020 ties the ...Read more

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Hurricane Delta forecast to hit Louisiana with life-threatening storm surge and up to 15 inches of rain

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Delta strengthened as it moved across the central Gulf of Mexico and is expected to barrel ashore Friday along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Louisiana is bracing for heavy rain and a life-threatening storm surge of up to 11 feet, forecasters say.

Delta could briefly become a Category 3 hurricane, forecasters said, but ...Read more

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Hurricane Delta's track bends west, excluding New Orleans and including more of Texas

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hurricane Delta has stabilized as a Category 2 storm and its track has drifted a bit to the west, excluding New Orleans and including parts of Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center's 2 p.m. advisory. But Delta is expected to regain strength and is still projected to affect Louisiana more than any other state ...Read more

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Hurricane Delta down to Category 2 as it makes landfall on Yucatan peninsula

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Mexican residents and tourists were hunkered down Wednesday morning as Category 2 Hurricane Delta rips into the Yucatan peninsula.

Delta made landfall around 5:30 a.m. on the peninsula's shores near Puerto Morelos, Mexico, just 35 miles west of Cancun while maintaining a forward speed of 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center showed in a special...Read more

Hurricane Delta expected to hit Yucatan as 'extremely dangerous' Cat 4 this week

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MIAMI - After a near-record breaking bout of intensification, Hurricane Delta is a Category 3 storm with more strengthening to go before it crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday and on to the northern Gulf coast later this week.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm, which had 115 mph sustained winds as of the 11 a.m. update, ...Read more

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Tropical Storm Delta forms, expected to near Cuba this week as a hurricane

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MIAMI - Tropical Storm Delta has formed, and it "is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near or over western Cuba" Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

Delta is set to strengthen to a Category 2 in the Gulf of Mexico later this week, and is on track to be the third hurricane of the season to approach the Gulf Coast.

The ...Read more

Second storm sparks warnings in Caribbean, seen heading for Gulf

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A second system gathering strength south of Jamaica may threaten Gulf energy production and Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane later this week even as Tropical Storm Gamma skirts the northern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

The storm, which will be named Delta as its strengthens, could pose a threat to offshore oil and natural gas ...Read more

Tropical Storm Gamma weakens over Mexico coastline

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Gamma dropped down from its original hurricane prediction as it moved closer to the Yucatan Peninsula, while the National Hurricane Center continued to monitor three other tropical waves on Saturday evening.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Gamma was located about 35 miles north-northwest of Tulum, Mexico, with tropical-storm-...Read more

With tropics reawakening, we can learn from Hurricanes Sandy, Hazel and other destructive October storms

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PHILADELPHIA - With a potentially explosive hurricane eyeing the densely developed Florida Panhandle and its mystically beautiful beaches, the folks at the National Hurricane Center were in a high state of anxiety because no one else seemed to care about the spinning behemoth in the Gulf.

This was the first week in October 25 years ago, and no ...Read more