Barry, now a tropical depression, soaks much of Louisiana while sparing New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS -- Barry continued to soak Louisiana and Mississippi as it weakened to a tropical depression Sunday over Northwestern Louisiana. While the low-lying city of New Orleans appeared to have dodged a catastrophic deluge, the National Hurricane Center warned of tornadoes, gale-force winds and "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

"I, ...Read more

Barry bears down on the Gulf Coast

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NEW ORLEANS -- This low-lying Louisiana city -- built on a crescent-shaped sliver of land surrounded by the mouth of the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico -- has long battled water.

But Tropical Storm Barry presents a somewhat unusual threat.

While tropical storms and hurricanes are a risk along the Gulf Coast ...Read more

How disaster warnings can get your attention

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WASHINGTON -- Gerardo Ramirez, a central Texas dairy worker, was near his home but taking an unusual route to a children's hospital in April when he drove his Volkswagen Jetta into a flooded section of road, not seeing in the pre-dawn dark that heavy rains had turned a tiny creek into a death trap. Ramirez survived, but his wife and two children...Read more

More than 100K without power; Pride Parade halted as storm reaches route

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CHICAGO -- The annual Chicago Pride Parade was halted due to a severe weather warning that left more than 100,000 people without power Sunday afternoon.

Commonwealth Edison spokesman John Schoen said 99,000 customers were without power as of 4 p.m. local time and 36,000 customers already had their service restored.

The parade officially was ...Read more

A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ask anyone the most dangerous element of a hurricane, and they may mention wind. They may mention storm surge. But they're unlikely to name the biggest current killer: rain.

In the past three years, as the impact of climate change on hurricanes became more apparent, rain has pushed aside storm surge to emerge as the top...Read more

Heat waves could kill hundreds more in Seattle as planet warms, researchers say

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SEATTLE -- Hundreds of Seattleites are projected to die in severe heat waves as the globe warms.

How much humans limit greenhouse gas emissions will have a significant impact on just how many people perish, according to a new study published earlier last week in the journal Science Advances.

Researchers used climate-warming scenarios and heat-...Read more

First Hurricane Michael hammered the Panhandle. Now survivors fear fires, floods

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Rodney Andreasen first emerged from the wreckage of Hurricane Michael last October, the Jackson County emergency management director realized nearly everything he knew was gone.

The log cabin home he had intended to retire to was lost. The roads in his inland, rural county were choked with fallen trees. The roofing ...Read more

Key hurricane forecast increases number of storms expected

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A prominent hurricane forecast has upped its storm count slightly for the 2019 storm season as questions about the staying power of El Nino swirl.

The updated forecast from Colorado State University is calling for a near average season with 14 named storms, including six hurricanes and two major hurricanes of Category 3...Read more

Welcome to hurricane season. There's already a system developing in the Gulf

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MIAMI -- June 1 is the start of the 2019 hurricane season and nature is giving us notice to prepare already.

Because something is out there.

A broad area over the southern Bay of Campeche is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center.

Preseason Andrea took some of the thunder out of a low pressure system developing Saturday by becoming ...Read more

Monthlong deluge sets record for wettest May in Chicago history

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CHICAGO -- It's official: It's been the wettest month of May in recorded history in Chicago. And although the city will get a bit of a respite from the rain Friday, forecasters say this summer is expected to be colder and wetter than usual.

With 8.25 inches of precipitation measured at O'Hare International Airport from May 1 through 7 a.m. ...Read more

This month expected to be wettest May in Chicago since start of city records in 1870

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CHICAGO -- It's no surprise May has been a waterlogged mess in Chicago, with severe thunderstorm alerts almost daily and weeks of flooded streets and swollen rivers.

But if you're wondering if the area has actually received more rain than usual this month or whether your vitamin D-deprived brain is playing tricks on you, it's the former. The ...Read more

In wild run of weather, tornadoes set US record

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For 12 consecutive days, the government's Storm Prediction Center has logged reports of at least eight tornadoes daily, a destructive and impressive streak that constitutes a record -- at least for now.

"The fact that it's been persistent is unusual, but not unprecedented," said Bill Bunting, chief of the forecast operations branch at the storm...Read more

Hidden by rain, tornado tore damage path of 40 or 50 miles in Kansas; 2nd hit Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The trail of damage left behind by tornadoes that tore through the Kansas City area Tuesday night will be investigated by survey teams from the National Weather Service offices in Topeka and Pleasant Hill.

The teams left early Wednesday morning to survey the area where the storms passed through, and will work toward ...Read more

11 reported injured, widespread damage reported after tornado hits Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a tornado ripped through northeastern Kansas Tuesday evening, at least 11 people were reported injured in Douglas County, several homes were damaged and more than 13,000 were without power.

In Lawrence police reported large trees down, along with power lines and debris along roads on the southeastern edge of the city. ...Read more

Military bases preparing for this hurricane season are still reeling from the last

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WASHINGTON -- More than 150 members of the North Carolina National Guard gathered in Raleigh this month, with the damage from Hurricane Florence in 2018 still on their minds.

On a 40-foot map of the state, they began moving North Carolina's guard units around like chess pieces, to set the order of battle for the next major storm.

"We go ...Read more

Kansas, Missouri governors activate National Guards, request help for flooding

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The governors of Kansas and Missouri are calling for help as the two states recover from several rounds of severe weather that brought flooding and tornadoes.

The Missouri National Guard was activated Monday afternoon to help respond to flooded areas. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson posted on Twitter: "As our state continues to ...Read more

'Here we go again': Is latest spate of tornadoes a new normal in Missouri and Kansas?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perched in front of his laptop in his Wichita, Kan., home, meteorologist Mike Smith watched on his screen Wednesday as one tornado after another, five in a single day, touched down with devastating force.

The first was in Kansas, followed by another that cut through tiny Golden City, Mo., killing three people. Then, as the ...Read more

'We were all shaking': Missouri tornado leaves dozens injured, 100 in shelters

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Shingles, insulation and tree branches were scattered all over Neftali Angel's yard along Adams Street on Thursday morning.

His house, a block away from Capitol Region Medical Center, was mostly unharmed, but parts of his roof sat on his neighbor's car.

"We have no idea where this came from," he said, pointing to a 5-...Read more

NOAA's official forecast calls for 4 to 8 Atlantic hurricanes this season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A federal hurricane forecast issued Thursday calls for a near-normal season this year, with four to eight hurricanes and up to 15 storms powerful enough to be given names.

The forecast represents a potential decrease from the eight hurricanes seen last year and possible sharp decline from the 10 that appeared in the ...Read more

Joplin tornado sheared off her leg. Now Missouri woman just faced another twister

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Leona Rice was in church when the 2011 Joplin tornado descended with hellish winds, smashing the building to splinters, shearing off her left leg and killing four of her church-going friends.

On Wednesday, eight years later to the day, Rice, 74, was in church again, this time in her nearby hometown of Carl Junction, Missouri, when the tornado ...Read more

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