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Biggest heat wave of the year heightens drought and fire fears in California, West

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LOS ANGELES — With a worsening drought gripping the West and wildfire season looming, California is bracing for the most severe heat wave of the year — one that promises to tax the state’s power supplies while also offering a grim preview of challenging months to come.

The heat wave will bring triple-digit temperatures to the valleys and ...Read more

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Major hurricane landfall likely this year in United States, according to new forecast

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A prominent hurricane forecaster maintained a pessimistic prediction for this season, calling for eight hurricanes and a 69% chance that a major hurricane will strike the United States.

Colorado State University researchers issued a new forecast Thursday that maintains an earlier prediction for an above-average season ...Read more

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Hurricane season is here. Here's a forecast, what you should do and where to get answers

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MIAMI — Welcome to the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

June 1 is the first official day of the season —even though we already saw Tropical Storm Ana form near Bermuda last month. Forecasters are predicting another “above average” hurricane season this year, although we shouldn’t see as many storms as the record-breaking season in 2020...Read more


Will hurricane season 2021 be another 2020?

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is nearly here, but will its numbers rival 2020, and will Florida be in the crosshairs?

Early indicators once again point to above-average numbers coming off the tired heels of the busiest Atlantic hurricane season of all time.

Before 2020′s official season began, the National Oceanic and ...Read more

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Hurricane 2021: Florida may not be spared this storm season

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida escaped the record-breaking 2020 storm season without a single hurricane making landfall along its 1,350 miles of coastline.

That luck has some scientists particularly worried about the 2021 season, however. Though it’s expected to be a far cry from the record 30 named storms that formed last year, Colorado State ...Read more


Hurricane 2021: Seven hurricane myths that need to go away

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TAMPA, Fla. – Tape your windows before a hurricane.

That advice echoes across Florida every storm season. And every year, it’s wrong.

“That does not help nothing,” said Pasco County Emergency Management Director Andrew Fossa. “The only thing that is going to do is hold bigger pieces of glass together as it flies through the air.”

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Biden doubles funding for hurricane preparedness as busy storm season looms

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President Joe Biden on Monday announced plans to spend $1 billion more to help American communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events as experts gird for another busy summer season of storms and other natural disasters.

The move doubles funding for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program aims to help ...Read more


Tropical Storm Ana weakens in Atlantic, expected to dissipate

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Ana, which formed a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda on Sunday morning, weakened to a tropical depression by the afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Ana is forecast to become a remnant low by tonight and dissipate on Monday,” said NHC hurricane specialist Andrew Latto.

The National ...Read more

Subtropical Storm Ana becomes 1st named storm of 2021 hurricane season

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Subtropical Storm Ana formed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda on Saturday morning becoming the first named system of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season 10 days before its official start.

The National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory shows Ana located about 175 miles northeast of the island with sustained winds of 45 mph...Read more

Hurricane center eyes 2 possible systems, both with increased odds of developing

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is eyeing two areas of disturbance that seem to be in a race to possibly become the first named storm of the year: Ana.

In its 8 a.m. Friday update, the NHC identified two systems with odds of development: a non-tropical low pressure area in the mid Atlantic moving southeast, and a disturbance in ...Read more

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NOAA predicts 13 to 20 named storms this hurricane season

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but experts think it’s going to be another busy year with as many as 13 to 20 named storms.

That’s according to the 2021 Atlantic hurricane preseason forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which was released Thursday afternoon.

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90% chance hurricane season's 1st system forms soon, NHC says

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ORLANDO, Fla. – What is likely to become a subtropical system brewing in the Atlantic has a high chance to develop into what would be the Atlantic hurricane season’s 1st named storm, Ana, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Meteorologists increased the odds of development Thursday morning for a non-tropical low-pressure system in ...Read more

National Hurricane Center eyes Atlantic disturbance

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Meteorologists are eyeing a system Wednesday morning with potential to become the first tropical storm of the year by the end of this week.

A non-tropical low pressure system is forecast to develop late Thursday or Friday morning northeast of Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. forecast. The system has a 30% chance of...Read more

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Hurricane Zeta reclassified as 7th major hurricane of the 2020 season, tying the 2005 record

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center has upgraded 2020′s Hurricane Zeta to Category 3 status, making it a record-tying major hurricane.

Zeta’s new designation, announced Tuesday, came after the hurricane center’s routine post-season storm analysis.

The upgrade means that the 2020 season went from six to seven major ...Read more

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In a twist, tornadoes hit a 30-year April low across the country

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In a more-than-welcome reversal from April 2020, confirmed tornado reports last month nationwide represented the lowest number for any April in 30 years, the government said Friday.

The 73 officially sighted constituted less than half the 30-year average for an April, which is 155. In addition, only one fatality was reported by the Storm ...Read more

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Shocking! Florida dethroned as US lightning capital; Central Florida counties still No. 1, study says

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In a shocking new study, Florida was dethroned as the lightning capital of the country, moving over for Oklahoma.

The Sooner State was found to have more lightning flashes per square km than any other state in the country, according to an analysis by Vaisala Corporation, a global weather surveillance company.

Vaisala’s study recorded 10 ...Read more

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Miami's sea level rise bill -- $4 billion by 2060 -- still won't keep every neighborhood dry

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MIAMI — Miami has to spend at least $3.8 billion in the next 40 years to keep the city dry from rising seas, according to a draft of the city's long-awaited and newly released stormwater master plan.

That will buy a hundred new mega stormwater pumps, miles of 6-foot tall sea walls, thousands of injection wells and a network of underground ...Read more


Fallen power line kills Spring Hill girl, 17, as storm plows through Tampa Bay area

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A 17-year-old Spring Hill girl was electrocuted during Sunday’s violent thunderstorms as she tried to escape from her burning car after colliding with a fallen power line, troopers said.

The teen was driving down Evenglow Avenue in Spring Hill when she collided at about 12:15 p.m. with a power line brought down by a falling tree, according to...Read more

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Hurricane forecasts again looking ominous for coastal residents, property owners, and US taxpayers

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PHILADELPHIA — After a season that produced a record number of tropical storms — including several that devastated the Gulf Coast and two that set off flooding and caused hundreds of thousands of power outages in the Philadelphia region — the Atlantic Basin might be in for another active, damaging, and costly season in 2021, forecasters ...Read more

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Forecasts show another 'well above average' hurricane season is likely this year in Florida

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MIAMI — Bellwether early forecasts show Florida is likely in for another active hurricane season, but probably not as dramatic as last year.

The 2020 hurricane season, in keeping with the nightmare year of coronavirus, saw an all-time record number of named storms: 30.

In 2021, a forecast from Colorado State University suggests 17 named ...Read more