Tropical Storm Iota, 30th storm of historic season, expected to strengthen into hurricane

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — This has already been the most active hurricane season in recorded history, but 2020 isn't done yet. Tropical Storm Iota formed Friday afternoon in the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.

Iota is the 30th tropical system this year, and its forecast to intensify rapidly into a hurricane as it tracks ...Read more

Death toll climbs after flash flooding in North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is still dealing with the effects of severe flash flooding that left at least 10 people dead across the state on Thursday.

The weather system tied to Tropical Storm Eta pounded the state with heavy rain, dropping more than 9 inches in some areas, including Rocky Mount, according to the National Weather Service. ...Read more

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Eta's floodwaters drowned horse barns in South Florida. Now owners are scrambling to find dry land

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DAVIE, Fla. — South Florida horse owners didn't think Tropical Storm Eta posed much of a threat. Their horses had lived through countless hurricanes in barns made of concrete, or open fields where they could run away from any threat.

They weren't prepared for floodwaters that drenched their horses' stalls with water nearly up to their knees ...Read more

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Hurricanes are becoming turbocharged — and harder to predict

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When Hurricane Laura battered Louisiana in August, becoming the most powerful storm to ever make landfall in the U.S., forecasters were confounded by its behavior.

Not only did it fail lose power as hurricanes often do when they approach land, it appeared to be doing the exact opposite, exploding from a Category 1 to a Category 4 storm in less ...Read more

Tropical wave could be next tropical storm, Eta chills out as an extratropical low

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While Eta loses steam and becomes an extratropical low, a tropical wave in the southern Caribbean is gaining strength and is likely to become the 30th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season.

The wave has become better organized Friday morning in an area where environmental conditions are favorable for development, the National Hurricane ...Read more

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'I've never seen anything like that.' The reasons why Eta flooded South Florida so badly

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MIAMI — After wading through knee-high water to get from her Jeep to her newly rented apartment at Venetian Gardens in Hialeah on Monday, Evgeniya Ignatushchenko had a sinking feeling.

The residential complex's parking lot was flooded and surrounding streets looked like lakes and canals that evoked the watery Italian city of Venice, namesake ...Read more

Hurricane Eta forms again as it closes in on Florida's west coast

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Eta reached hurricane strength for the second time as the Category 1 storm made its approach toward Florida's west coast early Wednesday.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Anna Maria Island to Yankeetown, where hurricane conditions are possible within 24 hours, forecasters said.

By Thursday, "life-threatening storm surge" could occur on ...Read more

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2020 hurricane season gets tag of busiest on record — but with an asterisk

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U.S. coastal interests need not give an iota about this particular one, but with the formation of Theta the 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane season officially set a record for the highest numbers of "named" storms — 29.

"There's no doubt this has been an extremely busy year," said Christopher Landsea, chief of the National Hurricane Center's ...Read more

'We cannot handle any more,' Jamaican parliament member says after storms Zeta, Eta

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Back-to-back tropical storms over the past few weeks, Zeta and Eta, have left Jamaica digging itself out from under washed-out roads, swollen rivers and ravaging landslides that have left at least two people dead and homes buried underneath water and mud.

The hardest hit of the country's parishes, St. Andrew, was still dealing with reports of ...Read more

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2020 hurricane season is about to become the most active in history

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A weather system brewing in the Atlantic is going to make history.

With a high chance of forming into a tropical cyclone within days, the storm — which would be named Theta — will become the 29th of the year and will make the 2020 hurricane season the busiest on record.

Tropical Storm Eta, which brought record ...Read more

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Flood threat remains for South Florida as Tropical Storm Eta begins its move to the west

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Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys late Sunday, as the storm's rainbands subjected South Florida to high winds and "life-threatening" flash floods, the National Hurricane Center said.

South Florida will experience the high winds, rain and chance of tornadoes into Monday. A flash-flood warning was in effect for the region on ...Read more

Tropical Storm Eta could strengthen into a hurricane on its approach toward South Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta could strengthen into a hurricane before reaching Florida late Sunday night, and areas such as Broward and Miami-Dade counties remain under a hurricane watch, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday in its 1 p.m. advisory.

South Florida can expect 6 to 9 inches of rain through Tuesday morning and ...Read more

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California sizzled with 3 straight months of record heat and raging fires

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LOS ANGELES — In the midst of the state's most destructive wildfire season, California shattered temperature records in August, September and October.

All three months were the state's warmest on record, according to a new report by UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.

"The long-term warming trend during the peak of fire season in California...Read more

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South Florida under warnings for Tropical Storm Eta; entire region in possible forecast track

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for much of southern Florida as Tropical Storm Eta strengthens and picks up speed faster than forecasters expected.

The storm will keep getting stronger as it crawls toward Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. The forecast track held steady northeastward...Read more

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Eta could cross the Keys next week as a tropical storm and flood South Florida

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MIAMI — Eta's zigzagging track is now set to send the storm whirling across the Florida Keys on Monday, flinging high winds and heavy rains over half the state and raising concerns of flooding in an already waterlogged South Florida.

The tropical depression spent most of Friday creeping across the warm Caribbean waters and forecasters expect ...Read more

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South Florida could see flooding and tropical storm-force winds from Eta this weekend

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MIAMI — South Florida is in for a drenching of 6 to 8 inches of rain through the weekend and could see tropical storm-force winds from Eta starting early Monday morning.

While Eta has since weakened to a tropical depression over Honduras, the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would turn toward the Caribbean Sea on Thursday and ...Read more


Tropical Storm Eta forecast to approach Cuba and South Florida this weekend

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MIAMI — Hurricane Eta has weakened into a tropical storm early Wednesday and is expected to turn into a tropical depression soon as it continues to move across Central America.

Forecasters predict its turn back into the Caribbean Sea in the next few days will let it strengthen into a tropical storm again before it moves across Cuba and ...Read more

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Eta a Category 4 major hurricane, down to 145 mph; expected to turn, reform and could move toward Florida

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Category 4 Hurricane Eta is banging on the door of Nicaragua as it slowly crawls toward the coast with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and a forecast of life-threatening storm surge, mudslides and catastrophic winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

The 12th hurricane of the year's maximum sustained winds jumped from 90 mph to 150 mph in ...Read more

Eta turns into a hurricane and could be a 'major' storm when it hits Nicaragua

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MIAMI — Eta strengthened into a hurricane early Monday and is forecast to get stronger in the next 24 hours, possibly turning it into a Category 3 by the time it makes landfall in Nicaragua early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

With Eta, the 2020 hurricane season ties 2005 for most named storms in a season — 28 — and ...Read more

Eta ties 2005 for the most Atlantic storms in a single year

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Tropical Storm Eta formed overnight in the Caribbean, becoming the Atlantic's 28th storm of 2020 and tying a 2005 record for the most named systems in a single year in records going back to 1851.Forming southeast of Jamaica, Eta will probably become a hurricane with winds reaching 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour before coming ashore in ...Read more