Hurricanes and typhoons are slowing down, which means more time to do damage

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A new study by a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that over the past seven decades, tropical cyclones have slowed down near coastlines around the world.

The findings published in the journal Nature describe a clear link between global warming and the behavior of these severe storms -- with potentially...Read more

Grim upside for the Florida Keys this hurricane season: Because of Irma, there's less to lose

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BIG PINE KEY, Fla. –– Hurricane Irma took Dirk Lockard's truck, his tools, his house -- "it folded like a house of cards" -- and turned the working class island he called home for the past 16 years into a scene of devastation. When the Category 4 storm swept through Big Pine Key in September with 140 mph winds and 5 feet of storm surge, it ...Read more

Updated hurricane season forecast calls for fewer storms

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A closely watched hurricane forecast provided some good news on a stormy Thursday, despite last week's premature start to hurricane season.

Colorado State University announced a slight reduction in its initial forecast for hurricane season and now calls for a six hurricanes rather than seven. The university's Tropical ...Read more

Alberto's wrath kills 5, closes highways in NC due to floods, mudslides, fallen trees

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Five North Carolina deaths are being now being attributed to the Subtropical Storm Alberto and more than 50 roads in western N.C. counties are closed because of flooding, mudslides and fallen trees.

The deaths include two people who died Wednesday when flooding and mudslides combined to cause a home to collapse near Boone, ...Read more

Alberto slowly approaches Florida Panhandle

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The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto inched closer to the Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a flood watch for all of South Florida was canceled, the National Weather Service's Miami-South Florida forecast office said.

"While some heavy showers remain possible across the area today, the risk of flooding for South Florida has ...Read more

Ellicott City awash in flood waters as heavy rain drenches Baltimore region

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- Ellicott City was devastated by a massive storm on the Sunday before Memorial Day, just two years after a flash flood forced the historic city in Howard County to rebuild much of its Main Street.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and said he was on his way to the scene of the devastation. He said in a...Read more

Alberto slowly strengthens as it churns toward Florida Panhandle

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Subtropical storm Alberto, slowly strengthening as it drew closer to the Gulf Coast, set off new tropical storm warnings Sunday stretching just north of Naples up past the tip of Florida's Panhandle.

Forecasters expected the storm to approach the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday night or Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon...Read more

New tropical storm warnings issued for Florida's west coast, northern Gulf coast

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MIAMI--Tropical storm warnings were issued Saturday for areas along Florida's west coast and the northern Gulf Coast, as forecasters expect Subtropical Storm Alberto to strengthen as it churns north over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm is forecast to approach the Gulf Coast on Monday, although heavy rain and tropical storm conditions will ...Read more

State of emergency declared across Florida for subtropical storm Alberto

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto moved north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Only the western tip of Florida's Panhandle was in the projected path of the storm but the governor urged all Florida residents to be prepared for severe weather.

"The track of these ...Read more

Wind and storm surge watches issued for Florida as Alberto moves north

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Wind and storm surge watches were posted across the Florida Gulf coast Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto continued northward.

The western tip of Florida's Panhandle was at the center of the projected impact zone and while Alberto's strongest winds were expected to stay well offshore until then, forecasters cautioned that storm's path ...Read more

Hurricanes of the future may look a lot like Harvey: stronger, slower, much wetter

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MIAMI -- The rain started even before Hurricane Harvey made its way across the Gulf of Mexico and settled atop Texas. It kept coming, overflowing curbs, climbing up staircases, trapping people on roofs and makeshift rafts and drowning dozens.

The record-breaking 60 inches of rain from Harvey last year forced forecasters to add new colors to ...Read more

Five to nine hurricanes predicted in 'near-average' 2018 season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- We can expect five to nine hurricanes this season, with up to four reaching major hurricane strength, according to a season outlook released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The forecast for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, calls for a near-normal to above-normal season. ...Read more

Forecasters call for more normal, but still active, Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The looming Atlantic hurricane season will likely be active but not nearly as punishing as last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

During a briefing for the annual preseason forecast, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Neil Jacobs said the agency expects to see 10 to 18 named storms, five to nine ...Read more

Coldest April in 20 years across the United States, feds say

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PHILADELPHIA -- Temperatures in the contiguous United States were 2.2 degrees below 20th-century averages last month, making it the coldest April in 20 years, according to the government analysis released Tuesday.

Nationally, it was the 13 coldest April, with Iowa and Wisconsin registering their frostiest on record.

Generally, overnight ...Read more

April in Chicago among coldest in 130 years

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CHICAGO -- Chicago area residents woke up to snow on the ground Thursday, the latest reminder that winter weather's grip is delaying so many spring rites of passage, from Major League Baseball games to bridge-lifting season on the Chicago River downtown – the parade of boats heading for slips offering the surest sign of warm weather ahead.

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Dreaded 'cone of uncertainty' will shrink for the coming hurricane season

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MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center plans to shrink the dreaded "cone of uncertainty" during the upcoming season based on an improving forecast record.

The Miami-based center made the announcement Monday, along with a series of other changes intended to improve how hurricane forecasters convey warnings to the public. Along with the shrinking...Read more

One person killed as strong storms cross NC; thousands without power

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Severe weather across North Carolina on Sunday killed at least one person, according to news outlets, and Duke Energy crews were working Monday morning to restore electric service to more than 31,000 customers.

Two storms, reported as tornadoes, toppled trees and ripped apart homes in Greensboro and Reidsville.

The Triangle ...Read more

Final numbers on Maria in Puerto Rico: $90 billion in damage, some Category 5 winds

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MIAMI -- Hurricane Maria, the sixth fastest intensifying hurricane on record, likely slammed parts of mountainous Puerto Rico with fiercer winds than previously reported, the National Hurricane Center said Monday in a final assessment of the lethal storm.

Maria struck the island's southeast coast Sept. 20, lingering for nearly eight hours and ...Read more

94 degrees? Monday may be the hottest day of the year so far in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES -- It's only April but it's going to feel like summer for the next couple of days in southern California, the National Weather Service said Monday.

A high-pressure system is bringing potentially record-breaking heat across the Southland, where temperatures from Long Beach to Camarillo on Monday will be anywhere from 15 to 20 degrees...Read more

Battered areas see new hurricanes on horizon

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Regions still recovering from 2017's devastating hurricanes are scrambling to prepare for the new hurricane season, which is just two months away and expected to be busier than average.

Houston has changed building regulations, Florida is seeking federal assistance and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Puerto ...Read more