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California's 'flex alert' sends electricity prices skyrocketing. Was it necessary?

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LOS ANGELES -- As record-setting temperatures surged into the triple digits in parts of California this week, the manager of the state's electrical grid put out an urgent plea: Turn down the AC and conserve power to avoid rotating outages.

The two-day "flex alert" by the California Independent System Operator drew headlines from dozens of media...Read more

California heat wave claims the lives of 2 Bay Area seniors

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A record-breaking heat wave that has been roasting California for days has claimed the lives of two seniors in San Jose, public health officials said Wednesday.

A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died from heat-related illnesses Monday, according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. Days of punishing heat probably ...Read more

Flood warnings continue for Panhandle and Gulf Coast as Cindy churns northward

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MIAMI -- Flash flood warnings covered parts of the Florida Panhandle Wednesday as Tropical Storm Cindy weakened slightly on its trek toward the Gulf Coast.

In their 11 a.m. EDT advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Cindy was located about 180 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, and had weakened slightly, with sustained winds of ...Read more

Calif. heat wave: It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to.

The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came in the ...Read more

Death Valley heat wave forces restaurant to close

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DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- The temperature in Death Valley's crumpled badlands was expected to reach 126 degrees by Tuesday afternoon, but things started to cook long before that at the Wrangler Restaurant in Furnace Creek.

By 7 a.m., on the first day of summer, customers, short-order cooks and waitresses were already sweating it out...Read more

Extreme heat forces flight cancellations in Southwestern US

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LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of flights have been delayed and canceled out of Phoenix Sky Harbor on Tuesday as the city -- and much of the region -- withers under another day of excessively hot temperatures.

The National Weather Service reported that Phoenix is expected to hit 120 degrees by late Tuesday afternoon. That would be two degrees shy of the ...Read more

Skiers hit the slopes in bikini tops as California's endless winter endures a heat wave

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Skiers in bikini tops are showing up on California mountain slopes that could remain open into August. Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail must cross miles of deep snowfields that should have melted a month ago, some of them scrambling for their lives in the icy water of raging mountain streams.

For Stev Fagran, a 56-year-old schoolteacher from ...Read more

Gulf coast and Panhandle should brace for heavy rain, forecasters say

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MIAMI -- The Florida Panhandle and the Louisiana and Texas coasts should brace for heavy rain as a messy storm system approaches Tuesday, hurricane forecasters said.

In their 11 a.m. EDT advisory, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the storm, located 265 miles south of Louisiana's southeast coast, is becoming better defined. They expect...Read more

Tropical storm Bret forms in Atlantic; 2nd system in Gulf sparks warning for Louisiana

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two Atlantic tropical systems in the normally quiet month of June is unprecedented, hurricane forecasters say.

On Monday afternoon, Tropical Storm Bret formed in the Atlantic and another system in the Gulf of Mexico seemed on the verge of tropical status, earning the designation Potential Tropical Cyclone Three.

...Read more

Forecasters watching 2 systems likely to become tropical storms in coming days

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A broad area of low pressure located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea now has a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next five days as it moves north and into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said Monday.

If the system does develop, it eventually could affect the Gulf Coast from Texas ...Read more

169 dead in Sri Lanka floods; waters recede

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Relief workers continued to help flood and landslide victims Monday as the number of weather-related deaths rose to 169, officials said, adding that water levels are now receding.

Over 100 others are remained missing after five days of severe weather across the country, the Disaster Management Center said.

The ...Read more

US weather agency predicts above-normal hurricane season

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season, with five to nine hurricanes -- two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or stronger. The forecast calls for 11 to 17 tropical systems (winds a least 39 mph).

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs until...Read more

Hurricane Andrew's legacy remains as 25th anniversary approaches

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- There was no air conditioning and parts of the roof were gone, so the mosquitoes would swarm in on those hellishly hot nights. People had their guns ready for the looters. There were also monkeys, llamas, cougars and who knows what else roaming around.

Lorraine Valladares was a middle school teacher who lived on the eastern ...Read more

NOAA forecasters predict busier-than-usual hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Brace for what could be a wetter, windier summer.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with five to nine hurricanes (minimum 74 mph winds), of which two to four will be Category 3 or stronger (minimum 111 mph winds). The forecast calls for a total of 11 ...Read more

Tornado warning accuracy has declined since devastating Kansas twister 10 years ago

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Forecasters knew there could be severe weather in southern Kansas on the first Friday in May 10 years ago -- but nobody expected anything like what happened.

A massive tornado was churning north through the Gypsum Hills, illuminated only by lightning flashes.

"It lit up like a Christmas tree" on radar, said Mike Umscheid, a ...Read more

At least 12 killed over weekend as floods, tornadoes hit south-central US

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WASHINGTON -- Powerful storms that generated flooding and tornadoes across the south-central United States killed at least 12 people over the weekend.

The National Weather Service said multiple tornadoes ripped through central Texas on Saturday.

The town of Canton, located about 50 miles east of Dallas, was hit especially hard. Mayor Lou Ann ...Read more

Wet winter sets precipitation record in Northern California

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LOS ANGELES -- A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest for California's northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

As of Thursday, an astonishing 89.7 inches of precipitation across a zone of eight stations ...Read more

From extreme drought to record rain: Why California's drought-to-deluge cycle is getting worse

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SODA SPRINGS, Calif. -- California's climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain.

But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing.

Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of these intense weather swings as temperatures warm, ...Read more

Hurricane Matthew officially deadliest Atlantic storm in more than a decade

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Matthew will officially go down as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane in more than a decade.

The fierce Category 5 storm plowed across the Caribbean and up the Florida coast for 11 days last fall, and was blamed for killing 585 people directly and another 13 people indirectly. In Haiti, where most of the fatalities occurred, ...Read more

Strong winds whip through Las Vegas, damage casino signs and topple trucks

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LAS VEGAS -- Strong winds continued to buffet the Las Vegas Valley on Friday -- a day after gusts wrecked havoc by delaying flights, toppling four large trucks, uprooting trees and destroying at least one casino marquee.

Alex Boothe, intern meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said powerful winds in the spring aren't unusual, but ...Read more

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